As they have done for many years, Ruth and Herb Weiss recently flew from their Florida winter home to Portland, where they boarded their new trawler for summer cruising to Harpswell and other ports in Midcoast Maine.
Walking into the Pathway Vineyard Church in Brunswick, where Isabella Mastroianni toils in the commercial kitchen for Sanctuary Baking, it quickly becomes clear that tireless dedication and passion fuel the operation.
“Your quilts work magic,” says one thank-you card received by Ocean Waves Quilters, of Harpswell. The group of 35 passionate members makes and donates up to 70 quilts a year to Mid Coast Hospital’s palliative care unit, which serves people with serious illnesses.
A top official at Harpswell Coastal Academy said a local resident has come forward to purchase the dissolving charter school’s campus on Ash Point Road in Harpswell after a recent auction to sell the property ended in uncertainty. The new buyer’s identity had not been made public as of Friday, May 19.
An auction to determine the new owner of Harpswell Coastal Academy’s campus ended in a cliffhanger, with the leading bidder offering to donate his bid to the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust if it agrees to raise additional funds to meet the seller’s minimum price for the property.
A 5-foot-tall robot races across the floor. Wheels on one side lift off the ground as it corners hard. For a split second the robot looks sure to tip over, then it settles and zooms on toward its target.
Harpswell native Evan Whidden has been hauling lobster traps since he was 5 or 6. He grew up around his family’s lobster and fishing business on Harpswell Neck, spent summers lobstering in high school and college, and ran his own lobster boat for two years after he graduated from the University of Maine.
Harpswell’s first fire administrator, Arthur “Art” Howe III, will retire July 10 after six years on the job and nearly a half-century in public safety. Howe, 68, announced his retirement “with bittersweet feelings” on March 23.
The leaders of a campaign to pressure Verizon to join the tower at George J. Mitchell Field have turned in a petition with 817 signatures. The signatures were accompanied by a letter of support from the Harpswell Board of Selectmen.
Bob Bailey retired a couple years ago, but you’d never know it standing in his Dingley Island workshop. He’s currently building or repairing a dozen or more engines for customers and friends across the Northeast and all the way down to Florida.