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TRENTONAn unidentified person driving a Jeep struck and knocked down two electric utility poles overnight, forcing authorities to close a portion of Route 3 temporarily, according to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department.

CASTINE — If ever an incident debunked the classic image of pirates as swashbuckling, Johnny Depp figures, it was the 2009 hijacking of the Maersk Alabama.

BROOKSVILLE — Todd Nelson is reprising his duties as a teaching principal in a small Blue Hill Peninsula school.

ELLSWORTH— Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler is proposing to ease the property tax burden, particularly on more modest dwellings, by boosting Maine’s homestead exemption.

AUGUSTA — Members of the Appropriations Committee of the Maine Legislature met Tuesday for a work session to discuss their recommendation on putting before Maine voters a proposed bond issue of $3 million to support purchase of the former international ferry terminal from the Canadian government.

BAR HARBOR — A total of four people have turned in nomination papers for three open seats on the Town Council. Two more people are considering running.

MOUNT DESERT — Edie Dunham, an active member of the Seal Harbor community, has resigned from the Mount Desert Zoning Board of Appeals.

ACADIA NAT’L PARK — The Jordan Pond boat ramp parking lot here is closed due to construction. It’s scheduled to reopen on June 28. There may be intermittent openings at the discretion of the contractor, depending on the work schedule.

BAR HARBOR — Changing, perhaps radically, the way the Mount Desert Island Regional School System (MDIRSS) is organized and operates will be studied by a committee of the school system board.

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