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]
  • Lobster boat racing season starts Saturday

    Lobster boat racing season starts Saturday

    ELLSWORTH — The summer solstice arrives in the early morning on June 21, but celestial observations notwithstanding, summer truly arrives this Saturday when the 2018 Maine lobster boat racing season gets under way at Boothbay Harbor. Lobster fishermen have undoubtedly been racing their working boats since the first time two of them moored in the

  • Voters OK ranked choice voting

    Voters OK ranked choice voting

    ELLSWORTH — A three-and-a-half-year fight to bring ranked choice voting to Maine achieved a significant milestone Tuesday as Maine voters approved a statewide referendum to preserve the system. While results are still unofficial, with about 70 percent of precincts reporting as of early Wednesday morning, there were a total of 116,241 “yes” votes on the

  • Winter Harbor expects short annual meeting

    WINTER HARBOR — Voters who assemble in Hammond Hall Wednesday, June 20, for the annual Town Meeting will face a short warrant and no controversy, according to Town Clerk Cathy J. Carruthers. This year’s warrant includes 31 articles but “nothing of particular interest” beyond budget matters, Carruthers said. Voters will be asked to approve a

  • Penobscot celebrates completion of fishways

    Penobscot celebrates completion of fishways

    PENOBSCOT — While hundreds of alewives swam lazily about in shallow pools in Mill Stream, dozens of visitors gathered in the recreation area on the shore of Pierce’s Pond to eat smoked fish, drink lemonade and celebrate completion of two new fishways that will ease the migration of alewives to and from the Bagaduce River.

  • Backstabber hopes to make waves on tournament fishing circuit

    Backstabber hopes to make waves on tournament fishing circuit

    SURRY — Boatbuilder Steve Wessel seemed relaxed last week, at least by his usual high-energy standard, as he showed Backstabber, the latest creation from Wesmac Custom Boats, to a pair of enthralled sportsmen. He had a lot to be relaxed about. Like many prospective Wesmac customers, the two Massachusetts sport fishermen inspecting the super luxurious

  • Belfast salmon farm moves forward

    Belfast salmon farm moves forward

    BELFAST — The prospect of land-based salmon farming becoming a reality in eastern Maine has taken another step forward. Last week, Nordic Aquafarms, which plans to grow up to 33,000 tons of Atlantic salmon annually in a recirculating aquaculture facility it will build in Belfast, announced that it has its first U.S. employees. Last month,

  • Jonesport students get introduction to Atlantic salmon, then say goodbye

    Jonesport students get introduction to Atlantic salmon, then say goodbye

    COLUMBIA FALLS — A months-long experiment in environmental science came to fruition earlier this month. A group of Jonesport Elementary School kindergarten and pre-K students gathered at the Downeast Salmon Federation facility on the bank of the Pleasant River and released dozens of recently-hatched Atlantic salmon fry into the water. That introduction to the wild