The February 27th Issue of The American

Want to see bureaucracy not work? Go directly to jail. A well-intentioned initiative for a "unified" county jail system lacks money, buy-in and unity. Read all about it.

Staying with our law enforcement theme, did you know that Ellsworth's top lawman is stepping down? Police Chief John DeLeo is calling it a career in April after 37 years with the city department. Page 1.

And congratulations to Merrill Furniture and Merrill's Blueberries for being named "Top Drawer" by the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce. Well deserved! Our story tells you why.

We've heard about those things that go bump in the night. But with the current pothole crisis, things are going bump day AND night. Even the Highway Department chief says the roads are "terrible." Page 1

All this plus high school basketball, The Grand Talent Show, the Great Bell Controversy in Gouldsboro, town meeting previews, people getting hitched and the latest in lobster marketing.

It's all in The American ... The Ellsworth American ... serving the community since 1851, a year with a winter just about as trying as the one we're all having now. According to an article by Donald Sutherland in The Homestead, "During the Winter of 1851-52, there were several notable outbreaks of severe cold and frequent snows that commenced in October and continued into April. Writing from Concord, Massachusetts, Henry David Thoreau captured a few noteworthy events that, when taken together, hinted at the first advances of a potentially severe winter:

'Sept. 14th: A great change in the weather from sultry to cold. From one thin coat to a thick coat or two thin ones…

'Monday, Sept. 15: Ice in the pail under the pump & quite a frost…

'Sept. 23d: Notwithstanding the fog—the fences this morning are covered with so thick a frost that you can write your name anywhere with your nail…

'Wednesday Oct 8th: …The nights have been cool of late so that a fire has been comfortable…'

October 25, 1851 likely marks as good a starting point as any for the actual onset of this remarkable winter. The October 27, 1851 edition of The New York Daily Times (now The New York Times) reported of the season’s first lake effect snow in Buffalo, noting of October 25, “Snow is falling here, for the first time this season."

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