Maine Voices: Making Maine’s high-speed internet dreams come true

Maine communities have a long history of self-determination. Access to high-speed internet is no different. As local broadband committees, statewide partners and private-sector providers all look to close the digital divide, communities play a central role. An engaged community can fundamentally alter the economics of a broadband project.

Island Institute’s new head lays out long-term sustainability goal

After spending his first month as Island Institute president in listening mode, Anthony Chatwin aims to spend the next decade helping Maine’s seaside economy contribute to the fight against climate change by reducing reliance on fossil fuels. “Ten years from now people are going to be looking at the carbon footprint of products and services,… Read more »

More people have moved to Maine’s remote islands in the last decade

The population of Maine’s offshore islands, which incurred steady declines in the decades after World War II and still face myriad challenges in sustaining their year-round communities, jumped by nearly 8 percent between 2010 and 2020. There are roughly a dozen offshore islands in Maine, reachable only by plane or boat, that have towns with… Read more »

New president at Island Institute brings experience in fisheries and coastal sustainability

The newly named president of the Island Institute brings a background of marine conservation and the sustainability of coastal communities to his role. The Rockland community development nonprofit, which serves Maine island and coastal communities, announced today it has selected Anthony Chatwin as president, effective Aug. 23. “With more than 20 years of experience in building… Read more »

Archipelago celebrates summer in Maine with ‘Currents and Channels exhibit

ROCKLAND – Join Archipelago, the Island Institute’s store and gallery, for its summer gallery show, “Currents and Channels: Four Coastal Maine Artists,” on display through Sept. 25. “Currents and Channels” looks at the Maine coast through the art of four local artists — each with unique perspectives, both geographically and conceptually, of the landscape and… Read more »

Rockland mulls impact of proposed three-fer property sale on working waterfront

The proposed sale of three commercial waterfront properties in Rockland could bring new development and new tax revenue, but could also put pressure on shrinking working waterfront space, perhaps changing the community forever. The potential sale, announced earlier this month, would package together properties that in total span 8.77 acres of land and waterfront infrastructure, include more than… Read more »

Fisheries in Maine Rally to Reduce Their Carbon Footprint and Increase Sustainability

Fishing communities and seafood suppliers in Maine who depend on the ocean for their livelihood have seen the effects of climate change firsthand, as warming ocean temperatures significantly affect their catches. Luke’s Lobster is one supplier who is taking matters into their own hands, transitioning their docks and operations to renewable energy and making energy… Read more »

Island Institute hosts evening of climate-focused films July 28

ROCKPORT – The Island Institute, a community development nonprofit based in Rockland, hosts a special, climate-focused film event at the Shotwell Drive-in, 40 West St., Wednesday, July 28, at 8:30 p.m. “The Climate, Our Coast, and Our Communities” features an evening of films highlighting personal stories from those living on the frontlines of climate change… Read more »