• Why doesn’t The Grand show new releases? We asked

    Why doesn’t The Grand show new releases? We asked

    ELLSWORTH — Nick Turner, executive director of The Grand, knows residents want to watch young Rey wield her light saber on the big screen during “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” “I’d love that!” he exclaims. “Why doesn’t The Grand show first-run movies? It’s been a common question ever since I arrived, especially since the mall

  • First National Bank donates $25K to United Farmer Veterans of Maine

    ELLSWORTH — Tony McKim, president and chief executive officer of First National Bank, recently announced that the bank has donated $25,000 to support United Farmer Veterans of Maine. “We are very pleased to support this fine organization” McKim said. “As a company, First National Bank is not only committed to helping our state’s veteran community,

  • After 27 years, American pressman steps down from full-time work

    After 27 years, American pressman steps down from full-time work

    ELLSWORTH — Producing a newspaper every week is a group effort that takes reporters, editors, page designers and ad representatives working together. But at The Ellsworth American, it would all be for naught without members of the production team, who work with ink-stained hands as they tinker and massage massive press machines into churning out

  • Holiday sales please retailers

    Holiday sales please retailers

    ELLSWORTH — Despite back-to-back storms over the holidays, area residents were not deterred from doing their shopping at local businesses. “I think that there’s so much momentum behind people trying to stay local it’s really been a situation where downtown is kind of winning,” said Cara Romano, executive director of Heart of Ellsworth. Although it’s

  • What’s the deal with dollar stores?

    What’s the deal with dollar stores?

    BLUE HILL — Thanks in part to the recession, the number of dollar stores in the United States — Dollar General, Dollar Tree and Family Dollar — now exceeds CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens combined. Hancock County is about to get its fifth such store, a Family Dollar on South Street in Blue Hill in

  • American reporter takes city post

    American reporter takes city post

    ELLSWORTH — After five years covering City Hall, American reporter Steve Fuller is going to work there. Fuller, who joined The Ellsworth American staff in March 2012, will leave at the end of the month to take a job as assistant to the Ellsworth city planner. “I have really enjoyed working at The Ellsworth American

  • Main Street Bucksport receives grant for more film screenings

    BUCKSPORT — Last month, the economic development group Main Street Bucksport received a $2,000 grant from the Maine Community Foundation to play additional International Maritime Film Festival screenings in the winter, spring and summer of 2018. “We’re excited because it seems like a great way to keep the enthusiasm for the film festival going in

  • Family Dollar opening in Blue Hill in spring

    Family Dollar opening in Blue Hill in spring

    BLUE HILL — A new general merchandise store, Family Dollar, is slated to open in the spring, a company spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday. “More details will become available as the date gets closer,” said Family Dollar Stores spokeswoman Heather Briganti. Bangor developer Tom Ellis, doing business as Ellsworth Holdings, is developing the property. The Blue Hill