‘Our Town’ returns

ELLSWORTH — Starting with the Jan. 3 editions, The Ellsworth American and its sister paper, the Mount Desert Islander, will publish richly illustrated, data-laced profiles of Hancock County’s municipalities as well as the county itself.

Freelance writer Brian Swartz has been at work for the past several months traveling the length and breadth of Hancock County, interviewing town officials and residents, gathering budget figures and census numbers and taking pictures.

The results of his efforts will be published each week starting with our first issue of 2019. The town profiles will appear in alphabetical order — starting with Amherst and concluding with Winter Harbor.

Terry Carlisle, general manager of the two weekly newspapers, has led the charge.

“We first published ‘Our Town’ in 2009,” she said, “and it was a big hit with readers and advertisers. The feature was so popular that we were encouraged to update the information in 2012. And here we are again, in 2019 bringing Hancock County residents the latest information about their towns. In this latest series we will add a feature on the county’s unorganized territories that will appear in the Sept. 19 issue and a county wrap-up on Sept. 26, 2019.

“Covering the county has been our mission since 1851 and we are pleased to refresh this hyper-local coverage of Hancock County for our readers.”

Stephen Fay

Stephen Fay

Managing Editor at The Ellsworth American
Stephen Fay, managing editor of The Ellsworth American since 1996, is a third-generation Californian. Starting out as a news reporter in 1974, he has been an editor since 1976, working in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont before settling in Ellsworth with his wife and two daughters. [email protected]

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