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MDOT abandons night paving promise

MDOT abandons night paving promise

Contrary to original plans, the resurfacing of 4.5 miles of Route 102 in Somesville and Southwest Harbor will be done…

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Teen charged with vehicle theft

Teen charged with vehicle theft

A teenager from Ellsworth was arrested Aug. 26 after he allegedly stole a vehicle from a nonprofit agency.

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Dollhouse sale to buoy library

Dollhouse sale to buoy library

In 1888, $21,000 would have been more than enough to buy the finest farm in the village of Somesville.…

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Bucksport teen sentenced for fatal accident

Bucksport teen sentenced for fatal accident

A Bucksport teenager will spend 10 days in jail after admitting to a manslaughter charge for the death of friend…

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Collins, seeking re-election, visits Hancock County

Collins, seeking re-election, visits Hancock County

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins stopped and visited several locations across Hancock County on Friday, as part of her re-election campaign…

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  • Flames destroy Bar Harbor restaurant
    Flames destroy Bar Harbor restaurant

    BAR HARBOR – A fire of undetermined origin destroyed the Portside Grill restaurant on Cottage Street here Tuesday evening.

  • Man arrested in connection with convenience store burglary

    ELLSWORTH — A transient originally from Florida has been charged in connection with a break-in and theft at a local convenience store last week.

  • Eagle Lake Road blockage planned

    ACADIA NATIONAL PARK — State Route 233 will shift to one lane traffic on Friday, Sept. 5, to allow work on the stone bridge overpass on the Park Loop Road. The closure is expected to last several weeks.

  • Three hurt in Labor Day crash

    ELLSWORTH — Three people were taken to the hospital Monday after a two-car crash at the intersection of Route 1 and the Happytown Road.

  • Harbor appointments are tabled

    TREMONT — Selectmen recently filled a bevy of committee seats but balked at appointing members to the harbor committee.

  • Delays expected as MDOT abandons night paving promise
    Delays expected as MDOT abandons night paving promise

    MOUNT DESERT — Contrary to original plans, the resurfacing of 4.5 miles of Route 102 in Somesville and Southwest Harbor will be done during daylight hours.

  • Harbor appointments are tabled

    TREMONT — Selectmen last week filled a bevy of committee seats but balked at appointing members to the harbor committee.

  • On the Road Review: Chrysler 200S vs. Volkswagen Passat SEL

    For the first time in many years, Chrysler has built a competitive midsize sedan capable of challenging the industry stalwarts in what is the largest selling automotive category in America. Often left with also-ran cars that quickly became rental-fleet mainstays, Chrysler has worked with new owner Fiat to create the third product from the CUSW platform that also underpins the compact Dodge Dart and midsize Jeep Cherokee crossover wagon.

  • Duck Brook Road may not reopen

    ACADIA NATIONAL PARK — A .7-mile stretch of Duck Brook Road that has been closed to vehicle traffic since a washout several years ago could remain closed permanently.

  • Hancock County Court July 2-31

    The following cases were heard in Hancock County Court, according to official records:

  • School year begins with high hopes

    BAR HARBOR — Children, parents and teachers aren’t the only ones looking forward to the new school year, which starts Tuesday, Sept. 2, for all students in the Mount Desert Island Regional School System (MDIRSS).

  • Teen charged with vehicle theft

    ELLSWORTH — A teenager from Ellsworth was arrested Aug. 26 after he allegedly stole a vehicle from a nonprofit agency.

  • Hancock County Jail log Aug. 22-25

    ELLSWORTH — The following individuals recently were booked into the Hancock County Jail:

  • Sixth Night Sky Festival set
    Sixth Night Sky Festival set

    BAR HARBOR — The 6th annual Acadia Night Sky Festival presented by Celestron will be held Sept. 25-29.

  • Police investigate reported EBT fraud

    ELLSWORTH — Police are investigating a case of a man fraudulently using his EBT card.

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Sports

  • Ride for Life offers plenty of choices

    SURRY — Bicycle riders who join the 10th annual Ride for Life on Saturday, Sept. 13, will have plenty of distance options from which to choose.

