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The Coastal Packet

The longtime national journal, Progressive Review, has moved its headquarters from Washington DC to Freeport, Maine, where its editor, Sam Smith, has long ties. This is a local edition dealing with Maine news and progressive politics.

9/16/09

September 16

THE MAINE STREAM

Maine Public Broadcasting -
A Portland-based tidal power company has received a little over one point six million dollars from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a mooring system for its commercial ocean current generation. . . and to study the impact of tidal generators on Beluga whales. The company plans to deploy its first commercial tidal generation units in Maine in 2011.

Times Record - Don Hudson, executive director of the Chewonki Foundation in Wiscasset, announced plans to retire from that position next year. . . Hudson's first impression of the Wiscasset location came in 1959, when he visited his brother, who was attending the summer camp there. . . . When Hudson officially steps down from the position next summer, Chewonki will welcome only its fourth top official in 95 years of operation.

Times Record - Bowdoin College's endowment lost 17 percent during the last fiscal year, the college announced.

WCSH - Twenty-nine fishermen have banded together to try to market their own lobsters. The fishermen come from Chebeague and Cliff Islands, as well as from Freeport, Yarmouth and Portland. They've formed a business, called Calendar Islands Lobster Company, which will market their catch to stores and restaurants. That's a big change from the way most of the lobster industry works. Typically, fishermen sell their catch to co-ops or to lobster dealers. Those buyers then turn around and sell the lobsters to wholesalers or processing plants.. . . The project is being helped by the Island Institute, which has raised $43,000 to hire a full-time staff person to work on marketing and other needs.

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