Demon Spirit Devil Sea by Charlene D’Avanzo

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 Charlene D’Avanzo writes compelling novels that take you to wonderful ocean-side places where terrible things happen. And along the way, you’ll learn some things about climate change.

Charlene is a marine ecologist and award-winning environmental educator who lives in Yarmouth, Maine. Her first novel, Cold Blood, Hot Sea, was an intriguing who-done-it with plenty of tension and a compelling story that kept me glued to the book for two evenings.


And her new novel, Demon Spirit Devil Sea, is another great read. Again, I raced through it in two evenings. And boy, now I want to visit Haida Gwaii, the setting for this story.

Legislature kills lots of deer (bills)

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 Legislators had lots of ideas about how to improve deer hunting, from allowing baiting to letting kids shoot does anywhere anytime to protecting small bucks.

But the bills didn’t get much support from the legislature’s Fish and Wildlife Committee and they were all killed by the House and Senate, although some of them got a few votes of support from F&W Committee members.

Here are the bills that are now dead.

LD 1038 would have allowed junior hunters to take does in any WMD on youth hunting day. DIF&W pointed out that junior hunters already get 25% of the any-deer permits that are issued.

Our birding adventure in Patagonia, AZ was fabulous

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 Linda

 

Moose referendum was hard-fought battle

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 The 1983 referendum initiated by a group trying to stop Maine’s new moose hunting season was contentious and hard-fought. Here’s a look back at it in a Sun Journal news story by reporter Joe O’Connor.

Moose-kill Issue Draws Foes Face to Face, October 6, 1983.

“Is the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife trying to balance its budget at the expense of the moose?” – Roger Curran.

“Is hunting a proper game-management tool in Maine, for moose or any other species?” – George Smith

Answering yes to their own questions, two men representing the pro and con sides of the Maine moose hunt squared off in a debate before the Androscoggin County Women’s Republican Club in Auburn Wednesday night.

Thermoil by Kevin Sheehan

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Kevin Sheehan’s book, Thermoil, published by North Country Press, is billed as “Selected Shorts by a Romantic Engineer.” After reading the book, I had to ask if it was fiction or fact. It was tough to tell.

Kevin said only one story is factual, and I’ll let you try and guess which one. They are all very real, and could easily have been factual. The back of the book tells you that it is a “collection of poems, nostalgic memories and short fiction.”

It is all of that, but be prepared for “turmoil, madness, and tragedy.” Some of the stories may even distress you. But they will all engage you, and you won’t want to stop reading.

First Cousin Once Removed by Delia Drake

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When I heard that Marti Brann had published a new novel, First Cousin Once Removed, I couldn’t wait to read and review it. I really enjoyed Marti’s first mystery novel, Distant Cousin.

Marti writes under the pen name Delia Drake, but these books are all Marti. As the biography at the back of her first book noted, Marti has a “vivid imagination that has entertained her family for years.” This Waldo County grandmother will keep you reading from page one to the final page, where you’ll finally learn “who done it.”

Marti’s new novel was published by North Country Press, and features some of the same characters found in her first novel, and like her first novel, there’s plenty of intrigue. You’ll need to pay close attention to keep all the characters in place, and figure out who might have committed that ugly murder in the town library. Yup, a lady is killed in the library.  But don’t worry, this novel won’t make the library a scary place for you!

First of our two columns on Arizona

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 George

            Three things drew us back to Tucson, Arizona this year: an amazing birding guide, Melody Kehl, awesome Mexican restaurants, and easy access to southeast Arizona.

            After our first-ever trip here last year, we couldn’t wait to return. Our travel plans these days always include an overnight stay in a room with a beautiful view of the harbor at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland, where they keep our car while we’re away and shuttle us to and from the airport. Trust me – this is the way to start your vacation.

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