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Sabattus

Farm across from Waterman

just east of Lewiston, the south end of Sabattus Pond is part of the urban center. The name is that of a Native American chief of the Anasagunticook tribe. Located just east of Lewiston, most of the town’s population appears on a map as an extension of that City, so closely are they located. That portion of the town at the south end of Sabattus Pond is part of the urban center. Continue reading

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Saco

View of Saco Bay, from A Gazetteer of the State of Maine, 1886

One half of the Biddeford-Saco metropolitan area, the city has its own extensive beach and Ferry Beach State Park. See photos. It is one stop on AMTRAK’s Downeaster rail service. Occupying the east side of the Saco River as it enters Saco Bay, the city is the eleventh largest community in Maine. Continue reading

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Sagadahoc County

Map of Maine Counties and Baxter Park

is the twelfth most populous of the sixteen counties, located in southern mid-coast Maine. Formed on April 4, 1854 from a portion of Lincoln County. All its initial municipalities still comprise the county: the City of Bath and the towns … Continue reading

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Sagadahoc County Nature Preserves

The Sprague River winding through the Salt Marsh, Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area

Bald Head Preserve, Arrowsic. A Bald eagle wintering area on 296 acres and two and a half miles of the Kennebec and Back Rivers. Access is across privately owned marsh or from the river. A trail leads to  the picturesque … Continue reading

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Samoset

(1590?-1655) was the Indian sagamore, from the Pemaquid area, who in 1621 was visiting chief Massasoit when he surprised the Pilgrims of Plymouth with the words, “Much welcome, Englishmen.” According to Isaacson, “He explained that he was a sachem and … Continue reading

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Sampson, Sarah H.

Sarah S. Sampson

(1832-1907) was an energetic woman who used her social and political connections to support her special public projects. This redoubtable lady came to Washington, D.C. to be near her husband, Lieutenant Colonel Charles A. W. Sampson of the 3rd Maine … Continue reading

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Samuelson, Joan Benoit

Olympic Rings

(1957- ) Olympic gold medalist, and marathon runner, was born on May 16, 1957 in Cape Elizabeth. She started running track at Cape Elizabeth High School before entering Bowdoin College where she excelled in a variety of athletics before she … Continue reading

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Sandy River Plantation

Location Map for Sandy River Plantation

About 35 miles northwest of Farmington on Maine Route 4, just south of Rangeley, the community marks the source of the Sandy River in the Sandy River Ponds. See map, video and photos. Four Ponds Public Reserve Land lies just east of Mooselookmeguntic Lake. Access is by the Appalachian Trail off Route 4 in Sandy River. Continue reading

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Sanford

Sanford Birdseye View 1889

Sanford, with Springvale Village, is the seventh largest town or city in Maine by population according to the 2010 Census, up from a ranking of ninth in 1990. Traditionally an industrial town, primarily with textile mills and shoe making, Sanford has diversified and continues to be a growing community. Continue reading

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Sangerville

Location Map for Sangerville

Maine Route 23 passes through on its way from Guilford to Dexter. Bronze plaques mark the birthplaces of inventor Sir Hiram S. Maxim and mining tycoon Sir Harry Oakes. Sangerville has three ponds Manhanock, Center and Marr ponds. Continue reading

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SAT Scores

Maine v National SAT Performance 1980-2013

Maine’s math scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test, administered by the College Board in Princeton, New Jersey, have consistently and substantially lagged the national average scores for over two decades. During the 1980’s Maine’s verbal scores exceeded the national averages, … Continue reading

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Sawtelle, Cullen

(1805-1887) a U.S. Representative, was born in Norridgewock on September 25, 1805. He received his early education under private tutors and was graduated from Bowdoin College in 1825, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1828 and practiced in … Continue reading

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Scamman, John F.

(1786-1858) a U.S. Representative, was born in Wells on October 24, 1786. He attended the common schools and engaged in business pursuits. A member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1817; he became a member of the Maine House … Continue reading

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Scarborough

Location Map for Scarborough

A suburb of Portland, the rapidly growing community now ranks as tenth most populous in Maine according to the 2000 U.S. Census, up from 13th place in 1990, having grown almost 36 percent in ten years. See photos. The Scarborough Marsh Wildlife Management Area is managed by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in a federal-state partnership program. The town’s fine beaches and the Scarborough Downs race track and off-track betting facility are attractions for many. Continue reading

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Seal, State of Maine

Executive Department

is an image, whether embossed or embroidered printed or projected, described in Maine law in Title 1 sec. 201: The seal of the State shall be a shield, argent, charged with a pine tree (americana, quinis ex uno folliculo setis) … Continue reading

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Searsmont

Location Map for Searsmont

The main village is located on the St. George River and is adjacent to Quantabacook Lake. See photos. The town is served by Maine Routes 3, 131 and 173 and lies about ten miles southwest of Belfast. In 1925 the first international radio broadcast was relayed from Belfast through Searsmont and on to New York City. Continue reading

