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    Explore the haunting images of herring weirs and fish houses in Newfoundland and downeast Maine with photographer Lisa Tyson Ennis.

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    Bangor-based artist and photographer Andrea Hand specializes in events and portraits.

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    Riley and Cobbie

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    These images are part of an exhibit at the Portland Public Library (March 6-31, 2015) entitled “Tiny Giants: Marine microbes revealed on a grand scale.” The photos were taken by scientists at the East Boothbay-based Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences who explore how marine microbes drive global ocean processes. These tiny, nearly invisible plants and animals provide a foundation for life both in the ocean and on land. They consist of plants—phytoplankton that provide half of the oxygen we breathe, and animals—zooplankton that serve as the source of food for all marine life from fish to whales.

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    Jonathan Ives spent his childhood exploring the coast with his family in an old Banks dory. While exposed and small, the vessel was incredibly seaworthy.

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    Does a pocketful of licenses and certifications really let you have more fun? Eva Murray offers her opinion.

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    Sabre Yachts is building its largest powerboat ever, a 66-footer that is designed to be easy to drive and luxuriously comfortable.

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    Sardine Nights and the Red Sox at Seal Island

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    Spring waters run, Mainers ride the rapids, and the birds return in this installment of Rob McCall’s Awanadjo Almanack.

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    Buffer and Olive

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    A Letter from the Publisher – Issue 134

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    In an era of YouTube music videos and dwindling public school arts budgets, Farmington, Maine, teenagers are lining up — and auditioning — to play the jigs and reels heard at 19th century barn dances. Part of the credit goes to a rural tradition of family and friends playing music together. The catalyst, though, is Steve Muise, the orchestra teacher at Mt. Blue High School.

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    Paul Molyneaux learns about friendship, boats, and endurance during a row from Lubec to Grand Manan.

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    Painter Tollef Runquist’s colorful canvases draw on place and experience. Recently he has been inspired by his son’s playthings.

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    It took some time, but eventually Great Gott became the heart of an island-based business for Claire and Carly Weinberg. Their company, Dulse & Rugosa, uses seaweed and botanicals grown on the island to make skin care products, and has allowed them to make a living in the one place that has always felt like home.

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    The growing community of Maine’s tango dancers travel to Portland to attend milongas, and to Thomaston for a seaside summer tango retreat.

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    Deborah Joy Corey’s writing space is a small floating shack. When she is there, she is in tune with the tides, nature, and one special cormorant she calls Jinx.

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    Why has the snowy owl, a species of bird normally considered at home in the high arctic, been making an appearance in the Midwest and New England?

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    The son of a housewright, boatbuilder, and inspector of timber, John Haley Bellamy was born in the seaside community of Kittery, Maine. In addition to working on house carvings, he fashioned eagles that are considered icons of American folk art.

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    How often do we get the chance to buy back a boat with family significance? Chrisso Rheault was able to do just that when he bought a 26-foot sloop that his father had built.

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    Maine’s stellar reputation for new boat construction gets the limelight. But it is all-purpose yards like Great Island Boat Yard with their capacity for service, repairs and refits that are the backbone of the state’s maritime industry today. Searching for more meaningful lives, Great Island owners Steve and Stephanie Rowe left high-powered corporate jobs to run the yard.

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    Rhubarb had a place in the China trade and the tart treat was served aboard vessels in the mid-1800s and featured in a letter to Queen Victoria.

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    She may be 99, but Stell Shevis, master enamellist and life-long artist, continues to look for new experiences and creative outlets.

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    While Nate Levesque has a day-job at the law firm of Eaton Peabody, his true love is photography. Levesque, who graduated from Hampden Academy and the University of Maine, acquired a professional-grade digital camera soon after college and began teaching himself how to use it. A hiker and lover of the outdoors, he sought to capture the scenes that meant so much to him. A few years ago he became interested in shooting the night sky, particularly at Acadia National Park.

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    The New-York Historical Society has sent an impressive array of its marine and maritime art holdings, mostly 19th century, to the Portland Museum Art for the 2014-2015 winter season. “The Coast & the Sea: Marine and Maritime Art in America” offers an excellent opportunity to take in a clutch of sea-going artifacts, plus ships, seascapes, and portraits by a top-notch lineup of painters.

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    A selection of books about food, houses, and a maritime designer.

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    Rob McCall, former pastor of the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill, ruminates on snow, the coming of spring, the games of love, and Valentine’s Day.

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    Teresa L. Carey, who spent two years sailing alone on a boat and writes a blog called “Sailing, Simplicity, and the Pursuit of Happiness,” shares her thoughts about why the water makes us happy and why we should spend more time in boats.

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    Peter Bass ruminates about Friendship sloops, fast sailors, and safe towns.

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    Rufus and Sierra

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    A Letter from the Publisher – Issue 133

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    Jim Dugan is a photographer in Rockland who explores the Maine Coast while keeping abreast of the latest in digital technology. His “Maine Kaleidoscopes” series takes recognizable Maine scenes, then through computer “copy-and-paste” creates something new and exciting.

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    Sally Smith’s family has owned and loved their Hinckley Sou’wester, Priscilla, for 42 years. Only recently did Smith learn about a “bump” in Priscilla’s past.

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    When all you want is to sail for the pure enjoyment of sunshine, wind, and waves, you don't need high performance. Contributing Editor Art Paine writes that some of the best boats for this are derivatives of Nathanael Herreshoff’s "Fish Class." Two new designs, which embellish upon the excellence of a Herreshoff Fish, are the Cape Cod Marlin Heritage 23 and Doug Hylan’s Selkie.

