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Blue Hill woman's eviction under way

Blue Hill woman's eviction under way

Mill Pond Road resident Dorothy Leighton left the house she lost due to nonpayment of property taxes Friday afternoon.…

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99-year-old Boston Post cane winner raised generations of children

99-year-old Boston Post cane winner raised generations of children

Florence Belliveau has spent virtually all of her 99 years helping people — from raising her younger siblings as a…

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James McMurtry to perform at Blue Hill Fair

James McMurtry to perform at Blue Hill Fair

Blue Hill Fair organizers have announced that singer-songwriter James McMurtry and the Heartless Bastards will be performing at the fair…

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Arrests and summonses

Arrests and summonses

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

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Scenic railroad season upcoming

Scenic railroad season upcoming

The Downeast Scenic Railroad has announced certain railroad grade crossings in the town of Hancock and the city of Ellsworth…

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  • Downeast Dog Scouts honored for service
    Downeast Dog Scouts honored for service

    MOUNT DESERT — The Downeast Dog Scouts, established in September 2007 as an all-volunteer affiliate of the Dog Scouts of America, earned the Silver President’s Volunteer Service Award for 2013.

  • Teens go "unplugged" for sailing trips

    CASTINE — Captain Havilah Hawkins, a second-generation schooner captain with 30 years experience in Maine maritime traditions, and her organization, Windward Passage, present five-day sailing trips for teens aboard the 50-foot sloop Vela.

  • Author, midwife to speak at Food for Thought lunch

    BAR HARBOR — Acadia Senior College will host a talk by Linda Robinson at the April 25 Food For Thought program at Birch Bay Village Inn in Hulls Cove.

  • Hancock County Jail log April 8-14

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

  • Clinic announces weekend expansion

    ELLSWORTH — Maine Coast Memorial Hospital has announced two additional features for weekend health care access.

  • Students to aid in Schoodic cleanup

    GOULDSBORO — Peninsula School students will be pitching in Tuesday, April 22, with the first annual Earth Day roadside cleanup on the Schoodic Peninsula.

  • Forum on road conditions May 10 in Deer Isle

    DEER ISLE — Thirty-five selectmen from the Blue Hill Peninsula and Deer Isle-Stonington invite residents to a forum about the condition of state roads on Saturday, May 10, at the Reach Auditorium at Deer-Isle Stonington Elementary School.

  • Blue Hill woman's eviction under way
    Blue Hill woman's eviction under way

    BLUE HILL — Mill Pond Road resident Dorothy Leighton left the house she lost due to nonpayment of property taxes Friday afternoon.

  • EBT cards to include photo ID

    AUGUSTA — Starting April 28, the state Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will put cardholders’ photos on Electronic Benefits Transaction (EBT) cards.

  • North woods is talk topic
    North woods is talk topic

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Paul Haertel, retired Superintendent of Acadia National Park, will be discussing the year-long collaborative effort initiated by the nonprofit organization, Maine Woods Forever, on Tuesday evening, April 22, 5:30 p.m. at the Southwest Harbor Public Library.

  • 99-year-old Boston Post cane winner raised generations of children
    99-year-old Boston Post cane winner raised generations of children

    HANCOCK — Florence Belliveau has spent virtually all of her 99 years helping people — from raising her younger siblings as a young woman to rearing a great-grandchild when Belliveau was in her 70s.

  • Open school, municipal seats in Bar Harbor

    BAR HARBOR — Nomination papers for two open seats on the Superintending School Committee, one open seat on the Mount Desert Island High School Board of Trustees and three open seats on the Town Council are due in by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 25.

  • Arrests and summonses

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

  • Scenic railroad season upcoming

    ELLSWORTH — The Downeast Scenic Railroad has announced that effective Saturday April 26, at 8 a.m. certain railroad grade crossings in the town of Hancock and the city of Ellsworth will see rail traffic again as the Downeast Scenic Railroad begins operating work trains in preparation for its 2014 excursion season.

  • Road commissioner runoff election set in Deer Isle

    DEER ISLE — Polls will be open from 1:45 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, for the runoff election for the post of road commissioner.

