Steve Eldridge began work as Vinalhaven's new town manager on Dec. 1. Eldridge had been interim town manager in Bethel in western Maine for the six months prior to being hired on the island. He also has been town manager in Lisbon and Rumford.
The island job appealed to him because of the quality of life, he said.
"I've always picked difficult communities and this is not. I like that it's a different way of life," he said.
Eldridge and his wife plan on selling their home in Monmouth and moving to the island.
Like many new Mainers, Subha Raghavan’s first impressions were about the state’s population. “I was really surprised because it was not very diverse. Before coming here I had been to New Jersey, New York, all university towns. Even though they are small places there were lots of different cultures and languages," she said.
Bobby Beckman is just 22, but when it comes to the lobster business, he takes the long view. "I figure, lobsters have been here millions of years," he says, foot propped up on the console of his boat in Vinalhaven Harbor. "I think there'll always be lobsters."