September 2003



Sanctuary of the Spirit

A magnificent new book of startling close-up photography showing the natural wonders that most visitors miss. Location: Acadia, Somes sound,Thunder Hole, Otter CliffCadillac Mountain

  • Photography by: Tom Blagden Jr

Borestone Mountain Hideaway

.The largest and least known nature preserve owned by the Maine Audobon Society Location: Borestone MountainGreenville,ElliottsvilleBarren Mountain

  • By: Andrew Vietze
  • Photography by: Richard Procopio


  • Photography by: Alan LaVallee

Cottage Style

An excerpt from Carol Bass’ book about Cottage living Location: 

  • By: Carol Keller Bass
  • Photography by: Dennis Welsh

A Maine Original

Contemporary artist Brian White uses found objects such as shells to create ingenious pieces that are stunning in their complexity. Location: Union

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

Worst-Case Maine Vacation Scenarios

A humorous sketch detailing five bad situations that could be part of a Maine vacation such as seasickness, charging moose, north woods leeches, overbearing houseguests, and public restrooms. Location: 

  • By: Paul Doiron
  • Photography by: Trevor Paul Roberson

Spikes of Gold

The same goldenrod that grows wild in Maine is prized by serious gardeners elsewhere. Location: 

  • By: Richard Grant
  • Photography by: Kevin Shields

Signs of the Times

Thomaston has set up a walking tour of the town called “Museum in the Streets Location: ThomastonSt. George river

  • By: Joshua F. Moore
  • Photography by: Greg Morley

Queen of the Togue Fleet

A good-natured angling competition and the lake trout controversy are churning the waters of Sebago Lake. Location: Sebago Lake

  • By: Roberta Scruggs
  • Photography by: Randy Ury

You Can Afford a House in Maine

Tips for finding a good Maine house.

  • By: Jeff Clark
  • Photography by: Clover McAllister


Coastal Cleanup

Maine Coastweek during which a series of volunteer beach clean-ups help identify sources of marine debris and devise solutions to the problem.

  • By: Ken Textor

Hurricane Hubbub

September is the peak of the hurricane season.

  • By: Ken Textor

Toga Party

Wells is the unlikely world headquarters of an organization devoted to reviving and studying the history, culture, and religions of ancient Rome. Location: Wells

  • Photography by: Michael Ricci

Size Matters

New, larger golf tees in response to the new oversized heads on golf drivers Location: BurnhamGuilford

  • Photography by: Michael Ricci

We Lead

The meaning of Maine’s state motto as well as a few other states.

Falmouth Castle

A twenty nine foot sand sculpture done to promote the Falmouth community park. Location: Falmouth

  • Photography by: Nancy Jarrett

Smoke Out

List of statistics related to smoking and smokers in Maine.

Unbidden Recognition

A Blue Hill radio station is named one of the 12 best in the nation Location: Blue Hill

Tracking the Bugs

A lobster-tagging project requesting buyers to report the final destination of their lobster. Location: Vinalhaven

  • Photography by: Jerry Monkman

Lowering Taxes

A referendum question to shift education costs off property tax onto income and sales taxes. Small photo of the neighborhood at the corner of Beech and Broadway in Rockland. A Steve Meyers (of the Portland Press Herald)cartoon on page 25 depicting an angry public as the Incredible Hulk.

  • By: Jeff Clark
  • Photography by: Steve Meyers

Paying for the Pike

Reader’s suggestion for collecting turnpike tolls

  • By: Tom Sartini

Test of the Traps

Reader’s comments about coyote trapping

  • By: Tom Krenzke

July Photograph

Reader’s answer to the July Where in Maine? Location: Perkins Cove

  • By: Lynn Stewart

Sight Unseen

Blind author Ved Mehta recounts his travails building a house on Islesboro Location: Dark Harbor.Islesboro

  • By: James Schwartz

Briefly Noted

A compendium of vital information for mariners, newly updated.

  • By: Paul Doiron

Roads Less Taken

Eight different drives that offer spectacular views even though they have not been officially designated as scenic highways by the DOT. Location: 

  • Photography by: Kevin Shields

Land Protection Down East

Augusta Kennebec Journal article about a group that is raising funds to protect many acres of forestland and riverfrontage and lakes in Washington County. Location: Washington CountyGrand Lake StreamSpednic Lake,St. Croix River

Autumn in Aroostook

A recreational trail system offers close up access to the County’s fall folige Location: 

  • By: Jonathan Van Fleet
  • Photography by: Kevin Shields

Maine’s Climate Change

Bangor Daily News article about Governor John Baldacci’s legislation setting reduction goals for carbon dioxide.

Puppet Mania

A Freeport theater company is bringing some of the world’s best puppet masters to Maine. Location: Freeport

  • By: Andrew Vietze

Merging in Biddeford

Biddeford Journal Tribune article about Governor Baldacci’s tax reform proposal.

A Walk in the Wild

Ten hiking itineraries ranging from easy stroll to serious ascent. Location: Baxter, Rangely, Monhegan,Camden,Monson,Weld

  • Photography by: Kevin Shields

Harvest Time in Maine

A list of farmer’s markets organized geographically from north to south Location: 

  • Photography by: Nance Trueworthy

An Artful Autumn

Seven of Maine’s wonderful art museums. Location: Ogunquit,Portland,Lewiston Brunswick,Rockland,Waterville, Bangor

  • Photography by: Craig Becker

Scarborough Sanctuary

A small nature preserve in southern Maine is an oasis of undeveloped land where such a thing is rapidly disappearing. Location: Scarborough Marsh

  • By: Andrew Vietze

Sanford’s Reality Check

Portland Press Herald article about the negative aspects of the proposed casino in Sanford Location: Sanford

Exploring Autumn in Maine

Leaf peeping week by week, Fun Forts for Fall, Fall Fairs, Transportation Museums, Photographer’s guide to taking folige shots. Location: 

  • Photography by: Kevin Shields

Visit a State Park

A listing of campsites across Maine Location: 

  • Photography by: Kevin Shields

Battling Bureaucracy

Lewiston Sun Journal article about Maine’s new Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability.

Food With A View

A sampling of restaurants with great views where you can stop for just a beverage or snack as well as full meal. Location: Perkins Cove,CamdenPortland,East BoothbayBar Harbor,Moosehead

  • Photography by: Benjamin Magro

Noshing at Norm’s

Norm has three restaurants in Portland, his Downtown Lounge, his Bar and Grill, and Norm’s Barbecue. Location: Portland

  • By: Andrew Vietze

For More Information

A listing of many of the Chambers of Commerce across the state. Location: 

  • Photography by: Kevin Shields

Pack a Picnic

Prime picnic spots that are also close by places to purchase a lovely lunch to go. Location: Kittery,Cape ElizabethRockport,Bath,DamariscottaSouthwest Harbor,Bethel

  • Photography by: Nance Trueworthy

Michaela’s , Portland

A cozy bistro in Monument Square “where the room is beautiful, the service is great, and the food is righteous Location: PortlandMonument Square

  • By: Michaela Cavallaro
  • Photography by: Randy Ury

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