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Lamoine man builds life-size moose

Lamoine man builds life-size moose

Jerry Longer is, at heart (if not in his genes), a creator. As a boy in Iowa, he used old…

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All Peregrine falcon nesting areas in ANP are open

All Peregrine falcon nesting areas in ANP are open

The Precipice, Valley Cove and Jordan Cliffs trails in Acadia National Park re-opened on Friday, Aug. 1. The areas had…

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Arrests and summonses

Arrests and summonses

The following individuals were arrested and/or summonsed in Hancock County in recent days:

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Residents and officials talk Callahan Mine cleanup

Residents and officials talk Callahan Mine cleanup

It was mostly business as usual when state and federal environmental officials arrived at the Brooksville town office Tuesday

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Bucksport day care could close permanently

Bucksport day care could close permanently

A child day care center could be forced to close permanently after allegations by state health officials that its staff…

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She said yes: Man proposes via classified ad

She said yes: Man proposes via classified ad

A Maryland man proposed to his girlfriend last week by placing a classified ad in the Mount Desert Islander and…

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  • Zoning rewrite focus of hearing

    BAR HARBOR — A proposed reorganization of the land use ordinance (LUO) expected to come before voters this November is slated for a public hearing on Tuesday, Aug. 5. The meeting in the town council chambers of the municipal building begins at 7 p.m.

  • Morris Memorial regatta supports young sailors

    MOUNT DESERT — Competitors in this weekend’s Tom Morris Memorial Regatta double their fun: they enjoy a competitive pursuit-style race and also know they’re helping pass on the love of sailing to new generations.

  • Harvey's last stand: Lamoine man builds life-size moose
    Harvey's last stand: Lamoine man builds life-size moose

    LAMOINE — Jerry Longer is, at heart (if not in his genes), a creator. As a boy in Iowa, he used old lumber and rags to make the replica of a moose head.

  • MDI Bio Lab marks year full of success

    BAR HARBOR — Despite the many challenges facing scientific research, by all reports, 2013 was a successful year for the Mount Desert Island Biology Laboratory (MDIBL).

  • Host families sought for students

    ELLSWORTH — Visiting students (ages 15-18) from around the world, including Germany, Spain, Switzerland and Thailand, are seeking host families in and around Ellsworth for the upcoming 2014-2015 academic school year.

  • All Peregrine falcon nesting areas in Acadia National Park are open
    All Peregrine falcon nesting areas in Acadia National Park are open

    BAR HARBOR — The Precipice, Valley Cove and Jordan Cliffs trails in Acadia National Park re-opened on Friday, Aug. 1. The areas had been closed since March to prevent the disturbance of peregrine falcon nests.

  • Residents and officials talk Callahan Mine cleanup
    Residents and officials talk Callahan Mine cleanup

    BROOKSVILLE — It was mostly business as usual when state and federal environmental officials arrived at the Brooksville town office Tuesday evening for an annual status update on the Callahan Mine cleanup efforts.

  • Arrests and summonses

    ELLSWORTH — The following individuals were arrested and/or summonsed in Hancock County in recent days:

  • Plan targeting 'tumbleweeds'

    MOUNT DESERT — Keeping Northeast Harbor from resembling a ghost town in the off-season is the goal of John and Johanna Boynton in constructing new buildings on Main Street with retail, office and residential space.

  • Vision quest tour operator failed to see ticket coming

    ACADIA NATIONAL PARK — The operator of a company offering to take visitors on "Acadia Vision Quest" tours in the park was cited by rangers last week on a charge of engaging in commercial activities without a permit.

  • Bucksport day care could close permanently
    Bucksport day care could close permanently

    BUCKSPORT — A child day care center could be forced to close permanently after allegations by state health officials that its staff didn’t properly supervise 3- and 4-year-olds using the Bucksport Municipal Pool.

  • Cell tower deal sought

    MOUNT DESERT — Representatives of AT&T and Acadia National Park will try to work out a compromise on the height and appearance of a cell phone tower the company wants to locate in Otter Creek.

  • Substation fight lands in court

    BAR HARBOR — Residents unhappy with plans by Emera Maine to build a new electrical substation in their neighborhood are taking their protest to court.

  • City man summoned, charged with big unpaid bill

    ELLSWORTH — A city man was summoned on a felony-level theft of services charge this week after he allegedly failed to pay a bill of more than $2,000 at a local motel.

