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]
  • Autumn Gold weekend another crowd-pleaser

    Autumn Gold weekend another crowd-pleaser

    ELLSWORTH — Yes, there was a nip in the air Saturday morning. But it served only to drive more chowder fans under the tasting tent at Harbor Park. Soon enough, the sun shone through, drawing hundreds to the Car Show, Mill Mall, Maine Coast Mall, sidewalk sales and the aforementioned Chowderfest. “This is Ellsworth’s weekend

  • New owner visits The American

    New owner visits The American

    ELLSWORTH — Reade Brower of Rockland, the new owner of The Ellsworth American and the Mount Desert Islander, visited both newspapers Tuesday, introduced himself to staff and talked shop over lunch. Brower was accompanied by Lisa DeSisto, CEO of Maine Today Media, which publishes the Portland Press Herald, Maine Sunday Telegram, Kennebec Journal and Morning

  • Might we hear what he has to say?

    In 1977, in my capacity as police reporter for The Berkshire Eagle, I covered a big murder trial. The Berkshire Eagle, still published in Pittsfield, Mass., focused on local news, much as we do at The American. As is so often the case with New England communities, many of the towns in Berkshire County had

  • 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