The news that Dennis Bailey, founder/owner of Savvy! Inc., is merging his Portland-based company with a similar Boston-based firm owned by his twin brother, Douglas, is only a little less surprising than an announcement that it might snow tomorrow at Sugarloaf.
The New York Times reports this morning that Andrew Wyeth, Maine's most famous painter, has passed away in his sleep at his home in Pennsylvania. The creator of "Christina's World" and scores of other works depicting scenes in Maine and elsewhere around the globe, Wyeth split his time between his home in Cushing and a family property in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. He was the second generation of
Mainers do love to vote. Every election cycle Maine ranks in the top five states nationally for voter turnout. But someone with a head for figures might at first wonder if we overdo it.
A report from the Secretary of State’s office in December showed that Maine has 994,155 registered voters — 326,256 Democrats, 267,504 Republicans, 31,676 Green Independents, and 368,719 independents. Meanwhile, extrapolating from the U.S. Census estimate that Maine had 1,316,456 residents in
Optimism over the economy is in short supply these days, and Maine banks and credit unions aren’t immune to the turmoil in the larger financial world. Wall Street and Main Street intertwine far more than they did just a decade ago.
The good news is that Maine-based banks are by and large in much better shape than the Wachovias of the national and international stage, according to state banking officials. Many Maine banks avoided involvement in the esoteric financial instruments that
Back in 2004 the number of cell phone users passed the number of land-line phones in Maine, and the ring tones haven’t stopped since. Restaurant meals, plays, and even the quietude atop Mount Katahdin can be interrupted at any time by someone’s cell phone sounding the “Ride of the Valkyries” or “Born to be Wild.”
Bangor City Council meetings weren’t immune to the problem, with cell phones burbling and beeping often during council meetings despite
Workers at Bath Iron Works and Bath residents are breathing a little easier today, barely twenty-four hours after the U.S. Navy announced it was scrapping its hyper-expensive DDG-1000 destroyer. BIW had been in line as a major builder of the new Zumwalt class of stealth-technology warships and already has one ship under construction. Ingalls Operations in Pascagoula, Mississippi, is building
July 17, 2008
Several months ago, we wrote about the controversy surrounding plans to remove the Fort Halifax Dam on the Sebasticook River in Winslow. Dam owner FPL Energy, faced with the choice of building a fish passage or removing the dam, chose removal as the less expensive option. Residents on the impoundment above the dam, led by Kenneth Fletcher, challenged the plan in a seemingly
Photo by Joshua F. Moore
In the August issue of Down East, we published the results of our online survey in which we asked DownEast.com users to vote for the 7 Wonders of Maine. Here they are again, in graph form. Send us a comment below and feel free to write in additional places you love in Maine. Also,
It's been a while since something really grabbed me by the shorts, but the news that the feds are considering charging average Joes to fish in the Atlantic Ocean really put the frost on my herring. Apparently the folks in Washington believe that the impact that recreational fishermen are having on the fish stocks along the East Coast is so great that they need to measure it down to the smallest mackerel.
Driving to work the other day, I passed a sign outside a restaurant in Woolwich. "The real Maine starts here!" it announced in no uncertain terms. Oh really?
If you want to start an argument among Mainers and those who love Maine, ask them where Down East Maine begins. Not the bridge in Kittery, but the "real Maine" of picturesque coves where lobsterboats outnumber pleasure craft and pulp trucks rule the highway and people really do say "Ayuh." Call it Mythical Maine, if only because it