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This custom publication of the Bangor Daily News highlights the Town of Greenville's 175th celebration.


  • As the gateway to the Moosehead LakeRegion, Greenville supports outdoor recre-ation year round. From snowmobiling andice-fishing in winter to wildlife watching inspring to boating and fishing in summerand hunting in fall, visitors always findsomething to do in the vast forests sur-rounding Moosehead Lake.


    An extensive network of ATV trailsextends across the Moosehead Lake Region;ATVers can ride from intown Greenville toJackman, Kokadjo, Pittston Farm, Rock-wood, and The Forks, among other destina-tions.

    Visitors can rent ATVs at several business-es; ATVers can buy fuel and find places todine and stay throughout the region. Thenew access trail along Pritham Avenue liter-ally takes ATVers right to the front door ofmany Greenville restaurants and conven-

    ience stores.


    For most first-time visitors to Greenville,

    their initial view of Moosehead Lakeencompasses the island-dotted blue waterseen from Indian Hill. Though impressive,this limited view conceals the fact thatMoosehead stretches 40 miles north toSeboomook and measures 12 miles east towest at its widest point; wherever thereswater, boaters can go and this is onlyMoosehead Lake.

    Some 600 lakes and ponds lie within the

    region. Like Moosehead, many are accessiblefrom launch ramps; boaters, canoeists, andkayakers can reach many waterways withminimal effort and then enjoy a full day onthe water.

    Lakeside camps and lodges often rentwatercraft to their guests, and visitors canrent canoes or kayaks at specific Greenville-based businesses. Always use personal flota-

    BANGOR DAILY NEWS | Thursday | August 11, 2011 | 5

    A photo contest highlighting Railroad-ing in the Moosehead Area ends this week-end, but folks celebrating Greenvilles175th birthday can see the contest winnersduring the Aug. 20 Celebrate the Depot inGreenville Junction.

    Gallery on the Lake and the Maine High-lands Federal Credit Union sponsored thecontest. The theme stresses the impactthat railroading had on the local history ofGreenville, said Gallery on the Lake ownerBecky Morse.

    From the 1800s onward, railroadingprovided transportation, employment, andexport and import of essential items forpeople living in and traveling throughGreenville, she said.

    The Bangor & Aroostook Railroad andCanadian Pacific Railroad met at theGreenville Junction train station, nowcalled the Depot. By the late 19th century,Moosehead Lake residents could catch thetrain in Greenville and ride the railsthroughout Canada and the United States.

    According to Morse, photos submittedfor the contest had to be taken during 2011.Participants, who could submit a maxi-mum two photos, competed in four agedivisions: elementary school (ages 5-9),middle school (ages 10-13), high school(ages 14-17), and adult. Photos must bedelivered to Gallery on the Lake by 5 p.m.,Aug. 14.

    Judges will then select the winners: a sin-gle winner apiece in the school-age cate-gories and first-, second-, and third-placewinners in the adult category. According to

    Morse, all entries will be judged on com-position, technique, content, and originali-ty.

    The winning photographs will be dis-played during Celebrate the Depot at theGreenville Junction Depot from 10 a.m.-3p.m., Aug. 20. Visitors can vote on the bestin show photo during the festivities, whichinclude a Retired Railroad Workersreunion.

    Maine Highlands Federal Credit Unionwill donate prizes for the contest winners:cash prizes for the adults, a digital camerafor the high-school winner, an 8-gig thumbdrive for the middle-school winner, and amemory card reader for the elementary-school winner. The prizes will be presentedat the Depot at 3 p.m., Aug. 20.

    For more information, email Morse or facebookGallery on the Lake.

    By Brian Swartz

    Railroading in Moosehead LakeRegion is photo-contest theme


    A Canadian Pacific Railroad train passes the Greenville Junction Depot.

    Visit Greenville while enjoying the great Moosehead Lake outdoors

    See OUTDOORS, Page 10

    ATVers ride from Greenville Junction todowntown Greenville on an approved

    trail that utilizes Pritham Avenue.

    A fly fisherman pursues his passionalong the banks of the Roach River in


    Three snowmobilers enjoy a weekendride near Seboomook in the Moosehead

    Lake Region.

  • As moose-watchers will attest, Greenvilleis the moose-watching capital of Maine.

    Moose outnumber people 3-to-1 in theMoosehead Lake Region, where a vast com-mercial forest provides food and shelter formyriad wildlife, including moose, bears, anddeer.

    Visitors may see deer, which often grazenear roadsides, but reclusive black bearsavoid people.

