Articles by Kevin Miller


DOT sets meeting to discuss Blue Hill roundabout

By Kevin Miller on May 22, 2012, at 5:35 p.m.
The Maine Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting Wednesday evening in Blue Hill to discuss the installation of a roundabout or traffic circle on Tenney Hill. The roundabout would be built at the intersection of Route 15, Route 172 and Beech Hill Road. The …

RSU 25 district residents to vote on $13.3 million budget

By Kevin Miller on May 22, 2012, at 2:19 p.m.
BUCKSPORT | Residents of the four towns that comprise RSU 25 in Hancock County will have a chance to vote Wednesday on the $13.3 million budget proposed by the district’s school board. The RSU 25 district budget meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in Bucksport Middle School’s auditorium. …
Police tape warns drivers away from railroad tracks at a confusing intersection and curve on Route 1A in Ellsworth. Over the span of three days during the week of May 13, three cars driving in rain or fog ended up on the tracks after failing to navigate the curve.

Confused by curve, three drivers go off road and onto railroad tracks in Ellsworth

By Kevin Miller on May 18, 2012, at 6:59 p.m.
Over the span of three hours on a foggy night this past week, two cars failed to navigate a confusing curve on Route 1A in Ellsworth and instead found themselves rumbling down the railroad tracks. Just three days earlier, another driver following her GPS went straight where …

Pyro City proposes fireworks store in Ellsworth

By Kevin Miller on May 18, 2012, at 5:44 p.m.
Area residents and those passing through the city may have a place to stock up on fireworks in time for their Fourth of July celebrations. Pyro City of Maine plans to open a year-round fireworks store in a commercial building located about 2 miles from downtown on …
The Grasshopper Shop in Ellsworth, which has occupied the same spot on Main Street for 30 years, was sold on Tuesday, May 15, 2012. The new owner, Elizabeth McMillan of Lamoine, said she plans to retain the name and most of the boutique's product lines.

Grasshopper Shop in Ellsworth sold but staying open

By Kevin Miller on May 17, 2012, at 4:15 p.m.
The Grasshopper Shop, a fixture in downtown Ellsworth for three decades, isn’t going anywhere, but it is changing hands. Earlier this week, owner Ken Schweikert sold the shop to Elizabeth McMillan from nearby Lamoine. McMillan said she plans to keep The Grasshopper Shop name, staff, and many …
A group of Bucksport High School students react while watching emergency crews respond to a mock fatal accident staged behind their school on Thursday, May 17, 2012. Students played the parts of the injured and deceased victims during the daylong event, which is intended to make students aware of the consequences of impaired, distracted or reckless driving.

Mock accident provides wake-up call to Bucksport students

By Kevin Miller on May 17, 2012, at 1:56 p.m.
Students at Bucksport High School were shown — in graphic detail — what can happen to impaired or distracted drivers on Thursday during a mock accident staged by the school and those who respond to real-life crashes. The 300-plus students watched quietly and attentively for about an …
Alewives congregate in the historic Damariscotta Mills fishway in Nobleboro in June 2005.

Group threatens EPA with lawsuit over St. Croix alewives

By Kevin Miller on May 15, 2012, at 6:51 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | Two individuals and a southern Maine organization are ramping up their legal fight to restore alewives to the St. Croix River, this time accusing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of complicity in preventing the fish from spawning Down East. Friends of Merrymeeting Bay, Doug Watts of Augusta …
Michael Tetreault, executive director for the Maine chapter of the Nature Conservancy, talks about a new conservation deal protecting lands surrounding Moosehead Lake at a press conference in Portland on Tuesday, May 15, 2012.

Groups tout completion of historic 363,000-acre Plum Creek conservation deal

By Kevin Miller and Seth Koenig on May 15, 2012, at 5:48 a.m.
PORTLAND | Calling it the “missing piece” to a 2 million-acre jigsaw puzzle, groups on Tuesday announced the completion of a 363,000-acre conservation deal that was key to Plum Creek winning regulatory approval for its controversial Moosehead Lake development plan. Representatives from Plum Creek, The Nature Conservancy and the …

Bucksport-area school board endorses $13.3 million budget

By Kevin Miller on May 14, 2012, at 8:37 p.m.
Members of RSU 25’s board voted unanimously Monday night to adopt a $13.3 million budget. Local residents, meanwhile, will get a chance to weigh in on the proposed spending plan during a meeting next week and subsequent balloting in their towns. The proposed 2012-13 budget represents an …

Groups urge lawmakers to refill Land for Maine’s Future coffers

By Kevin Miller on May 14, 2012, at 7:05 p.m.
AUGUSTA | As lawmakers return to the State House this week, a coalition of organizations and individuals is urging legislators to support a $5 million bond proposal for the Land for Maine’s Future program. Although consistently popular with Maine voters, the program doled out its final $9.25 million for …
Deer Isle-Stonington High School Principal Todd West visits a technology class in 2010. West is credited with leading the implementation of changes that have significantly improved the small school's graduation rate and reduced the number of dropouts.

