December 1996



North by East

Opinions and advisories on stinky Christmas trees, clumsy weathermen, and the passing of one of Maine’s best friends.

Nestling Down in Kingfield

People who return winter after winter to this village in the Carrabassett Valley say it’s one ski town that hasn’t forgotten its roots or sold its soul. By Powell Boyer.

Trawling for a Midwinter Delicacy

Ken Textor boarded a shrimp boat out of Cundy’s Harbor to find out just what’s involved in fishing  for this delectable shellfish.

A Man and His Mandalas

Ken Kantro’s beguilingly simple designs are all centered  in Maine — but with Celtic, Southwestern, and Mexican influences, and even a little Escher thrown in. By Elizabeth Peavey.

It Takes a Community

Two crusading educators have invested twenty-four years in building a unique model school in Camden, but they  didn’t do  it alone. By Sarah Scott.

The Snows of Sunday River

Ski mogul ks Otten recognized years ago that in his business snow is money. Today he makes more of both than just about anyone else in the industry. By Jeff Clark.

Looking for Dr. Kildare

As a candy striper at a Bangor hospital in 1964,1 thought I might find the dashing young doctor right in my hometown. What  I found was something quite different. By Deborah Dalfonso.

First Pets

The governor’s mansion in Augusta has seen its fair share of canine and feline residents, but  it’s also been home to a bear cub, some alligators, and a tame squirrel. By Ellen MacDonald Ward.

Winter Chores

When George French photographed a frigid Parsonsfield backyard in the 1930s, he captured a scene that could have existed 100 years earlier. By Ellen MacDonald Ward.



Room With A View

I have voiced my uneasiness in this space before about the plans for the new world as shaped  by the Internet and cyberspace sovereignty, and while I don’t understand a lot of it I know that a universal structure is being prepared to contain and control all of the information on all of the subjects covered in the history of the world. By Caskie Stinnett.

The  Talk of Bath

Handyman’s Special

The Maine Viewpoint

An Inevitable Accident

Inside Maine

Oh, Tannenbaum

Down East Bookshelf

Eastward by Roger Duncan

Along the Waterfront

A Boat for George

I Remember

Harry the Hummer


Cover: Rooftops of Kingfield, by Randy Ury.