20 Sep

Coast Guard: 3 Survive Crash of Miami-Bound Plane

first_imgThe pilot and two passengers aboard a twin-engine airplane were rescued from the water 20 miles east of Bimini in the Bahamas after their Piper PA-34 went down Thursday afternoon.The plane was headed for Miami Executive Airport near Kendall and had taken off Great Harbor Cay Airport south of Grand Bahama.Nearby fishermen witnessed the crashed and were able to rescue the trio from the water and transport them to nearby Cat Cay.Bahamian officials are investigating the accident, the names of the survivors were not immediately available.#UPDATE Footage of the downed aircraft after observers fly over the area after a fishing vessel crew rescued the 3 survivors from the water 20 miles east of Bimini. pic.twitter.com/LCik12nN7q— USCGSoutheast (@USCGSoutheast) August 8, 2019last_img read more

20 Sep

2018 High School Baseball/Softball Preview: Hancock County teams primed for big seasons

first_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth Eagles aren’t the only ones gearing up for baseball and softball season. All across the county, teams are ready to take the field and put the seemingly endless winter behind them.After seven of the 10 teams in the rest of Hancock County made playoff appearances last year, 2018 is shaping to be another exciting year on the diamond. The Ellsworth American takes a look at each squad and its prospects for the upcoming year.Bucksport Golden BucksThe Bucksport baseball team came agonizingly close to one of the state tournament’s biggest upsets last year when it lost 6-5 to eventual state champion Orono in the Class C North quarterfinals. The Golden Bucks return quite a bit of production from that squad in their quest to make it even further this time around.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAll but one starter returns for the Golden Bucks this season. With Chase Carmichael leading the way on the mound and Tyson Gray, Tanner Stegner, Jacob Ames and more returning to the lineup, Bucksport has the chance to be even better than it was a year ago.Mike Carrier’s Bucksport softball team claimed the state title for the eighth time in school history in June with a 20-0 season. A big reason for the team’s success was pitcher Kate Saunders, who has dominated opponents and lost just one game over the past two years.Saunders will be back on the mound for her senior year in 2018, and Brittney Dewitt, Darian Jellison, Mikayla Tripp and Maggie Bires will be back as well. A fundamentally strong team at the plate and in the field, Bucksport has the tools to compete for — and win — another state title.“They’re always a well-rounded team, and you have to fight them all the way,” Mount Desert Island head coach Jamey Lewis said. “They do all the little things well.”Mount Desert Island TrojansAndy Pooler’s first season as head coach of the MDI baseball team saw the team get better with each passing game. The Trojans started off slowly but turned their season around down the stretch as they won eight games in a row from May 13-31.Mount Desert Island’s Stanley Grierson dives for a ground ball during a high school baseball exhibition game against Orono on April 11 in Bar Harbor. The Trojans won the game 5-3. BARRY GUTRADT PHOTOMDI must replace 2017 ace Seth Clark on the mound and leading hitter Drew Shea at the plate. Yet with Matt Perconti heading the pitching staff and more than half of the team’s starters returning, the Trojans have a chance to continue their progression in Pooler’s second year at the helm.“We have the benefit of having a lot of kids this year,” Pooler said. “Even when you consider what we’ve lost, I think it’s a deep team with a lot of quality players.”Across the parking lot in Bar Harbor, head coach Jamey Lewis leads a young MDI softball team. Maddie Thornton is the only senior on a 14-player roster that’s loaded with sophomores and juniors.Despite their youth, the Trojans have already shown plenty of promise in the preseason. In an exhibition game against Bucksport last Thursday, MDI took the game to the wire before falling to a 5-3 defeat.“We hit the ball really well and fought a good team the whole way,” Lewis said. “I was really happy with our performance.”George Stevens Academy EaglesGeorge Stevens Academy started the season 8-0 last year and eventually claimed the top seed in the Class C North with a 13-3 record. Yet the Eagles’ season ended in the regional quarterfinals when they fell 3-2 at home to Fort Kent.GSA rarely lit up scoreboards last season, but neither did its opponents. Although the Eagles must replace leading pitchers Beckett Slayton, Jake Keenan and the track-team bound Taylor Schildroth from last year’s squad, Stefan Simmons will be back on the mound.At the plate, GSA will return Simmons, Marshal Lebel, Tyler McKenney and Ben Parker. With a Maine Baseball Hall of Fame head coach in Dan Kane, the Eagles could be a tough out once again in Class C.Sumner TigersSumner’s Lauren Hanna throws a pitch during a game against George Stevens Academy last season in Blue Hill. Hanna is a returning starter for the Tigers this season. FILE PHOTOSumner’s baseball team won a playoff game for the first time in 13 years last year when it defeated Central 2-0 in the Class C North prelims. It was a rewarding win for the Tigers, who had lost six games by three or fewer runs in the regular season.Sumner must replace Issiac Christiansen and Jacob Shorey but will return Kollin McLean and William Colson. The team has a new coach, Dana Smith, who takes over for Kyle Joy.In softball, Sumner brings back Lauren Hanna on the mound and a slew of other key players in the field and at the plate. The Tigers missed out on the last Class C North playoff position by one spot last season with a 3-13 record.Deer Isle-Stonington MarinersAfter a tough start to the year, the Deer Isle-Stonington baseball team won five of its final seven games to make the playoffs as the No. 10 seed in Class D North. The Mariners also came close to a spot in the quarterfinals, falling to Southern Aroostook 9-8 in the prelims to finish the year 7-10.Class C/D All-Star Ethan Shepard won’t be back for the Mariners after graduating last June, but key hitters Tyson Rice and Nathan Winchester and pitcher Silas Bates all return. The team is seeking back-to-back playoff appearances for the first time since 2012 and 2013.On the softball diamond, Deer Isle-Stonington’s 7-9 record in 2017 saw it finish one spot short of the final Class D North playoff position. It was nonetheless a very eventful year for the Mariners, who beat Bangor Christian in a 30-29 thriller to open the season and won their final four games to finish it.With only one player from last year’s team having graduated, the Mariners should be primed to make even more noise in 2018. Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected] MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Latest Postscenter_img Bio Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020last_img read more

