Articles by Rich Hewitt

Brooklin residents will dedicate a newly installed veterans' memorial on the Fourth of July. The memorial, located in front of the town office building, recognizes members of the armed forces from Brooklin, past, present and future.

Brooklin to dedicate veterans’ memorial on the Fourth

By Rich Hewitt on June 30, 2011, at 12:26 p.m.
After several years of planning, residents will dedicate the town’s new  veterans’ memorial on the Fourth of July at the town office. The short dedication ceremony will take place at 9 a.m. Monday, just before the start of the annual Fourth of July parade. Although there has …

Bucksport considers community service graduation requirement

By Rich Hewitt on June 29, 2011, at 6:02 p.m.
RSU 25 officials are developing a community service requirement for high school graduation which, if approved by the school board, could be in place for the incoming freshman class at Bucksport High School this fall. The program would require each high school student to perform 40 hours …

Motorcyclist seriously injured in Orland accident

By Rich Hewitt on June 27, 2011, at 6:22 p.m.
A man from Penobscot remained hospitalized Monday after suffering serious injuries in an accident on U.S. Route 1 on Sunday afternoon. According to Deputy Christopher Sargent of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, Jeffrey Fitch, 54, was injured in an accident that took place about 1:15 p.m. Sunday …

Ellsworth police charge teens with underage drinking

By Rich Hewitt on June 27, 2011, at 5:59 p.m.
Four teenagers are facing alcohol-related charges after police received a noise complaint early Monday morning. Officer Shawn Willey of the Ellsworth Police Department said he responded to a complaint of a loud noise at a State Street apartment at about 1:20 a.m. Monday. Alesha MacLean, 18, of …

Bucksport seeks grant for downtown improvements

By Rich Hewitt on June 24, 2011, at 7:55 p.m.
Town councilors on Thursday authorized the town’s application for state grant funding to continue improvements to the downtown area. The town has proposed projects totaling $576,000 for the downtown area to be funded through town, private and state grant funds. The grant application seeks $259,400 from the …

Ellsworth seeking grant to build park on former Knowlton School property

By Rich Hewitt on June 23, 2011, at 10:11 p.m.
The city will seek up to $400,000 in state grants to help fund the conversion of the former Knowlton School property to a city park. City councilors on Monday authorized the grant application, but not without some misgivings. The grant will seek $400,000 from the state Communities …

Orland River Day is a small town tradition

By Rich Hewitt on June 23, 2011, at 10:01 p.m.
Small town events tend to become traditions, and that certainly has been the case with the Orland River Day celebration. For 35 years, the event, with its parade and wacky, homemade raft race along the Narramissic River, has become a staple start-of-summer activity in town. It started …

Maine Maritime Academy training ship on course for Castine

By Rich Hewitt on June 23, 2011, at 8:37 p.m.
The State of Maine, the training vessel for Maine Maritime Academy, is scheduled to return to its home port on Sunday, winding up its annual 60-day training cruise. The vessel, carrying 55 crew members and 230 students, is scheduled to arrive in Castine Harbor by 8 p.m. …

Ellsworth council approves budget, sets higher tax rate

By Rich Hewitt on June 22, 2011, at 8:24 p.m.
City councilors have adopted a municipal budget for the 2012 fiscal year and set a higher tax rate. Based on the $9.8 million municipal budget approved on Monday, plus the city’s share of the RSU 24 budget, the tax rate will increase by more than half a …

State readies to build boat launch on Branch Lake in Ellsworth

By Rich Hewitt on June 21, 2011, at 8:14 p.m.
The Maine Department of Conservation is seeking bids for construction of a public boat launch on Branch Lake, a facility that will provide public boat access to the main portion of the lake for the first time in more than a decade. According to George Powell, director …

Ellsworth police seek public’s help in identifying suspect in break-ins

By Rich Hewitt on June 21, 2011, at 6:47 p.m.
Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a man in connection with several break-ins Monday at local businesses. According to Lt. Harold Page of the Ellsworth Police Department, sometime during the night Monday someone broke into the Giant Sub and Blueberry Hill businesses on Route 3 …
Maine Organic Therapy has received the necessary city licenses to begin operations at its medical marijuana dispensary in Ellsworth.