  • MDI soccer teams hit the ground running
    MDI soccer teams hit the ground running

    ORONO — The Mount Desert Island High School varsity girls’ soccer team went undefeated in three preseason matches here Saturday. The MDI boys played three games in Hampden.

  • Young team hones skills

    ROCKPORT — The Mount Desert Island High School football team held their own in their first interscholastic matchup Monday, against Camden Hills.

  • Four golf tourney fundraisers slated on September calendar

    ELLSWORTH — Area golfers can choose to participate in any or all of four tournaments to support Hancock County organizations in September.

  • Blue Hill runner wins Northeast Harbor race
    Blue Hill runner wins Northeast Harbor race

    MOUNT DESERT — Nikos Christ of Blue Hill finished nearly half a minute in front of the field in winning Saturday’s 37th annual Northeast Harbor 5-mile Road Race.

  • Half Marathon set for September

    BAR HARBOR — The 37th Annual Bar Harbor Bank and Trust Half Marathon is set for Saturday, Sept. 20. The race begins at 7:30 a.m. The YMCA also hosts a 5K road race the same day.

  • Breaking the baseball barrier
    Breaking the baseball barrier

    BLUE HILL — Vanessa Sherwood is redefining what it means to play like a girl.

  • New soccer coach sets high bar
    New soccer coach sets high bar

    BAR HARBOR — New Mount Desert Island High School varsity boys’ soccer coach Tyler Frank is excited for the season, he said Monday before tryouts began.

  • Junior League Maine champions
    Junior League Maine champions

    Youth Sports Director of the Down East Family YMCA, Shane Lowell, would like to extend thanks to the 200 plus individuals and businesses who donated to support the Ellsworth Junior League All-stars’ trip to Freehold, New Jersey, to compete for the Eastern Regional title.

  • Wilbur's Run planned Aug. 30 in Blue Hill

    BLUE HILL — The second annual Wilbur’s Run, which includes a one-mile walk and a five-kilometer race, will be held at the Blue Hill Fairgrounds on Saturday, Aug. 30.

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Arts

  • Marine artist takes tack towards terrestrial
    Marine artist takes tack towards terrestrial

    MOUNT DESERT — The work of prominent maritime artist Ian Marshall, formerly of Southwest Harbor, is well known in art circles around the globe.

  • Dollhouse sale to buoy library
    Dollhouse sale to buoy library

    MOUNT DESERT — In 1888, $21,000 would have been more than enough to buy the finest farm in the village of Somesville.

  • Gail Gutradt to speak
    Gail Gutradt to speak

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Gail Gutradt will speak and sign copies of “In a Rocket Made of Ice” at the Southwest Harbor Public Library Tuesday, Sept. 2, 5:30 p.m.

  • Brooklin couple's artwork featured
    Brooklin couple's artwork featured

    BLUE HILL — Brooklin artists Caroline and Bill Mayher will show their work in the Howard Room cases at the Blue Hill Public Library during the months of September, October and November. The title of the show is “Mayher and Mayher: Wooden Fish and Clay Pots.”

  • Filmmaker seeks MDI footage

    MOUNT DESERT — Filmmaker Jeremy Lunt has announced a new documentary project for release in early 2016.

  • Anne Wetzel photograms on exhibit in September
    Anne Wetzel photograms on exhibit in September

    MOUNT DESERT — Anne Wetzel will exhibit her photograms in the Mellon Room of the Northeast Harbor Library throughout the month of September. There will be an opening reception Thursday, Sept. 4, from 4-6 p.m.

  • Craftsman Korn to discuss book
    Craftsman Korn to discuss book

    BAR HARBOR — Peter Korn will discuss and sign copies of his book “Why We Make Things and Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman” at the Jesup on Saturday, Sept. 6, at 2 p.m. The book won the 2014 Maine Literary Award.

  • Ernest McMullen's artistry at Somes Sound Gallery

    MOUNT DESERT — The works of Mount Desert Island painter Ernest McMullen are on display at the Gallery at Somes Sound through Oct. 31.

