• A street scene in Toronto's Chinese section.
    January 20

    I lived for three years in Canada. Life there was a familiar, yet culturally distinct experience, and my lens for seeing what made Canada so different came from teaching cultural anthropology at York University in Toronto.

  • Students work at URock
    January 20

    When Jesse Poole of Vinalhaven was a teenager, he was interested in computer science but he never went to college to study it—or to study anything else for that matter. “Growing up here, it was hard to get away from Vinalhaven,” Poole, now 35, said. “It seemed like too big a change, and then time just went by.”

  • New building image
    January 5

    The Harold Alfond Foundation announced a $3.1 million award to Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences for construction of a 32-bed student and visiting scientist residence with four visitor apartments on the laboratory’s East Boothbay campus.

  • State of Maine in Castine
    December 31

    Maine Maritime Academy students, officers and crew will depart Castine on Saturday, Jan. 2 at about 10:30 a.m. on the training ship State of Maine for a two-week training voyage to St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. The ship will carry 210 students and crew and is due to arrive on Jan. 8.

  • Broadband graphic
    December 9

    Internet speeds for Maine's year-round island communities are hampering economic growth and even threatening their long-term viability, a report issued Dec. 9 asserts.

    Media, Economic Development

  • Sarah Waters with children
    November 23

    In September, Tarah Waters began work in Eastport as an Island Fellow through the Island Institute (publisher of The Working Waterfront). Waters is a Colorado native and graduate of Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I. with a B.A. in international studies.

    Community Development, Media

  • View through Vinalhaven porch.
    November 23

    Not only was Steve arranging to get me to Vinalhaven on schedule, he was helping me find someone to fix my tire.

    Community Development, Media

  • Learning golf croquet
    October 26

    It was suggested that "golf croquet" might be appropriate for her school, a sport that can be enjoyed and played by students of all ages and athletic abilities. Within ten days she had discussed the potential for a program with Heather Webster, the principal of both Islesford and Swan's Island, and they were ready to get the croquet balls rolling.

  • Camp site
    October 26

    For nearly 20 years, North Haven Community School's high school students have ventured into the woods for a week each year, usually in the fall. They canoe, hike or occasionally bike, most often breaking and making camp each day in a new spot.