The WoodenBoat campus in Brooklin.

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WoodenBoat founder turns over the helm

In the early 1970s, Jon Wilson realized he wasn’t as good a boatbuilder as others whose works he admired. But he was a pretty good thinker about boatbuilding. “At that time, wooden boats had been going out of fashion and fiberglass boats were coming in, big time,” he recalled. “I… SEE MORE
The view from Little Deer Isle. FILE PHOTO: TOM GROENING

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Finding Maine

Editor’s note: In our last edition, a letter writer suggested that islanders other than the four who write regular columns for us might contribute to our coverage of life in places surrounded by water. Challenge accepted here! I arrived here in Maine three years ago on May 1. More accurately,… SEE MORE
Detail from one of Nora Flanagan's quilts.

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Cutting up and stitching the coast back together

Nora Flanagan renders the beauty of Maine’s cool blue coast in a warm and tactile form. Her applique quilts, born from scraps of fabric, are as evocative as any painting and, given the process by which they are created, rely on a kind of abstraction—scissor-sliced color swatches—that serves to represent… SEE MORE
The offices of Deering Lumber in the Lafayette House today. PHOTO: COURTESY KYLE H. NOBLE

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Biddeford’s Lafayette House dates to 1798

We published a 1936 photo of Biddeford’s Lafayette House, shot by Dominic Avanzato, in our December/January issue, and asked readers if the building were still standing. Here are some of the responses we received: “I can say with certainty that the Lafayette House still exists as the office for Deering… SEE MORE
Children pose in front of Waterman's peace sign.

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Giving North Haven the peace sign

Editor’s note: The following first appeared in Waterman’s Community Center fall newsletter, and is reproduced here, with permission, because it offers insight into how island communities negotiate change… even small changes. In the 1960s, Waterman & Co. general store was at the height of its activity. Franklin Waterman was the… SEE MORE
Maine Maritime Academy's waterfront. FILE PHOTO: TOM GROENING

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Maine Maritime Academy names new president

Maine Maritime Academy has named Jerald S. “Jerry” Paul as the college’s 15th president. Paul, current president of Capitol Access and a 1989 graduate of the institution, will take office this spring. Paul succeeds William J. Brennan who steps down from the position in April after 12 years at MMA.… SEE MORE