Another article in National Geographic Traveler

I wrote another article that was published in the current issue of National Geographic Traveler. This is a short one about traditional ice harvests that still go on in Maine during the winter. The story was part of a larger package called “In Praise of Winter”. My contribution is not available online, unfortunately, but you can download the pdf and read it.

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He served for Hitler and the U.S. Army

Hank Welzel was 16 when the Wehrmacht drafted him in 1942

On Veterans Day this year, NPR’s All Things Considered aired my story about Hank Welzel, a sharp 84-year-old who lives with his wife in Freeport, Maine.

Hank was born in Ohio in 1926, but moved with his family to Germany when he was two years old. He grew up under the Nazi regime and served in the German Army during WWII. After the war, he returned to the United States and then served in the U.S. Army on the front lines of Korea.

Hank’s is a unique story about national identity and personal redemption.

You can listen to my NPR piece, or you can continue reading for photos and the extended story.

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I write about Prohibition in Maine in Down East magazine

Downeast Magazine Cover November 2010Did you know Maine was the first state to outlaw alcohol? By the time, federal Prohibition became law in 1920 with the 18th Amendment, Mainers had been living in a “technically” dry state for 70 years.

I write about Portland’s little-known involvement in the early Prohibition movement in the November 2010 issue of Down East magazine, in “The Great Rum Riot”.

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Audio clip for New Hampshire Public Radio

Here is an audio “postcard” for New Hampshire Public Radio featuring Kathy Gunst talking to South Berwick, Maine, school children about nutrition.

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My first piece in National Geographic Traveler

National Geographic CoverI published a short walking tour of Portland, Maine, in the September 2010 issue of National Geographic Traveler. Unfortunately, it’s not online, but if you find yourself flipping through magazines at the bookstore, check it out and let me know what you think.

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Popping the lid off pot

I write about Maine’s fledgling medical marijuana industry in this Mainebiz cover story.

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Fishing for a future, part two

GreatBay Aquaculture employees harvest cod from Down East Maine's Frenchman Bay

Here’s the second article in my series on the offshore aquaculture industry. Whereas the first article dealt with the international side of the issue, this one looks at the United States’, and specifically Maine’s, domestic industry.

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Fishing for a future

AquaPods from Maine-based Ocean Farm Technologies are reassembled in a shipyard in Guaymas, Mexico

Here’s the first half of a two-part series I wrote for Mainebiz about offshore aquaculture operations in Panama and Mexico, which are using fish cages designed by a Maine-based company to withstand the rough conditions of the open ocean.

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