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Sports

  • Young MDI tennis team plays hosts preseason meet
    Young MDI tennis team plays hosts preseason meet

    BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School varsity tennis team hosted Hampden Academy April 11 for the first preseason meet. Coaches didn’t keep track of the results from the exhibition games, but the competition was especially helpful for players new to varsity, or new to singles competition.

  • Bar Harbor man inducted into state Swimming Hall of Fame
    Bar Harbor man inducted into state Swimming Hall of Fame

    LEWISTON — Kendall "Duffy" Akerly of Bar Harbor was inducted into the Maine Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame last week, in recognition of his more than 40 years as a swim official.

  • MDI’s Bunky Dow Named Maine AD of the Year

    ROCKPORT — Mount Desert Island High School Student Activities Director Alfred “Bunky” Dow has been named Maine’s Athletic Director of the Year by the Maine Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (MIAAA).

  • Dolphin earn swimming awards
    Dolphin earn swimming awards

    Four young swimmers from the Down East Family YMCA Dolphins were among the award recipients at a recent banquet held by Maine Swimming, the governing body of USA Swimming in Maine.

  • A dozen local runners among field of 36,000 for Boston Marathon

    BOSTON — When 36,000 runners break from the starting line in Monday’s 118th Boston Marathon, a dozen Hancock Country competitors will be among them.

  • Strong start for softball

    BAR HARBOR — This year’s Mount Desert Island High School varsity softball team is a force to be reckoned with — if its early preseason games are any indication.

  • Trojans come out swinging

    BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School varsity baseball team narrowly beat visiting Mattanawcook Academy 7-6 in windy conditions Monday in its second preseason game.

  • Three DEFY gymnasts win top all-around honors

    ELLSWORTH — Three Down East Family YMCA gymnasts earned top all-around honors at the final meet of the regular season on Sunday at the Old Town YMCA.

  • MDI hosts Bucksport in pre-season game

    On Saturday, MDI hosted Bucksport. MDI led off with two runs in the first. MDI junior Tom Paola was the starting pitcher. He struck out the first three pitchers, and allowed no hits in the second.

  • Three Springers' Gymnasts win state championships

    ELLSWORTH — Nine-year-old Ellie Kane led 14 girls from Springers’ Gymnastics Center with three standout performances at last weekend’s USA Gymnastics Maine State Championships in Waterville.

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Arts

  • James McMurtry to perform at Blue Hill Fair
    James McMurtry to perform at Blue Hill Fair

    BLUE HILL — Blue Hill Fair organizers have announced that singer-songwriter James McMurtry and the Heartless Bastards will be performing at the fair on Saturday, Aug. 30.

  • Final Sculpture Symposium to kick off Aug. 3

    PROSPECT HARBOR — Seven sculptors, hailing from  around the world from Spain to the Republic of Georgia, will converge here and create stone pieces for seven Hancock County and Washington County towns as part of the fifth and final Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium.

  • Bagaduce Chorale to honor founder at concerts
    Bagaduce Chorale to honor founder at concerts

    BLUE HILL — The Bagaduce Chorale and Music Director Bronwyn Kortge will pay tribute to chorale founder, former director and accompanist Mary Cheyney Gould in the form of a special spring concert May 2 at Ellsworth High School and May 4 at The Reach Performing Arts Center on Deer Isle.

  • Educator nurtures music making among children
    Educator nurtures music making among children

    ELLSWORTH — Deborah Reinke’s music class is different from most.

  • Maine premiere is set for 'Beneath the Harvest Sky'
    Maine premiere is set for 'Beneath the Harvest Sky'

    BAR HARBOR — Reel Pizza in Bar Harbor is one of the theaters chosen for the Maine premiere of “Beneath the Harvest Sky,” a coming of age story set during the Aroostook County potato harvest. The movie is produced and directed by the filmmakers behind the award-winning documentary on troop greeters at Bangor International Airport.

  • GSA stands out in annual extravaganza
    GSA stands out in annual extravaganza

    BAR HARBOR — Those who were anywhere else other than Mount Desert Island High School’s Higgins-Demas Theater Saturday night missed out on a terrific opportunity to see a troupe of world class dancers perform on the same stage as the talented students of both MDI High School and George Stevens Academy.

