May 3, 2021

Maine's Seaweed Farmers Are Already Having a Record-Setting Year

We're already a month-plus into spring and in Maine, spring isn't just about April showers (rain or snow) or May flowers: it also marks the start of the state's seaweed harvest. According to the Associated Press, Maine is the spot for the United State's seaweed farming industry, and this year already looks like one for the record books. Atlantic Sea Farms, which works with more than two dozen seaweed farmers, told the outlet that it expects this year's briny crop to tip the scales at more than 800,000 pounds, which almost doubles last year's…
Food & Wine
April 25, 2021

Broadband talk is finally connecting with more significant investment

Broadband is having a moment, both here in Maine and at the federal level. State and local officials have been talking about broadband expansion for a long time. The discussion…
Bangor Daily News
April 21, 2021

Turn off the lights, buy local, ride your bike: How to make every day Earth Day

The world celebrated its first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, and for its 51st anniversary local environmentalists and leaders were hoping to spread around their suggestions for how they…
Sun Journal
Daily Art Prompt
April 12, 2021

Art prompts spur community to get creative during Artists & Makers Week

ROCKLAND—As mud season is full underway, little pops of color in nature are turning up on roadsides and gardens. As part of Artists & Makers Week hosted by the Island…
Penobscot Bay Pilot
Artist and Makers Week
April 6, 2021

Artist & Makers Week goes virtual for the creative economy

ROCKLAND—The Island Institute and its retail store, Archipelago are champions of the Midcoast’s creative economy and sponsors of the past in-person Artist and Makers Conferences. This year due to the…
Penobscot Bay Pilot
February 21, 2021

Maine can’t afford a fractured approach to expanding internet access

As with many other services and policy discussions, the COVID-19 pandemic has both emphasized and magnified the need to expand broadband access. That may sound trite, but it’s true. Internet…
Bangor Daily News
February 18, 2021

After 18 years, Island Institute leader Rob Snyder steps down

The longtime leader at the Island Institute is moving on from his 18-year tenure with the Rockland nonprofit, eight of those as president. Rob Snyder will leave at the end…
January 12, 2021

Broadband mapping money in Mills' budget hailed by business, development leaders

Gov. Janet Mills' proposal to add $1.8 million to Maine's supplemental budget, earmarked for mapping and technical support, is being hailed by business and development leaders as necessary to help…
December 30, 2020

Broadband expansion a challenge

SULLIVAN — The $900 billion coronavirus relief bill President Trump signed on Dec. 27 includes $7 billion to help expand broadband access. The funding, which includes a subsidy of up to $50…
The Ellsworth American
December 15, 2020

Broadband advocates ready to award projects with bond money

Maine voters in July approved a $15 million bond for broadband expansion projects, and the first proposals are expected next month.
Last month, the Mills administration awarded $5.6 million in federal coronavirus relief funds to connect more than 700 students and teachers in rural Maine with high-speed internet service to support…
Kennebec Journal