Down East May 1982

May 1982

The table of contents from the May 1982 issue of Down East.


Sheep Stage a Lively Comeback

Spurred by the efforts of dedicated sheepherders, Maine’s flocks have increased by 40 percent in the last four years. By Michael T. Kinnicutt.

The Importance of Being Tetraploid

Raising hybrid irises on the Maine coast is a blooming second career for octogenarian Dr. Currier McEwen. By Jane Lamb.

Memorial Day in Dresden

A small town gives a full-dress salute to the fallen of America’s wars. Photographs by Chris Bauer.

The First Stripers of Spring

Each May, Harpswell’s first fisherman awaits the stripers’ return. By John N. Cole.

The Boy on the Bicycle

A famed ornithologist recalls an unusual Maine childhood. By Olin Sewall Pettingill, Jr.


A Down East fishing village sits for its color portrait. Photographs by Morgan Hebard, Jr.

Making It In Maine

Two more success stories from the Pine Tree State.

The Way It Was…Swordfishing on the Banks

A firsthand account of chasing an elusive quarry fifty years ago. By John MacVane.


Room With A View

The men and women of Maine are personally thrifty, perhaps tightfisted, but a surprisingly broad streak of profligacy seems to be woven into the political fabric of the state. By Caskie Stinnett.

Down East Cookstove

The Slapdash Factor

Traveling Down East

Bustins Island

North by East

Opinions, advisories, and musings from the length and breadth of Maine.

Down East Bookshelf

The Wildest Country by J. Parker Huber

Outdoor Maine

Deer Herd Needs Rebuilding

I Remember

Judge Rose and the Steamer Catherine

Cover: “Along the Verge” (19″x24″), oil on hardboard by Roger Gilson, whose work is exhibited at Maine’s Massachusetts House in Lincolnville. For forty years a member of the art department of the Boston Herald American, Mr. Gilson spends his summers on the coast of Maine.