Listening to Cynthia MacLeod and Gordon Belsher


My wife, the publisher, tells me the story that when she was a kid every Friday night was “seafood night” around her house and, whenever possible, her parents would bring home fresh lobsters. For some reason, the thought of eating a lobster repulsed Donna so much that she always opted to have a hamburger while the rest of the family enjoyed the crustaceans. It wasn’t until years later that I was able to convince her during a trip to Boston to try out a lobster at Legal Seafood-the place for lobster in the Hub. For Donna, it was love at first bite and since then she’s lamented all those years she turned up her nose at the seafood delicacy.

We bring this up because of a story in this month’s issue which has to do with lobsters. It is told by our writer Dick Pinette and he recounts how in November 1964-40 years ago this month-he air-dropped from a two-seater plane he was piloting a load of lobsters for a group of friends who were at a hunting camp in Umbagog.

Dick’s second story brings in a mystery with a twist as he tells about the search for a fisherman presumed drowned at Bragg Bay.

Meanwhile, Dick Richard’s offers up three stories of folks he’s known and particularly warms up to one in particular, his great-granddaughter Libby. In his story about local auctioneer and general all-around-character Jesse Carney, Dick provides what is one of our favorite quips to come from his pen. Seems that Jesse has sprouted some gray hairs. As Dick tells it: “He told me his gray hair was a direct result of reading my articles. I thanked him for reading them and regretted the results.”

We have rounded up a number of regional-topic books, including a few designed for younger readers, which have hit book stores. Helping put this together this month is Morgan Judd, a senior at Pittsburg High School who has been interning here for the past month or so. Also helping out is Dana Chappell of Clarksville, a junior at Canaan Memorial High School just across the Connecticut River. Dana helped proofread both this and last month’s issue.


You’ll find reports on a couple of lively concerts we attended in October, both featuring Canadian musicians. Late last month we saw the Orchid Ensemble in Gorham. The group performed a beautiful selection of numbers, including “Lantern Riddles,” which we first heard performed on the erhu (Chinese violin) during a trip to the Botanical Gardens in Montreal in September. We also had a lot of fun watching and listening to Cynthia MacLeod and Gordon Belsher, who had the Dayspring Cathedral in Lancaster jumping during a Celtic concert. We are fortunate to have musicians of this caliber appear in our region.

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Charles J. Jordan