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Here is an update on the progress of our new Harpswell Radio Station.

Hello All,

 

We are making steady progress in constructing our radio station.  We have recently installed the “hardline” cable on the tower and in the coming days will be installing an antenna on it’s mounting 80 ft up in the air.  Work is continuing repairing and upgrading the components of our initial transmitting system and by the end of the month we will begin preliminary testing on air.

 

The electronics building is in the process of getting a “makeover” and before too long we will be able to connect electrical power and start installing equipment.  It’s been a slow process but with a small group of dedicated individuals we have been able to get to where we are today.

 

On Tuesday October 11 we will be hosting an introduction to radio and preliminary DJ training session at the Cundy’s Harbor Library.  The session will be 5:00 – 7:00 pm. The program will offer hands-on training with the equipment and time in front of a microphone.  If you’ve thought about the possibility of someday getting on the air, this is the time to come and see if it’s for you.  Everyone is welcome, even if you’d just like to observe.  Hope to see you there,

 

John

 

Please help support Harpswells new radio station. Donations can be mailed to the address below.

 

Mail address is PO Box 483 Harpswell 0407

Also on our website, harpswellradio.org, there is a donation button.

The Cribstone Bridge

The Cribstone Bridge

The Bailey Island Cribstone Bridge is a one of a kind in the world. Built in 1927 and held together with gravity alone, this engineering marvel is something to behold. I took my little boat to the bridge to give you a better look at what this bridge looks like and to see why it’s so amazing that it has withstood the elements for so many years. The current and tides not to mention the storms of the the Maine Coast have beaten on the bridge relentlessly for all these year. She stood up well and provided a safe access to Bailey Island.  The Cribstone Bridge is being repaired now. They have built a temporary bridge that runs along side of the National Landmark. The hope is to have the bridge back in use in 2010.

Temperary bridge behind the CribstoneTemperary bridge behind the Cribstone

Some 10,000 tons of granite were used in the project.

The design for the 1,150 foot bridge presented some unique problems because of the tides in the area. It was decided to build a crib bridge using granite slabs from nearby quarries, similar in design to a bridge that had been observed in Scotland and no longer exists. The granite slabs were sufficiently heavy enough to withstand the pounding of wind and waves and the open cribbing or cellular construction permitted the tide to ebb and flow freely with out increasing the normal tidal current to any great degree.

Inside wall of the spanInside wall of the span

The span between connecting the two towers has been removed for repairs.

On July 19th,1984 the Bailey Island bridge was dedicated as a historic civil engineering landmark, The bridge is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The next 100 YearsThe next 100 Years

We look forward to the rebirth of our Cribstone Bridge.

The best photos of the Cribstone Bridge can be taken on the point of Cook’s Lobster House.

The Cribstone Bridge was reopened to the public in November 2010. There were many speeches, ribbon cutting ceremony and an antique car parade crossing the bridge to open the way for public use once again.

New Cribstone Bridge Old CrossingOld Meets New

Harpswell Maine Historical Sites

Harpswell Maine is rich in history and historical sites. Follow the links below to learn more about these Mid Coast Maine treasures.

Harpswell MeetinghouseHarpswell Meeting House

 

 

 

The Harpswell Meeting House: The Harpswell Meetinghouse is a historic colonial meeting house on Maine State Route 123 in Harpswell, Maine. Built in 1757-59 to provide space for both religious services and town meetings, it is a little-altered and well-preserved example of a once-common form, and is the oldest such surviving building in the state of Maine. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1968

Bailey Island Cribstone Bridge

 

 

The Bailey Island Bridge: The Bailey Island Cribstone Bridge is a one of a kind in the world. Built in 1927 and held together with gravity alone, this engineering marvel is something to behold.

Eagle IslandEagle Island Maine

 

 

 

Eagle Island the site of the retirement home of the polar explorer Admiral Robert Peary (1856-1920). The island and home have been preserved as a Maine state historic site.

Half Way RockHalfway Rock Light House

 

 

 

HalfWay Rock Light House  is a lighthouse located on a barren ledge in Casco Bay, Maine. The lighthouse tower, which has a height of 76 feet (23 m), and the attached ex-boathouse are all that remain, as the other buildings have been taken away in storms.

Tarr Hackett HouseTarr Hackett House

 

 

 

 

The Tarr Hackett House was built around 1780, is one of the earliest surviving houses of the region.

