Maine: Celebrating Summer Romances – 200 Years of Them.

Maine has got to be one of the best settings on earth for a summer romance. How many hundreds of thousands (maybe millions?) has Maine hosted over the last 200 years…from stories that begin at a summer camp, to hometown love stories to visitor meets local in an idyllic Maine place for a peak season romance.

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A Master Maine Guide

A Master Maine Guide In 2017, I was in a theater watching movies from the Maine Short Film Festival when I heard a line I loved so much, I wrote it down in the dark. It was from Master Maine Guide and teacher, Ray Reitze, in the documentary film, Guided, […]

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He came to Maine shanks’ mare

In the spring of 1845, my 19-year-old great-great-great-grandfather left his home in Canada and walked nearly 200 miles to Biddeford, Maine. He was looking for work and Biddeford was booming. Two mills started production that year and new buildings and roads were transforming downtown. He found work as a brick maker, and several months later walked back to Canada to convince his parents to move the family to Maine. They did in 1846. My ancestor’s name is Israel Shevenell and he is recognized as Biddeford’s first permanent French Canadian settler and first French voter.

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The Business of Oscar

When I was a little, I liked going to the IGA grocery store in my hometown to look at the signs that told you what was on sale. I was learning how to read and the signs had words with food on them: eggs, buttter, sliced bacon and round steak. There were measuring words like bunch, dozen, package, large, loaf. And there were numbers: 4 for 98¢, $1.29 lb, 12 oz. The signs were neat and big and I could understand them. I was also proud of them. Because my grandfather made them. He was the printer who made the signs that everyone saw.

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Bagaduce Music Lending Library

“Maine’s colorful history, her beautiful coastline, lighthouses, saltwater farms and boundless forests have created an aura of romance and legend. Composers from all parts of the nation have been inspired to write music on Maine themes.” – Bagaduce Music website, in reference to their Maine Collection

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Love and Duty

I was in Aroostook County on Tuesday and wanted to go somewhere I’d never been and see something I’d never seen. Mission Accomplished. And then some.

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It was 1963

“I’m in Washington D.C. I’m working for a Congressman and John Kennedy is President. It was so new. It was such a special time. It was a short time overall but for the age I was, just so many things. I loved it. I just loved it.”

On semester break from college in December 1962, my Mom got the phone call that she had received an internship assignment to work for Maine Congressman Stanley Tupper at his office in Washington D.C.

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