Down East May 1999

May 1999

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


Saving the St. John

In one courageous strike, Kent Wommack, of the Nature Conservancy, has secured a chunk of the North Woods almost as large as Baxter State Park. Image subjects: Kent Wommack shoreline along the St. John St. John River Kent Wommack sitting on the shore of the St. John Location: St. John River


Billowing Quilts and Rolling Roads

The meticulously rendered Maine paintings of artist Jerri Finch are at last winning the recognition they deserve. Image subjects: Jerri Finch in her studio Painted quilt depicting Belfast Harbor artist Jerri Finch using an airbrush patchwork on painting painting of Sutton Island bridge painting of bridge


Make Way for The Timberdoodle

Despite its near-perfect camouflage, the woodcock’s outrageous courting ritual makes it one of the spectacular sights of springtime. Image subjects: woodcock nest with young and eggs adult woodcock


The Greening of York Harbor

Springtime now marks the start of the season at this often overlooked village in southern Maine. Image subjects: overview of York Harbor with boats at anchor house and flowering tree in spring two large houses on the water houses and picket fence boat tied up at dock Location: York Harbor


What’s Henry Up To Know?

That’s what everyone in Bridgton was asking after my husband’s would-be scarecrow became a local celebrity. Image subjects: 7 photos of Henry, a scarecrow/dummy dressed and posed at various tasks around the house Location: Bridgton


 Building Champions

At the Portland Boxing Club, winning an occasional match is only one of the rewards for training hard. Image subjects: inside the Portland Boxing Club Chad Powell inside the Portland Boxing Club Skip Neales inside the Portland Boxing Club fighter Mario Andelic inside the Portland Boxing Club fighter


Where in Maine?

Recognize this mill town once known for its papermaking? Image subjects: the falls in Livermore Falls Location: Livermore Falls Jay


The Quickening

Sure, Maine has a springtime. You just have to know where to look to find it. Image subjects: moss and ferns at springtime



Boatbuilding Boom

All along the coast, boatyards can barely find enough boatbuilders to handle all the orders. Image subjects: three motor yachts at Lyman-Morse Boat Building Co.


Let George Do It

George Emery has just finished his first new boat after years of repairing old ones. Location: Tenants Harbor


Search for the ‘Portland’

A maritime salvage expert thinks he has discovered the final resting place of the paddle-wheeler ‘Portland’, that sank in the storm of 1898 off Cape Cod.


BoSox Bonanza

Joyce Petit’s home is filled with Red Sox memorabilia, a tribute to her favorite baseball team. Image subjects: cartoon of animals playing baseball


Dark ‘Times’, Bright ‘Sun’

The “Maine Times” closes down after 30+ years and the Sunday edition of the Sun Journal is voted the best in its class.


Honest Maine Sod

A determined cadre of deisplaced Mainers honors their forebears at Gettysburg every year. Image subjects: monuments at Gettysburg National Military Park Location: Gettysburg


February ‘Where in Maine?’

Readers identify the February ‘Where in Maine?’ photo as Thunder Hole on Mount Desert Island. Location: Thunder Hole Mount Desert Island


FDR on Campobello

Much more information about FDR and the Roosevelt family’s use of Campobello after 1921.


Historic Homes

A sampling of the state’s finest old houses open to the public.


Finding Maine

In two out of three new novels, the “Maine” setting doesn’t ring true.


Bird is the Word

Anyone interested in birds should look into attending the first-ever Maine Spring Migration Bird Festival and Conference. Location: Portland


Lost Taxes

Sun Journal: Should big corporations have to pay property transfer taxes when they sell property in Maine?


Lobster Threat

Courier-Gazette: The state and private researchers need to put more resources into determining what is killing Maine’s lobsters.


Rail to Eastport

Maine Sunday Telegram: A railroad connecting Brewer with Eastport, the deepest port south of Valdez, Alaska, and Calais is proposed. Location: Eastport Brewer


Animal House

The Maine Wildlife Park in Gray is home to many animals that are recuperating from injuries or are orphans. Location: Gray


Summer of ’51

If only I could make Westbrook’s Little League team, I knew I’d have a career to rival Jackie Robinson’s. Location: Westbrook


May Highlights

Lewiston’s art auction and Portland’s Fiber Arts Festival are spring headliners.



Circa 1880 photo of the Biddeford Pool Life Saving Station. Image subjects: Biddeford Pool Life Saving Station cira 1880. Location: Biddeford Pool