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Stonington tea business a finalist in Martha Stewart competition

Stonington tea business a finalist in Martha Stewart competition

Loose tea business Tempest in a Teapot is a finalist for a national competition called “Martha Stewart American-Made.”

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MMA offshore sailors find going rough at Navy

MMA offshore sailors find going rough at Navy

The Maine Maritime Academy offshore sailing team traveled to Annapolis last weekend to race Navy 44 sloops in the Shields…

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Officer Mote honored for 15 years of service

Officer Mote honored for 15 years of service

Officer Kelvin Mote was recognized at the September meeting of the Ellsworth City Council for his 15 years of service…

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Ex-employee accused of stealing thousands from U.S. Cellular

Ex-employee accused of stealing thousands from U.S. Cellular

A man who used to work at the local U.S. Cellular store is due in court later this fall after…

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Brewer woman dies after Orrington accident

Brewer woman dies after Orrington accident

A Brewer woman has died after getting injured in an alleged hit-and-run accident earlier this month, according to the Penobscot…

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Applications for new GSA headmaster exceed 50

Applications for new GSA headmaster exceed 50

More than 50 hopefuls are seeking a gig as the next George Stevens Academy headmaster.

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  • Jewish High Holy Days begin

    ELLSWORTH — Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins at sundown Wednesday, Sept. 24, and will end at sundown on Saturday, Oct. 4. The holiday marks the start of the year 5775 in the Hebrew calendar.

  • Firefighters contract approved

    BAR HARBOR — A new, three-year contract between the Professional Fire Fighters of Bar Harbor union and the town was approved by town councilors last week.

  • Stonington tea business a finalist in Martha Stewart competition
    Stonington tea business a finalist in Martha Stewart competition

    STONINGTON — Loose tea business Tempest in a Teapot is a finalist for a national competition called “Martha Stewart American-Made.”

  • Lobster union may sue over federal whale rules
    Lobster union may sue over federal whale rules

    BAR HARBOR — Local 207 of the newly organized Maine Lobstering Union has filed a notice of intent to sue the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) over sinking rope regulations meant to reduce whale entanglements, Department of Marine Resources officials said at the Lobster Zone B Council meeting last Wednesday.

  • MMA offshore sailors find going rough at Navy
    MMA offshore sailors find going rough at Navy

    CASTINE — The Maine Maritime Academy offshore sailing team traveled to Annapolis last weekend to race Navy 44 sloops in the Shields Trophy Regatta and came home empty-handed.

  • Skatepark is renewed

    BAR HARBOR — Supporters of a plan to build a skateboarding park on the town athletic fields have another year to complete their project.

  • Land use redux anew

    BAR HARBOR — A comprehensive reorganization of the land use ordinance is again on track for a town meeting vote, this time in June 2015.

  • Bucksport traffic stop yields 13 pounds of marijuana, three arrests
    Bucksport traffic stop yields 13 pounds of marijuana, three arrests

    BUCKSPORT — An early-morning traffic stop on Central Street Sept. 20 resulted in three arrests after a patrol officer found 13 pounds of marijuana in the stopped vehicle.

  • Officer Mote honored for 15 years of service
    Officer Mote honored for 15 years of service

    ELLSWORTH — Officer Kelvin Mote was recognized at the September meeting of the Ellsworth City Council for his 15 years of service with the Ellsworth Police Department.

  • Deer vote on ballot

    BAR HARBOR — Town councilors recently approved signing the warrant for a special town meeting on Nov. 4 for a vote on the proposed deer herd reduction plan.

  • Yellowtail hatching off Taunton Bay

    FRANKLIN — The University of Maine’s Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research (CCAR) on the shore of Taunton Bay has hatched its first large batch of juvenile yellowtail kingfish, a tropical relative of tuna, from adult brood stock.

  • Ex-employee accused of stealing $19,000 from U.S. Cellular

    ELLSWORTH — A man who used to work at the local U.S. Cellular store is due in court later this fall after police said he allegedly stole nearly $19,000 worth of services from his former employer.