Deer Isle-Stonington school makes dramatic turnaround

By Kevin Miller on May 14, 2012, at 2:07 p.m.
During the 2008-09 school year, Deer Isle-Stonington High School posted academic scores and statistics that weren’t just below state averages. They were below pretty much every other school in Maine. Just 57 percent of students graduated on time that year, the lowest rate of any school …

Bucksport police seeking tips on stolen car

By Kevin Miller on May 11, 2012, at 9:08 p.m.
Police are asking for the public’s help tracking down a 33-year-old sports car stolen from a home in town. Sometime within the past several weeks — likely in late April — someone backed a flatbed truck into the driveway of an unoccupied home on Route 15/River Road …

Former town manager settles discrimination suit against Stonington

By Kevin Miller on May 10, 2012, at 6:10 p.m.
Stonington officials have agreed to settle a federal discrimination lawsuit with a former town manager who had accused selectmen of refusing to consider his requests for “reasonable accommodations” for an injured back. The terms of the proposed settlement between former manager Howard Willinghan and the town are …

Bucksport-area towns face bigger school budget

By Kevin Miller on May 09, 2012, at 6:12 p.m.
Three of the four towns that comprise RSU 25 would be asked to pay more next year under a proposed $13.3 million annual school budget that already is encountering kickback from some local officials. RSU 25’s budget for next year would increase by $464,528 — or 3.6 …
Students wave from the Maine Maritime Academy training ship the State of Maine as it was leaving the dock in Castine Tuesday morning. The ship is leaving for its two-month-long training cruise with about 250 freshmen and juniors on board.

Maine Maritime students depart on two-month training cruise

By Kevin Miller on May 08, 2012, at 12:50 p.m.
CASTINE | Soft winds and calm seas greeted Maine Maritime Academy students and staff early Tuesday as the State of Maine training ship pointed its bow away from Castine Harbor and embarked on a two-month cruise to southern U.S. and Caribbean ports. Parents, siblings, significant others and other well-wishers …

Growth in population forcing Ellsworth to take on more state road responsibilities

By Kevin Miller on May 07, 2012, at 6:49 p.m.
Maine’s fastest-growing city is preparing to take on additional road maintenance responsibilities as part of an administrative change that could mean faster response from local road crews but also higher costs for Ellsworth taxpayers. Ellsworth is one of four municipalities around the state that, after the 2010 …

Road expansion plan for new Bucksport nursing home moves forward

By Kevin Miller on May 04, 2012, at 4:19 p.m.
Councilors voted Thursday to approve an agreement to extend two roads near downtown in order to accommodate a proposed nursing home in town. First Atlantic Healthcare of Portland is eying an undeveloped site off Main Street for a new facility that would feature 61 nursing home beds …
The Surry Town Hall, pictured here, as well as Surry Elementary School were burglarized on the evening of Thursday, May 3, 2012. Maine State Police are asking anyone with information to call 207-866-2121.

Surry town hall, school burglarized

By Kevin Miller on May 04, 2012, at 3:23 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | State police are asking for the public’s help as officers investigate recent burglaries at two public buildings in the Hancock County town of Surry. The burglaries at the Surry town office and Surry Elementary School were believed to have happened sometime on Thursday evening. No other information …

Maine Maritime Academy to hold graduation ceremonies Saturday

By Kevin Miller on May 03, 2012, at 6:57 p.m.
CASTINE | More than 200 students are expected to receive degrees from Maine Maritime Academy during a commencement ceremony in Castine this Saturday. Maine Maritime Academy’s 69th commencement will begin at 11 a.m. in the Alexander Fieldhouse. The academy expects to confer 176 bachelor of science degrees, 12 master …
The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and the Bangor Police Department released four surveillance camera photos taken Sunday morning at a Bangor convenience store that show a young man in a hooded shirt. Police in Hancock County are asking for the public’s help identifying this man, considered a “person of interest” in a string of motor vehicle burglaries in Dedham over the weekend.

‘Person of interest’ sought in string of Dedham burglaries

By Kevin Miller on May 03, 2012, at 12:45 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | Police in Hancock County are asking for the public’s help identifying a young man considered a “person of interest” in a string of motor vehicle burglaries in Dedham over the weekend. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and the Bangor Police Department released four surveillance camera photos taken …