• Raising the flag

    Raising the flag

    The last really great costume we wore was in 1976. We played Betsy Ross in the Williams Air Force Base Elementary School celebration of our nation’s bicentennial. We felt quite important being the only student on stage in a rocking chair holding an embroidery hoop with a needle and a piece of cotton to represent

  • Penobscot sailor reignites his passion

    Penobscot sailor reignites his passion

    PENOBSCOT — Carsten Steenberg came home from Rhode Island last weekend a bit chastened. With George Stevens Academy sailing coach Tom Gutow and 46 other sailors, Steenberg spent the weekend racing Laser dinghies at the New England Masters Championship Regatta in Wickford, R.I. The fleet included a number of top Laser sailors from around New

  • Another reason to just say “No”

    Several good reasons exist to oppose the ongoing proliferation of giant windmills on Maine’s ridges and mountains. Recently, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (DIF&W) added yet another one in its recommendation that the Weaver Wind farm proposed by SunEdison in the towns of Eastbrook and Osborn be rejected. The department cited what

  • Do the right thing

    By putting partisan political pettiness above statesmanship, Republican Governor Paul LePage has shaken the public’s faith in his leadership. His threat to withhold $1.06 million in state funding from Good Will-Hinckley unless the school reversed its appointment of Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves crossed a line that offended even the Governor’s own party. Republican Sen.

  • Thanks, Machias Savings

    Dear Editor: Friends in Action wishes to thank the Machias Savings Bank for making the recent “Lunch n Learn” held at the Moore Community Center on June 15 a tremendous success. Their generous support was greatly appreciated. Paula J. Perry Senior Center Program Director/ Volunteer Director Friends in Action Ellsworth

  • Statesmanship needed

    Dear Editor: Growing up in the great state of Maine has been an honor and a privilege. Over the years, Mainers have distinguished themselves as national leaders in the care of our environment. Our citizens have been leaders in high quality craftsmanship. They are also recognized around the world for their phenomenal sense of work

  • It pays to be colorblind

    Dear Editor: When I was 8 years old, living in suburban New Jersey, we took in a lovely black woman to come and stay with us after seeing her appalling apartment. She had been a field worker who had to drop out of high school in North Carolina to help support her family of six.

  • A differing view on Caterpillar Hill plans

    Dear Editor: The Caterpillar Hill Initiative claims to want to preserve that magnificent view that, according to the Comprehensive Plan, is Sedgwick’s greatest asset. It also claims to be operating on behalf of us (the citizens of Sedgwick, the Blue Hill Peninsula and the islands). When I asked at a recent Planning Board meeting if