Down East March 1999

March 1999

The table of contents from the March 1999 issue of Down East.


The Excitement Indoors

All year long, Maine’s lively cultural scene offers concerts, shows, classes, and programs of every kind. Image subjects: audience at symphony


Funky Fixtures

Looking for authentic old doorknobs or a proper antique sink? Look no further than Decorum, a one-of-a-kind emporium in Portland. Image subjects: Decorum’s Nick Harding sinks and tub at Decorum knobs and drawer pulls at Decorum lighting fixtures at Decorum knobs at Decorum Location: Portland


The House on Howe Hill

With care and style, a Maine couple has turned a local landmark into a model of what a classic old farmhouse can become. Image subjects: exterior of the Howe Farm kitchen and dining area of the Howe Farm bathroom in the Howe Farm Location: Camden


Treasure Hunter

When he isn’t helping clients rediscover the original beauty of their vintage homes, Les Fossel, of Restoration Resources in Alna is on the lookout for fine old Maine houses in need of new owners. Image subjects: Les Fossel standing infront of the Old Lincoln Tavern building fossel outside house in winter


Golf Greens

Maine has some of the most beautiful and challenging golf courses in the East.


The Porcupine House

That’s what everyone in town was calling the dilapidated, hedgehog-infested farmstead that Priscilla and Dick Larouse discovered in western maine. Today, the restored 1830’s cape is a source of local pride. Image subjects: Dick and Priscilla Larose at their dining room table exterior view of the restored


Roses for a Maine Garden

The antique-looking blooms that fill Ben Kirkland’s garden in Edgecomb are actually modern shrub roses that blossom all summer long and can dependably make it through a Maine winter. Image subjects: Ben Kirkland in his rose garden roses David Austin roses Location: Edgecomb


From Carriage House to Cottage

Converting a historically significant horse barn into a summer house posed a unique challenge. Image subjects: exterior of converted barn living room of converted barn kitchen of converted barn dining room of converted barn Location: Bass Harbor


Outdoor Fun

For Maine residents of every age, the state’s parks and preserves provide world-class recreation year-round. Image subjects: shoreline in Acadia National Park



Spring Boat Shows

Two boat shows will be held in Portland during the same weekend in March. Location: Portland


Testing the Waters

Young America, Maine based challenge for the America’s Cup, is testing the waters off Aukland, New Zealand.


In Name Only

A fight over the moniker “midcoast” ends with it back under the control of the Rockland Chamber of Commerce.


Saving the Salmon

State organizations plan to sue the federal government for failing to place the Atlantic salmon under the protection of the Endangered Species Act.


Wizard of Milbridge

The Milbridge movie house is one of the few theaters in this part of the world that still has the old projection equipment needed to show old movies. Location: Milbridge


Tax Bite

For a state that claims to want to attract more retirees, Maine’s tax bill is a mite high.


Maine Wisdom

Humorous note that one article in the November issue suggested that only folks from away would search for “the best” of anything while another article in the same issue was titled “Maine’s Best Pizza.”


Hatchet Life

Helen Jewett’s murder riveted the nation in 1836, but appalled her Maine hometown.


New Learning Opportunities

Retiring in Maine can provide a chance to master all sorts of new skills and subjects. Image subjects: Colby College campus retirees at a garden center


The Truth About Maine Weather

Except in certain pockets, it’s a lot more moderate than the national weather forecasters make out. Image subjects: retired couple on a hike during autumn


Quality Medical Care

Maine’s hospitals by and large still offer the kind of personalized care that has vanished at many huge medical facilities elsewhere.


Ski Waterville?

Kennebec Journal: The Bell Atlantic phone directory for Waterville pictures skiing scenes on the cover suggesting that company officials have not traveled north of Portland.


Friendly Neighborhoods

Many Mainers still see no reason to lock their doors.


Healthy Babies

Bangor Daily: Maine in 1997 had the lowest infant mortality rate in the nation.


Easy Driving

Most motoring in Maine is over lightly traveled two-lane highways – not a confusing maze of Interstates.


Local Issues

One of the handiest ways of getting to know a Maine community is through the local newspaper. Listed here are the papers of Maine, their rates, and how to contact them.


For More Information

An enormous amount of handy info is free for the clicking on the internet.


Happily Off the Beaten Path

The Maine towns that retirees are settling in aren’t just the famous coastal resorts. Image subjects: Bob and Jan Marville at table Elvira Bass at table Libby Darlington at table Location: Blue HillFarmingtonPenobscot


Cold Shoulder

Casco Bay Weekly: Why is it that neighboring towns don’t think they have a homeless problem? Location: Portland


Jet Ski Bans

Times Record: New laws regulating jet skis in Maine took effect in July 1998. Folks are already asking for an expansion of the laws.


Talking in the Library

Portland Public Library begins a series of book discussions featuring authors like Lois Lowry. Location: Portland


Language Arts

Rockland is indeed a global village. At the Penobscot School you may folks speaking French, Italian, Spanish, or Japanese. Location: Rockland


Retirement Communities of Maine

Looking to live on your own but without the hassles of cooking, cleaning, or shoveling snow? Congregate retirement communities are multiplying across the state.


Maine at a Glance

From average temps to head counts to crime rates – a brief, by-the-numbers look at the counties and communities of Maine.


Uncle Billy’s

For the tastiest ribs north of the Piscataqua, find this eatery on Munjoy Hill. Image subjects: Schyla St. Laurent at table of her Uncle Billy’s restaurant Location: Portland


March Highlights

Plays, concerts, a bonspiel, and a flower show keep the month lively. Image subjects: pig on ice


York Tea Party

1899 photo of a York garden party hosted by Mary Sowles Perkins. Location: York