Orrington Old Home Week and Bucksport Bay Festival

on May 26, 2015, at 4:18 p.m.
ORRINGTON, Maine — Orrington will hold its Old Home Week Friday-Sunday, July 17-26, in various locations around Orrington and Bucksport. The Bucksport Bay Festival takes place Friday-Sunday, July 24-26. The Curran Farm Charity Music Festival kicks off Old Home Week with a deluge of bluegrass music 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, …
The rebuilding of the parking lot at the Jordan Pond boat launch in May 2014 was among the ongoing construction projects in Acadia National Park.

Acadia National Park seeks input on traffic, parking issues

By Johanna S. Billings on May 26, 2015, at 3:33 p.m.
The National Park Service is seeking public input in order to create a plan addressing traffic issues in Acadia National Park. Meetings will take place on June 3 and July 30 in the gymnasium of the Peninsula School at 71 Main St. in Prospect Harbor; …

Baked bean and casserole supper at Sedgwick

on May 26, 2015, at 3:24 p.m.
Saturday, June 27, 2015 12 a.m. to 12 a.m. Location: SEDGWICK, Maine — North Sedgwick Baptist Church will hold a baked bean and casserole supper 5-7 p.m. Saturday, June 27, at the church, Route 172 at the corner of Sedgwick Ridge Road. The menu will feature homemade beans, hot dogs, salads, breads …

Baked bean supper at Orland church

on May 26, 2015, at 3:17 p.m.
Saturday, June 6, 2015 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Location: ORLAND, Maine — Orland United Methodist Church will hold its second all-you-can-eat baked bean supper of the season 5-6 p.m. Saturday, June 6, at the church, located near the river in Orland Village. The meal will consist of baked beans, casseroles, …
Firefighters are seen outside a home that caught fire Saturday in Bucksport.

Bucksport home damaged by fire

By Ryan McLaughlin on May 26, 2015, at 1:40 p.m.
A home on Millvale Road was damaged by fire Saturday, according to officials. The blaze sent crews from three communities to the residence early Saturday evening, according to Naomi Graychase, public information officer for the Orland Fire Department. Departments from Bucksport, Orland and Orrington worked to quickly …
David Wells from SPCA of Hancock County sits with Meeka in the back of a Subaru Forester from Stanley Subaru

SPCA of Hancock County adoption event at Stanley Subaru

By Jeanne Dennison on May 26, 2015, at 10:55 a.m.
ELLSWORTH – Stanley Subaru has announced they will host SPCA of Hancock County for an animal adoption event Saturday, June 13 from 11 AM to 3 PM. Stanley Subaru is proud to feature the “Take an adventure. Take a friend.” Adoption Event at 22 Bar Harbor Road on June 13th. …

Lewiston man accused of assaulting woman

By Ryan McLaughlin on May 26, 2015, at 10:37 a.m.
ELLSWORTH | A Lewiston man was arrested over the weekend in connection with an assault on a woman, according to Ellsworth police. Vincent Turner, 44, is facing multiple charges in connection with the incident, Lt. Harold Page said. Turner was arrested on Saturday. According to Page, the victim was …
Christopher Saenz looks around the courtroom May 18, the first day of his jury-waived trial for allegedly murdering his wife, Hilary Saenz, on Christmas Day 2013.

Detective takes stand in Christmas Day beating death trial

on May 26, 2015, at 10:22 a.m.

Ellsworth man arrested after leading police on brief pursuit

By Ryan McLaughlin on May 26, 2015, at 10:15 a.m.
A local man was arrested early Saturday after a brief pursuit on Route 1, Ellsworth police Lt. Harold Page said. Police had attempted to stop Shawn Murphy, 29, for a routine traffic violation around 1 a.m., but he did not yield, according to Page. Following a brief …
David Rockefeller Sr. (center) sits with daughters Neva Goodwin (left) and Eileen Growald during the event to mark his donation of 1000 acres of land to the Mount Desert Land and Garden Preserve on Friday on Mount Desert Island.

Rockefeller family marks 1,000-acre donation to MDI preserve

By Bill Trotter on May 22, 2015, at 3:48 p.m.
MOUNT DESERT | Standing at a podium underneath a large white tent a few feet away from the edge of Little Long Pond, David Rockefeller Sr. made it clear Friday that Mount Desert Island is a special place to him and his family. “Seal Harbor, maybe more than any …
Christopher Saenz looks around the courtroom Monday, the first day of his jury-waived trial for allegedly murdering his wife, Hilary Saenz, on Christmas day 2013.

