The October 31st Issue of The American

Grim news from Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth: revenue is off, expenses must be cut and layoffs are coming. Read all about it. Page 1.

The talking is nearly over and now comes the voting on the initiatives for Ellsworth, Hancock and Lamoine to withdraw from RSU 24. We attended Tuesday night’s session in Ellsworth and have one last report before Tuesday’s ballot. Page 1.

A Bar Harbor driver has been charged with speeding ... excessive speeding. Like 129 mph on the Bangor Road. A story goes with it. Page 1.

Oh dear: the Hancock County Commissioners wanted to do something nice for veterans, like an extra break on their taxes. It sounded easy. It wasn’t. Page 1.

And you HAVE GOT TO READ our Halloween tale about the wedding dress that wouldn’t die. Every word of it true.

All this plus our award-winning (first place!) Arts section; high school volleyball, cross-country and soccer; a Halloween events roundup; the latest on the RSU 24 withdrawal initiative; and a chance to salute one of our own: editorial assistant Nancy Larsen, who was awarded the Maine Press Association’s first “Unsung Hero Award” on Saturday. Unsung no longer.

It’s all in The American ... The Ellsworth American. Serving the community since 1851, the year the Enfield cartridge pouch was introduced to the gun-toting public. Much used during the Civil War, the black leather pouch featured an inner rain flap and enclosed a large tin box subdivided into five compartments for paper cartridges of .58, .69 or .75 caliber. It was about 7 inches wide by 3 inches deep and held a day's ammunition ... depending on the kind of day you were having.

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