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Searsport

Location Map for Searsport

The town has two areas with industrial potential on Penobscot Bay. See photos. In addition to substantial resources of the Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport has recreational opportunities at Moose Point State Park on Penobscot Bay, and frontage on Swan Lake inland at the northwest corner of the town. Continue reading

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Sebago

Location Map for Sebago

Several villages dot the towns landscape: North, East, and West Sebago; and Sebago Center; among others. See photos. The village of East Sebago hosts the town’s elementary school, veterans memorial park, and public library. Along with its substantial shoreline on the Lake, the town has a hiking trail to the summit of the 1392 foot Douglas Mountain, with a nature preserve overlooking the Lake. Continue reading

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Sebec

Location Map for Sebec

Several small ponds dot the landscape, including the 28-acre Garland Pond. Located between Dover-Foxcroft to the west and Milo to the east, the town is connected to both by Maine combined Route 6 and 16, and by the Piscataquis River. Continue reading

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Seboeis

Location Map for Seboeis

The small Seboeis village is nearly at the end of the Seboeis Road, which leads north in Howland from the North Howland Road. The village is less than a mile from the shore of South Branch Lake, where there is a boat launch. Seboeis Public Reserved Land of 15,628 acres provides opportunities for boating, camping, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, and watching wildlife. Continue reading

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Seboomook

Location Map for Seboomook

is both an unorganized township and a lake created by the Seboomook Dam.  Just north of Moosehead Lake, half the township and all of the lake are in Maine Public Reserved Land protective status. The 6,880-acre lake has over 69 … Continue reading

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Sedgwick

Location Map for Sedgwick

Eggemoggin Reach is a long stretch of water between the mainland and Deer Isle and Little Deer Isle. See photos. The Benjamin River provided tidal power to a grist mill near Sedgwick village. In addition the town had another grist mill, some saw mills, and two silver mining companies. Shipbuilding was yet another industry. Other villages are North Sedgwick, Sargentville, Black Corner, and Grays Corner. Continue reading

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Seguin Island

Seguin Island Light Station (2000)

Some uncertainty exists about the meaning of the famous island’s name of “Seguin” or “Satquin” according to Eckstorm. One explanation is that “From the east it does resemble a tortoise, whence evidently its name from the Indian, che-quen-ocks, called Siguenoc.” … Continue reading

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Senate, Maine

Maine Senate Districts for Elections 2004-2012

The Senate currently has 35 members, although the number has varied over the years. The President of the Senate presides over that body and is constitutionally eligible to act as Governor in the event of the chief executive’s disability or … Continue reading

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Senators, U.S.

Maine has had 38 U.S. Senators from statehood in 1820 through the elections of the year 2010. Theirs terms, residence, and party affiliations are listed below. Unlike U.S. Representatives, who are elected every two years from one of our two … Continue reading

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Severence, Luther

(1797-1855) a U.S. Representative, was born in Montague, Massachusetts on October 26, 1797. He moved with his parents to Cazenovia, New York in 1799 and attended the common schools. He learned the printer’s trade in Peterboro, New York, then established … Continue reading

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Sewall, Sumner

Sumner Sewall, Maine Senate President, courtesy Maine State Archives

was born in Bath on June 17, 1897, the son of a wealthy Bath banker and shipbuilder, and grandson of Arthur Sewall, was educated at Bath public schools before attending Harvard University in 1916. In the middle of his freshman … Continue reading

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Sewall, William Wingate

The Sewall House (2001)

(1845-1930), a Maine guide and log driver, was the first white child born in Island Falls, April 13, 1845. He climbed Mount Katahdin for the first time in September, 1867 when he was twelve years old. Bill Sewall was introduced … Continue reading

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Shapleigh

Location Map for Shapleigh

Maine Route 11 moves up from Sanford through the villages of Emery Mills, Shapleigh, and North Shapleigh near the lake shores. See photos. Shapleigh Woods, managed by The Nature Conservancy, is a 265-acre nature preserve. Continue reading

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Shell Middens

Whaleback Shell Midden Sign (2002)

or shell heaps, are scattered along the Maine coast giving evidence of the lifestyles of its ancient inhabitants. A “midden” is a refuse heap, or less delicately – a dump. Whaleback Shell Midden signWhile they are found all over the … Continue reading

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Shepley, Ether

(1789-1877) a U.S. Senator from Maine was born in Groton, Massachusetts on November 2, 1789, attended Groton Academy, and graduated from Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire in 1811. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1814, and began … Continue reading

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Sherman

Sunset over Mount Katahdin from the Scudder Road in Sherman (2012)

Potatoes and strawberries are components of its agricultural economy, and Mount Katahdin is an every day presence. See photos. The town, formed during the Civil War, was named for John Sherman, a prominent abolitionist U.S. Senator. Continue reading

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Shirley

Location Map for Shirley

Located just south of Greenville on Maine combined Routes 6 and 15, its main village, Shirley Mills (see photos), grew up around early 19th century clapboard and saw mills, using water from the Piscataquis River. Along the east side of the pond, the B&A Railroad North Road runs north along the river. It was created from the old rail bed. Continue reading

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Sidney

Location Map for Sidney

Bounded by the Kennebec on the east and Messalonskee Lake (the modern name for Snow’s Pond) on much of the west, Sidney is located between Augusta and Waterville. See photos. Sidney Bog is located in the southeastern corner of the town. Continue reading

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Siebert, Frank T., Jr.

