News and views on the places we cover: Maine's island and remote coastal communities.

  • 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.

  • National Fisherman vintage image
    August 23

    You won’t hear too many Mainers complain about this summer’s weather. It’s been hot, sunny and dry.

  • 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...

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  • Stonington's water tower.
    August 23

    With Maine in the middle of a drought by early August, municipalities vulnerable to water shortages were keeping an eye on their water supplies.

  • East End treatment plant in Portland
    August 23

    Over the course of three days in April 2007, a storm dumped 8.5 inches of rain over Southern Maine, causing massive flooding, especially where the floodwaters met the sea. The Ogunquit sewer treatment plant, and the access road to the plant, were flooded.

  • Dr. Bill Thomas
    August 23

    Islanders face more daunting eldercare problems than most. Those who have lived for 75 or 80 years in these small, close-knit and geographically isolated communities rightly resist moving to a mainland institution, where visits from family and friends are prohibitive due to ferry schedules and weather.

  • 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.

  • Congress Street in the 1970s; photo probably shot by John Duncan.
    July 19

    This is the second of a three-part series recollecting the look and feel of Portland in the 1960s, '70s and '80s by a Maine writer who spent his youth there.

    In the 1970s, Portland grew up.

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  • Sheep Island
    July 19

    Out of my sight on the west side of the island, truly heroic efforts by dozens of area firemen, the Coast Guard and state forest rangers had achieved what had seemed impossible.

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