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  • January 27, 2014



  • February 6, 2014


    I want a RIP Chair!!!

  • February 12, 2014


    Join us for the 2014 Flavors of Freeport on Friday, February 21!

    FreeportUSA’s Flavors of Freeport, presented by the Hilton Garden Inn, features two premier events, the Chef’s Signature Series and the Flavors Ice Bar, in an event showcasing chefs and food producers in the Freeport area. Enjoy delicious samples from some of Maine’s best chefs, sample local brews and beverages, and learn about what’s new in Freeport. Best of all, the great variety will leave you delighted and coming back to Freeport for more! The Flavors Ice Bar features an elaborate ice sculpture, ice luge, cozy fire pit, delicious BBQ, and a DJ to get you moving!

    Tickets sell out every year! Buy your tickets now for the 2014 Flavors of Freeport>>>

    Chef’s Signature Series, 5:00pm to 8pm: Freeport’s finest chefs and top food artisans prepare award winning tastes of their best dishes to showcase their culinary skill and style. Plus, sip local hand-crafted beer, wine and spirits compliments of Maine purveyors!

    Ice Bar, 5:00pm to 8:00pm: The ice bar features a martini luge, ice sculptures, roaring fires, and groovy tunes. Bundle up in your warmest winter wear and enjoy a night of festivities outside with family and friends, sipping on your favorite beverage and sampling delicious Buck’s Naked BBQ!

    $35 ticket to Flavors of Freeport offers access to both the Ice Bar and Chef’s Signature Series, plus one beverage. (21 years and older)

    Participants include

    The Garden Grille & Bar

    Linda Bean’s Maine Kitchen & Topside Tavern

    Azure Cafe

    National Distributors

    Betty Reez Whoopie Pies

    FIORE Olive Oils

    Gritty McDuff’s

    Buck’s Naked BBQ

    Coffee By Design

    Freeport Cafe

    Muddy Rudder


    Wilbur’s of Maine Chocolate Confections

    Rock Lobster

    Sweetgrass Winery

    Lindt Chocolate

    Bridgham & Cook

    Nordica Theatre

    Nappi Distributors

    and many more!

  • February 15, 2014

    Elke V.

    Ducktrap Bingo does sound like an excellent game.

  • February 16, 2014

    Peter Sullivan

    great interview of a couple that has been instrumental in bringing this great sport to Maine and beyond

  • February 20, 2014

    perry palmer

    Think ahead to June:

    June 27 to June 28 in Pittston and Dresden, Maine: Keeping Warm in Maine in the 18thC—A two day symposium sponsored by the Lincoln
    County Historical Assoc. With The Ruben Colburn House and Old Fort
    Western.Day One at The Colburn House:Edward Maeder, Pres Museum of
    American Coverlet;Karen Clancy, Supervisor Weaving/Dying Colonial
    Williamsburg;Sandie Tarbox,18thC textile specialist ;Faye Snyder,
    Quilt specialist;
    Day Two at Pownalborough Court House: Workshops on
    dying and bedruggs( attendance limited/materials fee).Weaving/Spinning
    demonstrations ( by Old Fort Western and others)Exhibits Open:
    Coverlets – commentary by Maeder (PCH),Quilts at Old Jail,
    Wiscasset,.rnSheets and Blankets at Chapman Hall House, Damariscotta.
    For more information: Lincoln County Historical Assoc, (207) 522-8565.

  • February 28, 2014

    Penny Gray

    Wow, what a great article, Brian Kevin. This explains perfectly why we need to keep the wild in Maine.

  • March 20, 2014


    Amazing story, Ron. Thank you for sharing your experience, which is one most of us will never have with these bears. I appreciate that three busy men took time to save that little cub! I also commend you for recognizing the plight of the bile bears in Asia, a shameful secret in traditional Chinese medicine.

  • March 21, 2014

    Teddy Casey

    Rock Harbor sells Budweiser, but seldom sells a Budweiser. Local Craft Beers and House Crafted Beer outsells bottled beer, 20 to 1.

  • March 23, 2014

    Andrew Clay

    Yes… just like times square…. with the 3 businesses that are open past 6pm…

  • March 27, 2014

    Heather Steeves

    Fastest growing? Roller derby will give you some competition there. MRD was the only league in 2010. Now there are 4 or 5 in Maine with a total of maybe 250 skaters and support staff.

  • April 14, 2014


    Have to say that I went to Empire with great expectations. Now, that doesn’t always lead me to disappointment. But, Empire fell flat. It certainly is better than what generally passes for Chinese food in Maine, and may well be the best Chinese restaurant in the Portland area, but my son and I sampled far and wide on the menu — we were very hungry — and found the food, as a whole, to suffer from a uniformity of flavoring that made one thing blend into the next, and with a little too much grease overall for both of our palates. Nothing we ate gave either of us any great interest in returning. All I could think of in writing this comment, in fact, was an amazing Chinese restaurant nestled in a small industrial city north of Dublin, Ireland, to which I would return in a heartbeat, which is to say that location hardly needs to be a constraint, and I’m hopeful that the apparent financial success of Empire Chinese Kitchen telegraphs to the world that there is a demand for at least the promise of great Chinese food.

  • May 1, 2014

    Nancy Greindl

    This is such a cool shot!

  • May 6, 2014

    Andrew Mooers

    Dangerous to limit it when so many that shine… you need to come to The County.

  • May 16, 2014

    Samantha Downs

    Our cat had just passed away when we received this issue in the mail. After reading it and doing some research, we knew that a Maine Coon was the breed for us. We now have Moose, the cutest, most lovable baby we could have hoped for. Thank you, DownEast, for a great article. We are absolutely in love with our new little guy. He gets bigger by the day, and is living up to his name quite well!

  • May 19, 2014

    Sir Hemp

    Gray wasn’t the start and Deteau was booking bands in the 90’s at the metro which was booking from all agencies, Gray is not that committed to Bangor the right offer he would be out of there he is a promoter which is known in the biz “Lower than a well diggers heal” The Drugs that these concerts brings huge amounts Have at it lock your doors

    • May 20, 2014


      That made no sense whatsoever. Take some English classes, really pay attention, then get back to us.

      • May 20, 2014


        I thought the same thing. I really don’t know what the point of that comment was. Except concerts = drugs, apparently….

        • May 20, 2014

          Sir Hemp

          The point is most of the story is phony.”Concertgoers, however, are just part of the equation, since Maine’s cul-de-sac nature also makes attracting bands a challenge. To compensate for the state’s quirky geography, the Waterfront team woos artists by playing up their venue’s versatility, the region’s laid-back vibe,(Bands aren’t coming to Maine for the scenery,It’s the almighty dollar) and the personal attention their small staff can provide. (their job is to follow the Rider) A big part of the job, Gray says, is just making sure the artists have a good time.

          ” Bangorians have saved almost $17 million in travel costs by having concerts in their backyard, estimates Gabe,” last I knew very small % of Bangor/Brewer attendance” looks like he factoring every one that lives in BB area.

          “Of course, there’s such a thing as too good a time — in 2012, Bangor police arrested Ted Nugent’s drummer after a drunken joy ride on a stolen golf cart” Understatement ( plus one of the concerts he lost money on) There were over 5 poises selling heroin during Little Wang concert no cops no security to stop it,the hilarious part of it Bangor PD was warned,and moronically Paul Edwards gets on TV on Tuesday after the concert to give a very belated info, every one Please lock you cars. Advice lock your cars always especially prior post of any concerts. ” every hotel in Bangor fills up on concert nights” (Sorry ( Not really) not every concert 60 % and I am being generous) “This puts ‘Bangor’ into the mouths of people nationwide who would have never spoken the word before,” says Emery, whose staff travels to trade shows around the country, encouraging businesses to come to town. “I couldn’t buy enough advertising to market the city to these other major metropolitan areas — throughout the Northeast especially” ( Sorry ( not really again) it really thins out south of Portland. What Emery thinks these artists only play Bangor.

          ” (Gray’s been courted by these and other proponents of new venues around Maine, and while Waterfront does book and manage some shows outside of Darling’s Pavilion, the company currently has no plans to take on another city’s new outdoor concert venture).” Total bull crap for the right amount he’d sell his mother’s soul as any good promoter would.Courted most of that is like a reverse mortgage. “But it was a calculated risk, says Duteau” He an agent thats the only thing that was calculated.He been involved is doing concerts in the area sense the early 80’s

          “Ticket sales bear this out. Gray doesn’t divulge attendance numbers for individual shows,( various reasons for this, several ways to find if one wishes 1 way freedom of information act though the city) but last year, more than 50,000 people walked through the pavilion’s gates.(not a very good amount for the amount that is invested, if his business plan was offered to fortune 500 most would decline) The population of Bangor, by comparison, is around 33,000. So where are all these concertgoers coming from?” (85 % from up to 120 mile radius, 1 or two ( up to 10 ) tickets from further away doesn’t constitute an affected area.)

          In closing I hope he keeps going ( his luck is going to run out soon) and gets his numbers up ( my prediction is per capita less tickets sales this year to many repeat acts)

          Happy 🙂

      • May 20, 2014

        Sir Hemp

        sorry ( not really ) for the double I need you crtique

        The point is most of the story is phony.”Concertgoers, however, are just part of the equation, since Maine’s cul-de-sac nature also makes attracting bands a challenge. To compensate for the state’s quirky geography, the Waterfront team woos artists by playing up their venue’s versatility, the region’s laid-back vibe,(Bands aren’t coming to Maine for the scenery,It’s the almighty dollar) and the personal attention their small staff can provide. (their job is to follow the Rider) A big part of the job, Gray says, is just making sure the artists have a good time.

        ” Bangorians have saved almost $17 million in travel costs by having concerts in their backyard, estimates Gabe,” last I knew very small % of Bangor/Brewer attendance” looks like he factoring every one that lives in BB area.

        “Of course, there’s such a thing as too good a time — in 2012, Bangor police arrested Ted Nugent’s drummer after a drunken joy ride on a stolen golf cart” Understatement ( plus one of the concerts he lost money on) There were over 5 poises selling heroin during Little Wang concert no cops no security to stop it,the hilarious part of it Bangor PD was warned,and moronically Paul Edwards gets on TV on Tuesday after the concert to give a very belated info, every one Please lock you cars. Advice lock your cars always especially prior post of any concerts. ” every hotel in Bangor fills up on concert nights” (Sorry ( Not really) not every concert 60 % and I am being generous) “This puts ‘Bangor’ into the mouths of people nationwide who would have never spoken the word before,” says Emery, whose staff travels to trade shows around the country, encouraging businesses to come to town. “I couldn’t buy enough advertising to market the city to these other major metropolitan areas — throughout the Northeast especially” ( Sorry ( not really again) it really thins out south of Portland. What Emery thinks these artists only play Bangor.

        ” (Gray’s been courted by these and other proponents of new venues around Maine, and while Waterfront does book and manage some shows outside of Darling’s Pavilion, the company currently has no plans to take on another city’s new outdoor concert venture).” Total bull crap for the right amount he’d sell his mother’s soul as any good promoter would.Courted most of that is like a reverse mortgage. “But it was a calculated risk, says Duteau” He an agent thats the only thing that was calculated.He been involved is doing concerts in the area sense the early 80’s

        “Ticket sales bear this out. Gray doesn’t divulge attendance numbers for individual shows,( various reasons for this, several ways to find if one wishes 1 way freedom of information act though the city) but last year, more than 50,000 people walked through the pavilion’s gates.(not a very good amount for the amount that is invested, if his business plan was offered to fortune 500 most would decline) The population of Bangor, by comparison, is around 33,000. So where are all these concertgoers coming from?” (85 % from up to 120 mile radius, 1 or two ( up to 10 ) tickets from further away doesn’t constitute an affected area.)

        In closing I hope he keeps going ( his luck is going to run out soon) and gets his numbers up ( my prediction is per capita less tickets sales this year to many repeat acts)

        Happy 🙂

        • May 21, 2014


          Where are you getting these statistics from? I honestly have a hard time reading your posts. I can’t really tell where quotes from the story and your thoughts start and end, the random punctuation, quotes and parentheses don’t help.

          The acts attract both the Greater Bangor area and beyond. Many people from New Brunswick Canada come down to shows as the acts often do not come up there. The concerts bring a large number of customers to the area. I’ve heard and experienced this knowing many business owners in the GBA.

          Also, having worked in the music industry both as an artist and representation, sure ryders are important but, hardly why an act plays a particular venue. Many acts did not come to the GBA as there was simply no place they wanted to play. Better venues in the Portland area were a bigger draw. Having the summer stage and the new arena has already proven to attract better acts. Sure money is a factor but for areas like Bangor, the sites themselves factor in. No one wants to come to the middle of no where just for the money. Acts often want to check out a city that they play, go out to eat, check out the local scene, etc. It beats sitting in another hotel room. The GBA has a lot to offer in recent years. Again hearing this first hand from business owners that many acts, support crews, etc. have stopped in, eaten or shopped is great.

          Again, I’m not sure where your statistics are coming from but the majority of concerts are sold out or close to it. The acts get bigger every year. All of this adds to more revenue.

  • May 21, 2014

    Don Davis

    I won’t be attending any concerts at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion this year because they won’t let me bring my canvas chair in to the unseated events.

    • July 26, 2015

      Sharon Staples

      You can bring your canvas chair…AND A BLOW UP COUCH IF YOU LIKE…to Harmony Maine and catch any one of those Music Festivals.

  • May 24, 2014

    Faran Peterson

    There are plenty of places along Route 1 on the mainland where you can wait in line for hours to enjoy a fine lobster roll but there is nothing more satisfying and exquisite than a lobster roll from Greet’s Eats. Greeta McCarthy parks her food truck right in the lot adjacent to the Vinalhaven Fisherman’s Co-op. From her humble spot you can watch the lobstermen pull up to the dock to deposit their catch. Because the lobsters are literally plucked from the frigid Co-op waters and prepared to eat within minutes there is no better lobster roll anywhere else. This may be the best kept secret in all of Penobscot Bay. Her rolls are not fancy nor do they feature ingredients from whatever foodie trends you may see elsewhere. They are classic rolls featuring a buttered and toasted bun topped with a generous portion of mouthwatering lobster salad prepared the old fashioned way. Every summer I drive from New York City to Maine for my once a year vacation speeding up as I pass through Waldoboro and Wiscasset. I hop on the first ferry available from Rockland to Vinalhaven and my first stop on the island, my first real rest stop after a nine hour drive, is always Greet’s Eats.

  • May 26, 2014

    Mindy Cameron


  • May 26, 2014

    Mindy Cameron

    Very nice image.

  • May 27, 2014


    To be honest, I don’t understand why lobster rolls are such a big deal. They’re pretty bland, don’t fill me up, and hot dog buns … well, I’d rather have some nice, chewy whole-grain bread any day (toasted, with butter – ah!). And I’ve had lobster rolls at most of the places that consistently come out tops in the polls.

    I realize this is heresy, but I really don’t get it.

    • May 28, 2014


      Try Fisherman’s Friend Restaurant’s Mega Lobster Roll. It’s not a hot dog bun and I’m positive it will fill you up. Bland? No way

  • May 29, 2014

    Linda Bon

    This is the BEST lighthouse picture I’ve ever seen!!!!

  • June 11, 2014

    John Beaudoin

    The Palace fed my grandfather, my father, and me. When I went there, it was owned by Pete Beaudoin (no relation), or Petit Pete (pronouced ‘Ti Pete by the locals). A great family man who seemed to know everyone. Thanks for the article — the Palace really embodies the great new vibe in Biddeford.

  • June 13, 2014

    Ann Marie

    “…all the usual growing-up things took place there, but we all knew that our real lives happened at camp.” I love all that this line captures. I want to hear more about those summers. Beautiful essay.

  • June 14, 2014


    I am one who loves to see the cairns as I walk along the trails and paths of Maine (and NH). I will sit and look at them and think and wonder about who made them and what the person was like, what kind of day they were having and what brought them there that day.
    The people that are making them must enjoy these places as much as I do to spend so much time making these marvels of balance and precision, each one different from one another.
    To me these cairns are artwork and what better place to display their art than in the place where their materials are found naturally.
    I vote that they stay!

  • June 19, 2014

    Dan Zarin

    As always, Anestes, you’re my hero. A good roundup — and this town would not be the same without Portland Food Map.

    • Laura Serino
      June 30, 2014

      Laura Serino

      We completely agree.

  • June 20, 2014

    Haiku Jew

    I live in linen
    and love their cool clothing, too
    keep on creating!

  • June 20, 2014

    Nancy Greindl

    very cool! LOVE the image; well done!

  • June 20, 2014

    Linda Bon

    Well, I don’t mean to complain, but there wasn’t much info there. As a budding photographer, I would like to know more details than what the video provided. I am always hungry to learn how the pros do it. And as I particularly love to photograph Maine, I was VERY excited to learn something new in this article. I just got my new issue, perhaps there is more info there.

    • June 23, 2014

      Mark Fleming

      Thanks for the feedback Linda!

      We are very excited to start ramping up our “Behind the Lens” video series. Our plan is to follow along on as many assignments as we can. We hope to capture tons of behind the scenes footage and glean as much technical information from our contributing photographers as possible.

      Stay tuned, there’s more to come!

  • June 24, 2014

    Loren Peters

    You should let your readers know that this list is not all the community bands in Maine. There are nearly forty across the state that I know of.

    • June 24, 2014

      Laura Serino

      Thanks for your comment, Loren! Please let us know if you have any bands we can add to the list. We tried to find as many as possible, but as I’m sure you know, there are many across the state! Thanks for weighing in!

  • June 26, 2014

    Christy Milford

    What a fantastic round-up. Using this as my guide next time I’m in Portland for sure- there are always more great restaurants to discover!

    • Laura Serino
      June 30, 2014

      Laura Serino

      The restaurants never stop coming! Glad you enjoyed the article, Christy!

  • Thank you so much for submitting my photograph to your website! I am truly honored to be included in with these amazing photographers!

    • Laura Serino
      June 30, 2014

      Laura Serino

      Thank you for submitting it Elizabeth!

  • July 21, 2014

    Steve Mcvicker

    Anywhere where Route 1 doesn’t go right through the middle of it!

  • July 26, 2014

    Barb Moore

    Barb from Huntsville AL and the most beautiful place in Maine is Long Pond at Belgrade Lakes

  • July 26, 2014

    Christy Wilson

    Christy from New Jersey: it is difficult to choose – Christmas Cove, Moosehead Lake, the Seawall area of Acadia, Racoon Cove, near Acadia, and its view of the bubbles, but I have to go with Somes Sound and Somesville.

  • July 26, 2014

    Judy Leo

    We live in St. Louis, MO and visit Maine as often as we can. We are especially fond of the areas around Port Clyde and Tenants Harbor. For a great day excursion we love to take the ferry out to Monhegan Island.

  • July 28, 2014

    David Brown

    We live in Northern California now, but four special views are: Grindstone Point in Winter Harbor looking over Frenchman’s Bay to Cadillac Mountain, seeing Northeast Harbor coming down Peabody drive from Seal Harbor, the evening view to the west from North Haven Island back to the mainland and the view from Cook’s Lobster House back to Harpswell.

    • July 29, 2014

      Laura Serino

      North Haven island is a favorite of mine too. Thanks for the share!

