Down East October 1999

October 1999

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


Mirrors With a Memory

That’s what early photographs were called, and a remarkable show of Maine faces and places from 150 years ago explains why. Location: Portland

Bottling Maine

Oakhurst Dairy has prospered by wrapping itself in the state flag – and insisting on a level of quality many Mainers say they can actually taste. Image subjects: bottling machinery Stan Bennett, Althea Allen and Bill Bennett Oakhurst dairy products Location: Portland


Where in Maine?

This is one coastal town know for it’s big houses. Image subjects: view of Thomaston from across the harbor Location: Thomaston


Maine’s Top Headhunter

Nobody auctions off more hunting trophies than Jerry Giguere, of Windham. He’s even sold a stuffed giraffe. Image subjects: Jerry Giguere auctioning off two deer head trophies a stuffed bear trophy a stuffed beaver assistant holding up two knives view of various animal trophies to be sold Location: Windham


Ever Been to Dover-Foxcroft?

If you haven’t been to Dover-Foxcroft, it’s a shame because it is one of the prettiest towns in Maine. Image subjects: stately homes downtown home with leaves on ground old mill on Piscataquis River tree displaying fall colors Location: Dover-Foxcroft


Saving Shapleigh

The intrepid band of volunteers who fight fires in this town hasn’t forgotten either the Great Fire of ’47 or the American LaFrance pumper of ’73 – which they built with their own hands. Image subjects: firemen fighting house fire the LaFrance pumper truck fireman Ed Wood at fire Duane Romano at coffee


Meet the Maine Leaf Lady

Every fall Susan Benson becomes one of the busiest people in Maine. She’s the cheerful soul who tells the rest of the world how Maine’s color show is progressing. Image subjects: Susan Benson – Maine leaf lady



Joel White’s Legacy

Bob Stephens, a long time disciple of Joel White, carries on with the design work at the Brooklin Boat Yard.


Impossible Voyage

A six month sailing trip to the Caribbean the Nutt family plan to sail around the world.


Atlantic Challenger

History of the vessel “Record” that was built in Norway and later bought by Jim Sharp to use to transport coal to off shore islands in the Penobscot. She now belongs to Rockland’s Atlantic Challenge Foundation.


Rockport Redux

The schooner “Avontuur” from Tortola and loaded with lumber from Surinam stops in Rockport. Location: Rockport


Profitable Questions

Heather Blease didn’t want to leave Maine so she started her own computer service company.


Harmony’s Lost Bridge

Nobody know the bridge had been sold until it was seen going down the road on a truck. Image subjects: moose and other animals unable to cross the river Location: Harmony


Busing Around Acadia

Mount Desert’s free bus service is a great success. Location: Mount Desert


Keep Out

New fees to enter the North Woods have sparked a controversy over who is allowed in. Image subjects: dirt road in woods showing fall foliage Location: The North Woods


August ‘Where in Maine?’

August ‘Where in Maine?’ identified as the Desert of Maine in Freeport. Authors add interesting information about the place. Location: Freeport


Unlikely Celebrity

Maine’s best-known swordfish captain never imagined she’d become famous just doing her job.


25 Autumn Delights

Here are more than two dozen reasons to get out and about this fall. Lists include where to find Maine’s biggest trees, scenic highways and byways, and mountain tops for viewing the colors.

Briefly Noted

Books reviewed include: “Marine Life of the North Atlantic: Canada to New England” by Andrew J. Martinez, “Mollie Pier or The Underground Adventures of the Moosepath League” by Van Reid, “Moose: Giants of the Northern Forest” by Bill Silliker, Jr. and “Invisible Stranger: The Patten, Maine, Photographs


Road to Change

Times Record: The organization Parents Against Tired Truckers, formed by two women from Lisbon Falls, has massed an amazing record of successes.


Controlling Sprawl

Portland Press Herald: Freeport has taken a step toward controlling sprawl, but until it enacts regulatory action, it means little. Location: Freeport


Defining the Allagash

Bangor Daily News: Saving the Allagash Waterway will have to start by first defining exactly what it is.


Bog Boardwalk

Hiking through the Saco Heath bog just got easier with the addition of a mile-long boardwalk.


Market Action

In addition to the food stands and restaurants, the Portland Public Market hosts a number of special events. Location: Portland


God’s Waiting Room

The unique configuration of pews in the Jackson church hardly gave anyone pause. Location: Jackson Corners


Bella Cucina

Some of Portland’s finest food is being served in an unlikely but easy-to-fine location. Image subjects: Jim Ledue at Bella Cucina restaurant Location: Portland


October Highlights

Art shows, plays, and festivals welcome autumn to Maine – and New York.



1877 photo of the launching of the ship “Baring Brothers” in Thomaston. Location: Thomaston