Summer 2015 Publisher's Note

"In the Good Old Summertime"

We can enjoy trips to the lakes and mountains, visit the coast to see beautiful lighthouses and attend numerous fairs and even outdoor concerts. Read “The Tale of Two Cities” and see how two of Maine’s largest cities have become entertainment attractions with outdoor concerts.

Years ago, while attending the University of Southern Maine, I had the opportunity to meet Tony DiMillo in his restaurant on Commercial Street in Portland, to discuss a “Plank Ownership” plan to raise capital for a new floating restaurant. The rest is history with this iconic restaurant at the Portland waterfront. Donna Halvorsen shares with us this great American success story “Anthony DiMillo”.

Another great American success story is that of Senator George J Mitchell. This extremely accomplished man from Waterville, made his mark in public service both at home and overseas. From baseball to business and even international diplomacy, Senator Mitchell polished his negotiation skills and he continues to expand his legacy through the Mitchell Institute. Read about “Maine’s Own Negotiator” by Paulette Oboyski. (Also, read about Paulette, our Featured Contributor in this issue and you will see why she is one of our stars.)

Have you ever been to Ellsworth Maine? If you have, then you have benefited from the work of Ruth Foster. In both public service and as an entrepreneur, Ruth has improved the quality of life in Hancock County.

We have a lot of great people who help to make Maine a better place to live. Read The Maine Point and go to aarp.org/me, or call 1-866-554-5380, to nominate a volunteer who is 50 plus and has helped in their community and inspired others.

The fast pace of today’s world does require that we rush around. Or does it? You decide, after taking some time with our From the Porch column, “What’s Your Hurry?”

To all of our senior partners, we thank you and hope you have a “good old summertime”.

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—David S. Nealley, Publisher