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Canoe race co-founder keeps eye on the water

Canoe race co-founder keeps eye on the water

Ed “Sonny” Colburn knows what’s going on in the water around him.

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Portable structures designed to weather climate change

Portable structures designed to weather climate change

What better way to rev up for climate change — assuming one believes it is happening — than to put…

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Gouldsboro couple celebrate 77th anniversary

Gouldsboro couple celebrate 77th anniversary

Everett Potter Sr., 97, and his wife, Katherine, “Kay,” 94, recently celebrated their 77th wedding anniversary.

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City councilors' iPads turn heads at meeting

City councilors' iPads turn heads at meeting

City Council Chairman John Phillips had to be careful where he banged his gavel at Monday night’s council meeting.

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Award-winning documentary on aging showing April 27

Award-winning documentary on aging showing April 27

The Grand will present a special Sunday matinee screening of the award-winning documentary “The Genius of Marian” on Sunday, April…

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Everest tragedy hits home for MDI man

Everest tragedy hits home for MDI man

The loss of more than a dozen intrepid Sherpa Mountain Guides on Mount Everest last week struck home for…

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  • Acadia fee station to open

    ACADIA NATIONAL PARK—On May 1, the fee station at Sand Beach as well as the stations at the campgrounds and visitor centers will open for the summer season on May 1.

  • Bangor man charged in Trenton accident

    TRENTON — Christopher Proulx, 27, of Bangor was charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, violating conditions of release and operating after suspension Wednesday in the wake of a one-vehicle accident that closed Route 3 and cut power to 1,200 Emera Maine customers.

  • Five departments respond to basement fire in Surry home
    Five departments respond to basement fire in Surry home

    SURRY — Firefighters from five communities responded to a Toddy Pond Road residence Thursday afternoon after a fire was reported in the basement.

  • Campaigning Michaud visits KidsPeace
    Campaigning Michaud visits KidsPeace

    ELLSWORTH — A recent poll by the Portland-based Pan Atlantic SMS Group shows Republican Governor Paul LePage leading the Maine gubernatorial race with 38.6 percent of the votes. In a distant last place is independent candidate Eliot Cutler with 20.3 percent. But just 1.3 percentage points behind LePage is the Democratic challenger, U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud.

  • Nemo's to rise again
    Nemo's to rise again

    TREMONT — The owners of a restaurant and bar that burned to the ground in December were given the go-ahead to rebuild by the town’s planning board Tuesday.

  • Canoe race co-founder keeps eye on the water
    Canoe race co-founder keeps eye on the water

    OTIS — Ed “Sonny” Colburn knows what’s going on in the water around him.

  • Bucksport High math teacher to become middle school principal

    BUCKSPORT — The next principal of Bucksport Middle School is already a teacher in the town’s school system.

  • Response to former police chief's suit denies a bias
    Response to former police chief's suit denies a bias

    BANGOR — The attorney representing the town of Bar Harbor states that claims of bias in a lawsuit filed by fired police chief Nate Young lack credibility, documents filed in U.S. District Court state.

  • Portable structures designed to weather climate change
    Portable structures designed to weather climate change

    WINTER HARBOR — What better way to rev up for climate change — assuming one believes it is happening — than to put to use crafts that have always dealt with the worst possible weather, boat building and sail making.

  • Eagles eke out regatta victory
    Eagles eke out regatta victory

    CASTINE — George Stevens Academy won two of three races on Smith Cove last Thursday to beat Mount Desert Island in the first of the schools’ series of 2014 home-and-home spring regattas.

  • Earth Day activities set

    BAR HARBOR — A community gathering to celebrate the 43rd annual Earth Day is set for the grounds of College of the Atlantic on Saturday, April 26. Also on Saturday, Friends of Acadia is holding its annual Roadside Cleanup and the Jackson Lab in Bar Harbor is celebrating its dedication to being a green institution.

  • Award-winning documentary on aging showing April 27
    Award-winning documentary on aging showing April 27

    ELLSWORTH — The Grand will present a special Sunday matinee screening of the award-winning documentary “The Genius of Marian” on Sunday, April 27, at 2 p.m.

  • Gouldsboro couple celebrate 77th anniversary
    Gouldsboro couple celebrate 77th anniversary

    ELLSWORTH — Everett Potter Sr., 97, and his wife, Katherine, “Kay,” 94, recently celebrated their 77th wedding anniversary.

  • City councilors' iPads turn heads at meeting
    City councilors' iPads turn heads at meeting

    ELLSWORTH — City Council Chairman John Phillips had to be careful where he banged his gavel at Monday night’s council meeting.

