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Famed book's 60th birthday being celebrated Sunday

Famed book's 60th birthday being celebrated Sunday

When Helen and Scott Nearing first published “Living the Good Life” in 1964, the couple had already spent 30 years…

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Ronan named CEO at Blue Hill Hospital

Ronan named CEO at Blue Hill Hospital

M. Michelle Hood, president and CEO of Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems (EMHS), announced Friday that John Ronan, who has been…

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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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Ocean sunfish amaze whale watchers

Ocean sunfish amaze whale watchers

Despite reports of increased great white shark sightings off Massachusetts, when whale watch passengers here spot a dorsal fin knifing…

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Chief sharing extended six months

Chief sharing extended six months

Police Chief Jim Willis will continue to serve as acting chief in Bar Harbor through the end of the year…

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Day care center closed in wake of safety complaint

Day care center closed in wake of safety complaint

State health officials have temporarily closed a day care center in the Bucksport Park Apartments, citing health and safety risks…

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  • Privateer Lynx brings historical perspective
    Privateer Lynx brings historical perspective

    MOUNT DESERT — Town officials were entering uncharted waters when they decided to bring a replica of the 1812 Privateer Lynx to Northeast Harbor for a few days last week.

  • Bread maker strives for perfect baguette

    WINTER HARBOR — It started with a challenge.

  • Sea Coast Mission scholarships awarded
    Sea Coast Mission scholarships awarded

    BAR HARBOR — The Maine Sea Coast Mission’s board and staff recognized the 2014 Mission Scholars at the Colket Center in Bar Harbor on July 11. More than 200 students, parents and trustees attended the 7th Annual Scholarship Barbeque.

  • Ronan named permanent CEO at Blue Hill Memorial Hospital
    Ronan named permanent CEO at Blue Hill Memorial Hospital

    BLUE HILL — M. Michelle Hood, president and CEO of Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems (EMHS), announced Friday that John Ronan, who has been serving as Blue Hill Memorial Hospital’s interim president and chief executive officer, is now the permanent CEO.

  • Lobster boat symposium keys classic boat race series
    Lobster boat symposium keys classic boat race series

    CASTINE — The weather may suggest otherwise, but with the Castine Yacht Club hosting a symposium on the Maine lobster boat next week as a lead-in to the 15th annual Castine Classic Yacht Race, winter, or at least the arrival of autumn, must be just around the corner.

  • Rising food prices continue
    Rising food prices continue

    ELLSWORTH — The cost of food continues to rise due in part to a severe drought in California, which may affect prices for food and milk years into the future, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

  • Arrests and summonses

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

  • Suspect runs, smashes Charger into cruiser

    BAR HARBOR — A Bucksport man was jailed Monday after allegedly running his car into a police cruiser and fleeing from a traffic stop.

  • 'Law & Order's' Wolf keynotes hospital session
    'Law & Order's' Wolf keynotes hospital session

    BAR HARBOR — Dick Wolf, award winning producer of "Law & Order," will be the keynote speaker at Mount Desert Island Hospital Organization’s annual meeting on Monday, Aug. 4.

  • Ocean sunfish amaze whale watchers
    Ocean sunfish amaze whale watchers

    BAR HARBOR — Despite reports of increased great white shark sightings off Massachusetts, when whale watch passengers here spot a dorsal fin knifing through the water, it’s more likely to belong to an ocean sunfish, or Mola mola. It has no caudal (tail) fin and looks like a huge fish head with fins.

  • Special trip a grand slam for lighthouse fans
    Special trip a grand slam for lighthouse fans

    BAR HARBOR — Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company presents a special 15-Lighthouse Grand Slam Tour on Saturday, July 26.

  • Chief sharing extended six months

    MOUNT DESERT — Police Chief Jim Willis will continue to serve as acting chief in Bar Harbor through the end of the year while remaining in charge of the police department here.

  • Friends of Acadia highlight success
    Friends of Acadia highlight success

    BAR HARBOR — At the group's annual meeting last week, Friends of Acadia (FOA) board chairman Ed Samek noted the group’s flexibility and its committed donors, both of which allowed Acadia National Park to weather not only the effect of the budget sequestration and shutdown, but also a $339,000 cut in its operations budget. With FOA’s help, the park moved forward with projects to protect natural resources, youth engagement, controlling invasive species and maintaining the historic carriage roads and trails. “We have an opportunity to be benefactors and provide for generations to come,” said Samek.