  • Penobscot Theatre to stage "Honky Tonk Angels"

    BANGOR — Penobscot Theatre Company is shining up its cowboy boots to kick off its 41st season with “The Honky Tonk Angels,” Sept 4-21. The heartwarming musical features 30 classics from the Golden Age of Country, including “9-5,” “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and “Stand by Your Man.”

  • MDI director to share Richard Estes film
    MDI director to share Richard Estes film

    Photorealist painter Richard Estes is the subject of a biographical film directed by Southwest Harbor resident Thom Willey. Willey will be showing “My Camera Is My Sketchbook” and talking about making the film at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 3, at the Southwest Harbor Public Library.

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Obituaries

  • Wayne Anthony Phelps
    Wayne Anthony Phelps

    FRANKLIN — Wayne Anthony Phelps died unexpectedly of heart failure Aug. 21, 2014, at Donnell Pond with his daughter by his side. He was born Feb. 14, 1950, in Bar Harbor, the son of John and Virginia “Gigi” Phelps of Northeast Harbor.

  • Derek Anthony Fish
    Derek Anthony Fish

    BUCKSPORT — Derek Anthony Fish, 24, passed away Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, from injuries sustained in a work accident.  He was born Jan. 17, 1990, in Bangor, the son of Robert and Rosie (Stevens) Fish.

  • Gena Marie (Wescott) Goodwin

    ELLSWORTH — Gena Marie (Wescott) Goodwin, 53, of Ellsworth passed away Aug. 28, 2014, at a local hospital, with her son Craig by her side after a courageous two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. Gena was born Aug. 19, 1961, in Bar Harbor, the daughter of the late Thaddeus “Ted” and Pauline Wescott.

  • Witt Kennon Cochrane III

    SOMESVILLE —Witt Kennon Cochrane III died peacefully Aug. 28, 2014, surrounded by his loving wife and children in Bangor. Ken was born April 28, 1929, in Chicago, Ill., to Witt K. Cochrane II and Joyce Palmer Cochrane.

  • Raymah Marion (DeBeck) Macomber Leavitt
    Raymah Marion (DeBeck) Macomber Leavitt

    FRANKLIN — Raymah Marion (DeBeck) Macomber Leavitt, 91, passed away peacefully Aug. 26, 2014, at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, Ellsworth. She was born Dec. 3, 1922, at the DeBeck homestead in West Franklin, during a snow storm, the eighth child of Percy and Jessie (Long) DeBeck.

  • Frederick Friebele Dupree Jr.
    Frederick Friebele Dupree Jr.

    HONOLULU, HAWAII Frederick Friebele Dupree Jr., a Cambridge-based real estate developer, died in Honolulu, Hawaii, May 31, 2014. Born Aug. 22, 1931, in Santa Monica, Calif., he was 82. He was the son of Dr. Frederick Friebele Dupree Sr. and Caroline Henderson Dupree.

  • Virginia Mae Firmin Olund
    Virginia Mae Firmin Olund

    BLUE HILL and WHEATON, MD. — Virginia Mae Firmin Olund, 90, died peacefully Aug. 24, 2014, after a brief illness. She was born Feb. 25, 1924, in Washington, D.C., to Elsie Mae (Monroe) and John Clingan Firmin.

  • Katherine A. Bradbury
    Katherine A. Bradbury

    SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS — Katherine A. Bradbury, 72, passed away Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014 after a courageous battle with Huntington’s disease. She was born in Rochester, N.Y., to parents John R. and Margaret Storan.

  • William Henry Fenn
    William Henry Fenn

    BROOKLIN — William Henry Fenn, 84, died Aug. 21, 2014, at home after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born Sept. 16, 1929, in Bangor, the son of Mary Cushman Fenn and William H. Fenn III.

  • Frank W. Stoke

    SULLIVAN — Frank W. Stoke, 88, died peacefully Aug. 23, 2014, at his home in Sullivan with his best friend and wife of 59 years, Dorothea, at his side. Known by many in the area from his work at Vibert Pottery as well as his large garden, Frank enjoyed a simple life of creativity, exploration and abundance.

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