  • August 4, 2014

    Eric Hoffsten

    As an addendum to “If You Go” (which you unquestionably should): The aforementioned Mama’s Crowbar, referenced as the Hill’s “dive of note.” By far my favorite bar in all of Portland, and one which I’ll be immensely saddened to see shuttered this fall — the victim of the very gentrification that this article chronicles. If you’re a lover of craft beer, go while you still have a chance. No cocktails, no wine, no jerks, no credit cards. Cash only, beer only, authenticity only. No, it doesn’t have the breadth of selection you’ll find at Novare Res, but it’s impeccably curated and fairly priced. And if you’re into that sort of thing, you can find live comedy and poetry readings as well. But really, it’s more about a great neighborhood bar, filled with and staffed by great people, offering really great beer. Long live the Crowbar.

    • August 5, 2014

      Laura Serino

      Thanks Eric. Mama’s is certainly an institution and a favorite among many of our Portland-based staffers!

  • August 9, 2014


    What a wonderful essay! So descriptive…truly amazing! I was always afraid to jump and dive, so I can totally relate to this story…actually, I don’t think I would have done it! I think you are an amazing writer!

  • August 18, 2014

    Teresa Gorman

    The drive into Eastport and the view off the pier to Canada. No hype, no fuss, just Maine!

  • August 19, 2014

    Scott Lee

    That was a long article…. did a good job covering both sides. One point i did want to make was that i have hunted black bear over bait for many years and taken some with a bow and arrow.
    This is how i choose to hunt, there are many others that choose to use a bow and arrow as well.
    Because i have a limited range of 25 yards or less… hunting a bear over bait allows me to size up the creature to allow me to make an informed decision before deciding to try taking it… this also allows me to wait for a clean shot with the intention of a clean kill. To still hunt a bear in Maine with a bow is first not a practical way to get a clean shot at a bear less than 25 yards and most hunters will simply not hunt in Maine if this referendum passes. I have a camp in the NE part of the state…….. if you could….. you should consider writing about the consequence of of loss of income to an area that has a hard time making ends meet in a good economy.
    Scott Lee

  • August 21, 2014

    Carolina Wilson

    Great overview of cycling in Maine, facts that I did not know. Lobbying for better communities IS lobbying for cyclists, because “everything is better on a bike”. Great article. Thanks!
    Carol A. Wilson, Falmouth, Maine

  • August 22, 2014

    Jeffrey Blaisdell

    Thank you. It was wonderful to see this lighthouse from such a different and personal perspective.

    • Laura Serino
      August 26, 2014

      Laura Serino

      Thanks for the feedback Jeff!

  • August 26, 2014

    Patty Morris

    I’d like to be supportive, but this is a poultry story. I goose it pays the bills, though. I mean, has The Duck ever busted anyone doing quack or engaged in fowl business? Or is he too chicken? Has he apprehended any peepetrators? Eggsacted a confession? His swan claim to fame is he’s kind of coop.

    • August 26, 2014

      Laura Serino

      Hysterical Patty!

    • October 15, 2014


      too funny

  • August 27, 2014

    Tom Haberstroh

    Isn’t this Marshall Point at Port Clyde? My wife and I visited it for the first time last October, and though it was a gray and blustery day, we were instantly smitten with it. Spent several hours on the grounds and in the museum with the most wonderful keepers. What a joy! We’ll be back again this October.

  • August 28, 2014


    The HSUS has made it clear with Dejoy’s comments that he wants to end ALL hunting. They can’t even make up their minds when they say why their pushing this referendum, but I do know they like to use lots and lots of photos of cubs and sows…both which no bear hunter would kill and it’s a direct insult to hunters. It’s everywhere you find HSUS, it’s not made up.

    Baiting is not lazy, and not all hunters use donuts. People that don’t hunt bear have no right to say that. That’s right…it’s hard work and a lot of time and money to hunt. We travel 1.5 hours one way to our bait site which is privately owned and we get permission to hunt it. We use feed that’s given to cattle~if it’s good enough for cattle who are going to be slaughtered then why not a bear who may or may not become my winter meals? My husband and I hunt for us. We’re not guides, and we don’t hunt for sport. We only kill what we put on our table to eat. I’ve had three different bear come to my bait, but never during legal hunting hours and not consistently. Baiting doesn’t guarantee a bear. The woods where we hunt are so thick, that the only real chance I have of seeing a bear will be over my bait. They come in so silently that if and when one ever decides to show up, I won’t hear it unlike a deer that you hear coming in from a distance. You can’t call it in like a deer or coyote, so we have to rely on the bear’s best feature and that’s in sense of smell. Their noses are so strong, that they have the upper hand, and because they are so cautious and so silent, it’s almost impossible to see one. They are called the ghost of the woods for a reason.

    Baiting doesn’t train bears to become acclimated to people. We make every effort to be scent free when we bait and hunt. Their noses are so strong, that they have the upper hand. As of today, I still have no bear coming to my site during legal hunting hours, and one may never show up, but that’s why it’s called hunting, and not shopping.

    On that note: I am ethically opposed to lamb and veal..why? Because lamb are killed baby sheep and veal are milk-fed calves confined to cages and then slaughtered for their white tender meat…that’s cruel in my eyes and shopping for meat is lazy. So I don’t buy lamb or veal, but I haven’t protested the sale of it and tried to have it banned…My bear has a fairer chase than any animal who ends up that the grocery store, and that makes me feel good about hunting. I know I’ve worked hard to bring food to my family’s table and I have nothing to feel ashamed for doing that.

    • August 28, 2014

      Phil Polk

      I have to agree that DeJoy needs to get his head out of the sand.. It is also a shame that a magazine in Rockport can call itself Downeast when they can not be farther that the truth.. Most real Downeasters want bear hunting to remain the same.. A fact that those in the mid coast area wants to deny …. Perhaps you should remind folks down in your area that HSUS is also helping PETA try and stop lobstering and see the response.. Then again if enough can be persuaded after this bear referendum to make lobstering a 1 trap at a time they can see our complaints better..

  • August 29, 2014


    Game management (all game) is something that should be handled on a scientific/factual basis at the state level by whatever means they deem necessary. Be it with hounds, bait, trapping, ect if it’s what need to be done and it’s effective in managing a population then it should not be altered. By no means should anything be managed on emotions. There’s no good that comes from managing with emotion on either side of the fence. I trust the states biologist to set the seasons and the methods, that is what we pay them for. I will be voting NO on Question 1

  • September 1, 2014


    Beautiful video. Thanks to Matt Rosenberg for doing such a great job.

  • September 3, 2014

    David Spector

    Thank you for such a nice summary of PortFiber. I live in Portland and have visited the place. It really is impressive, with all those beautiful colors and types of fiber, and knitting needles, spinning wheels, and looms of various sizes. It also has a great community bulletin board, fiber arts classes, and the friendliest staff.

  • September 6, 2014

    Scott Lee

    The true motivation of HSUS…

    While HSUS hides behind its “accreditation” from the Better Business Bureau, USA Today reports
    that the BBB’s charity rating arm is under fire for taking money from
    some of the charities it rates. Report states that HSUS had to pay the
    BBB $15,000 in order to use the BBB seal on their marketing materials.
    U.S Senator and former Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal
    says this practice “unquestionably” has implications for the BBB’s
    “credibility and possible conflicts of interest.”

    CharityWatch (formerly the American Institute of Philanthropy) reissued HSUS’s “D”
    rating in December 2011, finding that HSUS spends as little as 49
    percent of its budget on its programs. Additionally, the 2011 Animal
    People News Watchdog Report discovered that HSUS spends about 43 percent
    of its budget on overhead costs. CharityWatch founder and president,
    Daniel Borochoff says someone who really wanted to help animals should
    contribute elsewhere. “If you like getting those mailings and want to
    pay for more of them, support the Humane Society,” says Borochoff. “If
    you want to give more for programs or services that benefit animals and
    advocate better rules and protections for animals, they are not a good
    target because the portion of their budget they give to these programs
    is too small.” Nathan Winograd, an author and prominent advocate of
    “no-kill” animal shelters, says the disagreement is emblematic of a
    larger problem with HSUS. “Only the leadership of HSUS could contrive
    fundraising letters as program expenses,” Winograd says. “If they
    actually spent as much time, energy, and money on saving animals as they
    now only pretend to, not only would they not have to cover up their
    failures to do so with these kinds of mental gymnastics, they could
    truly be the heroes they now only pretend to be.”

  • September 10, 2014

    Scott Lee

    HSUS… get the real truth…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hN0ai9WzBQ

  • September 16, 2014

    Robert King

    I am a wildlife biologist.

    I am going to vote yes on Question 1…..to end this barbaric treatment of Maine black bears. On one hand, MDIFW treats the black bear like a nuisance animal it is trying to eradicate. On the other hand, it features television programs, showing attractive, female wildlife professionals cuddling little bear cubs that were just pulled from their mother’s den.

    Which is it MDIFW?

  • September 18, 2014


    Beautiful!! I love your approach to your subjects and your photography, Séan. I can’t wait to see the photographs and read the article!

  • September 19, 2014


    I have a summer house in Columbia Falls, Maine (close to coast, one hour above Bar Harbor). To paint my house all of the plants in front were cut down and I now need to plant again. Any suggestions as to what will work. I had thought just lots of lavender but it appears from my reading that I live in the wrong climate. I don’t want lots of plants just something that will give colors and dignity to the house. It’s a dark grey with a mellow yellow trimming. Any help would be welcome. I’m not a gardener.

  • September 20, 2014

    doug haak

    a great article and really useful for day trips

  • September 21, 2014


    That’s it.

    I’m moving to Maine.

  • September 22, 2014

    WalkingWool aka Lori Schafer

    Wow, so lovely to see the beautiful images and sweet profiles of some of the very many fiber-y enterprises and entrepreneurs of Maine. For-evah, our state has been hosting long-timers and newbies, providing rich opportunities for fiber farmers, crafters, and collectors. Maine Fiberarts in Topsham as been a principal proponent of all things fiber in Maine, as you may well know, and created a gorgeous and expansive state-wide map for self guided tours to fiber destinations. If you haven’t seen it yet, get it. An important document. Additionally, publisher Linda Cortright has for years produced her Wild Fibers magazine right out of a little office in Rockland.Though it’s scope is global, she always includes info and stories about Mainers working with sheep and fiber. In the springtime (June), Maine’s only annual Sheep and Wool festival — the Fiber Frolic — is held at historic Windsor Fairgrounds. Maine Spinners Registry keeps fiber artists in contact with one another and hosts several annual events. Pioneering fiber artist Catherine Cobey resides and works in Cushing, published designer Michele Rose Orne works out of the Midcoast as well, and Janet Conner, aka The Happy Hooker, continues the traditional Maine rug hooking art form through her designs and workshops from her studio in Hiram. And, let’s not forget all the wonderful books DownEast has generated about knitting and Maine fiber arts over the many years. Thank you for continuing to shine a spotlight on this very special phenomena, and if you decide to do a Part II feature story in the future, you know you’ve got a wealth of material to draw upon. Enjoy making the connections!

  • September 22, 2014

    Linda Bon

    Gorgeous shot! I love it!

  • September 27, 2014

    Mollie Heron

    I really enjoyed the video about PortFiber and also the pictures of the glory of the Northern part of Maine. I have to head south to KY for the winter soon, so I’ll miss the height of the foliage in mid-coast ME.

    • September 29, 2014

      Laura Serino

      Happy to hear it, Mollie! Thanks for the feedback!

  • October 8, 2014


    No non-USA Maine Coons eligible? The form only has options for US states.

  • October 16, 2014

    Ed Cohen

    I have never seen bear in Maine, and am pretty sure that Davey Crocket did not “kilt him a bear when he was only 3″.

    Pretty sure that Mildred47 hunts bear rather than sports bear, and may even support the right to arm bears as do I.

    Pete trusts ” the states biologist to set the seasons and the methods”. Does he trust the government to regulate and permit his firearms and ammo? I don’t know anyone on the Yes side who does, and I am a deucer from the day I was born.

    Scott Lee says “most hunters will simply not hunt in Maine if this referendum passes”. Is that a bad thang? Is that where “sportsmen” come from? Is he saying that Mainers will hunt elsewhere, or that “from awayers” will not “sport” in Maine?

    Democracy is tyranny, but I will once again hold my nose and vote None Of The Above for most candidates, No on all bond issues (no, I don’t care how the government spends my money; I only care that the government steals my money), and Yes on Question 1. As an anarchist, I don’t agree to be governed by any mafia agency, but since MDIFW already regulates wildlife, I vote to arm the bears.

  • October 17, 2014


    Bummer! it is no longer our little secret! I hope it doesn’t become overrun with pretentious poseurs and beer snobs. Well, at least is IS hard it find if you don’t know where it is.

  • October 19, 2014

    Robert King

    Excellent article. That took a lot of work! Very informative. Just outstanding. thank you Brian Kevin.

  • November 20, 2014

    Gary David

    Boy, I wish I were there to see that!

  • November 20, 2014

    Gary David

    You caught this just right!

  • November 20, 2014

    Gary David

    Real nice! Is this bridge in Fryburg area?

  • November 21, 2014

    Penny Gray

    Thank you, Tom Hennessey. An excellent essay that brings back memories.

  • November 23, 2014

    may ahrens pa.

    I would like to know how I could get some bear meat from a bear that has to be put down or whatever. I’m elderly with medical problems and on a limited income. My daddy used to hunt bear and we wasted nothing. We hunted what we needed. He has been dead since 1998 and I miss the meat so. Thank you.

  • December 4, 2014

    Gary David

    This I love!

  • December 5, 2014

    Gary David

    Beautiful photos … just beautiful !!!!!

  • December 9, 2014

    Gary David

    I really like this!

  • December 12, 2014


    What an amazing story! Well told, thank you.

  • December 16, 2014


    Very interesting

  • December 21, 2014

    Gary David

    This is totally awesome Marty!

  • December 24, 2014


    Schoodic Point, located at the southern tip of Schoodic Peninsula in Winter Harbor, Maine offers beautiful veined basalt and granite rocks being battered by large waves and a great view back to Mount Desert Island and Cadillac Mountain across the bay. It is especially lovely at sunset. It is scenic beauty at its best and appeals to all 5 senses. I also love the north coast of Mohegan, Fort William Park, the Marginal Way in Ogunquit and The Bold Coast Trail by Lubec.

  • December 24, 2014

    Arnold P

    Wow! Spell-binding story, and your Brian Kevin is an AMAZING story-teller! Maybe the best and best-written story I can ever remember in DownEast! Loved it! This should be made into a movie or a TV series, or BOTH!! Congratulations to all!!

    • December 27, 2014


      Hey, thanks for the kind words Arnold! All the best in the new year.

      • December 29, 2014

        Arnold P

        Rock on!

  • December 25, 2014


    I really Like your collection, some of the best picture you have shared, the one i like the most is of the old men in indian clothig. well, i think that one was edited with some
    Free Photoshop Online Editor thanks for sharing

  • December 30, 2014

    Gary David

    This is nice!

  • December 30, 2014

    Alain Ouellette

    You captured the spirit of a town many of us here and away, proudly call home. Thanks Downeast. You’ve done well.

  • December 31, 2014


    Beautiful shot of downtown Fort Kent. You truly captured the beauty of the town I come back to often.

  • December 31, 2014

    Donna Twombly

    The parade group is The Brotherly Society of Beer Swigging Big Snow Bank Shovelers, otherwise known as the BSBSBSBS. You can find video of the parade on YouTube channel JustCallMeDonner under the title World’s Largest Snow Plow Parade.

  • January 2, 2015


    I loved the photos, the landscape, and the church photo. Let us all pray that we can keep our American traditions and heritage alive, that Judeo-Christian values and churches survive the jihadist muslim and illegal criminal onslaught we are now facing.
    We are a country worth keeping.

  • January 3, 2015

    Gary David

    Oh how I miss Fort Kent and the people up there. There were times when I’d have to go there multiple times a year while working for the Judicial Department but unfortunately it always ended up all work and no play. When I retired in 2008 a goal was to go back up there and just relax (no better place in Maine) but I still haven’t been back. It’s still on my bucket list so there’s still hope! Great article!

  • January 7, 2015


    I taught in FL where charters are rampant. The teachers aren’t unionized, and that’s the real reason why they exist: to crush unions. They also messed up funding by accepting students, then tossing them out after getting their budget, leaving the public schools to educate them for free while the charter gets the money. They got away with it by saying they misbehaved, and threw them back to their public school (so what? Public schools can’t throw them out! Why should charters?) Then there’s land deals, construction, rent, computers, software etc. which is taxpayer dollars going to private interests instead of to the children. Then when they go belly-up, oh well, the money’s all gone. Too bad. There’s even commercials in FL for charter schools: that’s taxpayer funding going to marketing firms instead of the children. And don’t get me started on the salaries: the principals there make much more money than at real public schools, try 4-5 TIMES as much. Charters are all about MONEY: money for greedy corrupt people and industry, not education.

    Charters are a fraud: don’t let Maine turn into FL. Fund real pubic schools, where more of the money actually goes to the kids.

  • January 9, 2015

    Arnold P

    One of the best and best-written stories I’ve ever seen in DownEast! Congratulations to all! Should be made into a movie!

    • May 27, 2017

      Terri Grenier

      Maybe the story is well-written, but the most of the contents are false

  • January 10, 2015

    Gary David

    Excellent story and not part of a life I ever would want. Great job Brian!

  • January 12, 2015

    Eric Buchanan

    Masterful storytelling; congratulations to Brian Kevin and the editors of Down East. This story wouldn’t be so unique had it occurred in my native Southern California… The fact that it all happened in a state of the natural beauty, and as symbolically “all-American” as Maine, twenty-five years ago, exemplifies how deeply ingrained drugs and the drug culture have been in our society, for a long, long time.

  • January 16, 2015

    Gary David

    This is real nice !!

  • January 17, 2015

    Gary David

    Real nice!

  • January 17, 2015


    Excellent piece of journalism.

    • May 27, 2017

      Terri Grenier

      too bad most of it is false…..

  • January 20, 2015

    Gary David

    Nice story! I’m envious!

  • January 21, 2015

    Gary David

    Gorgeous shot Bill !

  • January 21, 2015

    Gary David

    I’ve never tried anything like this, amazing result!

  • Thank you, Gary!

  • January 23, 2015

    Penny Gray

    Yay, Ashley, good luck in the CanAm this year!

  • This is so good.

  • January 27, 2015

    christina sidoti

    The 1980’s were the beginning of the “war on drugs” in America. It was a confused and chaotic time. The Feds, undercover officers were constantly manipulating dealers, users, buyers, addicts and troubled youth to get busts. They were promising drugs, money and they crossed lines of morality constantly. When the author writes adjectives like “Poor Norman”…it is so wrong. Norman was dead, not Poor Norman – Norman was a very bad man that sold drugs in front of children that were being abused. Everyone was terrible. Those whogot off, not because of their innocence but because they were rats. Some people died, some lived. It was random. Joel Fuller is now back in Maine after over 30 years away, I suggest that the author should have and could still interview him as well. There is much more to this “hollywood” tale of a beautiful Blond and her man Norman…they were terrible people…and we should not romanticize any of it.

  • February 2, 2015

    Gary David

    Glassplay!! Creativity at it’s best Bill! Wow!

  • February 5, 2015

    Gary David

    Neat shot. We all have the urge at one time or another!

  • February 6, 2015

    Gary David


  • February 6, 2015

    Gary David

    Love the “Halo”! Nice capture.

  • February 6, 2015

    Gary David

    I like the lobster roll the best. The ideal Maine meal captured perfectly. For me it helps that I love lobster rolls! I’m not crazy about whole lobsters but it’s just something about lobster in a grilled bun with fries, or even onion rings. Great choices to all!