20 Sep

EHS senior Burnett named Mr. Maine Baseball finalist

first_imgELLSWORTH — Ellsworth pitcher Matt Burnett was selected last week as one of eight finalists for Mr. Maine Baseball.Burnett was named a finalist last Tuesday prior to Ellsworth’s Northern Maine title game showdown with Hermon. He joined fellow nominees Trejyn Fletcher of Deering, Will Neleski of Greely, Lucas Francis of Lisbon, Colton Carson of Oxford Hills, Dylan Miner of Sacopee Valley, Charlie Spiegel of Searsport and David Barre of Waterville.Burnett had previously been chosen as Penobscot Valley Conference Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year after guiding Ellsworth to the No. 1 overall seed for the second straight season. He finished the regular season with a 6-0 record and 0.68 ERA on the mound and a team-best .447 average at the plate.In the playoffs, Burnett struck out 23 batters and didn’t allow a single run in 15 2/3 innings of work to lead the Eagles to their first state title in 31 years. The senior allowed just five total hits in complete-game wins against Medomak Valley and Freeport and also closed out the game in Ellsworth’s win over Hermon.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textBurnett was scheduled to play in Thursday’s Maine Senior All-Star Game along with teammate Conner Wagstaff, but the game was canceled due to inclement weather. He will pitch in college next season at the University of Southern Maine.On Thursday, Fletcher, who was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the second round of this year’s MLB draft, was named Mr. Maine Baseball.last_img read more

15 Jan

Education, Agriculture to Top Discussions at US-Liberia Partnership Dialogue Conference

first_imgUnited States Ambassador to Liberia, Madam Deborah R. Malac, has disclosed that partnership dialogue aimed at discussing key issues concerning Agriculture, Education, and Energy in Liberia, is to begin soon in Monrovia.Making the disclosure to the media on February 27, at a Ministry of Information regular press briefing, Ambassador Malac said the dialogue will begin Tuesday, March 4.The US-Liberia Partnership Dialogue came into existence in 2013, as the result of a memorandum of understanding between the U.S. and Liberia, signed by former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and President Ellen Johnson.The dialogue according to Ambassador Malac involves a high-level delegation that converges to discuss policies of mutual interest to Liberia and the United States.She said that the dialogue discusses policy differences and issues of cooperation, while identifying project for implementation to cement the relationship between the two countries.“The first partnership dialogue was held in May of 2013, in Washington, and Liberia is blessed to have it this year.  We will be looking at three key areas that include Agriculture, which will look at food security, Energy, and human development with emphasis placed on Education: one important issue for the Government of Liberia,” Ambassador Malac noted.She recalled that during the first discussion in 2013, the two countries discussed food security and energy, and this time, they decided to include Education because it is so important to Liberia, in terms of human development.Responding to questions from the Daily Observer as to what problems may have been identified in the Education Sector that need to be included in the partnership dialogue, Ambassador Malac intoned that President Sirleaf last year openly told the public that the sector is faced with a huge challenge: Education.She said considering the challenge, they see it expedient to discuss and find solution to  resolving the problems related to education, so that all Liberians can have access to good and quality education which is a right for the citizens.On the issue of US-Liberia relation, Ambassador Malac said while there may exist policy differences between the two partnering countries, the relationship is well cemented with no problem on either side.Also speaking, Liberia Ambassador to the United States, Jeremiah Sulunteh, who is on an official visit in the country emphasized that the dialogue will look at the Education Sector in depth, taking into consideration higher education including universities and colleges.Ambassador Sulunteh said that cases affecting the sector will be identified and discussed and steps to correct the mistakes will be identified for prompt action.The issue of education in the US-Liberia Partnership Dialogue is quite significance to the development of Liberia.The Education system of Liberia has numerous challenges ranging from unqualified instructors to academic fraud.Most churches upon establishing their religious temple bring up schools as the business aspect of the spiritual activity, and it is being noted that most teachers teaching there are neither qualified nor even academically inclined—basically, emphasizing Bible verses.At the university level, exchange of money for grade is at its peak, and dual work causes many instructors not to attend to the students, thus causing a setback in their (students) studies.Moreover, it has been noted over the past weeks that many instructors teaching at universities around Monrovia brought in faked degrees from African Countries including Nigeria. A case in point now is the arrest and subsequent detention of former Vice President for Academic Affairs of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion University, N’dien Peters.Peters, who claimed to posse a Ph.D., was found to have a faked degree and unqualified for the position he held at the Zion University for about four years. He later applied to be a president of the St. Clement University.Zion Administration investigated the credential status of Peters and he was also sacked because of his questionable academic status.Upon his arrest, the Cameroonian national claimed there were also many Liberians he knows of, to have faked degrees.  The Commission on Higher Education is investigating; but the names of those concerned are yet to come out. NCHE’s recent moves to address the situation seem to be losing steam.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more