Down East June 2001

June 2001

The table of contents from the June 2001 issue of Down East.


Bangor in its Day

In a letter to his granddaughter, a former newsboy recalls the Queen City at the close of the nineteenth century. Location: Bangor

  • By: Mark Wallace

Finding Mount Blue

The state park in the woods of Weld may be a bit unusual – but it’s more popular than ever. Image subjects: Webb Lake town of Weld house with views and flowers canoeing camping, tents on shore of lake distant views of lakes and hills Location: Weld

  • By: Andrew Vietze
  • Photography by: Richard Procopio

Lemon Balm, Lavender, and Chamomile

Deb Soule’s fascination with plants that have medicinal values has grown into an herbal business that reaches across the country. Image subjects: Deb Soule in Anena garden herb garden Location: West Rockport

  • By: Meadow Rue Merrill
  • Photography by: Richard Procopio

Testing The Waters

I was all in favor of getting rid of Edwards Dam, but I didn’t really know what sort of fish or fishing I’d find in the newly liberated, seventeen mile stretch of the Kennebec. Image subjects: fishing from boat on river author with a striped bass Kennebec River in downtown Location: Waterville

  • By: Paul Guernsey
  • Photography by: Richard Procopio

The Folks Who Helped Me Milk My First Cow

These days you don’t have to own a farm to get a taste of farm life. You just need to find a Maine farm B&B that will let you be part of the family for a while. Image subjects: Kendall and Flossie Howard with cow Location: Blue Hill

  • By: Elizabeth Peavey
  • Photography by: Benjamin Magro

Callie’s First Violets

I’d never really looked at these little heralds of springtime until my daughter turned me on tho them. Image subjects: close-up of a purple violet

  • By: Richard Grant
  • Photography by: Sara Gray

Maine’s Official Noticer

Like the historic preservation movement he helped launch in the Pine Tree State, Earle Shettleworth is beginning to turn his eye to structures of more recent vintage. Image subjects: Earle Shettleworth Old Port from above downtown – main street street – historic homes green Location: Portland and Old Port

  • By: Wayne Curtis
  • Photography by: Richard Procopio
  • and Benjamin Magro

Rebuilding Maine’s First Ship

A sizable crew based in Phippsburg is determined to launch a replica of the first ocean-going boat that was built here 400 years ago. Image subjects: The Virginia of Sagadahoc at sea Location: Phippsburg

  • By: Matt Scease
  • Photography by: Bev Bevilacqua

What If?

Maine would be a very different place today if ten key decisions of the past thirty years had gone the other way. Location: Eastport

  • By: Jeff Clark


Launching Season

Students at the Landing School in Kennebunkport will launch five boats in June. The ceremonies are up to the perspective owners. Location: Kennebunkport

  • By: Ken Textor

Maine’s Maelstroms

The Old Sow whirlpool near Eastport is considered on of the world’s five most significant tidal eddies. Location: Eastport

  • By: Ken Textor

Pointing the Way

You can get there from here – in minutes.


The Maine Scene

photo of sign in field of flowers. Image subjects: photo of sign in field of wild flowers

  • Photography by: Michele Stapleton

Backyard Politics

The City of Ships slips its moorings. Location: Bath


Summer Help

Increasingly the kids are from away – way away.


Killing Home Health

Maine’s home-health care agencies are facing bankruptcy; thanks to a huge federal snafu.

  • By: Jeff Clark

Name Misspelled

Article ‘Perkins Island Daffodils’ misspelled the name Skolfield.

  • By: Raymond Blair

Muddled Millage

Distance between Los Angeles and Las Vegas is more like 325 miles. Location: Las Vegas

  • By: E. D. Pushard

Ripe for the Pickin’

Maine is filled with farms where visitors can pick their own berries depending on season. Here is a list of farms and the berries they offer.


Briefly Noted

Books reviewed include: “Sister: the Life of Legendary American Interior Decorator Mrs. Henry Parish II” by Apple Parish Bartlett and Susan Bartlett Crater; “Something in the Water” by Peter Scott; “Johnson’s Kingdom: The Story of a Nineteenth-Century Industrial Kingdom in the Town of Wayne, Maine” by Edward L. Kallop.

  • By: Paul Doiron

She Took to the Woods

The long-awaited first biography of Louise Dickinson Rich both intrigues and disappoints.

  • By: Elizabeth Hand

To Market, To Market

In parking lots across Maine you’ll find fresh produce straight from the farm. A list of farmer’s markets and their hours follows. Image subjects: buying vegetables at a farmers market

  • Photography by: Jennifer Smith-Mayo

Rafting on the Wild Side

It was inevitable that a company would come up with an ‘extreme’ form of white-water rafting.

  • By: Andrew Vietze

Gathering of the Guides

Maine guides will meet again at the Maine Guide Rendezvous in The Forks and at the Northern Outdoor Center in Bingham. Location: Bingham

  • By: Andrew Vietze

Paper Company Trust

Bangor Daily News: Just closing down paper mills is not helping how Maine views the industry. IP should either keep the mills open or sell them.


Star-Spangled Moment

Kennebec Journal: The anthem began – not on tape, but from the spectators.


Saving Sanford’s Schools

Something is lost when neighborhood schools close. Location: Sanford


Lewiston Lawsuits

The city lost $18,000, but gained $30,00 in economic development savings and kept Lewiston’s fifth largest employer in the city. Location: Lewiston


Battling Sprawl

Courier-Gazette: If sprawl is to be effectively battled, Maine policy and lawmakers need to create positive final incentives.


Super Sandwich

Few sandwich shops can top Winslow’s Big G’s. Location: Winslow

  • By: Andrew Vietze

First Watch

From the Swiss timepiece I picked up in the navy, I learned time flies. Location: Five Islands

  • By: Thom Hanna

Lake House

Some of the finest meals in western Maine are served at this Waterford inn. Image subjects: Michael Meyers and Doreen Sullivan in dining room of Lake House Location: Waterford

  • By: Elizabeth Peavey
  • Photography by: Randy Ury

June Highlights

Art exhibits, plant sales, and family events kick off the summer months in Maine.


Historic Dedication

Photo of Governor Ralph Owen Brewster in front of Bath’s Harbor View Hotel in 1928 dedicating the new Carlton Bridge Location: Bath

  • By: Ellen MacDonald Ward