The September 19th Issue of The American

They came, they saw, they took an ax to it. Then they hosed it down. The 50th Annual Maine Federation of Firefighters Convention is now history. But what a glorious page of history it will be. We have the pictures to prove it. Page 1

Here’s a nice problem to have: too much money. Don’t you just hate that? Regional School Unit 24 landed about $500,000 in extra state funding this year. Ellsworth, which pays the biggest hunk of the RSU budget, would like to have its share of that windfall. Now. The RSU says it ain’t that easy. Page 1

More good money news from the state of Maine. (Is that possible?) The Governor has kept his campaign promise and paid off the $490 million owed to 39 Maine hospitals. Maine Coast Memorial in Ellsworth got the $12.4 million in Medicaid debt it has been owed since 2009. Read all about it. Page 1.

The word for today is “diaspora.” It’s Greek and means “scattering” or “dispersion” ... often an involuntary one. The diaspora of the Down East YMCA’s child care program, necessitated by the revamp of its headquarters at the former Moore School, is working out surprisingly well thanks to a little help from the Y’s friends in the church community. Page 1.

And this is the annual edition where you get to see what the county’s high school soccer and football teams look like. Five pages of photos and game schedules. Woo-hoo!

All this plus big doings at The Grand, Heard Around Town, local births, a possible challenger for Sen. Collins and PETA vs. a Maine lobster processor.

It’s all in The American ... the Ellsworth American ... serving the community since 1851, the year King Mongkut ascended to the throne in Siam. He invited European diplomats to his coronation. He becomes known for speaking English, French and Latin.

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