• Sweater weather

    Sweater weather

    Just in time for March, SaraSara’s in Blue Hill has a fresh crop of Alpaca wool sweaters by South American Side. Owner Sara Leighton said the South American Side clothing line is made in Peru and distributed by a Peruvian man who lives in South Portland. The sweaters come in colors such as camel, gray,

  • At $10 a pop, you can be an arts patron

    At $10 a pop, you can be an arts patron

    BLUE HILL — Several years ago, a masterful stroke of scheduling allowed Michele Levesque to make art again. She’d been an arts instructor in California before moving to Maine with her husband, photographer Michael Rossney. In 2007, the couple opened El El Frijoles, a Mexican taqueria in Sargentville. They later had a son, Jasper Rossney.

  • Farewell, Carle

    A good friend of The Ellsworth American left us last week, just days before his 95th birthday. Carle Gray, who made his home in Sullivan, was a certified public accountant who retired as senior partner of the Gray, Horton & McFarland accounting firm in 1986. He died on Feb. 20 at the Island Nursing Home

  • Taking a second look

    A newly constituted Maine Public Utilities Commission voted 2-1 last week to reopen the bidding process on a pair of long-term energy contracts previously approved by the commission. Even before that vote, Governor Paul LePage had come under fire from some quarters for advocating the reconsideration. The two contracts in question involve Emera Maine and

  • Smoking: expensive and dangerous

    Not unlike the endless litany of bad news related to the global environmental impacts of climate change, the latest news is equally bleak about that national incidence of disease and death related to the ongoing cigarette-smoking epidemic. A study published Feb. 12 in the New England Journal of Medicine shows death trends among current smokers

  • RSU 24 superintendent search under way

    RSU 24 superintendent search under way

    SULLIVAN — Interviews are under way to find a successor to Regional School Unit 24 (RSU 24) Superintendent Suzanne Lukas. Lukas was hired in 2011 and said she is departing June 30 to spend more time with her infant grandson. Board Chairman Michael Pinkham said there were 11 applicants as of Feb. 27 and the