Articles by Tod Cheney

 

The East West Highway, Why Not? A Film Showing and Discussion in Millinocket

By Tod Cheney on Jan. 24, 2014, at 8:31 a.m.
Thursday, Jan. 1, 1970 12 a.m. to 12 a.m. Location: MILLINOCKET, Maine — Stop the East-West Corridor coalition and Defending Water for Life in Maine will be hosting the  film, “The East-West Corridor: Why Not?,” followed by a community dialogue with the statewide coordinator of Stop the East-West Corridor, Chris …

The East West Highway, Why Not? A Film and Discussion

By Tod Cheney on Jan. 15, 2014, at 9:37 a.m.
Thursday, Jan. 1, 1970 12 a.m. to 12 a.m. Location: Waterville Public Library , The Colby Room , 73 Elm Street, Waterville , Maine For more information: Tod Cheney ; 374-5428; defendingwater.net Stop the East-West Corridor coalition and Defending Water for Life in Maine will be hosting the the film, …
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mainewoodsandwatersheadsnorth

on Aug. 22, 2013, at 6:18 a.m.
    It’s a 1958 Alaskan Camper. “It raises and lowers”, the logo says. And it’s true, even today at age 54, she raises and lowers. Seen above in the aerodynamic lowered position. I’ve been looking at campers for decades. You know the ads that say “serious inquiries only.” I …
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Up River and Down – A Classic of Maine Woods Literature

on Aug. 20, 2013, at 5:30 p.m.
I was somewhere in my fifties when I first read a book for the second time. I can’t remember what the book was now, maybe Huck Finn, or Tom Sawyer, or The Maine Woods, but I guess I’d put enough years between the first time and the second that I forgot most everything …
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The Shores of Chamberlain Lake

on Aug. 18, 2013, at 3:06 p.m.
    Looking West toward Mud Pond   Looking East, toward Chamberlain Farm   Northwest, Toward Smith Brook   Thunderheads in the evening   Lock Dam, and Kidney Cabin  
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Postcards of Maine – Moonlight on the Woods

on Aug. 17, 2013, at 12:32 p.m.
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Apoplexy and Canoeing in the Digital Age

on Aug. 16, 2013, at 8:30 a.m.
I’m all for preventative medicine. That’s why I’m planning a canoe trip next week to Chamberlain Lake. I can actually feel the thoughts of floating on the lake in my canoe lowering my blood boiling threshold, therefore diminishing my chances of a debilitating apoplexy event. Imagine the benefits to health …
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The Allagash Waterway – Allagash Falls and the home strech

on Aug. 14, 2013, at 11:20 a.m.
Already the river has become a blur. The lakes and ponds I remember, the expanse of Chamberlain, the blue distances of Eagle, the choppy waters of Churchill. Then the sexy hills of Umsaksis, Long Lake’s peace and longness. The delta area of Round Pond, and the sense there, of the …
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The Allagash Waterway – Long Lake to Round Pond in the Rain

on Aug. 14, 2013, at 10:07 a.m.
I’d wanted a layover day to slow the trip down. It had taken years to get here, why have it go by quickly. Even after a night of rain, a morning of rain, and no prospect of clearing I figured I’d have a layover day at Grey Brook. It was …
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Groundhog Gourmet

on Aug. 14, 2013, at 8:39 a.m.
“Isn’t there something that tastes this good, but isn’t groundhog?”, asked Mariner. The groundhog stew was in a small serving dish set to the side of our regular dinner plates. It was within easy reach, but also far enough way to be ignored if it came to that. None of …
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The Allagash Waterway – Eagle Lake to Umsaksis – Day 3

on July 18, 2013, at 9:04 a.m.
A cool wet wind blows out of the northeast into my face. It’s uncomfortable enough I stop paddling and pull on a windbreaker. It’s not good, this weather out of the east. Last night the ranger mentioned three days of rain. Up ahead where the lake narrows down two dark …
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The Allagash Waterway – Eagle Lake to Umsaksis – Day 3

on July 18, 2013, at 9:04 a.m.
A cool wet wind blows out of the northeast into my face. It’s uncomfortable enough I stop paddling and pull on a windbreaker. It’s not good, this weather out of the east. Last night the ranger mentioned three days of rain. Up ahead where the lake narrows down two dark …
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The Allagash Waterway – Eagle Lake

on July 15, 2013, at 8:40 a.m.
At Lock Dam Chamberlain water flows into the Allagash watershed through a culvert, and a small mile long stream that runs down to Eagle Lake. I’d heard of people walking their canoes through there, but the water seemed high enough at the outset, so with the canoe packed after the …
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The Allagash Waterway – Chamberlain Lake

on July 06, 2013, at 4:50 p.m.
    Chamberlain Bridge is one of several put ins to start an Allagash Trip. The lake section of the trip can take 2 – 3 days – maybe more if the wind is against you. The scenery around Chamberlain is not remarkable, excepting the long range views south to …
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A Beehive of Activity at Four Fields Farm

on June 20, 2013, at 6:26 p.m.
Early afternoon I walked by an open window and heard a lot of buzzing outside. It didn’t take long to see this swarm of bees. There were hundreds of bees in the air swarming around the dark mass hanging from the spruce branch. Fifteen minutes later, after making some phone …
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Accidental Landscapes

on June 14, 2013, at 1:03 p.m.
From the high ground in the Old Settlement Quarry, Stonington. A mile away a schooner ghosts through the Deer Isle Thoroughfare with Isle Au Haut standing behind. Here we’re overlooking Webb Cove, and the staging area for granite blocks quarried on Crotch Island. The blocks are barged to the mainland, …
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Deer Isle Granite : Accidental Landscapes

on June 14, 2013, at 1:03 p.m.
From the high ground in the Old Settlement Quarry, Stonington. A mile away a schooner ghosts through the Deer Isle Thoroughfare with Isle Au Haut standing behind. Here we’re overlooking Webb Cove, and the staging area for granite blocks quarried on Crotch Island. The blocks are barged to the mainland, …
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Down River, Up Life : Prologue to the Allagash

on June 11, 2013, at 2:06 p.m.
                                 Round Pond and Katahdin, From Chamberlain Bridge Peter and I are driving to Millinocket in his Toaster, one of those small boxy vans that look like a……… a toaster. We’ve got coffee, a good …
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Getting Ready for the Allagash

on June 02, 2013, at 6 p.m.
  The Souris River Quetico 16, floats like a seashell on Craig Pond in Orland. This canoe weighs 42 lbs, which makes me feel like I am 42 years old again when I carry it. The idea was to get into the Great Heath via the Pleasant River, but I …
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Getting Ready for the Allagash

on June 02, 2013, at 6 p.m.
  The Souris River Quetico 16, floats like a seashell on Craig Pond in Orland. This canoe weighs 42 lbs, which makes me feel like I am 42 years old again when I carry it. The idea was to get into the Great Heath via the Pleasant River, but I …
 
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