From Our Archives: October 1966
A Look Back at Down East Forty-Seven Years Ago
Cover by Stell and Shevis
North by East
Manana’s Gregarious Hermit
Ray Phillips, the hermit of Manana Island, is about to settle down for a solitary winter, such as he has had a busy summer. He hobknobbed with his neighbors on nearby Monhegan Island and took part in spontaneous hootenannies that enlivened the voyage from Monhegan to Port Clyde. In traditional hermit style, but probably inspired by the difficulties of being his own barber, Mr. Phillips sports a flowing white beard beneath a wind-tossed mane of hair. He is the only inhabitant of the solitary crag known as Manana Island.
Vinalhaven’s Party Crashers
Last year Mr. and Mrs. Leo Twombley were enjoying a cookout when two seagulls swooped down upon their charcoal grill and made off with their two steaks. One bird hastily gulped down its portion, but the other found his too hot to handle and dropped it. Mr. Twombley retrieved the steak, washed it off, and finished cooking it on the grill. His wife declined to share it with him and ate a hot dog.
Letters to the editor
Down East is the only thing that keeps me going in this God-forsaken state of Florida. There is no place like the state of Maine, and I can’t wait to move back there some day! Jay R. Ciampi, Miami, Florida
At the polls on November 8, Maine citizens will have the opportunity to preserve one of America’s last wilderness areas and establish the nation’s first wilderness waterway. If Maine voters approve a $1,500,000 bond issue in a statewide referendum, the State Park and Recreation Commission will establish a waterway park of 300,000 acres in the Allagash Region. A river than can serve, not the demands of man’s material needs, but as a sanctuary of the human spirit, is a large river indeed. And not Maine’s but America’s river.
How to Catch a Greenhead Fly
This contraption that looks like an imitation space capsule is actually a device to catch greenhead flies — a species easily identified by the green eyes covering most of its head and by a bite like the sting of a red-hot needle. Greenhead flies breed in the soil of salt marshes and have been particularly annoying to bathers this summer at the beaches of Reid State Park.
Maine Maple Syrup
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Down East Homes
Four acres, 550 feet of saltwater frontage, new private pier, boat house. Modern kitchen and bath, dining room, large family room with fireplace, 3 bedrooms and 2-car garage. $42,000.