Arts & living

  • 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

  • Aprons, club sticks and ring bags

    Aprons, club sticks and ring bags

    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.   By Richard Leighton It’s mid-winter, when most of our coastal water lobster boats have brought in their traps and are

  • GSA student to represent school at regional poetry competition

    GSA student to represent school at regional poetry competition

    BLUE HILL — Magnolia Vandiver, Class of 2021, was selected the winner of the George Stevens Academy schoolwide Poetry Out Loud competition in December. Asha Kirkland, a member of the Class of 2019, was named runner-up. Poetry Out Loud, a poetry recitation competition organized at the national level by the National Endowment for the Arts

  • Y challenges public to treadmill dance-off

    ELLSWORTH — Do you know your away around a dance floor and a treadmill? The Down East Family YMCA is looking for you. The Y is hosting its second annual treadmill dance-off this winter. Proceeds will fund scholarships for young campers at the Y’s Camp Discovery on Webb Pond in Eastbrook. Fifteen brave contestants will

  • Bye bye Beetle: Owners reflect on their beloved VW bugs

    Bye bye Beetle: Owners reflect on their beloved VW bugs

    The looming end of VW’s Beetle has stirred fond memories and stories throughout Hancock County.   As of July, Volkswagen will squash global production of its Beetle. Two special editions of the bulbous car will be offered to mark its finale. In the late 1930s, at Adolf Hitler’s direction, the “people’s car” was designed to

  • Light Up Your Winter with Stories

    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 islandreadersandwriters.org.   “Leave Me Alone,” by Vera Brosgol

  • Dutch writer’s work inspires discussion series

    ELLSWORTH — The late Janwillem van de Wetering’s crime fiction and other books are the focus of a book discussion series kicking off at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Ellsworth Public Library. Held the second Saturday of each month, the series will run until October. As part of the series, participants will read

  • Bevy of pesky beavers inspires memoir

    Bevy of pesky beavers inspires memoir

    ELLSWORTH — “Bad Beaver Tales:  Love and Life in Downeast Maine” is the title of Ellsworth resident Carol Leonard’s newly published book, which she will talk about at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at the Ellsworth Public Library “Bad Beaver Tales:  Love and Life in Downeast Maine” is drawn from Leonard and her husband

  • Artists to discuss use of color at forum

    Artists to discuss use of color at forum

    DEER ISLE — The Deer Isle Artists Association will present its second public session, featuring painters Jill Finsen, Susan Finsen and Walter Smalling, at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 6, at 15 Main St. The discussion is part of the association’s “ART matters” series of talks in its fourth year. The three artists will discuss “Color,