  • Teen driver facing charges for fleeing deputy

    BLUE HILL — Charges are pending against a 17-year-old driver who allegedly failed to stop for a deputy and later crashed his car in Blue Hill.

  • Signs to capture 'spirit' of Bar Harbor

    BAR HARBOR — A $240,000 project to create a unified, user-friendly and aesthetically pleasing network of way-finding signs across downtown is entering its final stages, following unanimous design approval by town councilors July 8.

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Sports

  • Dynamic duo race planned at Bucksport

    BUCKSPORT — The fourth annual Dynamic Duo 3-Mile Race will be held Saturday, Aug. 2, with a start and finish at Bucksport High School’s Carmichael Field.

  • Acadian Little League celebrates 25 years
    Acadian Little League celebrates 25 years

    BAR HARBOR — Every spring, dozens of kids step up to the plate as members of Acadian Little League (ALL) baseball and softball teams. This year, when ALL board president Tony McKim filed the paperwork with the national Little League organization, he got a nice surprise.

  • 37th Annual Claremont Croquet Classic

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The Claremont Hotel will hold its 37th Annual Claremont Croquet Classic on Aug. 3-9. Singles and doubles match competition will be held on the hotel’s two bent grass croquet courts overlooking Somes Sound.

  • Summer hoops players give it their all
    Summer hoops players give it their all

    AUGUSTA — Two teams of Mount Desert Island High School boys’ basketball players took on competitors from all over the state last weekend in a summer tournament.

  • Bucksport wins district title for ages 10-11
    Bucksport wins district title for ages 10-11

    ELLSWORTH — Logan Stanley pitched a no-hitter as Bucksport rolled over Ellsworth to win the Little League District 1 baseball championship for ages 10-11 on Saturday in Ellsworth.

  • Ellsworth girls in running for state 9-10 softball title

    AUBURN — Ellsworth’s District 1 champions remained in contention for the state Little League softball title for ages 9-10 after splitting two games over the weekend.

  • Ellsworth wins state Junior League title
    Ellsworth wins state Junior League title

    BANGOR — The Ellsworth Junior League all-stars saved their best for last, posting a pair of wins on Sunday at Mansfield Stadium and capturing the state Junior League baseball championship.

  • Ellsworth 9-10 team advances in state baseball tourney
    Ellsworth 9-10 team advances in state baseball tourney

    AUBURN — Ellsworth All-stars for ages 9-10 won their first two games of the state Little League baseball tournament before falling to Scarborough on Sunday.

  • Coastal All-stars fall in state tournament
    Coastal All-stars fall in state tournament

    BIDDEFORD — The Coastal All-stars of the Blue Hill area saw their summer season come to an end on Sunday with an 8-5 loss to Auburn Suburban in the state Little League baseball tournament for ages 11-12.

  • Acadians headed for tourney
    Acadians headed for tourney

    ELLSWORTH — The Trenton Acadians defeated Motor City of Bangor 15-5 Monday in the final game of the regular American Legion Zone 1 baseball season.

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Arts

  • Natural journaling is family fun
    Natural journaling is family fun

    BAR HARBOR — Kimberly Ridley and Rebekah Raye, author and illustrator respectively of the award-winning picture book “The Secret Pool,” will lead a fun morning of nature journaling on Wednesday, Jul 30, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Famed book's 60th birthday being celebrated Sunday
    Famed book's 60th birthday being celebrated Sunday

    BROOKSVILLE — When Helen and Scott Nearing first published “Living the Good Life” in 1964, the couple had already spent 30 years living off the grid in southern Vermont, after aborting earlier careers in New York City. Helen had played concert violin and studied Eastern philosophy. Scott was an educator and economist.

  • Artists Bell and Brown exhibit work at Star Gallery
    Artists Bell and Brown exhibit work at Star Gallery

    MOUNT DESERT — Star Gallery in Northeast Harbor, now in its second year, has expanded to a second building. Currently on view in its original space on Neighborhood Road are sculptures by Katie Bell and drawings by Emily Brown. The show lasts through July 30.

  • "A Life in Books" author to perform

    BLUE HILL — Warren Lehrer’s new book is his first novel, and it will likely be a first of sorts for his readers, too.

  • Club members share passion for plants
    Club members share passion for plants

    ELLSWORTH — Just as gardeners might have various plots of flowers and vegetables and shrubs planted over their properties, the Ellsworth Garden Club has created pockets of beauty all over the city.

