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Motorist injured in rollover into stream

Motorist injured in rollover into stream

Twenty eight-year-old Brian Stanwood Jr. of Steuben is being treated for unspecified injuries at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital after a…

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Pig farmer prepares for final Blue Hill Fair

Pig farmer prepares for final Blue Hill Fair

Linda Herrick has always loved the smell of pigs.

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Feather in cap for Orland area conservation group

Feather in cap for Orland area conservation group

The wilderness around Great Pond Mountain is one of those areas that flies under, or more probably over, the radar…

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Armed, camo-clad man at doctor's office is charged

Armed, camo-clad man at doctor's office is charged

A man clad in camouflage and carrying a semi-automatic pistol outside a doctor’s office Monday afternoon prompted brief panic and…

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Body of Bar Harbor man recovered from Donnell Pond

Body of Bar Harbor man recovered from Donnell Pond

The body of a Bar Harbor man who jumped into Donnell Pond Sunday afternoon was found Monday morning by divers…

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District Court June 28 through July 31

District Court June 28 through July 31

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

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  • Motorist injured in rollover into stream
    Motorist injured in rollover into stream

    GOULDSBORO — Twenty eight-year-old Brian Stanwood Jr. of Steuben is being treated for unspecified injuries at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital after a one-vehicle accident in which his pickup truck went off Route 1 and eventually landed in West Bay Stream Tuesday.

  • Bar Harbor summit tackles global arsenic problem
    Bar Harbor summit tackles global arsenic problem

    BAR HARBOR – Scientists, consumer advocates, health officials, food industry representatives, educators and policy makers are working on a plan to reduce global exposure to arsenic in food and drinking water by half by the year 2020. The detailed plan, developed at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory’s second annual Human and Environmental Sustainability Summit, will be released later this year.

  • Schoodic Community Fund awards $13K in grants

    GOULDSBORO The Schoodic Community Fund, a nonprofit organization that awards grants to improve the quality of life for residents on the Schoodic Peninsula, this year awarded nearly $13,000 in grants.

  • Green crabs assessment help wanted

    WEST BOOTHBAY HARBOR — The Department of Marine Resources is asking members of the fishing industry for help assessing the extent of the current threat from European green crabs along the Maine coast.

  • Gouldsboro pig farmer prepares for final Blue Hill Fair
    Gouldsboro pig farmer prepares for final Blue Hill Fair

    GOULDSBORO — Linda Herrick has always loved the smell of pigs.

  • Skatepark deja vu

    BAR HARBOR — Supporters of efforts to build a skatepark on the town athletic fields on Park Street are asking town councilors for another year to raise funds for the first stage of the project.

  • Flags to be lowered in honor of former Bar Harbor fire chief
    Flags to be lowered in honor of former Bar Harbor fire chief

    BAR HARBOR — Governor Paul R. LePage on Tuesday ordered the state of Maine flag lowered to half-staff in the town of Bar Harbor on Wednesday, Aug. 27, in honor of former Fire Chief David W. Rand.

  • Feather in cap for Orland area conservation group
    Feather in cap for Orland area conservation group

    ORLAND — The wilderness around Great Pond Mountain is one of those areas that flies under, or more probably over, the radar of many travelers heading up Route 1 en route to Acadia National Park, Washington County or beyond.

  • Armed, camo-clad man at doctor's office is charged

    ELLSWORTH — A man clad in camouflage and carrying a semi-automatic pistol outside a doctor’s office Monday afternoon prompted brief panic and a quick response from police.

  • Picnic spotlights bygone summers
    Picnic spotlights bygone summers

    The Seal Cove Auto Museum found a novel way to put the fun back in fundraising with their recent Rusticator’s Picnic on the museum grounds. More than 100 people attended the Aug. 10 event, many dressed in period costumes.

  • Acadia to begin repairs to bridges

    ACADIA NATIONAL PARK— The National Park Service will be performing maintenance and significant repairs to several motor road bridges here beginning in September. The work will involve waterproofing, improving drainage, and rehabilitating and/or reconstructing masonry and mortar joints of the bridges. The repair work will continue over the next year and is expected to be completed by the end of September 2015.

  • Proposed street names irk Blue Hill selectmen

    BLUE HILL — “The Road Less Traveled” is not a fit road name, the Board of Selectmen decreed Friday.

