The October 17th Issue of The American

We conclude, today, our three-part analysis of the pros and cons and implications of withdrawal from Regional School Unit 24. As you might know, Ellsworth, Hancock and Lamoine have asked that the withdrawal motion appear of their Nov. 5 election ballots. There’s no shortage of opinion on this question. page 1.

Surry bids a sad farewell to one of the town firefighters who died only weeks after receiving his diagnosis. Page 1.

The Bar Harbor Town Council and town manager probably did not know they were kicking a hornet’s nest when they expressed a loss of interest in a Christmas tree honoring World War II soldiers. They know now. The memorial was removed to Columbia Falls over the weekend with all due ceremony. Page 1.

The head of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection was in Ellsworth last week to applaud the new wastewater treatment plant and discuss her effort to balance environmental protection with support for business growth. Page 1

All this plus cops and court, high school sports, pedestrian safety in Blue Hill, transportation troubles in Ellsworth, a horse with Lyme disease and a roundabout in Blue Hill that is off limits to political campaign signs.

It’s all in The American ... The Ellsworth American ... serving the community since 1851, the year William Marcy Tweed, better known as “Boss” Tweed, was first elected a New York City alderman. Tweed started out as a bookkeeper and volunteer fireman in New York City. After he was elected alderman (a member of a city's legislative body), he was later elected to a term in Congress. By 1870, he was so powerful and had so many of his friends (known as his "Tweed Ring" cronies) in political positions that he was able to pass a new city charter allowing him and his friends to control the city treasury. Between 1865 and 1871, Tweed and his associates stole between $30 million and $200 million from the city.

On December 4, 1875, Tweed, escaped from prison and fled to Europe. How he landed in prison in the first place is a story of American politics and corruption.

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