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Famous flyers, left to right: Lou Hilton, Dick Folsom - in the chair with blanket - Judge Grinnell, and kneeling, Bob Bryan. Photos courtesy of the Moosehead Historical Society

Famous flyers, left to right: Lou Hilton, Dick Folsom – in the chair with blanket – Judge Grinnell, and kneeling, Bob Bryan. Photos courtesy of the Moosehead Historical Society

By Shelagh Talbot

GREENVILLE— With the 40th anniversary of the International Seaplane Fly-In, taking place Sept. 5 – 8, 2013, the Center for Moosehead History, home to the Moosehead Lake Aviation Museum, has created a special exhibit of some equally special memorabilia for the forthcoming event.

One exhibit room is dedicated to the renowned amphibious DC-3, which was conceived, and constructed in Greenville, flown off Moosehead Lake. In

The famous DC-3 takes off at Fly-In some years ago with Lou Hilton and Max Folsom at the controls. Photo courtesy of the Moosehead Historical Society

The famous DC-3 takes off at Fly-In some years ago with Lou Hilton and Max Folsom at the controls. Photo courtesy of the Moosehead Historical Society

1985 Folsom’s Air Service located a set of floats for the DC-3. “It was my idea originally to buy it,” Max Folsom said. He, his father, Louis O. Hilton and Herman Bayerdorffer formed a company, HBF, Inc. to recreate a WWII amphibious DC-3. It was quite the project taking over six years, and countless hours to put the heavy DC-3 on pontoons. “Just to build the fuselage up so it could take the floats was a two-year job,” observed Max. There are photographs of the amazing plane in action – a video is at the ready to watch her fly. Chances are either Louis Hilton or one of the Folsoms were at the helm. The floats have since been removed but this plane can still be viewed at the Greenville Municipal Airport.

The Aviation Museum, which opened two years ago, is “dedicated to the dauntless pilots who contributed to the region’s memorable aviation activities, events and history.” It’s fascinating to see the history of aviation come alive before your eyes. Some of the old planes are from the earliest days of flying. There are so many things to see – from amazing photographs to the beautifully displayed articles written by, or about, the pilots of the Moosehead Region.

The Aviation Museum celebrates the pioneers of aviation and offers a fascinating insight into what it was like to be a bush pilot during those long-ago days. I especially enjoyed reading about the many bush pilots that daringly landed in smaller ponds or under some hazardous conditions – like on the ice! It was nice to see women included amongst the “derring-do” men of that day. Old leather aviation jackets complement a beautifully handmade diorama of a floatplane camp, created by artist Paul Tartachny. There is much to see in these two rooms alone, but like the commercial says – wait, there’s more! In the Fireplace Room, in addition to more information about bush pilots, sits a battered ejection seat which came from the B52 Stratofortress which crashed on Elephant Mountain over 50 years ago. The Moosehead Snowmobile Riders Club, which holds an honor ceremony every January on the date of the crash, has been generous to the museum in sharing a number of these artifacts.

Information about the Fly-In can be found as well and you can view some vintage photographs and other artifacts pertaining to earlier shows. It’s a nice way to round out your visit to the Fly-In Event.

If you’re interested in adventure on the ground, the main room of the Center for Moosehead History is featuring old-time hunting. On the wall hangs what is purportedly to be the last legal elk shot in Maine… but that’s part of a mystery, because in a glass case not far from the elk is a pair of winter boots made from the knee hide of an elk, also purportedly to have been the last one shot. Then there’s the story of the first Maine Guide, a remarkable woman (Cornelia Thurza Crosby), nicknamed Fly Rod Crosby for her uncanny ability to catch fish, all the while wearing the heavy skirts and accouterments of a woman during the 1800s. In addition to having been a legendary angler, she was considered a crack shot and also bagged the last legitimately shot elk in Maine. So who knows? These mysteries and more are waiting to be uncovered. You can also view a typical woods camp during the latter part of the 1800s through the early 1900s. Things were a lot simpler then – no GPS, I-Phones and computers. A brown ash basket was used to tote your gear and food necessities. This display is thoughtfully put together; it looks like the owner of the campsite stepped away for a few minutes. Everything is there to settle in for the hunting or fishing trip to come.

Discover as well a beautiful display of Native American artifacts, stone tools and arrows gracefully created out of Kineo rhyolite and other material. Down the center aisle a display case is filled with the tools of the trade of Doctors who lived in Greenville and served the folks in the outlying Moosehead region. Some of them were pilots too, including Dr. Fichtner.

There’s a lot to see at the Center for Moosehead History as well as its sister building on the main campus, the Eveleth-Crafts-Sheridan house located on Pritham Ave. With the theme being “Through the Years”, the house is open for tours Wednesday through Friday until early October from 1 to 4 p.m. The Carriage House, which also houses the Lumberman’s Museum, is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday all year. The Center for Moosehead History, located at 6 Lakeview, is open Thursday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and as stated earlier, houses the Aviation Museum. Visit these museums on line at mooseheadhistory.org or email mooseheadhistory@myfairpoint.net. You may also call them at 207-695-2909.

