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Blind Surry man dies after being hit by car

Blind Surry man dies after being hit by car

A blind Surry man died Tuesday morning on the Toddy Pond Road after being struck by a Ford Expedition while…

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Runaway tortoise found in nearby garden

Runaway tortoise found in nearby garden

Gordon, the tortoise who waddled away from his home in Wonsqueak Harbor July 2, is home again and appears to…

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Weather gods finally cooperate for Retired Skippers Race

Weather gods finally cooperate for Retired Skippers Race

A steady breeze and mostly fair skies greeted the 17-boat fleet that crossed the starting line of the 63rd Maine…

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U.S. Interior Secretary visits Schoodic Institute

U.S. Interior Secretary visits Schoodic Institute

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said major challenges facing national parks are climate change, preparing younger generations to…

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Changes afoot in RSU 25 facility, staff

Changes afoot in RSU 25 facility, staff

The metaphorical winds of change have been blowing over Bucksport High School this summer, bringing a series of improvements that…

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Students raise money for dance teacher’s wheelchair

Students raise money for dance teacher’s wheelchair

Two of Chelsea Libitzki’s students donated money from a piggy bank and a lemonade stand last week toward their paralyzed…

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  • Governor visits booming lobster processor
    Governor visits booming lobster processor

    GOULDSBORO Governor Paul LePage was greeted with good news Aug. 13 as Maine Fair Trade Lobster forecast employment levels of up to 300 within four years.

  • Route 15 named "Worst Road in Maine," improvements planned

    BLUE HILL — The Maine Department of Transportation is designing a project to improve an especially bumpy 7.5-mile stretch of Route 15 from Orland to Blue Hill.

  • Teen gets jail time for Penobscot vandalism

    ELLSWORTH — One of the two teenagers accused of vandalizing a home in Penobscot pleaded no contest to the charges last week and was sentenced to three years in prison, with all but 30 days suspended.

  • Runaway tortoise found in nearby garden
    Runaway tortoise found in nearby garden

    GOULDSBOROGordon, the tortoise who waddled away from his home in Wonsqueak Harbor July 2, is home again and appears to have thrived during his adventure.

  • Substation situation

    BAR HARBOR — Emera Maine power company and the 48 residents here who filed an official complaint against plans for a proposed new substation off Woodbury Road have been ordered by the Maine Public Utilities Commission to submit information regarding the issue by Aug. 22.

  • Blind Surry man dies after being hit by car
    Blind Surry man dies after being hit by car

    SURRY — A blind Surry man died Tuesday morning on the Toddy Pond Road after being struck by a Ford Expedition while walking with his seeing-eye dog, Hancock County Sheriff’s deputies reported.

  • Bar Harbor to interview two manager candidates

    BAR HARBOR — Two finalists the town manager position have been chosen for in-person interviews from a field of 50 applicants.

  • Special town meeting in Stonington Monday

    STONINGTON — Voters will be asked to decide a handful of warrant articles at a special town meeting Monday, Aug. 25, at 7 p.m.

  • Weather gods finally cooperate for Retired Skippers Race
    Weather gods finally cooperate for Retired Skippers Race

    CASTINE — A steady breeze and mostly fair skies greeted the 17-boat fleet that crossed the starting line of the 63rd Maine Retired Skippers Race on Saturday afternoon. It was the first time in three years that the weather gods offered up enough wind both to start the race on time and to allow the entire fleet to finish the entire five-leg, 12-mile course.

  • U.S. Interior Secretary: Several challenges for national parks
    U.S. Interior Secretary: Several challenges for national parks

    WINTER HARBOR — U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said major challenges facing national parks are climate change, preparing younger generations to be stewards of the park system and a reduced federal budget.

  • Changes afoot in RSU 25 facility, staff
    Changes afoot in RSU 25 facility, staff

    BUCKSPORT — The metaphorical winds of change have been blowing over Bucksport High School this summer, bringing a series of improvements that will, among other things, better distribute the literal winds of nature throughout the 52-year-old building.

  • Students raise money for dance teacher’s wheelchair
    Students raise money for dance teacher’s wheelchair

    ELLSWORTH — Two of Chelsea Libitzki’s students donated money from a piggy bank and a lemonade stand last week toward their paralyzed dance teacher’s efforts to obtain a stand-up wheelchair.

  • Fatal accident on Toddy Pond Road

    SURRY — Police are investigating a fatal motor vehicle accident that took place this morning at 6:50 on Toddy Pond Road.