 

Elijah Kellogg Church Elijah Kellog Church

The Elijah Kellogg Church is a historic Congregationalist church at 917 Harpswell Neck Road (Maine State Route 123) in Harpswell, Maine. Built in 1843, it is a well-preserved example of Greek and Gothic Revival architecture, and is further notable for its longtime association with Rev. Elijah Kellogg, a well-known 19th-century writer of children’s books. The church building was listed on theNational Register of Historic Places in 1979.

Harpswell Maine Walking Trails And Beaches

Harpswell has some of the best hiking trails and beaches in Maine’s mid coast. Hidden treasures of sand and shells in sheltered coves dot the coastline. Clear cool waters of Casco Bay splash the beaches with their open vistas of the Maine coast. Hiking trails and paths of all types for hiking enthusiast line the shore and descend into the dark greens of the forest. Here is a list of what Harpswell has to offer the hiking and beach loving traveler.

Lands End Bailey Island Maine

Maine hiking on Bailey Island in the town of Harpswell

Lands End is a fantastic place to see Maine and its many faces. You may be looking for the rugged Maine coast with cliffs and granite rocks jetting to the edge of the sea. You may be looking for a beautiful sand beach to stroll along and enjoy the sounds of the sea. Walking paths with vistas that will take your breath away. You can watch the lobster men pulling their traps or view the brightly colored spinnakers of sailing vessels as they glide past the tip of the Island.

Maine beach on Bailey Island in the town of Harpswell

Maine hiking trail on the shoreline

A bronze statue of the fisherman of the sea makes for a great picture opportunity for you.

Before or after your time on the point of Lands End, don’t forget to visit the gift shop. One of the largest on the coast of Maine. The Lands End Gift Shop has great Maine gifts as well as local artisan crafts and pictures.

For a wonderful day on the Maine Coast drive on down to Lands End on beautiful Bailey Island

The Long Reach Trail In Harpswell, Maine

Hiking the deep forests of MaineMaine bogs are are home to many creatures
The Long Reach Trail in Harpswell  starts at the ball field on rt 24. A medium hard walking trail with some steep banks leading down to the water. You are first introduced to the beautiful deep woods of Harpswell and slowly descend to the fabulous bogs that are abundant with beautiful plant life. Walking up out of the bogs on well made wooden walkways you are suddenly in a the deep woods again. Lush and green with some very interesting wild growth. There are sturdy stone walls along the path marking boundaries of times gone by. You start to ascend  the hill that creates the eastern wall of the water inlet separating the Cliff trail and the Long Reach Trail. The decent is a bit steep and the leaf cover made it a bit slippery and hard to see the trail, so where good gripping footwear and go slow. Once down to the bottom of the hill you have great views of the inlet and cliffs. We were there at low tide and saw clams being dug up near the island in the middle of the inlet. The path travels along the inlet for a ways and is a great spot to relax and enjoy the beauty of the spot. Now traveling up away from the inlet you are treated to some of the most wonderful plant life and rock formations existing side by side or intertwining in harmony. Up and down a few small hills and down to another bog. White cotton like plants filled this bog and contrasted the lush green surrounding it. It was a marvelous sight. On the other side we met up with the loop again and made our way back  to the ball field. I love this trail with it’s many different features. I do need to warn you that it is a bit strenuous and the trail is in need of remarking. All in All I give this trail a B+.
Maine Rocks
Maine folk and Maine trees have a lot in common Maine Tree Growth
Forest life in Maine Forest paths
Ocean views in Maine
The Cliff Trail In Harpswell
Maine Mountain trails

