• Nourish garden soil with buckwheat

    Nourish garden soil with buckwheat

    Some years you think you will never get the garden in on time, and sure enough you don’t. It’s the weather, a trip, a family wedding, or whatever but suddenly it’s too late to plant peas, then too late for lettuce, and finally too late even for squash. Even if you accept with grace the

  • On the Road Review: Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited

    On the Road Review: Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited

    As Bob approaches me with the latest review vehicle from the press fleet, the only audible sound is the crunching of the grit under the tires as the car comes to a stop on the paved lot. That’s how silent the new Sonata Hybrid is. Hybrid-powered cars, as well as the current BEV — battery

  • BSO delivers grand finale

    By Marcia Gronewold Sly Special to The Ellsworth American ORONO — Wind and brass were major players in the Bangor Symphony Orchestra’s 2020-21 season finale last Friday night in a pre-recorded concert at the Collins Center for the Arts. The high-quality audio and video enabled concertgoers to see the orchestra in action from vantage points

  • Historical society to host public reception

    Historical society to host public reception

    CASTINE — The Castine Historical Society invites the public to its annual open house reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 26. Free of charge, the reception is a chance to view the 2021 exhibits including “Risky Business: Square-Rigged Ships and Salted Fish,” meet old and new friends and enjoy light refreshments. No reservations

  • ’Tis the season of serendipity

    At the end of spring planting season, I often think of the poem by Louise Bogan called “Women,” which begins, “Women have no wilderness in them. They are provident instead.” This comes to mind because the females in my neighborhood, myself included, have spent those final weeks frantically finding homes for all our leftover seedlings.

  • Painting for his own enjoyment

    Painting for his own enjoyment

    ELLSWORTH — The reason David Shepard’s paintings often have a solid background? “I’m lousy at background. This solves the problem,” he said with a laugh. “Lately I’ve been doing just black.” Whatever the reason, the result is striking: a dramatic, chiaroscuro effect that sets off a poppy’s deep red petals or the white bark of

  • Grand to stage musical outside at Woodlawn

    Grand to stage musical outside at Woodlawn

    The production’s director, Ashley Terwilliger, requests those planning to audition to come prepared to sing 16 to 32 bars of a classic musical theater song. They should bring sheet music for the accompanist, with their chosen singing part clearly marked.

  • Steelband Dance, book launch to benefit literary fest

    Steelband Dance, book launch to benefit literary fest

    An upcoming steel-band street dance and the launch of Portland journalist and best-selling historian Colin Woodard’s paperback edition of his latest book, “Union: The Struggle to Forge the Story of United States Nationhood,” will raise funds for Word, Blue Hill’s annual October literary arts festival.

  • “Juneteenth” end to slavery to be celebrated

    “Juneteenth” end to slavery to be celebrated

    BAR HARBOR — MDI Racial Equity Working Group and Healthy Acadia will host a live-streamed Juneteenth Celebration Performance, to observe Union soldiers announcing the end of slavery on June 19, 1865, online from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 19, at An array of Maine artists and speakers will come together to share their

  • Sister Act

    Sister Act

    In 2016, the Leaches’ middle child, Brenda “Momo” Ledezma, started Momo’s Cheesecakes Bakery in Ellsworth, selling wedges and whole cakes of cherry, strawberry and other flavors out of her Outer Main Street garage on the honor system. Now she and her employees fill orders for 20 wholesale accounts, making between 80 and 100 cheesecakes daily.

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