October 23, 2014 | Incorporating the Inter-Island News

Bristol says no to power lines, caffeine grows business

by Tom Groening October 21, 2014
Those who care about the coast and islands should learn about two bond requests, one that would fund seafood processing and the other, detailed in Laurie Schreiber's front page story, that would pay to upgrade a lab that may be used in combatting Lyme disease and other invasive biological threats. Read More

Island Postcards: Tom Powell

by Tom Groening and Scott Sell October 15, 2014


Island Postcards: Sam & Doreen Cabot

by Scott Sell September 17, 2014

The Cabots own Foggy Meadows Farm on the island of North Haven, Maine where they raise Boer goats and Katahdin sheep with compassion. Read More

A life history: Robert Chute's 'Excuse for Being Here'

“Excuse for Being Here: Life Among Thoreau's Reflections” by Robert M. Chute. Just Write Books, Topsham, Maine, 2013. 218 pages, large format softcover, $24.95.

by Dana Wilde October 21, 2014

Energy Vikings and a Maine island delegation

by Rob Snyder October 21, 2014
Island Institute Community Energy Director Suzanne MacDonald discusses island energy issues with Danish Minister of the Environment Kirsten Brosbol.
I traveled to Sams%uFFFD Island in Denmark to witness the Fund for Maine's Islands partnership between the Island Institute and College of the Atlantic take flight. But so much more happened, as I became part of a U.S. delegation discussing issues facing island communities around the world. Read More

Microplastics in Maine waters--2014are they in our food?

Research begins to measure amounts in Gulf of Maine

by Stacy R. Knapp October 21, 2014
Have you washed a fleece jacket this week? Does your face wash or body wash have skin-smoothing microbeads? If you%u2019ve answered "yes," you might want to consider where those fleece fibers and microbeads end up. Read More

Whose beach is it?

Struggle over public access, private property rights continues 25 years after Moody Beach case

by Tom Groening October 20, 2014
A sand beach on Swan's Island.
Other U.S. states and most countries, speakers noted, do not have such restrictions. The law is based on the Colonial Ordinance, drafted in the 1630s in Massachusetts, said Pete Thaxter, a lawyer who represented the Moody Beach landowners in the 1980s and now is representing landowners near Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport. Read More

Lobster union considers suing feds on whale rules

MLA opposes challenge, says Maine got good deal

by Tom Groening October 20, 2014
Stonington harbor at dawn.
Lobster union considers suing feds on whale rules Read More

New lab would expand pest, disease monitoring

by Laurie Schreiber October 20, 2014
Insect diagnostician Clay Kirby identifies specimens submitted to the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Service’s Insect and Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab. PHOTO: EDWIN REMSBERG
The concept of biosecurity has moved to the mainstream, as threats from pests and disease spread through international travel are seen and more clearly understood. Read More