Down East March 2001

March 2001

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


Keeping It Simple

Even when it comes to dream houses, sometimes less is more. Image subjects: small cottage in woods inside cottage Location: Bethel

  • By: John Hadley
  • and George Hickox
  • Photography by: Brian Vanden Brink

Returning to An Earlier Day

This southern Maine classic transports the couple who built it to a simpler, more forthright time. Image subjects: view of exterior of house dining area of house large open fireplace with dog on hearth living room hallway

  • By: Meadow Rue Merrill
  • Photography by: Sandy Agrafiotis

Caribou vs Westbrook

During the great championship game of ’69, a gangly senior from Aroostook made Maine basketball history by throwing “The Shot Heard ‘Round the State”. Image subjects: Mike Thurston on basketball court Don Douglas in his law office Location: Caribou, Westbrook

  • By: Tom Roster
  • and Edgar Allen Beem
  • Photography by: Benjamin Magro

Embracing Nordic Traditions

An unusual lakeside home in Western Maine is bursting with colorful surprises. Image subjects: exterior of shingle home dining room kids brightly colored bedroom sitting room kitchen

  • By: Galen Winter
  • and Frank Andrews
  • Photography by: Sandy Agrafiotis

Sugaring – Big Time

Deep in the North Woods, a family from Québec risks everything to turn a profit making maple syrup. Image subjects: maple tree with tap connected to tubing Jean-Claude Pare and wife maple sugar house – modern machinery sugar camp – interior of camp house Location: Somerset County, Dole Pond

  • By: Michael Burke
  • Photography by: Michele Stapleton

Updating the Tried and True

The house that architect Scott Simons built for himself in Yarmouth deftly combines his respect for the Maine vernacular with his love for the Maine outdoors. Image subjects: Hillside House – modern original home kitchen living room

  • By: Charles Fergus
  • and Paul Doiron
  • Photography by: Brian Vanden Brink


Old Port Oysters

Sometimes J’s Oyster Bar is too close to the harbor. Location: Portland

  • By: Tom Davis
  • and Ken Textor

Kayaking Caution

Canoes and kayaks are the most dangerous recreational watercraft and just one accident in Maine could give the industry a black eye.

  • By: Steven Dodd Hughes
  • and Ken Textor

The Swinging Bridge

Tread Lightly on this Brunswick landmark. Location: Brunswick

  • By: Galen Winter

En Guard

Swashbuckling Mainers have found a new sport. Image subjects: two cartoon moose fencing Location: Bucksport, Portland

  • By: Ralph P. Stuart
  • Photography by: Michael Ricci

Ladies Who Laugh

A mirthful movement that started in Maine. Location: Kennebunkport


What is the Oldest Building in the State of Maine?

What’s the oldest building in the state of Maine? Location: York

  • By: Tom Huggler

Roaring Loring

Attracting outfits to the former air base has been more successful than anyone dared imagine. Location: Limestone, Caribou

  • By: Charles Fergus
  • and Jeff Clark

Recalling Old SoPo

Reading about South Portland was almost as good as a trip back home. Location: South Portland

  • By: Elizabeth Tupper
  • and Bruce Buck

Who’s in a Picture

The photo in the November “What’s in a Picture” is actually Mary Selmore, not Molly Nicola. Both women were apparently known as Molly Molasses.

  • By: E. Donnall Thomas Jr
  • and Carol B. Smith Fisher

Call of the Wild

Maybe Maine needs the Wolf, a new book suggests, more than the wolf needs Maine.

  • By: Russ Gould
  • and Thomas Urquhart

Briefly Noted

Books reviewed include: “Maine: The Spirit of America”, “Women Who Kept the Lights: An Illustrated History of Female Lighthouse Keepers” by Mary Louise Clifford and J. Candace Clifford, and “Rumford Stories” by Linda Farr Macgegor.

  • By: Michael McIntosh
  • and Paul Doiron

College Bound

Sun Journal: Maine college students are going out of state to college-but they’re not returning.

  • By: George Hickox

Saddleback Settlement

Kennebec journal: At last the money is available to preserve the Appalachian Trail crossing Saddleback Mountain. Location: Rangeley

  • By: Tom Huggler

Read All About It

Good local newspapers capture the spirit of the communities they cover, providing a handy introduction for anyone considering relocating to a particular area.

  • By: Steven Dodd Hughes

RVs in Acadia

Bangor Daily News: RVs are becoming a serious problem on some roads in Acadia National Park. Location: Acadia National Park

  • By: Bob McDill

A Quick Tour of the State

If you’ve only spent time in one or two towns here, you might like to know what the rest of Maine has to offer. You might be surprised how many faces the state actually has.


Brand-New Mainers

For many newcomers, especially those in their fifties, the distinction between relocation and retirement is a bit blurry.

  • By: Charles Fergus

Off the Beaten Path

Despite its name, the Appalachian Trail Café is located in the center of Millinocket. Location: Millinocket

  • By: Ralph P. Stuart
  • and Andrew Vietze

Retirement Communities of Maine

Every year more retirement facilities are being opened or expanded across the Pine Tree State. Here is an up-to-date list.

  • By: Gary Kramer

Maine at a Glance

Numbers of all sorts help characterize the different counties of the Pine Tree State.


Gardening 101

Attend Maine Garden Day at Central Maine Technical College and get set to plan your garden. Location: Auburn

  • By: Douglas Tate
  • and Andrew Vietze

Essential Details

Tips and bits to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about moving to Maine.

  • By: Charles Fergus

The Winds of War

An ill-fated hike from Presque Isle gave my Boy Scout troop a brush with history. Location: Presque Isle

  • By: Clair Kofoed
  • and Jack Pasqual


A longtime Portland favorite has a new owner who’s also a familiar face. Image subjects: Rob Evans and Nancy Pugh inside Hugo’s restaurant Location: Portland

  • By: Clair Kofoed
  • and Debra Spark
  • Photography by: Randy Ury

March Highlights

New art exhibitions plus the Portland Flower Show perk up the month.

  • By: Ralph P. Stuart

The Old College Dorm

Early photo of students in their dorm room at Bates College.

  • By: Vic Venters
  • and Ellen MacDonald Ward