  • Brewer woman dies after Orrington accident

    ORRINGTON — A Brewer woman has died after getting injured in an alleged hit-and-run accident earlier this month, according to the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office.

  • High winds strand passengers on ship
    High winds strand passengers on ship

    BAR HARBOR — Most passengers aboard the Holland America Line’s Maasdam were not able to get off the ship and explore Mount Desert Island during their stop here last week due to choppy seas, Harbormaster Charlie Phippen said. One of the most frequent cruise ship visitors to Bar Harbor, the boat carries 1,258 passengers.

  • Human Ecology Forums scheduled

    BAR HARBOR — College of the Atlantic has announced its weekly slate of Human Ecology Forums for the current academic year, dealing with topics from politics to poetry, from North Korea to Nepal.

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Sports

  • EHS grad wins paraclimbing gold medal
    EHS grad wins paraclimbing gold medal

    ELLSWORTH — Ellsworth native Maureen Beck climbed her way to a Gold Medal at the Sport Paraclimbing World Championships recently.

  • Great Strides walk

    BAR HARBOR — The 24th Annual Great Strides Walk to Cure Cystic Fibrosis is set for Saturday, Sept. 27, at 9 a.m. leaving from the Conners Emerson School. Check in at 8:30 a.m. A new feature will be a shorter walk with a course of 3 miles coinciding with the original 6-mile walk.

  • Half marathon is Saturday

    BAR HARBOR — Hundreds of runners are lacing up their shoes in anticipation of the YMCA Half Marathon and the family-oriented Fall 5K on Sept. 20.

  • Homecoming at EHS

    ELLSWORTH — The annual Homecoming will be celebrated Friday, September 19 at Ellsworth High School with a wide range of activities.

  • Girls' soccer roundup
    Girls' soccer roundup

    ELLSWORTH — This early in the season, Eastern Maine soccer rankings give only a glimpse of what one may expect from a favorite team over the next several weeks.

  • Boys' soccer roundup
    Boys' soccer roundup

    ELLSWORTH — With wins in their first three games, the Ellsworth Eagle boys were ranked third in the Eastern Maine Class B soccer standings published this week by the Maine Principals’ Association.

  • Hike for Mike

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Acadia Family Center is registering hikers now for Hike for Mike 2014, set for Oct. 4-12 in Acadia National Park.

  • High school volleyball roundup
    High school volleyball roundup

    ELLSWORTH — The Mount Desert Island Trojans upped their record to 4-0 this week with wins over Ellsworth and southern Maine opponents Cheverus and Scarborough.

  • High school golf roundup

    ELLSWORTH —  The Mount Desert Island Trojans and the Bucksport Golden Bucks are well on their way to solid seasons in high school golf.

  • Informational meeting on concussion

    BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School health office will hold a Concussion Information Night on Thursday, Sept. 25, 6-7:30 p.m. for middle and high school athletes and families. The high school has a comprehensive concussion protocol and conducts imPACT testing per Department of Education guidelines.

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Arts

  • Book remembers old Bar Harbor

    BAR HARBOR — Former Bar Harbor native LeRoy Dyer has just completed his first book, “BAH HAHBAH, Growing up in Bar Harbor in the 1940s and 1950s.”

  • Acoustic blues in Winter Harbor
    Acoustic blues in Winter Harbor

    WINTER HARBOR — Acoustic blues revivalist Martin Grosswendt, whose career took off at the Tryworks Coffeehouse in New Bedford, Mass., will take the stage at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at the Last Friday Coffeehouse at Hammond Hall in Winter Harbor.

  • Surry celebrates art installation

    SURRY — The town of Surry will celebrate the installation of its new pieces of outdoor art with a program on Saturday, Sept. 27, at the town landing.

