The June 19th Issue of The American
The Maine Department of Education's controversial letter grade ritual — awarding our schools grades A through F based on annual performance — has generated as many opinions as there are letters in the alphabet. But when one school — the Surry School — gets A's two years running, you have to ask: How do they do that? So we asked. Page 1.
The Ellsworth city budget is up 5.2 percent ... but it's not like the department heads all got BMWs. It's really just "holding the line," city officials say. Page 1.
The chaos spreading through Iraq is being observed with particular dismay by a Trenton man who was proud to serve in Iraq. Now he has to ask: "Was it worth it?" Page 1.
This is the time of year when "people from away" swoop through Downeast Maine looking for surf, lobster and hiking in the park. But there's another whole cohort of people from away...the migrant workers who harvest our crops. Read all about it.
This is our graduation issue, so check out the spread in Section II. Actually, what with the graduations, the Surry School and a feature on a Lamoine man who wrote a book on the history of schooling, this is our education issue.
All this plus high school baseball and softball, haute couture on our Arts page, annual town meeting coverage, a new priest for Ellsworth and surrounding towns, cops and courts and a "Cheers" column on the dangers of tea.