April 20, 2014 | Incorporating the Inter-Island News

Winter moths devastate hardwood trees on coast, islands

Pingree's office wants to keep funds in farm bill to provide response

by Tom Groening April 19, 2014
The winter moth caterpillar feeding within silked-together leaves in Harpswell. PHOTO: COURTESY MAINE FOREST SERVICE
Male winter moths are known to fly in great numbers around lights, as they seek out the flightless females for mating. The insects, native to Europe, stand out at that time in Maine as the temperatures dip into the freezing range and other insects are on the decline or gone. But the moths are more than an aberration. State forestry officials say they also are an abomination. Read More

Solving the leadership succession dilemma means inclusivity

Swan's Island forms committee to advise selectmen

by Laurie Schreiber April 19, 2014
The Municipal Advisory Committee is the latest development since voters at a special town meeting in November instructed selectmen to appoint a town governance committee to study various forms of government. Read More

Real-life 'Survivor' dilemma poses difficult community choice

by Megan Wibberly April 18, 2014
at mailboat
There was nothing they could do legally, but they were hoping if they talked to him, expressed how deeply committed they were to their stance and explained why they felt that way, he might decide to do the right thing and go. Read More

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