  • Autism Awareness Walk in Bar Harbor Friday

    BAR HARBOR — Area children and adults with autism, their family members and caregivers, College of the Atlantic students and anyone who wishes to join will participate in Downeast Horizons’ sixth- annual Autism Awareness Walk-a-thon in Bar Harbor on Friday, April 25.

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Sports

  • ASA softball tryouts planned

    The Down East Family YMCA will hold Amateur Softball of America (ASA) tryouts for youngsters ages 14 and under on Sunday, May 4, at Ellsworth’s Demeyer Field 1.

  • Last home varsity softball games mark the end of an era at MMA
    Last home varsity softball games mark the end of an era at MMA

    CASTINE — When Deidra Davis arrived at Maine Maritime Academy in 1995, there were 29 female students and no women’s sports.

  • MDI baseball team notches two wins in preseason
    MDI baseball team notches two wins in preseason

    BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School Trojans hosted the team from Stearns in Millinocket Saturday afternoon and won handily by a score of 9-2. Junior starting pitcher Tom Paola allowed only two runs on five hits in his six innings. He struck out six batters.

  • MDI Softball team enjoying early success
    MDI Softball team enjoying early success

    BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School varsity softball team split a double header against Dirigo High School of Dixfield on Tuesday afternoon. The Lady Trojans won the first game 12-4, and Dirigo came back to win the second game 12-7.

  • GSA notches softball win
    GSA notches softball win

    BLUE HILL — The George Stevens Academy Eagles won their first softball game of the season 11-6 over the Sumner Tigers on Tuesday evening.

  • MMA sports roundup

    CASTINE — Three members of Maine Maritime Academy’s Athletics Department received the three highest awards at the Student Life Banquet held on April 7.

  • GSA blanks Tigers
    GSA blanks Tigers

    BLUE HILL — Righthander Kelsey Allen allowed just three hits, striking out five batters and walking one as he pitched the George Stevens Academy Eagles to a season-opening 5-0 shutout over the Sumner Tigers on Tuesday.

  • Matt Homich leads 10 county runners in Boston Marathon
    Matt Homich leads 10 county runners in Boston Marathon

    BOSTON — With a crowd estimated at 1 million looking on, Matt Homich, 26, of Ellsworth turned in the fastest time of the day among Hancock County runners in Monday’s 118th Boston Marathon.

  • Fundraising road races set in Ellsworth, Prospect Harbor
    Fundraising road races set in Ellsworth, Prospect Harbor

    ELLSWORTH — As more and more nonprofit and civic organizations look for ways to generate revenue, area road races are on the increase.

  • Bucks score 8-3 win over Raiders in Monday softball game

    BUCKSPORT — Righthander Samantha Goode got the Golden Bucks off to a strong start, striking out 15 batters and scattering six hits in pitching Bucksport to an 8-3 win over the Washington Academy Raiders on Monday in Bucksport.

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Arts

  • Explore Maine - beyond the usual
    Explore Maine - beyond the usual

    BAR HARBOR — Discover the offbeat, fun and wacky in Maine during a slideshow and talk with Marisue and John Pickering at the Jesup Memorial Library on Thursday, May 1, at 10 a.m.

  • Noel Paul Stookey to aid Grand drive
    Noel Paul Stookey to aid Grand drive

    ELLSWORTH — The legendary Noel Paul Stookey returns to the stage of The Grand to perform a benefit concert on Sunday, July 20, at 3 p.m. The benefit concert has a goal of raising $25,000 to support the programs of The Grand, Ellsworth’s historic theater and performing arts center.

  • David Mallett returns to The Grand
    David Mallett returns to The Grand

    ELLSWORTH — David Mallett’s creative spirit is never idle. On the heels of his newest CD, “Greenin’ Up,” Mallett was in Nashville recently recording classic country songs.

  • Otis General Store has faithful food following
    Otis General Store has faithful food following

    OTIS — Call it the law of pizza proximity: the farther a person will go to get pizza from a particular establishment, the better that store’s pizza must be.

  • Poetry celebrated by laureate
    Poetry celebrated by laureate

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Poetry month was celebrated in fine style last week at the Southwest Harbor Public Library, with a visit from Maine’s own poet laureate, Wesley McNair. McNair spoke about his personal evolution as a poet, read from recent works and invited members of the audience to share their own poetic works.

  • Food security is film focus
    Food security is film focus

    BAR HARBOR — Issues of food insecurity in America and local efforts to address the issue will be the subject of community gatherings and fundraisers for the Bar Harbor Food Pantry on Sunday, May 4.

