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July 21,2024

I spotted my first pumpkin in Portland this weekend. I guess it was only a matter of time. It was hardly the only hint that summer is heading out. I can see it in the drooping petals of the flowers in my neighborhood's gardens, in the deepening sunsets over the Fore River.

My latest postcard - a little long in coming, apologies - is a celebration of the season now departing, with anticipation for the new one on the way. I'm heading out today for one last visit to my cabin Down East, which has no insulation (or electricity for that matter), before the wood stove won't be enough to keep me warm.

I hope you've had a lovely summer, despite the abundance of gray skies. Do write and tell me about your favorite moments. What will you miss the most? What are you looking forward to this fall? Drop me a line. As always, I'd love to hear.

Thanks for reading, as ever.



Ideas for squeezing in some last summer fun

And get ready to leap into fall with some apple picking

What happened when a hiker lost consciousness on Katahdin's Knife Edge

Learn the lingo of the thru-hikers making their way along Maine’s 282-mile section of the Appalachian Trail

In the Kennebec Land Trust, 20 miles of scenic trails

To identify migrating shorebirds, try watching how they eat

Why saving Maine's salt marshes matters

If you see this fast-growing vine, tell the state


Press Herald photographer Shawn Patrick Ouellette took this gorgeous shot on Benner Island, once the summertime home of Andrew and Betsy Wyeth and now owned by Colby College.

Purchase photos from Maine


In Wiscasset, delicious lobster rolls on both sides of the road

Related story: A woman who once sold lobster from a cart on Portland's Commercial Street offers up her recipe for a lobster sandwich featuring avocado, basil and bacon

Make sure to look for Home Plates, stories and recipes from Maine cooks

Related story: This one might just make you cry

Bean-hole beans are at the center of this Maine family reunion, which has been going on for a century

Christine Burns Rudalevige on how to be a flexible eater, shopper and cook - plus a recipe for a summer berry pudding

This year wasn't exactly peachy for Maine's peach crop

Our restaurant critic on the array of fresh fare available to eat in or take home at SoPo Seafood


One of my favorite stories of the year, in case you missed it, about how this 87-year-old from Brunswick faced an intruder in her home

Related story: Is it any wonder that this story went viral?

Will Maine get a new state flag - and will it look like the one on your T-shirt?

David Geffen's gigayacht in Portland drew plenty of stares and glares

Celebrate the glories of summer in this photo gallery

They didn't make it, but they stole our hearts - photos from a Maine team's trip to the Little League World Series


Nita Lelyveld is the managing editor of the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. She spent 20 years with the Los Angeles Times before moving to Maine, where her family has owned land
Down East for half a century. Send story suggestions to Nita and follow her on Twitter @mydayinmaine.

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