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The Working Waterfront

News of Maine's Coast and Islands

  • In front of the Libby building on Congress Square in the 1970s.
    August 25

    Early in 1977, another new restaurant opened in the Old Port. This one on Middle Street had a tongue-in-cheek sign: “Carbur’s: Since 1977.” A tradition going all the way back to this year! Hilarious!


  • George Mitchell The Negotiator
    August 25

    When I began researching Statesman, my biography of Sen. George Mitchell, I thought I knew the man, at least in his public life. After all, we first met in the Kennebec Journal newsroom in Augusta some 30 years ago, and I followed him from there...


  • Detail from book jacket
    August 25

    Words like “horror” and “monsters” accompanied the publicity for John Manderino’s new collection of short stories, But You Scared Me The Most. Not only did I find the 26 stories engaging and entertaining, most also were laugh-out-loud funny.