  • February 6, 2015

    Gary David

    Incredible videos! I used to work for the Judicial Department and wondered if the “duck” ever was used at the new courthouse? I never saw him at the old district and superior courts before I retired. Just wondering …..

  • February 9, 2015

    Gary David

    Beautiful ….. just beautiful!

  • February 10, 2015


    Am thinking a trip to Titcomb, Camden Snow Bowl, and Lonesome Pines are next on the docket, small and fun all

  • February 13, 2015

    Geraldine Aikman

    Is the artist compensated for the art, if it is chosen to raise money for a donation?

    • February 17, 2015


      No, the artist is not compensated. It would be considered a donation.

  • February 17, 2015

    Gary David

    Amazing shot. Also amazing how symmetrical they are!

  • Mini fractals!

  • March 2, 2015


    Down East’s Pretension Meter must have been out for repairs when you ran this review. We learn that the self-infatuated owner has bestowed on us a “19-point manifesto published on the restaurant’s website that quotes both Che Guevera and Wendell Berry” and criticizes “restaurant kitchen culture that includes…homophobia and callousness toward living beings.” Is precious Mr. Levi aware of Che Guevera’s genocidal history as head of Castro’s La Cabana prison where hundreds of anti-communists were executed? Or Guanahacabibes prison, where homosexuals were confined? A good source of information on Che is the essay “The Killing Machine,” by Alvaro Vargas Llosa, son of Nobel Prize winner Mario.

  • March 2, 2015


    What a great composition

  • March 5, 2015

    Barlett Chuck

    Not just Maine but all over the USA/Canada “Legacy Brands” are changing focus and product lines. Filson Company of Seattle Wa…(LLBean of the west coast?) Woolrich Pa, Orvis & Johnson Mills Vt, Carhartt SC …new lines, new management, new ownership. Brands sold but Brand names endure. Filson calls it the new “Seattle Fit” opposed to traditional line now called “Alaska Fit”. Same initiative…outfits for urban/suburban adventures ..slim fit…they are selling watches now too… off shore production to China as well…quality may not be the same with new management and ownership initiatives. Change is inevitable, market share growth is the goal with these legacy brands, but quality and integrity of products can suffer. ROI (Return On Investment) managed initiatives can change the standards for quality and integrity. Much more these days spent on marketing communication and merchandising in the price to consumer equation. Glad my LL Bean boots are over twenty years old same for my Malone and Filson Bibs, when kids come home to the mountains I need to check the inventory as it may migrate to NYC and Philly for metro wear…luck I am a 50R 42W xxl guy…not 32″ slim or 40R Jacket.

  • March 5, 2015

    william skrobacz

    real lobstermen don’t drink starbucks!

    • March 5, 2015


      The hipster is looking pretty mean though.

  • March 6, 2015


    More shallow branding, courtesy of another 15 minute trend.

  • March 6, 2015

    Cherry Sullivan

    Those who wear “oil gear” and boots on the ocean as they make a living, are neither impressed nor excited that weak minded posers are playing dress up.

  • March 6, 2015


    I think people might be missing the satire here…

    • August 26, 2015


      What is this satire of which you speak?

  • March 6, 2015


    This is the greatest. Consider my day made!

  • March 6, 2015


    Nice try, but Lumberjack is pretty much synonymous with “Canada” not Maine, especially in regards to who invented it. We used the word and had the people first, you just adopted it. *Apparently* the first use of the word is actually from my home town of Cobourg, though that’s hard to prove. Wikipedia is suspect at best.

    • March 9, 2015

      Andrew Flynn Jones

      Cobourg really? I always thought it more old lake town and port than a forestry center.

  • March 6, 2015

    Mike Bradley

    This look is not complete without a bucket of bait being dumped on their head.

  • March 6, 2015


    and tucking pants IN boots? Feet full of sea watah.

  • March 6, 2015


    You left out Kittery? Are you kidding?

  • March 11, 2015


    My first husband’s Uncle Joe (God rest his soul) made the BEST Anadama rolls for Thanksgiving every year. OMG, I can still taste them….

  • March 11, 2015


    Fabulous. Way to go Ogunquit!!!

  • March 15, 2015

    Edmond Day

    BELFAST rocks.

  • March 20, 2015


    Nice story and great pastime I love to tie flies, I also have taught it for adult education which is another of my passions.

  • March 20, 2015

    Marsha D

    This was a very difficult but exciting experience, having Charles Buki here, for those of us in this town who are committed to growth and change. I am very glad that you published this interview so the rest of the state and those out of state can better understand what is happening here, which, in many ways, is happening to the whole state and many other parts of our country. The industrial paradigm is winding down and we all need to figure out more creative ways to rebuild our society. Many thanks to Charles for cracking the nut open and helping to enlighten us. Many of us really listened. Volunteer non profits are springing up all over the region now because we have realized we can’t depend on outdated leadership styles to make things happen, we need creative, grassroots efforts. Marsha Donahue North Light Gallery

  • March 21, 2015

    Trinket Worker

    “The paradox is that you can rarely mobilize a community to do the work, to do the 180, until they hit bottom”. Great line.

    Have we hit bottom yet ? For many change is hard change is scary but change is coming and must happen. Right now it seems that Millinockets and most of the regions only export is their youth . Please think about the future and the younger generations coming along .

  • April 3, 2015

    Jason Macchioni

    I’m moving to Portland area to live with my family while we search for a place of our own. A wood stove or fireplace is very high on my list of Must Have!

  • April 8, 2015


    Same old pie in the sky.

  • April 13, 2015


    Awesome shot -love the dog!

  • April 14, 2015


    sigh, she’s my ‘girl crush’

    • April 19, 2015

      Joe Westbury

      Incredible story on so many levels. A true human drama full of empathy and recounted through sensitive writing and excellent natural light photography. Thank you for such a wonderful piece of journalism and photo-storytelling. This shows Down East is an asset to its market. Good writing like this is hard to find outside of products like The New Yorrk Times or the New Yorker.

  • April 15, 2015

    Wendy Belliveau

    Oqunquit Maine,I loved it!

  • April 17, 2015


    Cellar in Ellsworth. Great meat and cheese plate and the only mac and cheese that I can reheat without the cheese separating. an excellent, affordable wine list and kudos for staying open year round.

  • May 1, 2015

    henry jacobs MD JD

    I love the free spirited expression of texture created by time in the time-space physical moment. they allow the tracks of people, animals and nature to leave a mark that is memorialized by their hand in things.

  • May 3, 2015


    So I see Bladderwrack (Fucus vesiculosus) is edible. What about Ascophyllum nodosum? This one looks similar but I only see Ascophyllum nodosum listed as a fertilizer! So can you eat Ascophyllum nodosum as well since I see so much of it? Are there any of the seaweeds that are poisonous?? Thanks for the great review.

  • May 25, 2015

    Gary David

    Great job Rebecca!! I’ve never been fortunate enough to see one long enough to even LOOK at!

  • May 27, 2015

    Nancy Greindl

    These photographs are stunning Mark! My favorite place on earth 🙂

  • May 30, 2015


    Lol I didn’t think that my photo would make or so far

  • June 1, 2015

    Gary David

    Beautiful !!

  • June 8, 2015


    Great interview. Congratulations to Millinocket residents for having the strength of character to listen to hard truths. (Except for one of previous commenters, evidently.) Sadly, i think the underlying message applies to all of us in the US in regards to our environmental dilemma. We know it is a problem, though some still deny it. We don’t want to have to change our way of life. It involves very hard decisions. And, his comment about politicians applies to Congress. Don’t admit there is a problem, don’t do anything about it. These are the people leaving that load of crap in the environment for the next generations to deal with the Mr Buki wrote about. They are still doing it every day. I only wish there were more smart people like Charles Buki in Congress. The few there are outnumbered.
    Good luck, Millinocket. I will come up from Damariscotta to stay in a charming small new inn, have dinner in your new young chef’s restaurant, and buy art at the new Art Center while attending classes at your new Environmental Center, during your annual Green Living Festival.

  • June 8, 2015

    Gary David

    Great photo!

  • June 15, 2015

    Gary David

    Beautiful …just beautiful !!!

  • June 20, 2015


    I lived in South Portland many years ago, in a time where neighbors didn’t know each other and really didn’t want to! I will be excited to see it again on my visit from Illinois in August. I always loved the community and embrace what sounds like a step back to where the little things matter and they make all the difference. Congratulations South Portland.

    • August 6, 2017


      Place is so hipsterish now I could barf. I can’t wait to get out of here.

  • June 21, 2015

    Kathy Dee

    Saw the episode on The Chew…Erin is my “girl crush”, too

  • June 24, 2015

    Jacki Locke

    Roque Bluffs is my FAVORITE state park! It is BEAUTIFUL!! My husband and I were married there!

  • June 29, 2015

    Gary David

    Excellent article about an awesome man! Know him personally. He and his wife are what one would call “the perfect couple”.

    • April 12, 2016

      Nancy Greindl

      yes they are! They have taught us all what real love is. Unconditional love. They are amazing! Still going after 73 years of marriage.

      • April 13, 2016

        Gary David

        Hoping Blanche is doing better!

        • April 13, 2016

          Nancy Greindl

          sadly, she’s not. She’s hanging on but is quite frail and weak. 🙁

          • April 13, 2016

            Gary David

            I gathered that. Walter stopped into Bill’s recently and let everyone know why he hadn’t been by. Everyone kinda knew, but that’s Walter! My prayers are going out to them both. Nice chatting Nancy, maybe we’ll run into each other someday. Love your photos, take care.

          • April 13, 2016

            Nancy Greindl

            Thank you! you as well and thank you

  • July 6, 2015


    Wondering why the question of their reluctance to combine the 2 high schools, a huge expense with ever dwindling enrollments. Whether it is pride, tradition, or just plain stubbornness it doesn’t seem wise to continue supporting both financially. Take a hint from Rumford, Mexico (many years ago they saw the light, now Mountain Valley HS), Jay, Livermore Falls, Paper mill towns who saw the writing on the walls. Rockland, Thomaston etc. CAN be done. DO IT
    Also question the wisdom of voting down national park as the natural beauty of the area is the number 1 reason for anyone to visit the area, and maybe even stay.

  • July 6, 2015


    Found in full report ” It means school consolidation as well. Interests that oppose this
    are putting another nail in the Town’s coffin; you cannot afford all the schools, real estate, and overhead you
    have at current tax levels, so either taxes increase or consolidation must occur”

  • July 7, 2015

    Debbie Farsht Miller

    No fall is complete without a drive on the Golden Road.

  • July 9, 2015


    Some of the darkest chapters of America’s history are centered around the forced relocation, removal, or conversion of a small group of people to satisfy the demands of a large one. It is a lesson we seem to have refused to learn.

  • July 9, 2015


    …native people in Maine…continue to experience genocide


    • July 10, 2015

      Diane Dicranian

      Yes they do and its a horrific situation, no one should live in imposed poverty with a government that repeatedly makes treaties and promises and then breaks them. We should be ashamed of the way people of the First Nation are treated and should be doing everything possible to restore their land, way of life and culture. What are you all afraid of? Our indigenous people have been so beaten down they are no threat to anyone.

      • July 10, 2015


        What are you all afraid of?

        Hyperbolic use of the word “genocide.” It has an accepted definition, and, no one in the US is subjected to genocide.

        • July 10, 2015


          I thought that too at first. But I think the article did a good job explaining how the basis for the definition, from the United Nations:

          “1948 United Nations Convention for the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, which defines “forcibly transferring children of [an ethnic] group to another group” as a genocidal act.”

          • July 10, 2015


            You should read the entire article.

          • July 10, 2015


            I did, of course.

            Do you believe the events and facts presented in the story
            do not meet this definition?

            Or do you believe the story is not factual?

          • July 11, 2015


            Where did you read something that indicated the government of Maine intended to destroy the Wabanakis?

            As I mentioned above, genocide has an accepted definition under US and international law. Casually invoking claims of genocide for minor or petty civil disagreements is irresponsible.

          • July 11, 2015


            The article was about to forcible transference of Native American children into a white welfare system. The definition of genocide being used, which I quoted above, is forcibly transferring children of an ethnic group to another ethnic group.

            So it sounds to me like what you actually have a problem with is the definition of the word genocide being used by the United Nations. That’s fair, it’s not the most common way the word is used today.

          • July 11, 2015


            The definition of genocide being used, which I quoted above, is forcibly transferring children of an ethnic group to another ethnic group

            You are incorrect.

            So it sounds to me like what you actually have a problem with is the definition of the word genocide being used by the United Nations

            So it sounds to me that you have relied on the claim in this essay that the UN, “defines ‘forcibly transferring children of [an ethnic] group to another group’ as a genocidal act,” as true. (Though perhaps it is merely bad writing, conferring a fundamental misunderstanding about the law. I dunno. In either case, you are wrong.)

          • July 17, 2015


            For what it’s worth, this is Article II of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in December of 1948. You can find the text of the document here: http://is.gd/WWyuRc

            In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts
            committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such :

            (a) Killing members of the group;
            (b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
            (c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
            (d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
            (e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

          • July 17, 2015


            Yes, I am aware. I was pointing out that Skinner’s definition above was incorrect.

        • December 30, 2015

          Diane Dicranian

          Really? Then where are the First Nation people if not dead at the hands of the US government?

  • July 9, 2015

    bunny fleming

    ow much cream in the biscuits? what degree oven?

  • July 10, 2015

    Kyle Gregory Gardiner Maine

    I’ve been to the Dumpling house and her Brunswick thai restaurant (Tao Yaun). Both are awesome. I did the lunch menu at Dumpling and dinner at Tao Yaun. Can’t compare the two menus but I know Tao Yaun’s dinner menu is incredibly diverse, unique and tasty.

  • July 10, 2015

    Kyle Gregory, Gardiner Maine

    Grew up a walk away from Sebago. Tragically I was relocated to the midwest on my father’s career ladder. I never realized the value of a large, clean, rock & sandy bottom lake as well as the same traits around the entire circumference until I moved to Minnesota. The land of 10,000 lakes is in reality about 9,995 small ponds. And what are ponds like? Mucky, grassy, weedy.. (no sand unless its brought in or man made) etc. Step foot in a lake in the midwest and your feet begin to sink in squishy soft mud. Luckily I am now living in Maine (for this reason and many more).

  • July 12, 2015

    bear run

    I live in the katahdin area an worked for the Great Northern Paper Co. for over 40 years and very proud of it. I heard all kinds of story’s of the north Maine woods. But I didn’t know any prisoners had escaped from the camps. Very good comment.

  • July 20, 2015

    Gary David

    Beautiful photo of the borealis at Acadia Ray! Just beautiful!!

  • July 29, 2015


    The only fresh water lake lighthouse I’m aware of is Cobbossee light upon same named lake

  • July 29, 2015


    I had the Maine accent then after many years in others states and countries I lost most of it
    it would always shock my wife how fast I would get the accent when we came backs on vacations every few years
    now living back in Maine many say my accent is weak
    and I feel that the Maine accent has weakened
    but on the bright side I can understand every Mainer I meet

  • July 29, 2015

    Moon cusser

    I grew up in NY but my dad was a native Mainer. The kids in the neighborhood loved to hear him swear/cuss in his Maine accent.

  • July 29, 2015


    I didn’t finish the article because of all the intrusive cahtoon cahactahs keep interferon with my concentration

  • July 29, 2015


    Its to bad a magazine called “Downeast’ never really considers any of us East of the Penobscot River. All the restaurants are within an hours drive of Portland. You really need to expand and see what the rest of this state has to offer or change your name to something else.

  • July 29, 2015

    David A King

    A Maine native I spend my college days in the south so my accent kind of blended into a bit of mess. Well, one day in Bath I was sitting in my boat at the slip when someone came in across from me and was having a bit of trouble with the tide so I hopped out to help. They were known for their Maine accent and he was laying it on heavily. At some point I managed to slide in a comment about all the time I spent down in Jonesport with my grandmother growing up and which point he stopped and looked at me. “So the accent is not doing anything for you (without the accent)”. My response “Not a blessed thing”. It was just interesting to watch it switch on and off.

  • July 29, 2015


    I am proud to be a native Mainer and yes I have a wicked accent to prove it. My job has me traveling the world and I have developed an ear for the Maine dialect. On a trip to Singapore I was in a small street hacker stand having a drink, when I heard that down east accent be spoken. Well I approached the gentleman and ask “Hey where in Maine are you from” the guy looked at me with some surprise and said ” I am from Gorham and you”. I replied “Millinocket”. Well we enjoyed a few beers and agreed to meet the next night. Then next night we met and had dinner at a small pub. The bar tender was American and waited on us a couple time. It was on the second round that I heard it, after I asked if we he had Grey Goose, that inhailing “yeah” that only Mainer use. I said to my friend from Gorham, hey this bar tender is a Mainer. He did not agree but humored me. The bar tender return and I said “hey where in Maine are you from”. His reply set me back a little. He said ” mister I have lived in Singapore for 20 years and no one has ever said those word to me. But I am from Augusta.” We had a great laugh and even greater one when he found out where we lived. It turned out that he own the bar and 12 other in town. I tell my kid be proud of your heritage and how you speak don’t change it. Where your from my not define you, but it is part of you.

  • July 31, 2015

    Gary David

    Awesome article. I’m originally from away, a hint is I don’t use “r’s”. I never realized I too had an accent till I was in Florida while in the Navy. The Navy then stationed me at Brunswick in 1967 and while here I found a place where there were also accents and maybe I could hang my hat and raise a family some day. Made it back in 1976 and been here ever since. I’ve been blessed to have had jobs that allowed me to travel regularly to all points in Maine and listen to all the variations. My favorite was always the Madawaska, Fort Kent & Caribou area because that’s where I’d usually hear people talking both French and English in the same sentence, along with an accent mind you! I mentioned it once to a young woman and she had a puzzled laugh. She never realized she did that! I guess it took someone who wasn’t from the “county” to notice. You’d have to hear to really appreciate it and I’m sure I would have appreciated it even more had I kept up my family’s French heritage! Since retiring the traveling is what I’ve missed the most.

  • July 31, 2015

    John O'Brien

    I’m from New York (Saratoga area) but most of my cousins are from Maine since that’s where my mother was born and raised. We would visit nearly every summer when I was a kid and it didn’t take long for me to pick up the accent. It continues to be a source of fond memories for me when I think of those days when we had wicked good times. Thanks for the article!

  • August 3, 2015


    It’s a beautiful home.

  • August 4, 2015


    Let’s be serious here…everyone questions where the money train came from when little Timmy had none. Miami? No mention of who is dropping such huge amounts of ca$h in town to buy up the place, squeeze every bit of natural forest, fauna and flavor out of our communities for the best ten (10) weeks of the year and then runs home to Florida.

    “South Beach isn’t the free-spirited haven of gayness it once, Gay transplants morphed Miami Beach from a sleepy little island into Rio de Janeiro with an edge.” BY NATALIE O’NEILL from the Miami New Times And now folks they are doing their best to transform us into say, Ft. Lauderdale North, I am not a hater, just want the facts out there. Where’s the beef?

    • August 17, 2015


      Gladys, take a chill pill.

      • September 9, 2015


        see ya in Rio Timmie

  • August 4, 2015


    Secondly, Tia’s charges three times the amount for the same food that you get in Bahston. Joke For real folks, I have never seen the streets and beaches here empty like this year. Not even a traffic jam on the Fourth of July…no one is coming here. They are middle class Americans stuffing their leased SUV’s full of every toy they own and overloading their vehicles until those treads bulge like grandmas’ bra. Heaping on kayaks, bikes and grills to head up North where they split a hotel room or get a campsite and sprawl out for the weekend, maybe a week or two and return to the grind in Suburbia. THEY cannot afford the cost of food, rooms or the new parking machines. LOL, the parking machines are a huge JOKE among the locals because they are so stupid, how much did it cost to buy these things for the ten weeks?

