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In a Pew Research Center Poll conducted last year, 56 percent of Americans said they weren’t interested in riding in self-driving cars. But Teddy Ort, a researcher and Ph.D. candidate at MIT, thinks autonomous vehicles could solve Maine's traffic problems.

In a Pew Research Center Poll conducted last year, 56 percent of Americans said they weren’t interested in riding in self-driving cars. But Teddy Ort, a researcher and Ph.D. candidate at MIT, thinks autonomous vehicles could solve Maine's traffic problems.

What's your favorite Route 1 landmark? 🚘 We've highlighted a few of our favorite stops — and detours — on our country's very first interstate highway in our Route 1 Road Trip guide.

What's your favorite Route 1 landmark? 🚘 We've highlighted a few of our favorite stops — and detours — on our country's very first interstate highway in our Route 1 Road Trip guide.

Ahead of this month’s Emmy Awards, Barry, a dark comedy about an assassin turned actor, scored 13 nominations. Incidentally, the opening theme, soul singer Charles Bradley’s “Change for the World,” owns an unlikely place in Maine music lore.  📷  shutterstock | Rene Oonk

Ahead of this month’s Emmy Awards, Barry, a dark comedy about an assassin turned actor, scored 13 nominations. Incidentally, the opening theme, soul singer Charles Bradley’s “Change for the World,” owns an unlikely place in Maine music lore. 📷 shutterstock | Rene Oonk

At Windham High School, where she teaches social studies, she’s Ms. Rush. On the internet, where she has more than 10,000 Instagram followers and a well-trafficked blog, she’s Crafty Teacher Lady, champion of self-reliance and living well on a teacher’s salary. Learn how Kelly-Anne Rush's juggles.   📷 Courtesy of Kelly-Anne Rush

At Windham High School, where she teaches social studies, she’s Ms. Rush. On the internet, where she has more than 10,000 Instagram followers and a well-trafficked blog, she’s Crafty Teacher Lady, champion of self-reliance and living well on a teacher’s salary. Learn how Kelly-Anne Rush's juggles. 📷 Courtesy of Kelly-Anne Rush

A few years ago, Rich Wills started plotting his Kittery-to-Campobello trip, pouring over nautical charts on lunch breaks, spending evenings scouting islands and coves where he could lay up in an emergency. Rowing at his usual rate, 32 strokes per minute, he figured he could cover 20 to 30 miles a day. “That comes out to 125,000 strokes to Canada,” he noted.   📷 Dave Dostie

A few years ago, Rich Wills started plotting his Kittery-to-Campobello trip, pouring over nautical charts on lunch breaks, spending evenings scouting islands and coves where he could lay up in an emergency. Rowing at his usual rate, 32 strokes per minute, he figured he could cover 20 to 30 miles a day. “That comes out to 125,000 strokes to Canada,” he noted. 📷 Dave Dostie

Our September 1968 cover featured, "Matinicus Harbor," by portrait painter and landscape artist Claude Montgomery.

Our September 1968 cover featured, "Matinicus Harbor," by portrait painter and landscape artist Claude Montgomery.

The September image from our 2019 Maine Wall Calendar — a lobster shack in the iconic fishing village of Stonington.  Get your 2019 Down East wall calendars now on shop.downeast.com!  📷 A. G. Evans Photography

The September image from our 2019 Maine Wall Calendar — a lobster shack in the iconic fishing village of Stonington. Get your 2019 Down East wall calendars now on shop.downeast.com! 📷 A. G. Evans Photography

The September image from our 2019 Maine Wall Calendar — a lobster shack in the iconic fishing village of Stonington.  Get your 2019 Down East wall calendars now on shop.downeast.com!  📷 A. G. Evans Photography

The September image from our 2019 Maine Wall Calendar — a lobster shack in the iconic fishing village of Stonington. Get your 2019 Down East wall calendars now on shop.downeast.com! 📷 A. G. Evans Photography

