Maintaining Maine: A Rural Community Debates its Future

Harpswell, Maine is a small fishing community in the mid-coast region. One half of the town is narrow neck of land, jutting into Casco Bay, and the other, a string of three islands connected by bridges. As the town library puts it, "On the west is a single peninsula, Harpswell Neck, a thin finger of granite, pine and rolling meadows dotted with classic 19th century homes, a scattering of working farms, white churches of architectural perfection and the no-nonsense front yards of the Neck’s scores of working lobstermen." The townspeople are friendly, and most were born and grew up there. The town seems to consist of a couple of long, scenic roads, a few houses and some breathtaking views.