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Bucksport teen sentenced for fatal accident

Bucksport teen sentenced for fatal accident

A Bucksport teenager will spend 10 days in jail after admitting to a manslaughter charge for the death of friend…

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Collins, seeking re-election, visits Hancock County

Collins, seeking re-election, visits Hancock County

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins stopped and visited several locations across Hancock County on Friday, as part of her re-election campaign…

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Proposed RSU 24 funding formula good for some, not for others

Proposed RSU 24 funding formula good for some, not for others

The proposed funding formula for RSU 24 communities is good news for some, and not so good news for others.…

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Arrests and summonses

Arrests and summonses

The following individuals were arrested and/or summonsed in Hancock County in recent days:

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Lobster boat racing champions determined

Lobster boat racing champions determined

The Maine Lobster Boat Racing Association wrapped up a summer-long, nine-event schedule earlier this month that generated some of the…

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Berry crop shaping up for solid season

Berry crop shaping up for solid season

“Ideal” weather conditions, few pest problems and plenty of bees mean that this year’s wild blueberry crop should be a…

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  • MDI soccer teams hit the ground running
    MDI soccer teams hit the ground running

    ORONO — The Mount Desert Island High School varsity girls’ soccer team went undefeated in three preseason matches here Saturday. The MDI boys played three games in Hampden.

  • Young team hones skills

    ROCKPORT — The Mount Desert Island High School football team held their own in their first interscholastic matchup Monday, against Camden Hills.

  • Four golf tourney fundraisers slated on September calendar

    ELLSWORTH — Area golfers can choose to participate in any or all of four tournaments to support Hancock County organizations in September.

  • Blue Hill runner wins Northeast Harbor race
    Blue Hill runner wins Northeast Harbor race

    MOUNT DESERT — Nikos Christ of Blue Hill finished nearly half a minute in front of the field in winning Saturday’s 37th annual Northeast Harbor 5-mile Road Race.

  • Half Marathon set for September

    BAR HARBOR — The 37th Annual Bar Harbor Bank and Trust Half Marathon is set for Saturday, Sept. 20. The race begins at 7:30 a.m. The YMCA also hosts a 5K road race the same day.

  • Breaking the baseball barrier
    Breaking the baseball barrier

    BLUE HILL — Vanessa Sherwood is redefining what it means to play like a girl.

  • New soccer coach sets high bar
    New soccer coach sets high bar

    BAR HARBOR — New Mount Desert Island High School varsity boys’ soccer coach Tyler Frank is excited for the season, he said Monday before tryouts began.

  • Junior League Maine champions
    Junior League Maine champions

    Youth Sports Director of the Down East Family YMCA, Shane Lowell, would like to extend thanks to the 200 plus individuals and businesses who donated to support the Ellsworth Junior League All-stars’ trip to Freehold, New Jersey, to compete for the Eastern Regional title.

  • Wilbur's Run planned Aug. 30 in Blue Hill

    BLUE HILL — The second annual Wilbur’s Run, which includes a one-mile walk and a five-kilometer race, will be held at the Blue Hill Fairgrounds on Saturday, Aug. 30.

  • Fencing club gets to the point
    Fencing club gets to the point

    MOUNT DESERT — One of two Olympic fencing clubs in the state of Maine meets in Northeast Harbor every Tuesday. The Down East School of Fencing (DESF) with coach John Krauss offers child, teen and adult classes.

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Arts

  • Ernest McMullen's artistry at Somes Sound Gallery

    MOUNT DESERT — The works of Mount Desert Island painter Ernest McMullen are on display at the Gallery at Somes Sound through Oct. 31.

  • Penobscot Theatre to stage "Honky Tonk Angels"

    BANGOR — Penobscot Theatre Company is shining up its cowboy boots to kick off its 41st season with “The Honky Tonk Angels,” Sept 4-21. The heartwarming musical features 30 classics from the Golden Age of Country, including “9-5,” “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and “Stand by Your Man.”

  • MDI director to share Richard Estes film
    MDI director to share Richard Estes film

    Photorealist painter Richard Estes is the subject of a biographical film directed by Southwest Harbor resident Thom Willey. Willey will be showing “My Camera Is My Sketchbook” and talking about making the film at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 3, at the Southwest Harbor Public Library.

  • Serondes to share their lives as art
    Serondes to share their lives as art

    BAR HARBOR — Adele Seronde of Bar Harbor has given the world of art a lifetime of talent and passion. From early childhood, she knew she would continue the then, six-generation family legacy of becoming an artist.

  • Avid gardener takes up trowel on Taft Road
    Avid gardener takes up trowel on Taft Road

    GOULDSBORO — Lalage Ann Bosanquet is an avid gardener in England and is just beginning to literally feel her way around the soil at her new home in South Gouldsboro.