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Fruit Pizza


1 or 2 Pkg. Crescent Rolls

8 oz. Cream Cheese Softened

1-10 oz. Cool Whip thawed

2 1/2 to 3 C. Powdered Sugar

1 C. Orange Juice

1/2 C. Sugar

2 Tbs. Cornstarch

Any Fresh Fruit Such as Strawberries, Blueberries, Bananas, Kiwi or any of your favorites…

How to make it

Roll out Crescent Rolls on pizza pan and bake for 20 minutes. Mix and cook the orange juice, sugar, and cornstarch until it boils then cook 2 minutes longer.

Will be thick and shiny.

Cream together the cream cheese, cool whip and the powdered sugar.

Spread over cooled cookie dough.

Place fruit in a circle on this mixture or as desired.

Pour hot mixture over fruit while still hot.

Cool in refrigerator for about an hour


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Greenville Municipal Airport ~Town of Greenville photo

Greenville Municipal Airport
~Town of Greenville photo

By Mike Lange, Piscataquis Observer

GREENVILLE, Maine — A Hampden physician who has been flying for more than 17 years is in the process of buying the fixed-base operation at Greenville Municipal Airport from Max Folsom.

Dr. Peter Thompson said that while nothing is finalized yet, work is progressing on the transfer of ownership. “I’ve known Max for a long, long time. I’ve been going to the (International Seaplane) Fly-In for at least 20 years, and this is an opportunity that comes once in a lifetime,” Thompson said.

Under the proposed arrangement, Thompson will buy the 60- by 80-foot hangar at the airport, a house on the property, 10 tie-downs and the low-lead gasoline pumps.

Folsom would lease hangar space for maintenance work, continue to give flight instructions and assist Thompson in overseeing the FBO. “This keeps Max involved doing the things he enjoys,” Thompson said. “He’s an icon in the community.”

The agreement would also let Thompson use the leased property in downtown Greenville as a seaplane base.

Folsom said that the decision to sell the FBO was based on a couple of factors. “My health is somewhat of an issue,” Folsom said. “And at first, I thought my family might be interested in taking it over, but they have other interests outside of aviation. Pete can now do things I can’t.”

Folsom’s family has been a part of the Greenville aviation scene since the 1940s, and his current company was founded by his father and the late Louis Hilton in 1963.

“This is a win-win situation for me, Pete and the town,” Folsom said. “Separating the lease into two components means that one of us can usually be around if something comes up. It will also benefit the town.”

Thompson said that one of the biggest selling points was the International Seaplane Fly-In whichtraditionally runs on the weekend after Labor Day. “It’s just an awesome event. You meet pilots from all over the country and overseas, and some have never flown a floatplane,” Thompson said.

Folsom agrees. “The Fly-In was designed to bring people into town for one more weekend, and it’s worked really well. All we need is good weather,” Folsom said.

Thompson said that another factor in his decision to buy the FBO was to build a retirement business for himself. “I’m 53, and I’ve been practicing medicine for quite a while. So this is something I can look forward to. Plus, my family (wife and two daughters) are very supportive,” Thompson said.

Greenville Municipal Airport, located about two miles west of the town, covers an area of 241 acres and has two asphalt paved runways: 3,999 by 75 feet and 3,000 by 75 feet.

Maine’s Congressional delegation recently announced that the airport will receive a U.S. Department of Transportation grant of $94,500 to update the existing master plan to identify future needs at the facility.



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Pasta Fagioli Slow Cooker Version - Just Like Olive Garden

2 lbs ground beef
1 onion, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
4 stalks celery, chopped
2 (28 ounce) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
1 (16 ounce) can red kidney beans, drained
1 (16 ounce) can white kidney beans, drained
3 (10 ounce) cans beef stock
3 teaspoons oregano
2 teaspoons pepper
5 teaspoons parsley
1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce (optional)
1 (20 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
8 ounces pasta

1. Brown beef in a skillet.
2. Drain fat from beef and add to crock pot with everything except pasta.
3. Cook on low 7-8 hours or high 4-5 hours.
4. During last 30 min on high or 1 hour on low, add pasta.

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shelagh talbot | BDN Poor Pauline - tied to the tracks (from Teddy at the Throttle, an old silent film).

shelagh talbot | BDN
Poor Pauline – tied to the tracks (from Teddy at the Throttle, an old silent film).

by Shelagh Talbot Courtesy Bangor Daily News

GREENVILLE JCT — Imagine an attractive, articulate, and eternally young woman; a woman so fearless that she served as a stunt double in filming the most perilous scenes of many silent screen stars, including Gloria Swanson and Pearl White. Imagine a woman who earned fame and fortune in films, and then retired to a quiet unassuming life in the Moosehead Lake region. Further imagine that, even though living far from Hollywood, she maintained contacts and has been a close confidant of famous stage, screen, and rock stars, past and present, and now is privy to many of their most closely held secrets. No need to imagine; that woman is the very real and very private Pauline X, who elects to withhold her last name in order to preserve her privacy.

