The November 7th Issue of The American

Such a week! The three breakaway republics of Ellsworth, Lamoine and Hancock made it official Tuesday: they voted overwhelmingly to withdraw from Regional School Unit 24 (RSU 24). Now the question is ... what happens next? Let us fill you in. Page 1

This is our Veterans Day edition and within you will find our five-page salute to veterans past and present. We’ve also got a couple of poignant stories on Page 1 about realities — harsh or bureaucratic — for those who have served their country with distinction.

Maintaining the ballot box theme, we’ve got the skinny on the five multimillion-dollar bond issues. They all passed and the Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, for one, is happy. Front Page.

So is that guy at the bar singing “Oh My Darling” plastered or just sentimental? How’s a bartender to tell? Turns out you can take a class in sobriety detection. We took it and we’re here to share our notes. Page 1.

Speaking of drinks, bourbon and water just got more expensive in Stonington. Not the bourbon ... the water! Water rates are going up 41 percent. Want to know why? Read on.

And we are proud to announce that our award-winning Health Quarterly magazine section is included in this week’s paper. It is, once again, brilliant, accessible and helpful ... much like the people who answer the phones here.

It’s all in The American ... The Ellsworth American ... serving the community since 1851, the year Mary Shelley died. Born in 1797, her parents were famous for their radical ways. Her father, William Godwin, was an atheist and anarchist. Her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, may well have been the first active feminist. Mary was surrounded by writers and poets, which explains how she met Percy Bysshe Shelley in 1814. They married in 1816, after Percy's first wife committed suicide. Mary Shelley's first and most important work was “Frankenstein,” which she wrote when she was 19.

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