All posts by Bill Trotter

Bill Trotter

About Bill Trotter

A news reporter in coastal Maine for more than 15 years, Bill Trotter keeps track of how the Atlantic Ocean and the state's iconic coast shape the lives, lifestyles and livelihoods of coastal Maine residents and visitors. A resident of Ellsworth, Bill covers Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park, Hancock County, fisheries, marine-related topics and more for the BDN. Follow him on Twitter at @billtrotter.

Birds face threats in changing Maine landscape

What is good for the goose is not always good for the gander — especially when it comes to large-scale energy projects. The ‘goose’ in this scenario is energy consumers, who show a growing interest in reducing the use of fossil fuels in meeting their electricity needs, while the ‘gander’ is birds in general, and bats. Aerial animals sometimes pay the […]

More than just a Leatherface

There is very little resemblance between Northeast Harbor, Maine, where Gunnar Hansen made his home, and rural Texas, a fictionalized version of which was the setting of the best-known film that Hansen starred in. The scenic Maine village, which borders Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island, supports a year-round fishing fleet of lobstermen and, in the summer, […]

This steam locomotive is heading to Ellsworth

Railroads may still thrive in many parts of the world, but in rural Maine — especially in sparsely populated eastern Maine — they have fallen out of practical favor as highway improvements paved the way for cars and trucks to become the preferred mode of transportation. That does not mean, however, that there aren’t people in eastern Maine […]

Heavy surf on Mount Desert Island

When I was younger, I used to go out to Baker Island with my family in the summer to hike across the island and to see the waves pounding against the “dance floor,” as the southern-facing beach comprised of jumbled boulders is known. I remember going out on the rocks near the crashing surf so I […]

Longtime Ellsworth barista passes away

Coffee connoisseurs who made trips to or through Ellsworth are mourning the loss of one of the area’s better-known brew stewards. Mike Raynor, a barista at Rooster Brother since 1999, died Sept. 29 at the age of 58. A Lamoine resident, Mike was the morning counter person on the kitchen store’s first floor, where coffee, tea, […]