From Our Archives: July 2002
A Look Back at Down East Eleven Years Ago
North By East
Lisbon Falls UFOs
Folks on the Internet suspect that Jo Miller is hiding a flying saucer in the Worumbo Mill. An outfit calling itself Counter Evidence Consortium has traced a “massive airlift” from the Air Force Range in Nevada to Lisbon Falls. The Web site includes photographs of the mill and security guards called “black dogs.” Miller doesn’t know where the beefy “guards” in the photos came from, or how the mill came to attract such attention.
Police had been searching for Kenneth Rideout, when they stopped the car he was riding in. “Rideout took off into a wooded area and ran head-on into a skunk,” a spokesman explains. “The skunk sprayed him full in the face and chest. He was staggering around when the officers caught him — not that anyone was too eager to get near him.”
Home on the Crane
Workers are walking carefully. For the fifth year in a row, a pair of ospreys is nesting atop a towering crane at Hancock Marine. “They squawk a little when the cables are running, but otherwise they don’t seem to mind,” says boatyard owner Karen Johnson.
Bedroom – the compartment of a lobster pot in which lobsters become trapped.
Berries – lobster eggs.
Bug – slang for a lobster.
Chicken Lobster – a lobster weighing less than 1.125 lbs.
Cull – a lobster missing one claw.
Egger – a female lobster with “berries.”
Gear – the traps, buoys, and lines used.
Hen – a female lobster.
Kitchen – the compartment of a lobster trap that lobsters first enter.
Pistol – a lobster missing both claws.
Tomalley – the green liver of a lobster.
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Will We Always Have Lobster?
For decades, lobster fishermen have declared the fishery healthy and growing, while fisheries biologists have warned that lobster populations are on the verge of collapse. But a strange thing is happening. Biologists and fishermen are both talking about the future of the lobster fishery in Maine — and they’re both saying the same thing. What they’re learning is that the lobster boom may be ebbing, although no one is quite sure how soon or by how much. Everyone will be carefully analyzing the catch over the next few years for clues to the accuracy of some alarming predictions.
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