  • Search starts for new EHS principal
    Search starts for new EHS principal

    ELLSWORTH — Members of the group that will start the work of finding a new principal for Ellsworth High School (EHS) met for the first time Tuesday afternoon and talked about what qualities they want in the school’s next leader.

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Sports

  • Echo Lake swim slated for August 9

    The 20th annual Bill Reeve Echo Lake Swim will be held Saturday, Aug. 9, at Ike’s Point on Mount Desert Island.

  • Schaefer Memorial Road Race set Aug. 9 in Birch Harbor

    GOULDSBORO — Advance registration has begun for the 13th annual Schaefer Memorial Five-kilometer Road Race on Saturday, Aug. 9, in Birch Harbor.

  • Fun Run Aug. 2 to kick off Blue Hill Community Races

    BLUE HILL —  Blue Hill Memorial Hospital (BHMH) and the Blue Hill YMCA, a department of the Down East Family YMCA in Ellsworth, are joining forces for two upcoming races.

  • 38th Croquet Classic to open

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The 38th Claremont Croquet Classic will begin Sunday, Aug. 3, with play to continue through the following week.

  • Annual soccer camp plans three sessions

    The 23rd annual Bootin’ Eagle Soccer Camp for boys and girls from kindergarten through grade 12 is being held in July and August at the Ellsworth High School practice soccer field.

  • Dynamic Due race in Bucksport August 2

    The fourth annual Dynamic Duo 3-Mile Race will be held Saturday, Aug. 2, with a start and finish at Bucksport High School’s Carmichael Field.

  • Tuning up for fall
    Tuning up for fall

    ELLSWORTH — Ellsworth hosted its third annual high school football camp co-sponsored by the NFL and National Guard on Saturday and Sunday, July 26-27, at Ellsworth High School.

  • Acadians ousted in Zone 1 semifinal
    Acadians ousted in Zone 1 semifinal

    BANGOR — Bangor righthander Peter Kemble ended the season for the Trenton Acadians with a complete game four-hit pitching performance for the Bangor Comrades in American Legion Zone 1 semifinal action Saturday night at  Husson University.

  • Co-ed adult softball builds momentum
    Co-ed adult softball builds momentum

    BAR HARBOR — The previously undefeated Little Anthony’s “Nacho Average Softball Team” was upset 19-15 by Edlund Ironworks on July 23. The teams are part of the revitalized Mount Desert Island Co-Ed Softball League.

  • Pace Cadets win trail relay
    Pace Cadets win trail relay

    ELLSWORTH — A team composed of Hancock County runners won Maine’s first overnight relay race — the Down East Sunrise Trail Relay.

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Arts

  • Summer organ series scheduled

    BAR HARBOR — St. Saviour’s Episcopal Parish will host the eighth annual Summer Organ Series on Fridays in August from 12:15-1 p.m. The schedule is as follows.

  • Harborside troupe triumphs in "Hamlet"
    Harborside troupe triumphs in

    NORTHEAST HARBOR — Humor? ”Hamlet”? You don’t usually expect to laugh during a production of William Shakespeare’s famous tragedy.

  • Innovative artists focus of pop-up show
    Innovative artists focus of pop-up show

    NORTHEAST HARBOR — Ellsworth native Vivian Beer, whose sculpture and furniture has been shown at The Smithsonian Institution’s Renwick Gallery, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts and other prominent venues, is being featured in “The Wild & Domestic” running from July 31 through Aug. 5 at the Tent at 129 Main St.

  • Schoodic Sculpture Symposium may widen its venue
    Schoodic Sculpture Symposium may widen its venue

    The Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium is in its fifth and final year this summer — but it may live on under a new and broader scope.

  • Portrait of an island's artists on display
    Portrait of an island's artists on display

    For many folks, Swans is just a remote offshore island a long ferry ride from Bass Harbor. Known for its bustling lobster fishing industry, it is home to abandoned granite quarries, a handful of small villages, a few shops, an elementary school, Grange Hall and one of the nicest libraries in Maine. But now there's a new line to add to the island's communal resume – artist colony.

  • Fine arts shows set in Northeast Harbor

    MOUNT DESERT — The Northeast HarborFest is planned for this weekend, Aug. 2 and 3 on Northeast Harbor’s marina waterfront green. It will run concurrent with Morris Yacht’s annual boat show.

