A construction crew hums along the long runway at the Wiscasset Municipal Airport, also known by the moniker KIWI.
On a weekday, new mats are laid out in front of the door at Mail It 4 U in Newcastle. Inside, racks of stationary and shipping supplies line the walls as usual, sunlight filtering in. It is Majed Awamleh’s first week as owner. And things are going well.
“I was never a great student, but always got ‘A’s in art,” said Edgecomb artist Suzi Thayer, whose work will be on display at the Southport Memorial Library through the end of June.
Lisa Pixley and her husband Christopher Campbell first noticed the St. Denis Parish Hall in Whitefield in early summer. Imagine the greens, the blossoms. It was 2021. They were driving north from their home in Portland, bypassing the congestion of visitors in Wiscasset, leading them up through Whitefield. Out front of the old building, with its distinctive architecture, plantings around the perimeter: A “For Sale” sign.
“All of my cheeses are made by me, by hand, so to make the Rockweed, I ladle the curd into the bottom half of the form, sprinkle the surface with the powdered seaweed, then fill the rest of the form with curd,” said Allison Lakin, owner and operator of Lakin’s Gorges Cheese at the East Forty Farm in Waldoboro.
Heather Leslie peered over the railing of the wooden pier jutting out into the Damariscotta River. At mid-tide, she didn’t quite see what she was looking for: Baby barnacles.
“I did not expect this at all,” said Somerville native Brian Milakovsky over a WhatsApp phone call. He was referring to the tens of thousands of dollars supporters have donated to a fundraising campaign to help Ukrainians.
Observe: In a field in Connecticut, once farmed for Christmas trees, Andrew “Andy” Brand used to watch the world go round. He focused not on the sky with its rolling clouds or the surrounding expanses. He focused on the small.
This week, Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust closed on a 476-acre piece of land next to the wild Half Moon Pond in Bristol, making it “the biggest single-day purchase in the history of Coastal Rivers and our parent organizations (Damariscotta River Association and Pemaquid Watershed Association),” according to Coastal Rivers Executive Director Steven Hufnagel.
All is quiet in the Maine State Aquarium in West Boothbay Harbor, where tanks usually bubble with oxygen and marine creature’s movements. It is almost ghostly, the still bodies of construction equipment in place of the animals.
Pete Hope pointed out the window at the clam flats behind his home, nearly glistening. His dog Harrington lounged in the sun. Spring birds hummed from outside.
In front of Scully’s Sea Products, Andy Rogers and Ryan Jolie stood in the sun, wearing work boots and matching sweatshirts bearing the Appledore Oysters name. Appledore Oysters are what founder and former owner Barbara “Barb” Scully grew onsite on her limited purpose aquaculture lease sites (LPAs).
The flats, exposed at low tide under a light rain. The sensation of the sea turned inside out. They are almost lunar. But they are not. They are right here, in Bremen, on earth – providing.
The highly pathogenic avian influenza – HPAI or avian flu – remains a threat to backyard flocks across the state.
She sat nested among replica birds, rows of plastic eggs arranged on dowels. She wore a paint-splattered sweatshirt, its patterns like the unique markings of an egg. It was oddly quiet for a room full of birds, the walls busy with imagined life: Plastic bodies painted to look like common terns, albatross, other species, tucked in around the paint cans. A row of puffins painted rainbow “for inclusivity,” she said. Photographs and notes pinned to a large cork board, echoing in images the birds around them.