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There are two sure ways to secure the limelight in a small-town newspaper — get in serious trouble or grow seriously old. The first will have readers wondering why, the latter how.

Veterans Day is Friday, Nov. 11, and the pages of this newspaper contain dozens of photos of individuals with local ties who served or are currently serving in our nation’s armed forces. At least eight are Purple Heart recipients. Several rec…

With Halloween in the rearview mirror, many Americans are turning their sights to Christmas and all the preparations that holiday entails. Inflation will be the uninvited guest at the party, and a real buzzkill. Nearly three-quarters of Ameri…

“Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be.” — Sydney J. Harris Consider this your annual reminder to participate in democracy from the ground up. Vote Nov. 8. Few of …

In one of the Ellsworth City Council’s last acts in its current configuration (three seats are up for election Nov. 8), the board Oct. 17 approved a plan to relocate the Police Department. Renovating and equipping 416 High St., plus 20 years …

Last week brought good news for the approximately 70 million Americans who receive Social Security or Supplemental Security Income benefits. The new year will bring a hefty, 8.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment to keep pace with inflation. T…

Once tucked away in a wooded parking lot off the Bucksport Road, Loaves & Fishes food pantry kept a low profile. No longer. The pantry is now a bigger, bolder testament to this community’s commitment to serving its own. It is an investmen…

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Student athletes are just kids and the grownups — be they officials or fans — are there to support them. Such should be the mantra of anyone attending youth sporting events. About to lose your cool? Repeat as needed or exit stage left. Your p…

Most young Americans take the adage “grow where you are planted” to heart. Nearly six in 10 young adults live within 10 miles of where they grew up while eight in 10 live within a 100-mile radius, according to a study released earlier this su…

Last spring, Maine Medical Center decided to play hardball with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. MaineHealth officials announced that the state’s largest hospital would leave the state’s largest health insurance network in 2023. Officials a…

The communities of Regional School Unit 24 will soon have a beautiful, functional and safe combined middle and high school to launch future classes into adulthood. Just how soon is a matter of some contention. With school scheduled to start S…

There are two competing interests here on the coast of Maine when it comes to short-term rentals. Landlords can earn more by renting out properties by the night or the week than by leasing them long-term to year-round residents. The practice …

Maine is about 75 percent of the way toward achieving carbon neutrality, according to a recent report from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. Full carbon neutrality — the state’s goal by 2045 — will be achieved when all emissio…

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