  • New drug drop boxes installed

    ELLSWORTH — Healthy Acadia, in partnership with the Ellsworth and Mount Desert police departments, has announced the addition of two new prescription drug drop boxes for Hancock County, as part of its substance abuse prevention efforts.

  • Learning from wild places
    Learning from wild places

    BAR HARBOR — Spending time in wilderness is important, according to Mount Desert Island High School senior Will Greene, and not just for recreation. “Sort of on a moral level too,” he said.

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Sports

  • Schoodic Scramble set for Sept. 13
    Schoodic Scramble set for Sept. 13

    WINTER HARBOR — The 17th annual Schoodic Scramble will be held Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Grindstone Golf Course.

  • NEH road race, walk set

    MOUNT DESERT — The Great Harbor Museum on Main Street in Northeast Harbor will be the finish line of the 37th annual 5-mile road race in support of the Northeast Harbor Ambulance Service on Saturday, Aug. 23. Crow Athletics is organizing the event.

  • 20th Echo Lake Swim draws strong turnout
    20th Echo Lake Swim draws strong turnout

    SOMESVILLE — Seventy-four swimmers and 20 volunteers participated in the 20th Annual Bill Reeve Echo Lake Swim on Saturday, Aug. 9, at Ike’s Point on Echo Lake.

  • Fantastic Mr. Fox wins singles, doubles
    Fantastic Mr. Fox wins singles, doubles

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Will Fox, a 17-year-old summer resident here, took his first singles championship Saturday in the 36th annual Claremont Croquet Classic. Fox and his younger brother John won the doubles competition as well, successfully defending their 2013 title.

  • Schaefer Road Race draws record field
    Schaefer Road Race draws record field

    GOULDSBORO — The 13th Annual George Schaefer 5K Road Race and one-mile kids’ Fun Run attracted a record number of runners on Saturday morning, Aug. 9.

  • Fall sports meeting in Bar Harbor

    BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island High School will hold a fall informational meeting for all students involved in athletics on Thursday, Aug. 14, beginning at 6 p.m. in the high school gym.

  • Sharks earn high marks at Maine Swimming Summer Junior Olympics

    ST. JOHN, N.B. — Members of the Mount Desert Island YMCA Sharks swim team earned high marks in the Maine Swimming Summer Junior Olympics held July 24-26.

  • 5-mile road race scheduled

    MOUNT DESERT — The 37th annual 5-mile road race/family fun walk to benefit the Northeast Harbor Ambulance Company is set for Saturday, Aug. 23. Crow Athletics is organizing the event.

  • Girls hone softball skills in league play

    ELLSWORTH — For a few Mount Desert Island middle and high school softball players, the end of the spring season was only the beginning.

  • Ellsworth's "Green Monster" fulfills a childhood dream
    Ellsworth's

    ELLSWORTH — Only an elite selection of athletes can say they’ve hit a home run over the “Green Monster.”

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Arts

  • New work by Deer Isle artists exhibited
    New work by Deer Isle artists exhibited

    DEER ISLE — The Deer Isle Artists Association, an organization of both professional and emerging artists, will host a reception for its new exhibit, “Farrago,” from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 22.

  • Bobbi Lane to perform at Waterfront Concerts Aug. 22
    Bobbi Lane to perform at Waterfront Concerts Aug. 22

    ELLSWORTH — Singer-songwriter Bobbi Lane will cap Ellsworth’s free Summer Waterfront Concerts with a performance at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at Harbor Park.

  • Kneisel Hall reaches out to local schools
    Kneisel Hall reaches out to local schools

    BLUE HILL — Students in Blue Hill area schools are getting a classical education this fall.

  • Garlic festival helps KidsPeace
    Garlic festival  helps KidsPeace

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The annual harvest of the Maine garlic crop will be celebrated at the 16th Annual MDI Garlic Festival at Smuggler’s Den Campground on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Nicholas and Parlin exhibit
    Nicholas and Parlin exhibit

    BAR HARBOR — The Argosy Gallery will host an exhibition in honor of T. M. Nicholas and Ronal Parlin in the Porcupine Room of the Bar Harbor Inn on Aug. 23 and 24.

  • Rockefeller to sign memoir

    BAR HARBOR — Eileen Rockefeller will sign copies of her recently published memoir, “Being a Rockefeller, Becoming Myself,” at Sherman’s Books and Stationery on Thursday, Aug. 21, from 1-3 p.m. She will read from and sign copies of the memoir at The Naturalist’s Notebook in Seal Harbor the following day, Friday, Aug. 22, from 4-5 p.m.

