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The Working Waterfront

News of Maine's Coast and Islands

  • Islander image
    March 30

    The distance between the Stone Wharf on Chebeague Island and the Cousins Island landing is just 1.7 miles. But over the 30 years that the Islander ferry has been making the daily runs, she has logged enough miles to take her to the moon and halfway home. On Monday, April 6, the Chebeague Transportation Company (CTC) will celebrate the 30th birthday of the Islander with free passenger rides and an all-day onboard party.

    Community Development

  • Dancing couple

    Community Development, Media, Economic Development

  • Susan Margaret photo
    March 26

    If you ask a lobsterman if he works from a business plan, the response might be something like, "I'm trying to get through next week," or "I take it year by year." Some will say that they used to have one, but they stopped when the timing of the shed became so unpredictable.

    Uncertainty created by climate change would seem to reinforce short-term thinking.

    Marine Programs