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Online scholarship helps Castine woman reboot career as software developer

Renee Cordes |

Lourdes Wellington is a Castine-based software engineer who rebooted her career into that burgeoning field thanks to an online scholarship program that gave her a new lease on life.

Six projects receive funds in ninth round of Coastal Community Grant Program

Staff |

Six projects from South Portland to Stonington were awarded state Department of Agriculture Conservation and Forestry grants that will help provide support for projects ranging from identifying ways...

Island Institute planting seeds for 10-fold increase in Maine's aquaculture industry

Laurie Schreiber |

Since its inception in 2015, Island Institute's Aquaculture Business Development program has had 75 individuals go through the program, with 20 starting businesses that have contributed an estimated...

Bar Harbor Historical Society on track to buy Seacoast Mission building

Laurie Schreiber |

The Bar Harbor Historical Society is scheduled on March 31 to close the purchase of the former Maine Seacoast Mission building, a historic structure known as “La Rochelle” on West Street...

Maine 4-H Foundation purchases Greenland Point Center in Princeton

Staff |

With the help of numerous donations, Maine 4-H Foundation has purchased the 64-acre Greenland Point Center in Princeton.

National Park Service will invest $5.4M in Acadia's shuttle service

Laurie Schreiber |

Acadia National Park, coming off a year of strong growth in visitors arriving by bus, has received federal funding to upgrade the Island Explorer fleet of free shuttle buses.

Ellsworth firm settles with state on its ‘American Dream’ home ownership plan

Staff |

An Ellsworth business has agreed to make changes in its “American Dream Path to Home Ownership Plan” under a settlement announced today by Maine Attorney General Aaron M. Frey.

Steady development bolsters Ellsworth's emergence as hub

Laurie Schreiber |

Ellsworth approved $30.5 million in construction in 2018, a total of 346,265 square feet in commercial and multi-family residential projects. That's three times the 10-year average of $8.5 million...

Bucksport businessman to purchase historic Wilson Hall

Laurie Schreiber |

The owner of an ice cream shop in downtown Bucksport has submitted a proposal to buy Wilson Hall, a historic but deteriorating former seminary on Franklin Street.

Shutdown affects Bay Ferries ferry plan in Bar Harbor

Laurie Schreiber |

The federal government shutdown is hampering Bay Ferries Ltd.’s processing of plans to re-establish ferry service between Bar Harbor and Nova Scotia.