  • Agatha Christie whodunit caps season
    Agatha Christie whodunit caps season

    Aside from its thought-provoking opener, “Red,” about the life and work of painter Mark Rothko, the Acadia Repertory Theatre has focused on fun this season with a French farce and a silly spy thriller.

  • "Swan's Island Chronicles" author to speak Aug. 30

    ELLSWORTH — Author Kate Webber will speak about her two-year stay on Swan’s Island, brought alive in her book “Swan’s Island Chronicles: Borrowed, Exaggerated and Half-Forgotten Tales of Island Life,” at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30, at the Ellsworth Public Library.

  • Schoodic Sculptors busily carving their stones
    Schoodic Sculptors busily carving their stones

    GOULDSBORO — Seven sculptors are putting their noses to the grindstone at the fifth and final Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium, which runs from Aug. 3 to Sept. 14.

  • First Friday art and fashion
    First Friday art and fashion

    BAR HARBOR — The First Friday Art Walk and Fashion Night Out merge in September with the debut of the Art of Fashion on Friday, Sept. 5. Dress in haute couture or simply in your own funky style and hit the sidewalks of Bar Harbor to enjoy fabulously fashionable events.

  • Sandy Phippen presents 'a monument' to Sturge
    Sandy Phippen presents 'a monument' to Sturge

    BAR HARBOR — Sandy Phippen will read from and sign copies of “Sturge: A Memoir” at the Jesup Memorial Library Thursday, Aug. 28, at 7 p.m.

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Obituaries

  • Raymah Marion (DeBeck) Macomber Leavitt
    Raymah Marion (DeBeck) Macomber Leavitt

    FRANKLIN — Raymah Marion (DeBeck) Macomber Leavitt, 91, passed away peacefully Aug. 26, 2014, at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, Ellsworth. She was born Dec. 3, 1922, at the DeBeck homestead in West Franklin, during a snow storm, the eighth child of Percy and Jessie (Long) DeBeck.

  • Frederick Friebele Dupree Jr.
    Frederick Friebele Dupree Jr.

    HONOLULU, HAWAII Frederick Friebele Dupree Jr., a Cambridge-based real estate developer, died in Honolulu, Hawaii, May 31, 2014. Born Aug. 22, 1931, in Santa Monica, Calif., he was 82. He was the son of Dr. Frederick Friebele Dupree Sr. and Caroline Henderson Dupree.

  • Virginia Mae Firmin Olund
    Virginia Mae Firmin Olund

    BLUE HILL and WHEATON, MD. — Virginia Mae Firmin Olund, 90, died peacefully Aug. 24, 2014, after a brief illness. She was born Feb. 25, 1924, in Washington, D.C., to Elsie Mae (Monroe) and John Clingan Firmin.

  • Katherine A. Bradbury
    Katherine A. Bradbury

    SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS — Katherine A. Bradbury, 72, passed away Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014 after a courageous battle with Huntington’s disease. She was born in Rochester, N.Y., to parents John R. and Margaret Storan.

  • William Henry Fenn
    William Henry Fenn

    BROOKLIN — William Henry Fenn, 84, died Aug. 21, 2014, at home after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born Sept. 16, 1929, in Bangor, the son of Mary Cushman Fenn and William H. Fenn III.

  • Frank W. Stoke

    SULLIVAN — Frank W. Stoke, 88, died peacefully Aug. 23, 2014, at his home in Sullivan with his best friend and wife of 59 years, Dorothea, at his side. Known by many in the area from his work at Vibert Pottery as well as his large garden, Frank enjoyed a simple life of creativity, exploration and abundance.

  • James "Jim" Miekka
    James

    SURRY and BRANDON, FLA. — James “Jim” Miekka of Surry and Brandon, Fla., passed away suddenly Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at the age of 54.

  • Ian MacDonnell
    Ian MacDonnell

    BAR HARBOR — Ian MacDonnell, 33, died Aug. 24, 2014, accidentally at Donnell Pond. He was born Monday, Oct. 27, 1980, in Bangor to Linda (Nietz) and Michael MacDonnell. He was father to Melayna and younger brother to Jesse and Michael.

  • David W. Rand
    David W. Rand

    TRENTONDavid W. Rand, 72, died Aug. 20, 2014, at home surrounded by family after a 17-month battle with lung cancer. He was born Jan. 10, 1942, in Bangor, the son of William A. Rand and Edith (Graves) Rand.

  • Micah Ryan Havey
    Micah Ryan Havey

    ORLAND — Micah Ryan Havey passed away Aug. 17, 2014. He was born May 7, 1984, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Bonnie L. Havey (Vrooman) and Russell James Vrooman.

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