A complimentary feature article on Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding appeared Feb. 8 in the publication "Scuttlebutt Sailing News."

The article's headline is "Lyman-Morse: Forty Years of Innovation," and it notes that over the years the company has launched more than 110 yachts.

"In 2015 Lyman-Morse acquired Wayfarer Marine in Camden, a full-service marina located in one of the most scenic harbors in New England and a destination for yachtsmen worldwide. The company’s presence in Camden gives Lyman-Morse increased visibility and the opportunity to return the Camden yard to its former glory as New England’s go-to marine service center."

For the full article visit www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/2018/02/08/lyman-morse-forty-years-innovation/.



The Toboggan Nationals help put Camden on the map each winter and this year reports about the event were published all over the country. Publications as far away as The Roanoke Times in Virginia, the Seattle Times and The San Francisco Chronicle all ran stories on the event.



We came across the following in The Courier-Gazette from February 1938:

"The whole county is anxiously awaiting the results of the Carnival Queen Contest, to see who will reign throughout the festivities of the Snow Bowl Carnival to be held Feb. 18-22. Tons of ice have been cut to be used in the construction of the ice throne in the beautiful Library Amphitheatre. Thousands of people are expected to attend the Coronation Friday night, when the Queen amidst a pageant of regal splendor will be invested with her Royal duties. Over 75 persons will be in the cast of this pageant including the well known Camden High School Band in colorful costumes. Immediately after the ceremony the Queen and her Court will be transported to the Opera House where the gifts will be presented during the Coronation Ball. The Carnival will then officially be opened and the following four days and nights crowded with exciting events."

Gov. Lewis O. Barrows was expected to attend. Horse racing, fancy skating, and "an old fashioned wood chopping, wood sawing, and nail driving contest" were among the activities.

The event organizers also boasted "the greatest winter display of fireworks ever held in the State of Maine will cleave the frosty air above the Snow Bowl and send its thunderous detonations to reverberate in the valley snuggled between the surrounding mountains."



Ulysses Revisited

By George S. Chappell


The editor sits at his desk all day

thinking of ways to keep himself busy,

the scent of cigarettes on his clothes and gin on his breath,

remind him of the soul, that vanishing ghost.


All that he loved – the hubbub of the newsroom,

the ever-present songs on the radio

and the church bells at noon – have been lost.


From his window he sees a homeless woman pushing a food cart,

her dress of rags and bed of old blankets,

all that is left of beauty.


After his retirement, the reception and speeches,

everyone returns to his or her lives.

He has no newer world to seek —

the old tale must have been a myth


At the shore, the gulls follow the smacks,

circling the wake, looking for fish.

A child spins in circles with a hula-hoop,

whirling around until the onlookers spin with her.


At noon he goes to a twelve-step meeting

to break up the unforgiving hours,

where he cannot hear what the people say

for the batteries in his ears have died.

His wife the same age returns to their home,

armed with groceries she no longer can prepare.


Once he wrote news stories for justice,

and he met publishing deadlines daily,

now he has no need to vie with the time

except for his own he has self-imposed.

Meanwhile, his old readers gather weight,

stuffing themselves with unhealthful food,

paying no attention to the world he implored them to heed.


He cannot stop work after a full life,

feels a need to go on, despite all,

and longs to go back to the job he knew,

while his wife says he has nothing to prove.


George Chappell is a retired English teacher and journalist living in Rockland. He is a former staff writer for Courier Publications and the Bangor Daily News. He has published two books of poems, "A Fresh Footpath" and "When Souls Walk Away," available at Jensen's Pharmacy and Huston-Tuttle in Rockland, Owl and Turtle and Sherman's in Camden, and at Amazon.com.

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