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Knowlton Park groundbreaking set for Oct. 7

Knowlton Park groundbreaking set for Oct. 7

Ground will be broken at the site of the Knowlton Community Park on Tuesday, Oct. 7, following final approval of…

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Surry welcomes new sculpture

Surry welcomes new sculpture

About 36 Surry residents, and a handful of their dogs, gathered Saturday at the town park to celebrate the installation…

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Stonington lobsterman lands rare orange lobster

Stonington lobsterman lands rare orange lobster

It may look ready for the melted butter and lemon, but this still-live lobster was caught in East Penobscot Bay…

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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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Grand gets big financial boost from Stanley Subaru

Grand gets big financial boost from Stanley Subaru

Oct. 17 will be a milestone date for The Grand.

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  • North American Power customers urged to check plans
    North American Power customers urged to check plans

    ELLSWORTH — Customers who signed up to receive service from a newcomer to Maine’s electricity market earlier this year should be on high alert, warned a Sept. 23 press release from the Maine Office of the Public Advocate, the state agency tasked with representing Maine residents in dealings with utility companies

  • Surry welcomes new sculpture
    Surry welcomes new sculpture

    SURRY — About 36 Surry residents, and a handful of their dogs, gathered Saturday at the town park to celebrate the installation of two sculptures at the town landing.

  • Knowlton Park groundbreaking set for Oct. 7
    Knowlton Park groundbreaking set for Oct. 7

    ELLSWORTH — Ground will be broken at the site of the Knowlton Community Park on Tuesday, Oct. 7, following final approval of the park project by the City Council Monday night.

  • Stonington lobsterman lands rare orange lobster

    STONINGTON — It may look ready for the melted butter and lemon, but this still-live lobster was caught in East Penobscot Bay last Saturday by Stonington fisherman Perley Frazier aboard his boat Jericho III.

  • Deer hunt plans to be discussed

    BAR HARBOR — Public informational meetings to discuss the proposed deer herd management plan to be voted on in November have been set for two days next month.

  • Runners and walkers to honor Penobscot school secretary this weekend
    Runners and walkers to honor Penobscot school secretary this weekend

    PENOBSCOT — Two road races this Saturday morning will celebrate the memory of Christine Kilpeck, the woman who answered phones at Penobscot Community School for over a decade.

  • New assistant principal taught on Vinalhaven
    New assistant principal taught on Vinalhaven

    BAR HARBOR — For new Conners Emerson School Assistant Principal Gloria Delsandro, Mount Desert Island seems like a downright cosmopolitan place. The Vermont native comes to the Bar Harbor school after a dozen years teaching on Vinalhaven Island off Rockland, with a year-round population of under 1,200.

  • On the Road Review: Toyota Tundra Platinum

    What if you could get your customers to trust in you, believe in your product(s) so much that they did not care about the latest fads, trends, or the need to be the latest and greatest — at anything — as long as you held fast to the basic tenets that the consumer first believed and held dear?

  • Candidates nights scheduled throughout October

    ELLSWORTH — Several candidates nights are scheduled in Hancock County throughout the month of October.

  • State Street accident snarls traffic
    State Street accident snarls traffic

    ELLSWORTH — Traffic was snarled during the 8 a.m. commute on State Street Monday while the Ellsworth Fire Department and police handled a rear-end collision involving two vehicles.

  • Possible new stations have Tesla owners charged up
    Possible new stations have Tesla owners charged up

    GOULDSBORO — When Scott and Suzanne Nash left Bethesda, Md., for Maine this summer, they suffered a bit of “range anxiety” — could they get from there to the village of Corea without running out of juice?

  • COA helps us 'get engaged'

    BAR HARBOR — College of the Atlantic has organized a series of informational sessions aimed at engaging students and the public in the issues and candidates of the 2014 election season.

  • CEO to crack down on theater group

    TREMONT — The town’s code enforcement officer is investigating possible zoning ordinance violations at a home used by an arts collective.

  • New business in Blue Hill matches caregivers, patients
    New business in Blue Hill matches caregivers, patients

    BLUE HILL — A new business has opened on Route 15 called Home Instead Senior Care, which matches caregivers with aging clients needing help to stay in their homes.

  • Cranberries awarded for report

    BAR HARBOR — The town of Cranberry Isles is the winner of the 2014 Supreme Award for the design, layout and content of their annual municipal report.

