By Dagney Ernest / Village Soup

State and federal representatives, island leaders and community partners joined the Monhegan community at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Aug. 21 to celebrate the completion of a comprehensive upgrade to the island’s energy systems.

September 13, 2017

Energy

By Maureen Milliken / Mainebiz

Edible seaweed is nothing new. Along Ireland's rocky coast, seaweed has been harvested for food for centuries, even, legend has it, brought along as a provision by St. Brendan on his fifth-century voyage to find paradise.

It's a staple of Asian food and no sushi bar is without it.

But Maine edible seaweed? Definitely not the stuff of legends, or even of most dinner tables.

By Dagney Ernest / Village Soup

On Friday, September 1st, from 5:00-8:00 p.m., Bill Laurita, president of Swans Island Company, will join Archipelago and some of the gallery's featured artists for a special reception during Rockland's First Friday Art Walk.

August 31, 2017

Archipelago

James McCarthy / Mainebiz

Monhegan Island, which has some of the highest electricity costs in the nation, completed a comprehensive upgrade of its power-generating system that includes the addition of a solar array and installation of a new, cleaner-burning diesel generator.

August 28, 2017

Energy

ROCKLAND, ME – On Wednesday, August 2 at 10:30 a.m., the Island Institute will host a panel discussion on women’s views and voices in Maine’s island communities. The talk, “Making it Here: Women’s Views, Women’s Voices,” will be led by island residents and writers, Barbara Fernald, Courtney Naliboff, and Sandy Oliver, and moderated by Tom Groening, editor of "The Working Waterfront."

July 26, 2017

ROCKLAND, ME – Maine is known around the world for the iconic lobster boats that dot the coast and are the primary vehicle for the state’s renowned fishing industry. Now Portland, Maine-based photographer Mark Fleming has developed a new perspective on these boats by using a drone to capture them in an innovative yet classic fashion. The Island Institute is celebrating his extraordinary visual record of these working vessels by featuring his work on the front cover of the new edition of the "Island Journal," the Institute’s annual magazine.

August 2, 2017

Media

ROCKLAND— Celebrate autumn colors and the changing seasons with a new selection of paintings and local works of art at Archipelago. The Island Institute’s store and gallery will host an opening reception for its fall gallery show on Friday, November 3rd, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., during Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk. The public is invited to stop into the gallery’s 386 Main Street location to enjoy light refreshments, see the new pieces, and meet some of the artists. The show, which highlights the work of printmaker Kathleen Buchanan, painters Claudia Diller and Helene Farrar, and fiber artist Anne Walker will be on display through the Winter.

October 27, 2017

Archipelago

PORTLAND, ME – Rockland-based Island Institute will join Lives in the Balance for "What Kids Need Now,” a free evening conversation with internationally recognized child psychologist Dr. Ross Greene, Ph.D. on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., at Holiday Inn By The Bay in Portland. Greene is the New York Times bestselling author of the influential books "Raising Human Beings," "The Explosive Child," "Lost & Found," and "Lost at School."

March 23, 2018

Education

By Dagney Ernest / Village Soup
Maine is known around the world for the iconic lobster boats that dot the coast and are the primary vehicle for the state's renowned fishing industry. Portland-based photographer Mark Fleming has developed a new perspective on these boats by using a drone to capture them in an innovative, yet classic fashion.

August 8, 2017

Media

CRANBERRY ISLES – After a multi-year process to bring broadband access to three of its islands, the Town of Cranberry Isles is now seeing the results of its recent $1.2 million investment in broadband infrastructure to connect the community with internet speeds that exceed 100/100 mpbs. In February, the first resident on the Downeast island of Little Cranberry was connected with broadband, and today, the island is 100 percent connected through its new fiber-wireless network – allowing any resident that signs up for the service to access internet speeds on par with major metropolitan cities.

March 22, 2018

Economic Development