Frank Thomas Siebert, Jr. (1912-1998) was a student of the Penobscot Indians’ language and drafted an Penobscot dictionary in 1984 which contained nearly 15,000 entries of this Native American tribe’s vocabulary. Siebert was a pathologist, self-taught linguist and collector of … Continue reading

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Signs

Sign in South China (2001)

When John Steinbeck was traveling the country in 1960, he noted that states had interesting differences expressed in their signs: The New England states use a terse form of instruction, a tight-lipped, laconic style sheet, wasting no words and few … Continue reading

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Silver Ridge TWP

sign: "Welcome, Silver Ridge Township, Settled 1858"

Silver Ridge was, once a plantation from 1878 to the 1950s, in Aroostook County, immediately south of Sherman and east of Benedicta Township. Its small and declining population was likely a major factor in surrendering its organization. It is now … Continue reading

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Skiing, Boys

Consecutive Championhips School No. Years Mt. Blue 6 2000-2005 Mt. Blue 5 2007-2011 Edward Little 4 1968-1971 Yarmouth 4 2006-2009 Year No Classes Year Class A Class B Class C Class D 1946 Edward Little 1954 Gould Academy Bridgton 1947 … Continue reading

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Skiing, Girls

Consecutive Championships School No. Years Mt. Blue 11 1992-2002 Mt. Blue 8 2005-2012 Edward Little 6 1967-1972 Yarmouth 6 2007-2012 Madawaska 5 200-2004 Year No Classes & A Class B Class C Class D 1958 Farmington 1959 Farmington 1960 Edward … Continue reading

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Skowhegan

Location Map for Skowhegan

Recorded as Skwahegan in early reports, the name means “watching place for fish,” drawn from the falls in the Kennebec River that harbored salmon. See photos. Local Indians speared them as they attempted to scale the falls. Textile and shoe manufacturing were major employment options for local residents during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Once home to Camp Modin, a camp for Jewish boys and girls until 1992, Lake George Regional Park is split between Skowhegan and Canaan. Continue reading

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Slavery

while an accepted custom in the colonies, it was practiced in Maine as early as 1733 when the parish at York (then Agamenticus) “VOTED that there be a Slave Bought for the Parish to be Employed for the use of … Continue reading

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Smart, Ephraim Knight

(1813-1872) a U.S. Representative, was born in Prospect (now in  Searsport) September 3, 1813. He attended the common schools, completed preparatory studies under private tutors and attended Maine Wesleyan Seminary (now Kents Hill School) at Readfield. He studied law, was … Continue reading

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Smith, Albert

(1793-1867) a U.S. Representative, was born in Hanover, Massachusetts, January 3, 1793, attended the common schools and was graduated from Brown University in 1813. He studied law, was admitted to the bar and began his practice in Portland in 1817. … Continue reading

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Smith, Clyde Harold

(1876-1940), husband of Margaret Chase Smith, a U.S. Representative was born on a farm near Harmony, on June 9, 1876. He moved with his parents to Hartland in 1891 and attended the rural schools and Hartland Academy. Smith taught school; … Continue reading

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Smith, Elizabeth Oakes

Selected works . . . Bertha and Lily, or, The Parsonage of Beech Glen: A Romance. (1854)The Dandelion (1845)Jack Spanker and the Mermaid (1843?)The Newsboy (1854)Old New York: or, Democracy in 1689. A tragedy, in five acts. (1853) The Poetical … Continue reading

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Smith, Francis O. J.

Francis O. J. Smith

(1806-1876) a U.S. Representative, was born in Brentwood, New Hampshire on November 23, 1806. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire. He studied law, was admitted to the bar and began his practice in Portland in 1826. Smith … Continue reading

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Smith, Margaret Chase

Margaret Chase Smith House and Library, Pleasant Street, Skowhegan (2001)

(1897-1995) became, in 1949, the first woman to serve as a United States Senator. She was the first senator to speak out against Senator Joseph McCarthy and his committee on Un-American Affairs with her “declaration of conscience speech,” delivered to the Senate in June of 1950. Continue reading

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Smith, Samantha Reed

Sculpture of Samantha Smith (2001)

(1972-1985) was born on June 29, 1972 in Houlton, and died in a plane crash on August 15, 1985. At age ten, she wrote a letter to then Soviet Premier Yuri Andropov expressing her concern over the possibilities of nuclear war. Andropov replied that the Soviets did not want war and invited her to visit him. Continue reading

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Smith, Samuel E.

