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]
  • 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

  • MDI skippers have hot hands in cold waters

    MDI skippers have hot hands in cold waters

    PORTLAND — The weather Saturday was glorious — sunny, warm and breezy — perfect conditions for high school sailboat racing along the Maine coast. Mount Desert Island High School sailing coach John Macauley took a team of 10 young sailors down to Portland Harbor Saturday morning for a day of team racing hosted by Cheverus

  • Dealer sentenced for illegal elver trafficking

    Dealer sentenced for illegal elver trafficking

    PORTLAND — After an investigation lasting more than five years, U.S. District Court Judge Jon D. Levy sentenced Woolwich elver dealer William Sheldon to serve six months in federal prison and three years of supervised release for illegally trafficking in the juvenile eels over a period of four years beginning in 2011. In addition, Sheldon

  • Ethanol blends cause “tremendous” damage to small engines

    Ethanol blends cause “tremendous” damage to small engines

    ELLSWORTH — The announcement last month that President Donald Trump is supporting year-round production of E15 gasoline — motor fuel containing 15 percent ethanol — got the boating community up in arms. It isn’t just boaters who have to worry. Homeowners, too, may find themselves making frequent, and expensive, trips to the repair shop if

  • DMR offers rule to help fishmongers

    DMR offers rule to help fishmongers

    AUGUSTA — Ever wonder whether those fancy lobster tails displayed on ice in fish markets around the state came from legal-sized lobsters? You are not alone. The folks who run the fish markets couldn’t tell whether those tails were legal, so they asked the Department of Marine Resources for help. Last week, DMR proposed a

  • Elver fishery on record pace

    Elver fishery on record pace

    ELLSWORTH — With more than five weeks to go in the season, Maine’s elver fishery is on a pace to set a new record for value. As of 6 p.m. Sunday, the Department of Marine Resources reported that dealers had already purchased just over 5,046 pounds of elvers and paid harvesters slightly more than $13