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Stroll the Asticou Azalea Garden by lantern light

Stroll the Asticou Azalea Garden by lantern light

The Lane & Garden Preserve is inviting people to tour the Asticou Azalea Garden in Northeast Harbor by lantern light.

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Ronan named CEO at Blue Hill Hospital

Ronan named CEO at Blue Hill Hospital

M. Michelle Hood, president and CEO of Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems (EMHS), announced Friday that John Ronan, who has been…

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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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Ocean sunfish amaze whale watchers

Ocean sunfish amaze whale watchers

Despite reports of increased great white shark sightings off Massachusetts, when whale watch passengers here spot a dorsal fin knifing…

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Chief sharing extended six months

Chief sharing extended six months

Police Chief Jim Willis will continue to serve as acting chief in Bar Harbor through the end of the year…

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  • Stroll the Asticou Azalea Garden by lantern light
    Stroll the Asticou Azalea Garden by lantern light

    MOUNT DESERT — The Lane & Garden Preserve is inviting people to tour the Asticou Azalea Garden in Northeast Harbor by lantern light.

  • On the Road Review: Ford Mustang GT

    Green apples, green eggs and ham, Green Hornet, green with envy or green as Kermit don’t even come close to describing the vibrant “Gotta Have it Green” swathed onto our Mustang GT Convertible. It used to be that you did not buy a red sports car, because you would garner too much official attention. Any car painted this extroverted color gets everybody’s attention.

  • Winter Harbor Lobster Festival celebrates 50 years
    Winter Harbor Lobster Festival celebrates 50 years

    WINTER HARBOR — Little did the late Doug Torrey know when he had a picnic in his field on Sargent Street the summer of 1964 that a tradition was born.

  • Police issue slew of speeding tickets

    ELLSWORTH — Police conducted more patrols looking for lead-footed drivers in recent weeks, and as they did throughout the spring they once again had success finding them.

  • Cross buys MDI agency

    MOUNT DESERT — Northeast Harbor insurance agency Merchant, Needham & Associates has been purchased by Cross Insurance of Bangor.

  • Author calls out caffeine in new book
    Author calls out caffeine in new book

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Murray Carpenter, author of the new book “Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us,” will be at Southwest Harbor Public Library Tuesday, July 29, at 5:30 p.m.

  • DMR plans second meeting to discuss Bagaduce aquaculture

    PENOBSCOT — Three months after a packed meeting with people concerned about the growth of shellfish aquaculture on the Bagaduce River, the Department of Marine Resources (DMR) will hold an “informational meeting and conversation” on the subject Thursday, July 31, at the Penobscot Community School. The meeting is scheduled to run from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

  • Hancock County Jail log July 15-21

    ELLSWORTH — The following individuals recently were booked into the Hancock County Jail:

  • Sullivan Days scheduled for Aug. 2

    SULLIVAN — The annual Sullivan Daze on Saturday, Aug. 2, will kick off with breakfast and end with fireworks as the town celebrates its 225th anniversary.

  • Police station renovations, new cruiser cams approved

    MOUNT DESERT — The police department’s home on the ground floor of Town Hall in Northeast Harbor will be renovated and expanded, with work expected to start in mid August.

  • Privateer Lynx brings historical perspective
    Privateer Lynx brings historical perspective

    MOUNT DESERT — Town officials were entering uncharted waters when they decided to bring a replica of the 1812 Privateer Lynx to Northeast Harbor for a few days last week.

  • Bread maker strives for perfect baguette

    WINTER HARBOR — It started with a challenge.

  • Sea Coast Mission scholarships awarded
    Sea Coast Mission scholarships awarded

    BAR HARBOR — The Maine Sea Coast Mission’s board and staff recognized the 2014 Mission Scholars at the Colket Center in Bar Harbor on July 11. More than 200 students, parents and trustees attended the 7th Annual Scholarship Barbeque.

  • Ronan named permanent CEO at Blue Hill Memorial Hospital
    Ronan named permanent CEO at Blue Hill Memorial Hospital

    BLUE HILL — M. Michelle Hood, president and CEO of Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems (EMHS), announced Friday that John Ronan, who has been serving as Blue Hill Memorial Hospital’s interim president and chief executive officer, is now the permanent CEO.

  • Lobster boat symposium keys classic boat race series
    Lobster boat symposium keys classic boat race series

    CASTINE — The weather may suggest otherwise, but with the Castine Yacht Club hosting a symposium on the Maine lobster boat next week as a lead-in to the 15th annual Castine Classic Yacht Race, winter, or at least the arrival of autumn, must be just around the corner.

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Sports

  • Dynamic duo race planned at Bucksport

    BUCKSPORT — The fourth annual Dynamic Duo 3-Mile Race will be held Saturday, Aug. 2, with a start and finish at Bucksport High School’s Carmichael Field.

  • Acadian Little League celebrates 25 years
    Acadian Little League celebrates 25 years

    BAR HARBOR — Every spring, dozens of kids step up to the plate as members of Acadian Little League (ALL) baseball and softball teams. This year, when ALL board president Tony McKim filed the paperwork with the national Little League organization, he got a nice surprise.

  • 37th Annual Claremont Croquet Classic

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The Claremont Hotel will hold its 37th Annual Claremont Croquet Classic on Aug. 3-9. Singles and doubles match competition will be held on the hotel’s two bent grass croquet courts overlooking Somes Sound.

  • Summer hoops players give it their all
    Summer hoops players give it their all

    AUGUSTA — Two teams of Mount Desert Island High School boys’ basketball players took on competitors from all over the state last weekend in a summer tournament.

