Trevor Kemp hauls himself up the Precipice Trail in Acadia National Park last week to complete his goal of visiting all 59 of America’s national parks in 59 weeks. In recognition of the National Park Service’s centennial, Kemp, 32, applied stage makeup and dressed as John Muir, “the father of the national parks.” Some hikers he encountered thought he really was a barefoot old man and reported him to rangers as a danger to himself. Once down from the mountain, Kemp explained himself to the rangers.
DARIUS NABORS PHOTO
Kindergartner Leah Murphy of Gouldsboro alights from the school bus, followed by her big sister Lexie Kearns, on the first day of classes at the pre-K-eighth grade Peninsula School in Prospect Harbor. Prinicipal Sally Leighton, award-winning math teacher Marielle Edgecomb and custodian Bonnie Naumann were among the staff greeting the new and returning students numbering about 200. The principal said it was touching to see the first-graders reunited and hugging each other after their summer vacation.
PHOTO BY LETITIA BALDWIN
A new student looks relieved after surviving the 40-foot leap from the deck of the school’s training ship State of Maine into Castine Harbor. Since 1961, students entering Maine Maritime Academy have begun their academic careers by gathering en masse at the school waterfront for the daunting annual leap.
MAINE MARITIME ACADEMY PHOTO
Passengers and crew sway up the anchor as the Maine windjammer Isaac H. Evans prepares to get under way for a cruise down Blue Hill Bay last week. Launched as a Delaware Bay oyster dredger in 1886 and now a National Historic Landmark, the schooner anchored off McHeard Cove in East Blue Hill last Tuesday evening during a week-long cruise from her home base in Rockland. Captain Brenda Thomas said it was the first time the schooner, which joined the windjammer fleet in 1973 after a complete rebuild at the Percy and Small Shipyard on the Kennebec River (now part of the Bath Maritime Museum,) had visited the upper reaches of Blue Hill Bay in some 25 years.
PHOTO BY STEPHEN RAPPAPORT
Members of the Bucksport boys’ soccer team conduct a pregame huddle ahead of the team’s home scrimmage against Lee Academy on Aug. 25. The Golden Bucks, who finished 2-12-1 last season, begin their regular season at Searsport on Saturday, Sept. 3.
PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL
This undated postcard shows the view looking up the Union River in downtown Ellsworth. Water Street is out of view to the right, while the bridge across the river is obscured by buildings at center. Note the solitary bovine grazing in the foreground. Three buildings in the back of the photo can be identified: the steeple at far left is the old Methodist church on Bridge Hill, while the steeple to the right of that is the former Catholic church on Chapel Lane. A flagpole rises from the large building just to the right of the latter steeple, which was then the Odd Fellows hall and is today home to Rooster Brother.
STEVE FULLER COLLECTION
Habib Dagher of the University of Maine presented his floating wind turbines proposal at the Good Life Center in Brooksville.
PHOTO BY DAVID ROZA
A developer for Dollar General store has a purchase and sale agreement to buy the former Kane house on Route 1 in Sullivan to build a 9,100-square-foot variety store on the nearly-three-acre property.
PHOTO BY JACQUELINE WEAVER
U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin (center) listens as worm diggers Dan Harrington, Norman Hodgkins and John Renwick (left-right) explain their concerns about recent enforcement of restrictions on harvesting marine resources from the mudflats off the shore of Acadia National Park.
PHOTO BY STEPHEN RAPPAPORT
Photos from the Sept. 1 issue of The American.