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SWH man charged with trafficking

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Additional charges have been levied against a local man who was arrested after police officers allegedly found him with an estimated $12,000 worth of suspected crack cocaine and heroin and over $2,000 in cash on July 27, according to Police Chief John Hall. Andrew Kuti-Hellmer, 34,...
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Gouldsboro Police log week of August 11

GOULDSBORO — A Gouldsboro woman was treated for shoulder pain, but otherwise appeared unharmed in a two-car collision Sunday at the intersection of Route 1 and Pond Road. Celeste Mittlehauser, 29, of Gouldsboro was treated for shoulder pain by the Schoodic EMS squad at the scene. The other driver was Orrin Gray, 50, of Eastbrook. He was not reported injured.
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Lower Ledgelawn Avenue in Bar Harbor CLOSED to Vehicles and Pedestrians on August 11, 2022

Bar Harbor residents and those traveling in Bar Harbor on Thursday August 11th should be aware of the road closure and detours that will be in place. Between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. a traffic detour will be in place on lower Ledgelawn Avenue between the Wastewater Main Treatment Plant and Great Meadow Drive in Bar Harbor.. Detour signage will direct access to the Transfer Station and along Great Meadow Drive via Strawberry Hill Road and Shortcake Way.
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Gouldsboro employee abruptly resigns from infrastructure post

GOULDSBORO — Jim McLean, who previously served as a selectman and most recently worked as the town’s infrastructure superintendent, submitted his letter of resignation at the Select Board’s meeting last Thursday. Board members unanimously voted 4-0 to accept the sudden resignation and agreed to keep the multifaceted position intact and find a successor.
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Large apartment complex proposed

ELLSWORTH — Developer Jonathan Bates is continuing his quest to build housing in Ellsworth. On Aug. 3, the Planning Board heard from Bates, along with engineer Andrew McCullough, regarding a proposal to build a maximum 75-unit multifamily dwelling, with parking for 113 vehicles, on a 2.6-acre lot located at 377 High St.

Hotels in Maine Ranked as Some of the Most Expensive in the US

Are you having family come to Maine? You might want to clean out that spare room. Maine Biz reported on a new survey of room rates in the country. Great news if you own a hotel, bad news if you don't want to spend all your money on a place to sleep. Cheaphotels ranked only hotels close to a beach or the middle of the city where they were rated with at least three stars.
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Hearing scheduled on Blue Hill dredging project

BLUE HILL — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has planned a public hearing for Thursday, Aug. 11, at 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium at the town office about proposed dredging of the Blue Hill Harbor. Blue Hill Selectman Butler Smythe said there will also be an overview of...
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Eastbrook officials discuss volunteer roster

EASTBROOK — The Eastbrook Select Board met on Aug. 2 to discuss Fire Department staffing, the Eastbrook Days festival, updates on the Grange Hall sale, and to hear comments and concerns from the public. The board heard an update from Fire Chief Justin Rowell on staff for the volunteer...
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Y CEO announces retirement plans

ELLSWORTH — Longtime Down East Family YMCA CEO Peter Farragher plans to retire on Jan. 31, 2023, the local YMCA announced Tuesday. Farragher has served the YMCA, its members and area communities for over 24 years. During his tenure, the YMCA has grown to host programs in five buildings...
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Deer Isle-Stonington kids taking learning outdoors

DEER ISLE — A swampy area between Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School and the high school has been turned into a walking path for children thanks to construction of a boardwalk and an outdoor classroom and kiosk. The boardwalk came first, built with many small donations and a $5,000 grant...

Top 10 Things to Do in Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park offers a vast array of breathtaking ventures for visitors, which can make it hard to plan for. But Outsider’s got you covered with our Top 10. The oldest U.S. National Park east of the Mississippi, Acadia exemplifies the splendor of northeast America, leading to its status as the “Crown Jewel of the North Atlantic Coast.”
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It’s always Groundhog Day at the Torreys

WINTER HARBOR — Mainers have a love-hate relationship with groundhogs. Take former Anderson Marine & Hardware store proprietor Dave Seward. Years ago, groundhogs consumed all the cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli and half of his parsnips, among other vegetables in his 60-foot-by-60-foot garden in Gouldsboro. Seward took revenge on the animals — best known for predicting when winter will end — by trapping and shooting them with his .22 rifle. The ultimate revenge was tasty dinners featuring groundhog sautéed with garlic and bacon and baked groundhog with sweet potato.

Island Explorer ridership down sharply

BAR HARBOR — Ridership on the Island Explorer buses was down significantly in the first five-plus weeks of service, which started June 23. The fare-free bus system set a record for ridership in 2019, the year before the COVID-19 pandemic began. The buses didn’t run at all in 2020 and on only half of the normal number of routes in 2021.

Kids play basketball with the pros in Ellsworth

ELLSWORTH, Maine — For the 10th year, the Maine Celtics are traveling around the state offering kids ages eight to 12 a chance to learn from basketball pros. “I had no idea that the Maine Celtics were actually going to come, so I just thought ‘Oh wow, this is really cool,'" 13-year-old Lilly Ball said.
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City seeks input on community resilience

ELLSWORTH — The city of Ellsworth is considering applying to join the Maine Community Resilience Partnership. The Community Resilience Partnership assists Maine communities in reducing carbon emissions, transitioning to clean energy and becoming more resilient to the effects of hazardous weather events such as flooding, rising sea levels, extreme temperatures and public health impacts. Becoming a member of the partnership opens up new funding opportunities for the city to plan and implement priority projects that support the goals and strategies of “Maine Won’t Wait,” the state’s four-year climate action plan released in December 2020.
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Fields of colors: Textile artist to show richly patterned quilts

BROOKSVILLE — Penobscot textile artist and designer Ron King will exhibit his latest vibrant quilts in “Fields of Color 2.0” in August at the Reversing Falls Sanctuary’s the Gallery Within. King dyes the fabric in two contrasting colors and many subtle gradations of them. The contrasting range of hues form the design.