Archive for September, 2012

Doug Kane of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife raises a moose to record its weight Monday afternoon in Greenville during the first day of moose hunting season. The moose, brought in by Gary Clifford and Jared Pulsifer of Bristol, weighed in at 740 pounds. (NEWS Photo by Anthony Robert La Penna) Courtesy Bangor Daily News Archives

By Deidre Felming Of the News Staff

Courtesy Bangor Daily News Tuesday October 10, 2000

KOKADJO – Hunting fans numbering in the hundreds were all down in Greenville, from 9:30 a.m. after the dead moose started rolling into the tagging station and into the afternoon. Matt Tainter didn’t need them. The 15-year old from from Woolwich had 11 onlookers in Kokadjo standing by, impressed – and he had an 846-lb. bull moose.

“This makes up for all the work dragging it out of the woods,” said Jim Tainter, as he watched his son retell his tale to the small crowd at the Kokadjo Settlement. “I got drawn (in the moose lottery). Matt was my subpermittee. I didn’t even bring a gun. It’s more of a thrill watching him do it, taking a kid to hunt.”

On the first day of the Maine Moose hunt – and the 20th anniversary of its reinstatement after a 50-year halt – Matt Tainter bagged one of the largest bulls tagged in the south central zone. Dropping it some 20 miles north of Greenville, the moose hunt hot spot, he could have shown off his massive bull, its rack with a 51-inch spread, and the fact he’s just a junior hunter, but hubris is not in the spirit of the hunt.

There were 79 moose tagged in Greenville by 6:20 p.m. Monday, a total way down from last year’s first day, when 101 were tagged by the end of the day. Wildlife biologist Doug Kane said the drop in his region (where 185 permits were given out last year and this year) is part of a downward trend he expects will continue as old clear-cuts grow in and affect hunters’ visibility. He said the trend would make the six-day hunt more difficult.

“I don’t think we’ll break 100 this year,” Kane said at dusk. “The one thing is the change in vegetation. Hunters are at a disadvantage. It will only get worse.

This year, by the fourth day, (the numbers bagged) will balance out (to match last year’s totals). Over time, I expect to see the success decline, just by the way the habitat is changing.”

But on Monday the revelers at Moosehead Lake didn’t care about totals tagged, nor did the hunters. They were all there for the communal thrill.

“I met a woman here (who came to watch) who lives right near me at home. When I was in the 1980 hunt, we were in Millinocket. (Getting the south central zone) is a blessing,” said Diane Morency of Wells after her husband, Raymond, had his 900-pound moose tagged in Greenville. “A lot of people take the week and come up here to see this.”

Chet Hawkins was one such pilgrim. The 80-year old from East Machias drove four hours to see the start of the moose season with hundreds of others in Greenville, as he has for the past seven years. He said he would then drive to three or four other tagging stations – to Clayton Lake, to Ashland and beyond – to share in the mooaw hunt with different hunters.

Hawkins’ name has never been drawn in the lottery, but he has experience nonetheless.

“I’ve hunted moose in Newfoundland for 39 years. I’ve gotten one every year.” Hawkins said. Then added for the sake of disbelievers: “That’s 39 moose.”

C.J. Greene is another pilgrim. Perhaps best know as the singing waitress at Thompson’s Restaurant in Bingham, Greene has no big-game hunting experience. Yet she traveled to Greenville from Skowhegan with her husband, Jeff, for opening day of moose season of the past 13 years. They drove last year in the blizzard. Greene was there with her friend Sandra Kelleher of Benton, on Monday.

“This tagging station is one of the furthest away. But it’s the people, it’s the atmosphere,” Greene said. “I love the Greenville area. My dream is to retire here.”

However, the constant crowd the food vendors and taxidermists, not to mention the continual line of six to eight moose-toting trucks, were of no interest to Tainters.

