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North by East
One of the key players in the drama of this new McDonald’s innovation, the McLean Deluxe, is a Rockland firm with the not-exactly-mouth-watering name of Marine Colloids. Created after years of research, this new $1.99 burger is only 9 percent fat thanks to the use of carrageenan, a seaweed extract developed in midcoast Maine.
It is not yet being billed as the Greatest Camp on Earth, but the folks at Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus are excited about opening their first summer camp ever this June on East Pond, in Smithfield.
In the Far East, we are told, gallbladders from bears — used as an aphrodisiac and general elixir — are pretty much worth their weight in gold. In the past five years, illegal trading in bear gallbladders has made inroads into the Maine woods. Six people have been arrested for illegally buying and selling them.
Great Maine North Woods?
Thoreau canoed its waters, Frederick Church painted its glories, and countless others have sung the praises of Maine’s vast, green North Woods over the years. Most recently, however, cries of alarm have replaced hymns of glory. We take a look at the growing concern among the general public over the future of the Maine forest.
Wilderness No More
by Robert W. Patterson
A previously unpublished manuscript from the Bar Harbor landscape architect who helped found the National Resources Council of Maine, establish the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, and design Acadia National Park. He reflects on the glorious past and clouded future of the Maine North Woods.
Saving the Resource
by Phyllis Austin
Roger Milliken is part of a new breed of environmentalists focused on securing a protected recreational environment within the confines of the renewable ‘working forest’ that the wood-products industry considers essential for Maine’s economic well being.
Queen of Culch by Deborah Dalfonso
Newcomers to Polly Peters’ Used Items may at first find her shop baffling. Like most things banished to the attic, Peters’ used items have suffered a tiny fall from grace. They are things of beauty just saved from perfection: a scratched armoire, a table with a wiggle, a statue with a boxer’s nose. All wonderful in spite of — the sort of things that old-time Mainers call “culch.”
Down East Homes
Elegant 18-room Victorian beauty overlooking the Piscataquis River. Minutes from Moosehead Lake. Guilford. $169,900.
Camden Schooner Ties
Handsome, fully lined, with schooner and “Camden” embroidered in gold. $19.25