Letters to the Editor
Read what our readers have to say about Maine.
- Photography by: Alan Lavallee
Where in Maine?
The gastronomic County delight shown in your August issue is located in Sinclair. I’ve arrived at the Long Lake Sporting Club by snowmobile and by boat, but never by car. The ITS snowmobile trail passes through the parking area and unless you have no sense of smell, it’s impossible to drive by without seeing what is wafting out the fans. My winter visit was in February and we had a half-hour wait to get a table. The fried chicken would make a Virginian grandma jealous and they don’t call the fries “planks” for nothing.
South China, Maine
I was intrigued to see the article in your August issue about Malaga Island. I had heard about this tragedy many years ago in grade school but never knew any details or where the island was located. The article indicated that there would be some kind of “commemoration ceremony” on August 1, so on that bright sunny morning I headed out to Malaga with my kayak off the coast of Phippsburg. Some local kids were fishing nearby and I asked them if they knew which island was Malaga, but they didn’t so I paddled and looked for any kind of indication of the island. It didn’t take long to find a little tiny beach with a small sign announcing the island. It has a well-maintained trail and lots of beautiful trees, wildlife and, of course, the beautiful Maine coast surrounding it. My friend and I were the only people “celebrating” that day, though. The island was very quiet and docking our two kayaks almost seemed like an intrusion to this peaceful place.
Thank you Down East so much for printing this article; hopefully others will be encouraged to visit this tiny island with so much Maine history.
New Gloucester, Maine
Your August twin articles on Wiscasset and Red’s Eats did twin disservices to the entire midcoast. Red’s Eats is certainly not the best lobster shack in Maine — far from it — as it does not even have a cooker on site. Meanwhile the town of Wiscasset is an impasse to the pleasures of a vacation in the state of Maine — both coming and going. The merchants of Wiscasset need to realize that a bypass would help, not hinder tourism sales.
The vast majority of traffic wants to go through — not to Wiscasset — and after a forty-five minute traffic jam, who in their right mind would stop to shop or eat?
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Growing up in Ellsworth, my family and I were fortunate to visit Mount Desert Island often during the summer seasons. In reading your August issue, I read with profound fondness about how the Acadia carriage roads were built thanks to the heartful generation of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. My maternal grandfather helped build these beautiful roads while raising his family in Bar Harbor.
Lee, New Hampshire
I have been researching the life of George B. Dorr and unfortunately your August article misidentifies Mr. Dorr as the president of the Hancock County Trustees of Public Reservations, when his title was actually first vice-president. Charles Eliot suggested in Garden & Forest the conservation potential of the coast of Maine. Yet it was his father, Harvard College President Charles William Eliot, who “banded together” with Dorr and assumed the role of trustees president.
—Ronald H. Epp
Merrimack, New Hampshire
The trio of wind turbines visible from Camden Hills State Park are, of course, located on Vinalhaven. An article in our September issue about Maine’s state parks misstated their location.
- Photography by: Alan Lavallee