Working Waterfront

Cliff Island land conservation is no gift

By Doug Rideout Jr. Cliff Island, one of only 15 year-round Maine island communities where people are still able to make a living from the sea, produces a unique character that has continued through generations. It is worthwhile, then, to maintain this island heritage. In recent decades, the Cliff Island… SEE MORE

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The tragic mistake made by Maine’s first European colony

By William A. Haviland As I read the article on Maine's first European colony in the May issue of The Working Waterfront (“Mysteries of Maine’s first European colony”), which recounted the founding—and failing—of the Popham Colony in modern-day Phippsburg—one phrase caught my eye: "… the colonists worked doggedly even as… SEE MORE

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The ticks don’t care

In the 1980s and 1990s when I was teaching at Unity College, the outdoor recreation professors drilled a memorable sentence into every generation of student: “The woods don’t care.” It meant that along with being remarkably beautiful, the forest is remarkably dangerous. The oaks and cathedral-like firs do no more… SEE MORE