(1788-1860) born in Hollis, New Hampshire on March 12, 1788. He prepared for college at Groton Academy and graduated from Harvard College in 1808. He immediately moved to Wiscasset to begin the practice of law and, coming from an old … Continue reading

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Smithfield

Location Map for Smithfield

A summer recreational center, it hosts the bulk of two of the Belgrade Lakes: North Pond and East Pond. East Pond is home to several summer camps for young people, some that cater to adults, and some that are individually owned summer cottages. See photos. The main village is on the eastern shore of North Pond, where a sandy beach attracts area residents and summer visitors. Continue reading

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Smyrna

Farm Buildings in Smyrna (2003)

Named for a famous city in ancient Turkey, the town is west of Houlton on Interstate 95 and on U.S. Route 2, where the village of Smyrna Mills straddles the town line with Merrill. See photos. The town has become home to a substantial number of Amish people, who farm and work using simple, low technology methods. The Mattawamkeag River flows through the village. In the river is the ruins of an old dam and mill. Continue reading

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Snow, Donald F.

Donald Francis Snow (1877-1958), a U.S. Representative was born in Bangor on September 6, 1877. He attended the public schools of his native city and was graduated from Bowdoin College in 1901 and from the law school of the University … Continue reading

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Snowe, Olympia

Olympia J. Snowe

  Olympia Jean Snowe (1947- ), a U.S. Representative and a Senator from Maine, was born Olympia Jean Boucles in Augusta on February 21, 1947. She attended St. Basil’s Academy in Garrison, New York 1962; graduated from Edward Little High … Continue reading

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Soccer, Boys

Consecutive Championships School No. Years Scarborough 4 1973-1976 Richmond 4 1976-1979 Falmouth 4 2001-2003 Year Class A Class B Class C Class D 1970 Gorham 1971 Gorham 1972 Gorham 1973 Scarborough Yarmouth 1974 Scarborough Greely Richmond 1975 Scarborough Greely Georges … Continue reading

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Soccer, Girls

Consecutive Championships School No. Year North Yarmouth 5 2003-2007 Year No Class Class B Class C Class D 1980 Waterville 1981 Waterville Class A 1982 Waterville Hyde 1983 Waterville Penobscot Valley 1984 Waterville Penquis Valley 1985 Mount Ararat Penobscot Valley … Continue reading

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Sockalexis, Louis

Sketch of Louis Sockalexis

1871 Born on Indian Island, grandson of the Chief of the Bear Clan. 1893 Attends St. Mary’s College, Van Buren. 1894-1895 Attends Holy Cross College, Worcester, Massachusetts, batting a powerful .444 over two seasons. 1896 Transfers to Notre Dame in … Continue reading

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Softball

Softball Image public domain

Consecutive Champions School No. Year Madison 4 1994-1997 Traip 3 1988-1990 Jonesport-Beals 3 1992-1994 Year Class A Class B Class C Class D 1977 Winslow Hermon Massabesic 1978 Mt. Ararat Gorham Searsport 1979 Winslow Massabesic Madison 1980 Gardiner Van Buren … Continue reading

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Soldiertown Township Penobscot

Location Map for Soldiertown TWP

The East Branch of the Penobscot River travels from north to south on its east side. Three small ponds, Soldier, Little Soldier and Trout are here. Hay Brook is the village on the Grindstone Road. Continue reading

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Soldiertown Township Somerset

Soldiertown Somerset Location

Soldiertown is one of two unorganized townships by the same name. This one is in Somerset County and is also known as T2 R3 NBKP. The other Soldiertown, known as T2 R7 WELS, is in Penobscot County. The Northern Road, … Continue reading

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Solon

Location Map for Solon

Solon, Maine is a town in Somerset County, incorporated on February 23, 1809 from the township T1 R2 EKR. Settled in 1782 by William Hilton of Wiscasset, it was named for one of the great sages of Ancient Greece, in keeping with its neighboring town of Athens. Continue reading

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Somerset County

Map of Maine Counties and Baxter Park

is the ninth most populous of the sixteen counties, located in north central Maine, formed on March 1, 1809 from the northern portion of Kennebec County. In 1838 substantial sections of the county were given up to form Piscataquis and … Continue reading

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Somerset County Nature Preserves

Flagstaff Lake from Bigelow Mountain (2003)

Coburn Woods in Skowhegan. This 300 acre tract is named in honor of Louise Helen Coburn, founder and first president of the Somerset Woods Trustees, which owns and manages the land.  Is contains significant vernal pools with good surrounding wooded … Continue reading

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Somerville

School and Town Office (2003)

The Sheepscot River runs through the western portion of the town, and through Somerville Village itself. It widens into Long Pond (once known as Patricktown Pond), on which the town has substantial frontage. See photos. Somerville is east of Windsor on Maine Route 105, and north of Jefferson following Maine Route 206 to 105. This rural town has had a small, but growing population. Since the 1970’s it has grown to two and a half times its size then. Continue reading

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Somes, Daniel E.

