The December 6 Issue of The American

We’re dreaming of a white Christmas and, as we do so, we’re taking pictures at the Christmas parade, tree lightings, holiday gatherings and religious observances. We’ve got lots of Christmas going on in this week’s American with more to come. So get your merry on.

In that spirit, you’ll find a nice story about students at George Stevens Academy fixing, polishing and painting pre-loved, pre-owned bikes, trikes and wagons so that they may be given anew to kids in need. The Tree of Life in Blue Hill and GSA are working together to make this Christmas extra special for a lot of boys and girls. Page 1.

All they want for Christmas is about $55,000. The “they” in this case refers to the members of the Penobscot Valley Refuse Disposal District. When they learned that the Eastern Maine Development Corp., which did their bookkeeping, took over an old, dormant bank account and then spent it down, they got a little concerned. Read all about it. Page 1.

Remember the Hatch Act? We didn’t either. It’s an old law that says federal employees cannot campaign for elected, political partisan office. Nobody thought of this as a postal carrier ran as a Democrat for Hancock County Commission. But they’re thinking about it now. Page 1.

Speaking of the law, did you know it’s against the law to leave your political signs up more than a week after the election? Who knew? And do you know what happens to violators? Well ... basically ... strictly speaking .... nothing. Page 1.

All this plus high school wrestling, a Shanghai reunion, the Bar Harbor Tea Co., an affordable housing update in Ellsworth, shrimp season (or not), clam limits in Stonington, business enticement in Bucksport and, staying with Bucksport, a brand new fire truck.

All in The American ... The Ellsworth American ... serving the community since 1851, the year two legendary leaders of the women’s suffrage movement — Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton — met for the first time in Seneca Falls, NY. They were introduced by fellow feminist Amelia Bloomer.

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