May 1994




Song of Norway

When springtime finally finds its way to this western Maine community, the village — and the wild country around it — quickens and blossoms. By Sarah Goodyear. Photographs by Benjamin Magro.

The Salmon Wars

A cadre of upstart activists has brought a startling new strategy to the fight to save the Atlantic salmon. By Jeff Clark.

Hail the Lowly Trout Lily

One of the more elegant heralds of springtime down east is a native wildflower that few ever notice. By Richard Grant.

Making it in Maine

Cereal mixes, high-tech bicycle frames, and exquisite wildlife designs — three more successes from the Pine Tree State.

Top Dogs

For a well-satisfied mutt owner of long standing, Maine’s most prestigious dog show last spring was an eye-opener. By Edgar Allen Beem.

‘Tell Me You Are Contented at Home’

The Civil War letters between a Maine soldier in the thick of things and his family back home in Albion paint a poignant portrait of a chaotic era. By Jennifer Wixson.

Real Troopers

The industrious members of Maine’s first Boy Scout troop — Brewer Troop #1 — stood proudly at attention for a historic photograph eighty-three years ago. By Ellen MacDonald Ward.

Poetry in Motion

Packing 400 cans of sardines an hour is an art form, as the author learned after just a day on the line. By Nicols Fox.

Running Away with the Circus

In his 1880 classic, Toby Tyler, South Portland’s James Otis Kaler captured every child’s dream and the imagination of the nation. By William Barry and Debra Verrier.

Boating Down East

A guide to Maine’s summer pleasures afloat, compiled by the Editors of Down East.



Room With a View

In Maine we know more about lobsters than anyone else in the world, and it’s the belief of Mainers that the more you fool around with a lobster the less pleased you will be. By Caskie Stinnett.

The Talk of Town Hill

The Dandelion Ladies

The Maine Viewpoint

Mitchell Bows Out

Down East Bookshelf

Dead Line by Gerry Boyle

Dining Down East

Jessica’s European Bistro, Rockland

North by East

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

I Remember

Five Islands Afire

Cover: Main Street, Norway, Maine. By Benjamin Magro.