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Trio accused of impersonating officers during robbery indicted

Trio accused of impersonating officers during robbery indicted

Three people from Orland arrested earlier this year for an alleged armed robbery in 2011 each were indicted April 10…

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Longtime food pantry volunteer turns 89

Longtime food pantry volunteer turns 89

The volunteers at Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry held an 89th birthday party for longtime volunteer Gertrude Wildes on April…

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Learn to fold origami

Learn to fold origami

Members of the Downeast Origami Society will be teaching a paper folding class at Southwest Harbor Public Library on Thursday,…

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"Are They Healthy Bees?" talk April 21

"Are They Healthy Bees?" talk April 21

The “Who Is in the Landscape?” conservation lecture series in Blue Hill concludes on Monday, April 21, with “Wild Bees…

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Drug take-back day is April 26

Drug take-back day is April 26

National Prescription Drug Take-back Day is taking place on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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City Servants show they are masters of Ellsworth's history

City Servants show they are masters of Ellsworth's history

In baseball, “27 up, 27 down” is shorthand for a pitcher retiring all 27 batters faced — a perfect…

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  • Three Springers' Gymnasts win state championships

    ELLSWORTH — Nine-year-old Ellie Kane led 14 girls from Springers’ Gymnastics Center with three standout performances at last weekend’s USA Gymnastics Maine State Championships in Waterville.

  • MMA sports roundup

    CASTINE — The Maine Maritime Academy Mariners upped their North Atlantic Conference lacrosse record to 4-0 this week with a 20-5 win over Green Mountain College on Saturday.

  • Hundreds turn out for third bridge the gap race
    Hundreds turn out for third bridge the gap race

    VERONA ISLAND — Hundreds of walkers and runners flooded across the Penobscot Narrows Bridge on Sunday morning, taking advantage of clear, sunny skies and cool temperatures after a previous day of rain.

  • DEFY Dolphin swimmers have strong championship season
    DEFY Dolphin swimmers have strong championship season

    ELLSWORTH — The swimming championship season has been a “remarkable” one for the Dolphins of the Down East Family YMCA, according to coach Matt Montgomery.

  • Bill Reeve, Jim Goodman win gold in Master Swimmers Championships
    Bill Reeve, Jim Goodman win gold in Master Swimmers Championships

    ELLSWORTH — Four master swimmers from the Down East Family YMCA participated with the Maine Blue Lobsters Masters Swim Club in the New England Masters Short Course Yards Swimming Championship held at Harvard University in Boston.

  • Local talent to face off with Harlem Ambassadors

    BAR HARBOR — When the Harlem Ambassadors take the court on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Mount Desert Island High School, they’ll be facing a team that’s loaded with prominent local basketball names.

  • Ninth Flattop 5K draws largest field ever at 306

    LAMOINE — Spencer McElwain, 24, of Caribou finished more than half a minute in front of more than 300 runners — the largest field ever — to win Saturday’s ninth annual Flattop 5K road race.

  • Soccer Academy indoor facility catches "fire"
    Soccer Academy indoor facility catches

    TRENTON — For the group of 8-year-olds running through soccer dribbling drills on a recent Friday night on Acadia Fire’s indoor turf field, there’s nowhere they’d rather be.

  • A Maine record for Looker
    A Maine record for Looker

    Ellsworth High School senior Aleta Looker can add yet another record to her impressive list of accomplishments.

  • Road races scheduled March 29 and April 6

    ELLSWORTH — Spring road racing begins in earnest over the next two weekends with the Flattop 5K on March 29 and the Bridge the Gap race on April 6.

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Arts

  • Art show celebrates harbinger of spring
    Art show celebrates harbinger of spring

    WINTER HARBOR — The seemingly interminable winter has kick-started creativity in some quarters.

  • McNair to read at SWHPL
    McNair to read at SWHPL

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR— Wesley McNair, Maine’s poet laureate, will be giving a poetry reading at the Southwest Harbor Public Library on Thursday evening, April 17, at 5:30.

  • 'Summer Colony' revists Northeast Harbor of yore
    'Summer Colony' revists Northeast Harbor of yore

    Jeremy Lunt grew up in Northeast Harbor during the 1980s and 1990s, decades when the village was in considerable transition, with stores closing in the Main Street business district and, elsewhere, the modest homes of year-round residents being bought by people “from away” and razed to erect summer cottages. This sea change provides the inspiration for Lunt’s recently released full-length documentary “Summer Colony.”

