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This photo postcard from the collection of the University of Maine Hudson Museum is titled “Ready for Departure, Passamaquoddy Indians” and was postmarked Aug. 12, 1939. The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded a grant of more than $59,000 to the university’s McGillicuddy Humanities Center to support development of a centralized digital portal that will improve access to Wabanaki historical and cultural resources and archival collections currently distributed across UMaine and, in the future, to incorporate collections curated by several external institutions. The Wabanaki Resources Portal project seeks to enhance use of existing resources to promote the study of Wabanaki history and culture at the elementary, high school and postsecondary levels and to facilitate interdisciplinary academic and arts scholarship. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE HUDSON MUSEUM
Hello Bulletinbeans: It's Thursday, June 3. You all know how much I like datasets, and I found one this week that particularly spoke to me: nutrition data on 80 breakfast cereals, from Apple Jacks to All-Bran, which, if you are a cereal eater, I recommend you avoid at all costs. (In case you're curious, they make up for the general lack of sugar in All-Bran by pouring salt into it).

This dataset spoke to me not because it confirmed the horrifying contents of Total Raisin Bran, but because it reminded me of a book I loved as a kid about breakfast around the world. This book featured many colorful illustrations of small cute children eating breakfast, and I loved it. But despite the fact that I research things for a living, I simply could not find the name of this book, and it is driving me bananas. So I am using this, a platform for the betterment of democracy, to ask you, dear Bulletinfriends: what is the name of that book from the early 90s about children eating breakfast? Email replies to and you will have my eternal undying gratitude.

In the weather: A chance of rain tonight and tomorrow, with highs in the upper 70s. IT'S HAPPENING PEOPLE SUMMER IS HAPPENING.
High tide on the Union River is at 6:52 p.m.; low tide is at 12:34 p.m.
It may have been a gray, drizzly Memorial Day, but that didn't stop a small crowd from gathering for the parade and ceremony in Ellsworth. There was a procession down Main Street to the Union River bridge, where a wreath was placed in the water. A ceremony followed at the memorial on the grounds of City Hall. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY CYNDI WOOD

County’s COVID windfall discussed

Hancock County has received half — $5.3 million — of its share of federal COVID-19 relief monies, delivered via bank wire last month, according to County Administrator Scott Adkins. That’s from the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds established by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which provides $350 billion in “emergency funding” for state, local, territorial and tribal governments. The remaining $5.3 million is expected in June of 2022, Adkins said. That’s a total of $10.6 million for the county to spend, but there are restrictions. So what's a county to do with all these funds? The Hancock County Commissioners briefly discussed that at their monthly meeting Tuesday, including suggestions to expand broadband internet access, workforce housing and grants to nonprofit organizations. A timely discussion, as the meeting, conducted via Zoom, was cut short when the internet shut down at the Hancock County Courthouse, where it was being recorded.

Tax rate down, but valuations may rise

City officials and council members met over recent weeks to zero in on a final municipal budget for fiscal year 2022 and continued to crunch numbers during a workshop on May 27. Councilors revisited budgets for the library, roads, capital projects and monetary requests from nonprofits. As the workshop wound to a close, City Manager Glenn Moshier said the mill rate would show a slight decrease for a projected municipal budget of around $14 million. While the projected tax rate may drop, the budget is up slightly. The roughly 2 percent increase, or $340,000, was laid at the feet of contractual salary raises, benefits and capital projects. Final budget numbers will be set by June 20, when the council will vote on whether to approve it.

Sumner Memorial High School students gathered last Friday morning for a topping-off ceremony at the new, 107,000-square-foot, $35 million Charles M. Sumner Learning Campus, located just behind the current high school. Teachers, administrators, construction and design personnel as well as students from all grades signed their names on the final steel beam in black permanent marker and then gave the signal to hoist the beam into place with a 300-foot-tall crane. The project, managed by Nickerson & O’Day Inc. of Brewer, broke ground in October 2020 and is set to be completed in July of 2022. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY KATE COUGH

Federal appeals court upholds labor board decision on fired hospital employee

The United States First Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a decision by the National Labor Relations Board finding that Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, now Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital, violated federal labor laws by firing a nurse who wrote a letter to the editor criticizing the hospital administration amid a merger with Eastern Maine Health Care Systems (EMHS) in 2017. The federal court issued its decision May 26. Hospital spokeswoman Suzanne Spruce said the organization is disappointed by the court’s decision.  

HCTC students learn the ropes of the hospitality industry

The end of the school year carries with it a sigh of relief from students who are more than ready to switch gears for something different. Yet Hancock County Technical Center students finishing up the first year of a new certification program — Hospitality/Travel & Tourism — will dive deeper into their field of study this summer while filling vital positions in the local tourism and travel sector. Senior Nathan Smith, graduating next week from the HCTC program and Ellsworth High School, has plans to pursue a business management degree. “Even if I don’t go into [hospitality], it’s still good to know how to treat a guest and to communicate,” he said. 

Williams named Legendary Trooper

Growing up in Franklin, retired Sgt. Lloyd Williams knew that he wanted to be a state trooper and that he loved dogs. Throughout his career, he merged those two interests together, becoming an instrumental force in starting the state’s K9 program.  This summer, he will be honored as the state’s Legendary Trooper, an award that recognizes “a career of excellence and work that left a lasting legacy and impact on the Maine State Police,” according to Maine State Police Col. John Cote.  

