Prospect Harbor

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New life for the last sardine cannery

Editor’s note: Jacqueline Weaver serves on Gouldsboro’s select board. When the auctioneer announced the new owners of the former Stinson sardine cannery in the Gouldsboro village of Prospect Harbor, the business partners had a deer-in-the-headlights look. They had just spent more than $1 million (price, plus outstanding liens) for the… SEE MORE
A Maine State Ferry Service boat near the Rockland terminal. FILE PHOTO: TOM GROENING

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Ferry service proposes higher fares

The Maine State Ferry Service is proposing a 18.3% hike in ferry passenger and vehicle fares, citing inflation’s impact on wages, fuel, and vessel repairs. A fare hike was adopted in 2019, finalized only after significant opposition from residents of some the islands that faced especially high fare adjustments. The… SEE MORE
A house for sale in Harpswell.

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Coastal real estate prices rise like the sea

Compared to the rest of the Northeast, housing in Maine looks like a bargain. According to the Maine Real Estate Information System, the median sales price for a Maine home in 2023 was $353,000. For the Northeast as a whole, the fourth quarter 2023 median was $698,000, as reported online… SEE MORE