Daniel Elton Somes (1815-1888) a U.S. Representative was born in Meredith (now Laconia), New Hampshire on May 20, 1815 where he received an academic education. Somes moved to Biddeford in 1846 and established the Eastern Journal, later known as the … Continue reading

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Sorrento

Location Map for Sorrento

Sorrento sits on Waukeag Neck, on Maine Route 185 south of Sullivan. See photos. The neck juts into Frenchman’s Bay with spectacular views of the mountains in Acadia National Park. Sorrento Harbor is a centerpiece of the community, especially when the “summer people” return and the water fills with pleasure boats. The town hosts two nature preserves in Sorrento Harbor, both maintained by the Nature Conservancy: Dram Island, is home to nesting osprey; Preble Island is densely forested with eagles roosting. Continue reading

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South Berwick

Brick House with Classic Barn (2002)

Maine’s oldest educational institution, Berwick Academy, was established here in 1791 when the town was part of Berwick. See photos. South Berwick is the birthplace of Sarah Orne Jewett, who attended Berwick Academy for four years — her only formal education. The town is accessible to the coastal communities of York and Kittery via Maine Routes 91 and 236. Continue reading

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South Branch Pond

Photo: Hiking Trail Signs (2007)

is the northern most campground in Baxter State Park. The site, in T5 R9 WELS township, offers tent sites, cabins, a bunkhouse. Canoeing and hiking provide opportunities for sweeping scenic views, and wildlife observation. Hiking trails are well marked as … Continue reading

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South Bristol

Boats and Osier

The Darling Marine Center of the University of Maine is located in the village of Walpole. See photos. The population centers in the town’s southern most reaches are on Rutherford Island, perched at the end of a peninsular. The community is home to three nature preserves. Plummer Point is a 74 acre wooded peninsula with over a mile of shoreline. The Tracy Property is a town park with public access to the Damariscotta River. The wooded 18-acre Witch Island Sanctuary, provides two beaches and views of Johns Bay. Continue reading

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South Freeport

Freeport Harbor (2014)

South Freeport is on the broad Harraseeket River leading to Casco Bay. Once a shipbuilding center, it now hosts the town’s public wharf, a marina, a boatyard, and the Harraseeket Yacht Club. Winslow Park on the Bay provides recreation and camping opportunities. Continue reading

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South Portland

Location Map for South Portland

A residential community serving the greater Portland area for over a hundred years, the City has developed independent economic resources. See photos. It is part of the Port of Portland and home to a major railroad yard and fuel tank storage facility. The Southern Maine Community College campus includes Fort Preble, named for Commodore Edward Preble. Continue reading

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South Solon Meeting House

Toward the Balcony (2003)

The 1842 South Solon Meeting House in Solon, is a period piece well preserved, with colorful murals depicting religious themes on the walls. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Meeting House is located about five miles Southeast … Continue reading

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South Thomaston

Location Map for South Thomaston

The town lies on the Weskeag River, which broadens into several large coves before emptying into the Muscle Ridge Channel. In addition to the main village, Pleasant Beach, Waterman Beach, and Spruce Head villages hug the shore on Penobscot Bay. Spruce Head Island, connected to the mainland by a bridge, juts into Muscle Ridge Channel, a favorite passage for boaters seeking the protection of the outlying islands. Continue reading

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Southern Maine Community College

Sign for SMCC (2012)

located in South Portland,is one of several community colleges across the state.  It was formerly know as Southern Maine Technical College, but has expanded its offerings to include additional academic courses. The college has been in existence since the mid-twentieth … Continue reading

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Southport Island

Map of Maine Showing the location of Southport. Green areas are unorganized territories.

Located between Sheepscot Bay and Booth Bay, it is connected by a swing bridge to the town of Boothbay Harbor, and the casual visitor might not assume the town with two lighthouses was on an island. See photos. At the height of the summer, traffic is often backed up at the bridge as boats pass. Townsend Gut is the narrow waterway that separates the two towns. It is a shortcut from Boothbay Harbor to the Sheepscot River. The general store in West Southport village has been an institution for over a century. Continue reading

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Southwest Harbor

Location Map for Southwest Harbor

It lies on the southwest entrance to Somes Sound, diagonally across from Northeast Harbor, a village in the town of Mount Desert. Southwest Harbor has been both a fishing and summer resort community from its earliest days as a town. See photos. Maine Route 102 begins at entrance to Mount Desert Island and leads directly south to the main village of Southwest Harbor. Here the Wendell Gilley Museum celebrates the life and work of Gilley, a pioneer of decorative bird carving. South of the harbor, the small villages of Manset and Seawall face the entrance to Somes Sound and the Cranberry Isles. Continue reading

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Sparrows

Chipping Sparrow (2010)

Several species of sparrows abound in Maine’s collection of birds.  They include the Chipping, Song, and White-throated sparrows. All are between 5 and 7 inches long. In an unusual twist, the female and male sparrows noted here have the same … Continue reading

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Spear, Ellis

Ellis Spear

(1834-1917) was second in command to then Colonel Joshua L. Chamberlain at the famous Civil War battle of Little Round Top at Gettysburg in July of 1863. He was born in Warren on October 15, 1834. Spear was graduated from … Continue reading

