A worker at the Portland Fish Exchange sorts fish. PHOTO: MICHELE STAPLETON

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Fishing for a solution

Scores of hard-plastic crates filled with ice-covered fresh fish sit on the floor of the Portland Fish Exchange, ready for inspection before the bounty is auctioned in lots to the highest bidders. The fish comes from eight boats that brought their catches of cod, haddock, monkfish, grey sole, and other… SEE MORE
An aerial view of the light. PHOTO: COURTESY SUSAN GRACE

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Swan’s Island light celebrates restoration anniversary

  [caption id="attachment_32902" align="alignleft" width="500"] The tower shrouded with the required scaffolding.[/caption] In January 1857, Benjamin Stinson and 83 citizens of Swan’s Island and Deer Island petitioned Congress for an appropriation for a lighthouse. Some of the family names in that petition—Joyce, Staples, Sprague, Stockbridge—are still found on Swan’s Island… SEE MORE

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Column prompts ‘ledge bound’ memory

Returning to my new home in Pennsylvania hill country from a two-week visit to my daughters and friends in Maine, I was pleasantly surprised to find in my mail the latest issue of The Working Waterfront with several articles that intersected with my history in Maine. The review of the… SEE MORE
Rebekah Hodgson poses at the Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland. PHOTO: COURTESY HODGSON FAMILY

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Mrs. Maine is the real deal

In Rebekah Hodgson’s earliest memory of lobstering, she’s on her father’s boat and they’ve just anchored off of Jonesboro’s Looks Point to visit her great uncle Scott, who gave her a banana. “I must have been about four years old,” recalls Hodgson, now 32. “I remember getting back on the… SEE MORE
The view from Little Deer Isle. FILE PHOTO: TOM GROENING

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Recognizing an island’s landmarks

Reflections is written by Island Fellows, recent college grads who do community service work on Maine islands and in coastal communities through the Island Institute, publisher of The Working Waterfront. As an Iowa native, I didn’t know there were islands off the coast of Maine before applying to be an… SEE MORE