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Here in New England: Life in Eastport, Maine

Here in New England: Life in Eastport, Maine
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I don’t know who you are, but if you have a dream, you have a chance. Anita Lank, who watched Shirl Penney grow up, knows that: “When you come from Eastport, and you’ve worked the way Eastporters work, you’re sitting on top of the world.”

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5 Responses to Here in New England: Life in Eastport, Maine

  1. Ellen Slavin October 24, 2014 at 10:33 am #

    This is one great story, It shows just what Eastport is made of. You are not just a small New England town with big tides. You are a community of caring people who never forget where you come from.

  2. Laura Berry October 25, 2014 at 10:20 am #

    Thank you for publishing this fantastic story. I have strong ties to Eastport and love to go back and visit when I get back to New England. My Mother and siblings were born and raised there. I remember fondly the house on Washington Street where my Grandparents lived. Only one of them still living today and he is in Rhode Island. He is 98.

  3. Ruth Morrison October 25, 2014 at 1:41 pm #

    enjoyed this story but was surprised to see my brother name there Walter Lank. it not surprising to see they took this guy in cause that what they did they took in and brought up many children. they would never see a child go homeless or with out. him and his wife always seen they had a home.

  4. Bob October 29, 2014 at 9:31 am #

    This story left me with a real sense of irony. I was playing music in one of the local bars on the front street in Eastport one night and stepped outside into the cold winter night for a smoke. A young man followed me out and we struck up a conversation. He was a trader on Wall Street and though the light was poor, I could see a genuine look of panic in his eyes and detected a similar tone in his voice as he told me that he had to get out of New York and find a place like Eastport to live. When I asked him to explain, he just kept alluding to the fact that “the #hit was about to hit the fan”. We’ve heard all that before, so it was pretty easy to be dismissive, but shortly thereafter, George W. Bush got on T.V. and told us our entire economy was basically on life support and we’d have to pony up trillions to save our poor banks and their CEOs. I’ve never forgotten that encounter.

  5. Judy Salsich April 23, 2015 at 10:09 am #

    This is beautiful. Thank you for sharing. I, too, have spent time in Eastport and have never forgotten the fine people I met there.

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