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Leaving the light on: Tour provides look at history of New England lighthouses
By Donna Green/The Eagle Tribune
Standing on the catwalk of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse, I suddenly understood how the quiet life of a lighthouse keeper could quickly transform into one of mortal danger.
Forty feet above the rocky coast, buffeted by gusts, I was staring at the railing’s iron finial, half shorn by lightning. Yes, our guide told us, keepers on other lights have plunged to their deaths. Off-shore lighthouses are particularly dangerous. Whole families have drowned when their lighthouse homes became flooded or broke off entirely in a storm.

New England is flush with indoor sights
Stephen Jermanok/Wicked Local Millis
Ahh, New England. The granite peaks of the White Mountains that top out at 6,000 feet. Vermont’s bucolic countryside where the farmland is so lush you feel like jumping out of your car and digging your hands in the soil. The shallow shores of Connecticut’s Long Island Sound, the dunes of Cape Cod National Seashore and Martha’s Vineyard and the rocky coast of Maine Winslow Homer captured so magnificently. Yet, what happens when Mother Nature fails to cooperate and we’re forced to retreat from the great outdoors? No problem. New England offers a slew of interesting places to escape inclement weather.

Fort Knox fair features renowned cryptozoologist
Sharon Kiley Mack/Bangor Daily News
PROSPECT, Maine — Three women who had just had psychic readings sat on the cool stones at Fort Knox and discussed what they heard.
“That was so meaningful,” one said. “Scared the heck out of me,” replied another. “It was baloney,” the third said.
The readings were part of the Psychic and Paranormal Faire on Saturday that continues 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, June 6. The fair featured five mediums, UFO experts, a cryptozoologist, an expert dowser and ghost hunters.

Living history draws thousands
Michael Mccord/Seacoast Online
PORTSMOUTH — Revolutionary War soldiers mustered, children blew big bubbles and flew kites, and living history was hard to miss as Strawbery Banke Museum continued its unique tradition of celebrating Independence Day.
Gov. John Lynch’s reading of the Declaration of Independence was one of many attractions at the seventh annual American Celebration event. As in previous years, more than 3,000 people were expected to attend the afternoon festival that included a children’s bike and wagon parade, music, games, carriage rides, history exhibits, Revolutionary War re-enactment events and a 1940s candy counter.

Fort Kent powwow hails spirituality, culture
BDN Staff/Bangor Daily News
FORT KENT, Maine – The drumming and song signaled the start of the annual Wesget Sipu Pow Wow along the banks of the Fish and St. John rivers Friday afternoon.
The free event runs noon-4 p.m. through Sunday.
Representatives from American Indian tribes from Maine, New England and elsewhere in the United States, along with tribes from Canada, are gathering in Fort Kent to share their traditions and cultures with area residents.

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