Title

The Last of the Monhegans

Authors

Will Bleakley

Source

Down East

Date

5-1-2014

Pages

76-84, 108-119

Abstract

A discussion of the decline of the year-round population of Monhegan. There is only one fulltime student in the one-room schoolhouse and the island’s grocery store, post office, and town office exist with the help of MISCA (Monhegan Island Sustainable Community Association). The 40 or so year-round residents (down from about 100 in the 1980s) face high housing costs and dim job prospects. Fishing, the backbone of the island’s economy in the past, faces an uncertain future, forcing residents to look to other ways of making a living. The author talks with residents and visitors about why maintaining a year-round community is important.

Subjects

Monhegan, Island people

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