PARLEZ-VOUS AMERICAN?
    Today in Maine’s Franco History is a look back at important dates in the history of Maine’s Franco-American communities. It will run throughout 2020, the bicentennial year of Maine’s statehood. Your suggestions for additional events, people, and institutions to celebrate are most welcome. January 13, 1964… Read More
    LIFE DOWNEAST
    The creak is a distinctive sound— wooden oars kiss the oarlocks, wood rubs green bronze and squeals before it settles into a silent groove. A stroke, pause, water drips and then another stroke. Head moves side-to-side, wary and cautious.  A cadence forms between boat and rower. Read More
    CATCHING HEALTH
    When World War II ended, Alma Thomas was living and working in New York City. While she didn't witness the iconic picture of the sailor kissing the girl in Times Square, she says everyone was celebrating and hugging each other. She moved from New York to Maine and later traveled around the world with her late husband. Now Alma is 96 and back in Maine with lots of stories to share with us. Read More
    GEORGE'S OUTDOOR NEWS
    DIFW biologists have written fish reports for each region of the state. You can read those reports here: googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define Slot var slot_sizes = [[300,250]]; var new_slot_sizes = []; var has_banner = false; for (var i = 0; i < slot_sizes.length; i++) {… Read More
    FROM BELOW AND TO THE LEFT
    Bryon Houlgrave | The Des Moines Register via AP I love Bernie. Of course, I do. I’m a Millennial. googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define Slot var slot_sizes = [[300,250]]; var new_slot_sizes = []; var has_banner = false; for (var i = 0; i… Read More
    THE GLOCAL
    Seventy years ago the nation was engulfed in the paranoia of McCarthyism; the “Second Red Scare” reminded Americans that there was no room for communism in the United States.  It is ironic that, today, the American economy is incrementally dependent on China, a country with a communist government… Read More
    ACADIA ON MY MIND
    Eleven important Acadia National Park events shaped the decade at the Maine national park and left some lasting changes including new records in visits, the park’s 100th anniversary, a new superintendent, a presidential visit and a heightened awareness of climate change. Here are some… Read More
    SENIORS NOT ACTING THEIR AGE
    Being semi-retired has benefits. Old age is not one of them. Perhaps the most significant advantage is time flexibility, at least what little is left. I try to write and operate my tax consulting business on bad weather days and play on nice ones. In short, my goal… Read More
    PARLEZ-VOUS AMERICAN?
    Today in Maine’s Franco History is a look back at important dates in the history of Maine’s Franco-American communities. It will run throughout 2020, the bicentennial year of Maine’s statehood. Your suggestions for additional events, people, and institutions to celebrate are most welcome. January 10, 1951: The… Read More
    FRANCO-AMERICAN NEWS AND CULTURE
    Vietnam- Chu Lai, Mekong, Saigon, Cu Chi and Subic Bay, Philippines:  My husband Richard is a Franco-American Navy Vietnam War veteran. He served in Chu Lai with the Seabees, Mobile Construction Battalion 71 (MCB 71) and again aboard the USS Intrepid, in the Gulf of Tonkin. Read More
    MCKAY'S FISHING ADVENTURES
    The Hellgrammite. It looks nasty and I wouldn’t touch it. Most of you have seen this bug but have no clue what it is. If you’re flipping rocks at just about any river in Maine you will find the larva form of this, which all fish love to… Read More