Now comes the unimaginable: On Saturday, August 17th at the Junction Depot’s “Gala Open House,” Pauline X will make her first public appearance, fearlessly lifting the curtain of secrecy to reveal some of the darkest secrets of even the most respected stars. Those who know her well say Pauline has promised to hold nothing back during her Depot appearance. Her only concern is that the ruthless Hollywood private detective, Dan Diablo, has for years been warning her to keep quiet. You won’t want to miss her explosive disclosures.

Pauline’s appearance will be just one part of the fun to be had at the Depot gala, with doors open from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM. In Pauline’s honor there will be a free continuous showing of a condensed silent-screen railroad thriller, “Teddy at the Throttle.” The Dexter Community Band will present a rousing concert at noon, as Grill Master General and others offer up delicious lunch and desert favorites. There will be a velocipede “ride on the rails” for the young (and the not so young), guided tours of the Depot and an opportunity to meet and share reminiscences with old-time railroad workers. Outstanding local artists and artisans will be on hand, displaying and offering their creations. On top of all that will be fun photo opportunities and prizes and surprises galore, including the kick off of a raffle to win a week in Costa Rica plus $250 spending money to boot. All this done for a very worthy cause: to help “Save the Depot.”

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Moosehead Lake Eagle by Karen Folsom

Moosehead Lake Eagle by Karen Folsom

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Foil packet grilling is simple and delicious. This chicken version is something we all like and is versatile as well.

Foil packet grilling is simple and delicious. This chicken version is something we all like and is versatile as well.

Hands-On Time: 10 minutes
Ready In: 35 minutes
Yield: 4 servings


4 squares of heavy-duty aluminum foil 12 inches by 12 inches
4 chicken breasts, pounded or cut evenly thick
8 Tablespoons salad dressing — I used Italian
4 medium potatoes, sliced thinly
20 black olives such as ripe, Nicoise or Kalamata, pitted and halved
2 cups long cut frozen green beans, thawed


  1. Place one tablespoon of dressing on a foil square and top with a chicken breast.
  2. Top chicken breast with another tablespoon of dressing.
  3. Arrange potatoes around chicken and top with 10 olive halves and green beans.
  4. Fold foil over and seal well.
  5. Place over a medium-hot grill and cover.
  6. Cook for 20-25 minutes until chicken is no longer pink and potatoes are tender.

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By J Motes

Fishing in the rain is something that most people do not look forward to doing. Hank Williams Jr. summed it up pretty well when he sang, “…and I’m against fishing in the rain.” Fishing in the rain can be a miserable experience for the fisherman or fisherwoman, but unless it is a complete downpour or there is flooding, fishing in the rain usually beats most other times to fish.

One reason that fishing in the rain is so productive is that the rain drops break up the smooth surface of the water and thus reduces the penetration of light into the water. Fish that shy away from bright light will come out to feed. Also rain will wash insects and other food sources into the water. While small tributaries are always great places to fish, these areas are often more productive with the rain bringing even more food into the water.

To be out fishing in the rain for long and to not be comfortable, the fisherman needs to dress for the weather. In many places a fisherman can find a location to fish under a roof, a canopy of trees, or other shelter. If this is not possible a wide brimmed waterproof hat will suffice. Comfortable fishing also requires a dry seat. Those fishing from boats should bring along a piece of plastic or something similar to cover up your seat and a towel to dry it off. Those fishing from shore need to bring a hunter’s seat strapped to their belt to keep their hind end dry both while walking and sitting. A folding stool may work as well. If you are going to be sitting in the open while fishing in the rain, a large golf umbrella might be a big help. Waterproof shoes or boots are a must also to keep your feet dry. However, if it is quite warm, shoes that drain well will work well also. If you are going to wade in the rain I suggest wet wading (without waders). If you must wear the waders in the rain, a light jacket will help to keep rain from running into the waders, which can be quite annoying.

As far as the actually fishing, little changes in the rain. While a steady rain might make it difficult for fish to see top water flies and other lures, nothing else will change significantly from my experience. Do keep an eye out on changes in the water as rain will often cloudy the water and necessitate lure color changes.

Safety is another concern. Be aware of flash flooding when fishing in the rain. While the rain may be relatively gentle where you are, areas upstream may be getting a severe down pour. Lightning is another concern. No fish is worth getting struck by lightning, so stay off and away from the water when there is lightning. Footing will of course be more slippery in the rain, so watch your step.

While fishing in the rain can be frustrating and uncomfortable physically, the fishing itself is often quite good. One more reason to fish in the rain? You are often the only one there!

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“Anyone got an epi-pen?”
~Lisa Misek

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