Their hunt began at 6 a.m., their first moose sighting came at 9:30 a.m., and their work getting it from the skidder hole it fell into to their truck extended another 3 ½ hours as they wrestled with its stiff carcass, wondering whether they’d have to cut it up in the woods. Jim Tainter said the simple, quiet, muddy lot at Kokadjo suited them fine when their work was done. All Matt Tainter wanted was a big bull moose.

“He was the first one we saw. We drove by him and he was just standing there. He ran off and I shot him in the neck and the back,” Matt Tainter said. “He probably was 75 yards away. There wasn’t much around him. I wanted a big one. I would have waited for one.”

Jim Tainter, who does a bit of taxidermy work, said the huge rack would have to become a proper display.

Raymond Morency also was considering having his bull and its 54-inch rack mounted. Morency’s moose was just smaller than the heaviest of the day tagged at Greenville, a 975-pounder.

Overall, keepsakes and trophies were not among the first thoughts of most hunters.

“People who don’t hunt don’t understand, but the meat!” said Diane Morency, her hands to heaven, her eyes closed. “My father is a little Italian from Portland. He’ll make meatballs with it.”

At 9 a.m. at Greenville, Mark Reifschneider of Canaan was filled with as much enthusiasm – and his bull was nearly half the size.

“It’s not a monster, but it’s going to make damn good eating.” Reifschneider said of his 500-pound moose.

Yvonne Reifschneider followed this claim with a substantial list of the people who will have to share in her husband’s prize: the guide who helped them, the woman minding their dog, and her mother. But she said the person who inspired their entry in the moose hunt would not share in the feast, even though he was the most beneficial.

“My father (Henri Caron) died four years ago. He was watching for us,” she said. “He lived to hunt. Twice he brought us hone moose from Canada.”


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“Stand BACK…I’m a Black Belt in Karate.”
~Kim Saulnier

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Fall In Maine

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By Shelagh Talbot

School Days School Days, good old Golden Rule Days. That used to be a rhyme from a long-ago time when going to school was considered more of a privilege than a right. Certainly in Greenville, as in many towns in Maine, going to school has changed dramatically over the years. The thread that ties those early years is the same however, parents wanting their children to have the best education possible in order to equip them for their lives once school days were done.

The Moosehead Historical Society has an excellent exhibit of what it was like during those early days, and traces the history of Greenville schools with a combination of artifacts and fascinating photographs and ephemera from the past. It is worth noting that although the Eveleth-Crafts-Sheridan house will be closing for the season at the end of September, the Carriage House and the building housing the school and sports exhibits remains open all year.

The first school in Greenville, located on the East Road next to Autumn Brooke Farm was essentially a tarpaper shack – board-and-battened together with a large wood stove occupying the center of the spare-looking room. Not only was this building used for school, but also it was a public meetinghouse for those early settlers. The teacher ‘s desk was a wide board set upon saw horses. She had a large slate board for writing and students were relegated to

The first students of Greenville. From left to right in front; Mary Curtis, Eva Shaw, Florence Shaw, Hartwell Shaw, Noel Shaw and Stan Walden. In rear from left: Harold Walden and teacher Sibbyl Paine and Nora Hilton. Photo courtesy of the Moosehead Historical Society and Museum.

high-backed benches that also served as desk space for them to practice on their own smaller slates. An early photograph of the Greenville school shows seven students, three of whom are barefoot, and most related to each other. No book bags or fancy iPhones for these kids, just having a pair of shoes was the big luxury back then. But despite the lack of supplies, these youngsters learned the basics – reading, writing and arithmetic – which gave them important tools to be part of the growing community of Greenville. Later the school was moved to the village at the south end of Moosehead Lake and the original building was hauled away by a team of oxen and joined to another house on Pleasant Street.

Less than half a century later, Greenville had a much larger school, located on what is now known as Pritham Avenue. Many families had moved to the area to take advantage of all the work opportunities available and the size of this large and elegant building was a testament to the progress in the area. In an 1883 math textbook it was noted, “Arithmetic was taught essentially so the student would gain skills needed in the common business of everyday life.” In those days teachers required much respect and children not paying attention could expect to be placed in a corner with a Dunce cap, or even whacked with a wooden ruler or switch. How times have changed since then! But some things remain the same. Students would stealthily write notes to each other. One note that caught this writer’s eye was as follows: “November 30,1886 – I never shall forget the fun you and me had down at that house” said the note. Hmmmm…. makes you wonder what that adventure was?

