Changes coming in Maine’s moose lottery.

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 At the Maine legislature, two moose bills have been enacted, one is nearly there, one has been enacted and awaits action by the Appropriations Committee, and all the rest have been killed.

LD 553 was enacted without the Governor’s signature. It requires moose permits to be issued to any resident who is 65 years of age or older or will attain 65 years of age during the calendar year in which the resident is applying for the permit, who has accumulated at least 30 points in the moose lottery.

You too should dine at Jackie's Too

City or Town: 
Ogunquit
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 George

 

            Jackie Bevins’ name was all over Ogunquit. Some of the signs said “Bring Back Bevins.” She was running for the town council where she had served sometime in the past. Jackie has also been serving meals here for 39 years, starting with a small restaurant on Main Street – hence, Jackie’s Too, the Perkins Cove restaurant where we dined.

Wardens declare wild game dinners legal

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 In response to Senator Tom Saviello’s determined effort to straighten out confusion over the legality of wild game dinners, the Maine Warden Service has issued a written memo stating that “it is legal to host a wild game dinner” if four conditions are followed.

Senator Saviello sponsored a bill this session, at my request, to make wild game dinners legal. DIF&W opposed the bill, but some IFW Committee members kept the issue alive, and Senator Saviello even got it as far as a committee of conference, essentially a meeting between House and Senate members to work on language that both bodies could support.

The conference committee created an amendment to the bill that led to the memo issued this week by the Warden Service. Clearly, DIF&W preferred to clarify this issue without putting it in statute. And that is fine by me.

Here is the Warden Service Memo, issued on June 5 by Major Chris Cloutier, and provided to all game wardens.

Colorado paying for pike to get them out of lake

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 While Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife says there is nothing they can do to get illegally introduced species out of a water, Colorado is paying anglers to catch and kill northern pike.

Here’s the story.

Meadowmere in our "home" in Ogunquit

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Ogunquit
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 George

            Since “discovering” Ogunquit last year, we’ve been anxious to return to our “home” there, Meadowmere Resort, a very friendly and family-oriented inn with amazing amenities. In addition to the beautiful rooms and friendly staff, I like the ability to park our vehicle there and walk to the beach, the ocean-front walkway, and downtown stores and restaurants.

            This trip, we picnicked at the beach, then walked the wonderful ocean-side paved Marginal Way, donated by a generous local builder in 1925. It’s a very popular walk with lots of nice benches.

Art Outdoors Explores All Our Emotions

City or Town: 
Ogunquit
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 Pamela Moulton has created a fascinating experience using her beautiful art to explore our beautiful – and not so beautiful – emotions.

After working on the art and presentation for a couple of years, Pam launched her project on May 17 at the Ogunquit Museum of Modern Art. Linda and I were in Ogunquit for a travel column visit to Meadowmere Resort, and spent a couple hours at the museum, which features a wonderful display of the art of Dahlov Ipcar, there until the end of June.

I’m sure you’ll agree that Pamela’s art is stunningly beautiful. But it’s the presentation that I believe she should take all over Maine, because many will benefit from it.

Look carefully and you will see five emotions in the center of the art: enjoyment, anger, sadness, fear, and disgust. Her goal is to help us explore our emotions, and she’s got a fun way to do that.

Amish hunters may now wear red instead of orange

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 Despite a very divided vote by the legislature’s IFW Committee, the state’s Amish hunters won the right to wear red instead of orange while deer hunting in Maine.

 

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