• In-flight fueling

    In-flight fueling

    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 will share a post the second Thursday of each month in The Ellsworth American. By Richard Leighton What has the appearance of a hawk, the movements of a

  • A very imperfect marriage

    A very imperfect marriage

    MOUNT DESERT — Ever since the ancient Greeks first donned the masks of tragedy and comedy, farce has been a staple of comedic theater. It has always involved ridiculous plots, mistaken identities and unbelievably clueless characters. In most modern farces, it also involves doors — the more doors the funnier the farce. Well, Acadia Repertory

  • Pucker up!

    Pucker up!

    The cucumber season is at full tilt, and friends have “gifted” me more than 60 pounds of pickling cucumbers. Bright green, blocky, crunchy fruit that ranges in size from 4 to 6 inches long. The perfect type for making old-fashioned crock pickles. Of all the pickles I make, these crock pickles are my favorite because

  • On the Road Review: Volvo S60 T6 Sedan

    On the Road Review: Volvo S60 T6 Sedan

    Volvo, once a part of Ford Motor Co.’s Premier Portfolio with Jaguar, Land Rover and Aston Martin, has aggressively moved beyond this ill-conceived marriage with the significant aid of new owner Gheely Holding’s financial resources. Selling well in China (home of Gheely) and doing better in Europe, its home turf, Volvo is doing better in

  • Actors deliver hopeful, heart-wringing “Glass Menagerie”

    Actors deliver hopeful, heart-wringing “Glass Menagerie”

    By Ellen Booraem Special to The Ellsworth American BROOKSVILLE — In the pantheon of infuriating fictional mothers, Tennessee Williams’ Amanda Wingfield ranks high. But she’s also heart-breaking, and a production of Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” succeeds only if her actor manages to convey both of those qualities. Bagaduce Theatre’s “Menagerie” does succeed: Director Patricia Conolly

  • Tuned in

    Tuned in

    By Steve Fuller Special to The Ellsworth American SURRY — Standing in just the right place in the woods near Patten Pond, someone scanning through the AM dial on a radio could easily feel that they had gone back in time. The listener might catch The Lone Ranger and Tonto fighting bad guys, or perhaps

  • Wing Thing

    Wing Thing

    ELLSWORTH — Stanley Grindle has worked the line for years. You may recognize him from his many years cooking at the Union River Lobster Pot or Finn’s Irish Pub, if you happened to peek into the kitchen. But Grindle always felt like he wanted something more: something with four wheels and an even tighter cooking

  • Sleuthing around

    Sleuthing around

    BLUE HILL — From Lea Wait to Stephen King, Maine has long been the chosen setting for mystery, horror and suspense writers. Four such novelists explored this time-honored tradition Wednesday night during a panel discussion co-hosted by Blue Hill Books and the Blue Hill Public Library. Connecticut author Chris Knopf, whose Sam Acquillo Mystery Series

  • Take a seat

    Take a seat

    ELLSWORTH — On a warm and sunny Sunday morning, a handsome granite bench was dedicated in memory of longtime parishioner Joan Preble on the south lawn of St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church. With family and friends gathered at the July 21 memorial, Rev. Johanna Johansson dedicated the 5-foot bench to remember Joan, who served as St.