The March 21st Issue of The American

Poet Robert Frost once observed that “home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.” Our lead story about General Assistance aid disbursed by individual Maine towns might bring Frost’s quote to mind. It’s the place of last resort ... where you go when you’ve tried everything else. They don’t “have to take you in,” but it sounds like the people writing the checks are an understanding lot. Page 1.

A group of pastors and ministers and members of their congregations gathered in Blue Hill Sunday to take a stand against gun violence. Read all about the National Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath. Page 1.

The state Legislature’s Appropriations Committee is taking its show on the road. On Monday, they’ll convene in Brewer and invite testimony from people like you regarding the state budget’s impact on the towns. With changes to the excise tax, revenue sharing, the homestead exemption and general purpose aid on the table, chances are they’ll get an earful. Page 1.

Somebody, probably not Robert Frost, said that the only thing certain is change. Very true. Unless you live in Waltham where, once again, the annual town meeting voters worked to keep everything the way it is. And was.
Bark if you like pets. This week’s Ellsworth American carries our annual salute to all creatures great and small. Check out our three-page Pet Parade spread in Section I.

It’s all in The American ... The Ellsworth American ... serving the community since 1851, which was a great year for publishing. You already knew that 1851 was the year Herman Melville wrote “Moby-Dick,” but were you aware that it also was the year Sir Edward Shepherd Creasy published “The Fifteen Decisive Battles of the World: from Marathon to Waterloo,” which, unlike “Moby-Dick,” has not yet been made into a movie. But maybe it will. We’ll wait.

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