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    February 11, 2010

    Rockland’s tidal turn

    I grew up in Rockland in the 1940s and '50s, graduating from Rockland High School in 1955. Rockland and the surrounding towns were, for the most part, bustling and prosperous communities at that time. The prosperity was built around industries that had anchored the area's economy for many years -- most notably fishing and other marine-related activities, lime, cement, and ship building and repair. My youth was ...

  • Published
    February 11, 2010

    Longtime lobsterman blames maritime violence on greed, drugs

    While retired lobsterman Victor Ames remembers life on Matinicus Isle Plantation in the middle of the last century with great fondness, changes in the fisheries and culture of island living have driven him from the place where he lived and worked for most of his life. Ames, who started lobstering at age 10 in a double-ended rowboat with a dozen traps, has seen a great many changes in Penobscot Bay over his 77 ...

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