Issue 134 Table of Contents
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A Yard for All Seasons New boat construction gets the limelight. But all-purpose yards like Great Island Boat Yard with their capacity for service, repairs, and refits are the backbone of the state’s maritime industry today. Great Island owners Steve and Stephanie Rowe left high-powered corporate jobs to run the yard. BY POLLY SALTONSTALL
Reunion with Tradition 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. BY CHRISSO RHEAULT
American Eagle The bold art of John Haley Bellamy, America’s greatest ship carver BY JAMES A. CRAIG
Bird Blizzard 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? BY RICHARD HARRIS PODOLSKY
The Writer’s Shack 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. BY DEBORAH JOY COREY
Dancing Around Tango catches fire in Maine BY BROOKE WILLIAMS
The Pull of an Island 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. BY LYNETTE L WALTHER
Tollef Runquist: A Painter Follows His Bliss Maine and family fuel a fearless artist BY CARL LITTLE
The Crossing Paul Molyneaux learns about friendship, boats, and endurance during a row from Lubec to Grand Manan. BY PAUL MOLYNEAUX
Playing By Heart 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 with the Franklin County Fiddlers. BY BRUCE D. SNIDER
PUBLISHER'S LETTER Spring Fever Reliever
BOATYARD DOG® Buffer and Olive
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR We welcome your comments, and we print them too!
TALK ALONG THE SHORE THE EDITORS
A POSTCARD IN TIME BY PETER H. SPECTRE
AWANADJO ALMANACK BY ROB MCCALL
THE MAINE I LOVE PHOTOGRAPHS BY THE BIGELOW LABORATORY FOR OCEAN SCIENCES DEPARTMENTS
MY BOAT, MY HARBOR Back in the 1970s, Joe Upton skippered an old sardine carrier named Amaretto, using it as a bait boat. He recalls the “Sardine Nights” he and others in the herring fleet used to spend waiting for the call to go out and haul fish. BY JOE UPTON
OFF THE DRAWING BOARD Sabre’s New 66-Footer BY ART PAINE
SALTWATER FOODWAYS That Old Rhubarb BY SANDY OLIVER
A LETTER FROM MATINICUS Authorized Personnel Only BY EVA MURRAY
SMALL ADVENTURES Kittery Foreside BY MIMI BIGELOW STEADMAN
A LETTER FROM HOME 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. BY JONATHAN IVES
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On the cover: Working on a boat at Great Island Boat Yard. For story, see page 18. Photo by Alison Langley
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