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Merchant mariners reflect on piracy portrayed in "Captain Phillips"

Merchant mariners reflect on piracy portrayed in "Captain Phillips"

"Captain Phillips" was the subject of a recent talk at Maine Maritime Academy, in which two MMA teachers.

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Folk musician Gordon Bok spins stories in wood

Folk musician Gordon Bok spins stories in wood

A woman sits at the front of a workboat, just in front of the wheelhouse. Her hair is tied into…

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Local Democrat seeks to topple Sen. Collins

Local Democrat seeks to topple Sen. Collins

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Shenna Bellows is on a bit of a roll. She has gotten attention from national publications…

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Town clerk announces retirement

Town clerk announces retirement

Citing "recent turmoil and politics," longtime town clerk Patricia Gray last Friday submitted notice of her plans to retire.

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Card Brook cleanup set for Saturday

Card Brook cleanup set for Saturday

An Earth Day cleanup of Card Brook will be held Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to noon beginning behind…

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  • Terminal bond discussed

    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.

  • Merchant mariners reflect on piracy portrayed in "Captain Phillips"
    Merchant mariners reflect on piracy portrayed in

    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.

  • Former Castine teaching principal accepts Brooksville position
    Former Castine teaching principal accepts Brooksville position

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

  • Election races in Bar Harbor

    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.

  • Cutler plan aims to ease property tax burden

    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.

  • Dunham resigns

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

  • Lot closure

    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.

  • School system options eyed

    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.

  • Local Democrat seeks to topple Sen. Collins
    Local Democrat seeks to topple Sen. Collins

    ELLSWORTH — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Shenna Bellows is on a bit of a roll. She has gotten attention from national publications such as The Washington Post and The Nation and recently rallied for abortion rights on the U.S. Supreme Court steps.

  • Wreath-maker to pay $25K settlement over employee screening issues
    Wreath-maker to pay $25K settlement over employee screening issues

    BANGOR — The United States attorney for the District of Maine, Thomas E. Delahanty II, and Worcester Resources have announced the resolution of a government investigation of the company and related entities for the period 2005 through 2007.

  • Down East YMCA's awards night set for April 29

    ELLSWORTH — The Down East Family YMCA’s Annual Meeting and Awards Night will be held on Tuesday, April 29, in the YMCA’s gymnasium.

  • Historical society shifts focus

    MOUNT DESERT — Some significant changes, both physical and programmatic, are in the works for the Mount Desert Island Historical Society.

  • Town clerk announces retirement
    Town clerk announces retirement

    BAR HARBOR — Citing "recent turmoil and politics," longtime town clerk Patricia Gray last Friday submitted notice of her plans to retire.

  • Card Brook cleanup set for Saturday
    Card Brook cleanup set for Saturday

    ELLSWORTH — An Earth Day cleanup of Card Brook will be held Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to noon beginning behind Hannaford on High Street.

  • COA professor lands Fulbright

    BAR HARBOR — Heath Cabot, College of the Atlantic (COA) faculty member in anthropology, has been awarded a grant from the Fulbright Program to go abroad to conduct research and teach in Athens, Greece. The grant is one of only six that the Fulbright Foundation in Greece awards annually.

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Sports

  • Beardsley marathon feflections

    “The crowds were incredible,” said Andy Beardsley of Surry, who ran in his fourth Boston Marathon. “There were so many things to make you feel good about the human spirit.

  • Young MDI tennis team plays hosts preseason meet
    Young MDI tennis team plays hosts preseason meet

    BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School varsity tennis team hosted Hampden Academy April 11 for the first preseason meet. Coaches didn’t keep track of the results from the exhibition games, but the competition was especially helpful for players new to varsity, or new to singles competition.

  • Bar Harbor man inducted into state Swimming Hall of Fame
    Bar Harbor man inducted into state Swimming Hall of Fame

    LEWISTON — Kendall "Duffy" Akerly of Bar Harbor was inducted into the Maine Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame last week, in recognition of his more than 40 years as a swim official.