  • Garden Club receives honors
    Garden Club receives honors

    ELLSWORTH — At its recent September business meeting, the Ellsworth Garden Club hosted Cindi Kimball, the St. Croix District director for the Garden Club Federation of Maine (GCFM).

  • Events abound for the Acadia Night Sky Festival
    Events abound for the Acadia Night Sky Festival

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

  • Down East tale comes to Jesup

    BAR HARBOR — Maine author Jon Keller will be at the Jesup Memorial Library to read from and sign copies of his book, “Of Sea and Cloud,” on Thursday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m.

  • Land & Garden Preserve names Don Coates board Life Member

    MOUNT DESERT — At the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Land & Garden Preserve in the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden in August, Don E. Coates was elected Life Member of the board of directors.

  • Snowshoe maker to sign DIY book
    Snowshoe maker to sign DIY book

    BAR HARBOR — Master snowshoe maker Brian J. Theriault will sign copies of “Leaving Tracks: A Maine Tradition,” a book he and his father, Edmond Theriault, wrote. The signing will take place at Sherman’s Bookstore on Wednesday, Sept. 24, from 6-8 p.m.

  • Salty Dog Gallery hosts invitational
    Salty Dog Gallery hosts invitational

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Marine artist Phil Steel, owner of the Salty Dog Gallery in Southwest Harbor, has taken a page from the Shaw Gallery's MDI Open show held in Northeast Harbor early each summer.

  • The Grand welcomes annual puppet festival
    The Grand welcomes annual puppet festival

    ELLSWORTH — “The 4th Annual Great Ellsworth Puppet Festival” runs at The Grand from Sept. 26-28. The schedule follows.

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Obituaries

  • 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.

  • Neil S. Harvey
    Neil S. Harvey

    WALDOBORO — Neil S. Harvey, 66, died Sept. 20, 2014, at Maine Medical Center in Portland. Neil was born Sept. 30, 1947, in Ellsworth to Sheldon and Minnie Carter Harvey.

  • George McVety
    George McVety

    CAPE CORAL, FLA. and SOUTHWEST HARBOR George McVety of Cape Coral, Fla., and formerly of Southwest Harbor passed away Sept. 16, 2014, after a long battle with heart disease. George will be remembered for his warmth, humor, compassion, honest friendship and that ever-present twinkle in the eye.

  • Darrell A. Holbrook
    Darrell A. Holbrook

    COLUMBIA — The family of Darrell A. Holbrook, 68, of Deblois welcomes you to join them for a Celebration of Life at the Columbia Town Hall, 106 Epping Road, Columbia on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, at 2 p.m.

  • Wilbur Ernest Wolf
    Wilbur Ernest Wolf

    WESTBROOK —Wilbur Ernest Wolf, retired registered nurse, passed away peacefully Monday morning, Sept. 15, 2014, at Springbrook Center in Westbrook, surrounded by loving family members.

  • Cheryl-Anne "Jackie" Michaud

    ASHEBORO, N.C. and SOUTHWEST HARBOR —Cheryl-Anne “Jackie” Michaud, 67, of Asheboro, N.C., formerly of Lewiston and Greene and Southwest Harbor, died peacefully Sept. 11, 2014, with family by her side. Born in Lewiston Nov. 1, 1947, to parents Roland and Emilienne Doyon, she married her beloved husband Jim Michaud on April 20, 1968. They had two children, Cherie Michaud Blake and Marc Michaud.

  • Arthur "Nick" Moody
    Arthur

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR —Arthur “Nick” Moody, 82, passed away Sept. 15, 2014, surrounded by his family. He was born Jan. 19, 1932, in Taunton, Mass., the son of the late Remington and Ruth Moody.

  • Dorothy Crounse Lauriat

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR —On Sept. 14, 2014, Dorothy Crounse Lauriat, 92, died at a Bangor facility. The daughter of Cyrus Crounse and Ruth Bamer Crounse, she was born Feb. 16, 1922, in Albany, N.Y.

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