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  • In The Right Place

    In The Right Place

    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. The season of hope By Richard Leighton The problem with March here is that you can’t trust her. Her primary jobs are to bring

  • 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.   “Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World,”

  • Compelling novel explores male stereotypes

    Compelling novel explores male stereotypes

    PORTLAND — Brunswick-based author James Hornor has released “Victoria Falls,” his debut novel, a poignant and timely literary work that speaks to the times we live in now. Published by Green Writers Press, “Victoria Falls” (2019, $19.95) is the story of James Monroe, a sophisticated American professional on a mission for The World Bank in

  • Bugged by modern wedding etiquette

    Bugged by modern wedding etiquette

    Adapted from a recent online discussion. Dear Carolyn: Friends who pretty much grew up and married decades ago find some modern wedding practices to be … well, very interesting. Are we just too out of touch when it comes to questioning destination events to propose, and expectations that parents are to pay for certain pre-wedding

  • Jazz guitarist Ryan Blotnick making it from Maine

    Jazz guitarist Ryan Blotnick making it from Maine

    ELLSWORTH — It’s been a busy winter for Ryan Blotnick, a jazz musician and composer based in Southwest Harbor. There was the Sundance Film Festival in late January, which Blotnick attended alongside his brother Robin, one of the producers of the film “Knock Down the House,” a documentary following four women running for Congress in

  • On the Road Review: Ram Big Horn, North Edition

    On the Road Review: Ram Big Horn, North Edition

    Horace and John Dodge did not live long, yet the car company that bears their name has been around since 1914 and developed a loyal following. Despite current Dodge owner Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) deciding to separate pickup trucks and commercial work vehicles from the Dodge brand in 2009, the resulting Ram brand has proven

  • Grand to show “Wizard of Oz” in 3-D

    Grand to show “Wizard of Oz” in 3-D

    ELLSWORTH — The Grand invites the public to see MGM’s beloved musical “The Wizard of Oz — in 3-D!” for only one dollar per person at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 16. The screening is part of the theater’s 3-D movie series. Released in 1939, “The Wizard of Oz,” based on L. Frank Baum’s classic

  • Fresh maple syrup adds distinct note to custard

    Four years before Thoreau published “Walden,” Susan Fenimore Cooper (1813-1894) published her journal of observations and musings on the natural world around Cooperstown, N.Y. The daughter of James Fenimore Cooper, she was an acute observer, noting, for example, which flowers ruby-throated hummingbirds preferred and considering whether flower structure or fragrance were more important in attracting