Category Archives: History and Politics

The time a young legislative aide from Maine uncovered a Soviet Cold War spy circle

Bath native Marc Zimmerman was a legislative aide for then-U.S. Rep. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, in 1983 — still about eight years before the end of the Cold War — when he received a seemingly innocent request from a Soviet fertilizer researcher and tour guide. Connected through a mutual friend, Zimmerman agreed to meet with Alexander Nikolavevich […]

11 animated maps showing how sea level rise could change the shapes of Maine towns

Nonprofit climate news and advocacy group Climate Central has released a series of multi-layered interactive maps designed to illustrate how various levels of sea level rise may affect coastal communities all around the United States. The group’s latest mapping tool, titled “Mapping Choices,” allows you to enter any zip code or U.S. city and compare — side-by-side […]

Should pumpkins join blueberries and potatoes as a signature Maine crop? New fall map tracks the gourds

When most people think of Maine’s signature crops, they think of blueberries and potatoes. The other food items that quickly come up are lobster and maple syrup, although they’re obviously not harvested the same way. But could an argument be made for pumpkins to join that proverbial Mount Rushmore of Maine food staples? The gourds certainly […]