Honoring tradition and history is an important part of what makes Maine such a special place to live. So we have to do a special shoutout to the great people of Naples, Maine. who came together last week to save a classic landmark. A beautiful cupola that used to be on the top of the iconic Bay of Naples Inn.
July 4th, 1886, was supposed to be a huge celebration in Portland. This would be the first Independence Day since the troops had returned home from fighting in the Civil War. A huge parade, fireworks, and a circus featuring a real hippopotamus were just some of the activities planned for the day. Instead, it ended up being a day of tragedy. Portland had the worst fire ever seen to that point by an American city.
If you've ever been to Fort Williams in Cape Elizabeth or to Peaks Island, you've seen the remnants of gun batteries and lookout towers. These were used in WW1 and especially in WW2 to protect Portland Harbor. You may think that World War II was fought far away from Maine, so you may be surprised how close those nasty Nazis really got.