  • Cruise fee increase approved

    BAR HARBOR — An increase of $.30 per passenger in cruise ship fees beginning in 2016 was approved by town councilors Tuesday. The 8 percent increase, from $4 to $4.30, marks the first time since the introduction of the fees in 2009 that the amount has changed, and is ascribed to rising costs of doing business, chamber of commerce director Chris Fogg said.

  • Meet Sen. George Mitchell and candidate Ted Koffman

    BAR HARBOR — Volunteers with the Hancock County Democratic Committee are invited to meet state Senate candidate Ted Koffman and Sen. George Mitchell Wednesday, Aug. 27.

  • Chief sharing discussion set

    MOUNT DESERT — The feasibility of Mount Desert and Bar Harbor sharing a police chief on a permanent basis will be the topic of discussion when the elected officials of the two towns hold a joint public meeting Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. at the Somesville fire station.

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Sports

  • 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.

  • Fencing club gets to the point
    Fencing club gets to the point

    MOUNT DESERT — One of two Olympic fencing clubs in the state of Maine meets in Northeast Harbor every Tuesday. The Down East School of Fencing (DESF) with coach John Krauss offers child, teen and adult classes.

  • Three golf tourney fundraisers slated on September calendar

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

  • Road race set for August 23

    MOUNT DESERT — The 37th annual 5-mile road race/family fun walk to benefit the Northeast Harbor Ambulance Company is set for Saturday, Aug. 23. Crow Athletics is organizing the event.

  • Let’s go Trojans

    BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School fall athletic season is underway. Football, boys and girls soccer, cross country, volleyball, golf and cheering began tryouts and practices this week. Sailing for grades 8-12 is a club sport in the fall, a program of the MDI Community Sailing Center.

  • Are you ready for some football?
    Are you ready for some football?

    BAR HARBOR — For players and coaches in the Mount Desert Island High School football program, summer ended and fall began all at once Monday. Football season has officially begun.

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Arts

  • Agatha Christie whodunit caps season
    Agatha Christie whodunit caps season

    Aside from its thought-provoking opener, “Red,” about the life and work of painter Mark Rothko, the Acadia Repertory Theatre has focused on fun this season with a French farce and a silly spy thriller.

  • "Swan's Island Chronicles" author to speak Aug. 30

    ELLSWORTH — Author Kate Webber will speak about her two-year stay on Swan’s Island, brought alive in her book “Swan’s Island Chronicles: Borrowed, Exaggerated and Half-Forgotten Tales of Island Life,” at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30, at the Ellsworth Public Library.

  • Schoodic Sculptors busily carving their stones
    Schoodic Sculptors busily carving their stones

    GOULDSBORO — Seven sculptors are putting their noses to the grindstone at the fifth and final Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium, which runs from Aug. 3 to Sept. 14.

  • First Friday art and fashion
    First Friday art and fashion

    BAR HARBOR — The First Friday Art Walk and Fashion Night Out merge in September with the debut of the Art of Fashion on Friday, Sept. 5. Dress in haute couture or simply in your own funky style and hit the sidewalks of Bar Harbor to enjoy fabulously fashionable events.

  • Sandy Phippen presents 'a monument' to Sturge
    Sandy Phippen presents 'a monument' to Sturge

    BAR HARBOR — Sandy Phippen will read from and sign copies of “Sturge: A Memoir” at the Jesup Memorial Library Thursday, Aug. 28, at 7 p.m.

  • Hamilton Project looks at the stars

    MOUNT DESERT — The Mohawk Arts Collective will present a showcase performance for their annual hallmark event, The Hamilton Project, now in its sixth year, on Sunday, Aug. 24, at 5 p.m. at the Barn.

  • The season's flavors preserved in jams and jellies
    The season's flavors preserved in jams and jellies

    BROOKLIN — A gift of hot peppers lit the fire and — like so many finely crafted homemade things — eventually became an enterprise. In this case: jams, jellies and sauces.

  • Last outdoor movie a classic silent film
    Last outdoor movie  a classic silent film

    BAR HARBOR — The final show of the Summer Family Film Series will feature the silent film “Seven Chances” starring Buster Keaton, with life music accompaniment from a local jazz quartet. The film will be shown in Agamont Park on Wednesday, Sept. 3, at dusk.

  • Folk opera premier helps the hungry
    Folk opera premier helps the hungry

    BAR HARBOR — Saint Saviour’s Parish Church presents the world premier of the folk opera “Natural Causes Killed Victor” on Friday, Aug. 22, and Saturday, Aug. 23, at 7:30 p.m.