  • Bucksport wins district title for ages 10-11
    Bucksport wins district title for ages 10-11

    ELLSWORTH — Logan Stanley pitched a no-hitter as Bucksport rolled over Ellsworth to win the Little League District 1 baseball championship for ages 10-11 on Saturday in Ellsworth.

  • Ellsworth girls in running for state 9-10 softball title

    AUBURN — Ellsworth’s District 1 champions remained in contention for the state Little League softball title for ages 9-10 after splitting two games over the weekend.

  • Ellsworth wins state Junior League title
    Ellsworth wins state Junior League title

    BANGOR — The Ellsworth Junior League all-stars saved their best for last, posting a pair of wins on Sunday at Mansfield Stadium and capturing the state Junior League baseball championship.

  • Ellsworth 9-10 team advances in state baseball tourney
    Ellsworth 9-10 team advances in state baseball tourney

    AUBURN — Ellsworth All-stars for ages 9-10 won their first two games of the state Little League baseball tournament before falling to Scarborough on Sunday.

  • Coastal All-stars fall in state tournament
    Coastal All-stars fall in state tournament

    BIDDEFORD — The Coastal All-stars of the Blue Hill area saw their summer season come to an end on Sunday with an 8-5 loss to Auburn Suburban in the state Little League baseball tournament for ages 11-12.

  • Acadians headed for tourney
    Acadians headed for tourney

    ELLSWORTH — The Trenton Acadians defeated Motor City of Bangor 15-5 Monday in the final game of the regular American Legion Zone 1 baseball season.

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Arts

  • Library to host international best-selling author of Rizzoli & Isles series
    Library to host international best-selling author of Rizzoli & Isles series

    BAR HARBOR — Tess Gerritsen, whose books sparked the popular “Rizzoli & Isles” television series, returns to the Jesup Memorial Library on Mount Desert Street on Thursday, July 31, at 7 p.m.

  • Self-portrait machine to be featured in Blue Hill
    Self-portrait machine to be featured in Blue Hill

    BLUE HILL — The “Incredible Self-Portrait Machine” will be featured at the Blue Hill Inn on Aug. 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. as part of First Friday Blue Hill, a self-guided tour of art galleries, businesses and restaurants.

  • Natural journaling is family fun
    Natural journaling is family fun

    BAR HARBOR — Kimberly Ridley and Rebekah Raye, author and illustrator respectively of the award-winning picture book “The Secret Pool,” will lead a fun morning of nature journaling on Wednesday, Jul 30, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Famed book's 60th birthday being celebrated Sunday
    Famed book's 60th birthday being celebrated Sunday

    BROOKSVILLE — When Helen and Scott Nearing first published “Living the Good Life” in 1964, the couple had already spent 30 years living off the grid in southern Vermont, after aborting earlier careers in New York City. Helen had played concert violin and studied Eastern philosophy. Scott was an educator and economist.

  • Artists Bell and Brown exhibit work at Star Gallery
    Artists Bell and Brown exhibit work at Star Gallery

    MOUNT DESERT — Star Gallery in Northeast Harbor, now in its second year, has expanded to a second building. Currently on view in its original space on Neighborhood Road are sculptures by Katie Bell and drawings by Emily Brown. The show lasts through July 30.

  • "A Life in Books" author to perform

    BLUE HILL — Warren Lehrer’s new book is his first novel, and it will likely be a first of sorts for his readers, too.

  • Club members share passion for plants
    Club members share passion for plants

    ELLSWORTH — Just as gardeners might have various plots of flowers and vegetables and shrubs planted over their properties, the Ellsworth Garden Club has created pockets of beauty all over the city.

  • Art galleries blossom in NEH

    MOUNT DESERT — Northeast Harbor is booming with art. Three galleries have begun hosting a weekly artwalk and will continue to hold open receptions every other Thursday from 5-7 p.m. These functions welcome the public to admire fine art, meet local and national artists, and eat, drink and socialize.

  • BH Music festival reaches crescendo
    BH Music festival reaches crescendo

    BAR HARBOR — The final week of the 2014 Bar Harbor Music Festival will feature two string orchestra concerts conducted by Francis Fortier. Guest soloist oboist Gerard Reuter and violinists Francis Fortier and Jeffrey Ellenberger will perform music by Mozart, J.S. Bach, Barber, Dvorak, Vivaldi, Marcello and Benjamin Britten.

  • Acadia Rep finds the funny
    Acadia Rep finds the funny

    The Acadia Repertory Theater has gone from the proverbial sublime to the utterly ridiculous with their second play of the season, Molière’s “School for Wives.”

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Obituaries

  • Donald E. Ross

    FORT WALTON Beach, FLA.Donald E. Ross was a World War II veteran and proud of his service in the United States Navy and served aboard the USS Bennington. He was a lifetime member of the VFW, American Legion and Disabled Veterans.

  • Elizabeth Hulbert Marler
    Elizabeth Hulbert Marler

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Elizabeth Hulbert Marler passed away after a long and courageous battle against Alzheimer’s disease on June 18, 2014, with family by her side. Elizabeth was born in Bryn Mawr, Pa., on Oct. 20, 1925, to the late Richard and Elizabeth McKey.

  • Elwood Herbert Banfill

    BERNARD Elwood Herbert Banfill, 103, of Bernard died peacefully among family on June 26, 2014, in Morristown, N.J. Born in Marlborough, Mass., on Dec. 9, 1910, Elwood was the only child of Herbert and Bessie (Cutting) Banfill of Southborough.

  • 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.

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