Wolf Hybrid Prowls Bristol Neighborhood

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Wolf hybrids were once totally unregulated in Maine. I submitted the first legislative bill, on behalf of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, that required wolf hybrids to be registered and vaccinated against rabies.

The animals are now regulated by the Department of Agriculture and treated like domestic dogs. But they are not dogs. In fact, most of them are nearly 100 percent wolf. And wolves are dangerous animals.

This year, Jim Doughty of Bristol caused an uproar when he proposed to establish a refuge for wolf hybrids at his home. Neighbors were alarmed and took their concerns to their Senator, David Trahan.

Dave successfully sponsored legislation that tightened regulations on wolf hybrid kennels.

But Doughty was still able to establish his refuge, now licensed for up to 18 wolf hybrids.

Rockland's Rustica Takes You All the Way To Italy

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Rockland continues to call us back, and not just because our daughter Rebekah, son-in-law Patrick, and grandsons Addison and Vishal, live nearby in Union (although that helps).

We like to browse in Readfield native Lacy Simon’s bookstore (Hello, Hello – yes, that’s the name of the store!). The Main Street is full of interesting art galleries and stores featuring clothes, cooking supplies, wine, toys, and more.

The Farnsworth Museum always has something of interest and we love the public walkway along the shore. This amazing coastal community is chock full of inns, B&Bs, and many of its two dozen restaurants are surprisingly good.

Sarah's Cafe - A Maine Gem

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Sarah’s Café in Wiscasset would stop traffic even if the jam of cars in the summer didn’t. It’s a great place to get off Route One to discover a real Maine gem.

Sarah Heald opened her Wiscasset café in 1987. Ten years later she moved the café across the street to its wonderful waterfront location and added a pub. Sarah was honored in 2002 as the Maine Restaurant Association’s Restaurateur of the Year. Today her son Matt joins her in the kitchen.

Home this summer for a visit, daughter Hilary joined us at Sarah’s and offers her perspective in this column.

Fisheries Study Yields Disappointing Results

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Today we begin a four-part series that will be posted over the next few weeks. This first column reports on the findings in a new fisheries study commissioned by Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. The second column reviews the recommendations for Maine’s fisheries program issued in 2002 by the Management Assistance Team of the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. The third column consists of interviews with Brett Levin, who with his wife Jen authored the new study, John Boland, DIF&W’s Director of Fisheries and Wildlife Divisions, and DIF&W Commissioner Chandler Woodcock. The fourth column pulls all of this together and includes my own recommendations to improve the state’s fisheries and our fishing experiences in Maine. Buckle your wading belts!

Talking Fishing While Fishing

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The large brook trout cradled by DIF&W Commissioner Chandler Woodcock in the photo above is only part of the story. It was my pleasure to organize an opportunity for the Commissioner and John Boland, DIF&W’s Director of the Fisheries and Wildlife Divisions, to visit the Rangeley area to talk fisheries issues with local folks and to experience some of the great fishing offered in that area of the state.

Joining us was Bill Pierce, former marketing director for DIF&W and now Development Director for the Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust, the lead group in establishing an astonishing amount of conservation land and projects in the region.

Bill Pierce's Brookie

Great New Inn and Tavern At Brunswick Station

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There’s something to be said for trying a brand spanking new inn or restaurant, being among the first to enjoy a meal, an experience, putting yourself at the center of what’s happening when and where it’s happening.

The new Inn and Tavern at Brunswick Station is happening, and we felt unusually ahead of the curve when we visited in August, just weeks after it opened. We tend to favor historical inns and established restaurants.

So this was a bit of a gamble. It paid off.  The Inn is stylish and only one thing really surprised us at the Tavern: the high qualify of the food.

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Bethel Inn Resort and Harvest Fest

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A resort should have beautiful buildings and grounds, nice rooms and suites, good eating opportunities, and lots of indoor and outdoor activities. Bethel Inn Resort fits the bill and is our go-to destination in western Maine.

Combine a visit to the Inn with Bethel’s annual Harvest Fest and you’ve got a weekend to remember.

Unable to attend the upcoming festival this year because of a family wedding on the same weekend, we visited Bethel a couple of weeks ago, staying at the Inn, enjoying two amazing dinners at 22 Broad Street and Sudbury Inn, and taking a drive on Route 113 through Evans Notch.

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