The Cliff Trail in Harpswell is located just behind the town office on the Mountain Road. It is a trail of wonder that seems almost out of place on this stretch of land. You can park behind the town office and start your hike down a well kept picture perfect tidal inlet. The path goes in and out with the shore.The woods are deep and green with moss covering the fallen branches and stumps that are scattered along the way. As you go your way into the woods and leave the inlet behind a new world is revealed with large old pine trees towering overhead, allowing just a glimmer of light in. Ferns and reindeer moss cover the floor of this forgotten retreat. The trail is well marked with both white and yellow markers representing the two separate trails. My father in law, my dog ( ladybug )and I continued initially along the white marker trail. Up and down along a series of small hills and valleys till we came to a sign that stated we had truly entered a magical place. The sign said Fairy House Trail. In the deepest part of the wooded trail, if you looked carefully, were a large number of fairy houses that were constructed of various types of material. Wooden sticks, birch bark, moss, and even a fairy house with a stone roof. It was truly a magical sight to behold. I would have been satisfied with the walk if that had been the end of our trail but we had just begun to find the hidden treasures that were in store for us. We came upon the sign for the Cliff Trail loop and started our ascent to this magnificent overlook. Breathtaking views that can only be compared to some of the overlooks at Acadia National park. What a sight. The edge is very steep so you need to be careful and to keep your dog leached for their own protection. The trail followed this incredible stretch of cliffs for a good while and there were many places for resting and reflecting on the beauty of the place we live. From there we were led  back into the woods with it’s many wondrous sights that only the most preserved northeastern woods can provide to the hiker. I found it amazing that we were only minutes form the town office and the cross road we call mountain. The trail is well kept and fairly ease to walk. The two trails are about a total of 3 miles and can be done easily in a couple of hours. A must walk when in the Maine Mid Coast Area.

Maine stone bridges and water reflections on the coast

Harpswell Maine Cliff Trail view from the top

Beautiful Views in Maine

Skolfield Shore Trail in Harpswell, Maine

The Skolfield Trail is located on Rt.123. The Skolfield Shore Trail is a true treasure of the Mid Coast Maine Region. Maintained by the Harpswell Heritage Trust and loved by the local community. The trail has a little of everything. Deep woods with ferns and mushrooms to open fields with tall grass swaying with the gentle breeze to water front with breath taking views of the outer islands. The path is easy walking and has a lot of great features to it. Hand carved benches are located at beautiful overlooks. Rustic wooden bridges cross over steep banked valleys. The path is well marked and maintained. Wildlife abounds on the trail. Song birds, chipmunks and other native land animals make their home here. I would have to give this path an A for its ease to walk, combination of environments and beautiful views. I want to also thank the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust for maintaining this property so well.

Mackerel Cove, Bailey Island, Maine

Mackerel Cove is one of those places that post cards are made for. Working harbor, beach, field of grass. boats and docks. It has it all in this one tight little area. I was a little early for an appointment at the log Cabin Inn on Bailey Island. So I thought that It would be a good spot to kill some time. It was beautiful there. I walked the beach and snapped a couple of pictures. If your looking for a quick get away this is the perfect location.

The Giant Staircase Walking Path On Bailey Island, Maine

Bailey Island is rich with beautiful vistas, beaches and walking paths. One of my favorite places to go for a short walk with incredible views is the Giant Staircase. Located off Washington Ave. The Giant Staircase is so named because of the large boulders located near the end of the path that are over lapping, creating the appearance of a staircase rising out of the sea. The Giant Staircase is a beautiful, well maintained path. A must stop while visiting Bailey Island.

Mitchell Field
is a wonderful place with so much to offer. Trails, Beach, dock, field and views. Mitch fieldis a work in progress. Soon to have a band stand.

Cedar Beach is a treasure of a beach, with its beautiful sand and great tidal pools filled with sealife.Cook’s Lobster House Beach is a sea glass lover’s paradise. You will find a little of everything as you walk along this point of land.

The Devils Back Trail

The Devils Back Trail

Harpswell Maine Hiking Trail

The Devils Back Trail is located on Orr’s Island in the town of Harpswell. A fun easy trail with deep woods full of moss and fields of ferns. Beautiful ocean views from atop the ridge and sweeping vistas as you approach the waters of the sound. While at the waters edge we enjoyed a beautiful sailboat anchored in safe harbor. Well marked and groomed trails make this a comfortable stroll for people of all ages. The trail has some nice wooden bridges that take you across  the few wet spots on the trail, adding character to this special place.

Orr's Island hiking trail in the town of Harpswell
Maine Hiking trail
Maine hiking trail with beautiful views
Maine Coast hiking trail
Hiking the deep woods of Maine
hiking the shoreline of Maine

Experience a day long class learning this hands on tradition while in Harpswell

Harpswell Maine Activities

Learn the craft of Wooden Spoon Carving in the enjoyable class in Harpswell Maine.

If you or anyone you know happen to find themselves in Harpswell for few days andlove to work with your hands, please join me in my studio for an experiential adventure

I have been running these classes for several years based on a Saturday, one day realizing that it is hard to accommodate out of town people with a specific date a class
may be running. I have received calls from people who wonder if I am running a class
when they are arriving on vacation and it is rare that those dates match up. So, I’m
offering another alternative that I hope gives those out of town people an opportunity,
especially if they find themselves facing a rainy forecast!

