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Coast Guard Looking for Distress Callers on Lake Champlain in South Portland

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine – The Coast Guard is searching for a caller or callers who made distress broadcasts on the marine radio on Lake Champlain last week after surface searches turned up nothing. On May 17, the Coast Guard received a radio broadcast stating, “Yeah, mayday, mayday, great white in the northern hemisphere…we’re taking on […]

18 year old Medford fisherman found dead in Bean Brook

From the Maine Warden Service:  At approximately 12:30 pm (May 24th), the Maine Warden Service was called to Bean Brook in Rainbow Township to search for an overdue fisherman. Darren Clement, 18 of Medford, Maine, had been fishing with his uncle and cousin. The three planned to fish independently and reunite at a later time. […]

UPDATE: Two people missing in Eliotsville found alive

UPDATE 05/26/15 4:16pm: The Maine Warden Service has located two adults from Newport, Maine after an extensive overnight search in Elliotsville Township located east of Monson, Maine. Michael Chapman , (40)and Kelli MacFarlin (38) were located at about 12:45 this afternoon by a Maine game warden on the Appalachian Trail near Big Wilson Stream. It […]

Local News – May 26, 2015

Mill Demolition (Bucksport) – The folks who own the defunct paper mill in Bucksport have resubmitted demolition plans to Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection. The state must issue a permit before the former Verso paper mill can come down. The Ellsworth American reports a local permit from Bucksport’s town council is also required, and company […]

Local News – May 25, 2015

Bucksport Fire (Bucksport) – A Bucksport family lost their home to fire this weekend as firefighters from three communities responded to the Millvale Road. Bucksport fire officials say they got the call just before 7-o’clock Saturday night that the house was on fire. They called in help from Orland and Orrington. The family that owned […]

DECH Launches Patient Advisory Committee

  From Down East Community Hospital:  Down East Community Hospital held its first Patient Advisory Committee on May 19th.  The committee consists of 5 members of the community that have either been a patient or family member of a patient at DECH and 5 employees of DECH comprised of clinicians, staff, and administrators.  “The purpose […]

Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport renovation project completed

A 3.1 million dollar project that’s been 10 years in the making was unveiled Friday May 22 at the newly expanded Hancock County-Bar Harbor airport. Airport Manager Brad Madeira tells Star 97.7, the terminal has doubled in size and a critical security upgrades were made to be in compliance with post 9/11 security requirements. “FAA […]

Maine Criminal Justice Academy graduates 60

Maine’s 60 newest police officers have graduated from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro.  The new officers, who mostly come from the local and county ranks, spent 18 weeks at the academy in study and training. Among the many topics the officers studied were crime scene processing, emergency vehicle operation, first aid, traffic and criminal […]

Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce hosts annual meeting and awards

From the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce: The Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Meeting and Awards night Thursday evening at Big Cats Catering and Event Center in Hancock. The annual event drew a crowd of over 275 members and their guests to celebrate the chambers year and to honor some of its […]

Local News – May 22, 2015

Rockefeller gift (Mount Desert) A Mt. Desert Island philanthropist has donated about a thousand acres of land on MDI to the Mount Desert Land and Garden Preserve. David Rockefeller Sr. is giving the land around Little Long Pond between Northeast Harbor and Seal Harbor in celebration of his 100th birthday on June 12th. Rockefeller said […]