Articles by: Stephen Rappaport

Stephen Rappaport

Stephen Rappaport

Waterfront Editor at The Ellsworth American
Stephen Rappaport has lived in Maine for nearly 30 years. A lifelong sailor, he spends as much time as possible messing about in boats. [email protected]
  • Trawl limit plan divides lobstermen at hearing

    Trawl limit plan divides lobstermen at hearing

    ELLSWORTH – A Department of Marine Resources proposal to change the way some lobstermen fish in a large swath of water around Mount Desert Rock drew vocal opposition at a meeting in Ellsworth May 22 despite a unanimous vote in the Zone B Lobster Management Council. At issue is a proposal to limit the number

  • Youthful skippers will present answers at The Grand

    ELLSWORTH — Students from the eight schools participating in the Eastern Maine Skippers Program will make their final project presentations on Thursday, May 24, at The Grand in Ellsworth. The program will begin at 5 p.m. This year, about 100 students will take part in the presentation, according to Christina Fifeld, Eastern Maine Skippers Program

  • Stonington lobsterman dies in Jericho Bay

    Stonington lobsterman dies in Jericho Bay

    STONINGTON — The Marine Patrol confirmed Saturday that a Stonington lobsterman died Friday afternoon while fishing near Marshall Island in Jericho Bay. According to Sgt. Troy Dow, the body of 59-year-old Wayne “Butch” Ciomei was found in the water late Friday afternoon tangled in pot warp. His boat, the 36-foot Chelsea Lynn, was found aground,

  • WoodenBoat School to offer course to help teach math

    WoodenBoat School to offer course to help teach math

    BROOKLIN — Every summer, the WoodenBoat School offers a catalog full of classes aimed at teaching the skills required to build boats. This summer, instructor Joe Youcha will present a boatbuilding course aimed at teachers — but not primarily at boatbuilding. Instead, the course is “a training program for hands-on math instructors,” Youcha said. Youcha

  • Court dismissal ends lobster dealer’s potboiler

    Court dismissal ends lobster dealer’s potboiler

    ELLSWORTH — A saga involving allegations of skullduggery by a Mount Desert Island lobster dealer on the waters of Blue Hill Bay reached its final chapter last week in Ellsworth. A Superior Court judge dismissed a single charge against Donald Crabtree of failing to keep required records or not reporting all of his lobster purchases.

  • Coast Guard, NOAA step up their whale protection effort

    Coast Guard, NOAA step up their whale protection effort

    ELLSWORTH — The onset of spring means that endangered North Atlantic right whales, humpback whales and other marine mammals will soon be working their way northward through the Gulf of Maine. Last week, the Coast Guard announced that units from its First District in New England would join a stronger effort by the National Oceanic

  • Legislators address the mess in Augusta

    Legislators address the mess in Augusta

    ELLSWORTH — The 128th Maine State Legislature, unable to overcome partisan bickering, adjourned last week leaving a raft of unfinished business behind in Augusta. The votes to adjourn came late on Wednesday after efforts in the House of Representatives to extend the session by five days, then three days and, finally, one single day, all