Arts & living

  • In the Right Place

    In the Right Place

    Editor’s note: Brooklin author/photographer Richard J. Leighton creates the popular “In the Right Place” posts online about life and nature in Maine. He shares a post the second Thursday of each month in The Ellsworth American.   The Yellow Trail By Richard Leighton The late Mary Oliver was one of many poets and essayists who

  • Institute to host live owls, talk, walk and more

    Institute to host live owls, talk, walk and more

    WINTER HARBOR — Visiting Ellsworth’s Birdsacre-Stanwood Wildlife Sanctuary, one of the first things you might notice is the large barred owl perched in an enclosure’s corner, and how it follows your movement with its large, black eyes. As you move around the aviary, the owl’s head swivels too. “That robotic way they turn their heads.

  • VW Beetle’s end looms, stirs more memories

    The news of the Volkswagen Beetle’s looming demise stirred Waterville resident Edie McVay King’s memories. The 1963 George Stevens Academy graduate grew up in Surry.   Learning experience By Edie McVay King My father has a VW Beetle, which I called a “Volks Bug,” in the early ’60s. He used it to travel to New

  • Author/illustrator brings alive story book-making

    Author/illustrator brings alive story book-making

    By Ellen Booraem BROOKLIN — In Maine and beyond, ask children what they’d do with Mr. Magee and they’ll suggest “go to sea,” “a camping spree,” or “learn to ski.” (Yes, they all rhyme.) Brooklin students were no exception when Camden author/illustrator Chris Van Dusen, Mr. Magee’s creator, visited their school Jan. 17. The kindergarten-to-grade-2

  • GSA student to compete in state finals

    GSA student to compete in state finals

    BLUE HILL — And then there were five. Magnolia Vandiver of George Stevens Academy was one of five finalists chosen Tuesday at the national “Poetry Out Loud” competition’s Northern Maine Regional Finals held at Hampden Academy. She and the other four finalists will compete against the five Southern Maine finalists at the state competition on

  • Light Up Your Winter with Stories

    Island Readers & Writers, a nonprofit based in Southwest Harbor, strives to instill a love of reading and learning among children living in coastal Maine. The organization shared a few of the many books on its “Light Up Your Winter with Stories” list. To learn more, visit   “Hello Hello,” by Brendan Wenzel (Preschool-Kindergarten)

  • Bodwell’s Baker’s Dozen

    Bodwell’s Baker’s Dozen

    One lazy Sunday in 2009, the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance’s Executive Director Joshua Bodwell tapped out a list of books that had resonated with him that year. He wrote some reflections about each book and emailed the list to friends and family. And so an annual tradition was born. Here are three of his

  • Students’ quest to save whales focus of film

    Students’ quest to save whales focus of film

    CASTINE — Calvin is a North Atlantic right whale whose mother, Delilah, died from a ship strike in Canada’s Bay of Fundy in 1992. Researchers, who named the female calf after the spunky Calvin and Hobbes comic strip character, subsequently have followed the baby whale that not only survived on its own but bore several

  • Maine author tackles bullying in basketball

    PORTLAND — Maine author Thomas H. Dahlborg Sr.’s new book “The Big Kid and Basketball … and the Lessons He Taught His Father & Coach” (DHLG Publishing) tells the story of a child who overcame the impact of bullying through resilience, sports, faith and love, and how he taught his dad courage and determination. When