Down East December 2006

December 2006

The table of contents from the December 2006 issue of Down East.


Through the Ice

When vehicles fall through Maine’s frozen lakes and ponds, there’s only one man to call: ice diver Dave Sinclair.

  • By: Andrew Vietze
  • Illustrations by: Kip Brundage

Artists at Work

The artwork being created and exhibited at Spindleworks in Brunswick is colorful, vibrant, and unique. The same can be said for the artists themselves.

  • By: Charlotte Albright
  • Photography by: Herb Swanson

Is Saddleback Really Back?

Mainers once flocked to Rangeley to ski at Saddleback Mountain. Thanks to an infusion of cash and one forward-thinking family, many of them are starting to return.

  • By: Joshua F. Moore
  • Photography by: Chris Becker

American Classics

Thomas Lie-Nielsen has carved out a niche by making the best woodworking tools in the country.

  • By: Jeff Clark

O, Tannenbaum!

The best Maine Christmas tree is the one you cut yourself.

  • Photography by: Peggy McKenna

The Big Picture

A bold new venture has prompted people in Camden to start discussing what they really want their town to be.

  • By: Michaela Cavallaro
  • Photography by: Todd Caverly


Where in Maine?

The waterfront in this midcoast hamlet is quiet under a fresh snowfall. The pleasure boats are long since gone to shrinkwrap, and only a few working boats remain. It’s a serene scene in the piney inlet as the holidays approach. Like so many saltwater villages, this one is but one part of a larger town…


North by East

The Language of Lobster In Europe, Christmas dinner includes the distinctive taste of Maine. Lobsters are pretty much summer food in Maine, but each December Bill Atwood, president of Atwood Lobster in Spruce Head, and other lobster dealers in the state send millions of pounds of Maine’s favorite sea…


Following the Herd

The beef industry is booming in Maine, thanks to an ingenious new approach to farming.

  • By: Jeff Clark

Crazy over Cats

Your October story about Mainers’ love of cats is a most thoughtful and excellent story. Animal shelters in Maine as well as other states will benefit. My foundation is trying to have animal shelters encourage people to adopt two cats, as two provide more companionship and are no more trouble than one.


Editor’s Note

No sooner had we shipped our November issue — that’s the one with”Maine’s Most Dangerous Jobs” on the cover — to the printer than I suffered my own work-related injury. (No, it wasn’t a paper cut.) While hiking in Baxter State Park, doing research for a story, I took a tumble and broke the…

  • By: Paul Doiron

A New Look for the Harbor

A range of ideas will bring needed investment to Portland.



Art: Oh, The Humanity – Add a little depth to your social calendar with a viewing of Francisco Goya: Los Caprichos. The exhibit features a series of eighty black-and-white prints published in 1799 that satirize the foibles of late eighteenth-century Spanish society and humanity in general. Described by…


King of the Hill

Chef Harding Smith takes comfort food to new heights at the Front Room in Portland.

  • By: Michael Sanders

Good-bye to a House

Memory would help me hold onto and let go of my grandmother’s home.

  • By: Elizabeth Tibbetts

Mauler at Moosehead

Seventy years ago one savvy Maine guide used a dapper pugilist to promote the North Woods.

  • By: Joshua F. Moore