Down East October 2006

October 2006

The table of contents from the October 2006 issue of Down East.


Good Neighbors

A new “lodge style” house in the midcoast respects its lakeside setting.

  • By: Andrew Vietze
  • Photography by: Brian Vanden Brink

Hidden in Plain Sight

Here is a shocker: Mane leads the nation in cat ownership. But are we taking our pets for granted?

  • By: Joshua F. Moore

Best Biking in Acadia

Maine’s most visited island is best seen from two wheels. Here are the top six rides you should take this fall.

  • By: Melissa Kim
  • Photography by: Chris Becker

Take it to the Bridge

When the Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory opens for pedestrians this month — tentatively scheduled for October 14, with motorized traffic beginning in November — it will mark the public introduction of a span that promises to become a new Maine landmark. Here are a few of the less-obvious…


A People, Not a Faith

As Maine Jews celebrate their new year, they are reembracing the past even as they confront the challenges of the present.

  • By: Abby Zimet
  • Photography by: David A. Rodgers

The Way Life Is?

A new exhibit in Portland challenges our perceptions of the real Maine.


The Patron Saint of Maine Apples

John Bunker has made it his mission to rescue Maine’s forgotten fruits.

  • By: Michael Sanders
  • Photography by: Russell French


Where in Maine?

If this romantic scene has you imagining an earlier time, picturing bonnets and buckboards, you’re on the right track. Every October the centuries melt away at this small village in the northern part of the state and people cross this covered bridge into the 1790s. Men and women in period dress demonstrate…


North by East

Opinions, advisories, and musings from the length and breadth of Maine.


The Little College That Could

UMaine’s Hutchinson Center in Belfast has surprised just about everyone.

  • By: Jeff Clark

Letters to the Editor

When we opened the August issue and saw the “Where in Maine?” photograph of Wood Island, it brought back memories of more than fifty years ago. In the mid-fifties I was stationed at the Naval Prison on the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. It was my duty to take new guards and regulars out to Fort Foster to…


Editor’s Note

When people ask me if I have a cat, I usually reply, “My wife does.” The one came with the other, and there are times when I don’t know which relationship I’ve worked harder at. My wife found Emma at a shelter, and so we know nothing of her kittenhood, although given the evidence, we imagine it to have…

  • By: Paul Doiron

A New Attack on the Allagash

Maine Sunday Telegram, Portland State Senator John Martin is at it again. Martin, D-Eagle Lake, reignited a simmering conflict over management of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway with a stunt destined to become a prominent part of the conflict’s sorry lore. Martin, along with Representative Troy Jackson…


Inside Maine

Your monthly guide to enjoying life in the pine tree state



Hands-On Carry My Wife, Please – You don’t have to be united in matrimony to take part in the North American Wife Carrying Championships, but it might help. Contestants in male-female pairs take on a challenging, 278-yard obstacle course complete with water hazard and log hurdles. The grand prize is the…


Uncle Ellery

In North Rumford, where my great uncle lived, time seemed to move in reverse.

  • By: Dan Abbott

Salads Made the Maine way

Using local Maine ingredients whenever possible is at the heart of Cynthia Finnemore Simonds’ new cookbook, Fresh Maine Salads: Innovative Recipes from Appetizers to Desserts (published by our affiliate, Down East Books, ; paperback; 112 pages; $18.95). In this edited excerpt she…


Down East Feast

A booming specialty and organic foods industry is transforming the way people think about Maine cuisine.

  • By: Jeff Clark

Acadian Snapshot

A tidy home and a coiffed youngster could not conceal tough times for Maine’s potato farmers during the Great Depression.

  • By: Joshua F. Moore