Grand Lake Stream

Town News

Dave McCullough


Saturday evening, on the 12, it was an extra treat to be part of the contingency that participated in the spaghetti dinner in support of the Princeton 8th grade trip.  The dinner was held at the Princeton Rod and Gun Club and a large crowd was on the site before the 4:00 o’clock starting time. A Chinese Auction was held with lots of donations to select from. The clapping of hands when winners held up their tickets and the sighing from those without the correct number kept people on the edge of their seats waiting for the next draw.  The kids spooned out the spaghetti and meatballs (different sauces to choose from) and homemade desserts were passed to the tables finishing off a good meal.  

Jenifer and I watched the last of the leaves at GLS fall off the trees.  The wind blew them around the neighborhood and then land back again on our lawn!  We did see a few snowflakes Sat. night  (a promise of what to expect soon).

Evergreen Extravaganza, Sunday, November 27, 2016 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

On Sunday, November 27, join Downeast Lakes Land Trust (DLLT) staff and volunteers as we celebrate the start of the holiday season with an Evergreen Extravaganza!  The Grand Lake Stream School Building will be transformed into an early winter wonderland of crafts, delicious treats, children’s activities, and more. Self-guided stations will be set up to create your own wreaths, sprays, and other balsam holiday decorations. This event is free and all ages are welcome. Meet at the GLS School Building from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, please contact DLLT at (207) 796 – 2100 or email

ONLY IN AMERICA:  A tale from the Farm Cove Hermit

Whether its cars, computers or candy corporations using the print and electronic media relentlessly bombard us claiming their product is the number one choice of the buying public.  Claims that are never questioned or supported by facts.  A clear exception is the story of America’s favorite fishing lure.  It’s a brass, red and white copper backed 104 year old spoon called Dare Devil.  Inventor Lou J. Eppinger was born in 1877 in Detroit, Michigan.  As an adult he worked as a taxidermist.  Like many mid-westerners Lou was an avid pike fisherman.  In 1912, after years of tinkering he made and sold his own New Spoon creation called “Osprey” designed to be a row boat trolling lure.  It’s wiggling and wobbling side to side action caught pike in record numbers quickly becoming a local favorite.  In 1918 Eppinger changed the name to Dardevle.  The name came from the WW I U.S. Mariner who the allies called the Dare Devil.

In 1923 Lou’s nephew joined the small business and became CEO of the company.  This was the break-through year when Lou somehow scraped up $27,000 and launched a nationwide campaign in Field and Stream Magazine using the slogan “Dardevle  as the favorite line of genuine Indian guides in Northern Canada.  Sales took off.  After WWII with the advent of spin cast fishing , the sport fishing industry boomed.  By mid-1980s Lou was selling 3 million units per year.   I believe Eppinger’s grand-daughter Karen ran the business.

Today the Dardevle is found in most every tackle box in the U.S.  It remains #1 in sales and success.  No species freshwater fish is immune to its action.  Thanks to Lou Eppinger I learned how to fish – how about you?

As I was going by the public beach in Grand Lake a few days ago there was quite a commotion in the water at its edge. First I thought it was some ducks but on closer examination it was fish laying their eggs along the gravel edge. I had never seen such an event.  It looked like larger animals swimming and splashing just below the surface.  If you are going by check it out for yourself.

Thought for the day:  The words racecar, kayak and level are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left (called palindromes).

Dave McCullough  207-839-4205 or