Mel Allen

Scenic Maine Drive

Scenic Summer Drive from Portland, Maine

A scenic day trip from Portland, with Casco Bay along for the ride.

Yankee Magazine

Memories to Savor | Inside Yankee

I am writing this in late summer, a few days after laying to rest my mother-in-law, Mary, beside her husband, who has been waiting more than 40 years for her in the leafy cemetery a short walk from our house. Mary was 96, ready to move on, so this is not a sad story. Instead, […]

Yankee Magazine

Changing Landscapes | Inside Yankee

In the last days of September 1978, I joined a potato harvest crew on Donald Gallagher’s farm in northern Aroostook County, Maine. I worked for 40 cents a barrel. To fill a barrel you bent over, put a basket between your legs, and picked potatoes with both hands. After only an hour my legs had […]

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