All posts by RJ Heller

RJ Heller

About RJ Heller

Having arrived here from Pennsylvania over four years ago, there has been plenty to learn and even more to observe. This place is different, but I mean that in a good way. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, I am a college graduate with a teaching degree, a business founder and seller, and a father of two children with my wife Stephanie; life has been full and somewhat adventurous, but finding Maine remains a high watermark in my life.

Connecting with history by way of an old boat

“Working with wood helps me make sense of the world,” says Erik Squire, who loves wood and surrounds himself with it every single day. The Connecticut-born woodworker has been hard at work since 1997, fashioning useful and beautiful wood moldings, windows, doors, and just about anything else found on a building. Squire lives in Cutler […]

Finding island sheep and seeing the past

Downeast is known for its unspoiled and rugged coastline, but, in my mind, the islands that dot its waters bring an added luster to this place. They are like magical jewels hidden on a piece of bundled fabric. When unraveled, they spill out one by one, and finding them is like finding buried treasure. Anyone […]

Looking for some living history? Head to Machias and the Wild Blueberry Festival

There will be something new and different at this year’s 43rd annual Machias Wild Blueberry Festival on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 17, 18 and 19, and it has nothing to do with blueberries. Reminiscent of Paul Revere’s ride and his famous warning, “the British are Coming,” these same words will be shouted from one […]