  • Art show celebrates harbinger of spring
    Art show celebrates harbinger of spring

    WINTER HARBOR — The seemingly interminable winter has kick-started creativity in some quarters.

  • McNair to read at SWHPL
    McNair to read at SWHPL

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR— Wesley McNair, Maine’s poet laureate, will be giving a poetry reading at the Southwest Harbor Public Library on Thursday evening, April 17, at 5:30.

  • 'Summer Colony' revists Northeast Harbor of yore
    'Summer Colony' revists Northeast Harbor of yore

    Jeremy Lunt grew up in Northeast Harbor during the 1980s and 1990s, decades when the village was in considerable transition, with stores closing in the Main Street business district and, elsewhere, the modest homes of year-round residents being bought by people “from away” and razed to erect summer cottages. This sea change provides the inspiration for Lunt’s recently released full-length documentary “Summer Colony.”

  • BSO season finale delights audience

    ORONO — The Bangor Symphony Orchestra presented the final performance of its 118th season to a sold-out hall at Collins Center for the Arts on Sunday afternoon.

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Obituaries

  • Douglas L. Coleman

    LAMOINE — Douglas L. Coleman, 82, died April 16, 2014, at his home surrounded by family and friends following a long struggle with cancer. Doug was born Oct. 6, 1931, in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, the son of Leonard J. and Kathleen A. (Martin) Coleman.

  • Marie Swazey Sprague

    ELLSWORTH — Marie Swazey Sprague, 84, passed away April 14, 2014, surrounded by her family at home. She was born Sept. 21, 1929, in Seal Cove, the daughter of Dana and Olive Swazey.

  • Wilson Guy Francis & Jane (Blood) Francis
    Wilson Guy Francis & Jane (Blood) Francis

    BOOTHBAY — Wilson Guy Francis, 94, of Boothbay died March 6, 2014.

  • Helen (Brown) Dunham
    Helen (Brown) Dunham

    ELLSWORTH— Helen (Brown) Dunham, 84, died April 13, 2014, at an Ellsworth health care facility. She was born Aug. 25, 1929, in Brewer. She was the first of six children born to Alice and Herbert Brown of Orrington.

  • Sherry Ann Churchill
    Sherry Ann Churchill

    FLETCHER’S LANDING — Sherry Ann Churchill, 42, died peacefully April 8, 2014, at Eastern Maine Medical Center. She was born Sept. 26, 1971, at the Cary Medical Center in Caribou.

  • Charles K. Leland
    Charles K. Leland

    ELLSWORTH — Charles K. Leland, 93, died April 8, 2014, at his home. He was born Dec. 25, 1920, in Somesville, son of Roy and Ada (Brown) Leland.

  • Eric A. Sheard
    Eric A. Sheard

    DEER ISLE — Eric A. Sheard, 83, died Monday, April 7, 2014, at the Island Nursing Home, Deer Isle.

  • Virginia Biddle, MD
    Virginia Biddle, MD

    BLUE HILL — Virginia Biddle, MD, of Blue Hill, formerly of Woods Hole, Mass., died peacefully March 28, 2014, after a long illness. She was born July 4, 1929, in Milton, Mass., daughter of Virginia Morris Biddle and Nicholas Biddle.

  • Wava Mae Dyer Ruckel
    Wava Mae Dyer Ruckel

    FORT WALTON BEACH, FLA. — Wava Mae Dyer Ruckel passed away March 14, 2014, at her home in Fort Walton, Fla., with her family with her after a long battle with cancer. Wava Mae Dyer was born Jan. 9, 1933, in Franklin, the daughter of the late Dana O. Dyer and Helen Marion Bragdon Dyer.

  • Steen Loughridge Meryweather
    Steen Loughridge Meryweather

    SALISBURY COVE and NOKOMIS, FLA. Steen Loughridge Meryweather, of Salisbury Cove, passed away peacefully at his home in Nokomis, Fla., April 5, 2014, from a five-year struggle with cancer of the esophagus.

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