Down East February 1981

February 1981

The table of contents from the February 1981 issue of Down East.


Hauling in the Catch

Fishing was Maine’s first industry, and over the years has experienced its ups and downs. Today, spurred by new opportunities under the 200-mile limit law, Maine fishermen are moving aggressively to recapture their portion of the offshore catch. Expensive new boats, new piers and freezing facilities, and new markets are all part of the picture. So is the prickly problem of conservation. But fin fishing is clearly on the comeback trail in Maine. A fourteen-page survey by Alice True Larkin.

Wintering Over on a Maine Island

Seeing the winter through on a granite island seven miles out in Penobscot Bay is not for everyone. Fifty year-round residents of Isle au Haut — many of them relatively new arrivals — cheerfully get along with barter, ‘make-do,’ and occasional trips to the mainland. A look at a singular way of life in a place of singular beauty. Photographs by Kip Brundage.

New Vitallty on the Androscoggin

After decades of stagnation, Lewiston — Maine’s second largest municipality — is  beginning to stir with new civic and ethnic pride, renewing its cityscape as well as its Franco-American heritage. An in-depth progress report on urban revitalization and cultural rebirth. By Gloria Hutchinson.

Environmental Award

Winner of the 1981 Down East Environmental Award is Bob Cummings, writer for the Guy Gannett newspapers and “the man who originated the environmental beat in Maine.” Profile by Davis Thomas.

Environmental Watch

A resource-by-resource review chronicling victories and defeats on the Maine environmental front since Earth Day, ten years ago, with special attention to the decade ahead. By Robert Deis.

Revolution Down on ‘The Farm’

Over a ten-year period, President Einar A. Olsen has sparked a successful effort to boost academic prestige and increase public service at the University of Maine at Farmington. By Michael T. Kinnicutt.

Making It In Maine

Whether in an established family business or an innovative new enterprise, independent entrepreneurs are finding a receptive climate in the Pine Tree State. Four cases in point.

Lighthouses and Trolley Cars

The Maine Historic Preservation Commission works hard at saving the fabric of the past for future generations, and as a result Maine now ranks second among the New England states in listings on the National Register of Historic Places. By Tucker Mann.

Big Doings on Middle Street

Portland’s Barridoff Gallery is making a name for itself among art dealers and collectors as a high-priced auction house. A recent coup was the sale of The Spirit of ‘76 for $150,000. By Don J. Snyder.

High-Tech Businesses for Maine?

An expert argues that Maine is ideal ground for the seeding of high-technology businesses that produce a healthy multiplier effect on the economy. By Harris J. Bixler.

The Changing Face of Maine

What the latest census reveals about the state’s growing — and shifting — population. By Robert D. Eiseley.

Cover: “The Mentor” (60″  x 88″), acrylic on canvas, by Alan Magee.