#RoomWithAView Early last April, a pair of ospreys — newlyweds, so to speak — built themselves a nest there. Every so often, we’d see one or the other of them…  📷 WikiImages | Pixabay

#RoomWithAView Early last April, a pair of ospreys — newlyweds, so to speak — built themselves a nest there. Every so often, we’d see one or the other of them… 📷 WikiImages | Pixabay

Growing up in the 1960s, Rebecca Charles spent countless hours on Gooch’s Beach, in Kennebunk, where her family had vacationed for generations. In 1997, she opened Pearl Oyster Bar, a cozy, narrow joint in Greenwich Village with a menu driven by coastal Maine cuisine. Now, Pearl Kennebunk & Spat Oyster Cellar are open near her old stomping grounds for their first full season together.  📷 Stacey Cramp

Growing up in the 1960s, Rebecca Charles spent countless hours on Gooch’s Beach, in Kennebunk, where her family had vacationed for generations. In 1997, she opened Pearl Oyster Bar, a cozy, narrow joint in Greenwich Village with a menu driven by coastal Maine cuisine. Now, Pearl Kennebunk & Spat Oyster Cellar are open near her old stomping grounds for their first full season together. 📷 Stacey Cramp

When Mary and Tom Albright were looking to downsize, their Realtor showed them the 1887 York Village train depot, which had been converted into a three-bedroom house in the 1970s. At 1,800 square feet — a third the size of their last place — it was a daunting readjustment, but the Albrights’ tickets were punched.   📷 Trent Bell

When Mary and Tom Albright were looking to downsize, their Realtor showed them the 1887 York Village train depot, which had been converted into a three-bedroom house in the 1970s. At 1,800 square feet — a third the size of their last place — it was a daunting readjustment, but the Albrights’ tickets were punched. 📷 Trent Bell

#ThrowbackThursday Our September 1963 cover by Edward Higgins.  Purchase full back issues of Down East Magazine, including this issue, on the Down East app. 📲 downeast.com/digital-editions/

#ThrowbackThursday Our September 1963 cover by Edward Higgins. Purchase full back issues of Down East Magazine, including this issue, on the Down East app. 📲 downeast.com/digital-editions/

Common Ground Country Fair’s annual posters - pig and praying mantis

Common Ground Country Fair’s annual posters - pig and praying mantis

Michelle Provencal makes her mussel shell ornaments from wool. Can you tell which shells are real and which are felt?  📷 Courtesy of Michelle Provencal

Michelle Provencal makes her mussel shell ornaments from wool. Can you tell which shells are real and which are felt? 📷 Courtesy of Michelle Provencal

Beachgoers, boaters, fishermen — for many a recreationalist, seaweed is mostly just a nuisance. But in SEAWEED CHRONICLES: A WORLD AT The WATER'S EDGE, by Susan Hand Shetterly (Algonquin Books, August 7), seaweed gets its due as the fascinating, vital — and, unfortunately, threatened — lifeform it is.

Beachgoers, boaters, fishermen — for many a recreationalist, seaweed is mostly just a nuisance. But in SEAWEED CHRONICLES: A WORLD AT The WATER'S EDGE, by Susan Hand Shetterly (Algonquin Books, August 7), seaweed gets its due as the fascinating, vital — and, unfortunately, threatened — lifeform it is.

These Maine-made rustic tag sets by The Unpolished Barn LLC make fun gifts for those who love Maine, the beach, or skiing. Each tag is stained, hand painted, and distressed to create that perfectly worn look The Unpolished Barn is known for.   Shop for these tags and other Maine-made products on shop.downeast.com.

These Maine-made rustic tag sets by The Unpolished Barn LLC make fun gifts for those who love Maine, the beach, or skiing. Each tag is stained, hand painted, and distressed to create that perfectly worn look The Unpolished Barn is known for. Shop for these tags and other Maine-made products on shop.downeast.com.

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