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The Working Waterfront

News of Maine's Coast and Islands

  • Obadiah Buell and Kelly Dean
    August 25

    Obadiah Buell grew up on an abandoned industrial granite quarry dating back to the 1800s.

    Surrounded by massive stone blocks and the clear waters of granite pools, Buell has had a passion for granite—both for its utilitarian nature and sculptural qualities—since he was a child.

  • 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...