April 18, 2014 | Incorporating the Inter-Island News

Maine is for… maniacs?

by Philip Conkling April 14, 2014
Maine, the way life should be.
Philip Conkling
All of us know that there are three things that come to most Americans' minds when thinking about Maine—lobsters, lighthouses and winter. We have done a pretty good job turning what some people consider to be our greatest liability—long hard winters—into marketable assets. Read More

Pen Bay pockmarks as big as the Rose Bowl

It turns out that Penobscot Bay hosts the largest known concentration of these pockmarks anywhere in the world

by Heather Deese and Susie Arnold April 14, 2014
There are anecdotal reports of fishermen seeing bubbles come to the surface%u2014one lobsterman described it as looking like a submarine was surfacing%u2014but this outgassing has not been observed or recorded during scientific surveys. Read More

Celine Cousteau to speak at Unity College commencement

Granddaughter of ocean filmmaker Jacques Cousteau applauds college mission

by Staff Writer April 10, 2014
Céline Cousteau

Back to alarm clocks and early boats

Seating arrangements seem odd on new Casco Bay Lines boat

by Melanie Floyd April 9, 2014
The Wabanaki, Casco Bay Lines' new boat.
It was sort of a weird time to rejoin the early boat commuters because Casco Bay Lines recently got a new boat, the Wabanaki, with a layout that doesn't resemble any of the other boats. This means that I've been trying to assimilate back into taking the early boat every morning while simultaneously trying to figure out, along with everyone else, where I'm supposed to sit. Read More

The Castine baptism and other silliness

Keeping morale strong at Maine Maritime is critical at this time of year

by Benjamin Stevens April 9, 2014
Castine from the air.
At the command to start, the four participants at one end struggled to climb into their Gumby suits to the cheering and jeering of their fellow midshipmen. Then they ran pell-mell like drunken turkeys to the far end of the gymnasium and got themselves disentangled from the bulky outfits. Read More

The not-so-simple island life

by Megan Wibberly April 4, 2014
Megan Wibberly
I was really overtired from my time on Islesboro and had gotten up at 4:30 a.m. to make my boat. I was not in a good mood. I took a deep breath before I said something I was going to regret and opted to focus on the first part of what she said. Read More

Cranberry Isles voters show confidence in school's potential

by Laurie Schreiber April 2, 2014
The Longfellow School.
Voters have decided each year to keep Longfellow "open" as a school, assuming it was grandfathered for that use, should the need arise again. But a recent report from the State Fire Marshal's Office suggested that Longfellow should be shut down—both for school and community use—if substantial improvements are not made in a timely manner. Read More

High expectations in a changing industry

Safety remains first priority

by Benjamin Stevens April 2, 2014
Costa Concordia
Safety becomes the first and foremost priority in the maritime business, with for good reason. The disasters for ships like the Titanic and Costa Concordia and Normandie are just a few examples of what happens when a ship and crew are not trained and prepared. Read More