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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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Educator nurtures music making among children

Educator nurtures music making among children

Deborah Reinke’s music class is different from most.…

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Egg hunts planned for Saturday

Egg hunts planned for Saturday

There are several Easter egg hunts planned for Saturday.

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Maine premiere is set for 'Beneath the Harvest Sky'

Maine premiere is set for 'Beneath the Harvest Sky'

Reel Pizza in Bar Harbor is one of the theaters chosen for the Maine premiere of “Beneath the Harvest Sky,”…

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  • 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.

  • Group opposes contract renewal
    Group opposes contract renewal

    BAR HARBOR — Town councilors were told in no uncertain terms Tuesday that they should think long and hard before renewing Town Manager Dana Reed’s contract.

  • Two women hurt in Bucksport Road crash

    ELLSWORTH — One city resident got a nasty surprise for her birthday Wednesday when her car was broadsided by another vehicle.

  • School health costs down in MDIRSS

    BAR HARBOR — Lower than expected health insurance costs for several schools in the Mount Desert Island Regional School System (MDIRSS) means they can reduce their budgets for the coming year.

  • Blue Hill planners scrutinize funeral home relocation plan

    BLUE HILL — A funeral home’s plan to relocate downtown was debated for several minutes during the Planning Board’s regular monthly meeting Monday.

  • Egg hunts planned for Saturday
    Egg hunts planned for Saturday

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The Easter Bunny will take time off from preparing for his annual rounds to attend an egg hunt and child identification event at the Harbor House Children’s Center on Saturday.

  • Controversy predicted over new village signs
    Controversy predicted over new village signs

    MOUNT DESERT — Not everyone is going to like the new “wayfinding” signs that will be going up in Northeast Harbor later this spring, town officials admit.

  • Town Clerk hired as administrative assistant in Deer Isle
    Town Clerk hired as administrative assistant in Deer Isle

    DEER ISLE — The Board of Selectmen has hired Town Clerk Becky Knowlton to work as the board’s administrative assistant.

  • Bucksport Council appoints town manager
    Bucksport Council appoints town manager

    BUCKSPORT — The Town Council voted unanimously last week to appoint Derik Goodine, current manager of the Cumberland County town of Naples, as Bucksport’s next town manager.

  • COA lands $200,000 grant

    BAR HARBOR —  College of the Atlantic has received a $200,000 grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations as funding for Renewable Energy Demonstration Projects at Peggy Rockefeller Farms (PRF), one of the college’s laboratories for understanding and experimenting with the human ecology of food systems. The grant will address the farm energy infrastructure to supply all the farms’ needs, create a Post-Petroleum Lab for education and outreach, and monitor electricity consumption.

  • Failed rides program seeks new provider

    ELLSWORTH — Who will be in charge of scheduling rides to medical appointments for local MaineCare recipients as of July 1?

  • Elver fishermen listen to pair of pitches at Ellsworth meeting
    Elver fishermen listen to pair of pitches at Ellsworth meeting

    ELLSWORTH — Maine elver fishermen are being asked to join another trade group that will lobby federal and Canadian regulators to protect the threatened glass eel fishery.

  • Scientist and philanthropist Douglas Coleman dies
    Scientist and philanthropist Douglas Coleman dies

    BAR HARBOR — Retired Jackson Laboratory scientist, environmentalist and philanthropist Douglas Coleman, Ph.D., whose elegantly simple approach to addressing complex biological problems earned him scientific renown and many international prizes, died at his home in Lamoine on April 16. He was 82.

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Sports

  • 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.

  • MMA sports roundup

    CASTINE — The Maine Maritime Academy Mariners upped their North Atlantic Conference lacrosse record to 4-0 this week with a 20-5 win over Green Mountain College on Saturday.

  • Hundreds turn out for third bridge the gap race
    Hundreds turn out for third bridge the gap race

    VERONA ISLAND — Hundreds of walkers and runners flooded across the Penobscot Narrows Bridge on Sunday morning, taking advantage of clear, sunny skies and cool temperatures after a previous day of rain.

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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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