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]
  • Journalist traces Maine attitudes to early settlement history

    Journalist traces Maine attitudes to early settlement history

    BLUE HILL — In an era when political leaders describe the press as the enemy of the American people and decry all criticism as fake news, perhaps 100 people sacrificed a beautiful Sunday afternoon to hear journalist and author Colin Woodard talk about Maine’s history and explain why Mainers are so independent. Woodard reports on

  • Boatbuilder wins award for something old, something new

    Boatbuilder wins award for something old, something new

    LAMOINE — The Newport International Boat Show has long been considered one of the most prestigious of the annual yachting expositions held up and down the Atlantic Coast as the New England boating season nears its end. The annual event draws exhibitors, and visitors, from all over the United States and around the world. Last

  • Schooners call it a season at annual Sail-in

    Schooners call it a season at annual Sail-in

    BROOKLIN — With September well under way, captains in Maine’s schooner fleet must start thinking about the long winter ahead with no passengers to entertain and some time to enjoy the woodstove. Before they can turn their attention to the endless list of chores that comes with maintaining big, old wooden sailboats, the skippers have

  • MMA hires sailing coach

    MMA hires sailing coach

    CASTINE — After a long search, Maritime Academy Marine has hired a sailing coach. MMA Operations Manager Dana Willis recently announced that Taylor Martin has been named as the school’s new sailing coach and sail program coordinator. He succeeds Caroline Councell, who coached the team for two years, from November 2015 to November 2017. Martin

  • Downeast biotoxin closure extended

    LAMOINE — Last week, the Department of Marine Resources closed a stretch of the Downeast coast to the harvesting of clams, mussels, oysters and carnivorous snails. The closure was a precaution because of concerns about the presence of high levels of the marine organisms that produce domoic acid, the biotoxin that can cause ASP, amnesic

  • It’s too darn hot in the North Atlantic

    It’s too darn hot in the North Atlantic

    ELLSWORTH — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a report last week confirming that unusually high ocean surface temperatures aren’t confined to the Gulf of Maine. According to NOAA, for several weeks, sea surface temperatures in the western North Atlantic Ocean have been running significantly above normal. Data from the agency’s polar-orbiting satellites show

  • Orland residents want traffic slowed on Castine Road

    Orland residents want traffic slowed on Castine Road

    ORLAND — A handful of this riverside town’s roughly 2,200 residents gathered at the Orland Community Center Aug. 29 to ask state Sen. Kim Rosen (R-Hancock County) for help with slowing speeding traffic on the road to Castine. On the eastern bank of the Orland River, the center of Orland lies just to the south

  • Islesford fisherman bags two giant bluefin tuna

    Islesford fisherman bags two giant bluefin tuna

    ISLESFORD — Bluefin tuna are one of the premier gamefish found in the Gulf of Maine and, throughout the summer and fall, a fleet of charter boats carries sportfishermen to the deep waters far offshore to hunt the giant fish. Bluefin tuna aren’t an easy prey. Experienced anglers can spend night after night on the