  • August 4, 2015


    Our town managers are not required to live in either town, so they really do not give a hoot how much the locals complain about hiring all these useless overpaid “professionals” so-called; planners, directors of this, directors of that, all who have come to town because they are buds with the overpaid managers who walk Main St. because all of them really have nothing to do. Yes, men and women who could give a rat’s butt about how we are going to pay all of these taxes, yes, to attract tourists for ten weeks a year and yes, so the business owners who do not call Maine home can run back to Florida with all that $$$$.

  • August 4, 2015


    Now, if you really want to know Kennebunkport and Kennebunk take a walk with me in January. Then you will realize the true blessing of having to deal with all the chaos for the ten weeks. I am blessed because I own a home in each town and another rural town in Maine where I can escape to avoid the maddening crowd. But the inevitable destruction of the natural areas such as Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge which has basically been abandoned by the Federal Government really disturbs me…and the lack of enforcement by the now demoralized, once proud and effective Maine DEP who you cannot even engage in a discussion on how Kennebunk is making a park out of their TOXIC waste dump for children/families to play on and get cancer. Yep, that’s progress.

  • August 4, 2015


    Think about this for a minute, I have lived here half my life before finding out that my family settled this area in the 1630’s. They have tread these shores much like me, waiting for reason and calmness in their lives to enjoy the nature and peace of our country. If you wait long enough, the people who come here last about two years…hubby finds a new girl in the city and wifey catches on, divides the assets and moves on…it is sad to watch because most of the expensive huge McMansions are empty or sit sadly waiting for the new victims. Now my family, lived in the wilderness with basically nothing but family, friends and farm animals and stayed for almost 400 years living off the land and with nature not against nature happily. Rich in land, freedom, educating themselves and others about how to live in harmony with only a spit of chaos every few 100 years.

  • August 4, 2015


    No need to fret people the tide comes and goes and so will this current trend of one up”manship” of those from away trying to tame the locals and create Shangri La where there really is no need to change a thing, because where we live, walk, breathe and swim “is” heaven. And like all good things, this too shall pass; fake magazine articles extolling fakeness will find some other place to write and photoshop, the villages will return back to calm, old shanties by the sea, and we will wait to see who wants to throw a party for a bunch of fake wanna be rich people in the next life. Just really burns me up to see articles written in fake “Maine” magazines about Kennebunkport and not one person in the article, pictures and glamour shots is actually from heah!

  • August 4, 2015


    Did you notice all of the pictures are void of PEOPLE? Looks brand new because well fake people do not photograph well. Tour buses come and go, the old folks tip the wait staff a quarter, for a cup of chowder, a roll and water. Bathrooms, well I can attest to the fact every john in town is well used when the buses roll in and a fire hose is needed to hose them off. Lovely thoughts from an over-used quaint village…Joe hire me.

    • August 6, 2015

      Down East Magazine

      Gladys – Hoping you’ll enjoy some of the online-extra photos that we’ll be adding to this story in a few days, which include people in and around town. Thanks for reading.

      • August 16, 2015


        and not one of them include a “real” resident of Kennebunkport

        • August 19, 2015

          Black Fly

          But that’s what the story is about, right, Gladys? It’s about how the Kennebunks are being rebranded into a movie set version of Maine. Hell, the developers have even given us Cabot Cove. That’s what the pictures show.

      • August 16, 2015


        Joe leave your ivory tower and come see what it’s all about.

  • August 7, 2015

    David Smalley

    I grew up in the Moody/ Ogunquit are in the 50’s. It always saddened me over the years to watch what happened to a lovely place.
    I met my wife of 45 years in KPORT in 1970. We return for a stay most every year. This year included. I am always impressed that KPORT to this point has had enough vision to retain the amazing natural charm of this place. It is true that it is changing and I just hope that they do not sell out on this lovely part of the State Of Maine. What a shame it would be.
    David Smalley

  • August 7, 2015


    Maine, the way life should be… Now they come in droves to find out if it’s true.

  • August 7, 2015


    There are so many things wrong with this article and the obvious bias of the writer. Square Peg at Round Hole? What are you even talking about? And you make fun of the name One Dock…do you even know that is the street address of the hotel where the restaurant is located! And of that charming “farmhouse” where the The Grand Hotel is? Ummmm yeah, that was a dilapidated building with broken windows and rats running through it and kids selling some not so legal substances in the driveway. As a home owner and business owner in Kennebunk for the past ten years I am so disappointed in your bias and tabloid type tactics you are exploiting in this article. There are two sides to every story and shame on you for not doing your home work and speaking to others who have benefitted from all of the WONDERFUL things that have happened in our lovely town over the past few years. And you don’t have to take my word, you can speak to my 20+ employees who are employed year round….I would have expected so much more from you Downeast Magazine…

  • August 26, 2015

    Cameron Brick

    Enjoyed this a lot. Thank you.

  • September 1, 2015


    Reminds me of the old joke about the tourist asking an elderly Downeaster, “I’ve been hearing about the ‘coastal zone.’ Where exactly is it?”
    The Downeaster responds, “See that clamshell anchor over there? Take that and put it on your shoulder and start walking west. And when you meet some son-of-a-whore who doesn’t know what it is, then, son, you’ve *left* the coastal zone!”

  • September 3, 2015

    Rhonda Pehrson

    Eating Lobster.

  • September 10, 2015

    Mary Anderson Emmons

    god dont try to wash your sheets at the laundromat! they will embarrass you so bad. yell and ask if you have bed bugs so unprofessional. the father needs to take the laundrymat back and show his son how to run it.

  • September 14, 2015


    I like to think that in instances of islanders getting up to the dickens, their fellow islanders would band together as one and confront the troublesome neighbors themselves.

    What that would consist of- a stern talking-to, or something far more extreme- well, I guess it’d depend on the severity of the offense, wouldn’t it?

    In any case, perhaps errant islanders find themselves having to suffer a penalty of what Stephen King called “home correction”. Those who go against the grain of the community would be “taken care of”.

    And very likely you’d never hear a whisper of it outside of the community.

  • September 16, 2015

    Jennie GR Bryant

    Beautiful. This is the Maine I know.

  • September 17, 2015


    If I didn’t live on Vinalhaven, this story would be funny. There is no law on this island. Drunk driving is mandatory. Drugs are everywhere. There is nobody here to stop drunk driving and as Potter said, he’s not going to arrest anybody or else he might have to do his job. Don’t get me wrong, I like Rob but not as law enforcement. Rob is reactive, no proactive.

    Know County Sheriff’s Office: How many people have been arrested for drunk driving. Answer? Zero. I know most people here and nobody is afraid of being arrested. It doesn’t happen.

    And when is it humorous to be afraid to call the Deputy? Rob is right about that. If you do call Rob, there will be retribution by the criminals and Rob will do nothing to help these people.

    My days of fishing are almost over and, like many people here, we can’t wait to leave this place.

  • September 19, 2015

    Karen King

    Shakerism is no failure, as was written by Emma King in the Fall of 1956. Her prophecy was correct. While Sabbathday Lake Shakers – of only which Frances Carr has signed the Shaker Covenant as recognized by the Central Ministry located in Canterbury, NH – continue to look for recruits, they have become part of the world that our Mother Ann advised us to retire from. There is the rise of a true Shaker family in Vermont. They are devoted followers of Mother Ann and they do not mix themselves up with summer guests, Friend of the Shakers organizations, many many workshops that are open to the world in order to raise money. The Vermont Shakers are self-sufficient, practice celibacy and confession of sin and communal living on a farm that provides for the family, just as Mother Ann would recognize it. In truth, Sabbathday Lake has entered the world, leaving the Word of Mother Ann behind. This being said, there is still one village in the world that truly practices what Mother Ann preached. They do not shun anyone seeking the truth of Mother Ann’s words and welcomes all that would come to their door in peace. Unlike Sabbathday Lake, they have no “job description,” for being a Shaker nor do they make statements that would exclude anyone, as is now posted on SDL’s website. The future of Shakerism, or as is preferred, the future of the United Society of Believers of Christ’s Second Appearing, is alive and well in Vermont. Shakerism is no failure. Sabbathday Lake, on the other hand, has left Shakerism (just as they did when they separated from their Ministry Eldresses and Elders in Canterbury) and has become a presence in the world. The United Society of Believers still thrives in its purest form in Vermont. Contact me for further information.

  • September 22, 2015

    Wade E. McLaughlin

    First off, I am from Limestone, and to want to be like Limestone is laughable, truly laughable. Peole don’t come to Caribou because there are no jobs in the area. Taxes, your going to blame taxes? Again I am from Limestone, but do not live there. The lack of jobs creation is what is killing the area. The main reason I left. When you do not have businesses and other industry in your area, forget town, in the the whole area, you rely to heavily on the larger personal land owners. Just a fact of structure of government. The Zero line is Micromanagement to the extreme, making people justify every expense, every year, on everything, wow. And they don’t use the pool? Why? Is there someone standing at the door not letting them in because they live in a certain part of Caribou? I sincerely question this logic because my parents who, are not from Caribou, do not live in Caribou, actually live 11 miles from the Recreation Facilities in Caribou, use the indoor walking track 2 to 4 times a week sometimes. So using the facilities, my just require getting off your duff and doing so. Why don’t they just say what they mean, we don’t want to pay taxes. This area is Tea Party Lepage/ Peter Edgecomb-Bernard Ayotte country, if your from there you’ll get the reference. Taxes bad we get it. Then do something to bring in something the lowers your taxes, not run away from the problem.

  • September 24, 2015


    Kennebunkport was a great place to grow up, now when I go home to visit I cannot wait to leave. Not all change is for the better. No place to buy gasoline, Dock Squre used to have Shemies, Dora’s, a barbershop, Smiths market etc, now just overpriced restaurants, bars and more bars. We moved North but by the look of things headed our way, not far enough.

  • September 30, 2015

    Alison Fecht

    As a 35-year old Millinocket native, I was excited to read this article about my home town. However, I was quickly disappointed by the author’s blending of the two towns as if they were one. For example, the title uses the name “Magic City” (which refers to Millinocket) yet the subject of the article was a teenager from East Millinocket. He referred to Penobscot Avenue in Millinocket and the high school in East Millinocket in almost the same sentence, as if they were in the same town. We love our neighbors in East Milinocket, but Milinocket and East Millinocket are two separate towns (for now, anyway). I also found the comment about the waitress to be very disrespectful; there is so much more the author could have written about instead. I live outside of Boston now, but I return to Millinocket with my husband and 3-year old every other weekend to spend time at our camp on Millinocket Lake. If the author would have spent a few more days in Millinocket and visited the restaurants that the locals actually go to (including the restaurants on the lake), I’m sure he would have realized what a magical place Millinocket actually is and the potential that exists. I have seen the potential on my home street alone, where out of state residents have taken advantage of the opportunity to buy houses for less than $50k and turn them into gorgeous summer homes. Two families from the Maine coast have also purchased homes in my old neighborhood, renovated them, and use them as their “camps”. They are all wonderful people who have helped restore my neighborhood to the friendly place that it was when I was growing up there. Yes, it is a depressing time in Millinocket (and the entire region) but the author could have presented it in a much more positive light. I expect more from a Maine magazine. This article really isn’t about Millinocket; it’s about an 18-year old from East Millinocket who wants to become a cop. Rob Currie, Jr. – I see you’re from Waterville. Come back next summer and we’ll show you what this town has to offer. Then, the readers of DownEast magazine might actually want to visit.

    • October 1, 2015

      Down East Magazine

      Thank you for your feedback Alison. Will pass along to the editorial team.

  • October 1, 2015

    Janet Chasse

    You are an inspiration Abby

  • October 21, 2015


    I wish they’d spell things correctly on their sign. “S’Mores,” “Artisanal,” “Krispies.” Please.

  • November 3, 2015

    Leslie Harkins

    It was and honor and privilege to know this man. Leon Gorman was larger than life in the most humble of ways. While his loss is felt deeply by many, his legacy will live on for generations.

  • November 10, 2015


    Congratulations on this excellent article in a magnificent issue. Well done – writer and editors!

  • November 16, 2015


    Bravo! Way to go Hannah and Healthy Acadia!
    People with money looking for a great organization to support should look into Healthy Acadia.

  • December 3, 2015


    I enjoyed reading the article. I was born in Maine and grew up as a child in Springvale where my grandparents lived. My dad brought a house in Sanford where I live until I was 13. I never really thought I had an accent until we moved to South Carolina. My first week in Jr. High I had many strange looks. I was told that I talked funny and way to fast. Some of my teachers would ask me to slow down. I am now 62 and still get asked where am I from. When I tell them Charleston they still ask no where are you from. My R’s give me away. I am proud to be from Maine. As I read what other people have posted something caught my eye. It is from Yanke04462.”You should be proud of your heritage and how you speak, don’t change it. Where your from my not define you, but it is a part of you.”

  • December 3, 2015


    This brought tears to my eyes as I sit in Townsville, North Queensland, Australia. I miss hearing home so much! I think it’s quite odd, having lived in New Zealand and Australia for the last 6 years, how the Maine accent and these two down here (pronounced heah in my head) sound nothing alike, even though they started in the same place.

  • December 15, 2015

    a nurse

    Even though it is stated in this article, she is a certified nurse assistant, there is also the statement, “when she’s not being a nurse”. There is a big difference between the two (education, license, and scope of practice).

    • January 6, 2016

      Virginia Wright

      Thank you. We’ve made that correction.

  • December 22, 2015


    This is an easy one. Jesse Ellison is a self-hating white woman who wants African Muslims to overwhelm Maine. Quite bad timing, by the way.

    Name one person who has ever lived in or moved to Maine to enjoy the “benefit” of Somali Muslim immigration. Name one tourist who has ever come to Maine to see Somalis.

    Let’s also consider Ellison’s economic illiteracy: storefronts that were previously boarded up now have “businesses.” But Somalis spending food stamps in Somali grocery stores provide no benefits. A dollar subtracted from Mainers in tax is then spent by Somali recipients. It creates the illusion of growth but is of course null.

    Finally, let’s consider the Protestant/Catholic Relief Services racket. They make money importing low IQ Africans. Never have illiiterate Somalians produced any written book. They are illiterate & innumerate. Doubt it? Please show me all the great works of literature & philosophy by Somalians. Somalians will not become Mainers, but they will turn Maine into Somalia.

    A final note about Atlanta: Ellison uses the “urban” euphemism to describe why African Somalis left Atlanta to move to Maine: Atlanta blacks hated their African kin. I am sorry to see Maine bow down & cringe before its future masters.

    Update Dec 23. Even though this foolish invader-worship takes up 18 pages in the magazine, it is relegated to page 2 online. Perhaps even the cringing Down East editors who despise the European-derived heritage of Mane (& America) realize that their Zamzam adoration has gone too far?

    • December 29, 2015


      Somalis are neither illiterate nor innumerate. It’s too bad you didn’t do your research before you made such an ignorant claim.

      There are many Somali philosophers and writers. The fact that western academics don’t recognize them doesn’t mean they don’t exist.

      • December 30, 2015


        You are entitled to your own opinions, but you are not entitled to your own facts. Somalia is documented as being among the 10 most illiterate nations. You can google it. And my original post asked anyone to name specifically all the great Somali writers. You can’t. Not the fortunate few who escape to Maine, but that great great long tradition of Somali writers…crickets chirping…

        You could go to unicef on Somalia & read about the majority which supports wife-beating & the near majority which supports female genital mutilation. But you seem impervious to reality. As part of your d’himmitude, here’s a suggestion: Ask the Maine DMV to change the license plates from “Vacationland” to “Land of FGM.”

        • January 4, 2016

          Liam Koala

          Here we go again with these ignorant old folks who infect maine. I don’t know of any Somalian philosophers or writers, but even if I did how would you know them either? Your the type of people that keep bringing the entire state down, keep your arrogant opinions in the 20th century where they belong.

          Applauds to you Jesse Ellison for a wonderful article, I hope to see more Somali communities in Cape Elizabeth soon like Lewiston.

          • January 6, 2016


            Hope you & blackfly–smart guys– know about the massive New Year’s Eve rapes & molestations in Germany by Syrian Muslims. Hope you know that the govt & police tried to cover it up until the victims came forward. Hope you know about Minnesota Somali Muslims who go to fight for ISIS. Hope you know that every rape committed in Oslo Norway, & I mean every rape, is committed by Muslim immiigrants.

            Enjoy your smug hatred of Western Civilization.

        • January 5, 2016


          Since when has a culture’s “great works of literature and philosophy” been a criteria for admitting refugees to our country?

          Since when has a culture’s tourist-attracting potential been a factor for admitting refugees?

          “Give me your tired, your poor,
          Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
          The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
          Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
          I lift my lamp beside the golden door . . .
          but only if I can make a buck by putting them on my sightseeing tour.”

          One of the great things about the United States is that you don’t have to be born here to become an American. This country has admitted millions and millions of immigrants and refugees, a great many of them poor, uneducated, and unable to speak English. And our country is all the greater for it. The hardworking Somalis of Lewiston are continuing that story.

          • January 5, 2016


            Thanks to you & Liam for proving my point. So sorry you want to see Maine overwhelmed with “wretched refuse.” And sorry you posted while drinking malt liquor when u stupidly changed the last line. You could both look up the phrase “pathological altruism” for losers like you who will destroy their own culture in submission to sharia beheadings.

            As a sad sample, you need to look at your question about tourist potential: “Hey, dear, let’s go to Maine. We can watch Somali immigrants practice Female Genital Mutilation. Then we’ll go to the clambake.”

            You richly deserve the destruction of American/Maine culture which is soon to come. But most Mainers don’t deserve it. Imagine being an American survivor in Somali-majority Maine. Who will help you then? “Please don’t behead us..we’re just snivelling progressives.”

          • January 5, 2016

            Black Fly

            Thank you for being so easy to poke fun of.

  • December 28, 2015


    Anyone else confused by this format? I’ve been getting rejected with a notice that “a vote for each round is required”.

    • December 29, 2015


      Hi Sal. It’s a vote in “each contest” that’s required, meaning you can’t just vote for one town — for your vote to be counted, you have to vote in each matchup. Have fun.

  • December 28, 2015


    America and Canada will be -or should be, suffering bad consciences attributable to their respective gov’t sanctioned genocidal programs against First Nation peoples, (UN Article II definition) They are and were usually in collaboration with or instigated by, religious institutions. There are several published and authoritative documentations available, some by current religious researchers attempting a nation-wide Truth & Reconciliation movement. Seems like the issue remains one that encourages more head-in-the-sand reaction than a groundswell of popular support. (sounds familiar, eh?)

  • January 6, 2016

    MIchael D. Hurley

    give me a break. Best place?

  • January 7, 2016


    We tried this brined turkey recipe today with an 18# bird and while it was moist and tender, it was way, way, way too salty. I’ll try it again with half or a quarter of the salt.

  • January 11, 2016

    Sonic Purity

    I feel for the author, and others trying to understand/reconcile/come to terms with these sorts of strong differences. A big part of the problem may be attempting to force all of political discourse onto one left-right line. So many people fall into the binary trap: for or against, yes or no, them or us, left or right. Binary is great for digital technology, but disastrous for humans and other natural creatures. Sometimes instead of one way or *the* other way, there could be *multiple* ways… multiple political parties, even. Author Currie (and others) may want to try opening up the political spectrum, maybe to the diamond map which adds the up (libertarian) and down (authoritarian) dimensions. I have a strong feeling there’s a clear place for Ben, somewhere up near the top of the World’s Smallest Political Quiz map, as well as a place for Ron which he might find even more comfortable than the confining, reductio ad absurdum left-right line.