Ellsworth marijuana dispensary gains approval from city

By Rich Hewitt on June 21, 2011, at 12:21 p.m.
City councilors on Monday night approved licenses that will allow Maine Organic Therapy to operate a medical marijuana dispensary in the city. The licenses are the last step for the company, which expects to begin operations early in July, according to dispensary manager Gretchen McCarthy. The Maine …

Two children hurt in Trenton accident

By Rich Hewitt on June 20, 2011, at 7:30 p.m.
Two children were hurt Monday afternoon in a two-car crash on Route 3 near the airport. At about 1:34 p.m., Tracy Lawonn, 34, of Ellsworth was traveling west on Route 3 just past the airport when her vehicle crossed the center line and collided with a car …
The powder magazine at the Fort Knox Historic Site is undergoing a renovation, the first activity in the area since it was closed to the public in the 1960s. Crews began work Monday removing the rotted wooden floors and walls, which will be replaced as part of the project.

Restoration of powder magazine begins at Fort Knox

By Rich Hewitt on June 20, 2011, at 6:37 p.m.
PROSPECT, Maine — The powder magazine at the Fort Knox historic site hasn’t seen any activity since 1960 when it was closed to the public for safety reasons. On Monday, however, there was activity aplenty as a crew from the Leighton Construction Co. of Orrington began dismantling the rotted wooden floors …

Voters in three Hancock County school districts give final approval to budgets

By Rich Hewitt on June 16, 2011, at 10:09 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — Voters in three Hancock County school districts gave final approval to their respective school budgets in budget validation referendum votes on Tuesday. The referendum votes, which affirmed the decisions made at annual budget meetings earlier this year, are a required step in the school budget process for Regional …
A flotilla of wooden boats is lined up along the shore at a previous WoodenBoat Show. The show is sponsored by WoodenBoat Publications in Brooklin and will run from June 24-26 at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Ct.

20th annual WoodenBoat Show slated in Mystic, Conn.

By Rich Hewitt on June 15, 2011, at 7:11 p.m.
BROOKLIN, Maine — For wooden boat lovers, there’s nothing like the chance to view a bunch of boats together all at one time. That’s just what the WoodenBoat Show offers. The 20th annual event will run 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 24-26, at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Conn., providing boat owners, builders …
Bucksport Middle School seventh grade students rehearse "Mr. Sandman," a song made popular by the Andrews Sisters, as part of a presentation of their yearlong, interdisciplinary school project "Generational Snapshots of the Past," based on interviews and surveys of area senior citizens.The performance, along with artwork, demographic, health, hobby and general interest graphs will be on display as part of the presentation on Wednesday night at the school. Pictured are (from left) Lauren Kircheis, Tyler DuPont, Olivia Stevenson, Zoe Landry, Lily Cox and Chloe Terrill.

Bucksport students to present work generated by yearlong senior citizen project

By Rich Hewitt on June 14, 2011, at 10:03 p.m.
The music of older generations rang out from the auditorium at Bucksport Middle School on Tuesday morning. The seventh graders performed pieces from Frank Sinatra to the Beatles, the Andrews Sisters to Queen, as they rehearsed for Wednesday night’s presentation titled, “Generational Snapshots of the Past: A …

Lupine festival enters into its 10th year

By Rich Hewitt on June 13, 2011, at 5:45 p.m.
STONINGTON, Maine — Lupines are popping up all over the Deer Isle-Stonington area, a sure sign that not only summer is on its way, but also the annual island Lupine Festival. The festival, sponsored by the Deer Isle-Stonington Chamber of Commerce, celebrates its 10th year this weekend, June 17-19. The decade …
Silas Rossi guiding ice climbing on Katahdin, Maine's highest mountain.

Maine guide earns international mountaineering and skiing certification

By Rich Hewitt on June 12, 2011, at 8:07 p.m.
CHERRYFIELD | Silas Rossi has his head in the clouds. As a mountain guide, the Cherryfield native spends much of his time atop — and getting to the top of — some of the highest peaks in the country and around the world. He’s the climber roped into the …
Geoff Anthony uses a hand-held controller to run a model train around the tracks on the layout at the Eastern Maine Model Railroad Club in Orland. Club work on the layout during regular club meetings.

Orland club encourages love of model trains 

By Rich Hewitt on June 12, 2011, at 7:34 p.m.
In a quiet corner of Orland, off the beaten track, a group is working to re-create the golden age of rail — in miniature. At a nondescript building on the Back Ridge Road, the members of the Eastern Maine Model Railroad Club work each week on a …