  • Residents rally for independent film
    Residents rally for independent film

    JONESPORT — Two independent filmmakers arrived in Jonesport last week to begin filming “The Lighthouse Project,” a movie inspired by true stories of female lighthouse keepers in the 1800s.

  • Ida LeClair finds your inner moose
    Ida LeClair finds your inner moose

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Susan Poulin will read from and sign copies of her new self-help humor book, “Finding Your Inner Moose: Ida LeClair’s Guide to Livin’ the Good Life,” at Southwest Harbor Public Library on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 5:30 p.m.

  • Plein air artist Charles Dickinson to exhibit
    Plein air artist Charles Dickinson to exhibit

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Charles Dickinson, plein air artist, will exhibit his work in The Salty Dog Gallery on Main Street from Aug. 17 through 31.

  • Stonington Opera presents "The Last Ferryman"
    Stonington Opera presents

    STONINGTON — Opera House Arts is making a production out of the Deer Isle-Sedgwick Bridge’s 75th birthday — literally.

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Obituaries

  • Mary Inez (Black) Snow
    Mary Inez (Black) Snow

    PENOBSCOT — Mary Inez (Black) Snow passed away Aug. 12, 2014, surrounded by her loving family. We lost our Mother, Grammie, GG and Mammie. She was born Oct. 27, 1936, at Castine Community Hospital to Lewis and Iva (Snow) Black. Mary loved the chaos of her family, especially at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

  • Lucy A. (Davis) Sprague
    Lucy A. (Davis) Sprague

    BAR HARBOR — Lucy A. (Davis) Sprague, 82, of Bar Harbor passed away Aug. 16, 2014, at her home with her family at her side. She was born March 14, 1932, in Bar Harbor, the daughter of Henry and Verlie (Barrett) Davis.

  • Nathan Preston Hall
    Nathan Preston Hall

    BAR HARBOR — Nathan Preston Hall passed away peacefully Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, in Bar Harbor after a lengthy illness. Nathan was the son of the late Alvin Hall Sr. and Marjorie (Grant) Hall of Milbridge. Nathan was born Sept. 9, 1943, in Steuben.

  • Janice (Gillis) Cleveland
    Janice (Gillis) Cleveland

    BLUE HILL — Janice (Gillis) Cleveland, passed away Aug. 16, 2014, in Blue Hill. She was born Jan. 20, 1926, to Harry Gillis and Nellie (Leach) Gillis in Blue Hill.

  • Charles Bracelen Flood

    RICHMOND, KY. Distinguished novelist and historian Charles Bracelen Flood died on Aug. 15, 2014, at his home in Richmond, Ky., after a brief illness. Born in New York City, Flood won early recognition with his best-selling novel “Love Is a Bridge,” published in 1953, a year after he was graduated from Harvard. A remarkably mature story of the power of love in three lives, it remained on the New York Times bestseller list for 26 weeks and has been reissued in paperback three times. Acclaimed in dozens of reviews, it won the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship Award.

  • Cassie Adelaide Gould

    BAR HARBOR — Cassie Adelaide Gould, 78, died Aug. 12, 2014, at a Bangor hospital. She was born Jan. 21, 1936, in Marshfield, the daughter of Perl M. and Marcia E. (Young) Howie.

  • Frank R. Olund Jr.
    Frank R. Olund Jr.

    BLUE HILL and  WHEATON, MD. — Frank R. Olund Jr., 92, died Aug. 7, 2014, after a short illness. He was born Nov. 30, 1921, in Worcester, Mass., to Eleanor (Johnson) and Frank Olund.

  • Clarence "Bud" A. McGarr
    Clarence

    NORTHEAST HARBORClarence “Bud” A. McGarr, 82, died Aug. 9, 2014, in Bangor. He was born Aug. 31, 1931, in Bar Harbor, the son of Stuart and Sylvia (Gray) McGarr.

  • Malcolm "Mac" Leroy Carter
    Malcolm

    SULLIVAN — Malcolm “Mac” Leroy Carter, 51, died unexpectedly Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, at his home in Sullivan. He was born Dec. 23, 1962, in Norwich, Conn., the son of Milton and Mary (Griffin) Carter.

  • Helen Tyson Madeira
    Helen Tyson Madeira

    GLADWYNE, PA.Helen Tyson Madeira, of Gladwyne, Pa., known to her close friends as “Patsy,” died suddenly on Aug. 4, 2014, after living a full, eventful and happy life.

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