Then there was a poignant note carefully scribed in the back of another math book. It said: “Dear Katie, Twelve pleasant weeks we spent together. Soon we must part, perhaps forever. But if parted we must be, my last request is to think of me. From an Admirer.” One wonders what the backstory for that little inscription could be.

In those early days, in spite of the scribbled notes passed back and forth, school children took good care of their books and they were assigned to students year after year. McGuffy Readers were popular during that time and in the preface of the book students were admonished to keep their books neat and clean. “Your parents are very kind to send you to school. If you are good and if you try to learn, your teacher will love you and you will please your parents.” It all sounds rather quaint today, but the basic message was that school was a privilege. Most Greenville kids took that to heart. There was no such thing as school lunches. If you were close enough to school, you went home for lunch; otherwise you brought it along in a paper sack. Books were slim and small in those days and could be easily strapped together for carrying. If you were lucky you would have a pencil case to carry all your needed supplies, pencils, rulers, erasers and such. There was a place in your desk for a glass inkwell and you would learn how to carefully write your letters with a metal-nibbed pen. Good penmanship was expected and students would practice over and over to make their cursive writing something to be proud of.

First high school in Greenville – early 1900s. Photo courtesy of the Moosehead Historical Society and Museum.

As the schools grew, there were sports offered as well the usual studies. Greenville had its own football team in addition to baseball and basketball. In 1934 Louis Oakes presented the Town of Greenville a magnificent brick building to replace the older schoolhouse. It is interesting that once again, that building houses K-12 Greenville students as it did almost 80 years ago.

The old schoolroom recreated at the campus of the Eveleth-Crafts-Sheridan house is well worth seeing. And you still have time between now and the end of the month to take a tour of the main house. Tours are offered Wed. through Fri. from 1 to 4 p.m. and the Carriage House is open all year from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tues. through Fri. Visit them on line at mooseheadhistory.org or email mooseheadhistory@myfairpoint.net. You may also call 207-695-2909 for more information.

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“Guess who got the de-caf?” ~ Carol Sanders-Sheehan

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This breast is so tender, any leftovers can be stuffed in between a crusty bun topped with mayo, mustard and a leaf of lettuce. You might want to consider doubling or even tripling the recipe to serve on buns…this chicken breast is that good! Plan ahead the chicken needs to soak in the buttermilk for 8-24 hours (24 hours is even better). Try to purchase large thick chicken breasts for this to make the slicing in half easier, use a sharp knife for slicing. If you cannot find Old Bay seasoning, use 1 tablespoon of seasoning salt in place of regular salt. You can also make this recipe using skin on chicken pieces, adjust the frying time though.

3 servings 1 day 1 day prep
2 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, sliced in half
1 quart buttermilk
4 teaspoons kosher salt (kosher salt is best but regular salt will do fine!)
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning (can use homemade Old Bay seasoning mixture for this)
1/2 teaspoon marjoram
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon celery powder
oil (for frying, do not use olive oil)

Soak the chicken breasts in the buttermilk and salt for 8-24 hours.
When ready to make the breasts, mix all coating ingredients together, and coat each chicken breast.
Place oil in a 10-inch heavy-bottomed skillet up to about 1/3 of the pan.
Heat to about 350°, then reduce heat a bit just before frying the breasts.
Cook/fry about 8 minutes per side.
*NOTE* reduce the heat if you find that the chicken is browning too much, careful not to over brown.