    • February 13, 2016


      Hmmm…I don’t see myself on that diamond map. I’d like to squeeze in another vertex opposite libertarian and authoritarian for “collaborative”.

      • February 13, 2016

        Sonic Purity

        I should clarify that the diamond map is the least worst (and, so far, only other) option i’ve found. I’ll drop it in a second when a better scheme comes along. Any classification system which lacks a place where any citizen can at least tolerably identify has failed. The reality is millions of unique political identities, which our human minds need to reduce down to something manageable. Clearly there’s room for improvement (and sadly i lack any informed, innovative ideas regarding how to make those improvements).

        Collaborative vs. (i’m guessing) independent might be a good axis to add, however it is not opposite to libertarian and authoritarian. Authoritarians collaborated all too effectively as the Axis powers in World War II, and from my personal experience i know that libertarians collaborate well, often, and regularly. I might be completely misunderstanding, but it seems to me that nothing happens without collaboration between people.

  • January 14, 2016


    Its to bad Downeast Magazine never gets out of the greater Portland area to discover the rest of the state. All their food research is limited in the the first couple countys most of the time. There are many great places to eat East of the Penobscot River which in fact is Downeast Maine. Portland or Cumberland County is not Downeast Maine.

  • January 17, 2016


    cannot register as it always says wrong email address….I would like to vote…..please vote for my hometown of lovely Damariscotta!!!!
    Thanks to all who voted for Scotty. All the best in 2016!!

  • January 22, 2016

    MIchael D. Hurley

    love it…Damariscotta vs. Rangely. You must be kidding.

  • January 26, 2016

    Caitlynn Ramsey

    Gorgeous pics! Anyway to contact the photographers to purchase photo rights for reuse?

  • February 9, 2016


    You seem more like a snapper. Keep up the good work!

  • February 10, 2016

    Jack Sheldon

    The mid-coast is prone to this type of business plan, where as, inland, everyone is there but the retirees who are down here in Florida this time of year, even Stephen King, who is not retired.

  • February 12, 2016


    Well, no, not all retirees are in Florida. I live in a small town in Western Maine, home of L.L. Bean, I love it here all year round. It’s friendly, quiet, respectful of nature and people. There is always something to do if you feel like it. Yes, I have friends who return to Maine in the summer from Florida. But for me, it’s home, I wouldn’t change a thing.

    Jeanne Gale

  • February 24, 2016


    Sounds good,maple syrup, cider vinegar, is new to me, gonna try that this weekend

  • February 24, 2016


    I add a diced apple or two. What a nice flavor! A splash of Bourbon is also fine

  • February 27, 2016

    Susan March

    Regarding Mr. Magary’s disdain for Maine, you might also point out that thousands of people “from away” flock there each summer to spend vacation time or if fortunate enough, as my husband and I are, to spend an entire season there in a summer home. And we do it gleefully, starting to count down the days in January until we pack up the car to go! We love Maine and consider it our second home. Perhaps Mr Magary should visit and spend some time cruising Rt 1. If he can’t find beauty and meaning there he won’t anywhere. We’ll even offer our guest room on Deer Isle!

    • March 7, 2016

      Nancy Tucker

      I love Maine! My husband and I live in Kentucky, which is a beautiful state, but when I arrive in Maine I feel as if I have come home. I wish I could live there. This summer I plan on bringing one of our Chinese students a trip to Maine to travel along the coastline to Lubek, Maine. We will go to Arcadia National Park. I have never been to Deer Isle, but now would like to add it to our trip. Could you tell me a little more about your area? I am so darn jealous you get to spend the whole summer there.

      • March 8, 2016

        Susan March

        Hi Nancy! It is, indeed, a small world! I’m from WV so we’re neighbors. I’m in the Huntington area so KY is just across the border. Where are you? My sister lives in Lexington & 2 cousins live in Union.
        Deer Isle is about mid coast on Rt 15. There are several tiny towns on it, the main one being Stonington which is where most of the state’s lobsters are caught. There are quite a few artists living on the island & the award winning Haystack Mountain School of Crafts which holds workshops all summer. There’s a neat place called Nervous Nellie’s Jams & Jellies run by a husband & wife. She runs the jelly shop & he makes metal sculptures that he incorporates into a village he’s designed in their yard & it’s quite charming! You should try to Google their site. All of her jellies (10-12 flavors?) are homemade & yummy! She sends them all over the world.
        One of my favorite things about Deer Isle is that it gives me the feeling of having stepped back in time. Not that it isn’t up to date but it just has a peaceful, relaxed atmosphere & the people are so nice it reminds me of how life was when I was a kid in simpler times.
        I hope you make it to Deer Isle & enjoy it as much as my husband & I do!

        • March 10, 2016

          Nancy Tucker

          Hi Susan,

          We live in Lexington, KY. Thanks so much for the information. It sounds perfect! You are so blessed to be able to spend three months there.

  • February 29, 2016


    It should be realized these days that the commonly encountered “wild lupine” is a relative new-comer (Lupinus polyphyllus) that has supplanted the now rather rare true wild lupine (Lupinus perennis). The newcomer is pretty, for sure, but not the same as the the old-timer.

  • February 29, 2016


    wow, memories, My girlfriend and I ended up in Portland returning back to Maine after hitchhiking to Florida from Winthrop, Crashing out at a friends house for the night, we decided to stay in the “city”. to check out the action, Temporary job placement through the “Manpower” office at Longfellow Square paid the rent for our two room flat. Once permanent employment was attained, we moved to a apartment on the top of Munjoy Hill, for $65 a month, utilities included, The Stardust Inn was a busy establishment, a place of joy for many lonely men. Leaving the city in the mid eighties to return to my hometown in Winthrop, I always have a story to tell upon return to Portland, and the price of a Amatoes Italian sandwich for 60 cents

  • March 4, 2016

    Joe Mineo

    As soon as I saw the picture above I immediately recognized Mackerel Cove. I often use pictures I’ve taken on Bailey Island as my screen saver or Windows desktop. A co-worker once asked me about one of the pictures and I described it as one of my happy places. I’ve been going to Bailey Island for about 50 years and it is still charming and still one of my happy places.

  • March 9, 2016

    Lucinda Jane

    Wow! Love this article and the way it was written. It took me away just reading about the Tempo Dulu:) Can’t wait to try the experience in person!

  • March 9, 2016

    Lucinda Jane

    Years ago, my sister and I went out to eat for lobster(not in Me) and became ill later that day. This was a chain. We tried again to be sure that we were not allergic or maybe the handling/cooking process, was the problem. We became ill again with the same symptoms of bloating, little red specks appeared on the skin, and just didn’t feel well. Again, this is another chain. We can both eat all other sea foods but stay clear of lobster anything now. But I’m game to try fresh, ME lobster. Where would be the best place for me to go sample some lobster or am I really allergic to lobster?

  • March 9, 2016

    Lucinda Jane

    I’m just a cook too:) Always hated being called a chef when I too, never went to culinary school. I find culinary schools unnecessary for us foodies with pallets for great food, talent, and vision.

  • March 14, 2016

    Lucille Friscia

    The Article about Nancie Atwell was fabulous and informative. Silent voices never change history. I believe to be a better person or scientist you need to be an expert reader and writer. That’s just the way it is. Thanks Nancie!

  • March 20, 2016


    I remember these events vividly, The busts, the murders, the whole nine yards. Belfast was a hot spot back then. Still is,

  • March 28, 2016


    April’s ‘Where in ME’ looks like Swift River Falls on Swift River, West side Rte 17 in Roxbury, Oxford Cty, 5 MI North of twin cities Rumford-Mexico where Swift River joins the mighty Androscoggin. I believe the poor caged bear was in Roxbury’s Wild Animal Park? I didn’t know of the 19th century Methodist ‘camp-meeting’ ground, but suspect it was on nearby Swift River Pond. Holding Rte 17 as one of ‘most highly trafficked’ is a stretch, but in season it leads ‘sports & rusticaters’ north to the AT at famed ‘Northwest Passage’s Height of Land’ and Oquossoc-Rangeley Lakes’ sporting lodges. My wife and I will be stopping by on our way to area hiking friends’ nearby trails next weekend. Thanks for DE spotlights on the best of ME!
    Jeff Smith
    Swanville, ME 04915

  • March 30, 2016


    When you live in L.A., like I do, the entire state of Maine is the best place to live!!!

  • April 5, 2016


    Exactly what Jefferson had in mind.

  • April 5, 2016


    Perhaps the farm owners in Whitefield will consider selling the development rights to the Maine Farmland Trust http://www.mainefarmlandtrust.org/ so that these will be farms forever.

  • April 6, 2016


    Beautiful; but as Grammie used to say, Can’t eat scenery . . .

  • April 8, 2016


    Read about this change awhile back. Yes indeed the romance is gone.

  • April 10, 2016


    A big help…thank you..

  • April 12, 2016

    Nancy Greindl

    So proud of my Grampa!

  • April 24, 2016

    Billy J. Clark

    Really enjoyed your article we were talking about a AWW canoe trip last night after reading this I believe I’m going to get serious about it. I’m not sure if I agree with some of your parties views on access I grew up in northern aroostook and always loved being in the woods hunting, fishing,camping didn’t matter but you don’t see that in kids today and like your guide said time off from work is hard to come by chances are the wife and kids don’t wanna spend that precious week or two in the wood’s but little wheeling and dealing a week at Old Orchard in exchange for a couple long weekends on the AWW what ever it takes to get kids outside and taken notice. I honestly don’t know that much about the permits or if there are access/landings that make sense for shorter trips maybe two or three nights hopefully enough time feel like a wilderness adventure. Anyway just a thought I’m sure has been discussed and debated many times and again good article sorry if I got little carried away with my comment.

  • May 4, 2016


    Oven temp, please? I love rhubarb, too, and can’t wait to try this!

    • May 5, 2016

      Down East Magazine

      Double checking on that. Will get back to you asap. – Jeff

    • May 5, 2016

      Down East Magazine

      Hi Ingrid – Confirmed with Anne Marie that it’s 375 degrees. Happy cooking!

      • May 6, 2016


        Thank you!

  • May 6, 2016


    When I was a teenager, in the 60s, our family had a camp on Spencer Lake. We used to 4wd past the camp remains regularly. I knew it was a POW camp but it is interesting to actually read about the camp.

    All of us from Maine can certainly relate to the noseums at Spencer.

  • May 13, 2016

    Sarah Duggan

    How come he didn’t do Windjammer Days?

  • May 16, 2016


    No., thanks!

  • May 31, 2016


    It should be noted that “Plum Creek” is not a quaint town in Maine, but a major timber harvesting company. Plum Creek Timber Company merged with giant Weyerhaeuser Company in February of this year – 2016. That amounts to a minimum of 13 million acres in the U.S. owned by one company. Price in negotiation was $8.4 billion.

  • June 1, 2016

    Sharon Scott

    Being of Mic Mac descent. My great grandmother was of the Mic Mac Tribe, I am glad to see that you not only are working to bring economic growth and development, but also trying to keep the ways as well. I now live in Virginia, and do not get up to Maine. When I was a child and through my teen years we were up there all the time. I miss not being in touch with my tribe, as I was growing up. My parents made sure of that, I unfortunately lost a lot of the Native American in my life. Keep up the good work.

  • June 5, 2016


    Generally, the underlying impetus to all such reforms comes from a desire to see “our side” win more elections. This is not always true. I estimate it’s true 99% of the time,which justifies the “generally.”

  • June 5, 2016


    Now if only we could get free appraisals from Indigenous goods locally to document there current location. then apply a crowdfunding platform sticker to them to give indigenous tribes a lifelong crowdfunding platform for all there artwork past and present.

  • June 5, 2016


    so all American independent natives can have there American Dreams seen.

  • June 17, 2016

    Steven Chase

    Great article. Have to comment on that one picture of the guys running Long lake Dam. While the picture shows you can run it, this Allagash veteran of multiple trips on AWW over 40 years would never try that, and It should not be promoted.

  • June 27, 2016

    Margie Mintz

    That’s the ‘Wiggly Bridge’, located in York. Small, wiggly and charming, it leads to Steadman woods, and beautiful walking trail.

  • July 9, 2016


    This story had me riveted, with its colorful language and unreal details of the power of fire. The backstory of the African American firefighter who protected the town church rounded out this stunning history of the great equalizer (Mother Nature) as well as the power of resiliency.

  • July 9, 2016

    Bernard Moor-Jankowski

    so predictable and cliche

  • July 11, 2016


    Very interesting. I was just up there traveling the Spencer Road and saw the signs. Glad to see that there is a memorial still there.

  • July 20, 2016

    Pierson Blount

    I must say, I have enjoyed Kezar Lake for many summers. Be it getting ice cream at the Marina, swimming in the rain, or simply sitting out on the dock to enjoy the view, I have always been happy to be there.

  • July 24, 2016

    petef86a .

    The missile pits at Nike Ajax and Hercules launcher sites (4 in Maine which replaced 15 Skysweeper gun sites in 1956) were not designed to withstand an attack, contrary to popular belief and local legend. They existed due to explosive safety rules. Most Nike sites defended urban areas and without the pits, large land reservations would have been required to provide the required clearance to private structures. This would not have been practical, thus the concrete pits. In the late 1950s, each launcher site and integrated fire control site got an above ground fallout shelter as well.

  • July 24, 2016

    John Edelson

    As a kid who spent several summers at the best camp in the world, Androscoggin, I understand what a powerful experience it was.

    I’m now 60 and there remain magical words in my mind such as color war, canoe trip, dippy club, and bugle calls, At camp, I learned to develop black & white photography, basic competence in many sports, a portfolio of cheers and songs that I remember a lot better than most of my K12 school lessons, a relationship with nature and lakes, and a lot about independent, self reliance, and about myself.

    I think Churchill (or someone in England) has a saying about how their leadership, perhaps for war was developed on the playing fields of Eaton which I’ve pondered for decades. No, I don’t mean I’m trying to figure out the actual quote (which I could google but I’ll only forget it again), I mean I wonder about how much of my adult character – my confidence, grit, and capability for teamwork and camaraderie – was developed through my Androscoggin experience, or the 15 years of intense soccer competition that I did growing up, or any of the experiences that I went through and have tried and failed to provide to my children.

    It’s not that I feel that they’ve lacked broad experiences, it’s that they weren’t the ones that I had and I hope that their life memories somehow include experiences that give them the wings and roots from which to build a satisfying meaningful empowered life of value and satisfaction.

    At the end of the day, I wish I had been able to send them for summers to Androscoggin and that it was still on the island and they took all the same risks that we did because I think all the kids who went through were happier and better for the experience.

    Also, I’d be able to go up on parents day and relate so directly to them instead of wondering about what these new summer experiences that they go through are like and whether they develop character in the same way. Bingo ban go bingo bango bingo bango bingo banog banggin, here we are, yes we are, at Camp Androscoggin.

    At this point, I have only my brothers to chant with me

  • July 27, 2016


    I used to live near and swim at Babb ‘ s bridge when I was young. I stopped after I was brushed against by a ten foot long eel. Well, maybe five foot. Three, at least. Still, have you ever seen the teeth inside an eel’s mouth?

  • July 29, 2016

    Beverley Daniel

    What fun to find my father’s picture of me and our neighbor almost 50 years ago! Douglas Armsden continued to take marvelous Maine pictures throughout his life, and we treasure his photographic legacy. Thank you for digging this one up.

    Beverley Armsden Daniel

  • July 29, 2016


    Lake Wesserunsett.

  • August 15, 2016


    the rope swing on Minnehonk in Mount Vernon, jumping off the trestle, Maranacook lake Winthrop

  • August 17, 2016


    I hope to hear of the designation soon. The potential Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument looks stunning and wild.

  • August 19, 2016


    the monument covers only a tiny fraction of the North Woods, which covers 10.5 Million acres. It would not surprise me at all, if the monument gradually expands to cover more and more of the North Woods, ideally, all of it when all is said and done.. this is a rare opportunity for a huge national monument east of the Mississippi river and an opportunity for Maine to draw in nature lovers from all over England, Canada, and nationwide. I went through the North Woods en route to Canada last summer, and it was staggering, and definitely monument or park material.

  • August 24, 2016


    As a native Mainer and lobster roll fanatic I salute this excellent, exhaustively researched article. I actually have lived in Manhattan for 35 years, though, and for a while around the turn of the millennium was shuttling back and forth between Pearl Oyster Bar and Mary’s Fish Camp, unable to make up my mind who had the better lobster roll. (The lines for both used to form outside the restaurants an hour ahead of opening.) As far as I can tell you got all the details right, including the 2 different kinds of rolls and the difference between a Maine style roll and a Connecticut style roll. Let me add a shout-out for an excellent NYC-area lobster roll joint, Jordan’s Lobster Farms in Island Park, Long Island. Their lobster roll is overstuffed and the real deal.

  • August 24, 2016


    Just based on that the design of her shirt is a Black Sabbath reference makes me love them.

  • August 24, 2016


    Just based on that the design of her shirt is a Black Sabbath reference makes me love them!

  • August 25, 2016


    Mt. Kathadin is stunning and oh so much fun. I really hope people get to see it when venturing up to see Acadia. Love Maine so much. People really don’t know what a wonderful outdoors state it is. Oregon, Washington and California get a lot of love, deservedly so, but Maine is equivalent in it’s size and outdoors goodness.

  • August 26, 2016


    Maine people do make a difference, this area would have made a ex
    cellent addition to Baxter State Park

  • August 30, 2016

    Joel Morin

    These photos were taken 8/12/16 at 6:30am from my window at the camp on Long Lake, Madawaska, Me.. The Bald Eagles were eating a fish that they had just caught, when the Golden Eagle chased them away and took possession of the fish.

  • September 10, 2016

    RM Russell

    Ann LePage is the GENUINE ARTICLE!

  • September 21, 2016

    Pam Logan

    You must try the duck at the Little Village Bistro.. and the lamb. Actually, anything and everything is top notch and prepared to perfection. Tony is a treasure for Wiscasset. Each day I drive by, the parking lot is full.. even in winter. It’s worth the trip from anywhere to stop by the Little Village Bistro. (and bartender, Marilyn, makes the best blood orange martini, served with a smile)

  • September 30, 2016

    John Painter

    Great article on tiny houses, my wife and I are just finishing up ours down in Owls Head. It actually started it’s life as a Hillview Minibarn structure, it would be hard to tell now.

    • July 9, 2017

      David Deal

      Our kids live in Owls Head. We have just started looking for land in the area.

      • July 9, 2017

        John Painter

        There was some land just down the road from me for sale, not sure what the status of that is. Do a search with Maine MLS that’s got the most complete listings to the public (my brothers a broker/appraiser) if you haven’t already https://www.mainelistings.com/

  • October 18, 2016

    Shelley King

    Question: Regarding the picture of Ms. Howe,who is standing in the doorway behind the mirror? Wicked freaky!!

    • October 11, 2017

      Tia Marie Wilson

      Hi Shelley! I’m Tia! That is the photographer’s wife! This is inside my home 🙂

  • November 2, 2016

    Penny Nyob

    I lived in a haunted house in Durham for 8 months as a child. We heard and saw some strange things.
    We moved out and another family moved in. 6 months after moving in they tore the house down filled in the foundation and put huge boulders at the end of the driveway.
    The Lot remained this way for 20 years, then someone put up a tennis court, it has been unused for the last 15 years.
    Many folks witnessed strange occurances while we were there.

