June 2010


Mysteries of Maine

Ball lightning! Sea serpents! Ghosts! Buried treasure! Viking visitors! A vanished plane! An alien abduction! All that, and the world’s most famous dead dog. By: Rob Sneddon. Illustrations by: Dean MacAdam


Each of the four communities that make up the Boothbay peninsula is its own unique village. Yet one element unites them all. By: Joshua F. Moore

Whoopie Do!

A new book by Nancy Griffin explores Mainers’ favorite indulgence.

Maine by the Numbers

If you’re thinking about relocating in Maine you should know that each of Maine’s sixteen counties has an identity of its own.

Just Breathe

The former Pine Tree State Arboretum in Augusta has long been one of Maine’s best-kept secret sanctuaries — but that’s all about to change. By: Virginia Wright. Photography by: Alan Lavallee

Bold Strokes

Over ten years, Andres A. Verzosa, owner of Aucocisco Galleries, has created a thriving business while working to radically transform Portland’s arts scene. Photography by: Jeff Scher

Gorham at a Crossroads

Farm town? College town? Commuter town? One of Maine’s fastest growing communities faces a future filled with questions. By: Virginia Wright. Photography by: Dean Abramson

Why They Moved to Maine

Maine’s small cultural, environmental, and artistic institutions play an important role in attracting the best and the brightest to the Pine Tree State. Just ask these six “Mainers by choice.” By: Edgar Allen Beem. Photography by: Mark Fleming

The Axeman Cometh

Literary logger John S. Springer was, in many ways, the opposite of his contemporary, Henry David Thoreau. It’s a shame the two authors never met. By: Wayne Curtis


Where in Maine?

Have you ever cruised this coastal river? Photography by: Alan Lavallee

Proof Is in the Pizza (Box)

Take 2 Dough Productions (79 Emery St., Suite B, Sanford, 207-490-6502, www.take2dough.com) makes a delicious organic frozen dough ball that comes in white, whole wheat, and multigrain. As the dough thaws and the yeast proofs, the container expands until a notch indicates that the dough is fully proofed. Find the 14”-16” dough balls at Whole Foods and select other stores in Maine.

Letters to the Editor

Read what our readers have to say about Maine. Photography by: Sue Anne Hodges

Planting Hope

A Mainer pays tribute to lilacs’ enduring resilience. By: Ken Textor

The Phantom Tollbooth

The Maine Turnpike Authority moves in mysterious ways. By: Colin Woodard

The Home Plate

Brian’s Bistro in Rumford features great food and familiar faces. By: Monica Wood. Photography by: Hannah Welling

Editor’s Note

The Poacher’s Son. By: Paul Doiron

Sign Here

There’s a new toy in town — and it’s not just for the kids. Alphabetown (www.alphabetown.com), created by two freelance graphic designers from Camden, consists of images of individual letters found on signs from Boothbay to Belfast. The set ($24.99 for twenty-seven 4”x 6” cards) comes in a muslin bag, and is perfect for a letter-learning toddler. Buy the whole set, individual letters, or a full alphabet poster via the online store or at more than a dozen retailers across Maine.

North by East

Shirtless in southern Maine, from Monticello to Mickey Mouse, and more.

Clock Work

Timing was critical for air patrols of Acadia during World War II. By: Joshua F. Moore

The Maine Viewpoint

Editorial opinions from across the state.

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