Noted newsman to reduce duties

Hugh Bowden

Hugh Bowden

ELLSWORTH — After more than 30 years covering news, sports and writing editorials, Hugh Bowden of The Ellsworth American will be cutting back from a full-time schedule.

Bowden, a familiar sight on the sidelines and end zones of high school playing fields, plans to spend more time with his grown daughters, his grandchildren and his music.

At the end of the month, Bowden, 72, who is also a talented musician and top tennis player, will focus on editorials and The American’s award-winning editorial page. Sports reporter Taylor Vortherms will succeed Bowden as sports editor.

“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.

“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,” said Publisher Alan Baker.

Reception set

Ellsworth High School and The Ellsworth American will host an informal reception for Hugh Bowden Thursday, Dec. 4, from 6-8 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.


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