The housing sector of the Maine economy has been a blessing and a curse, depending on the times. In the late 1980s, a development boom rolled up the coast. Banks financed what were known as “spec” or speculation houses, built without ready buyers. So confident were builder and banker in a quick sale that they
The Rockville Community Chapel, located at 87 Old Rockland St. Rockville, directly behind the Green Thumb Garden Center, has announced its summer and fall events. On June 22 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., Islesboro food historian and writer Sandy Oliver will present a sharing of old family recipes. On July 20, the faith-based trio
How are Mainers thinking about the future of our oceans and participating in broader conversations on ocean use? Join the Island Institute, Conservation Law Foundation, Surfrider Foundation, New England Ocean Action Network and the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association for a free film screening and panel discussion. Attendees will have an opportunity to hear from Maine voices in
The Island Institute, publisher of The Working Waterfront, spends much of its time working to network Maine’s 15 year-round island communities. Institute staff help islanders share education resources, replicate home weatherization projects from island to island, and create opportunities for island entrepreneurs to sharpen their business plans by working together. Such togetherness isn’t always appropriate,
At what point do people collectively realize that a common practice, like dumping municipal sewerage in a river or burying trash over an aquifer, must end? Sometimes, the timing is about right. Getting lead out of gasoline and paint in the 1970s came relatively soon on the heels of the science demonstrating their health threats.
ROCKLAND — The thermometer may not reflect it, but spring is finally here, and Archipelago Fine Arts Gallery at 386 Main Street in Rockland will celebrate the season with “Sea & Sky,” a new show of work by Maine artist Betty Heselton, from April 4 to June 20. There will be two free events: the
A reader sent The Working Waterfront digital images of vintage Casco Bay postcards, featuring scenes on the islands. Most of the postcards posted here show Long Island. The reader is selling these and other postcards on the online auction site E-Bay. The Working Waterfront has no interest in the sale, but we thought readers would enjoy
Lobstermen often express frustration on losing buoys to weather or being cut by propellers. Often the buoys wind up on islands, wedged between rocks on remote ledges or hung up like ornaments on shoreline tree branches. Now a dedicated corps of folks who clean island shorelines are working to return the buoys to their owners.