    Not moose, though. A moose will gowhere it wants, from strolling throughGreenville backyards to crossing Route 15 inRockwood to visiting anglers fishing nearKokadjo. For people who want to see moose,Greenville is the place to start.

    And where can moose be found? Checkout these Moosehead Lake moose hotspots:

    Stop at the Maine Department of Trans-portation maintenance facility on Route 15in Shirley, about 5 miles south of downtownGreenville.

    Between the MDOT facility and the high-way stretches a muddy wetland called amoose wallow; across the highway lies abeautiful marsh.

    Moose frequent both places, especiallyafter dark. Watch for moose in the wallow

    during the daytime, however, becausemoose visit to drink the nutrient-rich waterany time of day. Visitors may see one moosearriving as another ones leaving.

    This is the best moose-watching site inMaine. Dont pull over and, if no moose arepresent, immediately leave. Wait awhile: Moose suddenly appear through the trees or

    jog across the MDOT lawn.Its fun just waiting to see if a moose

    shows up! Drive the Lily Bay Road from Greenville

    to Kokadjo, a village east of MooseheadLake.

    Moose frequent the small wallows andmarshes along this narrow two-lane roadthat leads to beautiful views across FirstRoach Pond and to the turn-off to scenicLazy Tom Bog, another moose-watchinglocale.

    Drive Route 15 from Greenville Junctionto Rockwood, a town located where theMoose River flows into Moosehead Lakeacross from Mount Kineo.

    Moose may appear anywhere along thistwo-lane state highway.

    Really adventurous moose-watchers can

    travel the camp roads and logging roadsaround Moosehead Lake to find moose.Before heading out, buy a detailed local roadmap; the gravel roads often are not as wellsigned as the paved highways, and no onewants to get lost!

    To improve the odds at finding moose,many visitors hired a registered Maine guideor go on a moose safari.

    Almost two dozen Moosehead LakeRegion businesses offer guide services orsafaris; some businesses offer daily moose-watching trips, and most businesses offercustomized private trips.

    For more information about these busi-nesses, check Page 57 in the 2011 Moose-head Lake Region Vacation Guide or logonto

    By Brian Swartz

    4 | BANGOR DAILY NEWS | Thursday | August 11, 2011

    Greenville claims the title of Moose-Watching Capital of Maine

    From a bull moose patrolling Seboomook (left) to a cow moose and her calf nuzzling noses on the Lily Bay Road near Greenville (right), the Moosehead LakeRegion abounds in moose - and Greenville claims the title of Moose-Watching

    Capital of Maine. Visitors flock by the thousands to Greenville for an opportunityto see a moose (below).

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    Enjoy a continental breakfast aboard theKatahdin and meet the ships captains andcrew from 8-11 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 21.

    Well be serving coffee, juice, and pas-tries, and we invite everyone to join us, saidCapt. Maynard Russell, who along withCapt. Bruce Butman will greet people visit-ing the historic Katahdin at her East Covemooring. Come aboard and walk aroundand look at the boat. Kids always get a kickout of being in the wheelhouse.

    A few retired captains may rejoin the crewthat morning to reminisce about the loreand the stories of the Katahdin, knownaffectionately as The Kate. Built at BathIron Works in 1914, the steamship towedrafted logs on Moosehead Lake until the lastlog drive took place in 1975.

    Among her skippers during that era wasCapt. Walter Gary. Russell recalled thatwhile working recently in the wheelhouse,he discovered that the initials W.G. werecarved in the back of the wheel. That wasWalter Gary. You touch those initials, and

    you touch history.Painted on the 97-year-old Katahdins

    bow is the number 63, indicating the shipsstatus as the 63rd vessel to slip down theBIW ways.Shes the oldest operational BIWhull, Russell said.

    After a train brought the ships three sec-tions to Greenville in 1914, local workersriveted them together at a Moosehead Lake

    boatyard. The Katahdin plied the lake withother steamers transporting loggers, sum-mer tourists, and supplies north to hotels,hunting camps, and lodges. The steamerstowed logs south in spring and summer.

    Long after her competitors burned orsank, the Katahdin still cruised the lake. In1976, the Moosehead Marine Museumacquired the ship and, with generous sup-

    port from BIW and other organizations andmany individuals, restored the Katahdin.Work remains ongoing; shes got a lot ofwood in her, and we continue to improveher, Russell said.

    Today the Katahdin departs Greenville at12:30 p.m., daily, Tuesday-Saturday, fromlate June to Columbus Day weekend. Thethree-hour cruise takes passengers up thelake as knowledgeable crewmembers discusslocal history and point out various land-marks. Its an actual person speaking, Rus-sell sa