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]
  • Clued in

    Clued in

    ELLSWORTH — Do you fancy yourself an amateur detective? Did you devour Nancy Drew books and relish accusing Colonel Mustard of murder in the ballroom with the candlestick? The Ellsworth Public Library and The Grand have an event for you. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 7, join wannabe sleuths, local actors and residents

  • Franklin man seriously injured in motorcycle crash

    Franklin man seriously injured in motorcycle crash

    HANCOCK — The Maine State Police said a Franklin man was seriously injured Saturday when a car pulled out in front of his motorcycle in the town of Hancock. A 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by Wesley Corbin, 52, of Franklin was traveling east on Route 1 in Hancock when a 2006 Subaru Legacy pulled

  • Unitarian ordination scheduled for June 1

    Unitarian ordination scheduled for June 1

    ELLSWORTH — Amy R. Fiorilli of Otis, who has served since last September as intern minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ellsworth, will be ordained at the church Saturday, June 1, at 2 p.m. Fiorilli, 42, will take up her duties Aug. 1 as the full-time contract minister of the Belfast Unitarian Universalist Church.

  • Ellsworth Police Log Week of May 2

    Ellsworth Police Log Week of May 2

    ELLSWORTH — A 30-year-old Ellsworth woman was arrested Sunday at 6:30 p.m. and charged with assault Class D and refusing to submit to arrest. Rebecca Duchaine was transported to the Hancock County Jail. She is due in court June 18. Trespassing On Saturday, police responding to a report of trespassers at a vacant house arrested

  • Man seriously injured in two-vehicle head-on

    Man seriously injured in two-vehicle head-on

    ELLSWORTH — A 68-year-old St. Albans man driving a pickup truck was in critical condition Saturday evening after a head-on collision Saturday afternoon on the Bangor Road near Sunrise Glass. Ellsworth Police Sgt. Shawn Willey said at the scene that Paul Butler’s Ellsworth-bound  pickup truck evidently crossed into the opposite lane at around 12:30, striking

  • Steve Lane, 67, was “a teacher of life”

    Steve Lane, 67, was “a teacher of life”

    SULLIVAN — Quite a number of people have stories to tell about Steve Lane, a longtime teacher who died at home Saturday. Here’s one from 1985: It was spring. Mountain View School’s baseball season had just ended. Dan Rayner, a young student, walked into Lane’s class. “I remember coming into his classroom after baseball season

  • 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,