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Some Writer! The Story Of E.B. White, by Melissa Sweet

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 When Melissa Sweet’s book, Some Writer! The Story of E. B. White, arrived in the mail, I had a rather tall stack of books waiting to be read and reviewed, but I knew immediately that Melissa’s book would be next. E. B. White is one of my writer heroes, and I treasure a very early copy of his One Man’s Meat.

But I made a mistake. Right after lunch, I opened the book just to read a couple of pages. And that was the rest of my day! I took the book outside, sat in the shade on a very nice sunny afternoon, and savored the entire book. While it was written for children, I have to say I was captivated by it.

Threaded Journeys is not your typical book of hunting and fishing stories.

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 Threaded Journeys by Tom Johnson is an unusual book, with a subtitle that gives you a hint of what’s inside: “Fishing, Hunting, Conservation, Adventure… and America’s Future.” Yes, Tom covers it all.

You’ll get provocative opinion pieces on important issues from climate change to the endangered species act to fracking. And there are lots of great hunting and fishing stories, as Tom roams North America and beyond. I particularly enjoyed his stories of deer hunting in Maine and fishing some of my favorite rivers in Montana. And his favorite brook trout spot in Quebec sounds a lot like mine, although it’s not.

What can you keep and when can you keep it?

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                 You are breaking the law. I am sure of it. Somewhere in your house is a feather from a wild bird, maybe even a nest with eggs in it. You’ve got a skull from a wild animal, perhaps, that you found in the woods or along the road. Whatever it is, you most assuredly don’t have the required possession permit.

                I’d also bet that you are entirely unaware that it is illegal to possess wild birds or animals, or any part of a wild bird or animal, including feathers and bones, without a permit issued by Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

We love Boothbay Harbor's Tugboat Inn

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                 Sitting on the deck of our top floor room at the Tugboat Inn, enjoying the view of the harbor, and visiting with guests on the next room’s deck, who have been vacationing here from Massachusetts for two decades, it was easy to understand what keeps them coming back. What a view!

                And while Boothbay Harbor is a major tourist destination, with lots of specialty shops, it’s amazingly quiet and relaxing at the Tugboat, situated at the end of the busy downtown. All guests receive a wonderful breakfast at the Tugboat’s restaurant, located in an old Tugboat, is really good, with lots of hot and cold choices.

Fun in Boothbay Harbor

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                A sunny September day in the Boothbay Harbor area featured a lengthy visit to the fascinating Botanical Gardens, and a great lunch on the deck at Tug’s Pub on Robinson’s Wharf in Southport, just a few minutes from downtown Boothbay Harbor.

                Seals cavorted in the harbor as we enjoyed a very tasty lunch, starting with Linda’s favorite Geaghan Brother’s Honey Blonde brew.  The menu of seafood dishes is lengthy, as you might expect, but there are lots of other choices from burgers to roast beef and chicken wraps.

Wildfire focuses on what the legislature did and didn’t do

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The new edition of our TV Talk show Wildlife, which airs for the first time tonight, features two outstanding state legislators: Senator Tom Saviello and Representative Bob Duchesne.

We talked about what’s at stake in this election, and our biggest successes and disappointments in the last legislative session. Cohost James Cote and I enjoyed the very lively discussion about everything from mining to landowner rights to forest harvesting to fish hatcheries.

Moose will be gone from this state in 20 years

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 “That’s right, in less than 20 years moose will be gone from this state save for a remnant population. How sad of a legacy we are leaving our grandchildren.”

Those are the words of Eric Orff in his New Hampshire Fish & Wildlife News published in the October 2016 edition of the Northwoods Sporting Journal.

As we approach the end of Maine’s first week of moose hunting, this sobering news from New Hampshire is certainly troubling. New Hampshire’s moose population, according to Orff, has declined from 7500 to 3500, due to warmer winters and ticks.

“An ongoing UNH/Fish and Game moose study (found that there) was an average of 42,000 ticks on each moose. Moose calves cannot support those numbers and 81 percent of the moose calves died last winter along with nearly 25 percent of adult cows,” reported Orff.

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