Letters to the editor
German Food in Portland
Thank you for the write-up about Schulte & Herr in Portland in the April issue. My husband and I went for dinner for the first time, and it was well worth the drive from Burlington, Massachusetts, just to go for dinner. If it had not been for your story, we would never have known about the restaurant. My husband is first generation American from a German family. When he saw the pictures, they made his mouth water! The way you described everything from ambiance, to service to food to location was spot on. We sat in the corner table that is in your picture on page 67 and 68 and felt like we were around family. We would highly recommend Schulte & Herr. It is amazing home-cooked food and true value for money. We are already planning our next visit.
Heather A. and Rob F. Flickinger
Burlington, Massachusetts, and Charlotte, North Carolina
North Woods Law
Finally the great work the wardens perform is being showcased — without the typical “Cops and Robbers” wise guy remarks. Your article was very well done. My belief is that our game wardens are the finest police officers in this great state. (And this comes from my twenty-seven plus years as a trooper in New Jersey.) Our wardens can perform every task law enforcement takes on. They are extremely professional — and yet darn, nice folks. They are the very best Maine has to offer.
Reading your article — and watching reruns of the show — brings me back to my childhood. Every scene is so real to me, as the daughter of a warden, down to the cameraman in the passenger seat. Just subtract a few inches in height, and that is what I saw for so many weeknights and weekends of my life. There hasn’t been one scene I didn’t experience between the ages of six and eighteen. It makes me cry, laugh, and wish for so many of those moments back. And know how lucky I was to have that time with my father. And at the end of a long day adventuring in the woods, I could always put my head on his lap and sleep while he drove home.
Sometimes I joke with my sisters about writing a book (similar to Nine Mile Bridge) as daughters of a warden. I always enjoy reading about someone’s adventures in that same passenger seat. Thanks for a great read.
I have watched many of the episodes of North Wood Law, depicting game wardens of Maine, and I have some observations:
1. An inordinate amount of time is wasted waiting for an offense that is minor in nature, such as illegal baiting, loading a gun in truck, or shooting after dark.
2. There are no black flies anywhere.
3. They walk through poison ivy a lot.
Another thing I like about Down East (the magazine and the place): a cover story about what same-sex marriage will mean for Maine’s economy. Thumbs up!
I have always thoroughly enjoyed Down East magazine, but it is getting too political. I see and read enough about politics in my local paper.
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Where in Maine
For over thirty years, we have been vacationing in Jonesport. A favorite place to take family and friends was the Beals Island Regional Shellfish Hatchery on Perio Point. That small enterprise has expanded, under the guidance of Dr. Brian Beal, of University of Maine at Machias, and become the beautiful facility in your picture, the Downeast Institute of Applied Research and Education.
Peter and Janet Ellis
Hopedale, Massachusetts, and Jonesport, Maine
As a Beal, I have a large family unit still living on Beals Island and Great Wass, and have spent much of my childhood there. Islands are irrevocably in my blood. My paternal ancestors came from the Guernsey Islands, landing on Beals Island and surrounding islands. My grandparents were the caretakers for Roque Island in the ’60s and ’70s. My sisters and I spent hours playing “house” on the flat rocks along the shore, hunting cranberries under the spruce trees, and borrowing Dad’s skiff to row around Patten’s Cove.
Rachel (Beal) Bishop
Our Favorite Letter
Our daughter very much wanted to be married where she first met her husband — at Little Cape Point in the Nature Conservancy Preserve on Great Wass Island. Family members still call the hike from the parking area “the two-mile aisle,” but all agreed it was a wonderful spot for a small, beautiful wedding. The bride wore flannel. The ceremony took place in the month of April when a light, fluffy snowfall made the winding forested trail to the coast mystically bright and marvelously silent.
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