The Ellsworth American has been published continuously in Ellsworth, Maine since 1851. Its sister weekly, the Mount Desert Islander,  commenced publication in Bar Harbor in 2001. Together, these two newspapers reach some 14,750 families, primarily in Hancock County. Fifty percent of these families purchase their newspapers weekly in area stores and the remainder have their newspapers delivered either to their home via the U.S. Postal Service or to their computer via digital delivery. The newspapers offer paid-only delivery; in other words, there is no free online newspaper website for either newspaper.

Fenceviewer, an online community news and information site for Hancock County launched in April of 2009, enjoys 18,000 visits each week.  Fenceviewer’s online Business Directory is the area’s most complete and up-to-date directory with more than 3,500 business listings. Fenceviewer’s Homeseller database includes 600 local real estate property listings. In addition, the Fenceviewer site includes an extensive calendar of events, obituaries and classified advertising.

The Ellsworth American has been named best large weekly newspaper by the Maine Press Association three of the past five years, by the New England Newspaper and Press Association four of the past five years and was named second best in the nation by the National Newspaper Association in 2010. In the past five years, The Mount Desert Islander has been named best small weekly in Maine four times, best in New England three times and best in the nation twice. In 2010, fenceviewer.com was named best community newspaper website, daily and weekly, in the nation by the National Newspaper Association.

Other services provided by Ellsworth American, Inc. are website design and hosting, search engine optimization (SEO), social media management and online advertising.

Commercial printing customers include seven other weekly newspapers in Downeast Maine, as well as a number of monthly newsletters for businesses and nonprofits, including the Ellsworth and Bangor Chambers of Commerce, Friends of Maine Hockey and Ellsworth and MDI YMCAs.

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Real Estate: Friday 5 p.m.
Automotive: Friday 12 noon
Arts: Friday 5 p.m.
Other Display: Monday 5 p.m.
Classifieds: Monday 5 p.m.
Public Notices: Monday 5 p.m.
Special Sections:  Call your Ad Rep.
Holidays: One business day earlier.

Deadline for cancellation is the same as the closing deadline. In cases of ads canceled after deadline, we will do our best to accommodate the request, but some cancellations may incur a charge of 50% of space costs.