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Federal government shutdown would imperil key Acadia tourism season, flu shots and fuel aid

September 30, 2013

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PORTLAND, Maine — In Maine, a federal government shutdown does not signal the end of mail delivery but could affect a range of things from fall tourism to flu readiness. The hardest hit likely would be the neediest Mainers, whose federal aid for housing, heating and food could be jeopardized …

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New owner renovating former Parkadia property on MDI

March 16, 2013

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BAR HARBOR, Maine — An Orland couple who own and operate two stores in Waldo County are the new owners of a prominent property at the head of Mount Desert Island. Bain Pollard and Rita Turner Pollard have acquired the former Parkadia property where routes 102 and 3 diverge near …

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More Maine AAA branches to offer license, ID renewal and replacement

March 11, 2013

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BANGOR, Maine — AAA members in southern and coastal parts of the state soon will be able to renew and replace their motor vehicle license and state identification cards at their local branches. Beginning March 13, area residents of Ellsworth, Brunswick, Auburn, South Portland and Biddeford will be able to …

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2012 Maine lobster catch increases by 18 million pounds, but price continues to decline

January 4, 2013

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ELLSWORTH, Maine — Maine had another record year for lobster landings in 2012, according to state officials. The price they received for their catch, however, is an entirely different matter. According to Maine Department of Marine Resources estimates, the average annual price fishermen received for their catch in 2012 was …

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Another large hotel proposed in Bar Harbor

January 3, 2013

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BAR HARBOR, Maine — Fresh on the heels of a four-story hotel opening this year in downtown Bar Harbor, another is proposed for a former local nursing home site. The Witham Family Partnership is working with DBL Enterprises to redevelop the former Summit House property at the end of Norman …

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Lobster meetings postponed for Hancock, Lincoln, Washington counties

January 3, 2013

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ELLSWORTH, Maine — Lobster industry meetings that had been scheduled for this week in Hancock, Lincoln and Washington counties have been postponed, according to state officials. A meeting scheduled for Jan. 2 in Boothbay Harbor, two scheduled for Jan. 3 in Jonesport and Machias, and another that had been set …

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Blueberry Broadcasting completes purchase of MDI radio station

January 2, 2013

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BAR HARBOR, Maine — What was WMDI and then WBQI is now WBKA. The radio station, which was a locally owned and operated oldies station in the 1990s and then as WBQI became part of the WBACH classical music network in 2001 is now owned by Blueberry Broadcasting. Nassau Broadcasting, …

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Trenton airport terminal project to cost $2.5 million

December 4, 2012

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ELLSWORTH, Maine — A proposed expansion of the Hancock County airport in Trenton could end up costing the county only about $450,000, county commissioners were told Tuesday. The overall projected cost of the building expansion, which would more than double the size of the building, is about $2.5 million, according …

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CEO of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust steps aside for ‘new generation of leadership’

November 27, 2012

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BAR HARBOR, Maine — Joseph Murphy has announced his plans to retire as CEO of Bar Harbor Bankshares, parent company of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, after a decade at the bank’s helm. Murphy, who has served as CEO since 2002, will step down in June 2013, leaving the company …

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Jackson Lab gets deal on Ellsworth Lowe’s property

November 13, 2012

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ELLSWORTH, Maine — The recent sale of the former Lowe’s property in Ellsworth to Jackson Laboratory is widely accepted as a good deal for the city. Turns out, it was a pretty sweet deal for the lab, too. The Bar Harbor genetic research facility paid just over half the assessed …

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