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Happy birthday Acadia!

National park to mark centennial in July

MOUNT DESERT ISLAND One of the biggest, brightest jewels of the Maine outdoors is on the verge of celebrating a very big birthday.

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:57

A good walk spoiled

A look at some of Greater Bangor's golf course offerings

The summer heat is reaching its apex; Maine in July is just about as hot a place as you would ever want to be. One thing is certain, though: whether you're in Mount Desert Island or Memphis, Bangor or Birmingham, it is never, ever too hot for a round of golf.

One of the greatest things about the game of golf is the fact that it is one of the few sporting endeavors in our society that you don't have to be good at to enjoy. Sure, there is joy to be derived from a great drive or a long putt, but for most of us, the pleasure comes from just being out there on the grass in the sunshine (and complaining about your round; most golfers I know absolutely love to bemoan their bad shots and bad luck on the course). Once the game gets its hooks in you, chances are good that you're in for the duration.

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 15:30

and they're off!

The start of the Mount Desert Marathon this past Sunday in Bar Harbor was impressive as hundreds of runners stood in the misty rain, early in the morning ready to take on the challenging miles that stood between them and the finish line. I arrived the night before to stay at the Hearthside Inn. My plan had been to run the marathon but I opted out due to not feeling 100-percent. So, rather than run, I spent the evening before and the day of the marathon appreciating and rooting for the runners and the organizers who made the event possible.

Gary Allen began the marathon 10 years ago and it's grown every year. People often talk about the economic impact that events like this bring to a community. I witnessed this first hand.

Published in Local Business
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 12:09

Local film pro leads blockbuster life

SOUTHWEST HARBOR Somewhere on the Maine coast, a middle-aged man, Rusty, shouts, 'It was a freak accident, Maynard! When are you going to get over that?!'

Maynard, seen in the film's frame from behind, grabs Rusty.

'You'll never know what it's like to see your only son's baseball cap float away with the tide, will ya?' he says, as Thom Willey, the production's first assistant cameraman, shifts the focus from Maynard to Rusty's face, which now dominates the frame and whose expression responds to Maynard's anguish.

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 14 March 2012 14:49

The house that generosity built

As I walked through a newly-constructed post and beam house on Mount Desert Island, I was struck by two things: the incredible views of Frenchmans Bay from every window and the incredible craftsmanship. I would love to be able to tell you I was checking out this house to buy it. Unfortunately, my bank account can't afford that view. But I was fortunate that the contractor who built the house reached out to me because he knows I'm committed to growing and supporting Maine's business community and he wanted to tell me the story of this house.

Just down the hill from this new house lives a woman with a large bank account and an even larger heart. Through a series of unexpected twists and turns she found herself with a decision to make: to build or not to build that house on the lot that she owns. She doesn't need a house, and she doesn't need to sell it for money. She decided to build it for the sole purpose of providing jobs for people in her community. Five years later, I had the privilege of seeing the result of Maine workers who because of her generosity were able to put food on their tables in spite of the challenging economic times.

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