• Ellsworth firefighters to grace 2016 calendar

    Ellsworth firefighters to grace 2016 calendar

    ELLSWORTH — City firefighters have had their photos taken more than 10,000 times since this spring. “We’ve been here some nights until 9:30,” said photographer Jamie Campbell. “And we’ve gone all over the city, including unusual places such as on roofs, or in the middle of the road.” Why were firefighters having their photos taken

  • RSU 24 hosting open house at new office building

    SULLIVAN — Residents wondering about the new administrative offices for Regional School Unit 24 (RSU 24) on Route 1 will get a chance to see inside on Oct. 20. The district is hosting an open house at its new digs beginning at 6 p.m. There will be refreshments, brief presentations and some type of housewarming

  • George Mitchell shares compelling stories in memoir

    George Mitchell shares compelling stories in memoir

    Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell has been making the rounds in recent months of the author promotion circuit following the release of his latest book, “The Negotiator.” Those, however, who are looking for his latest missive to be a dry and scholarly recitation of his well-documented diplomatic service in Northern Ireland and the

  • Stonington exploring waste composting option

    STONINGTON — The town of Stonington is exploring the possibility of composting waste, including crab and lobster shells, at the transfer station to reduce costs. Composting could eliminate nearly half of the waste that Stonington sends to the Penobscot Energy Recovery Co. (PERC), according to Selectman Evelyn Duncan, who is spearheading the project. The transfer

  • A rational energy policy

    News last week that two more of Maine’s existing pulp and paper mills will either shut down or be shopped in an unfavorable market points up the absolute need for the Maine Legislature to revisit its misguided state energy policy. We do not suggest that the high cost of electricity was the primary reason for

  • Putin and Obama

    Russia’s sudden military intervention into Syria has highlighted stark differences in the strategic approach of two rival leaders: Vladimir Putin, the riverboat gambler, and Barack Obama, risk-averse and guided by the dictum, “Don’t do stupid stuff.” Commentaries on events in Syria divide between those seeing Putin as proving his mastery over a feckless Obama and

  • There’s still time to prevent an “Idiocracy”

    By Kenneth Winfield Emerton I’ll never forget the first time I saw Mike Judge’s satirical comedy film “Idiocracy” (2006). It is billed as a comedy, but it was one of the scariest films I’ve ever seen in my life, second only to “Jesus Camp” (2006). The film begins in present-day America. The government has created

  • Well said

    Dear Editor: As one who shouts at the radio when speakers misuse words or grammar (even on NPR), I was smiling then laughing out loud at Mr. [Tom] Walsh’s piece of Oct. 1 [“Speaking American: Not as easy as it seems]. And I strongly say “right on!” … or “write on”? Betsy Armstrong Surry

  • Tough times ahead in Trenton

    Dear Editor: I have lived most of my 95 years on Oak Point Road in Trenton, on the land that has been in my family for longer than that. The Trenton coast is beautiful and a popular location for many who visit this area. Visitors and people living on the Trenton shorefront provide jobs for