Down East May 1997

May 1997

The table of contents from the May 1997 issue of Down East.


North by East

Opinions and advisories on North Woods ghost trains, fingerling futures, and Big Mac beano in Millinocket.

A Jaunt through Grafton Notch

It’s one state park you can tour without leaving your car, and springtime is the season to be there. By Andrew Vietze.

Learning to Ask the Right Questions

Over the last twenty-five years, students and faculty at College of the Atlantic have been studying the impact of man on the natural world — and their approach has turned heads across the nation. By Jeff Clark.

Overlooked Underbrush

Utterly invisible for fifty weeks of the year, the shadbush in its moment of glory is, quite simply, incomparable. By Richard Grant.


The joy one seasonal resident of Woolwich felt at returning to his summer place turned to consternation when he discovered who had moved in while he was gone. Photograph by Thomas Mark Szelog.

Defying Springtime

Deserted houses that dot the Maine countryside take on an added poignance when all else around them quickens with the return of warm weather. A portfolio of photographs by Brian Vanden Brink.

Making It In Maine

Three more success stories from the Pine Tree State.

Trail Mix

A lone hiker teams up with two strangers on the Appalachian Trail to tackle the Hundred  Mile Wilderness. By Lisa Price.

Lasting lmpression

At the turn of the century, some of the finest bricks in the world hailed from Brewer, as an unusual portrait recalls. By Ellen MacDonald Ward.

Boating Down East

A guide to Maine’s summer pleasures afloat, spotlighting the Boothbay area.


Room With A View

I know a place on the coast of Maine where the life of the entire village seems to be lived on the municipal dock. By Caskie Stinnett.

The Talk of Maine

North Woods News

The Maine Viewpoint

Head of the Class

Inside Maine

Historic Heaps

Down East Bookshelf

Buried Alive

I Remember

Charley’s Choice

Cover: Screw Auger Falls at Grafton Notch State Park, by Robert Villani.