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The December 13 Issue of The American

The Wreaths Across America movement of decorating veterans’ graves with Christmas wreaths started in the western Washington County town of Harrington, home to Worcester Wreaths. “The purpose of the program from the very beginning was I wanted to give a gift to people who gave the ultimate sacrifice for all of us,” says Morrill Worcester, president of Worcester Wreaths. We were there for this year’s launch Sunday morning. We’ve got the pictures, the write-up and the online link that allows you to watch the wreath convoy to Arlington National Cemetery. Page 1.

And the Renys Secret Santa has struck again. Every year, some dear person or persons comes in and pays off customers’ Christmas layaways. All anonymous, all very, very kind. Front Page.

Did you know that the Ellsworth Police Department’s Facebook page is the third most popular police Facebook page in Maine? You do now! Find out why on Page 1.

We have Christmas cookies, a Christmas 5K, Christmas observances, Christmas entertainment and Christmas cheer all over the place this week, plus high school basketball (and profiles of all the teams), wrestling, gymnastics, the Bucksport Appeals Board, cops, court, big plans for the county airport, the scallop “rodeo” in Blue Hill Bay and an alternative school within the school at Ellsworth High.

All in The American ... The Ellsworth American ... serving the community since 1851, the year the British soldiers began using the “Minie” Ball in their Enfield rifles. Named after its co-developer Claude-Etienne Minie, it came to be used by both sides during the Civil War and was one of the main reasons the casualties were so high.

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