The August 30th Issue of The American

Time waits for no one — whether it’s a legendary local radio personality or an effort to withdraw from a school district.

After 50 years in broadcasting, Rick Foster, the beloved voice and personality of Ellsworth’s WDEA-AM, is retiring. The 69-year-old will hang up the headphones for the last time Friday, acknowledging (although many listeners may disagree) that “I’ve lost my fastball.”

Speaking of losing steam, the efforts of three municipalities seeking to leave Regional School Unit 24 (RSU 24) have hit a bump in the road.

Supporters of those efforts in Ellsworth, Lamoine and Hancock suffered a setback Monday when they learned that there isn’t enough time to place the issue on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Read both stories on the front page of this week’s Ellsworth American.

Time, on the other hand, has been good to Ellsworth resident Thurley Royal, who is about to celebrate her 100th birthday. She credits her longevity to a laid-back attitude. Meet Thurley on Page 1 this week.

The normally quiet community of Franklin hasn’t been for one couple, who remain at odds with a neighboring University of Maine aquaculture research facility over what they say is an unacceptable level of noise coming from the property. Full details on the dispute are in this week’s issue.

All this plus an interesting discovery on Lamoine Beach, an even more interesting discovery by a local lobsterman, the opening of the annual Blue Hill Fair, the arrival of The Grand’s new marquee and more in this week’s American, serving the community since 1851, when Baltimore dairyman Jacob Fussell set up the first ice cream factory — just in time for Labor Day weekend, no doubt.

Correction: A story on a hearing delay that appeared on the front page of the Aug. 30 edition misidentified Mary Kellett. Kellett is an assistant district attorney for Hancock County.

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