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Species, Endangered and Threatened

Eagles Nest Distribution 2008

Since European settlement, at least 14 species of wildlife are known to have been completely eliminated from the Maine environment. To prevent further losses, the Maine Endangered Species Act was enacted in 1975. In 1986, Maine’s first list of 23 … Continue reading

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Sports Championships

Baseball Basketball, Boys Basketball, Girls Cheerleading Cross Country, Boys Cross Country, Girls Diving Field Hockey Football Golf Gymnastics Hockey Lacrosse Skiing, Boys Skiing, Girls Soccer, Boys Soccer, Girls Softball Swimming Tennis, Boys Tennis, Girls Track, Outdoor, Boys Track, Outdoor, Girls … Continue reading

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Spotted Elk, Molly

Molly Spotted Elk

1903 Born on Indian Island, eldest child of Horace Nelson, a future Penobscot Governor, and Philomena Solis Nelson, a celebrated basket maker. In Penobscot her given name is “Molly Dellis.” After her mother’s early death, Molly raises her seven brothers … Continue reading

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Sprague, Peleg

Peleg Sprague

(1793-1880), grandfather of Charles Franklin Sprague (a U.S Representative from Massachusetts 1897-1901), was a himself a Representative and a U. S. Senator from Maine Charles Sprague was born in Duxbury, Massachusetts on April 27, 1793. He graduated from Harvard University … Continue reading

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Springfield

Location Map for Springfield

Located on the east-west Maine Route 6 crossing eastern Penobscot and northern Washington counties, the town has a substantial area in wetlands. See photos. One account has the name commemorating “extensive fields abounding in springs.” The village is centered around the crossroads of Route 6, Park Street (Routes 169/170), and Shep Road. Continue reading

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St. Agatha

Location Map for St. Agatha

Settled by Acadians, the name derives from the parish church that was established in 1890. Farming and lumbering have been this St. John Valley area town’s historic economic base. Located on the northwest shore of Long Lake, Maine Route 162 from Frenchville passes through the main village, then hugs the lake shore and continues along nearby Mud Lake. Continue reading

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St. Albans

Location Map for St.Albans

At the junction of Maine Routes 23, 43 and 152, the village lies at the southwestern tip of Indian Pond. The three and one-half mile Pond (sometimes called Indian Lake, or Big Indian Lake) is maintained by a dam at the park in the main village. Continue reading

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St. Francis

Location Map for St. Francis

The St. Francis River, which forms the northeastern border with Canada along with the St. John River, joins the St. John at the town of St. Francis. Across the St. John lies Madawaska County, New Brunswick. The St. John River forms the northern boundary of this small community, which has been declining in population for the past two decades. It is the last organized town on Route 161, which follows the St. John River from Fort Kent. Continue reading

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St. George

Location Map for St. George

In a park near the town office, St. George and the dragon reenact their famous battle. See photos. The Fort St. George’s memorial is nearby.St. George was the site of granite quarries and was the birthplace of the Granite Cutters Union in 1877, the first in the state’s history. The town may be better known by some by its villages of Port Clyde, at the southern tip of its long peninsular, and Tenants Harbor. Continue reading

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St. John

Location Map for St. John

With the St. John River as its northern boundary, the town is located nearly at the end of Maine Route 161, a dead end road that travels west from Fort Kent to serve the small communities along the River. The Plantation has several modest sized lakes, including Wallagrass Lakes (Lakes 1 and 2) in the southeast, Wheelock Lake in the northeast, and Hunnewell Lake in the west. It hosts two lots of Maine Public Reserved Lands totaling 1,167 acres. Continue reading

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St. John River

St. John River at Van Buren (2003)

begins, in its Southwest Branch, from Little St. John Lake in the unorganized township of T5 R20 WELS on Maine’s northwestern border with the province of Quebec, Canada. The Northwest Branch is born in Beaver Pond in the northwestern township … Continue reading

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Stacyville

Location Map for Stacyville

Its main village is Sherman Station on the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad line and Maine Route 11 just across the town line from the Town of Sherman. Stacyville Village is in the southwest of the township; Siberia village is in the center on the Grindstone Road. That portion of Route 11 in Sherman Station Village serves as the “Main Street” for the town, with community buildings and businesses. Continue reading

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Standish

Location Map for Standish

Named in honor of Captain Miles Standish, the military leader of the Plymouth Colony, the town has a very long shoreline on Sebago Lake in its southwest corner, including its Lower Bay. See photos. In the 19th century, the Oxford-Cumberland Canal allowed passage of boats from Harrison to Portland. Steep Falls was a thriving village historically, with its excellent water power on the Saco River and the railroad station in its midst. Both a recreational area and suburb of Portland, the town is served by six Maine highway routes. Continue reading

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Stanley, Francis and Freelan

