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"War zone" feel prompts review of fireworks rules

"War zone" feel prompts review of fireworks rules

Tighter regulations on the use of consumer fireworks may be coming to the city later this year.

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Band orchestrates surprise performance

Band orchestrates surprise performance

When the Bangor Band came to town for a concert Saturday afternoon, Henry “Hank” Watson wasn’t the only resident from…

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Volunteer to run Bucksport marina

Volunteer to run Bucksport marina

The question of who will run the town marina in its first season of operation finally has an answer.

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Owner worried about lost pet tortoise

Owner worried about lost pet tortoise

Why or if Gordon crossed the road in Wonsqueak Harbor is very much on Cathy Clark’s mind these days.

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Ellsworth wins state Junior League title

Ellsworth wins state Junior League title

The Ellsworth Junior League all-stars saved their best for last, posting a pair of wins on Sunday at Mansfield Stadium…

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  • Southeast Asia focus of photography show
    Southeast Asia focus of photography show

    GOULDSBORO — Photographer Dean Kotula says images he captured while in India and Thailand for nearly three months this winter will both enchant and disturb.

  • Open gardens

    MOUNT DESERT — The Garden Club of Mount Desert will hold its annual Open Garden Day on Saturday, July 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Artist seeks to create life-enhancing forms
    Artist seeks to create life-enhancing forms

    CHERRYFIELD — For sculptor Hugh Lassen, the initial inspiration was a small Native American spear weight carving, also known as a “bird stone.”

  • Surry Concert Barn gets new life, identity
    Surry Concert Barn gets new life, identity

    SURRY — Certified music therapist Alan Wittenberg is launching Surry Arts at the Barn in the former Surry Concert Barn.

  • Berry on marijuana
    Berry on marijuana

    Maine journalist, novelist and raconteur Crash Barry returns to the Jesup Library in Bar Harbor on Thursday, July 24, at 7 p.m. with his latest book, “Marijuana Valley.”

  • Folk musician strives to stir minds and hearts
    Folk musician strives to stir minds and hearts

    ELLSWORTH — The first time Noel Paul Stookey played at The Grand Auditorium, he was paid in theater seats — eighteen of them.

  • Artist captures Carnegie libraries' character
    Artist captures Carnegie libraries' character

    ELLSWORTH — Just like collectors who gather precious items, travelers make goals to visit precious places. For some, it’s all the baseball parks in the United Sates. Others hope to visit every national park.

  • How artist Jon Imber defied disease in battle to create
    How artist Jon Imber defied disease in battle to create

    STONINGTON — Sedgwick filmmaker Richard Kane’s acclaimed documentary “Jon Imber’s Left Hand,” profiling the late artist Jon Imber and how he faced and coped with his condition of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), will be shown at 6 and 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 22, at Stonington Opera House.

  • Author Doiron to pick from 'Bone Orchard'
    Author Doiron to pick from 'Bone Orchard'

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Bestselling author Paul Doiron will be at Southwest Harbor Public Library Tuesday, July 22, at 5:30 p.m. to talk about and sign his latest book, “The Bone Orchard.”

  • Spotlight on Lyme
    Spotlight on Lyme

    Emily Bracale returns to the Jesup Library in Bar Harbor on Wednesday, July 23, at 7 p.m. to discuss and sign copies of her new book, “In the Lyme-Light II,” detailing her journey of healing from Lyme disease.

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Obituaries

  • LaVerne Adelle (Hardison) Griffin
    LaVerne Adelle (Hardison) Griffin

    Waltham — LaVerne Adelle (Hardison) Griffin, 88, died July 17, 2014, of heart failure at an Ellsworth hospital. She was born Aug. 15, 1925, in Waltham, the daughter of Arthur and Elvellyn (Kemp) Hardison.

  • Flora M. Gray

    NOBLEBORO and EAST BOOTHBAYA celebration of life for Flora M. Gray of Nobleboro and East Boothbay, who passed away May 27, 2014, will be held 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay. A private graveside service will be held for the family at the Dunbar Cemetery in Nobleboro.

  • Maynard Eugene Astbury
    Maynard Eugene Astbury

    BLUE HILL — Maynard Eugene Astbury, 89, died peacefully July 17, 2014, at the Blue Hill Memorial Hospital surrounded by his family. He was born Sept. 30, 1924, in Blue Hill, the son of Richard L. and Maude (Blaisdell) Astbury.

  • Richard Cushing Gibson
    Richard Cushing Gibson

    SURRYRichard Cushing Gibson, 94, died July 16, 2014, following a stroke. He was born in Cambridge, Mass., on the last day of December 1919, to Ethel Howe Gibson and Alec Cushing Gibson.

  • Victor Dyer

    BROOKSVILLEA celebration of life for Victor Dyer will be held Saturday, July 26, from 2 p.m. until dark at 108 Varnumville Road, Brooksville.

  • Dorothy "Jean" Young Smith
    Dorothy

    BUCKSPORTA celebration of Dorothy “Jean” Young Smith’s long life in Castine, Enfield, Lincoln and Bucksport will be held 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 27, 2014, at the Edward K. Arey Community Building, 1160 River Road, Bucksport.

  • Steen Loughridge Meryweather
    Steen Loughridge Meryweather

    HULLS COVEThe celebration of the life of Steen Loughridge Meryweather, who died April 5, 2014, in Nokomis, Fla., will take place on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Hulls Cove at Church of Our Father Episcopal Church at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Canon Douglas Peterson officiating. A reception follows in the parish hall.

  • Harry A. Tracey
    Harry A. Tracey

    SEAL COVE — Harry A. Tracey, 84, of Seal Cove died on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at Mount Desert Island Hospital. He was born Aug. 17, 1929, in Jonesport, the son of Lawrence and Lucy (Fish) Tracey.

  • Samuel Leon Eaton
    Samuel Leon Eaton

    DEER ISLE — Samuel Leon Eaton, 95, passed away at home on July 12, 2014, surrounded by family and friends. He was born Oct. 27, 1918, in Deer Isle to Parker and Helen Eaton.

  • Gerald W. Norwood Jr.
    Gerald W. Norwood Jr.

    OTTER CREEK — Gerald W. Norwood Jr., died July 14, 2014, in Bar Harbor. He was born March 4, 1940, in Bar Harbor, the son of Gerald Weston Sr. and Arlene Ethel (Hooper) Norwood.

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