Gouldsboro police force’s future to be decided at Town Meeting

Gouldsboro voters next week will decide whether the town should disband its police force, authorize selectmen to contract with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office for patrol services or depend on that agency for on-call coverage. Those questions are expected to dominate debate at annual Town Meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 9, inside the Gouldsboro Recreation Center on the Pond Road (Route 195). Elections for two open selectmen’s seats and various committee positions will be held from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 8, at the Rec Center. 


Mussel farm sees potential in scallops

In mid-May, Alex de Koning climbed down into the hold of the Stewardship, the former military landing craft that he and his family have used for years to help grow mussels in Frenchman Bay, and sat at what looked like a giant sewing machine.  He grabbed a pair of scallops that had just been pulled out of the farm’s nets, lined up the small notches near the bivalves’ hinge and stepped on a foot pedal. What the machine does is quite simple, but it mechanizes what would otherwise be an incredibly labor-intensive process, speeding up the farming to a point where it could become more economically viable for sea farmers as well as other members of the working waterfront who might be looking to diversify their work during turbulent times. With the help of the machine, De Koning's crew has been able to process between 600 to 900 scallops an hour, up from 200 to 300 previously. “That helps a lot,” de Koning said. “And I think we can get faster than that.” 

Salmon leapfrogs lobster in value in U.S.

While lobster remains king in Maine, it has been dethroned as the highest valued catch in the U.S. The National Marine Fisheries Service released its annual Fisheries of the United States report earlier this month for 2019 and lobster dropped to the number two spot, losing its crown to salmon.  In 2019, salmon raked in $707 million while lobster landings came in at $668 million. In the 2018 report that was released last year, salmon was ranked No. 3, with $598 million; lobster was No. 1 with $684 million. Maine did, however, lead the country for the 38th consecutive year in American lobster landings, with 100.8 million pounds valued at $485.9 million — a decrease of 19.3 million pounds compared to 2018. 


Borealis Press’s wry, whimsical greeting cards resonate far and wide

The story of Borealis Press began with an idea, several false starts and “no clue how to get things sold,” founder Mark Baldwin said, tipping back in his chair in the production room. Watery sunlight spills in from small, high windows at the north end of the unassuming building. An organized if unglamorous space tucked back on Main Street, Baldwin moved Borealis Press from Blue Hill to Bucksport last year, and the facility is as old school as many of the photographs that grace the company’s iconic greeting cards. Baldwin incorporated his fledgling business in 1989 and started creating posters for kids the following year. He had The Ellsworth American print them up before snagging an employee to start their own printing business, using a single-color Miehle press. What makes the Borealis Press greeting card line unique — at least before other companies began copying the idea — is that the readers are often asked to find their own meaning between the photo and text. “You just stare at it and see what it says,” longtime employee Dede Johnson said.


EHS baseball, softball top MDI to close out strong regular seasons

In a tightly contested league, the push to the top of the standings can be a grueling one. For Ellsworth baseball and softball, the past month has only reasserted that fact. Wins have been plenty this year for Ellsworth’s diamond squads, both of which have affirmed their statuses among the big dogs in their respective Class B North fields. Yet even as both teams have churned out victories, their climbs have been anything but linear. “It’s a tough league to move up,” said head softball coach Jake Hackett. “With the way the standings and the points work out with all the moving pieces, you’ve really got to take advantage of every opportunity you get.” Following their latest wins, though, both Ellsworth teams will enter the postseason among the top-ranked teams — and with no clear front-runners in either field, the Eagles fancy their chances to compete with anyone.

Heard Around Town: Hats off to Presley Lyons of Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School. Her colorful drawing, encouraging the public to recycle, compost and cease littering, was among 13 drawings selected to appear in Casella Waste Management Inc.’s 2022 Calendar Contest. A total of 347 entries were submitted statewide to the Hermon-based company. Lyons and other winners received TD Bank gift card, their picture framed for display and five copies of the 2022 calendar expected to be ready in the fall.
Going out? Get vaccinated if you haven't already! Here's the updated guidance from the Maine CDC.

The Acadia Birding Festival starts today and runs through Sunday. 

Tonight, play some online chess with the Blue Hill Chess Enthusiasts from 5 to 8 p.m., or catch live (!!) music at Havana's restaurant in Bar Harbor with jazz guitarist Christopher Poulin from New Shades of Blue starting at 5:30 p.m. Feel like staying in? Check out the Ellsworth Public Library's Book-a-Month Club online meeting starting at 6 p.m. The group will discuss "Silver Sparrow" by Tayari Jones. 

Tomorrow, Friday, June 4: Check out the Winter Harbor Music Festival String Quartet Concert at 7 p.m. at Hammond Hall, or take the kids to see a drive-in movie, "The Chronicles of Narnia," at 8:30 p.m. at the Stonington Ball Field. 

On Saturday, there's a plant and garden sale in Winter Harbor from 8 a.m. to noon, sponsored by the Acadian Community Women's Club, and the Ellsworth Garden Club will also hold its annual plant sale and Pink Tulip Festival from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Donald Little Park. After you've gathered your tulips, walk up to the Hello Summer Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Henry D. Moore Library and Community Center. On Saturday afternoon, check out "Healing Begins with Truth: Understanding Colonization," from 2 to 4 p.m., presented by Wabanaki REACH.

On Sunday, June 6, take in some live music with New Shades of Blue from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Otter's Waterfront Eatery.

As of Wednesday, each citizen’s share of the outstanding public debt was $85,123, up $115 from $85,008 last week. Students who attend school in Maine leave with an average student loan debt of $32,521.

Dad joke of the day: I'd tell you my joke about drilling, but it's boring.
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