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]
  • Report of FBI arrest had the wrong charge

    ELLSWORTH — An Oct. 11 report in The Ellsworth American (the report appeared online Oct. 9) regarding the FBI’s arrest of Michael Dolias, 45, of New Jersey had the wrong charge. Contrary to The American’s report, which said Dolias was wanted for murder, the charge against him involved drug trafficking. According to an FBI document,

  • VFW maintains annual Thanksgiving tradition

    VFW maintains annual Thanksgiving tradition

    ELLSWORTH — Everyone knows it takes a village to raise a child, but what does it take to bring off a Thanksgiving dinner for 120 senior citizens and veterans? On the supply side, we’re talking turkey: 125 pounds of turkey. Plus 155 pounds of potatoes, 100 pounds of butternut squash, 60 pounds of peas and

  • Saturday’s heavy winds leave thousands without power

    Saturday’s heavy winds leave thousands without power

    ELLSWORTH — Rain-lashed winds Saturday night brought down branches and trees throughout eastern Maine leaving thousands of households without power. Emera Maine posted on its website that “extremely high winds are causing widespread outages.” The utility reported that “crews are handling emergency situations and assessing damage as it continues to occur.” As of early Sunday

  • The Ellsworth American named Maine’s best weekly newspaper

    The Ellsworth American named Maine’s best weekly newspaper

    ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth American on Saturday, at the Maine Press Association’s annual meeting, won first place in the General Excellence category for large-circulation weekly newspapers. The American joined the Bangor Daily News, the York Weekly (small-circulation weekly) and the Maine Sunday Telegram, all of which were honored by the state association for General Excellence

  • 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