This year, we got to know cobblers and foresters, civil-rights pioneers and a certain 101-year-old lobsterer.
Short profiles of interesting Mainers have been part of the backbone of Down East since 1954, and in 2021, lovers of Maine read and shared those stories as enthusiastically as ever. Six out of our top 10 most-read short profiles came from our November “70 Over 70” issue, and the rest ran a gamut, from a pawnbroker to a throwback forester to a greenhorn lobsterboat racer.
From our November 2021 issue: Driven by their faith, Leonard and Mary Jane Cummings have led the charge to restore the Abyssinian Meeting House, a landmark of Black heritage in Maine, among many other causes. Now in their 80s, they look back on a lifetime of community leadership.
From our October 2021 issue: Marcel Morin has seen Lewiston’s downtown change around him during more than three decades in business. Now, in a changing city, the longtime pawnbroker turns out the lights.
By Sarah Stebbins | Photographed by Danielle Sykes
From our November 2021 issue: Even in winter, the retired teacher hikes Bridgton’s Pleasant Mountain every week. And that’s just a start. The retired teacher and intrepid outdoorsperson took us for a walk in the woods.
By Lyn Mikel Brown | Photographed by Tristan Spinski
From our November 2021 issue: From St. Croix log drives to a pandemic that left his back room overflowing with Canada-bound packages, Holly Beers has seen it all. We visited Vanceboro, hard up against the New Brunswick border, to hear all about it.
By Brian Kevin | Photographed by Michael D. Wilson
From our November 2021 issue: The Rockland resident won’t stop trapping lobster — and America is eating it up. We spent an afternoon visiting with the indefatigable Oliver last summer after the world media beat a path to her door.
From our August 2021 issue: After the untimely death of its longtime owner, the famously fast lobsterboat motors back onto Maine’s racing circuit, piloted by longtime lobsterman and first-time racer Mark Freeman.
From our November 2021 issue: Anne Wood and Joe Sirois have a “meet cute” like no other. Novelist and memoirist Monica Wood spins the love story of her sister and brother-in-law, a pair of beloved Rumford Samaritans.