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A Village for All Seasons

For more than a century, Northeast Harbor has existed as a bond between year-round locals and a summer colony comprising some of the nation’s wealthiest families, an interaction so tightly and deeply woven that to speak of two separate communities is to oversimplify. But two devastating downtown fires have forced residents to reckon with other, more insidious losses that have occurred over the last few decades: the near extinction of the year-round population and the village anchors it supported.

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Nowhere Land

To get to Estcourt Station, a speck of a village in northern Maine, you have to cross the border into Canada, then cross back into the United States. Or, you can avoid the border crossing altogether by following a bone-rattling, pothole-filled dirt road through the Maine North Woods (moose sightings are likely). Find out how a Maine village became wrapped in a Quebec neighborhood — and how  9/11 changed it forever.

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A Summer Place

There's no store in Pemaquid Beach, and no school, no church, and no post office — but there used to be. What happened to this Maine coastal village happened so slowly that no one noticed what was being lost until it was too late.

Science & Wildlife

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Where the Loons Call

If you’ve ever been out on a lake in Maine, you know loons are elusive. But on a warm summer night on Little Sebago Lake, David Evers, of the Biodiversity Research Institute, got loons to swim right up to our boat and let us grab them. Here's how he did it and why. (Since this article was published, one of the Maine chicks translocated to Assawompset Pond Complex in Lakeville, )Massachusetts, has returned as an adult and hatched a chick of its own -- the first chick to be hatched in southeastern Massachusetts in 100 years.)

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A Breaking Wave

While warmer waters caused by climate change have sent lobster catches plummeting south of Cape Cod, temperatures in the Gulf of Maine have been ideal for lobsters, contributing to record-breaking catches in the 2010s. Now, however, the water here may be getting too warm. Richard Wahle and his team from University of Maine School of Marine Sciences are capturing and counting baby lobsters to see what they can tell us about the future of Maine's $1 billion industry.

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Hagfish: Maine's Nastiest Little Fishery

When stressed or attacked, a single 20-inch-long hagfish spews a quart of stringy, suffocating slime in less than a second, and the stuff rapidly expands as it mixes with seawater. Slime eels, as fishermen call them, are downright disgusting, but South Korean foodies love them. For a few years, some Maine lobstermen went "eeling" in their off-season to meet the soaring demand.

Culture

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Strange Pilgrimage

One hundred and fifty years ago, a group of sensible Down East farmers and their families packed their houses and sailed to the Holy Land to await the second coming. Within a year, it had all gone wrong.

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Home to Roost

For years, birdhouses have popped up seemingly out of thin air on a retaining wall next to the Old Canada Highway in Moscow, Maine. Who's making them and why?

Homes & Gardens

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Out of the Woods

An expansive, serene haven emerges from decades of taming a stony forest in Lincolnville, Maine.

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Meadow Mist

A tidal pond sets the tone for a serene blue and pink garden in York, Maine.

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The Sand Castle

A Bar Harbor couple spends roughly $400 a year to heat their house, which has three-foot-thick walls — made of dirt. They believe it's the only rammed earth house in Maine and possibly New England.

PUBLIC ISSUES

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Shattered

A historic process is exposing injuries inflicted by Maine's child welfare system on generations of Wabanaki people — and illuminating a way forward to bring healing and change.

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Sinners and Saints

At her pioneering staffing firm, Margo Walsh offers dignity, trust, and a path forward for survivors of the opiod epidemic.

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