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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.

3/5/10

DOWN EAST TALES

TEACHING ON MATINICUS - I arrived sometime the last week of August for my teaching job at the Matinicus school. If you don’t think you can shiver in August, you haven’t been on a slow boat in the middle of Penobscot Bay. Why Matinicus? Actually, I thought I was headed for Alaska. I’d been seriously looking for a one-room school job, but I thought the little schools on islands off the coast of Maine were taught by long-term, career natives; I had no idea about the teacher turnover that was so common, especially on Matinicus, where they don’t offer a tenured position (perhaps too much potential for cracking up over the winter). . . .

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