Profiles

Adventures on the Androscoggin

When owners Jeff and Pattie Parsons opened Bethel Outdoor Adventure and Campground 23 years ago, they rented out only six canoes. Now, on warm days, dozens of their tubes, paddleboards, and brightly colored kayaks dot the Androscoggin River as campers, … Continue reading

Engineered to Last

When Toby Winkler and Jake Bracy first cut apart skis to see how they were made, they didn’t expect the experiment to turn into a career. The cousins wanted to build their own skis and were curious about how it … Continue reading

Collaborative Approach

In an area known for its outdoor recreation opportunities, a community is coming together to support the arts. A group of artists and community members created Bethel Area Arts and Music (BAAM) last year to provide regional programming and to … Continue reading

The Virtually Invisible

When Daniel Quintanilla tells a story, his audience isn’t on the outside looking in. They are fully immersed. For the filmmaker’s latest project, At the Periphery, the sense of being in someone else’s shoes is especially important. This virtual reality … Continue reading

Organically Grown Career

When Sarah Alexander learned about factory farming, industrialized agriculture, and the chemicals used in growing crops, she became “fired up.” As a college student, she started researching organic farming and realized it was a way to change the food industry … Continue reading

Tom Moser

Before Tom Moser pursued wood-working full time, he was teaching speech and communications at Bates College. He and his wife, Mary, had been refinishing and selling antique furniture from their home workshop when he took a year-long sabbatical to see … Continue reading

Susan J. Hunter

Besides a ten-month stint as a vice chancellor for the University of Maine System, Susan J. Hunter spent her entire professional career on the University of Maine’s Orono campus. Hunter, who became the flagship university’s first woman president in 2014, retired this … Continue reading

Chris Brownawell

Chris Brownawell joined the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland as director in 2010 after working as CEO at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, Maryland, for more than two decades. Since its founding in 1948, the Farnsworth has been a focal point … Continue reading

Kerry Gallivan

When Kerry Gallivan created Chimani, an app that helps people explore national parks, he knew combining technology and the outdoors looked like an odd match. He views technology as a powerful tool, though, and wanted to use it to help others … Continue reading

Elizabeth Strout

As a child who spent much of her time in Harpswell, Elizabeth Strout knew she wanted to write. She spent her days studying people and reading books, both of which prepared her be- come an author. “I don’t really have … Continue reading