A postcard depicts Charles Nungesser and Francoise Coli, who some believe may have been the first to fly across the Atlantic.

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Historic flight still shrouded in mystery

The disappearance 94 years ago in May of the White Bird biplane and its two pilots—possibly in Washington County—remains an unsolved mystery of aviation history. The plane's two French pilots may have been the first to fly nonstop across the Atlantic Ocean, less than two weeks before Charles Lindbergh's famous… SEE MORE

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We asked, you answered

I didn’t coin the phrase, but I wholeheartedly endorse its wisdom: If you’re not having fun editing a newspaper, you’re doing it wrong. It’s been great fun for me to edit The Working Waterfront these last seven-plus years. One of the joys, after working at weekly and daily newspapers, is that, as… SEE MORE
Katelyn Damon

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Maine: ‘Birthplace of Social Distancing’?

By Tom Walsh It seems there is no better time to be living in the middle of nowhere. In fact, Maine might consider rethinking its archaic “Vacationland” license plate slogan. Maybe instead, “Birthplace of Social Distancing.” Maine has a population of 1.3 million people scattered over 35,383 square miles, including… SEE MORE
Jon Cheston and Nancy Hauswald aboard their boat

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To pee (or not to pee) at sea

By Nancy Hauswald Thursday, June 4, 1987 Approx. 75 miles off the coast of the Carolinas The storm drags on, unrelenting in its pummeling of Merry Yarn and us. Jon is down below, glued to the nav station, poring over the chart, plotting our location, getting constant fixes, and keeping… SEE MORE

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A catastrophe in which no beauty can be found

By Dana Wilde Long ago, before realizing I was unfit to write poetry, I set myself a project I thought might become my life’s work.  My childhood was still fresh and glistening with pain, and one of the more frightening disturbances had been the Cuban Missile Crisis, when I was… SEE MORE

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‘We ain’t quaint’

The Peninsula, by Louise Dickinson Rich (1958, Lippincott) By Tom Walsh Great books often serve as literary time machines, taking readers back to the way things were. Anyone interested in the ongoing 300-year evolution of modern history and culture of Downeast Maine should make an effort to find what is a… SEE MORE
Bailey Island and Orr's Island in Harpswell are known for their scenic vistas.

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Mythic summers on Bailey Island

… So that’s how it is out there in Maine. Be careful out there – Patricia Ranzoni, “Cultural Guide”   The southwest tip of Bailey Island is called Land’s End, for good reason. Just off the gift shop parking lot, the other side of Jaquish Island, is the open ocean.… SEE MORE