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Fisheries biologists criticize stocking of Portage Lake

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 A proposal by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to stock Portage Lake has drawn criticism from some of the department’s fisheries biologists, a very unusual situation. Normally these biologists avoid criticizing each other’s plans.

Here’s the proposal as described by the department:

History of Conservation in Maine

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 Lloyd Irland of Wayne writes great articles on lots of interesting subjects, from the forest to conservation lands. And his recent power point presentation on the history of conservation in Maine has to be one of his best ever.

You can access Lloyd's article here.


Italy comes to Waterville

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          This is going to save us a lot of money. We no longer have to travel to Italy to enjoy that country. Jennifer Bergeron and Jonathan Rosenbloom have brought Italy to Maine, with a great new restaurant in Waterville.

          Late last year Jennifer purchased Napoli’s Market, and has now added their restaurant, Itali-ah. Jennifer says the name demonstrates that they are Italian, but with a Maine accent.

Recommendations to improve Maine’s fish and wildlife management were ignored

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           Now that the regular firearm season on deer has ended, and knowing that we all value and enjoy all of Maine’s wildlife, I want to look back to some recommendations that were issued in 2001 to secure the future of Maine’s wildlife and fish.

          A citizens advisory committee, chaired by then state representative Matt Dunlap, included an outstanding array of the state’s leaders. The legislature created the committee due to concerns about the long-term survival of our fish and wildlife heritage.

Uses for Mooses by Paul Cyr

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 I’m a fan of Paul Cyr’s photography, and his new book, Uses for Mooses, published by Down East Books, demonstrates why.

The moose photos in this book are amazing. And the book is also a fun read, with lots of humorous comments to go with the photographs. For example, there’s a photo of a cow and two calves, staring at us, with the cow telling her calves, “Act natural. The humans are staring at us again.” There’s a fabulous photo of two bulls fighting, with the caption, “Swing your partner round and round.”

The 40 greatest players in Boston Celtics basketball history by Robert Cohen

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 Who do you think where the 40 greatest players for the Boston Celtics? I think Robert Cohen made many of the right choices in his new book The 40 greatest players in Boston Celtics basketball history.

Published by Down East Books, this is a very entertaining read. Having been a Celtics fan from my very earliest days, I certainly think he got it right with the top four: Bill Russell, Larry Bird, John Havlicek, and Bob Cousy.

Cohen’s book provides lots of details about the lives and careers of these 40 great players, along with a history of the Celtics which came into existence on June 6, 1946. That was in the Basketball Association of America which eventually merged with its rival the National Basketball League at the conclusion of the 1948 – 49 campaign to form the National Basketball Association.

Gardens Aglow has an amazing display of 500,000 lights

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Boothbay Harbor
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I can’t come up with an appropriate adjective for Gardens Aglow at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay Harbor. Amazing, astonishing, fabulous, fantastic. Even these do not completely describe this display.

You really must see it sometime between now and December 31. It’s not expensive and you can buy tickets on their website or when you arrive.

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