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    Fit for a Frenchman

    For several years, I ran a small café and catering company in Bangor. It was about 20 years before the local food movement took hold in northern New England, but my restaurant featured international cuisine prepared with organic Maine ingredients. The 4 a.m. morning shift was my favorite, and I baked dozens of loaves of

  • Sales sleuthing at TJ’s

    Sales sleuthing at TJ’s

    It’s that time of year when stores host final clearance sales to make room for spring merchandise. The Ellsworth American’s circulation manager Deborah Tucker found a gray sweater coat by Philosophy for $15 and a poncho in a black and white check pattern, also $15. If you go, look for yellow “final clearance” signs hanging

  • Skin in the game; or, size matters

    Skin in the game; or, size matters

    Our marital partner now resides in Norman, Okla., home of the University of Oklahoma where our daughter and son-in-law are employed. Said daughter gave birth to an adorable little girl in July and, having returned to work, needed infant care. The aforesaid spousal unit, being a retired person, offered to provide this service in person