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]
  • Respectful discussion promoted at “Make Shift Coffee House”

    ELLSWORTH — A group of residents has organized a facilitated discussion of the U.S. Constitution. The conversation will take place Sunday, Feb. 10, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Ellsworth High School. The event, part of a Maine-wide series of gatherings designed to bridge political divides, will feature snacks from Flexit and live music by

  • ‘Our Town’ returns

    ELLSWORTH — Starting with the Jan. 3 editions, The Ellsworth American and its sister paper, the Mount Desert Islander, will publish richly illustrated, data-laced profiles of Hancock County’s municipalities as well as the county itself. Freelance writer Brian Swartz has been at work for the past several months traveling the length and breadth of Hancock

  • Letter from the editor

    Dear letter writers: Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us and the readership. Letters from readers communicate the interests, passions and pulse of the community. A newspaper without letters is a newspaper without a pulse. Our message this year concerns some of the technical details of assembling the Letters page.

  • 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