FORT FAIRFIELD, Maine — There are numerous magazines on newsstands now that tell tales of Maine, illustrating life along the coast or in its busy cities and depicting the beauty of Maine’s outdoors.
Aroostook County has Echoes Magazine, a journal that celebrates the heritage of County communities, people and families, but there is no publication that focuses on day-to-day life in the area.
That is where Our Maine Street comes in.
“We saw a niche that no one has really filled,” Craig Cormier, editor in chief of the new quarterly magazine, said late last week. “Our magazine focuses on what is going on in The County today, the events, the art, the culture. Our magazine tells those stories. People are also sending their own submissions. They are sending what they want to share. These are our stories.”
Cormier, who has a publishing background, founded Our Maine Street with his father, Charles Cormier, who is the magazine’s circulation director. Another partner, Bernie Legasse, is the advertising director.
Work on the first issue of the magazine, which was released this summer, began in the spring. The magazine is being funded privately and through advertising support. The first issue contains 80 pages of stories and full-color photographs, in addition to ads and work from local artists. Through its articles, the first issue focuses on taking a “staycation” in the North Maine Woods, celebrates the 150th anniversary of several County communities and details renewable energy projects at the University of Maine at Presque Isle and Northern Maine Community College. Another highlight is a feature on Bouchard Family Farms in Fort Kent.
All of the stories were submitted by freelance writers.
“We have several pieces already planned for the next issue and for future issues,” said Cormier. “We want to do a piece on Aroostook County veterans, the logging industry and holiday traditions.”
The next issue will come out in October.
Craig Cormier said that he did not want the magazine to compete with Echoes Magazine.
“This is going to add to what is already out there,” he explained.
Cormier said that he has heard “very positive” reviews about the first issue, which is in stores throughout Aroostook County. Subscriptions are being sold and the magazine is online at www.ourmainestreet.com.
Cormier said he hopes one day to expand the magazine, but for now he wants to get it into the hands of as many readers as possible.
“There are stories out there that need to be told,” he said, “and we want to do it.”