From Our Archives: March 1962
A Look Back at Down East Fifty-One Years Ago
North by East
Fort Kent recently took it upon itself to send President Kennedy a Christmas present and, so far as we know, was the only Maine town to do so. With the approval of the Fort Kent Chamber of Commerce, a Christmas centerpiece of Maine pine and balsam was prepared and shipped to the White House.
The Portland Planning Department has been handed a suburb of 629 ghosts by the U.S Census. The census shows that of the 25,406 population, 629 people use means of commuting to work that are unknown. So the next time there’s a report from the city about large numbers of u.f.o.’s, we will not be alarmed; it’s surely nothing more than the missing commuters.
Beds or Benches?
Among the emergency measures rejected by the legislature was a bill pleading for thirty thousand dollars to convert a garage at Thomaston State Prison into sleeping quarters for fifty prisoners. Another bill that sailed through both houses asked for $26,500 to add another judge to the Maine Superior Court. We have yet to learn why the legislature favored one bench over fifty beds.
Knox Marine Exchange
33’8’’ x 10’. An exceptionally fine sedan cruiser powered by a Chrysler Crown, ample copper tanks. Sleeps six, excellent condition. $8,500.
Letters to the editor
Gordon Prud’hommeaux’s story “The Trip Out” is the most authentic fiction I have read. However, there is a small flaw. Whoever heard a Down Easter speak of the wind blow out of the “nor’east”? There is no such quarter. A “no’theast” wind could have done the trick, though.
Bill Hopkins, North Haven, Maine
The Down East Enterprise
Advices, Dispatches, Gleanings, and Opinions from the Length and Breadth of Maine
Homemade Snowmobile Built by Auburn Man Goes Over 100 miles per hour
Sugarloaf Completes Big Expansion Program
WCB first ETV Station of its Kind in the U.S.
Half-Million Dollar Wells Harbor Project Set to Go
Camden Group Plans for Liberal Arts College
New International Bridge Links Maine’s Lubec with Canadian Campobello Island
Maine Parks Were Hosts to Over a Half-Million Campers During 1961 Season
Friendship Sloop Races to Be Three-Day Event
Maine Maritime Academy Men on Two-Month Cruise
Where the Fresh Water Meets the Tide
By Howard A. Marple
“I keep telling you: If they ain’t there, you cain’t catch ’em!”
The twinkle in the blue eyes of farmer-fisherman Albert Genthner of Waldoboro, tells the listener that he enjoys repeating this time-honored salute of his grandfather’s day. The ancient saw might go even further back than that, because fishing for smelt is perhaps older than the Abenaki Indians, who never missed the opportunity to catch this delectable fish.
Down East Homes
Rockport harbor view. Modern, winterized house and two-car garage. Delightful home with an unsurpassed view. $20,000.