  • November 7, 2016

    Robert Clark

    Thank you for showing us this view. The Nubble is one of our favorites.

  • November 9, 2016

    Jym St Pierre

    In 1978, I wrote a report for the then-Maine Bureau of Parks and Recreation that included a proposed Maine Coastal Trail from Kittery to Eastport.

  • November 18, 2016


    Don’t forget the more than 900 Maine shops on the #EtsyMaineTeam! From Kittery to Ft. Kent, you’re sure to find something for everyone on your holiday gift-giving list! Just go to https://www.etsy.com/ and search ‘MAINETEAM’! You’ll find thousands of items just waiting for you! https://www.etsy.com/teams/5324/etsy-maineteam Or you can just go to

  • November 18, 2016

    CrateFull of Maine

    We take the guess work out of gifting! Check out CrateFull of Maine here: https://cratefullofmaine.com

  • November 23, 2016

    CrateFull of Maine

    Thanks for the mention!!

  • November 25, 2016


    Thanks for the great holiday gift suggestions! Just placed an order for several family members and a friend. Go Maine!

  • December 7, 2016

    Local Freshies

    Wow! This is awesome to see happening in the Northeast that the backcountry scene is exploding and becoming bigger in the great state of Maine.

  • December 7, 2016


    Great article!

  • December 9, 2016

    Carol Leonard

    I LOVE the cover picture of Charley…she looks like a red fox in the snow! Both the photos and the writing are wonderful. Thank you so much Joel and Jared…great job guys! And thank YOU Down East for featuring our home! So much fun!

    • February 21, 2017

      Lisa Brackett

      Can you tell me what kind of dog is in the picture? Looks exactly like my dog, Chaco who is a Chinook.

      • February 21, 2017

        Carol Leonard

        Hi Lisa, well…I’m not really sure…she’s a rescue from down South and I was told she was some sort of shepherd/sheltie sheepdog mix. I think Chinooks are larger than Charley…she weighs around 55 lbs…so she’s kind of small. Is Chaco bigger than that? anyway, she’s a GREAT dog…very funny!

        • March 10, 2017

          Lisa Brackett

          I am happy Charley is such a great dog. Chaco is a bit bigger about 10 pounds. The heads and ears are identical! Have a great rest of the winter and if you are ever out on Monhegan, look us up!

  • December 16, 2016

    Suzy Shaub

    Thanks for including the beautiful scene of Union Common at holidaytime. The double page photograph celebrates one of MidCoast Maine’s best small towns. For about 50 years the citizens of Union have turned out to drive stakes, attach fresh trees, string lights and wiring, and arrange a timer. Usually on the first Sunday of December, hot chocolate, cookies, a bonfire and singing commence at sundown. Suddenly, the tree’s lights are lit, to be repeated daily through the month. The event illustrates the town’s name, “Union,” originally chosen to recognize the “unusual unanimity of the people.” That sentiment continues to this day. Happy New Year to all of your readers, far and wide.

  • December 20, 2016


    An area to check out with some great side country is Black Mountain in Rumford, Maine.

    • January 10, 2017


      Yes, this is a cool place, especially when the snow is good!

  • December 26, 2016


    My husband and I stayed at John Strassenreiter cabin for two summer in a row, 1998 and 1999. It is still one of the best places we have ever been. The family was lovely. We talk about their dog to this day. Sabrina. Sad to hear they sold it.

  • January 15, 2017

    Kevin L.

    David Mallett is perhaps one of the most underrated, unknown American music greats. There are very few who can paint with the same kind of brush as Dave. An amazing songcrafter. The best I’ve ever heard describe Small Town America, the values of yesteryear and all that went with living in those times past. His grasp of human nature is touching; his ability to do so is a rare commodity.

    Always loved picking with him, his voice and rolling melodies are a blast to accompany. And, may i say, a truly great guy.

  • January 16, 2017

    Janet Chasse

    I feel your pain here in Greenville. One woman actually told me to her it was like “missionary work”, helping us out here. 🙂

  • January 17, 2017


    It’s the old catch22 isn’t it? The more we look for our city to do, the further away it becomes. City government has and continues to shut down any plans to develop high rise affordable housing. It seems someone’s view will always be blocked, either by brick or the precious $.

  • January 18, 2017

    Robert J. O'Brien

    I’m from a working-class family with seven generations in Portland. Many, many working-class families moved off The Hill or from the West End to Riverton, North Deering and East Deering. That’s where you’ll find many of the old-school Portland families now. The Peninsula was a dire place for the later decades of the 20th century. It’s much to the credit of quiet transplants who moved to the Peninsula in the 1980’s and ’90’s, who appreciated our beautiful architecture and potential, that invested in run-down houses and started businesses (with much sweat equity). But that wave of From-awayers acculturated — they sent their kids to public schools and blended with the locals. Once the Peninsula achieved a critical mass of improvements, the big investors came with their pieds-a-terre, crush-n-builds, and remote employment. I think the locals would be OK with it if the new development lowered their property tax bills and if the influx of out-of-state wealth brought higher salaries locally — sadly, neither circumstance seems to be the case.

    • January 24, 2017

      Vanessa Helmick

      Who do you think sold to the the from away investors? Who represented these people? It is all public record. Every address.

  • January 18, 2017

    Jeff Raymond


  • January 23, 2017


    love it, almost smell the air after storm and caught before snow starts leaving trees

  • January 24, 2017

    Vanessa Helmick

    What is missing from this story is the long list of Mainers who have cleaned up financially in the last 5 years. People who sold their properties for TOP DOLLAR to developers or just to the out of staters. Blaming this on people from away is very short sighted. If Maine natives cared so much, they wouldn’t be selling right now. But they are, in droves. It is time for that conversation to happen. Take some responsibility. There are many renters and business owners displaced by rising rents and their landlords are mostly Mainers, who are watching the “market value”. I am lucky to rent from great people for both home and business who care more about the long term and fair market value (not the inflated prices). But prior to them I had the misfortune of being caught in the web of locals cashing in and was displaced repeatedly. 100% of them were native Mainers (as were their real estate brokers/advisors). I assume-though I don’t know for sure-they people in line behind me were out of staters. People need to acknowledge this is happening. Ignoring it has just made everything worse. Ignorance spreads and the misplaced xenophobia grows.

    • February 24, 2017

      Don C.

      Hey Vanessa, I watched the same thing happen in the Midcoast area a quarter a century ago. Local people sold their land, farms, and churches for top dollar. Then other local people wondering why they were being out priced and out taxed.

  • February 1, 2017

    Carla Small

    Beautifully written. My dad, Kenny Andrews was the mailman for years and I taught swimming to local school children for years at the Briarwood and Danny says I am too short for him to marry me.

  • February 3, 2017

    Anne Farrar

    What’s going on at your house, Portlyn ???Pemiquid in the last two months. I’m disappointed in you BIG TIME. Not how we want to represent Maine.

  • February 6, 2017


    Please boycott the Botanical Gardens. They have zero regard for the local community, have clear cut more than 20 acres, are creating parking for 918 cars and five buses and are sending their septic discharge to the towns drinking water supply. They are investing $30 million in expansion but will not spend 1.5 million to hook up to town sewer to protect our drinking water and lake.

    Please stay away – only their pocketbook will affect them. They are arrogant developers in a residential district. Help us by staying away.

    • March 7, 2017


      How can they send their septic discharge to the towns drinking water supply? That doesn’t even seem possible and if it is, why hasn’t someone addressed this yet? Are you sure?

      • March 8, 2017


        Positive. The Boothbay Region Water District and the neighbors are bringing the matter in front of the local appeals board. Please just search on “CMBG expansion” or “CMBG news” and read up. Next appeals board meeting is March 28, in Boothbay. This all being done in a general residential district zone. The are treating the local community horribly but don’t care because it is not the local community that pays repeated admission fees.

  • February 9, 2017

    Peter Hill

    This view is looking east, so I would suggest it’s the sunrise!

  • February 10, 2017

    The Duchess of Milton

    This is a GORGEOUS piece of writing, Ms. Cushman. Well done.

  • February 11, 2017


    I’m sitting here, a seventy year old man, with tears in my eyes . . .

  • February 11, 2017


    Thanks for the memories, Suzanne…very well written. I moved to Portland from Hollis, Maine, in 1980 and rented an apartment at the Eastland Hotel, long before its hideous Westin “makeover.” Those were the days…

  • February 17, 2017

    Ranger Morgan

    Just stay away from Lewiston. Drowning in Muslims.

  • February 20, 2017


    I spent two summers here before my freshman year in HS in the late 1970’s. I was really happy to find this article!

    I am from California and I remember being quite taken aback at the more sophisticated East Coast girls (especially the ones from New York City) with their fancy trunks, accents, English riding boots and velvet hats, and peculiar names like “Skyler” and “Pricilla.”

    I DID know French though I was shy speaking it. I was in an all French-speaking cabinet but we spoke a lot of English. I learned how to jog, sail ( we all had a crush on our very cute Québecois instructor!) ride English instead of western horseback, shoot with a bow and arrow, and, most importantly, I learned how to get over my shyness and make new friends.

    For one of the Summers, the daughter of Peter of “Peter, Paul and Mary” was also at the camp, and her father played for us one evening. I only knew the song Puff the Magic Dragon and still have his autograph.

    Thanks for a walk down memory lane!

  • February 21, 2017

    Ruth Ann Wright Hale

    Absolutely beautiful!

  • February 22, 2017

    Kathy Lewis Cooper

    I may think twice before descending the giant stairs next time I’m on Bailey Island!

  • February 23, 2017

    Gary David

    Was this a natural happening or was it constructed by humans?? This is awesome regardless Penelope!!

  • February 25, 2017

    Frederick Mason

    Wish there was a link to share the ‘pressed together’ article by Will Grunwald.
    I’d love my Facebook friends to be able to read it.
    This heartwarming article is worth the price of the magazine.

  • February 28, 2017


    We have good friends who live in Cutler. My husband and I have visited many times and even stayed overnight at Little River Light. It is a beautiful area!

  • March 2, 2017

    Peter Mackay

    I admire and respect LL Bean for reliable goods, honest service, true value and all the best of American virtues. I have been a loyal customer since 2004.

    It is a shame that they support someone who exhibits none of the above.

  • March 8, 2017

    Amelia Qualters

    Looking to make the move to Maine this Summer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania! I decided I want to start new and escape the busy city life around here. I can’t be more excited. Been doing some research on good places to live so this is a great list. Thank you 🙂

  • March 13, 2017

    Michael Rossney

    We serve a 44 North Cascara Agua Fresca at our Taqueria, EL EL FRIJOLES in Sargentville. We make a cold-steeped batch of cascara, add some sugar and squeeze in fresh lime juice. It is as delicious as it is popular, and makes a super-quenching summer drink.

  • March 17, 2017

    Charlotte Henkel

    I’m 75 yrs old and I still remember my grandmother saying take these goodies to Ida (not) her real name and I still can see her face light up with so much gratitude in her eyes. At least 1 or 2 times a month I would be at her door.. Ms Cushman what a beautiful story of a women who I think deserves to be remembered.

  • March 21, 2017

    David Hebert

    Norman was my friend from early childhood to his death. He was a beautiful man and loved by everyone. I was shocked to hear about all this at the time and still grieve his passing daily. I never was aware of any of what has been written here and Norman never showed anything but love and compassion in our lifelong relationship. He was always willing to help people. He loved basketball , his childhood sweetheart Lynn, his former wife Terry and their son. I cherish all our childhood memories, adolescent escapades, weightlifting sessions and conversations always. I love you and miss you Norman, your friend, David Hebert

    • May 28, 2017

      Terri Grenier

      Hi Dave, I don’t know where my comment went……but most of the crap written so craftily in this article is false…..it’s a lie, made up to make Susan look like the poor unwitting victim……when in all truth, she was the one who was responsible for bringing him down…….I will never forget our time together ….in our youth…..I remember the weight lifting afternoons…with Norman and you and Jeff LaRoche and Mike Johnson….I bet if they happened to read this line of crap, they’d be shaking their heads too…….love you David, and the memories that I will always carry with me……I know how close you guys were……(and the Portugee Luaus in Valley Falls……

  • March 24, 2017

    Ranger Morgan

    Far cry from Lewiston, where I dwell. They would have bad memories from here.

  • April 4, 2017

    Diane Poulin

    Nice article! Most of the reasons I come here, and still call it home, are within this article….

  • April 12, 2017


    no lettuce, no chives, no lemon. thanks

  • April 15, 2017

    Janet Chasse

    It’s nice having local manufacturing jobs. This family has worked hard. Wish I could get all the great free PR these guys have had for my small business. 🙂 MooseheadMarketplace.com

  • April 16, 2017

    JD Kinman

    What I love most about this story is that there are so many talented people up in Maine who aren’t just craftsmen at their trades–they’re also artists. Pride, vision and tenacity built this nation and small businesses like this one continue to be the epitome of our great nation.

    Would like to stop in this summer when we’re up there and check the place out.

    JD Kinman
    Dallas, Texas

  • April 17, 2017


    Thank you, Kathy Deane, for seeing, as does this mechanical engineer, the art and ‘poetry’ in machines. Taking this one step further, the inside components of internal combustion engines — pistons, valves, crankshafts, cam shafts,disassembled engine blocks, etc., etc. — rival some of the worlds best sculptures. In my steam-electric power plant days I looked forward to when the innards of humongous steam turbines were opened for inspection exposing the sculptured, bladed beauty of the turbine rotors.

  • April 17, 2017

    Jeanne L

    I would love to see that dog’s face!

  • April 23, 2017

    Joan S.

    I agree with Carla Small–this is a beautifully written article, and it calmed me down just to read it. Thanks, Carrie, for sharing this part of the world, which is your world.

  • April 29, 2017

    Caron White


  • May 1, 2017

    James Bowen

    The last thing we need is more foreign workers. The H-2B expansion needs to be stripped from the omnibus spending bill.

    • May 6, 2017


      Totally agree. What happens when the summer is over. What about their political ideation that does not support western beliefs. Look at the mess that France and Sweden has gotten themselves into – Sweden thought it had a similar problem to Maine and look at them now – absolutely ruined with most of the immigrants on welfare in the long haul so then basically the broader community in Maine would be subsidizing small businesses with their taxes during the off-season and that’s not right. I like the idea the Innkeeper had about trying to make it a fun place to work. I worked my way all through college at the same restaurant that was almost an hour away from school because they treated me very well, like family and for that I gave them a lot – it was a give and take relationship that benefited both and spanned for many years and now are some of the best memories of my life. I’ll bet there is more people in need of work that meets the eye. With some creativity, this problem could be solved. For example, I was a manager once in a corporate setting and had one open spot that was hard to fill. Entry level, hard hours, hard labor, etc. I made up some flyers that showcased the benefits of working at this job – experience, building skills that would benefit their future, beauty of location, etc. I went to the nearest college campus and handed out flyers personally. I filled the job by the end of the week as a part time “Intern,” and the student came back every summer through graduate school. Then took a job with us full time when he was done. All of the managers around me moaned and complained about how no one wanted to work for us and how recruiting (like government) could not get it done, well, I went out and found what I needed myself.

      When I was wait staff in college, the owners used to gripe and moan about the same problem and I suggested that they allow highschoolers to do the work. They moaned and companied about poor work ethic, they won’t wanna work weekends or nights and so on. I suggested we break up the shifts, hire more people so that perhaps they don’t have to work every night or all weekend. More very part timers, and so on. In high school, kids already have room and board and there are plenty of kids like I was, that needed to work to save for college and I was happy for the part time work. lots of solutions, just have to think out side the box. HB anything is not the answer.

      It can be done.

  • May 6, 2017


    Did anyone ever give her a better coat, hat, gloves? Offer to help her maintain her house, care for her cats?

  • May 9, 2017

    Sherry Fowler

    Very nice house – absolutely one of a kind. Enjoyed Karl’s jokes in the Post Office today!

  • May 14, 2017

    Rene Dechaine

    Great photo! What were the tech specs?

  • May 14, 2017

    Rene Dechaine

    Ed, gorgeous perspective and color!

  • May 14, 2017

    Rene Dechaine

    Great illusion of motion. Could we get the tech specs? Assume an F-stop at 25+ and 30 second exposure with 100 ISO.

  • May 16, 2017


    The title “Mr. Lighthouse” only belongs to one man and that is the late Ken Black, founder of the Maine Lighthouse Museum. Even the State of Maine issued a proclamation that declared Ken Black as “Mr. Lighthouse.” How dare you desecrate the memory and name of Ken Black who was saving lighthouse artifacts before many of you were born. There is even a street in Rockland named after Ken Black.

  • May 16, 2017


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  • May 22, 2017

    Mary Lawson

    So beautiful.

  • May 25, 2017

    Elaine Romans Montgomery

    Joy, I relocated here from Florida following a divorce, and while I don’t have any pets, also found the rental market to be difficult. The only solution seems to be in renting a house. I wish you the best of luck. I can’t tell you how much I love this state!

    • November 18, 2017


      Glad you moved. Things got better here.

  • My boyfriend and I are moving from the Philadelphia area after only making a couple trips up to Maine since last Fall. It was a life-changer. Unfortunately we have hit a few road blocks, but as you have mentioned, we just know this is the place we want to start a new life in. We are doing everything we can to get here as soon as we can. Maine already feels like home to us, and everyone has been so nice and welcoming. We can’t wait 🙂

  • May 26, 2017

    David Mangs

    My wife and I have been visiting Maine for about the past 10 years and are moving to Bar Harbor next month! We (and our two Westies) love the area and can’t wait for this next chapter in our life together….Maine: The way life should be!

  • May 31, 2017


    Interesting but I never use mignonette sauces as the vinegar overwhelms the delicate and wonderful taste of the oyster.

    Born and raised in eastern Maine, but now living in NYC.

  • June 3, 2017

    Ryan Eastman

    I am a New Yorker… spent my life eating dirty water hot dogs rooting for the Knicks. My wife and I took a road trip up the coast of Maine last summer and I fell in love. At the age of 35, I realized NY was for the birds, so I said to my wife “hey, uh, wanna move to Maine”. We packed up our apartment in Tarrytown (a charming town on the Hudson River), our 2 cats, found new jobs and moved to South Portland this April. I’ve been the happiest I’ve ever been…
    Trading hot dogs for lobster rolls, pigeons for seagulls, the Knicks I might never give up…

  • June 12, 2017

    Rusty Garside

    …. many, many times – a “happy reminder” of the years in Maine ! (p.s. – note – no “Vassalboro” on theyah – cahn’t git theyah from heah, Deah !

  • June 12, 2017


    Sounds great, my husband and I will be there on June 20th. Flyer says to RSVP. Can’t seem to find where we would do that

  • June 12, 2017


    Fascinating reading. As a graduate of Glen Cove Christian Academy, I would like to add a couple of observations. Christian Schools, Inc. purchased the 65 acre estate in 1959 for Glen Cove Christian Academy (a secondary school). Glen Cove Bible School was established a few years later and in the early seventies was granted college status. While rumors of tunnels or a tunnel persisted, they did not exist. There were some books left at the estate by the Round Table Foundation that were destroyed, but not by administrators of the school, but rather by a visiting missionary to China who declared the books to be occult. Finally, knowing the “former pastor” mentioned, I would suggest that he is not representative of the school and that his opinions might not be objective.

