Mackerel #Maine evening sky #nofilter
I’ve seen a lot of them and Stonington to me is the most ridiculously photogenic seaside village in Maine. The granite ledges, the houses and grassy yards stacked up the hillside, the harbor, lobster boats, islands and, not least, the fishing gear piled around town make for an array of scenery you just don’t get anywhere else.
Every harbor town has a different combination of fishermen, tourists and summer rusticators, and the mix in Stonington is just about right, in my estimation. The lobster fishing fleet here made Stonington the 22nd most valuable fishing port in the country in 2012, when $46 million of lobster were offloaded at its docks. And yet the town is named after its granite rock quarrying industry, not its lobster haul. Throw in the absurd scenery, and you get a visual aesthetic as strong as the work ethic those industries bring.
Jonesport/Beals and Corea come close, but Stonington’s combination of fishing aesthetic and natural beauty is second to none in Maine.
Packed house for Washington County Chief Deputy Shawn Donahue’ funeral. Feels like every LEO in #Maine is here in Calais.
Joining similar protests worldwide, a group in Ellsworth, Maine gathered Thursday outside a local McDonald’s to make a case for raising the minimum wage to $15/hour. A bid to raise the wage recently died in the U.S. Senate but, with Pres. Obama issuing an executive order on raising the minimum wage for federal contract workers, the argument is not going away.
Photos from a house fire earlier this evening in Eastbrook, Maine.
- Firefighters on a roof of a house on Macomber Mill Road.
- A LifeFlight helicopter landing in a field next door.
- Firefighters trying to revive a small dog found in the home.
- A woman clutching the dead dog while talking to firefighters.
An unusual building in Ellsworth is being put up for sale at a foreclosure auction later this month. The former Moto Car antique car dealership on Route 1A (Bangor Road) has two large show rooms, drive-in basements, and an apartment with a phone booth, a fireman’s pole and other odds-and-ends salvaged from other buildings. The auction will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 20.
Today, Richard A. Alley, 87, a resident of Little Cranberry Island on the coast of Maine, was presented with four World War II service medals he waited decades to receive - a Bronze Star, an Asiatic-Pacific Campaign medal, a Combat Infantryman Badge, and a Presidential Unit Citiation ribbon. Alley served two tours in the Far East during the Second World War, but was never able to get the records of his military service sorted out until now.
"It’s a dream," Alley said after the May 2 ceremony. "I’ve been waiting 69 years."
My story about Alley’s belated military honors will be posted tomorrow at bangordailynews.com.