  • Van Gorder to produce Swanson folk opera

    BAR HARBOR — St. Saviour’s Parish, Bar Harbor has announced that Doug Van Gorder will produce George Swanson’s opera “Natural Causes Killed Victor” in August before the high altar.

  • Folk musician Gordon Bok spins stories in wood
    Folk musician Gordon Bok spins stories in wood

    CASTINE — A woman sits at the front of a workboat, just in front of the wheelhouse. Her hair is tied into a braid. Her gaze is turned off the starboard side. She could be looking at the sea and sky, which at the moment are seamlessly flowing into each other. Or maybe, she’s searching for a foolish man who’s out there somewhere — living, working, carousing.

  • James McMurtry to perform at Blue Hill Fair
    James McMurtry to perform at Blue Hill Fair

    BLUE HILL — Blue Hill Fair organizers have announced that singer-songwriter James McMurtry and the Heartless Bastards will be performing at the fair on Saturday, Aug. 30.

  • Final Sculpture Symposium to kick off Aug. 3

    PROSPECT HARBOR — Seven sculptors, hailing from  around the world from Spain to the Republic of Georgia, will converge here and create stone pieces for seven Hancock County and Washington County towns as part of the fifth and final Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium.

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Obituaries

  • Bessie Tapley Gray

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Bessie Tapley Gray, 64, died April 23, 2014, in Bar Harbor. She was born Feb. 24, 1950, in Bar Harbor, the daughter of Lewis Merton and LeRita (Tainter) Tapley.

  • Rena D. Daley

    SOUTH GOULDSBORO — Rena D. Daley, 89, died April 21, 2014, at an Ellsworth health care facility. She was born Sept. 6, 1924, in Gouldsboro, daughter of John and Myra (Rice) Duane.

  • Glenn Carter

    ELLSWORTH — Glenn Carter, 52, of Ellsworth passed away at his father’s residence Sunday, April 20, 2014. He was born June 23, 1961 in Boston, Mass., a son of Arthur and Margaret (Bailey) Carter.

  • Hugh Dwelley

    FAIRFAX, VA. Hugh Dwelley, 82, died April 10, 2014, at Fairfax Hospital of a heart attack. He graduated from Kents Hill School, Readfield in 1950 and went on to Boston University. He was a retired Foreign Service Officer whose career included tours in Turkey, India Sri Lanka and Italy. Upon retirement, he received USAID’s Outstanding Career Achievement Award.

  • Susan L. (Burns) Robertson
    Susan L. (Burns) Robertson

    ELLSWORTH — Susan L. (Burns) Robertson passed away peacefully April 15, 2014, at her home following a long battle with cancer. She was born July 11, 1956, in Bar Harbor, the daughter of Patricia and Richard Burns of Town Hill.

  • Thurston E. Pinkham
    Thurston E. Pinkham

    STEUBEN — Thurston E. Pinkham, 82, went home to be with the Lord on April 18, 2014, at Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor, after a brief illness, surrounded by his loving family. Thurston was born July 13, 1931, in Steuben, to Floyd and Ella (Strout) Pinkham and attended school in Steuben.

  • Larry L. Sargent
    Larry L. Sargent

    ATHENS, TENN. And BAR HARBOR — Larry L. Sargent, 72, of Athens, Tenn., and Bar Harbor passed away April 20, 2014, at home surrounded by his family. He was born June 14, 1941, to Norman and Florence (Drew) Sargent of Eddington.

  • Richard Clarke Johnston

    HANCOCK — Richard Clarke Johnston, 88, died at his home April 20, 2014, after a brief illness. He was born Dec. 21, 1925, to Paul and Phoebe (Clarke) Johnston in Bar Harbor. After high school, he joined the U.S. Army Air Forces, where he met his devoted wife, Stella Brooks Johnston. They were married for nearly 68 years.

  • Leo Mathew "George" Gascon
    Leo Mathew

    TRENTON — Leo Mathew “George” Gascon, 91, died peacefully Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014, with his family by his side He was born Dec. 2, 1922, in Lisbon Falls, N.Y., the son of the late Edgar and Eleanor (Leflar) Gascon.

  • Harry E. Brawley Jr.
    Harry E. Brawley Jr.

    HALL QUARRY, MOUNT DESERT — Harry E. Brawley Jr., 79, died at home April 5, 2014, after a two-year battle with cancer. He was born April 22, 1934, in Hagerstown, Md., the son of Harry E. Brawley Sr. and Mary Paige (Plumley) Brawley.

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