  • MDI’s Bunky Dow Named Maine AD of the Year

    ROCKPORT — Mount Desert Island High School Student Activities Director Alfred “Bunky” Dow has been named Maine’s Athletic Director of the Year by the Maine Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (MIAAA).

  • Dolphin earn swimming awards
    Dolphin earn swimming awards

    Four young swimmers from the Down East Family YMCA Dolphins were among the award recipients at a recent banquet held by Maine Swimming, the governing body of USA Swimming in Maine.

  • A dozen local runners among field of 36,000 for Boston Marathon

    BOSTON — When 36,000 runners break from the starting line in Monday’s 118th Boston Marathon, a dozen Hancock Country competitors will be among them.

  • Strong start for softball

    BAR HARBOR — This year’s Mount Desert Island High School varsity softball team is a force to be reckoned with — if its early preseason games are any indication.

  • Trojans come out swinging

    BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School varsity baseball team narrowly beat visiting Mattanawcook Academy 7-6 in windy conditions Monday in its second preseason game.

  • Three DEFY gymnasts win top all-around honors

    ELLSWORTH — Three Down East Family YMCA gymnasts earned top all-around honors at the final meet of the regular season on Sunday at the Old Town YMCA.

  • MDI hosts Bucksport in pre-season game

    On Saturday, MDI hosted Bucksport. MDI led off with two runs in the first. MDI junior Tom Paola was the starting pitcher. He struck out the first three pitchers, and allowed no hits in the second.

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Arts

  • Poetry celebrated by laureate
    Poetry celebrated by laureate

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Poetry month was celebrated in fine style last week at the Southwest Harbor Public Library, with a visit from Maine’s own poet laureate, Wesley McNair. McNair spoke about his personal evolution as a poet, read from recent works and invited members of the audience to share their own poetic works.

  • Food security is film focus
    Food security is film focus

    BAR HARBOR — Issues of food insecurity in America and local efforts to address the issue will be the subject of community gatherings and fundraisers for the Bar Harbor Food Pantry on Sunday, May 4.

  • Van Gorder to produce Swanson folk opera

    BAR HARBOR — St. Saviour’s Parish, Bar Harbor has announced that Doug Van Gorder will produce George Swanson’s opera “Natural Causes Killed Victor” in August before the high altar.

  • Folk musician Gordon Bok spins stories in wood
    Folk musician Gordon Bok spins stories in wood

    CASTINE — A woman sits at the front of a workboat, just in front of the wheelhouse. Her hair is tied into a braid. Her gaze is turned off the starboard side. She could be looking at the sea and sky, which at the moment are seamlessly flowing into each other. Or maybe, she’s searching for a foolish man who’s out there somewhere — living, working, carousing.

  • James McMurtry to perform at Blue Hill Fair
    James McMurtry to perform at Blue Hill Fair

    BLUE HILL — Blue Hill Fair organizers have announced that singer-songwriter James McMurtry and the Heartless Bastards will be performing at the fair on Saturday, Aug. 30.

  • Final Sculpture Symposium to kick off Aug. 3

    PROSPECT HARBOR — Seven sculptors, hailing from  around the world from Spain to the Republic of Georgia, will converge here and create stone pieces for seven Hancock County and Washington County towns as part of the fifth and final Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium.

  • Bagaduce Chorale to honor founder at concerts
    Bagaduce Chorale to honor founder at concerts

    BLUE HILL — The Bagaduce Chorale and Music Director Bronwyn Kortge will pay tribute to chorale founder, former director and accompanist Mary Cheyney Gould in the form of a special spring concert May 2 at Ellsworth High School and May 4 at The Reach Performing Arts Center on Deer Isle.

  • Educator nurtures music making among children
    Educator nurtures music making among children

    ELLSWORTH — Deborah Reinke’s music class is different from most.

