June 1999



Where in Maine?

Recognize this official-looking edifice in all its spring glory? Image subjects: Raymond H. Folger Library Location: Orono

Where’s Walpole?

Most everyone who knows the midcoast village say it’s beautiful, but few can say exactly where it is. Image subjects: view of Damariscotta River house and fields with horses Old Walpole Meeting House stone wall and house view of Damariscotta River Location: WalpoleSouth Bristol

The Painter’s Eye

A recent discouvery reveals artist Eric Hudson was also a skilled photographer. Location: Monehgan


Buttercup Time!

What is it about these yellow blossoms that make little kids so happy. Image subjects: young girl holding a buttercup close up of yellow buttercup

Are Porcupines Friendly?

Not if you bark, growl, or nip at them. But they’re brighter than they look. Image subjects: porcupine on ground porcupine in tree

Amid the Pointed Firs

In a town immortalized by Sarah Orne Jewett, a bright new cottage helps preserve a landmark farmstead. Image subjects: view of exterior of house kitchen view living room porch dining table in enclosed porch sitting on window seat with three dogs bedroom Location: Martinsville

Stepping Out In Boothbay

In a time when the Grand March has all but disappeared everywhere else, the graduating class of Boothbay Regional High School keeps the elegant tradition alive. Image subjects: Grand March at graduation dancing at graduation dancing at graduation Grand March at graduation Grand March at graduation Location:

A Whale of a Treat

Savvy shoppers have learned that Maine’s museum shops have become a whale of a treat. Image subjects: shop of the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath museum shop of the Portland Museum of Art shop at Maine Coast Artists Ann Clark in Center for Maine History Museum shop

Summer Colony

Tree with multiple blue heron nests. Image subjects: tree filled with nesting blue herons Location: Edinburg


Red Tide Expert

John Hurst, director of Biotoxin Monitoring for the state, is sometimes known as the “Grandfather of Red Tide

Camden Boat Auction

The Camden Area YMCA will raise funds again this year with a boat auction. Location: Camden

Learning the Marine Trade

Susan Swanton, now the executive director of the Maine Marine Trade Association, began learning the business working at a boat yard.

Twenty’s Plenty

The lobster boat races held annually are supposed to abide by a “twenty’s plenty” speed rule. Location: Boothbay Harbor

Making Whoopies

In search of the perfect whoopie pie. Image subjects: animals and whoopie pies

Doggie Heaven

Chris Dunn and his wife have opened Canine Country Club in Northport. Image subjects: dogs heaven – animals relaxing Location: Northport

Angus the Snowman

People come to Bethel just to see the huge pile of snow resulting from a publicity project. Location: Bethel

North Woods Irony

Despite warnings about mercury-laden trout, anglers are pouring into Maine sporting camps. Image subjects: Larry and Shannon LeRoy inside camp building Location: Second Roach Pond

Revisiting L-A

A reader adds some luminaries to the list of “L-A’s Claim to Fame Location: Lewiston – Auburn

No Dipping Here

Readers take offense at recommendation that people “skinny dip in Eagle Lake”, the Bar Harbor water supply. Location: Bar Harbor

Mapping Acadia

Identifies map in article about becomming a Registered Maine Guide as his guidebook.

Woods Roads

Here is a list of major woods roads. Image subjects: Golden Road


Moody’s Diner in Waldoboro may well be the most famous diner in the state, but it isn’t the only one. Image subjects: A-1 diner at night

Old Forts and Picnics

Any of these old forts make a great place for a picnic. Image subjects: Fort Edgecomb

Island Reverie

The coast of Maine is but one of the settings evoked by a dying woman in this new nove.

Briefly Noted

Books Reviewed here include: “Desire Lines” by Christina Baker Kline, and “Nude in Tub: Stories of Quillifarkeag, Maine” by G.K. Wuori.

Scenic Highways

Some years ago the state decided to label several beautiful roadways “designated scenic highways

Finding Your Way

Here is a list of one essential guide to Maine and several helpful ones.

Water Taxis

A great way to get around – try one of these public or private ferry services. Image subjects: Elixabeth Ann” service to Monhegan

Railways to Heaven

There are more than half a dozen tourist train operations in the state.

Bridges of Maine

There were once more than 100 covered bridges in Maine, however only a handful remain.

Car Collections

Vintage-car buffs can find a little bit of heaven Down East.

Scenic Alternate Routes

In Maine, getting there can be half the fun. From scenic detours to roadside attractions, motorists and bicyclists alike will find pleanty of entertainments Down East to enliven their travels.

Maine Monuments

Some monuments have a secret or two that you won’t find in most guidebooks.

Fabulous Fried Clams

It may be in an old gas station, but this restaurant offers up some fine fried seafood. Location: Portland

Identifying Antiques

Kaja Vielleux has offered free antique appraials for over sixteen years. Location: NewcastleThomaston


Protecting Wilderness

Kennebec Journal: Some in Augusta propose setting aside money to fund future purchase of land for preservaton purposes.

Maine Med Expands

Portland Press Herald: Maine Medical Center plans to build a Center for Molecular Medicine in Scarborough. Location: PortlandScarborough

Sanford’s Walkway

Journal Tribune: Location: SanfordSpringvale

Murdering Gram

I was only four at the time and I don’t recall what I was thinking, but I was guilty as charged. Location: Flagstaff Lake

The Thistle Inn

A former pub in Boothbay Harbor has blossomed into a very pleasant restaurant. Image subjects: Owners Daviedd Welch and Wendy Hayford in dining room of Thistle Inn Location: Boothbay Harbor

June Highlights

Art shows, canoe races, and festivals dot the early summer calendar.

Shipboard Smorgasbord

Circa 1905 photograph of women having a picnic meal aboard the yawl “Olwyn”.

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