Tag Archives: Katahdin

Fendler’s tale, and its message, never grew old

Why did Donn Fendler spend the last 30 years of his life visiting Maine school children, reliving what may well have been the most embarrassing event of his life? “I did it because I owed Maine,” Fendler told me two years ago, as we sat outside his camp on Newport’s Sebasticook Lake. That’s one way […]

Picture from the Past: Flag-raising on Katahdin

Some 57 years ago, Americans were celebrating the nation’s birthday — and the recent addition of the 49th state, Alaska. Here in Maine, a group from Millinocket marked Alaska’s statehood in style, climbing to the top of Mount Katahdin and displaying the new 49-star flag at sunrise on July 4, 1959. Alaska had actually been […]

New smelting, fishing regulations in effect on West Branch

In the woods just outside of Millinocket, smelting on the West Branch of the Penobscot River is a seasonal tradition that draws throngs of fishermen to well-known hot spots. If you’re among those, pay attention: The rules have changed. And if you just like to wet a line in the West Branch, read on: Your […]