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Heart-shaped Maine island goes back on the market for $1.275 million

By Bill Trotter on April 15, 2014, at 2:05 p.m.
BROOKSVILLE, Maine — A lot of people love the coast of Maine. And though people have said money can’t buy love, it can buy a 22-acre symbol of love off the local village of Buck’s Harbor. Harbor Island, a heart-shaped island that helps provide shelter to boats that come and …
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Suspected norovirus strikes another cruise ship

on April 15, 2014, at 8:17 a.m.
The start of Maine’s cruise ship season is less than a month away, with the first scheduled to stop at Bar Harbor on May 5. The ships bring millions of dollars to Maine each summer in the form of passenger and cruise line spending, helping to support shops, services and …
Maine State Police Trooper Chris Smith, left, speaks with Sgt. Alden Bustard on Monday afternoon at the scene of a motorcycle accident on Route 1 in Hancock. The motorcycle operator was taken by Lifeflight helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor after he slid into the guardrail, was ejected, and tumbled 40 feet down a grassy embankment. The motorcycle came to rest a several feet down the road.

Motorcyclist flips over guardrail on Route 1 in Hancock

By Bill Trotter on April 14, 2014, at 4:46 p.m.
HANCOCK, Maine — A motorcyclist was flown to a Bangor hospital Monday afternoon after he flipped over a guardrail on Route 1 and tumbled 40 feet down an embankment, according to Maine State Police. The operator of the motorcycle, Roger Chipman, 59, of Gouldsboro, suffered serious injuries in the accident, …
Benjamin Hodgdon

Former teacher accused of sexually assaulting student among 13 indicted in Hancock County

By Bill Trotter on April 14, 2014, at 12:56 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — A former middle school teacher and coach was among more than a dozen people indicted last week by the Hancock County grand jury. Also indicted were three people accused of committing a robbery in Ellsworth in August 2011 and a Trenton man who allegedly stabbed and sexually …
Frederick "Butch" Minson and his wife Janice on board their Lindenberg 28 sailboat the Cats Paw at the Maine Maritime Academy dock in Castine Wednesday.  Butch left Maine in October of 2013 and sailed solo to Florida where Janice joined him to cruise the Florida coast and celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary.

Verona Island sailor returns to Maine after 5,000-mile journey ‘for fun’

By John Holyoke on April 11, 2014, at 11:50 a.m.
CASTINE, Maine — Frederick “Butch” Minson sailed his 28-foot Lindenberg racing boat, Cats Paw, into Castine harbor on Wednesday after a nearly six-month journey to the west coast of Florida and back that covered 5,000 miles. There were no bands playing. The dock he had hoped to use hasn’t been …
In this October 2013 file photo. Visitors at Acadia National Park walk toward the main entrance of the park's visitors center in Bar Harbor after the park had been closed for 16 days due to the federal shutdown.

Acadia National Park set to open next week

By Bill Trotter on April 11, 2014, at 5:28 a.m.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine — Officials with Maine’s only national park say they expect parts of the park that have been shut down for the winter to reopen next week. The Visitor’s Center in the Bar Harbor village of Hulls Cove is set to open Tuesday, April 15, as is …

Driver in Bucksport crash that killed teen charged with manslaughter

By Bill Trotter on April 10, 2014, at 1:42 p.m.
BUCKSPORT, Maine — Six months after a local teenager died in a car crash on Bucks Mills Road, another teenager has been charged in connection with her death. Taylor Darveau, 15, was a passenger in a 1999 Subaru wagon when the car went off the road on the evening of …
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Free community Easter egg hunt

Bangor Daily News on April 10, 2014, at 10:18 a.m.
Saturday, April 19, 2014 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Union Congregational Church of Hancock, 1368 Route 1, Hancock , Maine For more information: 207-422-3100 HANCOCK, Maine —  The Union Congregational Church of Hancock, UCC, will host a free community Easter Egg Hunt at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19, on the parsonage …
Dan Higgins

Ellsworth, preparing to leave regional school district, picks new superintendent

By Bill Trotter on April 09, 2014, at 2:38 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — A familiar face is returning to the largest municipality in Hancock County to lead its new school department. Dan Higgins agreed last week to be the school superintendent for Ellsworth, which will withdraw from Regional School Unit 24 at the end of June. Ellsworth voters decided last …
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Baked bean supper at Orland church

Bangor Daily News on April 09, 2014, at 2:21 p.m.
Saturday, May 3, 2014 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Location: Orland United Methodist Church, 24 Narramissic Drive, Orland, Maine ORLAND, Maine — Orland United Methodist Church will have a baked bean supper 5-6 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at the church, 24 Narramissic Drive. Baked beans, salads, casseroles, and homemade biscuits and …

