Articles by: Charles Eichacker

Charles Eichacker

Charles Eichacker

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
Charles Eichacker covers the towns of Bucksport, Orland, Castine, Verona Island, Penobscot, Brooksville and Dedham. When not working on stories, he likes books, beer and the outdoors.
  • Energy savings reaped through integrated plan

    Energy savings reaped through integrated plan

    A couple years ago, when voters decided to renovate and reopen Longfellow Elementary School on Great Cranberry Island, the project’s main goals were to bring the old, drafty building in line with fire, safety and disability codes: adding sprinklers, floor reinforcements, exit signs, etc. But the renovation also was a good opportunity to make Longfellow

  • Film Review: The Big Short

    Film Review: The Big Short

    The main characters here are all guys who, in one way or another, saw the 2008 financial crisis coming and found a way to profit from it. The way they do so is tricky to explain, though the movie, based on a 2010 nonfiction book by Michael Lewis of the same name, does a good,

  • Obama favors Maine author

    Obama favors Maine author

    DEER ISLE — When U.S. President Barack Obama took his daughters Sasha and Malia on their ritual post-Thanksgiving trip to a Washington, D.C., book store to pick up some holiday reading material, they left with nine works of fiction. Two were by relative celebrities in the mature fiction world, “Purity” by Jonathan Franzen and “Two

  • Maine’s ideal tourists fall into three categories

    Maine’s ideal tourists fall into three categories

    In its 2015 marketing plan, the Maine Office of Tourism has catalogued three types of people it’s hoping will visit Maine in the coming years. The groupings should amuse any Mainer who enjoys people-watching in towns like Bar Harbor, Stonington and Castine. 1.) The Balanced Achievers First are the “balanced achievers,” who enjoy both the

  • Hermione arrives in Castine

    Hermione arrives in Castine

    CASTINE — There’s a running joke among some Americans that France is somehow in our debt. We came to its rescue during World War II, they say, mounting an amphibious invasion of European shores and pushing back the occupying German forces. Really, though, we were just returning the favor. France saved our own bacon in

  • DVD Review: Mad Max: Fury Road

    DVD Review: Mad Max: Fury Road

    George Miller’s fourth entry in the “Mad Max” saga comes 30 years after his last. His original three films, “Mad Max,” “The Road Warrior” and “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome,” chart the devolution of Australia into a post-apocalyptic wasteland populated by menacing marauders who dress like punk rockers, kill for fun and horde what water and

  • Librarian to oversee film, video repository

    MOUNT DESERT — Northeast Harbor Librarian Brook Ewing Minner will be leaving the institution to head up Northeast Historic Film (NHF), the nonprofit archival film organization that runs the Alamo Theatre in Bucksport. In March, Ewing Minner will take the reins from Weiss, who announced his retirement in September. Ewing Minner, who has a master’s

  • Mainers reject ban on baiting, hounding, trapping

    Mainers reject ban on baiting, hounding, trapping

    ELLSWORTH — Bear hunters who rely on baiting, hounding and trapping are rejoicing: Maine voters appear to have rejected a ballot item that would have banned all three, despite strong support for the measure in several parts of the state — including some Hancock County towns. Across the state, 52.5 percent of residents voted “no”