  • June 20, 2017

    Jeffrey Blaisdell

    Several years ago, my wife Sherry and I stumbled upon the Olson house. We were just driving, exploring the area, when we saw a small sign pointing to it. A couple miles and a few turns and we were in front of this iconic structure. Knowing its history, and being familiar with the works of Andrew Wyeth, it was a wonderful opportunity to step into the world of Wyeth and the Olsons.

    Wyeth did quite a few paintings here. He also painted on Monhegan, and his son, Jamie, lives and paints there today. I like their style. It’s simple, it’s authentic. It captures reality as it is not only seen but *felt.* Perhaps that’s why critics didn’t (don’t?) like Andrew’s work- it taps into the human side of life. It makes you think about the people you are seeing. It draws you in, and YOU become the subject.

  • June 23, 2017

    Kathleen Grace Nadeau

    Love this!

  • June 29, 2017

    Lisa Tracy Bechara

    Me and 5 more would be there for the food truck event!!

  • July 1, 2017


    Freedom and liberty can not exist in the liberal utopia that has all the “rights” liberals believe are rights. Government force on citizens are the only way to achieve those “rights”.

  • July 7, 2017


    I understand completely the fear of the word ‘affordable housing’ and the implication that it might attract folks who want to.. not live off the land… but live off their neighbors. One of the things these folks might consider is some kind of language that defines the ‘affordable’ aspect, and has a prerequisite that there will be no town/plantation welfare available. Schools are the other problem. In the small town I live in it costs 8000 per student per year. Obviously if someone is paying 2-3000 a year in taxes, that doesnt cover the cost of even one child. So again, maybe the affordable housing is for +55 ? anyway, its an interesting dichotomy of Maine. Sometimes Maine folks don’t want any kind of ‘handouts’ if it has onerous ties to it.

  • July 10, 2017


    You know what sounds good a lobster hot dog with internal butter on the grill. Thoes rolls look yummy. Good luck guys and may the best lobster roll win.

  • July 12, 2017

    streepo culhooney

    Taking Captain Patterson’s tour to Seal Machias Island is absolutely one of the highlights of my entire life. Fabulous trip!

  • July 14, 2017


    Leave it to a missionary to do something as stupid as that.

  • July 14, 2017

    Sarah Kessler

    I love this story. I live in California and dream of Maine, I have never been but someday…someday. I read every issue of Down East from cover to cover because I feel a kinship with your state. This story convinced me to renew yet again and keep dreaming.

  • July 18, 2017

    Hank Gans

    I used to live on the same road as the Scoop Deck. I created a Pavlovian monster at the Scoop Deck. My Golden Retriever, AJ, always got the bottom of the cone when we would visit the Scoop Deck. He would start to drool uncontrollably as I worked my way down to the cone.

  • July 18, 2017

    Hank Gans


  • July 23, 2017

    Law Abiding Islander

    It’s difficult to decide what part of this article is most insulting–the portrayal of the “burly islander” who is the token local at the fancy restaurant, there for everyone’s amusement, or the implication that the food at any other establishment on Vinalhaven cannot possibly compare to SALT (insert eye roll).
    “Instead, he aims to offer “good food done in unfamiliar ways — a higher level of cuisine than what’s currently being offered here, but approachable.” This is beyond insulting. Just because other VH restaurants refuse to pay for stuffy reviews of their restaurants does not make them sub-par. Food that is “lovely and local”? They are certainly not pioneers in that feat. What this establishment brings to the town of VH does not overshadow the VERY NEGATIVE contributions some of their staff have made to an otherwise lovely and safe town. Be sure not to “party” with the staff after hours–who knows what will end up in your drink!!!

    PS–SALT owes a shout-out to the other island establishments who saved them from a horrendous opening night–no CO2 or propane and who do they call to bail them out? Show some respect!!!

    • July 24, 2017

      Cait Nimblett Jimenez

      Shout out to the Haven for saving us Friday right before service and shout out to Vinalhaven Fuel coming in Friday evening. Let’s all continue to work together and support eachother. Cheers!

    • September 18, 2017


      What a sad inferiority complex you have, Law Abiding Islander!

      This review doesn’t insult us. It doesn’t state that the man telling the story is “the token local” there for “everyone’s amusement. Rather, it notes that there is a mix of locals and summer people at Salt. This is true.

      Chef Feingold doesn’t insult other island restaurants when he speaks about a higher level of dining. For goodness sake, look up the term: he’s talking about haute cuisine. For that matter, just look at the food: Does any place else on Vinalhaven serve food like that? No, they don’t. Does acknowledging that mean those other restaurants are bad? No, it doesn’t. It just means Salt offers a different kind of dining experience. What’s wrong with that?

      Have you even eaten at Salt?

      As for the staff that YOU insulted with your comment: nearly all of them are year-round residents. Nice going.

      You infer negativity where I see affection. Why is that?

    • January 21, 2018

      Hip hop anonymous

      They hate us ’cause they ain’t us

  • July 24, 2017

    Cait Nimblett Jimenez

    I’m very sad to read the comment below. Clearly you are misinformed and have never stepped foot into our restaraunt. Our Co2 ran out because it was not set up correctly and Tory from The Haven bailed us out, with grace and generosity. Our propane ran out because it was no filled up before service, and our propane guy promptly came to the rescue. Opening night sure was a nightmare but we prevailed through. Our numbers are higher than ever and our customer base is 75% Islanders and I personally make sure islanders are taken care of as soon as they walk in the door. Just like we always go to island sources, people and businesses first before anyone else when needing anything for the business. And for your comment on my staff, this doesn’t even generate a response. Please feel free to come to salt to speak with me directly. You are attempting to tarnish a successful island business that supports the island economy. Respectfully, C. Clapham

  • July 24, 2017

    Cait Nimblett Jimenez

    And this food writer dined at SALT then contacted us afterwards. That is exactly how these articles work. Our only marketing is The Wind, we don’t want any further marketing. We want to be able to accommodate our island regulars and walk ins. Cheers!

  • July 24, 2017

    Cait Nimblett Jimenez

    Also, we are not a “fancy” restaraunt. And my bar is 99% islanders each night. We welcome all walks of life, and we would like to not be categorized as fancy, under any circumstances. Thank you.

  • July 28, 2017


    very interesting..the author obviously milked this assignment!

  • August 2, 2017


    I work at Hinckley. We used to be like that.

  • August 9, 2017


    My great-grandmother is buried in the Shiloh cemetery. I have slept in the Shiloh building many a time. To be sure, a lot of very strange things have happened there since it was built. A lot of deaths due to poor living conditions and sub-par nursing during epidemics. It’s harmless now, and I’ve never seen anything scarier than myself.

  • August 10, 2017

    Lisa Lancaster

    A doctor once said “always drink the best water that you can afford.”
    For me that’s filtered tap water lol. So, I’m really looking forward to enjoying this fancy tourmaline h20. Great article Joe!

  • August 10, 2017

    Seth Leaf Pruzansky

    Thank you Joe Ricchio and Down East Magazine for publishing Joe’s amazing article about Tourmaline Spring! 🙂

  • August 16, 2017

    Katie Lana Fulton

    I absolutely love & swear by ‘Tourmaline Spring’ as being the best out there! Love this article! I’m a ballet dancer & I take my H2O intake quite seriously: as my performance, energy, cells, everything depend on proper hydration (though, yes, this is true of everyone). I believe quality or in this case, purity, is just as important. I Highly Recommend this product & this company, buy with confidence! (Super kind, beautiful souls that own & work for the company as well!) Sending my best!

  • August 18, 2017

    Elise Isabel Andersen

    Best Pool Ever

  • August 19, 2017

    Doug Bennett

    As a long-time subscriber, I appreciate DownEast’s coverage of the replace-or-repair controversy surrounding the Frank J. Wood that connects Topsham and Brunswick. The article you published, however, is both shallow and biased. It reads as a puff piece for the Friends of the Frank J. Wood Bridge, the group advocating restoration of the bridge. The article fails as a serious look at both sides of the argument. Reading the piece, there are some important things you wouldn’t know.

    You wouldn’t know that ME DOT has conducted an extensive, public section 106 process to review the case for preservation in which the ‘Friends’ have been fully involved as well as many others.

    You wouldn’t know there has been an extensive opportunity for public comment during that process, and that all those comments submitted are available to be read:

    You wouldn’t know that dozens of groups and individuals have spoken out for replacement, not restoration, including the Topsham Board of Selectmen and the Southern Midcoast Chamber of Commerce.

    You wouldn’t know that the ‘Friends’ cannot point to a single bridge renovation of a similar length that has come in costing less than the $13 million cost of replacement.

    You wouldn’t know that there is NO design yet of the new bridge, and that the two towns have appointed a Design Advisory Committee, soon to make its report, to advise ME DOT on a suitable design for this historic site.

    You wouldn’t know that the current bridge is dangerous for cyclists, or that every cycling organization that has weighed in has called for replacement.

    There were at least eight bridges between Brunswick and Topsham at this crossing of the Androscoggin before the current 1932 bridge. What is historic is the crossing itself, the succession of bridges and the succession of activities at the site. That history is what needs to be preserved.

    I expect better from DownEast.

    Douglas Bennett, Topsham

  • August 20, 2017

    Kristi Johnson

    Replace it with one that is exactly the same but new.

  • August 20, 2017

    Elaine Parket

    Stern is a physician, not an engineer. Please fact check

    • Brian Kevin
      March 8, 2018

      Brian Kevin

      Fact-checked. He is, as it happens, both.

  • August 20, 2017

    Doug Bennett

    As a long-time subscriber, I appreciate DownEast’s coverage of the replace-or-repair controversy surrounding the Frank J. Wood that connects Topsham and Brunswick. The article you published, however, is both shallow and biased. It reads as a puff piece for the Friends of the Frank J. Wood Bridge, the group advocating restoration of the bridge. The article fails as a serious look at both sides of the argument. Reading the piece, there are some important things you wouldn’t know.

    You wouldn’t know that ME DOT has conducted an extensive, public section 106 process to review the case for preservation in which the ‘Friends’ have been fully involved as well as many others.

    You wouldn’t know there has been an extensive opportunity for public comment during that process, and that all those comments submitted are available to be read:

    You wouldn’t know that dozens of groups and individuals have spoken out for replacement, not restoration, including the Topsham Board of Selectmen and the Southern Midcoast Chamber of Commerce.

    You wouldn’t know that the ‘Friends’ cannot point to a single bridge renovation of a similar length that has come in costing less than the $13 million cost of replacement.

    You wouldn’t know that there is NO design yet of the new bridge, and that the two towns have appointed a Design Advisory Committee, soon to make its report, to advise ME DOT on a suitable design for this historic site.

    You wouldn’t know that the current bridge is dangerous for cyclists, or that every cycling organization that has weighed in has called for replacement.

    There were at least eight bridges between Brunswick and Topsham at this crossing of the Androscoggin before the current 1932 bridge. What is historic is the crossing itself, the succession of bridges and the succession of activities at the site. That history is what needs to be preserved.

    I expect better from DownEast.

    Douglas Bennett, Topsham

    • August 22, 2017


      Actually, the public “hearing” I drove 4 hours to attend was not a hearing at all. It was more a power point presentation selling the new bridge concept to a skeptical citizenry.

      ME Dot should at least go through the motions of an open mic session, writing down opinion, and gauging rather than this top-down approach.

      Like we do in NH.

      Formalities and traditions are important.

      The public should be treated with a modicum of respect.

      • August 22, 2017

        Doug Bennett

        The posted notice for the meeting described it as a “public meeting” that would be held in “open house format.” It was never billed as a “hearing.” Comments on the project were accepted at the meeting in various formats, and accepted via mail or e-mail over the next two weeks to give as many people a chance to contribute to the discussion. The notice can be found at http://www.maine.gov/mdot/env/documents/PublicNotice22603.00.pdf.

        Here’s the relevant paragraph:

        “Representatives of FHWA and MaineDOT will be present on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 from 6:00 p.m.– 8:00 p.m. The meeting will begin with a brief presentation introducing the project and the alternatives being considered. MaineDOT and FHWA staff with expertise in areas such as project design and engineering, natural resources, cultural resources, and bicycle and pedestrian issues will be available in an open house format to listen to concerns, receive comments, and answer questions. Anyone with an interest is invited to attend and participate in the meeting. Comments will be accepted on any topic or issue relevant to the project.”

        FHWA and MaineDOT conducted the meeting exactly as advertised. The format they chose gave the widest possible opportunities for public involvement. All the comments received were posted online and are available to anyone interested.

        • August 23, 2017


          Not much of an “open house format” or “public meeting” either.

          A “presentation” would have been more accurate.

          Because that is what it was.

  • August 21, 2017

    Paul Whitcomb

    Give us something modern and elegant, perhaps a cable-stayed bridge like the Crusell bridge in Helsinki, Finland. You should see what amazing bridge work the rest of the world is doing. Make wind turbines a part of the top of the bridge and remove Brunswick Dam.

  • August 21, 2017


    The removal of the bridge weakens the historic mill district concept. By slamming a new style modern span across the void will weaken preservationists hand in preserving the overall mill district. This can be seen as a double bladed sword. By opening up unfettered development may spur some kinds of investment. The preservation of the mill district will encourage quality investment of another kind.
    The former “creative destruction” may pave the way for the breaching of the dam as well, not a necessarily bad thing from an environmentalist’s point of view. But it all starts with the bridge.

  • August 22, 2017

    Bob Lewsen

    Please let those of us who subscribe to Down East to get a head start on 8 April 2024 by letting us know the locations of totality so we can make reservations, Thank you!!

  • August 25, 2017


    I feel that a new bridge should be built. It would be a good thing to keep the old bridge but if the new one is built and the green bridge is kept as a walking bridge that who is going to take care of the malignance? It would probably fall on the towns. We don’t need more money spent the taxes are high enough. Remove the old bridge and build a new one.

  • August 25, 2017

    Ruth Ann Wright Hale

    I look forward to my Down East Magazine emails. This one blended two of my favorite things: dogs and waterfalls. Thank you for being such good ambassadors of my favorite state! Signed: Mississippi Girl Longing for Maine

  • August 30, 2017

    Doug Sanders

    That’s a fine piece of writing.

  • August 31, 2017

    Eric Baumgartner

    Hello, Bob. You can check out the path of the total solar eclipse of 8 April 2024 via an interactive Google map here: http://www.eclipsewise.com/solar/SEgmap/2001-2100/SE2024Apr08Tgmap.html. The path of totality runs from western Maine to New Brunswick, through the Maine woods. The southern edge of totality runs north of Bethel, Farmington, Skowhegan, Bangor, etc. Not quite as optimally placed as the 1963 eclipse path!

  • September 8, 2017


    Mooselookmeguntic Lake from the Appalachian trail.

  • September 11, 2017

    Carol Band

    I have a group of gals here in greater Boston. We swim across Walden Pond every Sunday at 6am from Mother’s Day until Columbus Day. Of course, we sneak in some mid-week swims as well… but we’ve been doing it for over 20 years. We have the same rules. No wet suits. Always coffee after. We swim to celebrate, to mourn, to work out, to meditate, to laugh. And you are our soul sisters!

  • September 19, 2017


    Well, my parents lived there as did I the dates in this article are incorrect. My Father Peter Hurkos was brought to the Round Table Foundation for ESP research from Holland. I was born in 1957….and LIVED there. So not sure that the dates are accurate….

  • September 20, 2017

    Suzanne Hurst

    I too grew up on biscuits. My grandmother made biscuits every morning, and hers were the best I’ve ever had. They were tiny, many layered, with a sour taste due to the buttermilk, and to the fact that she saved a starter daily – they were sourdough biscuits. Later in my life, my dad became the biscuit maker. He made them daily too, and sent a dozen to friends for special occasions. His were bigger, but made with buttermilk, and like my grandmother’s – were made with lard. I wonder how Stacy’s biscuits differ from the southern biscuits of my childhood. I’d love to have one buttered right now.

  • September 26, 2017


    Shame your research only lead to Whiteblaze, a cesspool of entitled negativity infested with armchair ‘hikers’ who have never set foot inside Baxter.

  • September 28, 2017

    Annette Koziol

    Thank you for sharing. I live in the same zip code. Not in town, but the edges of it (woods). I love Brunswick. I enjoyed your capture of the town I love so. Just so you know, when you leave, you will leave a piece of your soul here. I know, it happened to me in 1979. And now my soul is home.

  • September 29, 2017


    Located in Harrison, Maine-

  • September 30, 2017

    Sachidanand Singh

    Loved it. Write more often. Capture those seemingly insignificant moments that touch our souls.

  • October 4, 2017

    Mtn Maddy

    People do not like rules and some have one objective and that is to break them. ” I want it my way”. I LOVE ANP but do we really need another one? A big “thank you” to all the BSP rangers for the work they do. Please keep BSP WILD!” And quite honestly I think BSP rules save lives. Think of all the rescues, deaths, and injuries they could encounter if they did allow people to “run wild” up there. They certainly have some but it pales by comparison to what goes on at the Rockpile! Even “hike safe” protocols many are still getting into serious difficulties and expecting a free ride out.

  • October 10, 2017

    Mary Lawson

    So beautiful.

  • October 16, 2017


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  • October 19, 2017


    PLEASE come to Georgia.

  • October 19, 2017


    Mr Liberty would have even a better running facility if Augusta would let him run the the prison and stop micro-managing every thing!

  • October 24, 2017


    There is a movie called the Dharma Brothers. It’s about a Mississippi prison that allowed a project teaching meditation, which made a lasting change on the participants. I highly reconditioned watching it.

  • October 25, 2017


    As a lifelong vegetarian and a huge fan of Portland’s own Blue Mango Veggie Burgers – I was disappointed to see their burgers overlooked on the best burgers list. Many of my carnivore friends adore these burgers as well and often choose them over beef. We are fortunate to have Wilton’s Calzolaio Pasta Company nearby who serve them and our local Hannaford carries them as well so we can prepare them at home. For those of you who have not tried Blue Mango yet – unwrap each burger, heat up some oil in a skillet, crisp them up on each side, and be prepared for a real treat!

  • October 27, 2017

    Chip Stratton

    Can’t believe that the version of Camden’s Drouthy Bear, the Drouthy Burger, didn’t get mentioned. Truly one of the very tastiest burgers I have ever eaten. It looks like I’ll have 30 more places to compare it to, though!

  • October 27, 2017

    Michael Zecker

    We used to love the burger at the Whale’s Rib Tavern, the restaurant at the Pilgrim’s Inn on Deer Isle, but when we went there in July of 2015, after being away for three years, they had stopped serving it in the main dining room.
    I had made a reservation for dinner, and my husband and I were really looking forward to that burger, but it wasn’t on the menu.
    We asked our waitress if they had taken it off the menu, and she said the owner and chef had decided to only serve it in the very small pub, and not in the main dining room.
    I asked very nicely if my husband could have the burger in the dining room, and explained that we hadn’t been back to Deer Isle for three years, and that he was really looking forward to it.
    She said, “I’m sorry, but I can’t.”
    I wanted to say, “Why not? The food is all made in the same kitchen. You just have to make a right and head towards the dining room, instead of hanging a left to the pub!”
    We did ask if we could move to the pub, but it was packed. I think it only had seating in there for maybe twelve people, including the bar.
    I briefly thought about leaving, but we stayed, and the food was good, as it always had been.

    …but that was the last time we ate there.
    We live in New York City, and we go to Maine to get away from snobbishness and too many rules.

