• Choosing a governor

    In electing a governor, Maine is very much in need of a runoff procedure. No matter how you slice it, support from fewer than 50 percent of those casting ballots cannot be considered a mandate. Only once in the last seven gubernatorial elections — independent Angus King’s re-election in 1998 — has a governor been

  • Dedham woman running across Route 1A struck by car

    Dedham woman running across Route 1A struck by car

    HOLDEN — A Dedham woman running across a four-lane section of Route 1A was struck by a southbound vehicle Wednesday afternoon. At the time of the accident, Alyssa Libbey, 19, was running from G and M Variety Market to Dorsey Furniture store, according to Sgt. Eugene Fizell of the Holden Police Department. As she ran

  • The politics of fear

    The state of Maine and its people have not been well served by the gubernatorial campaigns of incumbent Republican Paul LePage and Democrat Mike Michaud, which have been characterized largely by the politics of fear. Each of the candidates and his supporters have spent an inordinate amount of time and money pointing to all manner

  • It’s no wonder Santa is fat

    Should the upcoming holiday season find you playing Santa for kids or grandkids, you might keep in mind the ongoing epidemic of childhood obesity and consider buying gifts that require kids to get off the couch and to put down their “devices.” Statistics crunched by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show

  • Holiday craft fair in Blue Hill

    BLUE HILL — The Blue Hill Consolidated School PTF (Parent, Teacher, Friend) Group will host its annual holiday craft fair on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the school gym. Tables will include handcrafts, jewelry, quilts, soap, photography, wreaths, African crafts and more. There will be refreshments for sale and the

  • Mike’s will be missed

    Dear Editor: In the fall of 1882, Howard W. Dunn came to the corner of Pine and Water streets and took over the operation of Levi Webber’s stone yard, which had been in operation there since 1859.

  • Brooklin deserves answers

    Dear Editor: Jennifer Osborn’s article leaves me both disappointed and disgusted that the town of Brooklin would have to lose Catherine Rees as chairperson of the Planning Board over what appears to be nothing more than a personal dispute. I say this because there has been no evidence offered otherwise as to why someone as knowledgeable and with as much professional experience and integrity as Catherine was dismissed.

  • Future possibilities for Bucksport mill

    I read with interest Chip Reeves’ Commentary “It’s the Maine Way” in the Oct. 2 edition of The Ellsworth American, which was published one day after the announcement by Verso that the Bucksport mill would be permanently shut down in the fourth quarter. Chip’s article made me wonder if the Bucksport mill site might be adaptable to the integrated solid waste disposal system that the Municipal Review Committee (MRC) is proposing as an alternative to the continued use of PERC after 2018.