August 2, 2017 - Issue: Vol. 163, No. 131 — Daily Edition115th Congress (2017 - 2018) - 1st Session
TRIBUTE TO ALAN BAKER AND EARL BRECHLIN; Congressional Record Vol. 163, No. 131
(Senate - August 02, 2017)
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[Page S4758] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] TRIBUTE TO ALAN BAKER AND EARL BRECHLIN Ms. COLLINS. Mr. President, in 2001, Maine's legendary Ellsworth American newspaper celebrated its 150th year by launching a new enterprise, the Mount Desert Islander, dedicated to covering every aspect of life in a place of extraordinary beauty. It is a pleasure to congratulate the two outstanding journalists who have guided the Islander since its inception, publisher Alan Baker and editor Earl Brechlin, for being recognized with the 2017 Sunbeam Award from the Maine Seacoast Mission. The recipient of numerous State and national awards for excellence, the Mount Desert Islander is a great example of the value provided by community newspapers. From Acadia National Park, local government, and businesses, to education, sports, and the arts, the Islander's dedicated staff writes the history of their communities as it occurs. They keep people informed and help them be more involved as citizens. They follow State and national issues, always with an eye on how they affect their neighbors. This dedication starts with committed leadership. After achieving success in journalism and publishing in Philadelphia and New York City, Alan Baker returned home to Maine and, in 1986, joined the Ellsworth American's management team, eventually purchasing the newspaper. In this age of media consolidation, Mr. Baker strongly believes that newspapers should be owned by individuals who are in touch daily with the readers they serve. As a former member of the Maine State Legislature, he is an effective voice for accountability and transparency in all levels of government. A former ``Maine Journalist of the Year,'' Earl Brechlin has covered Mount Desert Island for more than 35 years, and he has been recognized with more than 100 awards for news, feature writing, and photography. His commitment to journalism is evident in his election as president of both the Maine and New England press associations. A Registered Maine Guide, Mr. Brechlin is the author of nine books that reflect his love for our State's natural beauty, history, and character. The Maine Seacoast Mission is a nondenominational, nonprofit organization founded in 1905 to support island and coastal communities in Downeast Maine, and its boat, the Sunbeam V, helps to connect people in those communities with essential services and with each other. Through their dedication to the craft of journalism, Alan Baker and Earl Brechlin have strengthened that support and those community connections, and the Sunbeam Award is a fitting recognition of their many contributions. ____________________