Francis (1849-1918) and his twin brother Freelan (1849-1940) Stanley were born June 1, 1849 in Kingfield. They formed the Stanley Dry Plate Company in 1883 to manufacture dry plates for the photographic process invented by Francis. After 22 years, they … Continue reading

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Stanwood, Cornelia

Stanwood Homestead and Sanctuary Entrance (2013)

(1865-1958), was a well-respected Maine ornithologist. At the age of 48, she found her true calling in life – the study of birds. After floating through one teaching job after another for 17 years, and a nervous breakdown, she remembered … Continue reading

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Starks

The New Vineyard Mountains from Route 43

A farming town, Starks once boasted a canning factory to which farmers would bring corn, squash, pumpkins, and other produce each fall. See photos. The “corn shop,” as it was known, closed in 1964. The now abandoned Grange Hall was the site of many community dances and socials at least through the 1950’s. The winding Sandy River, the site of several ferry crossings, constitutes the town’s eastern boundary. A small chapel is located near an old cemetery on the River Road. Continue reading

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State Capitol

Statue Atop the State House Dome (2002)

The statue on the dome of the State House, designed by W. Clark Noble of Gardiner, is reputed to be “the figure of wisdom” according to the report of the commission on enlargement of the State House. It is about … Continue reading

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State Parks

Camden Harbor (2001)

and other public outdoor recreational areas State Parks Allagash Wilderness Waterway (Aroostook County). A canoe camper’s paradise. This 92-mile corridor of lakes and river is surrounded by a vast commercial forest. If you plan to canoe the Allagash, contact the … Continue reading

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Stearns, Joseph B.

Joseph B. Stearns (1831-1895) was born in Weld and moved to Searsmont with is father at the age of fourteen.  Three years later he moved to Newburyport, Massachusetts and found work in a cotton mill. After several early failures left … Continue reading

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Stetson

Location Map for Stetson

Just 20 miles northwest of Bangor and adjacent to Newport, the town is a growing, but still rural community. Settled in 1800, it was soon organized as a plantation for election purposes. The post office opened in 1829. In the 1880’s Stetson was home to three sawmills, a grist mill, Stetson Cheese Factory, and a carriage factory. Continue reading

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Stetson, Charles

(1801-1863) a U.S. Representative, was born in New Ipswich, New Hampshire on November 2, 1801. He moved with his parents to Hampden in 1802, attended Hampden Academy and was graduated from Yale College in 1823. He studied law, was admitted … Continue reading

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Steuben

Location Map for Steuben

This Washington County fishing and summer residential community projects two peninsulas (Dyer Neck and Petit Manan Point) divided by Dyer Bay into coastal waters. See photos. A small section of Penobscot Indian Territory is located at Dyer Harbor on Dyer Neck. The main village lies at the head of Gouldsboro Bay on U.S. Route 1. Continue reading

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Stevens, John Calvin

(1855-1940) was born in Boston, though his family moved to Portland in 1857 when he was two years old. The Great fire of 1866 destroyed the family home along with almost 1,000 other buildings. In 1873, after finishing high school, … Continue reading

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Stockholm

Location Map for Stockholm

Named for the Swedish capital, the village lies on the Little Madawaska River, just off Maine Route 161 and just north of New Sweden, also part of the Colony. The village, essentially off the main highways, is not “on-the-way” to anywhere. This small community, with a continued significant reliance on agriculture and a declining population, still supports three churches: Catholic, Baptist, and Lutheran. Continue reading

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Stockton Springs

Location Map for Stockton Springs

The town lies at the junction of U.S. Routes 1 (east to Bucksport) and 1A (north to Bangor). See photos. Fort Point is a peninsular, just north of Sears Island, that extends almost to the center of Penobscot Bay at its northerly reaches. British Governor Pownall built Fort Pownall there in 1759. Fort Point State Park marks the southern end of Fort Point Cove. Sandy Point Beach is at the northern reach of the cove. Continue reading

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Stoneham

Location Map for Stoneham

Though named for the Massachusetts town of the same name, the stony landscape also reflects its title. An excellent mountain climbing region, it is located near the New Hampshire Border in the White Mountain National Forest. East Stoneham is the principal village. The town is home to Camp Susan L. Curtis, named for the daughter of the former Governor. The closest Maine Route is number 11 where, at North Lovell, one may venture into Stoneham’s secondary roads. Continue reading

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Stonington

The Village at the Harbor (2003)

ts name implies the great granite quarries, four of which were developed after 1870 and supplied material for many buildings in New York City and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Fishing and, increasingly, summer residences provide the mainstay of the local economy. Stonington consistently lands more lobsters than any other port in the State. Continue reading

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Stow

Location Map for Stow

Stow borders New Hampshire, which may be reached by Maine Route 113 north from Fryeburg. It was once the home of the Pequawket Indians, who traveled the Pequawket Trail to Biddeford Pool during the summers to fish and gather shellfish. The Cold River enters the state in Stow and flows south through most of this narrow north-south shaped town. Continue reading

