APPLE, the Association to Promote and Protect the Lubec Environment, was formed in 2005 to strengthen and foster environmentally sound tourism and economic development in the Lubec area. The "environment" in our name refers to Lubec's historical, cultural, ecological, and economic qualities and influences—all the ingredients that make Lubec so special. APPLE is a nonprofit corporation in the state of Maine, with 501(c)(3) designation from the IRS.
We love this place we call home and love sharing it with visitors. Helping people learn about this beautiful and unusual region through tours of Lubec and the Cobscook area was the first strategy toward fulfilling our mission. Beginning in the summer of 2005, local residents developed and guided tours on our history and the unique aspects of Lubec's natural environment, promoted through ToursofLubecandCobscook.com.
In 2008 Judith M. Ashley and Howard B. Reed entrusted APPLE with their comprehensively designed website VisitLubecMaine.com. We enlarged the information base to all tourism-related businesses and activities in Lubec, charging a minimal fee for listings, and expanded it to include tourism related businesses in the nearby towns of Cutler, Trescott and Whiting, and the Canadian island of Campobello.
Since 2008, APPLE has also spearheaded a Lubec-wide Coastal Cleanup, participating in the Maine State Maine Coast Week and Ocean Conservancy's data collection. For three years, building upon the Coastal Cleanup, we issued a Trash from the Sea Art Challenge, together with the Lubec Memorial Library and then with Lubec Landmarks, to inspire creativity that would make it obvious that the sea is downstream for all our trash. After eight years of continuing to document every single bit of debris picked up on the beaches and realizing that the main category found was single-use plastics we initiated Plastic-Free Lubec at our 2015 Annual Meeting in an attempt to keep single-use plastic from entering the ocean. Businesses, organizations and individuals in Lubec are joining the effort to keep Lubec, its beaches and our ocean free of plastic pollution.
We expanded the arts and culture information available about our towns on written materials and our websites (which can be found on VisitLubecMaine.com under Things to Do and See/ Art & Culture), and for four years staffed the Info Stop, in the Lubec Historical Society building, to help visitors plan their stay in the area. In 2012 APPLE took over from the Lubec Historical Society the development of visitor information sheets and local maps (see links to maps on VisitLubecMaine.com). We also have converted our tours to self-guided recordings and made them available for a nominal fee to download or rent, so that they are easily accessible and available to more visitors. You can download the tour recordings at ToursofLubecandCobscook.com or rent them at locations in Lubec.
As a native Lubecker, now living in Indiana, I really appreciate and believe in what your organization is doing. I am cheering for you to succeed with your vision and all your goals!
S.W. Olson www.ThirdDayImaging.com
APPLE Board of Directors
Ruta Jordans, president
Catherine Mettey, treasurer
Heather Henry Tenan, secretary
We are grateful to the following organizations, whose support has enabled us to promote our mission through the activities described above:
- Cooke Aquaculture
- Downeast and Acadia Regional Tourism for subgrants from the Maine Tourism Marketing Partnership Program
- Downeast Business Alliance
- Lubec Area Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Project
- Maine Arts Commission
- Maine Coast Heritage Trust's Partridge Fund
- Maine Community Foundation's Washington County Fund, a donor-advised fund, and the Pinetree Fund for Washington County
- Maine Humanities Council
- New Century Community Program
- Washington Hancock Community Agency
- William Bingham Foundation
Our thanks to our incorporators: Ruta Jordans, Sheila Huckins, and Melissa Lee for their vision;
to previous board members for their contributions: Debra Ayala, Susan Boutin, Katherine Cassidy, Dennis Drews, Jeanne Drews, Suzette Francis, TJ Goetting, Jody Grimes, Pam Headrick, Sheila Huckins, Sue Keef, Melissa Lee, Eleody Libby, Wanda Matthews, Jennifer Multhopp, Maureen Ramsey, Rachel Rubeor, Suzanne Saunders, John Shoemaker, Jonathan Stence, Gayle Studinski, and Lisa Tyson Ennis;
to Chessie Johnson for our inaugural ToursofLubecandCobscook.com website and her beautiful photographs; and to Judith M. Ashley and Howard B. Reed for sharing their creation, VisitLubecMaine.com;
to Debra Ayala Kasunic of Northern Tides, and the Lubec Historical Society for allowing us to share their space;
to the many photographers who participated in our photo contests for sharing their expertise to beautify VisitLubecMaine.com;
to all the tour guides who developed and expanded our tours:
Ruth Ahrens, Susie Arefnia Bassett, Nancy Begley, Meghan Daye, Dennis and Jeanne Drews, Cindy Eaton, Delia Mae Farris, Meredith Huntley, Ellen Johnson, Ruta Jordans, Frank Marenghi, Susan Reilly, Anne Seavey, Shelly Tinker and Dominic Winski;
and to everyone involved in recording the tours:
Ruth Ahrens, Nancy Begley, Dennis and Jeanne Drews, Delia Mae Farris, Meredith Huntley, Ruta Jordans, Natasha Robinson, and Shelly Tinker; John Seeley for the introductions; Jon Stence for the maps; Peder Moe for recording and Fred Pierce for recording and editing;
to our intrepid Downeast telephone man, Reggie Munson;