    From what I’ve heard, the Pilgrim’s Inn has a new owner, and I have no idea what the food is like now at the Whale’s Rib, but when I glanced through this list, and didn’t see the Whale’s Rib burger listed, I thought, “Well, if they were still serving that burger in the dining room, they would have made the list.”
    Having said that, this list made my mouth water!
    We have eaten at Primo in Rockland, and it is delightful and delicious.
    Hopefully we will try their patty melt next summer.
    Thinking about it will help me get through the winter!

    • November 12, 2017


      The new owners are fabulous. We stayed there before, and then 4 days in June. Big improvement. Food quality superb. Go back

      • November 12, 2017

        Michael Zecker

        Thanks, Epaminondas!
        Looks like we will be staying in Belfast for a couple weeks this summer, house-sitting for a friend who will be away in Europe.
        We will definitely give the Whale’s Rib another try.

  • October 29, 2017

    J. Harrington

    As long as so-called trail angels carry “hikers” and their packs (“slackpacking”) from GA to ME in vans for small donations (at the expense of legit shuttle businesses) Baxter will continue to sink under the weight of growing numbers. REAL HIKERS BOYCOTT FAKE MAGIC AND FALSE ANGELS. Real magic is free and true angels accept no cash and don’t have GFM sites. Ban Riff Raff! See the October edition of Backpacker Mag. to learn about the growing threat. ATC: “Trail magic is bad for the trail!”

  • October 31, 2017

    The Good Shepherd

    Not at all surprised in Liberal Moonbat Belfast.
    Not ONE MAN in the ENTIRE town.
    Sure there are males in Belfast but let be clear …THEY AREN’T M-E-N!!

  • November 1, 2017

    Tim Bishop

    Absolutely loved this article. Looking forward to visiting some of the places mentioned in here. I don’t know if I’ve had anything comparable to Red’s outside of Maine. Plenty of people claim to be the best but only Red’s cuts it in my view. Still, you can’t beat the ambiance of some of those coastal lobster shacks located throughout New England. Excellent article! Right up there with 30 Greatest Burgers!

  • November 1, 2017


    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this article! Thank you Brian Kevin.

  • November 7, 2017

    Cheryl Miller

    What an incredibly vivid descriptive essay! I could smell and taste it! Well done and thank you. That was a treat

  • November 9, 2017

    James Ritter

    Very nice article. We at the Maine State Library agree — if it’s not accessible, it’s lost! Please take a look at the Maine State Library’s Digital Maine Repository http://digitalmaine.com for all kinds of terrific (and growing) special collections, and see how the Maine State Library serves as a service-hub to grow Maine’s digital collections in the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) https://dp.la – James Ritter, Maine State Librarian

  • November 12, 2017

    Prudence Lezy

    The Bacon Tree in Winterport makes a mighty fine burger, IMO.

  • November 14, 2017

    Thomas Silverstein

    I don’t know this food looks pretty fussy to me. If I wanted non-fussy food I would make it at home not spend $20-30 per entree. Decor needs word, it looks like a country truck stop.

  • November 14, 2017

    Rick Stanley

    They should also include the Maine state cat, the Maine Coon Cat! More of a symbol of the State than Brandy! I know as I own one!

  • November 20, 2017

    Abelia Herry

    I love to enjoy my winter time at there.

  • November 21, 2017

    Hor Moz

    i just got started with woodworking using an awesome plans and made a cabinet that i always wanted to build , i used ted’s woodworkin and i highly recomment everyone to use it :

  • November 24, 2017

    Nessie Chandler

    I’m sorry if I missed it, but which town is pictured in this article? It’ beautiful!

  • November 28, 2017

    Rosemary Regan-Gavin

    I have a jigsaw puzzle of this lighthouse. This is a beautiful photo from a completely different perspective than the one I’ve puzzled over.

  • December 1, 2017


    Try a winter alone in remote oceanside DownEast, not a 20 minute ferry ride from Portland.

  • December 1, 2017

    Ron Hayse

    Loved the article…I am actually getting ready to move to Chebeague Island…can’t wait to get moved…MAINE…HERE I COME!!!

  • December 1, 2017

    Kathy Kelly

    Really enjoyed reading this. Thank you for sharing.

  • December 2, 2017

    Jason Brooks

    Lived there till I was 8 back in the 70s. Really miss it. Best place I have ever lived

  • December 12, 2017


    Can’t do mayo. Warm butter all the way. Lobster mashed potatoes is criminal, but I think lobster mac and cheese works. Go figure.

  • December 13, 2017

    Ryan Fitzgerald

    No mention of Snow & Nealley in this article? They’re back to making axes in Maine again. Council Tool down in N.C. is also making axes here.

  • December 18, 2017

    Robyn LeGrand

    I enjoyed this story and thought it would be worth a try to visit all 30 places in the next year. I found myself in Portland and “Angelos” was the closest. Having never been there, I gave it a try. The counter person stated they didn’t serve burgers. I showed her the article and she was surprised. She figured that the story was about a particular steak bomb type sandwich but that they didn’t even stock hamburger buns. Add to this, the ketchup and all condiments are kept behind the counter and you have to ask for anything. BNapkins and plastic ware are kept at the cash register. You can’t even find a salt packet in this place. The bathroom was locked and you needed a key. Clearly, this place did not deserve my visit last night. I wish I could post the photos of my “burger”. I’ll try sharing my photos on the Facebook page. No problems with the staff at Angelo’s, but the DownEast staff might need to revisit this place as the staff there claimed they did not sell burgers, only a sliced steak type sandwich similar to a steak bomb. On a scale of 5, I’d give them a 1. I would not return. I felt sorry for their staff, they were very friendly. If it’s one of Maine’s Best Burgers you are looking for, keep going.

    • January 1, 2018


      Hey Robin. Hmmm, maybe a location that doesn’t hew to the chain’s usual menu? (See it here, with a whole section for “steak burgers” on the bottom center of page 2: https://www.dangelos.com/static/assets/pdfs/DA_Take_Out_Menu_T-25_Corp.pdf). I’m not sure what else explains your experience. Our lead writer on this piece has eaten the burger at multiple D’Angelo locations, and our photographer showed up at the Portland location, ordered the burger described above, took it to a table, and photographed it (see the image above). Sorry the place you stopped gave you such a hard time.

  • December 18, 2017

    David Van Wie

    I hate to ask this, but that Reader’s Choice photo of the moon and lighthouse is a composite, right? If it is a single explosure, I’d like to know the settings to get all that detail in the moon’s surface features. I suspect that is a closeup shot of the moon superimposed onto the wider landscape shot of the lighthouse and moon. Thanks.

    • December 19, 2017

      Down East Magazine

      Hi David — Yes, that is a composite.

      • January 8, 2018


        It is a lovely and breathtaking composite, but should it be considered a photograph as such?

  • December 20, 2017

    Maureen Welch

    Was this article cut off somehow?? No ID of who the Macbeth/ Shakespeare expert is and it seems way short.

    • December 20, 2017

      Down East Magazine

      Ouch, sorry about that. The second paragraph was indeed cut off. I’ve added it in. Refresh your browser a few times to make sure you see the updated version. Thanks.— Jeff

  • December 20, 2017


    I always loved how this building was left relatively untouched. Evidently U-Haul has a fondness for mid-century architecture: https://www.curbed.com/2016/5/3/11581220/first-look-space-age-noguchi-ceiling-discovered-in-st-louis-u-haul

  • December 22, 2017


    I’ve known Bob for a number of years and used to ride a lot of mountain bikes with him on the trails and woods around Orono. Bob is just a wonderful person.

  • December 24, 2017

    Robert Donofrio

    Very nice texture and capture.

  • December 24, 2017

    Robert Donofrio

    Nice work. Great opportunity taken.

  • December 29, 2017

    Aislen Hartwell

    Beautiful article and pictures. Maine in winter is stunning.

  • December 31, 2017

    Jeanine Purington Wilson

    Are the bottles plastic? It looks like they are, which is disappointing, glass would make it even better for you.


  • January 2, 2018


    All so beautiful! I wish we could buy prints of them!!!! Can we?

  • January 2, 2018


    Gorgeous shot!

  • January 10, 2018

    Susan Scatena

    Why a glass or wooden bowl? I don’t have one, only a large aluminum one, would it still work?
    Cast iron Dutch oven? I’m not sure I have one, only a Rachel Ray large pot with a glass lid. Can I just put it on a cookie sheet to bake? thanks

    • January 11, 2018

      Down East Magazine

      Hi Susan — Got some info back from Annemarie: When making bread, she typically suggests a non-reactive bowl such as glass or wood, but it would most definitely work in a stainless steel bowl. And, unfortunately, a pot with a lid will not work. You can do it on a cookie sheet, but you need additional moisture in the oven for it to rise (which is what the Dutch Oven allows for). Alternatively, you can place a pan in the oven on a rack beneath the bread with 4 cups of water and let it get super hot. This will compensate for the lack of moisture. Good luck!

  • January 10, 2018


    Beautiful. I’d love this recipe! It doesn’t look fussy to me..of course i cook daily..am a foodie and experimenter. Like the addition of orange.
    Hope I can get the recipe, please and thanks you.

  • January 11, 2018

    Kate O'Donnell

    He prefers Duckin Donuts?

  • January 13, 2018

    Debbie Block

    Is it best to use bread flour for this or all purpose?

    • January 16, 2018

      Down East Magazine

      Hi Debbie — Here’s Annemarie’s reply: You can use either bread flour or AP flour to make bread. Bread flour has more protein in it and therefore, a more robust gluten structure. The final result will be sturdier with a tougher crumb.

  • January 15, 2018


    Love this show.

  • January 20, 2018

    James DeMeo

    This writer continues with the slander of Reich, now more than 80 years on. Hinchey was correct to make a film in opposition to such slanders. I am one of many PhD-level scientists who have tested out Reich’s claims experimentally, and got positive results supporting his conclusions. But the malicious “skeptics” do all they can to erase this body of supporting work. Wikipedia, for example, is dominated by “skeptic” liars who block and forbid inclusion of citations to published peer-reviewed materials in their pages on Reich and orgone energy, but every kind of slander is allowed in an included. Writer Smith is sadly misinformed, or deliberately continues with this erasure of the evidence. I highly recommend, see the film “Love, Work and Knowledge” when you can do so. The film’s website is http://www.loveworkknowledge.com And if you want to review the positive scientific evidence supporting Reich, read my book “In Defense of Wilhelm Reich: Opposing the 80-years War of Mainstream Defamatory Slander Against One of the 20th Century’s Most Brilliant Physicians and Natural Scientists”, which carries annotations from the scientific studies.
    Reich’s scientific findings are just as important and challenging today as they were in the 1950s. They didn’t burn his books for nothing.
    James DeMeo, PhD
    Ashland, Oregon

  • January 20, 2018


    You make obvious that ignorance is chief among what has not ‘gone’ from the world since this great and greatly understood man lived. Your depth of it is equal to what accounted for Reich’s early destruction. Knowledge, however, has not been dependent on your existence for its growth in the world.

    In spite of seemingly immortal, bumbling character assassinations, world understanding of his pioneering contributions to the good of humankind has grown and will continue to grow with this documentary that is as much a work of love as it is a work of great art.

  • January 20, 2018


    Read the comment before this one quickly. It will probably not last long. Ignorance despises knowledge. This is why Reich was so short-lived and unanswered.

  • January 21, 2018

    James DeMeo

    My first comment also deleted, too much fact in it about Reich, too supportive of his work, made citations to replications of his experiments by PhD-level scientists. How many others were deleted? Maybe they will allow to at least post the home webpage for Mr. Hinchey’s new film, so people can go see it when the schedule is announced.

    • January 23, 2018

      Down East Magazine

      Getting through the comments list this morning.

      • January 24, 2018

        James DeMeo

        OK thanks, much appreciated that you allow open commentary.

  • January 21, 2018


    Biased and ill-informed. The reviewer seems unacquainted with Reich’s work itself and relies on second-hand opinion and hearsay to denigrate a man and a body of work that he fails to understand or expresses any desire to.
    I recommend readers read Reich’s work themselves, see the film and make up their own minds.
    Here’s a YouTube video showing ‘bions’ emerging from sterilised steel filings.
    See for yourself.

  • January 21, 2018

    Μαρκος Κωτσιας

    This article betrays its intentions from the very first lines: Reich NEVER claimed ”orgasms prevent mental illness”. This false statement tries to incite ridicule and outrage by people believing Reich really considered a mentally ill person will be cured if he just ejaculates. This is sleazy, defamatory innuendo follows unjustly Reich’s work. Instead of ‘orgasms prevent mental illness’ Reich really claimed that a healty, gratifying, loving, fulfilling sexual life prevents neurosis.

    The statement “Getting patients to shamelessly experience gratifying orgasms became a central goal of his therapy” tries deliberately to stir moral indignation to folks actually believing Reich himself was inapropriate with his patients.

    Derision becomes very clear in the lines “So who are these admirers of a long dead, questionably reputable scientist? What about Reich stokes their fascination? And does the orgone energy still flow strong in pockets of rural Maine?”

    The article proceeds to mention the salacious slanders, gossip and innuendos in Turner’s book as the work of an expert on Reich. The title of the book calls the orgone accumulator ”Orgasmatron”. This alone is enough to reveal the author’s merit and intentions. No mention whatsoever in high quality proper scientific works of psychiatrists working in the field. No, orgasmatron it is.

    Orgone therapy patients are called ”converts”. Any pretense of taking Reich seriously has fallen by now, as the author seems sure this all is just a ridiculous cult. He falsely presents FDA infamous ‘get Reich’ investigation as serious and unbiased. He paints his supporters, serious scientists and new age mystics alike, as misguided fools.

    But what is really disgusting is at the very end: by repeating the phrase ”quiet, industrious laboratory in a far corner of America” he makes it sound as something silly, worthy of contempt. The reader is put on rails and can’t help but leave this article with a smirk of derision.

    How is this article NOT a slander?

  • January 22, 2018

    Μαρκος Κωτσιας

    Why is there a comment section here? Most comments longer than a few lines don’t even appear. Comments with counter-arguments and proof exposing this slander full of derision and innuendo for what it is, are nowhere to be found.

    • January 22, 2018

      Down East Magazine

      We’re reviewing comments as they come in. Some are pending review. Thank you.

    • January 23, 2018

      Down East Magazine

      Getting through the list this morning. Should all be up now.

  • January 26, 2018


    Wow… judging by the copious amount of vitriol spewed at the article’s author (and intent), I can see that rabid, unquestioning devotees of Reich’s work are still very present among us! For me, the article piqued my curiosity and will lead me to learn more about Reich’s work, of which I was only faintly aware via the cultural references noted by the author. Perhaps I missed it, but I did not feel as if I were reading some derisionally judgmental screed on Reich, or his work, or his family and followers. So for me, thank you for an interesting, well-written article!

    • January 26, 2018

      Μαρκος Κωτσιας

      It’s so nice to hear this article is an opportunity for you and others to learn about Reich’s work.

      One does learn about Reich’s work HERE


      One does NOT ”learn about Reich’s work” from Christopher Turner’s Adventures in the Orgasmatron.

      The article provides no mention whatsoever on proper things ”about Reich”. On the contrary, it suggests Turner’s collection and amplification of childish innuendo, gossip, ridicule and 70-year old slanders is an actual work ”about Reich”.

  • January 26, 2018


    Well, like Woodstock was the focus of peace and love, man! So too, is Orgone the focus de jour of pseudoscience. Perhaps more powerful in its ability to attract has-been hippies and conspiracy theorists. But, do you know how many trips to Burning Man could have been sponsored with $400k!!

    • January 26, 2018

      Kara Ohlund

      Name-calling and belittling? Grow up, PJ.

  • January 29, 2018

    Robert Donofrio

    Wonderful capture.

  • February 2, 2018


    May they live long and prosper…This is the way “Life should Be.”

  • February 2, 2018

    Diane Lankton

    Amazing photo! Challenges the notion that they are wild animals, something we should not forget.

  • February 2, 2018


    Wow, what amazing photographs! Thank you for re-publishing this story. So deeply inspiring. May we learn from these people!

  • Great pic! That flag is hung off the stern of the schooner. 😉

  • February 5, 2018

    Gen Burda

    This is gorgeous. Never miss a chance to travel to Nubble when we’re in Maine.

  • February 15, 2018


    Great stories. I enjoy, and relate to every one. I came to Maine in the 70s with a good job. Lost that. Then did what all Mainers do. Worked 3…4…5… different part time, seasonal, unpredictable jobs to survive. Finally, I decided to go on the road, earn my living all over the Country, but came back to Maine as much as possible. Sometimes that was 4 nights a week. Sometimes 2. I became the highest mileage flier on Delta, Continental and US Air… in a quest to call Maine home.

  • February 17, 2018

    M Y Small

    Why not show the rest of Maine?

  • February 20, 2018


    The end was when the family sold the brewery. A few of the beers live on, but it is not at what it was at its best. To me, Maine beer is about the people and culture behind the brands. You can’t just pull off the skin and put it on someone else and retain its charm. The new owners paint themselves as saviors. It feels like the opposite is true. Selling widgets and “right-sizing” is the new culture at Geary’s.

  • March 8, 2018

    Wm B Buchanan

    I love looking at and studying old B&W photos! I am a film shooter too; yup even in 2018! (Both B&W and color). What struck me about the three photographs you shared of your mother’s, each one is nearly equally canted with the right corner “down”. I love them though! Thanks for sharing!

  • March 21, 2018

    Jim Mohler

    Very dramatic picture. We’ve had some remarkable sunrises this month.

  • March 25, 2018


    Followed this recipe to the letter, both soaking and cooking. Tasted great, but the beans never cooked through and remained hard. Any advice?

  • April 20, 2018


    This is one fantastic article. It’s the nest at Damariscotta Lake and luckily running into Charlie Todd that got me started in the interest of bald eagles. It was back around 1984/85 and he had, if I remember correctly, a 400mm lens or maybe a spotting scope, and let me see the numbers on the bands. Pretty incredible. I still remember him stating that atmospheric conditions played a big part on using long lens.
    I used to spend hours watching that nest for whenthe eagles would bring fish back, likely from the alewife run that was close by? I still have a few photos of the young in that nest along with the adults, but unfortunately pretty grainy.
    The nest is gone but the memories are still there.
    Gary David

  • April 27, 2018

    Kenny Ames


  • May 3, 2018


    Nice job!

  • May 4, 2018


    Thank you so much for highlighting the visit with E Coatsworth. Not only was the essay comforting from a country lifestyle perspective, it was inspiring to hear from a woman who lived her life as she desired–with love, adventure and writing!

  • May 26, 2018


    When Joni Mitchell visited Damariscotta (“1976 Damariscotta Becomes Joni Mitchell’s Mecca”) she stayed at The Newcastle Inn in nearby Newcastle.

    How do I know that’s the place celebrated in Joni’s song “Strange Boy?” Well, I stayed for a month at the Newcastle Inn soon after Joni’s visit and was allowed to play the basement piano. (There was indeed an antique doll collection in the cellar.) The innkeeper commented that she’d had another young woman guest who wanted to play the piano… someone named Joni Mitchell from California. She gave the impression she wasn’t a Joni fan, and alas, after I broke her curfew and stuffy house rules, she was probably not a fan of me, either!

    After “Strange Boy” became well known, I wrote to Joni that “I know where this was.” I received no answer – no surprise – but have always cherished that at the Newcastle Inn, Joni’s life and mine briefly intersected and paralleled.

  • June 13, 2018

    Karen Morgan

    Great article, I travel the state and will be sure to check them out. Next time you update this article be sure to include the Washington General Store in Washington. co-owners Shawn and Amy Donaghy opened the store in 2015 in an old barn. Absolutely stunning and the food is great!