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Stowe, Harriet Beecher

The "Stowe House" c. 1950

Selected works The Mayflower, or, Sketches of scenes and characters among the descendants of the Pilgrims (1843) The Colored Patriots of the American Revolution (1855) An inside View of Slavery; or, A tour among the planters (1855) Dred; a Tale … Continue reading

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Stratton

Location Map for Stratton

Stratton is a village in the town of Eustis. It is the main village with a small commercial area and civic facilities, including the town office, fire department, library, and post office. The Oramendal Blanchard House, home to the local sawmill owner in the late 19th century, is on the National Register of Historic Places. Continue reading

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Strong

Location Map for Strong

The main village is located about eleven miles north of Farmington on a big bend in the Sandy River at the junction of Maine Routes 4, 145, 149 and 234. Maine’s Republican Party was founded here on August 7, 1854 by a coalition of anti-slavery Democrats, other Democrats, and Whigs. Continue reading

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Stroudwater

Park in "Historic Stroudwater" (2014)

Stroudwater, a neighborhood in the City of Portland, lies west of the railroad tracks to the Westbrook border. Several locations of historical significance include the Tate House Museum, a portion of the Cumberland & Oxford Canal, and an old dam on the Stroudwater River. It is a highly developed residential and commercial area. Continue reading

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Sullivan

Location Map for Sullivan

Once a center of granite production, this summer resort community on U.S. Route 1 and Maine Route 200 overlooks Frenchman’s Bay at Sullivan Harbor. The nature preserve at Donnell Pond, Black Mountain, and Tunk Lake in Sullivan is owned and managed by the Maine Bureau of Public Lands. Continue reading

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Sumner

Location Map for Sumner

East-west Maine Route 219 serves Pleasant Pond and the villages of West Sumner and East Sumner on its way from West Paris to North Turner. See photos. After booming for decades, the town was crippled by the Great Depression and eventually by the loss of the railroad in 1952. From Buckfield to Turner, the river is a corridor for canoe trips. Continue reading

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Surry

Location Map for Surry

Surry is just southwest of Ellsworth on Maine Route 172 where it crosses Route 176. Once an active fishing, farming and lumbering community, it is now primarily residential with modest tourism and fishing supplementing the local economy. The town’s Newbury Neck extends over six miles from the mainland, a virtual island surrounded by Morgan Bay and Union River Bay. Continue reading

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Swan Island

Location Map for Swan Island

in the Kennebec River between Richmond and Dresden in Sagadahoc County is the only state-owned wildlife management area that is also a game preserve providing sanctuary for migrating waterfowl and the resident white-tailed deer. It is also the only management … Continue reading

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Swan’s Island

Location Map for Swan

in Hancock County is southeast of Mount Desert Island, accessible by ferry from Bass Harbor in Tremont. See amateur film clip. Beaches and picnic areas may be found at the villages of Minturn and Atlantic, in addition to Swan’s Island village. Continue reading

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Swanville

Location Map for Swanville

The town is an easy drive to Belfast south on Maine Route 141. Hurd’s Pond is a twenty-five acre water body surrounded by 75 acres of sedge meadow and freshwater wetlands. Frequented by many species of migrating and breeding waterfowl. Continue reading

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Swasey, John Philip

(1839-1928) a U.S. Representative, was born in Canton on September 4, 1839. He attended the Canton public schools, Dearborn Academy, Hebron Academy, Maine State Seminary, and Tufts College, Medford, Massachusetts. During the Civil War, Swasey enlisted in the Union Army … Continue reading

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Sweat, Lorenzo de Medici

(1818-1898) a U.S. Representative, was born in Parsonsfield on May 26, 1818. He was graduated from Bowdoin College in 1837 and from the law department of Harvard University in 1840. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in … Continue reading

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Sweden

Location Map for Sweden

Year Population 1970 110 1980 163 1990 222 2000 324 2010 391 Geographic Data N. Latitude 44:07:24 W. Latitude 70:48:59 Maine House District 71 Maine Senate District 18 Congress District 2 Area sq. mi. (total) 29.7 Area sq. mi. (land) … Continue reading

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Swedish Colony Law 1870

Location Map for New Sweden

Law Promoting Swedish Immigration [See New Sweden, Stockholm, Westmanland and the Swedish Colony Report.] Chapter 173. An act to promote immigration and to facilitate the settlement of the public lands. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives … Continue reading

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Swedish Colony Report 1870

Location Map for New Sweden

REPORT OF THE BOARD OF IMMIGRATION – 1870 [This report of the Board is also an introduction to the more extensive Report of the Commissioner of Immigration, 1870. Several similar reports were made in succeeding years. All are available at … Continue reading

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Swimming and Diving

Girl Swimmer

Consecutive Championships School No. Year Old Town (Boys) 14 1985-1998 Old Town (Girls) 6 1992-1997 Mt Desert (Boys) 6 2004-2009 Bangor (Boys) 6 2007-2012 BOYS GIRLS YR Class A Class B Class A Class B 1961 Brunswick 1962 Portland 1963 … Continue reading

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