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  • A to Z

    A to Z

    By Steve Fuller Special to The Ellsworth American FRANKFORT — Given their backgrounds, it is perhaps only natural that Mike Manner and Lauri Philbrick ended up running a farm. Manner’s father raised sheep and also had Belgian horses, cows and chickens, and Mike fixed the tractors and other equipment when needed. Philbrick’s father, meanwhile, worked

  • Fine art for a bargain one day only

    Fine art for a bargain one day only

    BLUE HILL — In its 20th year, the 10 x 8 artist group will stage its annual small works exhibit starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Emlen Hall on The Bay School campus in Blue Hill. The featured artists will be: painters Louise Bourne, Kristy Cunnane, Heidi Daub, Rebecca McCall, Gail Page and

  • On the Road Review: Kia Soul GT

    On the Road Review: Kia Soul GT

    Originally powered by hamster enthusiasm in one of the more clever marketing schemes ever unleashed, the third-generation Kia Soul rocks on with a rakish new face, several new power options, including a full EV model, plus a sporty GT model that redefines this subcompact car’s place in the overall market. Debuting in 2008, the Soul

  • ’Tis the Season!

    ’Tis the Season!

    Some holiday craft fairs coming up in and around Hancock County. Check The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander’s online calendar for more fairs as they get posted at downeastmaine.com/calendar/events/category/events/. Nov. 29-Dec. 1. Black Friday at Ellsworth’s Maine Coast Mall (225 High St.) featuring 65 vendors held in the mall’s hallway. Holiday Crafts Pop-Up booths

  • Blind faith

    Blind faith

    EAST MACHIAS — Blind tenor Noah Carver, son of Buzz and Suzanne Carver of Beals Island, will perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City early next year. The Washington Academy sophomore was selected to be a member of the Honors Performance Series, a group of high school music students who will perform, tour New

  • On the Road Review: Hyundai Palisade Limited

    On the Road Review: Hyundai Palisade Limited

    Webster’s Dictionary defines disrupts as “to break apart, to throw into disorder.” A lot of disruption occurs as society, life, progresses. Medicine improves, dispelling previous norms. Our foods change, our clothes change, and certainly our modes of transportation have changed immensely over the last decades. The vehicle pictured here will also be a disruptor. Hyundai

  • Apples of his eye

    Apples of his eye

    BLUE HILL — It was perhaps a marker of his celebrity that John Bunker, apple sleuth, founder of Fedco trees and lover of baseball, got a fist bump from an audience member as he made his way to the podium at the Blue Hill Public Library on a recent Tuesday evening. Bunker was there to

  • Thanks for the leftovers

    Thanks for the leftovers

    We’re enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday in Ithaca, N.Y., visiting with our daughter Emily and son-in-law Kent. It’s a break from the clan tradition of feasting at my mother’s family homestead in Norway, Maine. No 25-pound turkey, mounds of mashed potatoes, squash casserole, Robin’s buttermilk rolls and Aunt Jen’s pies. Instead of the assorted collection of

  • Haystack School nets $4 million to preserve campus

    Haystack School nets $4 million to preserve campus

    DEER ISLE — The Haystack Mountain School of Crafts announced Thursday that the Arkansas-based Windgate Foundation is giving $4 million for the establishment of an endowment to preserve the seaside institution, which opened in 1961. The campus, designed by the late American architect Edward Larrabee Barnes, was added to the National Register of Historic Places

  • Hear this!

    Hear this!

    BLUE HILL — The Hermitage Piano Trio, whose members’ superb playing reflects Russia’s great music tradition, will open the Blue Hill Concert Association’s 2020 season at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 19, at the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill. To broaden its reach, the association applied for and won a $3,000 grant from the