The December 20th Issue of The American

As our maritime reporter states so well on today’s front page, “A fishing community in Maine is once again suffering a brutal reminder that the price of fish can’t be measured in dollars alone.” Residents of Deer Isle and Stonington are maintaining a vigil for two of their own who went out to sea and have not been heard from since Saturday.

At this time of year, we all strive to be “good for goodness sake.” You’ll be wishing certain Maine state employees would strive a little harder. Bad behavior and workplace discrimination have cost Maine taxpayers more than $2 million in settlements and litigation costs. Page 1.

It’s the end of an era. Sunday bingo in Franklin is going the way of the Edsel and the carrier pigeon. Too few players, too much competition from Hollywood Casino. Farewell.

Speaking of farewell ... if the Mayans were correct and Friday is the end of time, we’d like to thank you for reading this. In the event of Apocalypse, all new and renewing subscribers will be eligible for a refund. But that’s as much as we can promise. Story, Page 1.

We also have this week a complete list of Christmas services at churches throughout the county, a roundup of police and court activities, high school basketball, a very cool Christmas story by a Deer Isle writer, area school honor rolls, the latest on the Eastern Maine Development Corp. and the current state of the town of Bucksport and Bangor Gas, where mediation might be needed.

All in The American ... The Ellsworth American ... serving the community since 1851, the year Charles Manby Smith wrote “Christmas in the Metropolis” wherein he observed: “Eating and drinking, after all, are the chief and paramount obligations of the Christmas season. As the month grows older, the great gastronomic anniversary is heralded at every turn by signs more abundant and less equivocal. Among the dealers in eatables, one and all of whom are now putting in their sickles for the harvest, the grocer, who is independent of the weather, leads off the dance. Long before the holly and the mistletoe have come to town, he has received his stock of Christmas fruit, on the sale of which, it may be, the profit or loss of the whole year's trading is depending.”

Merry Christmas to all!

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