The July 18th Issue of The American

Happy Birthday to You

Happy Birthday to You

Happy Birthday Dear Ellsworth

Happy Birthday to You

The planning is over and Hancock County’s shire town is all set to party down this weekend as it celebrates its 250th year. And right in the middle of it all is event scheduler and Ellsworth lifer Thelma Beal, who shares her thoughts on her beloved hometown at the top of this week’s front page. That story is accompanied by a complete calendar of events for what should be a memorable week.

Marking a milestone on a much quieter note is longtime Ellsworth and later RSU 24 school board member Dick Gray, who at 76 has decided to retire from public service to spend more time with his family. Read about Dick’s reflections, and his look ahead to his post-board future, on Page 1.

And how was your work day? The usual routine, nothing out of the ordinary? That certainly wasn’t the case for Ellsworth police officer Gil Jameson on Monday, as he provided emergency medical assistance to a man on North Street while waiting for ambulance crews to arrive. Page 1.

With this week’s heat wave, there weren’t many better places to be than on the water, and there was plenty of action to see there this past week. Lobster boat races in Stonington provided high speeds and lots of fun, while the annual Hospice Regatta and Southwest Harbor Rendezvous kept sailing fans entertained on Mount Desert Island. Complete coverage appears in this week’s Waterfront section.

All this plus a preview of the upcoming Schoodic Arts Festival, the fate of an unwanted houseguest in Cops and Courts, the opening of a new Dunkin’ Donuts in Blue Hill and a complete map and guide to another upcoming party, the 16th annual Bucksport Bay Festival.

It’s all in this week’s Ellsworth American, serving the community since 1851, the year the Yosemite Valley was discovered in California. If you think this week’s heat wave was bad, it could be worse. Saturday’s anticipated high temperature in Yosemite Valley is 108 degrees.

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