From Our Archives: May 1989
A Look Back at Down East Twenty-Four Years Ago
North by East
Clyde, a seventeen-pound lobster, has recently been made an honorary citizen of the State of Nebraska. How it got to Nebraska is anybody’s guess, but in order for him to survive, the zoo needs a $6,300 saltwater aquarium. As we make it, that’s $370.59 a pound for old Clyde.
Mark Lewis, of Brunswick, always dreamed of owning a fishing boat. Lewis was prepared to bid $5,000 on an old wooden trawler, but the auctioneer opened the bidding at $55,000. The group was reluctant to bid, so Lewis offered ten dollars to get the ball rolling. There was silence, and no one offered a higher amount, and that’s how Mark Lewis came away with the deal of a lifetime.
Waiting It Out
Chuck Maynard, of Old Orchard Beach, recently spent nine days and nights in his pickup truck outside the Freeport Town Office waiting in line to obtain a commercial clam-digging permit. Only five permits are given to out-of-town diggers each year and “if you go across the street to the store and another digger shows up, he gets your place,” Maynard explained.
Making it in Maine
South Portland: Radon Diagnostic Laboratories founder David Sankey
Eastport: Donald Raye of J.W. Raye Mustard
Castine: Barbara Rankin and her 200 varieties of field-grown herbs and flowers
The Yacht Captain’s Clock
Superb quality in the yachting tradition. $89
Ordeal on Hedgehog Hill
By Paul Doiron
On Memorial Day, 1988, Philip Fournier, his brother, Anthony, and I were struck by lightning while camped near the summit of Hedgehog Hill in Grafton, Maine. If there were any warnings, any omens, we did not recognize them. We went to sleep under leaden, but otherwise calm skies and awoke to near electrocution.
Secrets of the Good Life
By Robert Kimber
If I were to pick a totem animal for Jerry Stelmok, Maine’s premier builder of wood and canvas canoes, my choice would be an otter. Semiaquatic, an inveterate fisherman and hunter that revels in the closeness of family and fellow creatures, the otter is a low-key, low-profile yet high-spirited beast that has, like Stelmok, endless capacity and energy for play.
Down East Homes
A More Modest Cottage
Three-level home with three bedrooms overlooking the bay in Brooksville. Deeded access to Eggemoggin Reach and Walker Pond. $195,000.