The January 2nd Issue of The American

It is our sad duty this week to present, as completely as we can, the story of Hilary Saenz. The 29-year-old mother of two was found dead in the family's apartment Christmas Day. Her husband has been charged with her murder. Court documents report a history of physical abuse. We present a portrait of Hilary, an exploration of how domestic abuse is handled in other jurisdictions and an update on the charges against Christopher Saenz. Page 1.

On an entirely different note is our roundup of those who practiced "random kindness and senseless acts of beauty" last week in the wake of the ice storm. There're a lot of caring people out there. Page 1.

Watch out below! Ice bombs dropping off the Penobscot Narrows Bridge have been striking cars with the result that the Maine Department of Transportation closed the bridge for a spell early this week. The bridge may be closed yet again this Sunday or Monday so the guys can knock some of that ice off. Page 1.

We include within today's paper a special section — The Big Freeze — which is a photo album of the weather events that made Christmas week so cold, dark and uncomfortable for so many. Included are some shots of those unsung heroes who did what they could to help us and our neighbors.

PLUS! Plus our annual photo review of the year. We've got a two-page spread of photos that capture the highs and lows of 2013 (mainly the highs). Happy New Year!

It's all in The American...The Ellsworth American...serving the community since 1851, the year (speaking of ice) that Jacob Fussell of Baltimore established the first large-scale commercial ice cream plant. Unfortunately, everyone had to wait until 1897 to enjoy it, for that was the year Alfred Cralle patented an ice cream mold and scooper used to serve ice cream.

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