The ferry terminal that passengers use for trips to Vinalhaven island will be under construction until the spring so it can accommodate a new boat.

Artist Robert Indiana poses Thursday, Aug. 29, 2008 at his studio in Vinalhaven, Maine. Indiana, who in the 1960s created the pop icon LOVE, now has created a similar image with HOPE, with proceeds going to Barack Obama's presidential campaign.
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Robert Indiana, the artist who created the iconic image of the word “LOVE,” died on Saturday at his home on Vinalhaven at the age of 89.

Looming Shutdown Raises Concerns About Ferry Service To Maine Islands

Jun 28, 2017
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In the event of a state government shutdown, ferry service to Maine's islands could be reduced or closed if the governor's office does not deem them essential.

Ted Talbot, spokesperson for the Maine Department of Transportation, said he didn't know whether ferry service would be affected in the event of a shutdown. But during the government shutdown of 1991, state ferries ran less frequently to Maine islands.

Vinalhaven Harbor Master James Harris said the island's ferry service is vital to his community and surrounding islands.

A winter scene on Vinalhaven

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., January 26 at 10:00 pm
Sat., January 28 at 11:00 am

Here is Winter, seen through the lives of those who live it each year on the island of Vinalhaven on Maine's Penobscot Bay.

For more information about this production visit Accompany Films.

VINALHEAVEN, Maine (AP) _ Maine-based artist Robert Indiana is slated to take part in a celebration of his art around the world on his 86th birthday.

Members of Maine's congressional delegation say the Maine State Ferry Service is receiving $1 million for upgrades to its boats and facilities.  U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree and Sen. Susan Collins announced yesterday the U.S. Department of Transportation is using the money for improvements that include a layover berth on Vinalhaven that could reduce trip cancellations and delays.  Pingree says funds will also go to repairs on a bridge on Swan's Island and a dock on Matinicus  Island.  The ferries also serve islands including North Haven, Islesboro and Frenchboro.