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]
  • Maine Ethics Committee fines casino campaign $500,000

    ELLSWORTH — The Maine Ethics Committee on Friday fined the York casino campaign — Question 1 on Tuesday’s election ballot — $500,000 for failing to disclose the true sources of millions of dollars in campaign contributions. Ethics Committee investigators issued a series of findings and concluding by advising the committee: “Your penalty decision in this

  • The magnificent seven

    The magnificent seven

    What is it with the number 7? Is it really lucky? Is it just naturally popular? Does it ignite some primal affinity? We don’t know. All we know is that there are seven dwarfs and seven samurai. And seven sacraments (non-Catholics should skip to the next item). And don’t forget the Seven Wonders of the

  • Windy with a chance of succulence

    Windy with a chance of succulence

    The great-grandson of the founder of the Casa Santos Lima winery has more names than a Mississippi deputy sheriff. But winery owner José Luís Santos Lima Oliveira da Silva’s name is standard fare in his native Portugal. Equally true to their native soil is his Bons Ventos red wine blend. The name means “good winds”

  • Alan Baker inducted into MPA Hall of Fame

    Alan Baker inducted into MPA Hall of Fame

    BAR HARBOR — Alan Baker, longtime owner and publisher of The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander, was inducted Saturday into the Maine Press Association Hall of Fame. The noontime ceremony was held in conjunction with the MPA’s annual meeting held at the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel & Event Center in Bar Harbor. The meeting is

  • Oh, the things you can buy with money

    Oh, the things you can buy with money

    Money can’t buy happiness. But it can buy pinot noir, which is better. True, even an average pinot noir costs more than your average plonk ($10 for a starter bottle). But the uplift, the transport, the transcendental improvement in your outlook is worth it. Thus did we not complain upon investing $10.99 in this 2016

  • Keeping up with the Jameses

    Keeping up with the Jameses

    In 1899, Battista Opici traveled from his home in Italy to help build the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Newark, N.J. When the cathedral was done, he went back home. Ciao! But he moved back to the U.S.A. in 1907 in the company of his wife and sons. One of Battista’s sons, Joseph, and his wife,

  • Slap happy

    Surely you remember the snappy exchange between Sam Spade and Wilmer Cook in “The Maltese Falcon.” Wilmer, as you may recall, has pulled not one but two guns on the hard-boiled detective. But Sam just keeps on bustin’ his chops. Wilmer: “Keep on riding me and they’re gonna be picking iron out of your liver.”

  • Dew drop in

    Dew drop in

    It was not Benjamin Franklin but Daniel Defoe who first made that crack about “death and taxes” being the sole certainties. No biggie … it doesn’t really matter which one said it because they’re both wrong. For in some parts of the world, such as Downeast Maine during the month of August, there are four

  • A treat for the gods

    A treat for the gods

    In the opening chapter of “A Study in Scarlet,” Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson discuss the feasibility of becoming Baker Street roomies. Toward that end, they confess to their personality quirks. “I object to rows because my nerves are shaken,” Watson confides, “and I get up at all sorts of ungodly hours, and I am

  • For the wine snob who has everything

    For the wine snob who has everything

    No self-respecting wine enthusiast would so much as leave the house without his electric corkscrew, aerator, bottle stoppers and pourers, preservation pumps and label savers. We are thusly outfitted, which is to say, all our needs are met. Then, a kind lady gave us a wine purse. We didn’t know what to say. It was