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The August 8th Issue of The American

Does it seem like the outfit putting up all those wind turbines is spreading a lot of money around? Towns, clubs and counties are receiving handsome sums from First Wind. How does that work? Read all about it in this week’s lead story headlined “Wind Fall.”

We are sorry to report that the Deer Isle Grange, an island institution since 1888, has surrendered its charter due to sparse turnout from an aging membership. Sound familiar? Page 1.

It’s probably a little too much to use expressions such as “Grocery Wars,” but Hancock County grocers find the marketplace is thick with new competition from Walgreens, Rite Aid and online retailers such as Amazon.com. What’s a poor supermarket to do? Find out. Page 1.

It’s not every county that can claim to be the home of the first “world citizen.” But the recently deceased Garry Davis was born in Bar Harbor, lived in Sorrento and preached in Ellsworth. Einstein and Albert Schweitzer were among his many fans. Fascinating man. Page 1.

And we have the grim back story on the arrest of that Otis man who is being held in the death of a Trenton accountant. Twisty path. Page 1.

And this is a Health Quarterly week. This edition is filled with lively, well-researched reports on Lyme disease, back ailments, healthy eating, lymphedema, ADHD and posture. So sit up straight and dig in.

It’s all in The American ... The Ellsworth American ... serving the community since 1851, the year the Father of the camera, Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre, died. On Jan. 7, 1839, he astonished members of the French Académie des Sciences with an invention that would forever change visual representation: photography. Literally: “light writing.”

The process revealed to the French scholars amazed them. Each daguerreotype, as they were called, was a detailed, photographic image on a polished, silver-plated sheet of copper, sensitized with iodine vapors, exposed in a large box camera, developed in mercury fumes, and stabilized (or fixed) with salt water. Daguerre was prudent: he retained the patent on the equipment necessary to practice the new art.

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