• Luke with students
    May 19

    This fall, the Frenchboro School studied island history and ecology. As the makeshift social studies and science teacher at the two-student school, I tried to design lessons that would put the kids into the wildness of their island's past.

  • ship image
    May 18

    Picture in your mind a cargo ship and an aircraft carrier, one 900-feet and the other 1,200-feet-long and both 20 stories tall, traveling through the ocean only 100 yards away from each other.

  • book image cropped
    April 29

    When I was in my 20s and 30s, free time was a rare commodity. When it was available and the weather cooperated, my wife and I loaded the kids in the van and explored the Maine coast.

  • Donna Damon
    April 27

    At the end of June, Donna Damon, 65, will retire from Greely High School in Cumberland, where she works in a classroom helping students deemed average to above-average achieve their full academic potential. She also will step down from serving as selectman on Chebeague Island.

    Community Development, Education

  • fighting fire
    April 17

    These firefighters must overcome their discomfort, though, because a fire roars in the galley of the training ship State of Maine. At least, it does in theory.

    Education

  • raising wall image
    March 16

    Work is underway to build headers and cut lumber to make studs, part of a volunteer effort to construct a Habitat for Humanity house.

    While most will picture a group of adults doing the work, for past nine years, it's been students at Mount Desert Island High School enthusiastically providing the labor. The students have enrolled in a semester-long Habitat for Humanity class to build walls for homes in Hancock County.

    Economic Development, Education

  • Eastern Maine Skippers Program
    March 13

    Tracking salmon, sturgeon, and great whites from lobster traps and buoys may soon be possible. Researchers have talked about their success deploying acoustic receivers for fish, marine mammal and shark tags in lobster traps and on buoys. The receivers pick up a distinct acoustic signal if the tag (and the animal wearing it) pass within 400 meters.

    Education, Marine Programs

  • Michael Young.
    March 9

    Maine Maritime Academy has hired Michael Young of Ellsworth, a 1977 MMA graduate and previous instructor at the college to develop courses and programs to prepare students for jobs in offshore industries.

    Education, Energy, Marine Programs

  • Vinalhaven, North Haven
    March 9

    High school basketball is an essential part of island winters. Many times the stands are filled with people representing four generations, some of whom don't even have family on the team. The community becomes very invested in their teams and sometimes that can lead to conflict, hence the hesitation from many people I told about wanting to be a part of the basketball team.

    Community Development, Education