From Away

To his everlasting regret, Phil Crossman, 73, was not born on Vinalhaven. He admits that he arrived on the island when he was already four, in the company of his mother and father and one of his three brothers—the other … Continue reading

The Reinventions of John Wulp

I first met the protean artist John Wulp two decades ago, after he had begun directing student plays on North Haven Island. Wulp drew astonishing performances out of his young cast members, which misted the eyes of hardened lobstermen and boatbuilders … Continue reading

Gulf Guardian

Corrie Roberts, the captain of the Maine Marine Patrol’s flagship vessel, walks down the pier in baggy fatigues, sea bag over her shoulder, Glock on her hip, and a crooked grin on her face, then she boards the Guardian III. At … Continue reading

Looking Down the Path

Before Carolann Ouellette moved to Maine to build a career in tourism and the outdoors, she did a short stint as a PanAm flight attendant. It’s hard to imagine the executive director of Maine Huts and Trails, whose resume includes … Continue reading

Leading from the Outside

To outdoors enthusiasts, Chris Hayward may have the best job in the world. The director of experiential learning at Gould Academy in Bethel, Hayward leads students on wilderness camping expeditions, rock climbing adventures, and trips to far-away places like China and Tanzania—activities designed to … Continue reading

Making the Complex Look Simple

Many businesses like to say, “We are all like family here.” But what if your business actually is a family enterprise, root and branch, like Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers, Maine’s most respected and successful furniture maker? And what if the 82-year- … Continue reading


Elementary-school kids typically dream about being doctors or firefighters or pro athletes, but Diana Greenwold knew before she reached middle school that she wanted to be a museum curator. Like many children who grew up in Washington, D.C., Greenwold and … Continue reading

Keeping the Streak Alive

In addition to the roughly 6,500 registered entrants, a unique cohort of 118 athletes will toe the starting line of the TD Beach to Beacon 10K this year. This elite cadre is known officially as the TD Beach to Beacon Legacy … Continue reading

Doing the Legwork

Standing at the finish line of the 1988 Boston Marathon, his first as technical director for the race, Dave McGillivray felt lousy. He had run the race every year for the last 15 years and didn’t want his new position to … Continue reading

Joan Benoit Samuelson

Grasses bend and bow, rippling across the shaggy field. A salt tang seeps through the oceanside pines, and a ribbon of pavement lies ahead, ducking and rising over the hills in Freeport. The Maine roads have been a training ground … Continue reading