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  • Shop on Main

    Shop on Main

    When God closes one door, he opens another. Bangor is mourning the impending loss of Macy’s. Meanwhile, Ellsworth shoppers are cheering Elizabeth Hilts. The Hancock landscaper/boutique owner has decided to, temporarily at least, move her Hancock boutique to the former Grasshopper Shop location on Main Street in Ellsworth. First, you should know that Hilts only

  • You get what you pay for

    You get what you pay for

    A discerning associate gifted us this attractive bottle of Ca’ Donini Pinot Noir from Italy. He had remembered our fondness for reds and all things Italian. He was aware, also, of our welcoming acceptance of even the most humble vintages — a nonjudgmental tolerance that brings to mind certain of the saints … Francis of

  • Wife’s family disses our parenting

    Wife’s family disses our parenting

    Dear Carolyn: My wife and I have two children (whom I carried), ages 5 and 6 months. We spend two or three holidays and other “family vacations” a year with her family, which includes her parents and three sisters and their husbands and nine children ages 1 to 11. We spend anywhere from three to