June 2007


The Two Biddefords

Long divided, long distressed, York County’s largest city is taking the first steps toward economic and social health.

  • By: Virginia Wright
  • Photography by: Sara Gray

In Full Bloom

This month, the largest botanical garden in New England blossoms at last on the Boothbay shore.

  • By: Rebecca Martin Evarts

Mutha Goes Muddin’

An ATVirgin hops aboard the most controversial vehicle in Maine.

  • By: Elizabeth Peavey
  • Photography by: Jeff Scher

Off the Deep End

What if you drained the Gulf of Maine? This computer image, created for the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment, reveals the intriguing underwater features in one of the richest marine ecosystems in the world.

  • By: Joshua F. Moore

Maine’s Most Industrious Artist

Belfast’s Dennis Pinette has won acclaim by painting the industrial and elemental landscapes of Maine.

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

Scrambling Across Portland

Travel with Tom Jewell through the green heart of Maine’s largest city.

  • By: Aurelia C. Scott
  • Photography by: Carl D. Walsh


Where in Maine

This diminutive outpost doesn’t seem quite sturdy enough to stop rampaging French and Indians, does it? Luckily, this blockhouse was only one small part of a much larger fort, which was built in 1754 to protect the locals from just such an attack. The structure was sufficiently stout to survive for centuries

  • Photography by: Kevin Shields

North by East

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

Don’t Believe Your Eyes

Keel Kemper has driven a hundred miles out of his way to study tracks that the finder swore were left by a mountain lion. “Coyote,” recalls the veteran wildlife biologist with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. He has called in the state crime lab to inspect pictures that the photographer

  • By: Jeff Clark

Letters to the Editor

Katahdin Trail Tips Thank you for the aerial centerfold of Mount Katahdin in your April issue. What a magnificent mountain worthy of the deepest awe and respect. On my first trip in 1996 the park ranger advised me to stick to the path and its blue blazes, adding that people who stray from it might get

Editor’s Note

Just when you begin thinking that this “Two Maines” thing is overblown, that maybe we’re not such a divided state after all and perhaps Maine’s affluent coast might find common cause with the hardscrabble hinterlands of the north and west — just when you begin thinking these things, an ATV collides

  • By: Paul Doiron


Events ART cross training You wouldn’t expect an accountant to be a really great health-care provider, or your mechanic to build you a new deck. But an architect who designs cool, modern furniture — it seems a pretty plausible exercise. See the results at Getting Personal: Maine Architects Design

Pouring Money on the Water

Editorial opinions from across the state

Inside Maine

Dining A Grand Experiment Chef Sean Doherty brings a sense of adventure to Apollo’s Bistro in Waterville. Twelve years ago, when I first moved to Maine to take a job at Colby College, I received many helpful handouts, including a sheet of paper from my new employer listing Waterville-area restaurants.

Strike Up the Band

I’m tempted to say Monday nights hark back to a simpler time, but that would be wrong.

  • By: Michael Burke

Bunting from Belfast

No one wanted to miss this steamship’s arrival nearly a century ago.

  • By: Joshua F. Moore