The August 9th Issue of The American

Breaking up is hard to do. Just ask anyone involved in the process of breaking out of a regional school unit (RSU). Ever since school consolidation was forced on the towns and cities of Maine, bastions of resistance have been forming and looking forward to the day they could withdraw. Well, that day has come and three members of RSU 24 — Ellsworth, Hancock and Lamoine — have expressed an interest in leaving the union. As it turns out, seceding from the United States is probably easier. Page 1.

The folks who operate Collier’s Nursing Home on Birch Avenue in Ellsworth are looking to relocate and enlarge their operation. And they’re looking at the former Moore School ball fields as the place to do it. You heard it here first. Page 1.

Speaking of larger quarters, Blue Hill Memorial Hospital has just acquired a couple of adjacent properties in the likely event that the hospital requires more room.

And maybe the only thing worse than a crowded airport in summer is an uncrowded airport. That’s the problem at the Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport. And lower passenger counts could mean a loss of $850,000 in federal support for our little hometown facility. Read all about it.

We also have the latest on the hard feelings between the New Brunswick lobstermen and their Downeast counterparts. Times are tough all over. The Canadians are blockading the route to New Brunswick lobster processors to keep the Americans out so the local fishermen can unload their product. The Mounties, Gov. LePage, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and the U.S. ambassador are joining the fray. page 1.

All this plus our brilliant “Health Quarterly” section with great insights, ideas and reports on medicine and wellness. And a lotta regatta. Also crime and jazz musicians who are older than your grandfather. The Law Court throws out an OUI stop in Ellsworth. More on that train derailment in Bucksport and some positive news from Verso.

It’s all in The American ... The Ellsworth American ... serving the community since 1851, the year William Webster — doctor, amateur geologist and political figure — laid the groundwork for the establishment of the Nova Scotia Medical Society.

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