The January 16th Issue of The American

Winter's barely started and we're wondering if it'll ever end. Having dealt with ice and outages, now comes a propane shortage. That's the sole source of heat for many families. Page 1.

Speaking of fuel, Verso Paper in Bucksport today commenced an 18-day shutdown due to high utility costs and low demand for its products. The temporary shutdown affects 562 employees. Page 1.

And, staying with Bucksport, the town manager abruptly resigned last week after a job-performance review that indicated to the Town Council that Michael Brennan "wasn't a good fit." Page 1.

Jim Patterson, Hancock County Probate Court judge for the past 36 years, has announced that he will not seek re-election. His final term on the bench ends Dec. 31, 2014.

All this plus elementary school chess, retail development in Blue Hill, news from the Brooklin Boatyard, honor rolls, winter fishing, cops & court, Gilbert & Sullivan and a community fundraising concert for those in need of heating help.

It's all in The American ... The Ellsworth American ... serving the community since 1851, the year — speaking of elementary school chess — of the "immortal game" of chess played by Adolf Anderssen and Lionel Kieseritzky. The place: London. The date: June 21. Anderssen's audacious sacrifices to secure victory made it one of the most famous chess games of all time.

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