Category Archives: Places

Island Artisans: A vibrant cooperative

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BAR HARBOR – Celebrating its 30 anniversary this year, Island Artisans is a vibrant shop that showcases the works of more than 100 Maine artisans. The cooperative got its start with a group of just 11 local artists, who found strength in numbers. The store is currently owned and managed by five of the original artists: […]

A family’s Friendship, a fleet’s friendly ways

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SOUTHWEST HARBOR – Three generations of Zubers are aboard the Friendship sloop Gladiator on a terrifically hot Saturday in July. “Did you see, last night? There were, like, a thousand squids over there,” says nine-year-old Liam, who points to the sea. “It was so cool.” The boat is temporarily tied up to a town dock […]

Cheerful farewell for Bernard postmaster


BERNARD – Year-round and summer residents here were popping into the post office throughout the day, on July 27, for a retirement party for Linda Musson. Musson will retire from nearly 25 years as postmaster on July 31. All together, she has served 39 years with the United States Postal Service. Before Bernard, she served […]

Four decades with the postal service, Linda Musson will retire

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BERNARD – It’s the day after the Fourth of July, a little busier than usual at the Bernard Post Office. An early-afternoon customer is at the counter, where postmaster Linda Musson weighs a package and counts out change. “Nine dollars and here’s a penny right here. There you go!” says Musson. “Okay, thank-you,” says the […]

Seawall: Rob Rhiel jazzes up ice cream

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SOUTHWEST HARBOR – Lavender-infused chocolate is mixing with cream  and sugar in the ice cream maker. Rob Rhiel, who wears a chocolate-spattered restaurant kitchen apron, a light-blue bandanna over his flop of shoulder-length hair, and a welcoming smile, is in the kitchen of the Common Good Soup Kitchen, where he navigates between stoves, counters, industrial […]

Frank Keenan Serves up a Hearty Roadside Menu


Frank Keenan works the grill inside his food truck, Keenan’s Roadside Kitchen. The pull-out where he’s located, on Route 102, has maybe half a dozen cars and pickups parked there, this lunch hour. Folks pop out of their vehicles and amble up to the truck’s service window to order one or another of Keenan’s specialties, […]

Josh Lawson of Bernard Catches 257lb Halibut


TREMONT – Josh Lawson of Bernard was pulling up his longline on a recent Wednesday morning when he saw “a big fish coming up.” It was a 257-pound, 7.3-foot –long Atlantic halibut. Josh Lawson, left, at Thurston’s wharf with the 257-pound halibut he caught on May 16. With him is Mike Conners, who scooted out […]