The April 11th Issue of The American

Revisions to Lamoine’s gravel ordinance have occasioned a lawsuit on behalf of four gravel pit owners who claim the changes in the rules are unfairly burdensome. Gravel’s big business in Lamoine, but so is protecting the public water supply. Page 1.

Bonnie Sparks has been the face of Hancock County higher education for nearly a quarter of a century. She is such an effective advocate for distance learning and nontraditional venues for nontraditional students that the University of Maine has put her in charge of the statewide University College program. You’ll still be able to find her at the Ellsworth site at the Mill Mall ... but not as much. Read all about it.

When small towns in Hancock County vote to have their own food ordinances irrespective of state statute, or their own take on the right to keep and bear arms no matter what the big guys in Augusta and Washington legislate, what are they making? A statement? New law? A fuss? Take your pick. They’re certainly making headlines. Page 1.

We offer today a three-page salute to Hancock County people who volunteer at hospitals, libraries, medical centers, human service organizations, museums and theaters. It’s our Annual Salute to Volunteers. Bless them all ... they make this a better place in which to live.

All this plus wedding bells, show choir coverage, the elver market, cops and courts, the Deer Isle chess whiz kids, the march of the wind turbines, annual town meetings in Blue Hill and Brooklin and the latest on the renaissance of lobster processing in Prospect Harbor.

All in The American ... The Ellsworth American ... serving the community since 1851, the year Hans Christian Orsted died. Surely you remember Hans? He was the Danish physicist and chemist who discovered that electric currents create magnetic fields, which is quite an important aspect of electromagnetism. He shaped post-Kantian philosophy and advances in science throughout the late 19th century. Now do you remember him?

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