May 2003



The Brothers Hancock

Hancock Lumber is committed to maintaining a critical mass of forested land to create the vibrant forest economy Maine needs. Location: CascoRattlesnake MountainTumbledown Mountain

  • By: Jeff Clark
  • Photography by: Randy Ury

The Culture of Cultch

Tillman Crane’s fine photos remind us of the honest beauty of well-used tools and other ordinary truck. Location: Liberty

  • Photography by: Tillman Crane

Beyond the Halls of Ivy

The handsome old village of Orono refuses to surrender its identity to strip malls and chain restaurants or even the University of Maine. Location: OronoStillwater RiverPenobscot

  • By: Virginia M. Wright
  • Photography by: Michele Stapleton

The Frog Squad

Thanks to the efforts of wetlands ecologist Aram Calhoun, Maine now leads the nation in cataloguing and protecting its vernal pools.

  • By: Christine Parrish
  • Photography by: Leonard Lee Rue III


  • Photography by: Michele Stapleton

Getting Paid to Doodle

Camden illustrator Chris Van Dusen lives and works on the coast of Maine. He has made a reputation for bringing wit and wackiness as well as tack-sharp draftsmanship to his work. Location: Camden

  • By: Edgar Allen Beem
  • Photography by: Benjamin Magro


Transatlantic Triumph

A book about the laying of the first transatlantic telegraph cable

  • By: Ken Textor

What Do You Think About Casino Gambling?

thumbnail photos and quotes of Maine residents concerning the proposed casino in southern Maine.

  • By: Peggy McKenna
  • Photography by: Peggy McKenna

Bugging Birds

Using computerized sensors to monitor the nesting habits of petrels. Thumbnail photo of baby petrel in nest. Location: Great Duck Island

Great Diamond Debate

A controversy over the number and use of golf carts as island transportation. Location: Great Diamond IslandDiamond Cove

  • Photography by: Michael Ricci

Our Silly Neighbors

New Hampshire tries yet again to investigate whether the Kittery Shipyard belongs to Maine or New Hampshire. Location: Kittery

  • Photography by: Michele Stapleton

Civil Unions

Chart showing concentration of gay/lesbian couples in ten U.S. metro areas. Taken from 2000 census records.

Mice on Ice

The practice of freezing mice embryos for future use. Location: Bar Harbor

  • Photography by: Michael Ricci

The Maine Scene/Signs of Spring

Photo by J. Smith-Mayo…Yard Sale sign

  • Photography by: Jennifer Smith-Mayo

The ATV Menace

Vandalism to private lands caused by rogue ATV riders, and the widespread calls for control measures.

  • By: Jeff Clark
  • Photography by: Corbis

Canny Artists

Reader’s comments concerning Mr. Boyer’s use of the word “crazy” to describe some artists on the island of Monhegan. Location: Monhegan

  • By: Sandra Mason Dickson

Trapping Coyotes

Comments of the Executive Director of SAM concerning a recent article about their program of coyote snaring. Includes Ted William’s response to the comments. Location: Kennebunk

  • By: George Smith
  • Photography by: Len Rue Jr

Briefly Noted

Capturing the Commons: Devising Institutions to Manage the Lobster Industry, written by a U of Maine Professor.

  • By: Paul Doiron

Death in the Woods

A new book seeks to reopen Maine’s most notorious recent murder case. Location: Bowdoin

  • By: Al Diamon

Caribou’s Yard Sale

The city wide yard sale held in Caribou every May. Location: Caribou

  • By: Andrew Vietze

Public Access in Biddeford

Quote from the Biddeford Journal Tribune about Biddeford’s decision not to fund the public access tv channel. Location: Biddeford

New Wildlife Refuge

A 4700 acre refuge built on the old Loring Air Force Base. Location: Limestone

  • By: Andrew Vietze

Book Talk

Some of the many programs available at PPL Location: Portland

  • By: Andrew Vietze

Policing Oxford County

.Lewiston Sun-Journal article about small towns without police departments contracting with the county sheriff’s for coverage. Location: BethelDixfieldMexico

Beating Camp Abenaki

A 1960 game between the two great baseball powers of the Maine Camp League

  • By: Roger Sperber

Cleonice, Ellsworth

A new bistro in Ellsworth brings the taste of the Mediterranean to Ellsworth. Location: Ellsworth

  • By: Brooke Dojny
  • Photography by: Richard Procopio

May Highlights

Plant sales, parades, and art exhibits mark the return of Spring to Maine . Photo of Yvonne Jacquette’s oil pointing, Channels, p. 43. John Boeckler photo of a vintage barn in Union.

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