Tag Archives: Hancock County

Rediscover recycling and reuse | Bangor Daily News

Rediscover recycling and reuse | Bangor Daily News.

Downeast Scenic Railroad makes inaugural run | Bangor Daily News

 

ELLSWORTH, Maine — As conductor Gary Briggs yelled “all aboard” and passengers began to fill the cars, the train’s engine chugged to life, followed by a plume of gray smoke billowing from the locomotive stack.

The Downeast Scenic Railroad, a four-year labor of love for dozens of rail enthusiasts, made its inaugural run Saturday for volunteers and other guests who helped see the project through.

Tom Testa, president of the board of directors and the driving force behind bringing an excursion train to Hancock County, could not contain his enthusiasm. He talked passionately about the history of rails in eastern Maine and how trains brought that part of the state to the world. And he praised the collaboration of many public and private entities that made the Downeast Scenic Railroad go from dream to reality. More than 75 volunteers logged 37,000 hours clearing the abandoned tracks, repairing the rail bed and restoring old cars.

“No one person should take credit. We’ve all made this happen,” Testa said.

Click for the rest of this story by Eric Russell in the Bangor Daily News.

 Tickets can be purchased at Cadillac Mountain Sports on High Street in Ellsworth or by calling 1-866-449-7345. For information about the Downeast Scenic Railroad, visit www.downeastscenicrail.org.

Obama declares federal disaster area in Hancock, York counties | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Obama declares federal disaster area in Hancock, York counties | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Salmon released in Branch Lake for first time in a decade | Bangor Daily News

Salmon released in Branch Lake for first time in a decade – Bangor Daily News.

Strunk’s style pal was best known resident of Hancock County town

I found today’s DownEast.com triva question interesting on several levels. William Strunk and E.B. White’s “The Elements of Style” is an essential part of any writer’s toolbox. I have worn out more than a copy or two in my 23 years as a journalist.

And to learn that one of the authors lived – and now is buried – in a coastal Maine community is yet another indication of Maine’s impact on the world of American literature.

What Brooklin author is known for his tale about a spider who had a way with words?

Answer:

E.B. “Andy” White, author of “Charlotte’s Web.” He also wrote “The Trumpet of the Swan,” and “Stuart Little” and co-authored “The Elements of Style” with William Strunk.

Brooklin, by the way, is on a point west of Mount Desert Island and once was part of Sedgwick.

Forest service issues Maine fire warnings | Bangor Daily News

Forest service issues Maine fire warnings – Bangor Daily News

Record volume of lobster caught in Maine in ’09 | Bangor Daily News

Record volume of lobster caught in Maine in ’09 – Bangor Daily News.