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Riverside Cafe under new ownership

ELLSWORTH — The Riverside Cafe, a local favorite in downtown Ellsworth, is under new ownership. Joe Allen, who has spent more than two decades in the restaurant business, purchased the restaurant on May 14. Allen worked for many years at the Chart Room in Bar Harbor, but when that...
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State fire marshals release cause of cottage fire

GOULDSBORO — The Maine State Fire Marshal’s office has released what caused a lighthouse cottage in Gouldsboro to go up in flames. State Fire Marshals have deemed the cottage fire as accidental. The fire reportedly started in a ventilation fan located in the ceiling in a bathroom around...
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Man wanted on murder charge

WINTER HARBOR — Authorities are calling the hit-and-run death of a South Portland woman June 19 on the campus of the Schoodic Institute in Winter Harbor a homicide. The dead woman, Nicole Mokeme, was 35 and a mother of an 11-year-old daughter. Mokeme was the founder and creative director at Rise and Shine Youth Retreat.

Maine Man Charged With Murder For Hit-And-Run Killing Of Longtime Activist Girlfriend

Maine State Police have charged a Portland man with murder after the alleged hit-and-run killing of his girlfiend at Acadia National Park more than a week ago. According to the Press Herald, investigators are attempting to locate 35-year-old Raymond Lester, who they say was behind the wheel of his 2016 BMW X3 when it struck and killed Nicole Mokeme at the Schoodic Institute in Winter Harbor.

Gov. Mills announcing more than $15 million for seafood industry

Maine (WABI) - Gov. Janet Mills will be in Trenton Wednesday where she’s expected to announce more than $15 million in grant funding for 107 Maine seafood dealers and processors to help increase the supply of Maine-harvested seafood, strengthen their ability to deliver to markets, and create and sustain jobs throughout Maine’s iconic seafood industry.
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Bucksport Police log week of June 30

BUCKSPORT — A woman called police June 21 after finding a camera on her property, but Officer Tyler Adams discovered that the device had been there a long time and wasn’t active, authorities said. Summonses. Officer Benjamin Kolko summoned Laura Danforth, 47, of Orland on a charge of...
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Finance director stepping down

ELLSWORTH — City Finance Director Josh McIntyre, hired a little over a year ago, will be leaving his role on July 27. When reached by phone, McIntryre, an Ellsworth native, explained that the decision was made for personal reasons and that it was certainly not the plan when he took the job to be leaving it after just one year.
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Fire damages lightkeeper’s cottage

GOULDSBORO — A ceiling ventilation fan is to blame for the Monday morning fire that partially destroyed the Prospect Harbor Lighthouse keeper’s cottage. The heavily damaged dwelling is still standing on the grounds of the U.S. Naval Satellite Operations Center in Prospect Harbor. The 173-year-old light tower was not damaged, but the U.S. Navy says it’s too early to determine whether the heavily damaged historic keeper’s quarters will be rebuilt.
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Motorist evades police after driving under bridge

GOULDSBORO — A 2017 Honda Civic had to be lifted up into the air Saturday night by a heavy wrecker, equipped with a rotator boom, from Forbes Pond Brook following a Route 186 accident in Prospect Harbor. Police said the vehicle’s driver fled the scene and was later apprehended...

ATV rider suffers head injury in crash in Maine

MANCHESTER, N.H. — An all-terrain vehicle rider suffered a serious head injury Sunday night in a crash in Ellsworth, Maine, officials said. The crash happened on Stinson Lake Road at about 8 p.m. Officials from Campton-Thornton Fire Rescue said the rider was flown to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical. The cause...

Ellsworth Public Library to receive budget cut

ELLSWORTH — Ellsworth city councilors have decided to cut the town’s public library budget. In a six-to-one vote at the town’s previous meeting, councilors approved a$21 million budget for the 2023 fiscal year, a 1.45% increase from the previous year. However, several changes were made before it...

Fire at building next to Maine lighthouse deemed accidental

GOULDSBORO, Maine — Officials say a ventilation fan is to blame for the fire at a building next to a lighthouse in Gouldsboro. The building next to Prospect Harbor Lighthouse will most likely need to be condemned following a fire Monday, officials confirmed. The Hancock Maine Volunteer Fire Department...

Melissa Gallagher discusses Maine Audubon Native Plant Sale

BANGOR — Melissa Gallagher, the Community Outreach Coordinator for Fields Pond Audubon Center in Holden, made an appearance on Good Morning Maine today to discuss the annual Native Plant Sale. The Maine Audubon has organized the Native Plant Sale, to make it as easy as possible to research, find...

Fire Damages Cottage Next to Maine Lighthouse

A house on the property of the Prospect Harbor Lighthouse caught fire Monday, officials said. Multiple fire departments responded and smoke poured from windows of the century-old lightkeeper’s cottage in the town of Gouldsboro, east of Winter Harbor. The blaze was quickly extinguished. There was no immediate word on...

Summer sports camps in full swing at UMaine

ORONO, Maine (WABI) - Summer sports camps are back in Orono with young players learning from the Black Bears. “Something that I want to achieve is to get more aggressive on the floor and get better at different things. I want to make sure that I am a better player. I think camps like this are going to help me,” said Claire Danielson, Blue Hill sixth grader.