  • BSO season finale delights audience

    ORONO — The Bangor Symphony Orchestra presented the final performance of its 118th season to a sold-out hall at Collins Center for the Arts on Sunday afternoon.

  • Fort Knox open vacation week

    PROSPECT — Members of the Friends of Fort Knox have announced that they will be opening the state historic and Penobscot Narrows Observatory sites for school vacation week, Monday, April 21, through Sunday, April 27, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

  • Auction to benefit MDI housing trust
    Auction to benefit MDI housing trust

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The Salty Dog Gallery on Main Street will host an auction to benefit the Island Housing Trust on Saturday, April 19 at 5:30 p.m. Dan Granholm and Friends will provide music throughout the event. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

  • Dance concert features Nimbus
    Dance concert features Nimbus

    BAR HARBOR — The annual Mount Desert Island High School dance concert will feature a special performance by Nimbus Dance Works of a seminal work by a pioneer of modern dance, as well as works by local dancers and students.

  • Theater getting a makeover
    Theater getting a makeover

    BAR HARBOR — The historic Criterion Theatre is undergoing a slew of interior renovations.

  • Author to visit Sedgwick School

    SEDGWICK — Mary Cerullo, the author of several books for children on ocean animals, will be the featured guest for Author’s Day 2014 at the Sedgwick School on Thursday, April 17.

  • Call to artists: "44 North" Downeast Open Art Showcase to be held in May
    Call to artists:

    MILBRIDGE — The Schooner Gallery will host the 3rd Annual “44º North” Downeast Open Art Showcase in May.

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Obituaries

  • Wilson Guy Francis & Jane (Blood) Francis
    Wilson Guy Francis & Jane (Blood) Francis

    BOOTHBAY — Wilson Guy Francis, 94, of Boothbay died March 6, 2014.

  • Helen (Brown) Dunham
    Helen (Brown) Dunham

    ELLSWORTH— Helen (Brown) Dunham, 84, died April 13, 2014, at an Ellsworth health care facility. She was born Aug. 25, 1929, in Brewer. She was the first of six children born to Alice and Herbert Brown of Orrington.

  • Sherry Ann Churchill
    Sherry Ann Churchill

    FLETCHER’S LANDING — Sherry Ann Churchill, 42, died peacefully April 8, 2014, at Eastern Maine Medical Center. She was born Sept. 26, 1971, at the Cary Medical Center in Caribou.

  • Charles K. Leland
    Charles K. Leland

    ELLSWORTH — Charles K. Leland, 93, died April 8, 2014, at his home. He was born Dec. 25, 1920, in Somesville, son of Roy and Ada (Brown) Leland.

  • Eric A. Sheard
    Eric A. Sheard

    DEER ISLE — Eric A. Sheard, 83, died Monday, April 7, 2014, at the Island Nursing Home, Deer Isle.

  • Virginia Biddle, MD
    Virginia Biddle, MD

    BLUE HILL — Virginia Biddle, MD, of Blue Hill, formerly of Woods Hole, Mass., died peacefully March 28, 2014, after a long illness. She was born July 4, 1929, in Milton, Mass., daughter of Virginia Morris Biddle and Nicholas Biddle.

  • Wava Mae Dyer Ruckel
    Wava Mae Dyer Ruckel

    FORT WALTON BEACH, FLA. — Wava Mae Dyer Ruckel passed away March 14, 2014, at her home in Fort Walton, Fla., with her family with her after a long battle with cancer. Wava Mae Dyer was born Jan. 9, 1933, in Franklin, the daughter of the late Dana O. Dyer and Helen Marion Bragdon Dyer.

  • Steen Loughridge Meryweather
    Steen Loughridge Meryweather

    SALISBURY COVE and NOKOMIS, FLA. Steen Loughridge Meryweather, of Salisbury Cove, passed away peacefully at his home in Nokomis, Fla., April 5, 2014, from a five-year struggle with cancer of the esophagus.

  • Deirdre Roche

    BASS HARBORDeirdre Roche of Bass Harbor died April 5, 2014, after a period of declining health. She was born Nov. 2, 1941, in New York City to Mary Alice Candor Roche and John Patrick (Jack) Roche.

  • Russell Leonard Burnett
    Russell Leonard Burnett

    FRANKLIN — Russell Leonard Burnett, a lifetime resident of Hancock County, died tragically at the age of 21 on March 31, 2014, in Orland. Russell was born April 28, 1992.

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