December 2003




Deep Joy

.Borealis Press, a plucky little enterprise that has made an impressive dent in the greeting card industry. Location: Surry

  • By: Richard Grant
  • Photography by: Greg Morley

Mama Micucci’s Market

An Italian grocery at the foot of Munjoy Hill is a family operation. Location: Portland

  • By: Monica Wood
  • Photography by: Benjamin Magro

Face to Face With Hollywood

.Scarborough author, Don Snyder, confronts his own characters as he watches his novel being filmed for television.

  • By: Edgar Allen Beem

Parson Progressive

The Reverend Rob McCall, an outspoken Blue Hill preacher. Location: Blue HillAwanadjo

  • By: Luther Young
  • Photography by: Benjamin Magro


Location: Wiscasset

  • Photography by: Brian Vanden Brink

The Line

January 02, 2004 will mark the last time hopeful campers will spend a frigid night in tents in order to reserve choice spots in Baxter next summer. A new system is in the works. Location: Millinocket

  • By: Maria Padian
  • Photography by: Michele Stapleton

Wiscasset’s Moment

A mainly photographic essay on the beauties of Wiscasset in winter. Location: Wiscasset

  • Photography by: Brian Vanden Brink


It’s Boatyard, Please

Billing’s Boatyard provides a wider variety of services than most, including hot showers and laundry facilities. Location: Stonington

  • By: Ken Textor

The Elm of Elm Island

Noone knows for sure how the twin Elm Islands originally received their name, but there is now an elm tree thriving on one of them. Location: Casco Bay

  • By: Ken Textor

Cat House

An elderly couple in Andover is no longer able to care for the scores of cats they have been housing. Location: Andover

  • Photography by: Michael Ricci

O Tannenbaum

There is competition for the title of tallest white pine in Maine. Location: NorwayMorrill

Applying Themselves

Poland Regional High seniors are all required to fill out and submit an application to college, although there is no obligation to be accepted or to attend. Image subjects: Poinsettias Location: Poland

  • Photography by: Kevin Shields

Holy Headquarters

Portland is home to 3 large cathedrals. Location: Portland

Front Row Seat

The Maine DOT intends to have two webcams focused on the building site of the new Bucksport bridge. Location: Bucksport

  • Photography by: Michael Ricci

Merry Mailmen

Postal workers in Portland bring the post office to area nursing homes at Christmas time. Location: Portland

Home-Grown Patriots

The USA Patriot Act has become a high priority issue in Maine. Photo of Barbara McDade, director of the Bangor Public Library.

  • By: Jeff Clark
  • Photography by: Benjamin Magro

All In A Name

Granchild of original WaCo Diner owners tells the real story of how the Diner was named. Location: Eastport

  • By: Pat Colwell

Border Memories

Reader reminisces about his own preteen border crossings in the 1940s. Location: St. PamphileSt. LeonardKeegan

  • By: Gene Michaud

Briefly Noted

A brief look at three new books about Maine, one of art prints, one of poetry, and one of wilderness essays.

  • By: Paul Doiron

Toughing Out Winter

Intrepid biologist and author, Bernard Heinrich gets up close and personal when studying how animals survive brutal Maine winters.

  • By: Kristen Lindquist

Fishing’s Doubtful Future

Ellsworth American article about the bleak future of the groundfishing industry.

Roll Your Own

The Havens Candy company offers guests a chance to make their own peppermint candy canes. Location: Westbrook

  • By: Andrew Vietze

Santa Longfellow

The Wadsworth-Longellow House offers December visitors a glimpse of a Victorian Christmas. Location: Portland

  • By: Andrew Vietze

Train-Bus Partners

Trains and buses make better partners than competitors according to a Portland Press Herald article. Location: Portland

Turning Point

Author reminisces about a past Christmas when her father was lost in a snow storm. Location: Monson

  • By: Wendy Anderson

Henry and Marty, Brunswick

A hole-in-the-wall bistro serves an upscale dining experience. Location: Brunswick

  • By: Maria Padian
  • Photography by: Randy Ury
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