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Sports

  • Badminton time

    The Mount Desert Island YMCA Badminton Open is set for Oct. 1-12. Scheduled events are Men’s and Women’s Singles; and Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Doubles. The event features round robin preliminaries followed by a double elimination tournament. Participants are guaranteed a 3-game minimum. Game shuttles will be Yonex Mavis 350 (yellow) medium speed.

  • Memorial run planned in Milbridge on Oct. 18

    MILBRIDGE — The Elaine Hill Memorial 5K Run/Walk, now in its sixth year, will be held Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Women's Health Resource Library next to the Milbridge Medical Center.

  • Girls' soccer roundup
    Girls' soccer roundup

    ELLSWORTH — The George Stevens Academy Eagles became the first Hancock County girls’ team to record a fourth soccer win with a 4-1 victory over the Sumner Tigers on Friday in Blue Hill.

  • Top honors at first At Home Downeast Tennis Round Robin
    Top honors at first At Home Downeast Tennis Round Robin

    BLUE HILL — Mark Hurvitt of Blue Hill and Colleen Maynard of Southwest Harbor took top honors in the first At Home Downeast Tennis Round Robin held Saturday at the Blue Hill Country Club.

  • Schoodic Scramble winners
    Schoodic Scramble winners

    A field of 88 golfers turned out for the recent 17th annual Schoodic Scramble golf tournament, sponsored by Edith Dixon and Alan Goldstein and played at the Grindstone Neck Golf Course in Winter Harbor.

  • High school volleyball roundup
    High school volleyball roundup

    ELLSWORTH — The Bucksport Golden Bucks moved into second place in the state Class B volleyball standings on Tuesday with a close 3-2 win over the Class A Ellsworth Eagles.

  • GSA boys and girls win Blue Hill meet
    GSA boys and girls win Blue Hill meet

    BLUE HILL — Perfect scores don’t often come along in high school cross-country, but the George Stevens Academy Eagle boys recorded one in last week’s meet the featured most of Hancock County’s teams.

  • Ellsworth rolls over top-ranked Presque Isle 3-0
    Ellsworth rolls over top-ranked Presque Isle 3-0

    ELLSWORTH — In their first five games of the season, the Ellsworth Eagle boys struggled to find the kind of on-field chemistry they’d been expecting since their first practice sessions.

  • Swing for Habitat golf fundraiser set Oct. 4

    ELLSWORTH — Hancock County Habitat for Humanity’s 13th annual Swing for Habitat golf fundraiser has been scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 4, (rain date will be Sunday, Oct. 5) at the historic Northeast Harbor Golf Club on Mount Desert Island.

  • Hawks best Trojan soccer
    Hawks best Trojan soccer

    HERMON — The Mount Desert Island High School varsity boys soccer team fell to Hermon Tuesday evening 3-1, bringing the team to a 1-3 record on the scene. The Trojans’ one goal came from Joe Grubb.

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Arts

  • New stories offer compelling plots, characters
    New stories offer compelling plots, characters

    DEER ISLE — Some of the best stories, in life and in fiction, involve a bit of mystery and wonder.

  • Remebering Joyce Chen: Chef’s mother featured on 'Forever' stamp
    Remebering Joyce Chen: Chef’s mother featured on 'Forever' stamp

    GOULDSBORO — The late Joyce Chen was a wonderful chef who introduced northern Asian cuisine to the U.S., but once her restaurants boomed, her children rarely got a nibble.

  • Grand audience vote for best short film

    ELLSWORTH — Filmgoers in Ellsworth will unite with audiences in over 250 cities spanning six continents to vote on the work of filmmakers from around the world when the 17th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival returns to The Grand Thursday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m.

  • Jesup names Brechlin October featured artist
    Jesup names Brechlin October featured artist

    BAR HARBOR — Bar Harbor’s final First Friday Art Walk of the year takes place on Oct. 3, and Mount Desert Islander Editor Earl Brechlin will be the featured artist at the Jesup Memorial Library. Brechlin will greet visitors at a reception in the Gladys Franklin O’Neil Periodicals Room that night from 6-9 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

  • Irvine and Little talk and signing
    Irvine and Little talk and signing

    MOUNT DESERT — On Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 5:30 p.m., the Northeast Harbor Library will host a book signing and talk with painter William Irvine and author Carl Little.

