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  • On the Road Review: Jeep Gladiator Rubicon

    On the Road Review: Jeep Gladiator Rubicon

    During two and a half decades of driving a new vehicle each week, there have been a lot of Jeeps that have come to rural Hancock County and the surrounding regions. There have been two-door Wranglers, four-door Unlimited Wranglers, soft-tops, hardtops, manuals, automatics, even some with diesel engines. There have been numerous Grand Cherokees, one

  • Great Cranberry Island inspires new books

    Great Cranberry Island inspires new books

    Editor’s note: Living, working and teaching on Maine islands often plants vivid memories and yields formative experiences. Such was the case of former schoolteacher Rae Chalmers and poet Susan Deborah King who recently released books inspired by their time on Great Cranberry Island. CRANBERRY ISLES — Middle school can be a miserable time for many

  • On the Road Review: Lexus RX350 F-Sport

    On the Road Review: Lexus RX350 F-Sport

    When Toyota debuted its Lexus luxury division to America in 1989, it had a different vision of what the proper premium sedan should be. The Asian image was not only of a car worthy of some status, but to earn the extra money over other more plebian vehicles. A luxury car should also exude value,

  • Raise a glass to “Ruby Juice”

    Raise a glass to “Ruby Juice”

      Our slow, cool spring produced a bumper crop of rhubarb for many folks. Although usually eaten as a “fruit,” rhubarb is a vegetable, botanically speaking. An invaluable homestead plant in Maine, this tart- tasting member of the buckwheat family can reach up to 2 feet tall. I’m a collector of rhubarb recipes, and we’ve

  • Maine Poet Laureate Stu Kestenbaum awarded $50,000

    Maine Poet Laureate Stu Kestenbaum awarded $50,000

    NEW YORK — Maine Poet Laureate and Deer Isle resident Stuart Kestenbaum is among 23 poet laureates who each will receive $50,000 to spearhead civic poetry programs in their communities. The recipients include poet laureates from U.S. states, cities and towns and the Navajo Nation. As one of the Academy of American Poets’ 2020 Poet

  • Gouldsboro preacher tells town’s history in new book

    Gouldsboro preacher tells town’s history in new book

    GOULDSBORO — The first book about Gouldsboro’s history, tracing the eastern Hancock County town’s founding and evolution from Colonial times, has been published and released by the Gouldsboro Historical Society. Written by the Rev. Charles A. Joy, “Founders and Followers: Movers and Shakers Who Built Gouldsboro on the Eastern Frontier” (2020, Gouldsboro Historical Society publications,

  • The world through shape, line and color

    The world through shape, line and color

    LAMOINE — They’re watercolors, but in the right light they look a bit like stained glass: intentional, vivid colors with crisp, clear lines. “If you don’t try to make it look real you just kind of get lost in the shapes of color,” said Diana Roper McDowell, who paints from her home overlooking Meadow Point

  • On the Road Review: Chevrolet Silverado Trail Boss LT

    On the Road Review: Chevrolet Silverado Trail Boss LT

    Last year, Chevrolet’s Silverado pickup series was displaced from its customary runner-up position on the sales charts by FCA’s Ram series — the first time this had ever happened. GMC Sierra pickup truck sales expanded, yet the redesigned Silverado took a step backward. This event could not have played out well in the halls of

  • Book explores rich sea life in “Moby-Dick”

    Book explores rich sea life in “Moby-Dick”

    Reviewed by JoAnne Fuerst Tired of binge-watching those mind-numbing programs and movies? During this pandemic, we’ve been warned to exercise regularly and that includes our brain. With extra time for nonessential activities, it’s an opportunity to read a few good books — especially venturing into unfamiliar territory. Last year, the University of Chicago Press published

  • Free online ‘Goo Party’ for home entertainment

    Free online ‘Goo Party’ for home entertainment

    Brewer Public Library Executive Director and dad Darren French and his 3-year-old son Lukas have been charming viewers with their lively “Making Slop” party and their other hands-on Facebook Live storytime sessions every week. Inspired by Mo Willems’ “I Really Like Slop,” Darren, who previously served as the education coordinator at Castine’s Wilson Museum, says