Stroby's Kings of Midnight Grips and Grabs You

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Just when my stash of mysteries and crime novels was getting low, Wallace Stroby’sKings of Midnight arrived in my mailbox. It was a very special surprise because I’d never heard of Stroby, even though he’s an award-winning novelist.

I call this a very special surprise because not only did Kings of Midnight grip and grab me from the first page, but now I’ve got more Stroby novels to look forward to. Next up for me will be The Barbed-Wire Kiss, a Barry Award finalist.

If it’s better than Kings of Midnight, I’ll be amazed.  Crissa Stone is the compelling criminal star of this novel, full of impressive heists, conflicts, and nail-biting risks. And best of all, dialogue drives it all.

Summer Dreamin of Lubec and Campobello

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Lubec
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We’re summer dreamin’ of our favorite vacation spot, Lubec, Maine, and its Canadian neighbor, Campobello Island.

Like us, you may enjoy vacationing with your kids, grandkids, and other family members. Last summer, we were blessed to have the following join us for our annual August visit to Campobello and Lubec: daughter Rebekah Smith, son-in-law Patrick Mellor, and our grandsons Addison and Vishal, and our son Joshua Smith and daughter-in-law Kelly.

Today, you get their thoughts on this great family vacation spot, and a list of our favorite places there.

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Samoset Just Keeps Getting Better

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Most Mainers have heard of the Samoset Resort in Rockport and many have been there for events or to enjoy the resort’s golf, indoor and outdoor pools, health club, luxurious rooms, exceptionally fine restaurant, and the pampering that comes with most resort experiences.

 But if you haven’t been there lately, you are in for a surprise. A $4 million upgrade included room improvements and an impressive new spa, lounge, and restaurant.

 When we were there last October for Linda’s teacher’s conference, we were impressed, and quickly made arrangements to return the following month for what proved to be one of our best travel experiences of 2011.

 And here’s the best news of all. After closing the last two winters, the Samoset will reopen on April 27 and resume year-round operations.

Jane Eberle Will Be Missed at Legislature

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Rep. Jane Eberle Will Be Missed

Get Your Kids Outside This Week!

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Outdoor Kids

We all recognize the problems of obesity in children and the desperate need to get kids outside for exercise and a connection to nature.

More any-deer permits proposed

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Nearly 8,000 more any-deer permits will be issued this year by Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, if the staff’s recommendation is approved by the Advisory Council and Commissioner.

The proposal, advertised today, calls for 34,160 permits in 2012, a total of 7,770 more than were issued in 2011. 

Ten Wildlife Management Districts get all the increased permits. WMDs 20 and 21 get substantially more. Hunters in two WMD’s will get fewer permits.

WMD 29 gets the same 600 permits this year that it received last year.

Here are the numbers for the districts getting increases (with the 2011 numbers in parentheses).

WMD 12            175            (0)

New LL Bean Book is Guaranteed to be Good

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If there’s one thing that made me a life-long avid advocate for and customer of LL Bean, it’s the company’s guarantee for everything they sell. If I don’t like it, for any reason, at any time, Bean takes it back. No receipt required.

So it’s fitting that a new book chronicling LL Bean’s history is titled Guaranteed to Last, LL Bean’s Century of Outfitting America. And with a bit of irony, the book is authored by James Gorman, no relation to my good friend Jim Gorman, Jr., LL Bean’s great grandson. The book was produced by Melcher Media for LL Bean and the company’s 100th anniversary.

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