Maine Dispatches

Opinions, advisories, and musings from the length and breadth of Maine

Maine Dispatches


Alicia Jessop, from California, went for a bite of her first lobster roll, from Fox’s Lobster House. But while taking an Instagram pic — roll in the foreground, Nubble Light behind — she captured the exact moment a seagull nabbed the roll out of her hand.


Starbucks employee Madison Watkins spotted the Blue Steel gaze of Ben Stiller at the coffee chain’s Commercial Street location. The actor posed for a photo with the starstruck barista, then ordered a grande mocha, no whip.


Archeologists pulled a 700-to-800-year-old Native American yellow-birch canoe from the intertidal muck off Cape Porpoise. It’s one of just four dugout canoes ever recovered in Maine and the only one that predates European settlement.


Thieves took 120 whoopie pies from the Skowhegan Lions Club booth at the town fairground. The sticky-fingered bandits also made off with cookies and drank half a gallon of iced tea. They pose no apparent threat to health-food stores.


Piscataquis County Sheriff’s officer Matt Poole snapped a photo of a young moose breaking and entering downtown. The juvenile delinquent smashed the front window of a former pizza joint, rooted around inside, and made a getaway.