Articles by Melissa MacCrae


Women’s Equality Day should be every day

By Melissa MacCrae on Aug. 19, 2010, at 7:58 p.m.
Aug. 26, 2010, marks the 90th anniversary of the day American women gained the right to vote. Women in Maine and beyond are right to celebrate our foremothers’ arduous 75-year-long effort to win the basic tool of democracy that had been denied them because of their sex. And we should …

‘Stones’ offers hope ‘at the end of the road’

By Melissa MacCrae on April 11, 2010, at 9:05 p.m.
STONES INTO SCHOOLS: PROMOTING PEACE WITH BOOKS, NOT BOMBS, IN AFGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN, by Greg Mortenson, 2009, Viking, hardcover, 420 pages, $26.95. Despite what The Associated Press and other news services would have readers believe, the most radical news emerging from Pakistan and Afghanistan has nothing to do with violence …
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For Maine’s top quilter, every stitch tells a story

By Melissa MacCrae on Oct. 26, 2009, at 7:22 p.m.
Leonette “Nan” Pelletier of Eagle Lake caught the quilting bug from her mother in the ’70s, and she hasn’t recovered yet. In fact, she has made a career of exposing others to such contagious needlecraft.
Logo by Jon Ferland.

Riding the Rails

By Melissa MacCrae on Oct. 08, 2009, at 7:03 p.m.
The Gilpin Railroad Incident are bringing Mainers — from The County to the coast — to their feet, as such events tend to do. Fear not, gentle reader; they’re not gawking at a train wreck. Music …

Sewing memories of lost son

By Melissa MacCrae on May 18, 2009, at 3:16 p.m.
WINTERPORT – Sewing machines whirred, scissors snipped and a steam iron sputtered on a recent sunny Saturday in Martha Stepp’s sewing room in Newburgh. Here, Stepp and Cindy Thomas of Winterport …

Students building city of the future

By Melissa MacCrae on Jan. 15, 2009, at 9:58 p.m.
OLD TOWN | Late Thursday morning, some students in Jon Doty’s eighth-grade geometry class were constructing a city of the future.