  • Soupstock starts Oct. 4
    Soupstock starts Oct. 4

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The Common Good Café has announced the schedule for the Fourth Annual Soupstock Festival on Saturday, Oct. 4, from noon-7 p.m.

  • Library celebrates banned book week
    Library celebrates banned book week

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The Southwest Harbor Public Library is celebrating Banned Books Week, an annual event celebrating the freedom to read, with a display of books wrapped in brown paper and a note explaining why an attempt to ban the books was made.

  • Acadia Night Sky Festival offers shuttle to star party
    Acadia Night Sky Festival offers shuttle to star party

    BAR HARBOR — The Acadia Night Sky Festival will offer a free “Shuttle to the Stars” as public transportation to the Star Party on Cadillac Mountain, which will take place 8-10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27.

  • Final First Friday Art Walk coming

    BAR HARBOR — The final First Friday Art Walk of 2014 will take place on Oct. 3. The event has brought a myriad of talented artisans and fabulous events to Bar Harbor this year, and the final collection is no exception.

  • Native film sheds light

    BAR HARBOR — The Abbe Museum presents the first installment of their 6th Annual Native American Film Series, “In the Light of Reverence,” on Thursday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. This year's film series will draw on the theme of balance featured in the Twisted Path III exhibit.

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Obituaries

  • Denis Anthony Roessiger
    Denis Anthony Roessiger

    PENOBSCOT — Denis Anthony Roessiger, of Penobscot passed away suddenly Monday Sept. 22, 2014, while visiting family in Tuftonboro, N.H.

  • Nathan A. Booker

    BELGRADENathan A. Booker, 80, died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at his home surrounded by his family. He was born Nov. 19, 1933, in Brewer, the son of Reginald, Sr. and Harriet (Hall) Booker.

  • Malcolm Donald
    Malcolm Donald

    GREAT CRANBERRY ISLAND Malcolm Donald, 74, died peacefully Sept. 20, 2014, in his home on Great Cranberry Island. He was born Aug. 16, 1940, in San Francisco, Calif. He was the son of Alexander and Barbara Donald.

  • Liam Wyston Rollo Casement
    Liam Wyston Rollo Casement

    EASTPORT Liam Wyston Rollo Casement, 39, of Eastport passed away Sept. 16, 2014. He was born March 10, 1975, in Bangor, the son of Douglas Kendall and Rose Anne (Miller) Casement.

  • William Evarts Benjamin II
    William Evarts Benjamin II

    MANALAPAN, FLA. And PRETTY MARSHHaving celebrated his 90th birthday on Sept. 18, William Evarts Benjamin II died peacefully at his beloved Maine home in Pretty Marsh on Sept. 21, 2014, surrounded by his family and his dogs. Born on Sept. 18, 1924, he resided in New York, Southhampton, Long Island and Cooperstown, N.Y.

  • Edward J. Lettinger

    GOULDSBORO — Edward J. Lettinger passed away peacefully Sept. 21, 2014, surrounded by the family that loved him. Edward was born Oct. 2, 1952, in Bangor, son of the late Leonard and Martha (Stoeffler) Lettinger. Edward will be remembered for his compassion, giving nature, and most importantly his love, guidance and pride in his family.

  • Patricia B. Hodgkins

    HANCOCK — Patricia B. Hodgkins, 74, wife of Herbert O. Hodgkins, died Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. She was born Sept. 4, 1940, in Tennessee, the daughter of Dean and Marion (Ladner) Bailey.

  • Evelyn A. Vistica

    ELLSWORTH — Evelyn A. Vistica, 84, loving mother, grandmother and widow of Robert Vistica, passed away Sep. 15, 2014, at her Bayside home. She was born Dec. 10, 1929, the daughter of the late Arthur Andersen and Gudrun (Ericksen) Andersen in Bronx, N.Y.

  • Glenn M. Dodge

    ELLSWORTH — Glenn M. Dodge, 84, died Sept. 19, 2014. He is survived by his five children; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

  • Richard "Dick" S. Libby
    Richard

    BAR HARBOR — Richard “Dick” S. Libby, 87, died peacefully Sept. 13, 2014, at the Maine Veterans Home in Augusta. He was born Sept. 30, 1926, in Bar Harbor, a son of Seth E. Libby and Helen (Greeley) Libby.

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