February 2003



Seduced and Enslaved

A growing number of otherwise normal Mainers have fallen prey to the enchantment of orchid growing. Location: Ellsworth

  • By: Richard Grant
  • Photography by: Sara Gray

Understanding Maine Winter

A new collection of art by seventy five contemporary and historic artists depicting our longest season, Winter.

  • By: Robert Post


  • Photography by: Kevin Shields

Need a Lift?

You might want to tuck your family into a condo at Sugarloaf, one of the liveliest and most laid-back communities in Maine. Location: Sugarloaf

  • By: Virginia Wright
  • Photography by: Sara Gray

Battery-Powered Learning

Maine’s pilot program putting laptop computers in seventh grade classrooms is getting rave notices from teachers and students. Location: PortlandFreeportPembroke

  • By: Jeff Clark
  • Photography by: Benjamin Magro

The Right Channel

Psychic medium, Vicki Monroe does a radio call-in program, gives psychic seminars, and offers private readings.

  • By: Michaela Cavallaro
  • Photography by: David A. Rodgers


Microbrew Harbor

Thirsty sailors near Castine can tie up at Dennett’s Wharf for locally brewed beer and ale plus oysters and a reasonably priced menu. Location: CastineBagaduce River

  • By: Ken Textor

Aquaculturist Passes

The grandfather of Maine’s aquaculture industry has died. Location: South Bristol

  • By: Ken Textor

Local Hero

The Maine Italian sandwich celebrates its centennial. Location: Portland

Losing Touch

The dependence on weather channels and official forecasts disconnects us from the real world outside our windows.

East-West Byway

Some intrepid Ashlanders are recreating a historic trek. Location: AshlandQuebec

  • Photography by: Michael Ricci

Snow Jobs

Aroostook’s embrace of biathlon is beginning to pay off. Location: Fort KentPresque Isle

Our War on Coyotes

One of the nation’s foremost outdoors writers says that coyote snaring is both ineffective and inhumane.

  • By: Ted Williams
  • Photography by: Len Rue Jr

Protected Area

Concern over an article that Down East ran about Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area that will encourage too many people to the delicate, fragile property. Location: Phippsburg

  • By: Judith A. Marden

Back to the Land Again?

A new book argues that progress isn’t all it is cracked up to be, and takes up the question of whether it is possible today to live in a sane relationship with the natural world.

  • By: Richard Grant

Briefly Noted

A collector’s guide to the tinted landscape prints of Charles Sawyer.

  • By: Paul Doiron

Fort Fun

Some of the most interesting sights in Portland Harbor are the old forts. Location: PortlandSouth Portland

  • By: Andrew Vietze

Attack Ad Ban

Maine Sunday Telegram article about Political attack ads.

Bangor at the Crossroads

Bangor has learned how popular as well as lucrative cultural and arts events can be. Bangor Daily News article. Location: Bangor

Damariscotta Fare

A cozy two-story restaurant retrofitted into an old hardware store. Location: Damariscotta

  • By: Andrew Vietze

Sugarloaf Supershow

A world famous team will perform a repertoire of choreographed acrobatic tricks at Sugarloaf in February 2004 Location: Sugarloaf

  • By: Andrew Vietze

Durham Delights

Author reminisces about a special winter when he rediscovered ice skating. Location: Durham

  • By: Stephen Leonard

The Third Age

traditional retirement is out of the question for a growing number of aging, yet active Mainers.

  • Photography by: Nance Trueworthy

For More Information

A list of chambers of commerce around the state.

All the News You Need to Know

A list of Maine newspapers

A New Option for Retiring in Maine

A new kind of independent-living community is springing up around the state.

On the Marsh, K’port

A superb restaurant offering a cuisine both elegant and whimsical; a feast for the eyes and the palate. Location: Kennebunkport

  • By: Aurelia C. Scott
  • Photography by: Randy Ury

Maine Senior Colleges

A list of colleges offering courses geared to the interests of older Mainers.

A Quick Tour of Maine

Every corner of the state offers advantages for retirees. Full page Stapleton photo of Cape Porpoise. Location: Cape PorpoiseKennebunkport

  • Photography by: Michele Stapleton

Maine’s Retirement Communities

A comprehensive list of retirement facilities in Maine

Maine By the Numbers

Statistical Chart showing population figures, median income, temperatures, crime rate and more by county.

The Hospitals of Maine

A list of hospitals, large and small, all across the state of Maine.

February Highlights

Winter festivals and live performances brighten up our shortest month.

Skating in Bangor

Vintage photograph of skaters on the Penobscot River, with the old covered bridge in the background, circa 1880. Location: BangorPenobscot River

  • By: Ellen MacDonald Ward

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