  • Maine premiere is set for 'Beneath the Harvest Sky'
    Maine premiere is set for 'Beneath the Harvest Sky'

    BAR HARBOR — Reel Pizza in Bar Harbor is one of the theaters chosen for the Maine premiere of “Beneath the Harvest Sky,” a coming of age story set during the Aroostook County potato harvest. The movie is produced and directed by the filmmakers behind the award-winning documentary on troop greeters at Bangor International Airport.

  • GSA stands out in annual extravaganza
    GSA stands out in annual extravaganza

    BAR HARBOR — Those who were anywhere else other than Mount Desert Island High School’s Higgins-Demas Theater Saturday night missed out on a terrific opportunity to see a troupe of world class dancers perform on the same stage as the talented students of both MDI High School and George Stevens Academy.

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Obituaries

  • Rena D. Daley

    SOUTH GOULDSBORO — Rena D. Daley, 89, died April 21, 2014, at an Ellsworth health care facility. She was born Sept. 6, 1924, in Gouldsboro, daughter of John and Myra (Rice) Duane.

  • Glenn Carter

    ELLSWORTH — Glenn Carter, 52, of Ellsworth passed away at his father’s residence Sunday, April 20, 2014. He was born June 23, 1961 in Boston, Mass., a son of Arthur and Margaret (Bailey) Carter.

  • Hugh Dwelley

    FAIRFAX, VA. Hugh Dwelley, 82, died April 10, 2014, at Fairfax Hospital of a heart attack. He graduated from Kents Hill School, Readfield in 1950 and went on to Boston University. He was a retired Foreign Service Officer whose career included tours in Turkey, India Sri Lanka and Italy. Upon retirement, he received USAID’s Outstanding Career Achievement Award.

  • Susan L. (Burns) Robertson
    Susan L. (Burns) Robertson

    ELLSWORTH — Susan L. (Burns) Robertson passed away peacefully April 15, 2014, at her home following a long battle with cancer. She was born July 11, 1956, in Bar Harbor, the daughter of Patricia and Richard Burns of Town Hill.

  • Thurston E. Pinkham
    Thurston E. Pinkham

    STEUBEN — Thurston E. Pinkham, 82, went home to be with the Lord on April 18, 2014, at Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor, after a brief illness, surrounded by his loving family. Thurston was born July 13, 1931, in Steuben, to Floyd and Ella (Strout) Pinkham and attended school in Steuben.

  • Larry L. Sargent
    Larry L. Sargent

    ATHENS, TENN. And BAR HARBOR — Larry L. Sargent, 72, of Athens, Tenn., and Bar Harbor passed away April 20, 2014, at home surrounded by his family. He was born June 14, 1941, to Norman and Florence (Drew) Sargent of Eddington.

  • Richard Clarke Johnston

    HANCOCK — Richard Clarke Johnston, 88, died at his home April 20, 2014, after a brief illness. He was born Dec. 21, 1925, to Paul and Phoebe (Clarke) Johnston in Bar Harbor on Dec. 21, 1925. After high school, he joined the U.S. Army Air Forces, where he met his devoted wife, Stella Brooks Johnston. They were married for nearly 68 years.

  • Leo Mathew "George" Gascon
    Leo Mathew

    TRENTON — Leo Mathew “George” Gascon, 91, died peacefully Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014, with his family by his side He was born Dec. 2, 1922, in Lisbon Falls, N.Y., the son of the late Edgar and Eleanor (Leflar) Gascon.

  • Harry E. Brawley Jr.
    Harry E. Brawley Jr.

    HALL QUARRY, MOUNT DESERT — Harry E. Brawley Jr., 79, died at home April 5, 2014, after a two-year battle with cancer. He was born April 22, 1934, in Hagerstown, Md., the son of Harry E. Brawley Sr. and Mary Paige (Plumley) Brawley.

  • Douglas L. Coleman

    LAMOINE — Douglas L. Coleman, 82, died April 16, 2014, at his home surrounded by family and friends following a long struggle with cancer. Doug was born Oct. 6, 1931, in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, the son of Leonard J. and Kathleen A. (Martin) Coleman.

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