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Oceanfront property in York to become a retreat for artists and writers

Work is underway to transform an oceanfront property in York called Surf Point into a residency program for visual artists and writers.

Abbe Museum receives $169K grant to ‘decolonize’ its practices

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The Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor has received a $169,070 Museums for America grant to continue “decolonizing” its practices in documenting and interpreting Native American history and...

Artisanal chocolate shop opens on Monhegan

An artisanal chocolate-maker called La Nef Chocolate located on Monhegan Island produced its first chocolate bar in July and is already being sold in three island outlets.

Orono startup launches game app for visually impaired players

Renee Cordes |

An Orono startup that aims to help visually impaired people access graphical information in digital media using smart phones and tablets has released its first app — Tic Tac Toe by UNAR Labs on...

Maine State Music Theatre tackles tight housing challenge in Brunswick

Maine State Music Theatre in Brunswick has taken the challenge of a tight housing market into its own hands, purchasing and renovating an 11-bedroom house from Bowdoin College to create housing for...

Here are the nominees for Portland Buy Local’s 2018 Indie Biz Awards

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Voting is now open for the 2018 Portland Buy Local Indie Biz Awards.

Skowhegan Craft Brew Fest, in its third year, keeps growing

Maureen Milliken |

The Skowhegan Craft Brew Festival started as a vehicle to boost the Somerset County mill town's revitalization, but it's also turned into a must-show for breweries, distilleries and wineries from...

Immigrants contribute $1.2B to Portland area economy, study shows

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Immigrants in the Portland metropolitan area contributed $1.2 billion to the area's economy in 2016, according to a report released on Friday.

Rehab of 1840s building part of downtown Ellsworth's revitalization

Laurie Schreiber |

The renovation of 6 State St., in downtown Ellsworth by its new owners is designed to bring new ground-floor retail and upper-story residential activity to the area. Cara Romano and her husband,...

Nonprofit artisan lab launches vocational training program in Gouldsboro

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The Artisan Lab, a nonprofit vocational training program, has started in Gouldsboro.

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