Down East November 1999

November 1999

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


The Man Who Killed Superman

Who would imagine that the guy who knocked off the Man of Steel would be living quietly on the coast of Maine in a town called Friendship? Location: Friendship, Monhegan, Warren


The Forest Is Her Beat

When Deborah Palman earned her badge in the Maine Warden Service in 1978 she was a pioneer. Now she’s been named Maine Warden of the Year. Image subjects: Deborah Palman in truck with her K-9 dog Palman working in field with hunter Maine Warden Service forensic lab

Tipper Lore

Every year come November, a small army of Mainers heads for the woods in search of balsam to use in making wreaths. Image subjects: Red Hesseltine cutting balsam in the woods Red Hesseltine with balsam balsam waiting to be made into wreaths finished wreaths ready for shipping Location: Milford, Bangor, Milbridge

Getting Wired

Central Maine Power celebrates its centennial this month with the publication of a showy new company history.

The Fryeburg Academy Story

Tucked into a tiny town in the foothills of the White Mountains is one of the most unusual – and successful – private schools in America. Location: Fryeburg

Portland’s Remarkable Camera Obscura

It’s not just kids who are mesmerized by the amazing gizmo at the Children’s Museum of Maine. Image subjects: children at Children’s Museum looking at image from camera obscura Location: Portland

Star-Spangled Moment

Although a launching at Bath Iron Works invariably goes off well without a hitch, it is an occasion as much for nail-biting as flag waving for those in the know, as an absorbing new book reveals. Image subjects: USS Donald Cook at Launching workers driving wedges under USS Donald Cook before launching


Regatta Mishap

It was ironic that a lone steel vessel in this traditional wooden-boat race should tangle with the pride and joy of the man who championed the wooden-boat revival.

Big Day for Launches

Two launchings on the same day attest to Maine’s leading role in the construction of fine wooden boats.

One Leg Up

Tom Brown of Northeast Harbor lost a leg to cancer, but that isn’t what’s slowing his Olympic quest. Competing for a slot on the Olympic sailing team takes sponsors.


Valuable Lessons

Students sweep hallways, wash dishes and help coaches to make up for the funding deficit at Dirigo High School. Location: Dixfield

Solar Bear

University of Maine engineering students will again enter the Tour de Sol race for solar powered vehicles.


Down Under Down East

Visitors to Sunday River Ski Area may notice a definite Down Under accent among the staff. Image subjects: animal diners and kangaroo staff.


Expanding Halls of Ivy

From Bowdoin to Fort Kent, Maine’s college and university campuses are growing at record rates.


Sculling Skills

How many people know how to scull today? Image subjects: skiffs tied up to dingy dock.


Briefly Noted

Books reviewed here include: “Mind of the Raven: Investigations and Adventures with Wolf-Birds” by Bernd Heinrich; “You Auto See Maine: When Old Cars Were Young and For Sale in Maine” by Will Anderson; “Greatest Mountain: Katahdin’s Wilderness” with photos by Connie Baxter Marlow and Elisabeth Ogilvie’s


A Night to Remember

The facts surrounding the November night the “Portland” went down fill a chilling new book.

  • By: David Guterson
  • and Peter Spectre

Winter Fun

For downhill and cross-country skiers, Maine offers a wide variety of facilities.


Lewiston’s Mill Success

Lewiston Sun Journal: Peoples Heritage Bank is expanding its development of the Bates Mill.


Art Books Galore

This Searsport book store specializes on used books about art. Location: Searsport


Roam around Rangeley

The Rangeley region offers scenic drives even after the leaves fall from the trees. Location: Rangeley, Oquossoc


Fitness Competition

Ellsworth American: The Trenton Fitness East Health and Racquet Club has closed its doors. Location: Trenton



Kennebec Journal: A group calling itself “Seeds of Resistance” is claiming credit for destroying genetically engineered corn at the Univ. of Maine-owned Rogers Farm. Location: Old Town


Research Grants

Maine Sunday Telegram: Maine Science & Technology Foundation is helping insure a bright future by insuring the grant money it gives out is well spent.


Bureaucratic Snafu

Bangor Daily News: Governor King proposed cutting hay on federal lands in Maine and sending it south to states hit by the drought.


Ice-Cream Spoons

The Christmas following the summer I spent sorting those little wooden utensils was one of my merriest.


15 Independence

A fresh, young, culinary talent is determined to make a name for his new restaurant in Freeport. Image subjects: Karl Ronhave in dining room of 15 Independence restaurant Location: Freeport


November Highlights

New art shows vie with concerts and plays for late-fall audiences.


Open For Business

Coy and Edith Day stand in their newly opened grocery store in Springvale in 1937. Location: Springvale