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The June 26th Issue of The American

Like community hospitals, schools and churches, local nursing homes have tangents into families, sentiment and poignancy. Now that state and federal regulators, citing shortcomings in health and safety, have announced withdrawal of Medicare and Medicaid funding from the Penobscot Nursing Home, anxious families are wondering what will happen to elderly loved ones. Page 1.

And we're wondering what will happen to all of us when Sister Lucille MacDonald leaves the Emmaus Homeless Shelter in Ellsworth. She's been reassigned to Vermont ... leaving extraordinarily big shoes to fill. Front Page.

Were you among the 1,000-plus merry souls who walked across the Deer Isle-Sedgwick Bridge on Saturday? The occasion was the 75th anniversary of the bridge and a good time was had by all. Page 1.

Now this is an Out & About week, so make sure you check out the many, many opportunities for hiking, biking, music and dining in Downeast Maine's must-have magazine. Inside this week. No extra charge. Such a deal!

All that plus Arts & Leisure, Cops & Courts, gardening, eating, drinking, the Winter Harbor Annual Town Meeting report, the inside scoop on those weird luna moths that have descended on Hancock County, Hinckley Co.'s new boat and a nice send-off for one of our paperboys who is retiring to move on to the next chapter of his life: college.

It's all in The American ... The Ellsworth American ... serving the community since 1851, just one year after the publication of The Scarlet Letter — the first important novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The novel is set in Puritan New England and examines guilt, sin, and evil. The main character, Hester Prynne, is condemned to wear a scarlet “A” (for “adultery”) on her chest because of an affair that resulted in an illegitimate child. Meanwhile, her child’s father, a Puritan pastor who has kept their affair secret, holds a high place in the community. Similar themes are found in later literature as well as in current events.

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