I need a minimum of two participants to be spontaneous in getting this together and require a 24 – 48 hour advanced notice. Also, I offer this as a week day event since weekends are harder for people to be spontaneous on.

Time: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm or when project is complete

The class focus is on getting familiar with a tool called a spokeshave. It is used to do all the preliminary outside shaping of wooden utensils. As this picture suggests, we will be making a scraping, spatular utensil. Because the hand tools used in this craft are very
sharp, safety is greatly emphasized.

Cost – $125.00 per person

Cost includes the use of all tools needed (sharpened and ready to go) as well as the material. The class supports each participant in making a completed project that is
ready to go home and be used in the kitchen.

Studio location is on Great Island in Cundy’s Harbor

To sign up call 725-9802 or email at lbretondesign@gmail.com

testimonial from class participant

“The day in the woodworking studio with Lynette was a gift all around! Lynette shared
her creative gift through her heartfelt teaching. Her depth of experience with and
feeling for the wood is truly inspiring. In the sweet atmosphere of her woodworker’s
space everyone in class gave the gift of their feedback and process to each other. I’ve
worked with wood for many years and I still marvel at how I could make such
an elegant tool out of a block of wood! The graceful form is in the heart; mine and the
wood’s, and Lynette was my guide to both for a whole wonderful day.”

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Harpswell Radio Station News:

Hello All,

We are making steady progress in constructing our radio station.  We have recently installed the “hardline” cable on the tower and in the coming days will be installing an antenna on it’s mounting 80 ft up in the air.  Work is continuing repairing and upgrading the components of our initial transmitting system and by the end of the month we will begin preliminary testing on air.

The electronics building is in the process of getting a “makeover” and before too long we will be able to connect electrical power and start installing equipment.  It’s been a slow process but with a small group of dedicated individuals we have been able to get to where we are today.

On Tuesday October 11 we will be hosting an introduction to radio and preliminary DJ training session at the Cundy’s Harbor Library.  The session will be 5:00 – 7:00 pm. The program will offer hands-on training with the equipment and time in front of a microphone.  If you’ve thought about the possibility of someday getting on the air, this is the time to come and see if it’s for you.  Everyone is welcome, even if you’d just like to observe.  Hope to see you there,

 

John

 

Please help support Harpswells new radio station. Donations can be mailed to the address below.

 

Mail address is PO Box 483 Harpswell 0407

Also on our website, harpswellradio.org, there is a donation button.

Here are some stats for the Harpswell Business Association Website for 2015 http://jetpack.me/annual-report/43486081/2015/

 

“The Harpswell Business Association’s goal is to promote the town’s unique attributes by
strengthening the community economically, socially and culturally, and enhancing the lives of its inhabitants.”

 

Executive Summary

 

Background

  • The Town received a      grant early in 2012 from the State Planning Office to review the Shoreland      Zoning town-wide.
  • The Board of Selectmen      created a Shoreland Zoning Taskforce in the spring of 2012 for the      review.  The taskforce consists of      business owners, fishermen, residents within the shoreland zone, several      other residents in town and representatives of the Town’s land use      committees.

 

Taskforce

 

The mission of the Taskforce was to review whether the current shoreland zoning reflects State law, particularly with respect to the Resource Protection designations, and whether it contains enough designated area to protect and maintain a viable fishing industry.  In addition, the Taskforce reviewed areas that may not be appropriately zoned for the land uses which are predominantly occurring or proposed to be in them.   Areas of concern include the southern side of Mitchell Field, Cundy’s Harbor business area, Land’s End, and the western side of Mackerel Cove.

 

How did the taskforce gather public input?

  • Public      feedback/workshops – The taskforce held three public workshops during the      summer of 2012 in four different areas of town and several public hearings      in November and December, 2012.