  • Art galleries blossom in NEH

    MOUNT DESERT — Northeast Harbor is booming with art. Three galleries have begun hosting a weekly artwalk and will continue to hold open receptions every other Thursday from 5-7 p.m. These functions welcome the public to admire fine art, meet local and national artists, and eat, drink and socialize.

  • BH Music festival reaches crescendo
    BH Music festival reaches crescendo

    BAR HARBOR — The final week of the 2014 Bar Harbor Music Festival will feature two string orchestra concerts conducted by Francis Fortier. Guest soloist oboist Gerard Reuter and violinists Francis Fortier and Jeffrey Ellenberger will perform music by Mozart, J.S. Bach, Barber, Dvorak, Vivaldi, Marcello and Benjamin Britten.

  • Acadia Rep finds the funny
    Acadia Rep finds the funny

    The Acadia Repertory Theater has gone from the proverbial sublime to the utterly ridiculous with their second play of the season, Molière’s “School for Wives.”

  • Spa strives to show beauty is more than skin deep
    Spa strives to show beauty is more than skin deep

    Hayley Merchant stood nude except for a strategically placed patch for several hours last Thursday as artist Monte Knowles meticulously covered nearly every inch of her body with paint.

  • Library offers free scanning services

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The Southwest Harbor Public Library will provide free scanning, scanning advice and techniques to help you save and share your family history on Saturday, July 26, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Obituaries

  • Elizabeth Hulbert Marler
    Elizabeth Hulbert Marler

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Elizabeth Hulbert Marler passed away after a long and courageous battle against Alzheimer’s disease on June 18, 2014, with family by her side. Elizabeth was born in Bryn Mawr, Pa., on Oct. 20, 1925, to the late Richard and Elizabeth McKey.

  • Elwood Herbert Banfill

    BERNARD Elwood Herbert Banfill, 103, of Bernard died peacefully among family on June 26, 2014, in Morristown, N.J. Born in Marlborough, Mass., on Dec. 9, 1910, Elwood was the only child of Herbert and Bessie (Cutting) Banfill of Southborough.

  • LaVerne Adelle (Hardison) Griffin
    LaVerne Adelle (Hardison) Griffin

    Waltham — LaVerne Adelle (Hardison) Griffin, 88, died July 17, 2014, of heart failure at an Ellsworth hospital. She was born Aug. 15, 1925, in Waltham, the daughter of Arthur and Elvellyn (Kemp) Hardison.

  • Flora M. Gray

    NOBLEBORO and EAST BOOTHBAYA celebration of life for Flora M. Gray of Nobleboro and East Boothbay, who passed away May 27, 2014, will be held 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay. A private graveside service will be held for the family at the Dunbar Cemetery in Nobleboro.

  • Maynard Eugene Astbury
    Maynard Eugene Astbury

    BLUE HILL — Maynard Eugene Astbury, 89, died peacefully July 17, 2014, at the Blue Hill Memorial Hospital surrounded by his family. He was born Sept. 30, 1924, in Blue Hill, the son of Richard L. and Maude (Blaisdell) Astbury.

  • Richard Cushing Gibson
    Richard Cushing Gibson

    SURRYRichard Cushing Gibson, 94, died July 16, 2014, following a stroke. He was born in Cambridge, Mass., on the last day of December 1919, to Ethel Howe Gibson and Alec Cushing Gibson.

  • Victor Dyer

    BROOKSVILLEA celebration of life for Victor Dyer will be held Saturday, July 26, from 2 p.m. until dark at 108 Varnumville Road, Brooksville.

  • Dorothy "Jean" Young Smith
    Dorothy

    BUCKSPORTA celebration of Dorothy “Jean” Young Smith’s long life in Castine, Enfield, Lincoln and Bucksport will be held 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 27, 2014, at the Edward K. Arey Community Building, 1160 River Road, Bucksport.

  • Steen Loughridge Meryweather
    Steen Loughridge Meryweather

    HULLS COVEThe celebration of the life of Steen Loughridge Meryweather, who died April 5, 2014, in Nokomis, Fla., will take place on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Hulls Cove at Church of Our Father Episcopal Church at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Canon Douglas Peterson officiating. A reception follows in the parish hall.

  • Harry A. Tracey
    Harry A. Tracey

    SEAL COVE — Harry A. Tracey, 84, of Seal Cove died on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at Mount Desert Island Hospital. He was born Aug. 17, 1929, in Jonesport, the son of Lawrence and Lucy (Fish) Tracey.

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