• 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.

  • Brian Cushman speaks at Fishermen's Forum
    August 24

    There’s something about the timeframe of 10 to 12 years. I’ve read that you can master something new in this amount of time—and ultimately, if you are brave enough, have four different careers in a lifetime.

  • L.L. Bean in Freeport
    August 23

    Outlet stores began proliferating in these coastal communities in the 1980s. Over the years, the relationship between residents and the outlets has sometimes been contentious, but by and large, townspeople have come to accept and even embrace the retail facets of their home towns.

  • Brook Minner, director of Northeast Historic Film
    August 23

    Two Maine organizations dedicated to preserving the past have collaborated to present documentary films in a festival this fall.

  • Vinalhaven's "Downstream" district.
    August 23

    Town Manager Andrew Dorr said John Bubier, a retired municipal manager who lives in Yarmouth, will work for the town for 20 to 25 hours per week. He is expected to be on-island one day a week, more often when the work requires.

  • Otter Cliffs in winter
    August 23

    There’s been a lot of buzz about the possibility that Acadia will welcome more than three million visitors in 2016, its centennial year—which would be a leap of 20 percent from just two years ago, and an all-time record for the park. This may well be a temporary spike...


  • Gordon Page chats with the manager of Rock City Café.
    July 19

    "One of the challenges we have is upper floor occupation, second and third floors of some of the larger buildings."
    –Gordon Page

  • And baby makes three...
    July 19

    Nonprofit organizations like the Island Institute are not exempt from the pressures of the bottom line. In fact, we are just as mindful of budgets as for-profit businesses because we are funded by finite sources—grants and donations—and can't count on an uptick in sales to provide a cushion.

  • Commercial Street in summer.
    July 18

    If Maine is to grow its economy and provide opportunity for innovation and entrepreneurship, particularly for those under the age of 40, we must understand Portland beyond definitions of city and geography...