Letters to the editor
Your August issue was very sentimental for me. My man proposed to me on top of Cadillac Mountain on July 19.
Shelter Island, New York
The “Tick Check” article by Edgar Allen Beem is a reminder of the prevalence of Lyme disease in Maine. There are, however, several inaccuracies. The author’s description of diagnosis and treatment does not reflect recommended practice for persons in Lyme disease endemic areas such as Maine. If there is suspicion of early Lyme disease, treatment is usually initiated without waiting for a positive blood test. Duration of treatment depends upon the particular manifestation of Lyme disease. Also omitted is the possibility of infection by other deer-tick-transmitted diseases, such as anaplasmosis and babesiosis. The singular focus of the article could lead readers to the mistaken conclusion that the absence of evidence for Lyme disease eliminates the possibility of other infections from deer ticks.
Dr. Robert P. Smith, MD, MPH
Thanks for the article on Lyme disease. My husband and I (and all three of our dogs) have been effectively treated for Lyme with doxycycline. On a recent trip to the veterinarian, our bassett hound tested positive for lyme and was given doxycycline. My vet informed me that the producers have raised the price. Although they cite a “materials shortage” that raises the price from forty cents a pill to upwards of four dollars a pill, the more likely reason is the spike in usage, perhaps related to the Lyme disease epidemic. This drug is now out of reach for many people who could benefit from it.
Martha, Martha, Martha!
I thoroughly enjoyed Brooke Williams’ article about her wedding competition with Martha Stewart’s minion. It was so satisfying that, despite Down East’s November 2011 feature “Martha Stewart’s Maine,” a nice girl from Thomaston actually owns it more.
A Bunch of Punks?
I don’t get it, and I never will! My first and last meal at Conte’s was in 2002. You might say that I shouldn’t have ordered steak at a seafood place, but it was on the menu and appealed to me more than a pound of farm-raised salmon over a pound of spaghetti. The steak was tough and grisly and the waitress even more so. I get the food at L&H Burger, Primo, Lobsterman’s Restaurant, Salt Water Farm, and Home Kitchen Cafe, to name a few. Anyone who calls these talented chefs “punks” is ignorant and self-absorbed.
Reasons We Love Acadia
Why’d Down East have to write up — beautifully and compellingly — Acadia National Park’s Little Hunters Beach? It should be left to those observant enough to find it on their own, and its wonders introduced by friends and loved ones. That said, the article was just in time to serve as a guide for guests of our August wedding on Mount Desert Island.
Yonkers, New York
I think your August issue is extraordinary. By the time I finished it, I felt steeped in the magic of Maine — with one exception. Your picture of Bar Harbor could be Anywhere, USA. Why didn’t you show the harbor or adjoining park or island cruise boats — some of the things that make Bar Harbor special?
On page 121 of our August issue, we misidentified two paintings from “Katahdin: The Mountain, The Muse.” James Fitzgerald’s Katahdin, Morning Light appears on the right, not the left, and John Marin’s Katahdin’s Brother or Sister appears on the left, not the right.
A Taste of Twitter
Mo Mehlsak @mmehlsak
Must-read at @MagazineofMaine: “Chefs Today Are Nothing But a Bunch of Punks.”
Tremendous piece on @oxbowbeer in Down East (@MagazineofMaine) this month. Great read.
Huffington Post Travel
Sand Beach is everything and @MagazineofMaine has all the reasons you should visit.
August’s Where in Maine?
That’s a beautiful photo of the Eleanor, resting on the Kennebunk River in Kennebunkport, my hometown. The schooner was built by my son-in-law, Captain Richard Woodman, along with talented boatbuilders, family, and friends, only a few miles from where she is pictured here.
It’s wonderful to have her featured in your magazine. She was named after the captain’s mother, Eleanor Warner Woodman, a friend of mine and a lady loved by many.
Luverne Preble Tinkham
I have been to the Kennebunkport area many times over the years
and have sailed on the Eleanor twice. My family and I were able
to arrange outings to celebrate my dad’s eightieth and eighty-fifth birthdays. The first one was a total surprise. We thought Pop would get a great kick out of a sail on the Eleanor, and he did. He is still doing quite well — he turned ninety-two this summer.
Wolfeboro, New Hampshire
Our Favorite Letter
In 1998, my wife Annie and I celebrated our forty-fourth wedding anniversary at the Kennebunkport Inn. The piano player asked if we had a special song. I said, “True Love.” Being something of a singer, I said I would sing. It was not until I got up to the mic that I realized that in the audience was the First Family, George and Barbara Bush. I managed to get through the song and got a nice round of applause, including from the Bushes.
As I passed the Bushes’ table, either George or Barbara said, “Happy anniversary,” which gave me my chance. I brought Annie to meet them. Barbara said to Annie, “George and I have been married fifty-three years and he hasn’t sung to me yet. What’s your secret?” Annie said, “Just keep on trying!” We haven’t been back recently, but we have our sixtieth next year and just may return.
Mark P. Gaynor
Mattituck, New York
Each month Down East editors select our favorite response to “Where in Maine?” The winner receives a Down East wall calendar. See pages 8-9 for details.