October 2011


How Safe Are Smart Meters?

Central Maine Power sparks controversy with its new wireless devices.

Cast of Characters

The most noteworthy aspect of this elaborate project may well be the craftsmen themselves.

Man in Motion

The soaring vision of Eric Hopkins.

Magnum Opus

The work of top Maine craftsmen reaches a crescendo in an elaborate new home in Southport.

Stories in the Rock

In Maine’s remote corners an ancient people still speak through enigmatic engravings.

The Rural Route

The charming village of Cornish has reinvented itself as the perfect destination for a country drive. 


Entertaining Eating

Brunswick’s Clementine transforms food into beautiful — and delicious — art that’s a delight for the palate.

Briefly Noted

Like his first book, Sex, Drugs & Blueberries, Crash Barry’sTough Island: True Stories from Matinicus (Maine Misadventures, hardcover; $18; not for the easily offended. Barry’s account of the months he spent as a twenty-three-year-old ex-Coastie working on a Matinicus lobsterboat are replete with casual drug use, epic outbursts of profanity, and displays of depravity. They also have the virtue of seeming utterly recognizable.

Letters to the Editor

Read what our readers have to say about Maine.

Trick or Treat

A silly face belied dramatic changes in Maine’s air-travel industry in 1981.

North by East

Cartoon by Bill Woodman

Rest In Peace

The Wiscasset bypass meets its demise.

The Wiscasset bypass, on life support since the June 2010 discovery of a bald eagle’s nest in its would-be path, has died at the age of fifty-three. Maine Transportation Commissioner David Bernhardt pulled the plug on August 3.

The Olsen Affair

The resignation of Maine’s Marine Resources commissioner wasn’t what it appeared.

Acadia in Bloom

A comprehensive guide to flora in Maine’s national park provides a first-rate education in local botany.

Our Place

Sometimes it’s the imperfections of a house that make it a home.

Where in Maine?

Can you identify this autumnal waterway in western Maine?

Editor’s Note

No country for old moose?