Sep 062010
 

North Haven, one of Maine’s fourteen unbridged island communities, lies in Penobscot Bay approximately twelve miles from the midcoast city of Rockland. It is served by a Maine Department of Transportation ferry making three round trips a day from Rockland.

The island’s ferry link is of course dependent on the whims of wind and tide.

Its year-round population of 381 (2000 Census) swells in July and August with the return of families who own or rent seasonal homes on the Island. In 2007. North Haven celebrated the 160th anniversary of its name day (and its 161st year of independence from Vinalhaven).

North Haven is an island town proud of its traditions, its independence, its treasured natural beauty and its unique community of twelfth generation natives, fourth (as well as first) generation seasonal residents, retired and pre-retired baby boomers, maverick spirits, new arrivals, young year-round families, old bachelors, reconstructed hippies, young farmers, not-so-young Grangers, artists, sailors, artisans, fishermen, boat-builders, babies,  politicians (of past, present and future renown),  actors, makers-of-many-things, brides, romantics and curmudgeons. There is overlap among these categories.

North Haven supports an accredited K-12 community school, that is housed in a building completed in 2008, beautiful enough to inspire a generation of scholars, community spirits and re-dedicated island eccentrics.  Perhaps the most unusual public school in America, the North Haven Community School  was paid for by $6.2MM in private donations and $1.9MM in municipal bonds.

Every baby on North Haven has a name, of course. What is less usual is that everyone who lives on North Haven knows the names of those babies and salutes them, our future. We celebrate our Emmas and Anas, Cadens and Ezras and Zekes, Warrens and Baileys, Helas, Cyruses, Ritas (and of course all the rest).

The Town maintains its own water and sewer systems. The former is a state of the art slow sand filtration plant and the latter is a primary treatment facility.

The Town operates the North Haven Medical Clinic as a department of the Town. It is staffed by two family nurse practitioners in rotation with one another with occasional supplementary coverage provided by physicians and other nurse practitioners.
Volunteers staff emergency medical and fire services. No town is better served.

Law enforcement is provided by a Knox County Deputy Sheriff, proving that there is indeed law east of the Breakwater.
North Haven is governed by a Board of Selectmen, who are elected at an annual Town Meeting. On a day to day basis the Town is managed by an appointed Town Administrator.”
“The Maine State Department of Transportation operates a ferry service three times daily from the midcoast city of Rockland, at 9:30 AM, 2:15 PM and 5:15 PM. The Captain Neil Burgess makes the trip in about an hour in calm waters.

The Burgess can transport 19 passenger cars, fewer if the vessel is also carrying trucks. Vehicle reservations on the ferry are accepted no sooner than 30 days before the planned trip and are limited. In addition, Equinox Island Transport can transport individuals or groups such as work crews, wedding parties, or tours.

Air service to North Haven is available only through Penobscot Island Air.”

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  4 Responses to “Living On North Haven Island, Maine”

  1. Good stuff on the Maine islands. I’ve paddled a kayak around North Haven and Vinalhaven while in Camden shooting a Moss Tents catalog. I could see the similarities with Lummi Island, and felt a kinship with the few people I met. Islanders talk Islander talk. Quality of life….what a concept…..Quality of life is not dictated by the number of ferry runs per day, or the amount one pays for the service. It is created by a community of awake, informed, self motivated, creative people who work within the existing construct to create, through independent thinking and action, something other than another cookie cutter family in a cookie cutter suburb. Welcome back from your hiatus….the timing couldn’t be better.

  2. Great posts on Maine island living, Randy. I’m just about to put a link to them on the Ferry Forum. And I couldn’t agree more with you, Bert,about what’s really important.

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