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Hugh Bowden cutting back after 30 years at The American

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first_img Latest posts by Stephen Fay (see all) Bio Clued in – May 29, 2019 Latest Posts Hugh BowdenELLSWORTH — If you were in charge of seating arrangements for The Ellsworth American’s editorial department, sports department, ombudsman, ace photographer, associate proofreader, corporate trustee, Open Meeting Law expert and newsroom mentor you would need only one chair.Hugh Bowden — multitalented, multifaceted and, goodness knows, multitasking — is cutting back after 30 years to spend more time with his grown daughters, his grandchildren and his music.Did we mention he composes and performs music? Or that he’s a voracious reader who regularly consumes a novel a night?At the end of the month, Bowden, 72, will focus on editorials and The American’s award-winning editorial page. Sports reporter Taylor Vortherms, who joined The American full time in 2013 after graduating from the Missouri School of Journalism, will succeed Bowden as sports editor.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“My three decades here at The American have flown by,” said Bowden. “That’s what happens when you love the job that you do and the people with whom you do it. Those feelings haven’t changed. But aging and health issues sometimes force one to reorder his priorities, and while I am still healthy, I want some increased time with my family and friends and the opportunity to take on some other activities that I enjoy doing.“Under this new arrangement,” said Bowden, “I’ll still be able to contribute to the newspaper I love and maintain my association with my colleagues. So it’s the best of both worlds.”Almost a native of Brooklin, Bowden’s Hancock County roots run deep.He was born in Washington, D.C., but his mother, Linnie, soon moved back to her Maine hometown with baby in tow, and two more brothers — Bill, now deceased, and Bob — arrived over the next four years. As did his beloved stepdad, Winslow Bowden, who married Linnie after her divorce and raised the three boys as his own, formally adopting them when they were in their late teens.Bowden and his brothers all graduated from Brooklin High School before it was shuttered in the 1960s.His journalism roots also run deep. He broke into the game in 1964 — after spending three years in the U.S. Army — when his mother told Hugh that Jerry Durnbaugh, founder of The Weekly Packet in Blue Hill, was looking for a reporter/ad salesman. “I was an abysmal salesman,” Bowden said, but he stayed on and learned the reporter’s trade. When Durnbaugh moved on to a job at the Kennebec Journal, Bowden became editor.During his time at the Packet, Bowden also served a term as president of the Maine Press Association.Bowden left journalism — temporarily — for a successful run for the Maine Legislature. He served one term in 1979-80, but with two young daughters — Marcie and Jamie — and a marriage that was ending, he did not seek re-election.In 1980, partnering with James McCaffrey, a retired New York advertising executive, Bowden started the Castine Patriot weekly newspaper. The two of them had a good run and the Castine Patriot flourished. But when McCaffrey decided to retire and sell the paper, Bowden was not in a position to buy. He took a job in community relations at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.But, before long, James Russell Wiggins, editor and publisher of The Ellsworth American, recruited Bowden as managing editor. He later was named executive editor and chief editorial writer, and took on the sports editor-reporter-photographer role as well.Wiggins, editor and publisher of The American for 31 years, earned wide respect and admiration for his weekly editorials and poems. But Ellsworth American Publisher Alan Baker recalls that, as the end of Wiggins’ career approached, “many faithful readers expressed concern about what would become of our editorial page once Mr. Wiggins retired.Because the newspaper’s editorials are unsigned, and express the institutional opinion of the paper, said Baker, few readers realized that Hugh Bowden had been authoring an increasing proportion of our editorials. After many years of editing all Wiggins’ writing, Hugh had mastered the Wiggins’ style.“When Russ retired back in 2000, the change was seamless. Nobody could tell that he was no longer writing our editorials. What a marvelous testimonial to Hugh’s talents as an editorial writer,” said Baker. “We are fortunate, and proud, that The American and its readers will continue to enjoy and appreciate Hugh’s editorial contributions for many more years.”Reception for Hugh BowdenDec. 4 at Ellsworth High SchoolEllsworth High School and The Ellsworth American will host an informal reception for Hugh Bowden Thursday, Dec. 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Ellsworth High School cafeteria. Student athletes, coaches, athletic directors, town officials and members of the public are cordially invited. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served.center_img Stephen FayManaging Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanStephen Fay, managing editor of The Ellsworth American since 1996, is a third-generation Californian. Starting out as a news reporter in 1974, he has been an editor since 1976, working in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont before settling in Ellsworth with his wife and two daughters. sfay@ellsworthamerican.com Franklin man seriously injured in motorcycle crash – May 26, 2019 Unitarian ordination scheduled for June 1 – May 23, 2019last_img read more

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Guyana to host CARIFTA Boxing Championship April 11 – 13

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first_imgAFTER successfully pioneering the Caribbean Schoolboys and Juniors tournament, Steve Ninvalle, president of the Guyana Boxing Association (GBA), pointed out that the country will now host the CARIFTA Boxing Championship from April 11 – 13.The tournament will mark a return for boxing amongst Caribbean Free Trade Association (CARIFTA) countries, for the first time since it was last hosted in the Bahamas in 1998.So far, the Cayman Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and Dominica, according to Ninvalle, are the countries that would’ve raised their hands in support of the initiative and pledged to participate.Ninvalle said the hosting of this tournament shows his association’s “unrelenting drive to ensure our Youth, Junior and Schoolboy categories are provided with all the resources necessary to bring them on par with Latin America, Europe and the wider world.”“It wouldn’t be an easy task but I have a committed executive, Coaches Commission and Referees and Judges Commission. Combined with other external support, I have no doubt that this tournament will be a success,” Ninvalle said.last_img read more

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