A reluctant writer takes to the road with a tale of a Maine mill town — only to find that her story is something close to universal.
When it comes to football, Biddeford High School is no longer in neighboring Thornton Academy’s league, literally or figuratively. Thus ends “The Battle of the Bridge,” a spirited rivalry between Biddeford and Saco that dated to 1893. And there’s no question which of the two former mill towns feels the loss more acutely.
Harvest technology has advanced over the last 75 years. Adolescent styles have certainly changed. But the autumn objective for many kids across Aroostook County is the same in 2015 as for these boys in October 1940.
With the paper industry gone and little economic opportunity to replace it, many in the Katahdin region fear an exodus of young people. So what’s it like to be staring down adulthood in 2015 in the shadow of the Millinocket mills?
On screamy babies, screamier owners, and other breaches of restaurant etiquette.
On the outskirts of the small city of Caribou, some folks want to lower their taxes by going it alone.
On Maine’s islands, the presence of law enforcement is light to nonexistent. So how does a community make do with only the thinnest of thin blue lines?
Passions can run high over the imaginary lines subdividing Maine into regions, as they are not only unofficial, they are also fickle, situational, and entirely open to debate.
The women of Islesboro’s Sewing Circle (est. 1858) make everything from baby sweaters to iPhone cases — not to mention a strong community fabric.
With a playlist of swing and boogie-woogie tunes, the all-volunteer WYAR is gaining enthusiastic listeners — and many of them are under 35.
A flurry of development in the Kennebunks has prompted a philosophical tug-of-war about the towns’ identities.
What does it mean to talk like a Mainer in 2015? As writer and linguist Michael Erard explains, the answer is wicked complicated.