A love affair with a coastal town brings out its best

BELFAST — A Waldo County weekly newspaper columnist once described Mike Hurley as a cross between the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia and boxing promoter Don King. That’s about right. Hurley’s got the hippie resumé—attended the Woodstock festival, part of the back-to-the-land movement—and the flamboyant impresario skills that today are called guerrila marketing. He’s run several

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What causes ‘sea smoke’?

Maine is back in the deep freeze this week, with temperatures at dawn a few degrees either side of zero. Along the coast, we’re seeing a phenomenon over the waters of Penobscot Bay that often coincides with that frigid air, known locally as sea smoke. “It’s actually called Arctic sea smoke,” explained meteorologist Ken McKinley

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