Editors Desk - Standing on Solid Foundations

Shall I compare thy beauty to a granite stone? While Shakespeare never wrote those words exactly, it’s what comes to mind when thinking about the community of Down East Maine. As impressionable humans, it’s true that we are influenced by our surroundings. Poised on the craggy outcrop of the Earth’s crust in Washington County, dragged nearly bare by the Laurentide Ice Sheet 13,000 years ago, we are surrounded by granite. In considering the stone, it seems like a fitting analogy for the people that make their lives here.

Granite is not any single material, but it is a composite stone containing feldspar, quartz, mica, and hornblende. Formed from magma cooling very slowly over a long period of time, granite is the most common stone in the Earth’s crust. Despite its abundance and humble beginnings, it is among the hardest natural stones in the world – which is the reason the Statue of Liberty is mounted on top of it.


Like granite, we have melted together slowly over time from various origins, together forming an incredibly resilient substance that nearly rivals diamonds in its strength. Not a week goes by without multiple indications of how our community strengthens as our connections are affirmed, forming a basis upon which our principles may stand.