• Plan Colombia

    Although you would never know it from listening to much of the current campaign rhetoric, U.S. foreign policy has achieved some important recent successes. One of them was on display this past week with the visit to Washington by the president of Colombia. President Santos’ purpose, in several public appearances as well as a meeting

  • Wilson Museum to host talk Feb. 23

    CASTINE — On Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 3 p.m., the Wilson Museum will host a presentation at the Hutchins Education Center in Castine to discuss the Blue Hill Heritage Trust’s land developments. Chrissy Beardsley Allen will highlight the 30-year history of the trust and will also discuss the 2013 merger with the Conservation Trust of

  • Joy of knitting

    Joy of knitting

    We asked you, dear readers, in the Jan. 21 “Gone Shopping” column about the yarn and fibers that you use and to send us photos of your winter projects. Reader Camille Boisvert of Gouldsboro shared shots of a lavender cardigan she’s in the midst of knitting. “It is a cardigan sweater pattern from Vogue Knitting,”

  • Fibreright would be bad for Maine

    By Sarah Lakeman As we head into 2016, many Mainers are talking about trash. State lawmakers are discussing a bill to move Maine closer to our goal of recycling 50 percent of our solid waste. Communities are exploring ways to recover food waste, increase composting and reduce the use of throw-away plastic bags and foam

  • Thanks for a great holiday season

    Dear Editor: We at the Maine Sea Coast Mission would like to extend a sincere thank you to all those who helped with the Christmas program this year. Without the help of numerous volunteers, donors and local businesses, we would not be able to have a successful program. This holiday, the mission provided gifts for

  • Landlines are often lifelines

    Dear Editor: FairPoint Communications (provider of basic landline telephone service to thousands of Mainers) is requesting that the Maine State Legislature release it from its obligation to provide reliable and affordable landline service to all Mainers. The two bills before members of the State Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee are LD 466 and LD 1203

  • Come out and caucus March 6

    Dear Editor: Maine caucuses are the gathering of neighbors in the tradition of town meetings. The Hancock County Democrats are preparing for a large turnout at the March 6 caucuses. All Maine citizens are eligible to participate if they are 18 years of age on Election Day, Nov. 8, 2016. You are invited to come

  • A view from the rooftops

    Dear Editor:   Ellsworth Rooftops   Seaport Village on its high rock Stretches out, like an ocean liner in dock. Rows and rows of windows shine in the night But it’s dawn that brings the very best sight   The rooftops of Ellsworth in close array On eastern side, they greet the day When first

  • Caucus time for Washington County Republicans

    Dear Editor: On March 5, Washington County Republicans have the opportunity to caucus in preparation for the state convention in Bangor April 21-23 and to voice our choice for a presidential candidate. We will caucus at the Elm Street School in East Machias from 2 to 6 p.m. Local and presidential candidates or their representatives