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Everest tragedy hits home for MDI man

Everest tragedy hits home for MDI man

The loss of more than a dozen intrepid Sherpa Mountain Guides on Mount Everest last week struck home for…

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Specialized hats boost chemo patients' spirits

Specialized hats boost chemo patients' spirits

The hats and hair look natural and can be custom made. More importantly, they are effortless to put on and…

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Former funeral home worker charged with felony theft

Former funeral home worker charged with felony theft

A man who previously worked for a local funeral home has been charged with using his former employer’s credit cards…

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Gouldsboro clean-up effort a family affair

Gouldsboro clean-up effort a family affair

When the Farnsworth family scoured Chicken Mill Road for rubbish Wednesday — all in the name of Earth Day —…

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Otis General Store has faithful food following

Otis General Store has faithful food following

Customer favorites include pizza as well as a steak and cheese sandwich and the aptly named steak bomb.

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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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  • City councilors' iPads turn heads at meeting
    City councilors' iPads turn heads at meeting

    ELLSWORTH — City Council Chairman John Phillips had to be careful where he banged his gavel at Monday night’s council meeting.

  • Autism Awareness Walk in Bar Harbor Friday

    BAR HARBOR — Area children and adults with autism, their family members and caregivers, College of the Atlantic students and anyone who wishes to join will participate in Downeast Horizons’ sixth- annual Autism Awareness Walk-a-thon in Bar Harbor on Friday, April 25.

  • Everest tragedy hits home for MDI man
    Everest tragedy hits home for MDI man

    BAR HARBOR — The loss of more than a dozen intrepid Sherpa Mountain Guides on Mount Everest last week struck home for a Mount Desert Island cinematographer who is a veteran of three expeditions to the world’s highest peak.

  • Specialized hats boost chemo patients' spirits
    Specialized hats boost chemo patients' spirits

    GOULDSBORO — The first bomb went off in Truth Young’s life Dec. 1, 2013, when a CT scan following a car accident revealed cancerous lesions in her liver and later in her esophagus.

  • Lobster Processing Plant to Reopen in May

    GOULDSBORO — Maine Fair Trade Lobster plans to reopen its newly expanded lobster processing plant in early May and increase the number of employees from 130 to about 200.

  • Historical society's ships room set to take sail
    Historical society's ships room set to take sail

    ELLSWORTH — More than 170 wooden sailing vessels were built along the banks of the Union River from about 1810 to 1910.

  • EBT card leads cops to truck theft suspect
    EBT card leads cops to truck theft suspect

    ELLSWORTH — The use of an EBT card at a city store last month has led to an arrest warrant being issued for a man believed to have stolen a truck, according to police.

  • Gouldsboro clean-up effort a family affair
    Gouldsboro clean-up effort a family affair

    GOULDSBORO — When the Farnsworth family scoured Chicken Mill Road for rubbish Tuesday — all in the name of Earth Day — they literally found the kitchen sink.

  • Mass migration of RSU staff to city school department

    ELLSWORTH — When the Ellsworth School Department central office opens for business July 1, it’s going to look an awful lot like the Regional School Unit 24 (RSU 24) central office does right now.

  • Former funeral home worker charged with felony theft

    ELLSWORTH — A man who previously worked for a local funeral home has been charged with using his former employer’s credit cards for personal expenses.

  • Pre-dawn accident closes Route 3

    TRENTONAn unidentified person driving a Jeep struck and knocked down two electric utility poles overnight, forcing authorities to close a portion of Route 3 temporarily, according to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department.

  • 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.

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Sports

  • MDI baseball team notches two wins in preseason
    MDI baseball team notches two wins in preseason

    BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School Trojans hosted the team from Stearns in Millinocket Saturday afternoon and won handily by a score of 9-2. Junior starting pitcher Tom Paola allowed only two runs on five hits in his six innings. He struck out six batters.

  • MDI Softball team enjoying early success
    MDI Softball team enjoying early success

    BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School varsity softball team split a double header against Dirigo High School of Dixfield on Tuesday afternoon. The Lady Trojans won the first game 12-4, and Dirigo came back to win the second game 12-7.

  • GSA notches softball win
    GSA notches softball win

    BLUE HILL — The George Stevens Academy Eagles won their first softball game of the season 11-6 over the Sumner Tigers on Tuesday evening.

  • MMA sports roundup

    CASTINE — Three members of Maine Maritime Academy’s Athletics Department received the three highest awards at the Student Life Banquet held on April 7.

  • GSA blanks Tigers
    GSA blanks Tigers

    BLUE HILL — Righthander Kelsey Allen allowed just three hits, striking out five batters and walking one as he pitched the George Stevens Academy Eagles to a season-opening 5-0 shutout over the Sumner Tigers on Tuesday.

  • Matt Homich leads 10 county runners in Boston Marathon
    Matt Homich leads 10 county runners in Boston Marathon

    BOSTON — With a crowd estimated at 1 million looking on, Matt Homich, 26, of Ellsworth turned in the fastest time of the day among Hancock County runners in Monday’s 118th Boston Marathon.

  • Fundraising road races set in Ellsworth, Prospect Harbor
    Fundraising road races set in Ellsworth, Prospect Harbor

    ELLSWORTH — As more and more nonprofit and civic organizations look for ways to generate revenue, area road races are on the increase.

  • Bucks score 8-3 win over Raiders in Monday softball game

    BUCKSPORT — Righthander Samantha Goode got the Golden Bucks off to a strong start, striking out 15 batters and scattering six hits in pitching Bucksport to an 8-3 win over the Washington Academy Raiders on Monday in Bucksport.

  • Raiders roll over Bucks 4-1

    BUCKSPORT — Gage Feeney of Washington Academy pitched a five-hitter, giving up just one unearned run, as the Raiders rolled over the host Golden Bucks 4-1 on Monday.

  • 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.

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Arts

  • Explore Maine - beyond the usual
    Explore Maine - beyond the usual

    BAR HARBOR — Discover the offbeat, fun and wacky in Maine during a slideshow and talk with Marisue and John Pickering at the Jesup Memorial Library on Thursday, May 1, at 10 a.m.

  • Noel Paul Stookey to aid Grand drive
    Noel Paul Stookey to aid Grand drive

    ELLSWORTH — The legendary Noel Paul Stookey returns to the stage of The Grand to perform a benefit concert on Sunday, July 20, at 3 p.m. The benefit concert has a goal of raising $25,000 to support the programs of The Grand, Ellsworth’s historic theater and performing arts center.

  • David Mallett returns to The Grand
    David Mallett returns to The Grand

    ELLSWORTH — David Mallett’s creative spirit is never idle. On the heels of his newest CD, “Greenin’ Up,” Mallett was in Nashville recently recording classic country songs.

  • Otis General Store has faithful food following
    Otis General Store has faithful food following

    OTIS — Call it the law of pizza proximity: the farther a person will go to get pizza from a particular establishment, the better that store’s pizza must be.

  • 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.

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Obituaries

  • Bessie Tapley Gray

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Bessie Tapley Gray, 64, died April 23, 2014, in Bar Harbor. She was born Feb. 24, 1950, in Bar Harbor, the daughter of Lewis Merton and LeRita (Tainter) Tapley.

  • 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. 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.

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