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]
  • Elver landings reflect still chilly waters

    Elver landings reflect still chilly waters

    ELLSWORTH — Spring is here and, at least in some sheltered spots, the daffodils are starting to bloom. But the water is still cold and Maine streams are just beginning to see their first big runs of the tiny moneymakers known as elvers. The fishing season opened on March 22 and, as of Sunday evening,

  • Sailing yacht Anna wins international award

    Sailing yacht Anna wins international award

    BELFAST — Sailors around the Northeast with a love of boats that look like they were designed in the early 20th century but sail with modern speed and efficiency have long been familiar with Stephens Waring Yacht Design. Bob Stephens and Paul Waring began their design careers at Brooklin Boat Yard and were responsible for

  • Graham Lake water level plan amended

    Graham Lake water level plan amended

    ELLSWORTH — In December 2015 Black Bear Hydro Partners LLC filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to renew its license to operate its hydroelectric station at the Union River dam in Ellsworth. Since then, the company argued it could not change the way it managed fluctuations in the level of the

  • Lawmakers tour Bigelow Laboratory

    Lawmakers tour Bigelow Laboratory

    BOOTHBAY HARBOR — A delegation of members from the Legislature’s Marine Resources Committee left the confines of the state Capitol last week and took a bus ride to the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. Situated in East Boothbay, the laboratory is one of Maine’s most important research facilities. Over the course of more than two

  • DMR schedules whale updates

    DMR schedules whale updates

    ELLSWORTH — The Department of Marine Resources schedules dozens, if not hundreds, of aquaculture scoping sessions, public hearings and informational meetings covering a variety of issues around the state each year but few of them are important as three community meetings DMR has scheduled for next month. Maine’s $485-million lobster industry is facing serious restrictions

  • Maine Boatbuilders Show draws crowd

    Maine Boatbuilders Show draws crowd gallery

    PORTLAND — A variety of exhibitors brought their wares to Portland for the 32nd annual Maine Boatbuilders Show last weekend. Dozens of sail and powerboats — traditional and modern — were on display as well as all sorts of maritime wares. Among Hancock County boatbuilders, Morris Yachts brought one of its Sparkman & Stephens-designed M29

  • Nordic Aquafarms sets public information meeting

    BELFAST — As it moves forward with its plan to build a land-based salmon farm on land it is buying from the Belfast Water District, Nordic Aquafarms Inc. has scheduled a public Information meeting for 6 p.m. next Tuesday, March 26, at the Hutchinson Center. The meeting will give the company an opportunity to present

  • Elver fishing season opens on Friday

    Elver fishing season opens on Friday

    ELLSWORTH — While cold water temperatures may be discouraging elvers from making their way from the relatively warm ocean up Maine’s chilly inlets and still-icy streams, Friday marks the beginning of the state’s 10-week elver fishing season. The incentive for harvesters to get their gear in the water at a prime spot is high. Last