The White Lady of Millinocket Maine

 

Highway exit sign to Millinocket where the ghost story originated.

 

If you live in Maine, then you might have a good understanding of why author Stephen King based many of his stories in this state. There is fog so thick, you could cut it with a knife and nights seem to last forever in the winter. Maine is home to many ghost stories: one of its more famous ones being Haynesville Road and the paranormal activity that comes with it. But what some may not know is that there is another stretch of road in Maine that has had rumors of a ghost since the 1950s.

On their way back from their honeymoon, a couple were driving down Brownville Road. not too far from Millinocket, Maine. The couple’s car swerved off the road for unknown reasons and crashed. The husband instructed the wife to stay in the car while he went to look for help. When he returned, she was not to be found, and no one could figure out what happened to her. At least, not until she began haunting the road and nearby bridge. To this day, Millinocket locals claim to see her while driving through the Brownville Road.

One local, Kayla Mcinnis, who is attending UMPI, has this to say about the story. “My friends told me. I was at a campground and they dared me to go with them.” Mcinnis also had information as to why the Lady haunts the road. “I think the myth, the lady died and someone stole her wedding ring and she’s there for revenge.” So perhaps there is more to this story than some may know. There are many stories about ghosts seeking revenge. But Mcinnis’ next comment indicated that the White Lady may not be dangerous. “If you bring a necklace and ask her questions, she’ll show up. It worked, but none of it was dangerous.”

Another local from Millinocket, Megan Waceken, has heard stories of the White Lady but does not have any personal experiences. Waceken has some insight on the bridge where the story takes place. “It is a dangerous bridge and there’s always a lot of those bigger trucks, too, on the dirt roads,” Waceken said. “It’s not very…the best road condition there and there’s always accidents on that road with wildlife and people speeding.”

They say the location of the crash can be found on the original Brownville Road. So, if you are willing to take the trip out, beware. When the weather takes a turn and the fog rolls in, you may find the White Lady of Brownville Road walking along or on the bridge. Or if ghost stories are a little more to your liking, perhaps ask around the next time you’re in Millinocket. The locals might have a story or two of their own to share.

 

 

 

The World’s Most Powerful Weapon

What makes a photo worthy of a Pulitzer Prize? There are many things that can qualify. The short film, “A Glimpse of Life–The Pulitzer Photos,” features many photojournalists discussing  the Pulitzer Prize. “It’s not a photography contest. It’s about telling some of the biggest stories of the year,” William Snyder said. Since the 1960s, there are two Pulitzers for photojournalism: Feature Photography and Breaking News Photography.

“Burst of Joy” is a photo from 1974. It pictures a group of five rushing to greet a former POW who has returned to America. The amount of happiness coming from this photo is unreal. One of the three women in the photo has her arms open to hug the POW as he walks toward his family. All in this picture have smiles on their faces. This photo is an important example in photojournalism because of how well it can portray the emotions of that family from that point in time.

In “Babe Ruth’s Farewell” from 1949, we see the back of Babe Ruth, with his baseball jersey, his hat in one hand and bat in the other, resting on the ground like a cane. All eyes are on him as he stands alone by home base. When you look at this photo, there is an air of sadness from the crowd as the famous player prepares for retirement. With photos like these, “It’s a front seat to history” John White said.

John White’s pictures showing life in Chicago is a moving collection. One picture shows a nun praying with a young boy with her hand on the back of his neck. According to White, “Everyone has a story. And we sing their song. If we don’t do it– if the journalist doesn’t do it– who’s going to do it?” With his collection “Life in Chicago,” readers can see the backbone of the city and what makes it Chicago.

In “Ruby Shoots Oswald” we see the moment in time right after Oswald is shot. There is panic and disbelief on people’s faces in the surrounding area. There are even some in the photo who seem to not know what is going on, and they won’t know until they turn around. Robert Jackson, the photographer, said, “If I had planned it, I probably would have missed it.”

The last picture is from 1998, showing a young boy surrounded by others, but you can only see their hands or feet. The boy is looking up with curiosity just to the right of the picture. Children can have a sense of hope, even in the hardest of times. This picture confirms that. Martha Rial’s “Rwandan Refugees” shows the struggles that this community had and its hardships during that time.

The thing that sets theses photos apart from others is how they illustrate the world around us. Photojournalism is more than a profession, it’s a calling. Just with any writer or dancer, there needs to be that passion to continue doing it. Otherwise pictures have no life or character to them. “The most powerful weapon that we have in the world is a still photograph.” Pulitzer winner Eddie Adams said.

Iwo Jima.