College of the Atlantic farm on MDI gets money for food, energy programs

By Bill Trotter on April 08, 2014, at 3:46 p.m.
BAR HARBOR, Maine — A farm acquired four years ago by a local environmentally-focused college is getting several hundred thousand dollars to help it develop and promote sustainable practices for using energy and producing food. Peggy Rockefeller Farms, a 117-acre property on Mount Desert Island donated in 2010 by David …
Bruce Croteau hoses down fellow Hancock firefighter Aaron Johnson on Tuesday morning in Trenton while responding to structure fire on Stoneham Way. Johnson was covered in dust and debris from opening up a ceiling in a garage apartment to get at hot spots up in the rafters of the building.

Fire damages apartment in Trenton

By Bill Trotter on April 08, 2014, at 12:40 p.m.
TRENTON, Maine — A fire Tuesday morning in the rafters above a garage apartment damaged the building but did not result in any injuries, according to local fire officials. Trenton Assistant Fire Chief Richard Gray said firefighters from four towns responded to the blaze. The first-floor apartment is attached to …
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Breakfast buffet at Franklin Street church

Bangor Daily News on April 08, 2014, at 9:06 a.m.
Saturday, April 12, 2014 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Location: Franklin Street United Methodist Church, 71 Franklin St., Bucksport, Maine For more information: 207-469-3622 BUCKSPORT, Maine — The Franklin Street United Methodist Church, at 71 Franklin St. in Bucksport, will host a breakfast buffet 6:30-10 a.m. Saturday, April 12. This all-you-care-to-eat meal …
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Money from Mars family to fund research outpost repairs

on April 07, 2014, at 9:56 p.m.
It’s been roughly four and a half years since huge waves churned up by Hurricane Bill swept across Mount Desert Rock, site of the most remote research field station off the East Coast. For 40 years College of the Atlantic, a small environmental college in Bar Harbor, has run marine …
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Woman from MDI falls to her death in NYC

on April 06, 2014, at 6:21 p.m.
This weekend, word has spread on Mount Desert Island and beyond about the death in New York City of Hannah Shaw. According to media reports from NYC, the MDI native died early Friday morning when she fell while trying to climb in through an exterior window into her boyfriend’s fourth-floor apartment …
 Julie Keene of Trescott sets up a fyke net on the bank of the Union River in downtown Ellsworth on Sunday, the opening day of Maine's elver fishing season. Keene, who has fished for elvers for 21 years, said she has heard that fishermen will get $400 to $500 per pound at the start of the 2014 season, but that's she's not really sure what to expect.

Tribes adopt individual quotas as Maine’s 2014 elver season begins

By Bill Trotter on April 06, 2014, at 12:34 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — The state’s 2014 elver season officially opened at noon Sunday under a significantly different management scheme but with many of the high hopes people have placed in the lucrative fishery for the past few years. And it may proceed relatively absent of the rancor and legal skirmishing …
The Verso paper mill in Bucksport on Wednesday.

Environmental group’s report comes under fire after citing Bucksport mill as one of dozens of ‘dirty’ biomass plants

By Bill Trotter on April 06, 2014, at 11:32 a.m.
BUCKSPORT, Maine — In the wake of a report publicly released April 2 about biomass-burning power generators, some are criticizing the report and others are defending the use of biofuels as a comparatively “clean” and sustainable technology. The report from the Partnership for Policy Integrity examines emissions from biomass-burning power …

Tenants choose to keep living in dead man’s house on MDI

By Bill Trotter on April 05, 2014, at 3:28 p.m.
MOUNT DESERT, Maine — Last summer, Peter Neblett and Brianna Alley found out that the man they had been paying rent to did not actually own the house they were living in. As it turned out, the man was not who he said he was. He had told the young …

Two more charged in connection with Ellsworth Shaw’s robbery

By Bill Trotter on April 05, 2014, at 12:35 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — Two more Hancock County residents have been arrested in connection with a March 31 robbery at a local supermarket pharmacy, according to police. Michael E. Robbins, 22, of Sorrento and Curtis Knudsen, 22 of Gouldsboro each were arrested Friday and charged with robbery and theft of drugs, …

MDI widow awarded $1.1 million in wrongful death lawsuit against EMMC doctor

By Bill Trotter on April 03, 2014, at 4:01 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Bar Harbor woman has been awarded $1.1 million after a jury in a civil trial determined that a doctor at Eastern Maine Medical Center was responsible for her husband’s death. Thomas Haskell, a real estate appraiser and former sporting goods store owner, was 63 years old …
 
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