The Good Life or La Dolce Vita?

BDN photo by Gabor Degre Having spent a substantial part of my life in Hancock County, I think I know it fairly well. But I was surprised recently to see this blog post from real estate website Movoto, which declared that a zip code in Hancock County has the third-highest per capita income in the […]

Three exceptional lives on one small island

As I indicated in a story I wrote recently about Ashley Bryan, I have pretty close personal ties to Islesford, Maine, a community on Little Cranberry Island, which is about a mile and a half off the southeastern shore of Mount Desert Island. Islesford is a year-round community that sees its population swell significantly in the summer, […]

Maine fisherman on ‘Deadliest Catch’

PHOTO: Jonathan McDaniel (at right), a fisherman from Gorham, Maine, stands next to Time Bandit Capt. Jonathan Hillstrand last month in Alaska. McDaniel is a crew member on Hillstrand’s crab fishing boat while it is being filmed for Season 11 of the popular Discovery Channel television show ‘Deadliest Catch.’ Photo by Clint Pickarsky of Soldotna, […]

New mansion taking shape in Bar Harbor

Where La Selva once stood, a new mansion is on the rise. La Selva was an 8,600 square-foot grand cottage built in 1890 along a section of shore in Bar Harbor once known as ‘Millionaire’s Row.’ It had a colorful history, having seasonally housed an Astor and later functioned as a French-language immersion school, but it fell on hard […]