  • Mount Desert Chamber Fest debut concert a true delight
    Mount Desert Chamber Fest debut concert a true delight

    MOUNT DESERT — The many regular attendees of the Mount Desert Festival of Chamber Music were saddened last year when, after 50 years as director, Natalie Raimondi stepped down. Her husband, violinist Matthew Raimondi, who founded the popular summer series of concerts, retired some five or six years ago.

  • Art Meets Science at MDI biological lab
    Art Meets Science at MDI biological lab

    BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory hosted their first Art Meets Science gallery event of the season on July 10. The opening kicked off the third year of the exhibits which showcase art submitted by local artists, scientific photography and the collaboration of artists and scientists.

  • MDI Directions Fine Crafts Show returns

    BAR HARBOR — Maine Crafts Guild hosts its annual MDI Directions Fine Crafts Show, Friday evening through Sunday afternoon, Aug. 1-3, at Mount Desert High School, Route 233. Known for excellence in their craft, more than 80 artists will exhibit their work for sale over the course of three days.

  • Soloists to sing together
    Soloists to sing together

    MOUNT DESERT — Soprano Asleif Willmer and mezzo-soprano Miriam Schildkret will present a vocal recital with pianist Clayton W. Smith at the Somesville Union Meeting House on Main Street on Monday, Aug. 4, at 8 p.m. Both are featured soloists in the Mount Desert Summer Chorale’s concerts taking place later in the week.

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Obituaries

  • Michael S. MacCulloch

    FRANKLIN — Michael S. MacCulloch, 49, died July 30, 2014, in Ellsworth. He was born March 24, 1965, in Waukesha, Wis., the son of William and Joan (Skinner) MacCulloch.

  • Evelyn Alice Tewell

    ELLSWORTH — Evelyn Alice Tewell (nee Stangroom), 89, of Ellsworth died peacefully Monday, July 28, 2014, at Courtland Rehabilitation and Living Center in Ellsworth. Evelyn was born Sept. 20, 1924, in Woburn, Mass.

  • Randi Collins

    HANCOCKOn Jan. 5, 1929, a beautiful little girl named Randi was born to Einar and Astrid Gjetrang in the little town of Sorum, Norway. Randi Collins died July 7, 2014, at her son’s house in Steuben at the age of 85.

  • Joan Betty Bowker Babson
    Joan Betty Bowker Babson

    BLUE HILL — Joan Betty Bowker Babson died peacefully and went to be with her Lord on July 23, 2014, in Ellsworth. She was born April 22, 1932, in Machias, daughter of Mildred Katherine Bowker Hatt and grew up with her grandparents, Eva and Harland Bowker.

  • Douglas Coleman

    LAMOINEA celebration of the life of Jackson Laboratory scientist, environmentalist and philanthropist Douglas Coleman, Ph.D. (1931-2014) will take place at The Jackson Laboratory, 600 Main St., Bar Harbor on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, from 3 to 5 p.m. For a complete obituary and condolences, go to www.jordanfernald.com.

  • Hugh Dwelley

    ISLESFORD — Hugh Dwelley, 82, died April 10, 2014, at Fairfax Hospital in Virginia of a heart attack.

  • Edward R. "Country" Minott
    Edward R.

    WESTFORD, MASS. — Edward R. “Country” Minott, 61, of Westford, Mass., died Thursday, July 24, 2014, at his home surrounded by his loving wife and daughters.

  • Daniels "Danny" Jay Douglass Sr.
    Daniels

    SEDGWICK — Daniels “Danny” Jay Douglass Sr., 67, of Sedgwick passed away peacefully July 23, 2014, at home surrounded by his family. He was born July 12, 1947, in Castine, the son of Philip J. and Jeanette F. (Thompson) Douglass.

  • Donald E. Ross

    FORT WALTON Beach, FLA.Donald E. Ross was a World War II veteran and proud of his service in the United States Navy and served aboard the USS Bennington. He was a lifetime member of the VFW, American Legion and Disabled Veterans.

  • Elizabeth Hulbert Marler
    Elizabeth Hulbert Marler

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Elizabeth Hulbert Marler passed away after a long and courageous battle against Alzheimer’s disease on June 18, 2014, with family by her side. Elizabeth was born in Bryn Mawr, Pa., on Oct. 20, 1925, to the late Richard and Elizabeth McKey.

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