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  • Opera House Arts director to step down

    Opera House Arts director to step down

    STONINGTON — Opera House Arts’ Producing Artistic Director Meg Taintor will step down this coming spring to pursue other professional opportunities. Board member Peter Richards will serve as interim director while a national search for a successor is conducted. A summer resident, Richards is well known locally, having recently directed Opera House Arts productions of

  • When FaceTime becomes an intrusion

    When FaceTime becomes an intrusion

    Dear Carolyn: My sister-in-law recently relocated to our area. We invited her to join us for our traditionally quiet New Year’s Eve celebration. About two hours before midnight, she pulled out her iPad and FaceTimed her daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter, and proceeded to talk for the next two hours or longer. Essentially three people were

  • On the Road Review: Mitsubishi Outlander SEL

    On the Road Review: Mitsubishi Outlander SEL gallery

    Psst — wanna hear a secret? Mitsubishi, the Asian automaker formerly known for its innovative vehicles like Eclipse and Montero, among others, and recently seen coasting through its meager existence in the world’s largest markets on budget-based products, is still alive and poised to become relevant again. Unlike rivals like Isuzu, Suzuki and Daewoo, which

  • Tempranillo and “the river of human history”

    Tempranillo and “the river of human history”

    Like music, snowflakes or presidential tweets, wines are miracles of variety. Every country has its wines, every state in the union has its unique terroir out of which grow dinner wines, picnic wines, dessert wines, dry, sweet, austere, bold or tropical wines. Cheap burgundies and unaffordable Chassagne-Montrachets. No two alike! Clifton Fadiman, the literary critic

  • Elaine Ford’s short stories explores life’s paths

    Elaine Ford’s short stories explores life’s paths

    YARMOUTH — Before her death last August, Maine writer and teacher Elaine Ford produced a collection of Maine stories that focus on the choices people make throughout their lives. “This Time Might Be Different” is due out this March. Published by Islandport Press in Yarmouth, “This Time Might Be Different” contains 15 stories whose cast

  • Birdsacre’s damaged paintings brought back to life

    Birdsacre’s damaged paintings brought back to life

    ELLSWORTH — The fire that swept through the homestead at Birdsacre-Stanwood Wildlife Sanctuary in March of 2014 destroyed many pieces of historical value. Other damage could be fixed but took money and years to do: walls replaced and repainted, stairs and a roof rebuilt, and artifacts removed and then returned. Falling into the last category

  • Kettle-boiled bagels spark a following

    Kettle-boiled bagels spark a following

    BROOKLIN — Have your parents ever smuggled in bagels from the city for you in their carry-on luggage? Those smuggling days are over. Blossom Kravitz, the proprietor of Brooklin Candy Co. at 103 Bay Road, has begun making New York-style bagels. They are chewy, light and flavorful with just a bit of crunch. Kravitz rises

  • Coda restaurant to showcase local songwriters

    Coda restaurant to showcase local songwriters

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The Songwriter Showcase, featuring six local singer-songwriters who will share their music and inspirations, will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, at The Tavern at Coda at 18 Village Green Way. Hosted by Bowen Swersey, whose former band The Beatroots was much in demand during the 1990s, the Showcase costs