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    Novelist Alice Greenway sailed a leg in the first-ever Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta last spring. Along with Greenway, the crew of the 170-foot Kaliakra included twenty-five Bulgarian maritime high school students, two teachers, and a dozen seamen.

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    If you heat your house with wood or own a woodstove, winter is the perfect time to make sea salt. The process, explains Karen O. Zimmermann, is simple: collect salt water in buckets and boil it down in a large pan on the top of your woodstove.

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    Far from Bar Harbor’s summer bustle, Southwest Harbor is known as Mt. Desert Island’s quiet side.

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    Rob McCall, former pastor of the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill ruminates on the seasons, wildlife, and the nature of being in this regular column. This issue he contemplates the holidays, gratitude, the winter season, and the perils of a flat roof.

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    Contributing Editor Peter Bass checks in with news from along the coast, including updates on lobster, scallop, and clam landings; ferry service between Maine and Canada; and great Maine festivals to add to your summer calendar.

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    Letters to the Editor, Issue 132

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    Gatsby: The New World Champion

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    A Letter from the Publisher – Issue 132

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    Sturdy, comfortable and versatile, this design has stood the test of time

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    Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show Brings out the Best

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    Whelks are not one of Maine’s more glamorous seafood offerings; gnarly and intimidating they require careful cleaning and preparation, including getting them out of their spiral shells. But as food writer Nancy Harmon Jenkins explains, once the hard work is done, whelks make a tasty meal.

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    Matinicus correspondent Eva Murray gives her take on the antics of a reality TV crew filming a program about lobstermen on Matinicus Island.

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    Writer Mimi Steadman visits Biddeford Pool, a community of shingle-style cottages in Saco Bay. Named Winter Harbor by the Europeans who settled there in the 1600s, it should have been called Summer Harbor, because summer is when the town buzzes with activity.

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    Rob McCall reflects on the power of time spent in the natural world to provide insight and put all right with the world again.

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    Out of a handful of sailboats currently under construction along the Maine coast, two of the prettiest may be a pair of yachts at Rockport Marine designed by Ted Fontaine in his Friendship series. Cari Ali, which was launched last fall but came back to the yard for the winter, is a Friendship 36. The new boat, nearing completion, is a Friendship 50, the largest in the Friendship series so far.

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    Michael Heiko moved to South Portland eight years ago from Brooklyn, New York.
    His photos have appeared in national publications including the New York Times, Outside, and Men’s Journal.

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    Letters to the Editor, Issue 131

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    A Letter from the Publisher – Issue 131

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    Laynie: Herder, helper, paddleboarder

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    Blue Hill: the Town, the Bay, the Mountain

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    A group of friends in Spruce Head combines forces once a summer to hold a week-long exhibition of their paintings and other artful creations. Peter H. Spectre hosts the group in his workshop.

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    Martha Ballard, a midwife who lived in the Hallowell area of Maine at the turn of the eighteenth century, kept a journal of her daily life for 27 years. Looking back at the entries is a wonderful way to learn about early gardening and food preparation. Food writer and Contributing Editor Sandy Oliver takes a look at what Martha was doing in June.

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    Although Henry David Thoreau published his book about the Maine woods 150 years ago, his vision and words still resonate today. Thoreau’s experience of the Maine woods was a confrontation with himself, with humans’ place on the planet, and with the meaning of civilization.

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    Waiting to Be Discovered

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    Nearing retirement, a physician decides to build his own mahogany runabout, learning in the process about problem-solving and the joys of boatbuilding.

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    Contributing Editor Art Paine reviews the new Hunt Harrier 25 Sport, comparing it with a C. Raymond Hunt design from 50 years earlier. Both boats feature a deep-V hull design that helps them power through rough water.

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    Adventures in a Boston Whaler shaped an artist’s world vision

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    How we got a boat and finally met our neighbors

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    This issue we feature the work of Ann-e Blanchard, a freelance photographer from Scarborough, Maine, who shoots photos for the Portland Yacht Club and Gulf of Maine Ocean Racing Association web site.

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    Blue Hill: the Town, the Bay, the Mountain

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    Contributing Editor Peter Bass was last seen boarding a double-hulled amphibious UFO, with a healthy supply of seafood, Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy, and a book about dockline etiquette to share with the intergalactic community at large.

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    Letters to the Editor, Issue 130

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    Unabashed Boat Enthusiast

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    A Letter from the Publisher – Issue 130

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    A spring meander in downeast Maine brings the reward of a smelt fish fry, camaraderie, and a bicycle trip through rural landscapes.

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    Given all the progress with hybrid cars, it’s not surprising to see hybrid powerboats showing up along the coast. Here is a great-looking, well-engineered example.

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    Harun’s Paradise
    A Turkish boating adventure in an International 12 Footer Dinghy

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    An environmentalist sees the rebuild of his shorefront home as an opportunity to align the house with his principles. The new house is small and extremely efficient.

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    The lovely gaff-rigged yacht Dyon has belonged to the same family in the same harbor for 90 years. She is a reminder of how tradition shapes the present along the Maine coast.

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    This issue we feature the work of Robert F. Bukaty who likes to focus on people who have a passion for adventure or a love of the outdoors. Bukaty is a staff photographer for the Associated Press based in Portland, Maine.

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    Blue Hill: the Town, the Bay, the Mountain

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    Contributing Editor Peter Bass surveys recent news events along the coast. He writes about shrimp, elvers, fishing fashionistas, and rat-infested ghost ships with his usual humorous slant.

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    Letters to the Editor, Issue 129

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    Scupper and Perry: Sailor dogs

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    A Letter from the Publisher – Issue 129

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