Day 5 of Ellsworth man’s trial in wife’s beating death

Bangor Daily News on May 22, 2015, at 8:25 a.m.
Girl Scout Brownies show off their red noses.

Red Nose Bare Foot Lunch Day brings celebration outdoors

on May 21, 2015, at 5:46 p.m.
LAMOINE, Maine — Red Nose Bare Foot Lunch Day was held May 21, at the Lamoine Consolidated School. Troop 422 and Troop 796 were going to celebrate both days, Red Nose Day and Tom’s Bare Foot Day, when they thought that celebrating them together would be a great way to celebrate those days …
Steven H. Moon

Surry man convicted of reckless conduct in manslaughter trial

By Bill Trotter on May 21, 2015, at 4:51 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | A Surry man has been acquitted of manslaughter and other charges but found guilty of reckless conduct in connection with a fatal May 2011 accident on Newbury Neck Road. Steven Moon, 23, was accused of driving a 1997 Subaru Legacy wagon when it went off the road …
The app-based ride sharing service Uber plans to start operating in beach towns in Maine for at least part of the summer, starting Memorial Day weekend. The company started operating in Portland in October 2014.

Uber to give Bar Harbor, Maine beach towns summertime test

By Darren Fishell on May 21, 2015, at 1:27 p.m.
PORTLAND | The app-based ridesharing service Uber will expand its Maine operations to the seaside towns of Bar Harbor, Old Orchard Beach, Ogunquit and Kennebunk in a summertime experiment. The controversial taxi competitor announced Thursday it will start offering rides in those beach towns at 5 p.m. Friday, in …
Christopher Saenz looks around the courtroom Monday.

Examiner: Ellsworth mother died of blunt force trauma

By Judy Harrison on May 21, 2015, at 1:23 p.m.
BANGOR | The medical examiner who performed the autopsy on the Ellsworth woman who died Christmas Day 2013 testified Thursday that Hilary Saenz died of blunt force trauma to the head and body. Dr. Margaret Greenwald, the retired chief medical examiner for Maine, said the 29-year-old woman suffered a …
David Rockefeller

David Rockefeller Sr. gives 1,000 acres to MDI garden preserve

By Bill Trotter on May 21, 2015, at 12:02 p.m.
MOUNT DESERT | A century after his father donated land on Mount Desert Island to preserve it for public use, David Rockefeller Sr. is following in his footsteps. On Thursday, the international banker and philanthropist announced he is giving away approximately 1,000 acres of land on MDI to the …
The Bucksport mill was photographed in this Jan. 1, 2015, file photo.

Feds defend excluding Bucksport from Verso-NewPage antitrust review

By Darren Fishell on May 21, 2015, at 11:21 a.m.
In a court filing Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Justice defended its decision not to factor in the closure of Verso Paper’s Bucksport mill in a review of the company’s $1.4 billion purchase of larger competitor NewPage. In the federal antitrust review, the DOJ said it found the Bucksport mill …

Franklin daughter accused of cashing dead mom’s Social Security checks

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 21, 2015, at 11:02 a.m.
BANGOR | A Franklin woman who spent Social Security funds sent by mistake to her deceased mother’s checking account has admitted to stealing from the government, according to court documents filed in U.S. District Court. Barbara Phillips, 66, was charged with theft of public money after an investigation by …

Ex-UMaine student admits burglarizing cop’s home over ticket

By Judy Harrison on May 20, 2015, at 7:13 p.m.
BANGOR | A former University of Maine student accused of trying to break into the home of the campus police officer who refused to dismiss a parking ticket pleaded guilty Thursday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to burglary and other charges. Luke Cushman-Cole, 21, of Fletchers Landing Township, which …
Christopher Saenz listens to opening statements Monday on the first day of his jury-waived trial for allegedly killing his wife Hilary Saenz on Christmas day 2013.

Man on trial used drugs before wife died on Christmas Day

By Judy Harrison on May 20, 2015, at 12:50 p.m.
BANGOR | The Ellsworth man on trial for killing his wife on Christmas Day 2013 admitted to police the he injected an opioid substitute shortly before she died. Christopher Saenz, 32 , allegedly beat Hilary Saenz, 29, to death in their Central Street apartment while their two children, then …
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