Down East May 2001

May 2001

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


Diary of an Antique Dealer

Not just any dealer – actually the man considered Maine’s first antique dealer. Location: Kennebunkport


The Puffin Man

When Steve Kress set out to bring the distinctive little seabird back to Eastern Egg Rock, he didn’t realize his techniques would have an impact on scientists around the world. This article includes a list of puffin watching trips and a list of books about puffins. Image subjects: Puffin Steve Kress

  • By: Jeff Clark
  • Photography by: Thomas Mark Szelog

Meandering Around the Hills of Montville

It’s easy to get lost in this special place not far from Penobscot Bay. Image subjects: Fields around Montville from the air cemetery vegetable garden horse and colt fishing from bridge house and small barn in country Location: Montville

  • By: Frank Andrews
  • Photography by: Michele Stapleton

Savvy Logging

A new course developed in Maine is changing tree-cutting practices here and across the nation. Image subjects: cutting tree in forest

  • By: Ken Textor
  • Photography by: Douglas Merriam

Fixing Broken Animals

Across the state a growing network of wildlife rehabilitation is struggling to take care of creatures great and small. Image subjects: Diane Winn and Marc Payne at Avian Haven releasing a bird, which takes flight feeding a baby rabbit with a dropper. In a bird pen or aviary. feeding a muskrat Location: Freedom

  • By: Virginia Wright
  • Photography by: Benjamin Magro

Build It and They Will Come

Peter Korn opened his Center for Furniture Craftsmanship and now has a student waiting list. Image subjects: Peter Korn in his furniture workshop Chris Becksvoort in workshop student working on cabinet door in workshop student working on cabinet in workshop Location: West Rockport

  • By: Edgar Allen Beem
  • Photography by: Benjamin Magro

Where In Maine?

Where in Maine is the beach where this shipwreck rests?



Invasion of the Shipworms

A plague of wood-eating wigglers has midcoast boaters worried. Image subjects: harbor in fall Location: Belfast

  • By: Ken Textor
  • Photography by: Michele Stapleton

Busy Divers

Scuba diver Bill Blood knows which moorings will still be there at the end of the boating season.

  • By: Chris Batha
  • and Ken Textor

A Cut Above

Rockland’s the place for a shave and a haircut. Location: Rockland


Bye, Bye, Brookies

Fish from away are elbowing out Maine trout. Location: Lake Umbagog


No More Woolgathering

The sudden popularity of sheep without fleeces.


North by East

photo only Image subjects: old pickup beside a bed of tulips

  • Photography by: Michele Stapleton

Pay As You Throw

When it comes to recycling trash, Mainers are among the most successful in the nation. Image subjects: Bob Malley at local recycling center

  • By: Jeff Clark
  • Photography by: Nance Trueworthy

Commanding View

Remembering the Charleston Correctional Facility when it was the 765th Radar Squadron, Charleston Air Force Station.

  • By: Quint Hegner

Balmy Caribou

Caribou’s average winter temperature is actually a bit colder than the 39 degrees stated in the article. Location: Caribou

  • By: Dr. Bob Smith

Romance of the Sea

Few states can claim a closer bond to the ocean than Maine, a pair of new titles suggests.

  • By: John Cole

Briefly Noted

Books reviewed include: “Beloved Island: Franklin & Eleanor and the Legacy of Campobello” by Jonas Klein, “The New England Cookbook: 350 Recipes from Town and Country, Land and Sea, Hearth and Home” by Brooke Dojny, and “Northeast Folklore: Essays in Honor of Edward D. Ives” edited by Pauleena MacDougall

  • By: Paul Doiron

Money for Bike Paths

Ellsworth American: Bike paths and politics.


Volunteer Firefighters

Journal Tribune: It’s getting harder all the time to get enough volunteer firemen. Location: Goodwin Mills


Screen Doors and More

Decorate your doorway with a custom screen door from this Waldoboro company. Location: Waldoboro

  • By: Mike Stumbo
  • David Trevallion
  • and Andrew Vietze

Grassroot Groups

Join the Environmental Action Team in your area and get involved at the grass roots.

  • By: Andrew Vietze

Portland’s Dog Problem

Casco Bay Weekley: Portland committee tries to come up with spots where owners can exercise their dogs off-leash. Location: Portland


Prison Store Change

Sun Journal: They want to go from hand-made to mass produced at the prison store.


Historic Homes

Many of Maine’s finest old homes – antiques themselves – are open to the public, and they’re often filled with antiques. Image subjects: the Richarde A Nott Memorial House (historic home)

  • Photography by: Jeffrey Stevensen

A Guide to Top Maine Finds

Some antiques that are especially prized can still be found in Maine. Here are some ideas on what to look for.


Nighttime at Nicatous

My Manhattan-bred bride did better in the woods of Main than I did on our wedding trip. Location: Nicatous Lake

  • By: John Orehotsky

Discovering Damariscotta

Though it’s perhaps not as well known for antiques as neighboring Wiscassett, the Damariscotta area is quietly becoming a go-to place among antique hunters. Image subjects: inside barn – aka 1839 House Antiques shopping for antiques in the shop Arsenic and Old Lace exterior view of antique shop Twin

  • By: Meadow Rue Merrill
  • Photography by: Michele Stapleton

Appraisal Days

Free antique appraisals are available across Maine if you know where to look. Here is a list of dealers who offer them. Image subjects: folk art and antiques (chair, copper jars, porcelain, books, etc.)

  • Photography by: Michele Stapleton

Guide to Maine Antiques

The Pine Tree State has long enjoyed a reputation as an antique-collecting hot spot. Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of a Down East treasure hunt.


Maine Antiques Festival

A favorite among shoppers, the Maine Antiques Festival turns twenty this year. Plus, a listing of antique shows. Location: Union


Kristina’s Restaurant and Bakery

Baked treats and brunch worth traveling for have made this Bath restaurant a local landmark. Image subjects: Kristina Van Reenan inside her restaurant Location: Bath

  • By: Virginia Wright
  • Photography by: Randy Ury

May Highlights

Plays, concerts, art shows and garden walks herald the warm weather.


Lawn Tennis, Anyone?

Biddeford residents playing lawn tennis in 1888. Location: Biddeford

  • By: Ellen MacDonald Ward