Articles by: Stephen Fay

Stephen Fay

Stephen Fay

Managing Editor at The Ellsworth American
Stephen Fay, managing editor of The Ellsworth American since 1996, is a third-generation Californian. Starting out as a news reporter in 1974, he has been an editor since 1976, working in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont before settling in Ellsworth with his wife and two daughters. [email protected]
  • Sen. Angus King tours the territory on his Harley

    Sen. Angus King tours the territory on his Harley

    ELLSWORTH — U.S. Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) burrrrrooomboomboomed into Ellsworth Sunday morning on Day 3 of his more-or-less annual cross-country motorcycle mission to meet Mainers where they live. Accompanied by four of his biker pals, he’d broken bread the night before at the East Orrington Congregational Church’s bean supper. Earlier Saturday, King & Co. broke

  • Runners burn up the road at fire department races

    Runners burn up the road at fire department races

    HANCOCK — Thirty-five runners turned out on a sultry Saturday morning for the newly revived “Lobster Classic” road races organized by the Hancock Volunteer Fire Department. Proceeds from the race will go toward the purchase of a new fire truck. Two contests — one a 5-kilometer run, the other 10.2 miles — coursed from the

  • Turnout strong at Franklin’s Blue Star Memorial dedication

    FRANKLIN — A goodly throng of 100 veterans, active duty personnel, officials and townspeople attended the June 14 dedication of the new Blue Star Memorial marker at Galamander Park. The Franklin Garden Club sponsored the installation of the marker, a memorial to the service and sacrifice of military members and their families. Garden Club member

  • Velveteen fathers

    Velveteen fathers

    Our younger daughter, never a miracle of organization, was less than fastidious in her search for a swimming suit. She had upended a storage tote of summer clothes, books and old toys. On the floor lay scattered T-shirts, swimming goggles, a mummified towel, one flip-flop and one upside-down copy of “The Velveteen Rabbit.” It was

  • Darlene Springer, city’s historian, dies at 64

    Darlene Springer, city’s historian, dies at 64

    ELLSWORTH — Darlene Springer, 64, the city’s go-to local historian, died Monday at home. Springer was known for her encyclopedic knowledge of the individuals, businesses and buildings that underlay the story of Ellsworth. “We’ve lost a ton of knowledge of Ellsworth,” City Council Chairman Marc Blanchette lamented. “Her grasp of Ellsworth history was legendary.” Councilor

  • Facing surgery, Ellsworth boy gets a whole-school sendoff

    Facing surgery, Ellsworth boy gets a whole-school sendoff

    ELLSWORTH — There are 101 good reasons to raise your kids in a small town. By Friday afternoon, there were 102. Last Friday, after school lunch, Dekota Surette and his mom worked their way through the corridors of Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School. They were leaving a little early to prepare for the drive to Boston. Dekota,

  • Democratic primary candidates in sync on most of the issues

    Democratic primary candidates in sync on most of the issues

    ELLSWORTH — Ninety minutes into Saturday’s forum for the three Democratic candidates for Congress, one of them said what had become evident. “We could do each other’s stump speeches,” said Craig Olson of Islesboro. Olson, a former selectman who runs the Islesboro transfer station and operates a rare book business, took the stage with Lucas

  • Voters OK town, school budgets totaling $2 million

    Voters OK town, school budgets totaling $2 million

    OTIS — Some 20 voters turned out Saturday morning for the annual Town Meeting and elections. School Board member Robert Cote gave a detailed explanation of the school budget — the biggest money item on the warrant. That budget amounts to $1,517,831. Subtracting the state subsidy and payment of $319,044 from the neighboring town of

  • No more for us. We’re good

    No more for us. We’re good

    In Greece, it’s considered impolite to let your party guest stand around with a nearly empty glass. A proper host circulates with a carafe of retsina, pouring to the mid-line so that you don’t have too little or too much. Moderation. The Greeks invented it. Once or twice, we even tried it. Meh. But we’re

  • Faith, hope and clarity

    Faith, hope and clarity

    In his upbeat assessment of everything, “It’s Better Than it Looks,” author Gregg Easterbrook charts the four basic types of knowing. One type of knowing is certainty: The sun is 93 million miles from Earth. Another is faith: The Patriots will win the Super Bowl in 2019. A third is opinion: “Gone with the Wind”