 

The ordinance amendments that are being put forth

  • Emphasize the town’s      commitment to protecting local fishing rights within the shoreland zone
  • Promote improved      access to the water forrecreation     and fishing
  • Protect water and      marine resources by increasing the restricted area for the elimination of      chemical fertilizer and manure application.
  • Reduce sideline      setbacks  on existing ROW’s to      facilitate functional use of community docks
  • Make changes in      language  to avoid confusion and to      be in alignment with state definitions

 

Ordinance Amendments

Shoreland Zoning Ordinance

  • Amends      the purpose statement to include/highlight the preservation and protection      of the maritime industry and uses including commercial fishing. – Section      1
  • Replaces the term      “maximum high water line” with “highest annual tide” – first in Section 3,      then throughout.
  • Replaces “water body”      with “great pond, stream, coastal wetland, and freshwater wetland” – first      in Section 3, then throughout.
  • Specifies “Principal      Use”  – Section 13.1.1
  • Adds “Community Shoreland      Access Special Exception” for improved access to the shore – added Section      13.1.2
  • Adds statement in      Shoreland Residential District description regarding home occupations and      commercial fishing. – Section 13.2
  • Allows review of 6 ft      commercial piers, docks, etc to be reviewed by CEO – Land Use Table, Uses 18.1      and 18.2
  • Adds Fertilizer to the      Land Use Table – Use 42
  • Reduces setbacks for community      piers, docks, and wharves and establishes setbacks for no shared access      parcels – Section 15.2.1.2
  • Removes setbacks for      seawalls and or retaining walls – Section 15.2.1.4
  • Clarifies boundaries      of Mitchell Field Business District – Section 15.2.1.6
  • Increases the setback      for fertilizer use – Section 15.21.1
  • Changes the setback      for community docks – Section 15.23.2
  • Change in acreage from      2 acres to 1 acre requirement for Shoreland Business

 

Definitions Addendum

  • Amends definition of      Community Dock
  • Adds definition of      Community Shoreland Access
  • Adds definition of      Highest Annual Tide (HAT)
  • Amends definition of      Salt Meadow, Shoreland Zone, Tidal Waters, and Wetland

 

Shoreland Zoning Map

  • Commercial Fishing –      display the different zones, CF 1 and CF 2 to be consistent with      description in text
  • Cedar Ledge – Residential      to Resource Protection
  • CrowIsland– Add Resource Protection, currently not zoned
  • Cundy’s Harbor –      Commercial Fishing to Business
  • Land’s End –      Residential to Business
  • LittleMarkIsland– no zoning to Resource      Protection
  • Lookout Point –      Residential to Resource Protection
  • Stover’s Point – shift      shoreland zone to match property lines and shoreland definition and change      Town Landing at end of Stover’sCove        Rd.from SR to CF1
  • Ash Point/Basin Cove –Residential      to Commercial Fishing  at entrance      to cove
  • Seymour Rd– Residential to Commercial Fishing

 

Summary of Proposed Acreage Amounts in each Zoning District

 

Zone

2011   Acres

%   Total

2012   Acres

%   Total

Area 

%   Change

 

 

 

 

 

Change

 

 

 

 

 

(acres)

 

Commercial   Fisheries Marine Activities (includes both 1 and 2 for 2012 Update)

1167.52

20.20%

1185.32

20.48%

17.80

0.29%

Eagle Island Historic

12.53

0.22%

12.53

0.22%

0.00

0.00%

Mitchell   Field Marine Business

10.92

0.19%

10.92

0.19%

0.00

0.00%

Resource   Protection

1113.71

19.27%

1131.54

19.55%

17.82

0.29%

Shoreland   Business

47.94

0.83%

50.41

0.87%

2.48

0.04%

Shoreland   Residential

3340.14

57.78%

3308.41

57.17%

-31.73

-0.61%

Tower   District

87.93

1.52%

87.93

1.52%

0.00

0.00%

Totals

5780.70

100.00%

5787.07

100.00%

6.37

0.00%

             
Additional acreage in 2012 zoning is due to the addition of Crow   Island, Cedar Ledge, and Little Mark Island.

The holiday season is here in the coastal town of Harpswell Maine. There are many great shops in the town selling the perfect one of a kind gift for that hard to shop for person in your life. Harpswell also boasts many local studios and galleries with outstanding artwork and one of a kind crafts. Some of the fine restaurants are still open and serving delicious food. A few wonderul Inns still have their doors open. A number of the local merchants have come together with a “Holidays In Harpswell” event

Holidays In Harpswell Rack Card

There will be many great deals and special offerings during this event. Call if you would like to receive more information about the “Holidays In Harpswell” event

What ever your need is for that special person during the holiday season, you can find it in Harpswell Maine. Unique gifts, restaurants, arts, crafts and accommodations are all here waiting for you in the wonderland of the Maine mid coast.