• 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.

  • Honesty much appreciated

    Dear Editor: I want to thank the honest person who returned my pocketbook. I was shopping at the Ellsworth Walmart on Saturday, Oct. 4, with a lot on my mind. I left my pocketbook in the shopping cart and off I went to Marden’s to do more shopping. It was then that I noticed it was gone.

  • New Middle East philosophy needed

    Dear Editor: Whenever I hear the media refer to the “U.S.-led coalition against ISIS,” I cringe. Here’s why. Suppose everyone wakes up tomorrow to learn that the U.S.-led coalition’s campaign has succeeded beyond anyone’s highest expectations. Every member of ISIL is now dead or taking up new residence at Guantanamo.

  • Setting a good example

    Dear Editor: Urban streams are dangerously polluted from pesticide runoff, according to a report released on Sept. 11 by the United States Geological Survey as part of its National Water Quality Assessment Program. Reasons for exceeding benchmarks are not specified, but the obvious source of contamination in municipal areas is lawn-care chemicals.