  • Patrons savor food, casual air at seafood shack
    Patrons savor food, casual air at seafood shack

    SURRY — Any seasoned “bug” eater will tell you the only way to eat lobster is “in the rough” — down and dirty, the juice splattering in every direction when you crack those claws.

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Obituaries

  • Ian MacDonnell
    Ian MacDonnell

    BAR HARBOR — Ian MacDonnell, 33, died Aug. 24, 2014, accidentally at Donnell Pond. He was born Monday, Oct. 27, 1980, in Bangor to Linda (Nietz) and Michael MacDonnell. He was father to Melayna and younger brother to Jesse and Michael.

  • David W. Rand
    David W. Rand

    TRENTONDavid W. Rand, 72, died Aug. 20, 2014, at home surrounded by family after a 17-month battle with lung cancer. He was born Jan. 10, 1942, in Bangor, the son of William A. Rand and Edith (Graves) Rand.

  • Micah Ryan Havey
    Micah Ryan Havey

    ORLAND — Micah Ryan Havey passed away Aug. 17, 2014. He was born May 7, 1984, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Bonnie L. Havey (Vrooman) and Russell James Vrooman.

  • Joyce Hurley

    BAR HARBORJoyce Hurley, 79, passed away Aug. 14, 2014, at Mount Desert Island Hospital. She loved spending her final years in Bar Harbor and was especially fond of the ocean, flowers and small-town friendliness she found here.

  • Jack R. Pirozzolo
    Jack R. Pirozzolo

    SURRY — Jack R. Pirozzolo, 74, a prominent Boston attorney, died peacefully Aug. 20, 2014, in Surry. He leaves his wife of three years, Cynthia (White) Pirozzolo of Lancaster, Mass.; seven adult children; and 16 grandchildren. Although Jack’s death was unexpected, he was with his family in a place that he loved overlooking Morgan Bay and the mountains of Acadia National Park. Jack was born June 19, 1940, in New Haven, Conn., to Alphonse and Mary (Cassella) Pirozzolo. Alphonse, who emigrated from Foglianise, Italy, at age 13, became a tailor for J. Press in New Haven, and Mary, whose family emigrated from Cusano-Mutri, was a full-time homemaker raising three sons and later worked as a seamstress at Sears in Hamden, Conn.

  • Marc Brossmer
    Marc Brossmer

    SEBASTIAN, FLA. — Marc Brossmer, 72, of Sebastian, Fla., passed away Aug. 23, 2014, after a short illness. Born in Springfield, Mass., he was educated in the Springfield school system and Berkshire Community College, Pittsfield, Mass. For a number of years he was employed in the auto industry before purchasing a NAPA Auto Parts store in Northampton, Mass.

  • Gwen Ann McKeown Varisco 1942-2013

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FLA. — Gwen Ann McKeown Varisco of Port Charlotte, Fla., formerly of Ellsworth, was laid to rest Aug. 23, 2014, at Woodbine Cemetery, attended by family and close friends.

  • Lorrene Arlene Murphy
    Lorrene Arlene Murphy

    ELLSWORTH and SULLIVAN — Lorrene Arlene Murphy passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. She was born Nov. 18, 1949, in Hancock to Melvin and Sadie (Lindsey) Murphy.

  • Richard Elmer
    Richard Elmer

    DES MOINES, IOWA and ELLSWORTH — Aug. 3, 1929, started off warm and a little muggy, but hadn't become the blistering hot summer day that it was destined to be in Aurora, Ill. On this day, Dallas Olson gave birth to a son, Richard Elmer. His proud father, Elmer, was thrilled to add another son to the growing family, which now included “Richie,” as he would be known, and an older brother, Lou. If you believe in horoscopes, baby Richie roared to life in true Leo, the lion, form. He was destined from the beginning to leave his mark. He lived 85 years and two days, and bookended into the middle was an amazing life.

  • Mary Inez (Black) Snow
    Mary Inez (Black) Snow

    PENOBSCOT — Mary Inez (Black) Snow passed away Aug. 12, 2014, surrounded by her loving family. We lost our Mother, Grammie, GG and Mammie. She was born Oct. 27, 1936, at Castine Community Hospital to Lewis and Iva (Snow) Black. Mary loved the chaos of her family, especially at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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