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“Through the years I have been known by many names. Diablo Gato, The Furry Lover, Chupa Cabra, Frisky Two Times and then The Gingerhead man. But to most I am Puss in Boots, outlaw!”-Quote from Puss in Boots Congrats to Respah Mitchell

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“The Spanish have “The Running of the Bulls”, but we Mainers have “The Running of the Moose.”
~Anna Bears

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This is one of the earliest photographs of an airplane at Moosehead Lake in the Moosehead Historical Museum files. It is believed to have been taken in 1915 and shows an early Curtiss floatplane in East Cove.
~Photo courtesy Moosehead Historical Society

By Shelagh Talbot

GREENVILLE— Seaplanes have been around for a long time. And, for more than 80 years, people have flown and landed on Moosehead Lake via the intrepid flying services of the time, one being Curtis-Wright Flying Service in 1931. Now with the annual International Seaplane Fly-In slated for Sept. 6 – 9, 2012, it’s a good time to remember the rich and colorful flying history of the Moosehead Region. The perfect place to start would be the Moosehead Lake Aviation Museum, which is housed in the Center for Moosehead History on Lakeview St. in Greenville.

In 2011 The Moosehead Historical Society and Museum received significant donations from Telford and Karen Allen III and Henry and Ellen Hinman in honor of Telford Allen Jr.,” said to Executive Director Candy Russell. “It is those funds which have enabled the Society to establish the Moosehead Lake Aviation Museum.  We have collected numerous artifacts, photographs and paper ephemera relating to the early aviation in this region.  We have found the local community to be very generous in both donating and loaning us articles for our aviation exhibits.  Because of the support we received the displays represent the very important contributions that float planes, bush pilots, the Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, the Maine Forest Service and the Greenville Municipal Airport have played in the region’s history.

The ejection seat probably belonging to B52 Stratofortress pilot Lt. Col. Dante E. Bulli. The seat was recovered this past May and is on display at the Moosehead Lake Aviation Museum. ~Shelagh Talbot photo

One of the stars of the display is an ejection seat, which most likely belonged to Lt. Col. Dante E. Bulli who survived the horrific crash of a B52 Stratofortress-C in January of 1963. Sgt. Bruce Reed of the Maine Forest Service discovered the seat last fall when he was out hunting. It was retrieved this past May and brought down the mountain by Moosehead Riders Snowmobile Club member Dave Demers, Forest Ranger Doug Huettner and Ranger Pilot Chris Blackie. The battered seat is testament to the miraculous survival of Lt. Col. Bulli, who was piloting the doomed Stratofortress when the plane lost its vertical stabilizer and plunged into Elephant Mountain.

Many photographs are on display, chronicling the flying history of the region and the pilots that made their mark. It’s astounding to see some of the very old planes, some of which look like they could not make it off the ground let alone off the waters of a large lake like Moosehead.

In 2012 the Aviation Museum was expanded to include an additional exhibit room.  This room celebrates the contribution to aviation history made by Charles Lindbergh. Lindbergh was definitely a pioneer in aviation and he was the first to accomplish a solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean on May 20-21,1927. A large, souvenir tapestry almost fills one wall, with a portrait of the young pilot framed by the French and American flags. There is also a striking, pencil portrait of Lindbergh. Items from the museum’s collection supplement this fascinating Lindbergh exhibit, which was generously loaned to the museum by Michael McKendry.

The museum includes exhibits representing the history of the early floatplanes, both personal and commercial, the importance of bush pilots, the development of Greenville’s Municipal Airport, and the involvement of pilots from the Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife and the Maine Forestry.

The exhibit continues to grow. Recently wide wooden floatplane skis were donated and are displayed near the previously mentioned ejection seat.

As the exhibit grows additional items are always more than welcome. “We continue to be in need of photographs, pictures, film footage (such as home movies), paper ephemera, stories, interviews, or artifacts,” Russell said. “While outright donation of materials would be most appreciated, it will be possible to scan photographs and other ephemera, or accept items on loan.”

There is much to see in the Moosehead Lake Aviation Museum along with other unique exhibits in the Center for Moosehead History (formerly known as the Community House). Call 695-2909 for further information or visit online at moosheadhistory.org.

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