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February 2018

The table of contents from the February 2018 issue of Down East.

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One XC-llent Winter

Maine is a cross-country skier’s Shangri-La, and our 10 favorite Nordic destinations — from mountain valleys to island trails — prove it. (Plus, tips for beginners!)

By Clark Shepard

Orgone But Not Forgotten

Dr. Wilhelm Reich’s experiments in Rangeley raised eyebrows and ire. Now, a crowdfunded documentary is out to redeem his good name.

By Dan Otis Smith


Maine has the country’s highest concentration of baby boomers, and its aging populace brings challenges — but also opportunities. Can Maine become a laboratory for livability?

Interview by Brian Kevin


Where in Maine?


The Mail

North by East

Opinions, Advisories, and Musings from the Length and Breadth of Maine

Beacon of Solitude

An Ice Fisherman’s Lighthouse

Welcome to the Genus

Maine’s Namesake Wasp

Down East Dispatches

News You May Have Missed

A Confederacy of Dunces

Rebel Flags on Yankee Turf


Living the Maine Life


Mountain Vistas in Newry

Making It in Maine

Chewing on Planet Dog

Room With a View

My Maine

Oh, To Live on Cheddar Bay

Retirement Communities

Our Comprehensive Good-Living Digest


What to Do in Maine This Month


Paris’s Riverside Lodge & Sauna


Binge-Watching Strange Eyes

From Our Archives

On the cover: Pausing at Eagle Lake, in Acadia National Park, by Benjamin Williamson.

Additional photos: Scott Farrell; Jared Kuzia; Michael D. Wilson; Cait Bourgault; Chris Bennett