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Grant to Help Fund a History Of Life Along the Union River
ELLSWORTH — A $5,000 grant from the Maine Community Foundation will bring decades of research to a broader audience.
The foundation awarded the grant to the city of Ellsworth to assist local historian Mark Honey in researching, writing and publishing “The History of Union River, 1763-1930.”
Having worked on the project for nearly 30 years, Honey is convinced that the history he is writing will be an intimate history, one that includes individuals and families from all walks of life.
“Local history is the only stage in history where everybody has a role,” Honey said. “It is part of the fabric of life.”
Honey’s history of life along the Union River focuses on the nearly 170-year span when logging dominated the economy.

Musician to present a sung history of American women
SANFORD — Monica Grabin, an accomplished singer and instrumentalist, will be performing at Louis B. Goodall Memorial Library on Thursday, September 18.Grabin’s show, “HerStory,” will provide a sung history highlighting the role of women through United States history.

Man donates baseball memorabilia
FARMINGTON – A local man with a longtime passion for America’s favorite pastime has donated his collection of baseball writings and memorabilia to the Farmington Historical Society.Roger Spear has donated old uniforms and other baseball memorabilia including photographs of various town, high school, college and Little League teams to the historical society. The items have yet to be unpacked and displayed but are being stored at the Titcomb House on Academy Street, he said.

When Wells wanted nothing to do with Maine
Wells wanted nothing to do with separation from Massachusetts. Dependant upon commercial relationships with maritime interests in Boston, coastal communities stood to lose money if Maine became a state.
The Coasting Law allowed vessels carrying cargo worth more than $400 to travel between contiguous states without the incursion of port charges. As subjects of Massachusetts, Maine coasters freely traded as far south as Rhode Island. As subjects of a separate State of Maine, the free zone would extend only as far as New Hampshire. Representatives of Wells insisted the Coasting Law was their primary reason for opposing statehood. That was, until the Coasting Law was modified on March 2, 1819. The whole Atlantic coast was opened to free trade and Wells was as adamantly opposed as ever. It became clear that the debate was a contest for political party dominance.

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