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  • Bye bye Beetle: Owners reflect on their beloved VW bugs

    Bye bye Beetle: Owners reflect on their beloved VW bugs

    The looming end of VW’s Beetle has stirred fond memories and stories throughout Hancock County.   As of July, Volkswagen will squash global production of its Beetle. Two special editions of the bulbous car will be offered to mark its finale. In the late 1930s, at Adolf Hitler’s direction, the “people’s car” was designed to

  • On the Road Review: Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen

    On the Road Review: Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen gallery

    Small car sales in America have declined; no surprise news there as crossovers are finding more new homes than any other type of vehicle sold here. Honda Civics and Toyota Corollas that used to be perennial top-10 sellers don’t even rate honorable mention status anymore. Indeed, Civic, Corolla, Cruze, Focus, Forte, Sentra, Impreza and Mazda3

  • Opera House Arts’ co-founder conjures her gram’s rolls

    Opera House Arts’ co-founder conjures her gram’s rolls

    Editor’s Note: Linda Nelson is Portland Ovations’ deputy director. She previously served as the Maine Arts Commission’s assistant director and co-founded Stonington’s Opera House Arts, where she served as executive director and producing artistic director.   By Linda Nelson Special to The Ellsworth American My paternal grandmother — or Gram, as we called her —

  • Love, betrayal, political espionage, and smothered chicken

    Love, betrayal, political espionage, and smothered chicken

    Known as Castle Tucker, an Italianate mansion on a hill overlooking the Sheepscot River in Wiscasset, was home to a young woman whose venturesome spirit got her embroiled in one of the great political scandals of the late 19th century. Jane Armstrong Tucker, who much later in life would publish “The State of Maine Cook

  • 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.   “Leave Me Alone,” by Vera Brosgol

  • Dutch writer’s work inspires discussion series

    ELLSWORTH — The late Janwillem van de Wetering’s crime fiction and other books are the focus of a book discussion series kicking off at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Ellsworth Public Library. Held the second Saturday of each month, the series will run until October. As part of the series, participants will read

  • Master of suspense celebrated this weekend

    ELLSWORTH — Look for Alfred Hitchcock, who slyly made a fleeting appearance in all his pictures, when three of the late Hollywood director’s best known psychological thrillers screen this weekend at The Grand. Admission costs $5 per person, per movie. At 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5, movie-goers can take in “Dial M for Murder”