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Chebeague Island has new town administrator

Chebeague Island town administrator, Marjorie Stratton, who has served the island community for the past five years, is stepping down. [caption id="attachment_22775" align="aligncenter" width="250"] Justin Poirer[/caption] According to long-time select board member Donna Damon, Stratton has left the town with a stable workforce and in a sound financial position. Stratton… SEE MORE

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Downeast cranberries were a bust, too

In a good year, Sugar Hill Farm harvests 50,000 to 80,000 pounds of cranberries. Not surprisingly, 2020 has not been a good year, even for Maine’s drop-in-the-bucket cranberry industry. Too hot. Too cold. Too much rain. Too little rain. Such is farming. [caption id="attachment_22750" align="alignleft" width="199"] Christine Alexander. PHOTO: TOM… SEE MORE

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Island Institute awarded energy contract

The Island Institute is one of five organizations in the country to be awarded a contract by the Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project, or ETIPP. As a partner in this new U.S. Department of Energy-sponsored initiative, the Island Institute will be awarded $330,000 over three years by the National Renewable… SEE MORE

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Truth-telling continues, even in online setting

Education practices have always involved responsiveness and adaptation, but those tenets have taken on new meaning this year. Along with a quick transition to online learning, conferences and professional development events have been reimagined for virtual settings. The Island Institute’s annual Island Teachers Conference for professionals from coastal and island… SEE MORE

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Deer Island marks 250 years of endurance

Editor's note: This story first appeared in The Quoddy Tides, and appears here with permission. Until as late as 1770, Deer Island—which lies between Eastport and New Brunswick, and is part of the Canadian province—is believed to only have been used by the Wabanaki peoples, primary Passamaquoddy, for hunting. In… SEE MORE
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Island Institute deploys Island Fellows Downeast

Over the past 20 years, the Island Institute’s Island Fellows program has invested in island and coastal communities from Casco Bay to Eastport. Though the program is well known on the 15 year-round island communities, expanding the organization’s impact into other regions is an important part of creating a thriving… SEE MORE