Addison, ME

Family teams keep Machias ambulance one step ahead of critical staff shortage

If there’s one thing emergency medical workers want you to know, it’s that Washington County is dangerously close to the day when someone calls for an ambulance, and an ambulance does not come. “There’s not an ambulance service in Washington County that isn’t short-staffed,” says Machias paramedic Sally...
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Lakeville Woman Killed in Maine Car Crash

CARATUNK, MAINE — Two women — including one from Lakeville — are dead after a crash in Caratunk, Maine that occurred when their vehicle was bumped by a friend's pickup. 25-year-old Jordan Merchant of Eastbrook, ME and her passenger, 28-year-old Lindsey Walsh of Lakeville, Massachusetts were part of a group of friends who had been swimming in the Forks earlier in the day. They were headed to a hockey game in Moscow, ME when the crash happened.
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MDI softball team continues to roll

BAR HARBOR — There has been no shortage of top-notch, spirited play on the high school softball diamonds, as a bevy of area squads continued to perform at a lofty level and remain in strong position in the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point standings. As of Monday, May...

J-BHS budget passed; more policies under consideration

In less than 45 minutes on May 11 and with little discussion, 16 citizens from the Moosabec towns of Beals and Jonesport, nearly half of them school affiliated, approved a budget of $1,781,070 for their combined high school for the 2022-2023 school year. The total amount will be reduced to $882,371 after a state subsidy of $342,546, and miscellaneous revenues of $551,153 are subtracted. Beals will pay 26.1 percent of that amount ($231,487), and Jonesport 73.9 percent ($655,884).

Two MDI teachers earn excellence awards

MOUNT DESERT ISLAND — Rebecca Edmondson, long-time music teacher at Connors Emerson School in Bar Harbor, has been named 2022 Hancock County Teacher of the Year. Tonya Prentice, a teacher at Tremont Consolidated School, is one of only 10 middle school science teachers nationwide to be selected to participate in the 2020 National STEM Scholarship Program.
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Eastbrook woman and friend die in Caratunk crash

ELLSWORTH — The Somerset County Sheriff’s Office said an Eastbrook woman and her passenger died after the local woman’s car was struck from behind by a pickup truck, which had been passing the car on Route 201 in Caratunk Saturday. Police said Jordan Merchant, 25, and her...

New record system at MDI Hospital experiences referral glitch

BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island Hospital and Health Centers launched a new electronic health record system on March 7. The new integrated system replaced multiple legacy systems to enhance patient safety and information security, but the upgrade has not been without its challenges. “We’ve heard from our community...

bluShift still on hunt for Downeast site

Having been rejected in Jonesport by moratorium and unfavorable polling, the Brunswick-based start-up aerospace company bluShift entered talks with officials in Steuben. While no similar sentiments were expressed in that community, it apparently declined to welcome the company with open arms because bluShift is currently inviting bids from other areas for its Downeast headquarters.
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Restitution agreement made in camper vandalism case

GOULDSBORO — Three youths and their families have reached an agreement with a Gouldsboro Point property owner whose unoccupied Ford Econoline 350 motorhome was heavily vandalized in April. The three suspects agreed to make monetary restitution and physically work to address the damage they wreaked to the Ford Econoline...
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Trenton airport misses its enplanement target

TRENTON — The COVID-19 pandemic has been a struggle for many industries, not the least of which is air travel. Locally, the Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport is falling short of its target 10,000 enplanements, according to Airport Manager Leroy Muise. Enplanements refers to the number of passengers boarding aircraft.
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Juskewitch announces run for District 7 attorney

ELLSWORTH — Steven Juskewitch of Dedham has announced his candidacy for district attorney of Hancock and Washington counties. He will be running against incumbent Matt Foster in the Republican primary June 14. Juskewitch previously ran as an unenrolled candidate for the office of District 7 attorney in 2018, and...

Allison MacKay (Smith) Salsbury

Allison MacKay (Smith) Salsbury, 93, passed away peacefully with her children by her side on May 12, 2022. Allie was born July 31, 1928, in Town Hill, the youngest child of Lyle E. and Luzetta (Swazey) Smith. She married Roland Salsbury Jr. at Ellswort. h City Hall May 6, 1947,...
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Gouldsboro Police log week of May 19

GOULDSBORO — Midnight was expected to return home earlier this week after nearly dying due to an especially nasty encounter with a porcupine that left the female boxer/pitbull mix severely injured. The dog, which had as many as 100 quills in its face and throat, was first spotted in...

Police identify woman struck by dump truck in Bangor

BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - Authorities have identified the woman who was seriously injured after being struck by a dump truck in Bangor. It happened Friday afternoon on Main Street near Buck Street. Bangor Police say a dump truck driven by a Clifton man struck 66-year-old Jacqueline Capitina of Addison. We’re...

Hancock residents oppose American Aquafarms in a unanimous vote

HANCOCK — Last week the town of Hancock voted in opposition to American Aquafarm’s proposed salmon farms which were supposed to move into Schoodic Peninsula. Though the project is moot for now both sides say they aren’t giving up. Ted O’Meara with Frenchman Bay United says at...

Somerset County crash leaves two women dead

CARATUNK, Maine — Two women are dead following a crash in Somerset County Saturday. According to the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office, the collision occurred along Route 201 in Caratunk. Investigators say a car driven by Jordan Merchant, 25, of Eastbrook was hit from behind by a passing car,...
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Comedy’s the thing: Lamoine Community Arts to present one-acts

LAMOINE — A readers’ theater production of two one-act comedies, “The Death of Me” and “This Random World,” will be presented by Lamoine Community Arts at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 21, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 22, at the Lamoine Grange. No reservations are needed. Donations will be accepted.
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Walk for Life set for May 21

ADDISON — The 22nd Annual Beth C. Wright Walk for Life will be taking place on Saturday, May 21, at the Addison Town Hall and the Tuscan Lodge in Addison. Activities will begin at 9 a.m. and end for the day at 2 p.m. The Walk for Life is...
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Jordan René Merchant

Jordan René Merchant, 25, unexpectedly passed away on May 14, 2022, when she was involved in a car accident. Throughout her high school years Jordan could be seen spending the majority of her time on the Sumner Memorial High School basketball court, where she played varsity all four years. Jordan led her team to the Bangor Auditorium playoff tournaments, the first time Sumner basketball has done so in the last 20 years.