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Brian Deese tells it like it is on climate change and energy

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                    Brian Deese knows climate change, conservation, and energy policies. I found his recent speech in Portland to be fascinating.

          The event was sponsored by Maine Conservation Voters, and is the place I received the Harrison Richardson Environmental Leadership Award. It was a big crowd, nearly 500 people, and Brian was the keynote speaker.

          Brian was President Barack Obama’s senior advisor on climate, conservation, and energy policies. His speech was both inspiring and educational.

Please help me establish the Ezra Smith Wildlife Conservation Area.

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           Today, I am hoping you will join me in a new project: the donation of my 150 acre woodlot in Mt. Vernon to the Kennebec Land Trust. KLT does a fantastic job in my area, and Linda and I enjoy many of their managed lands.

The Summer of the Osprey by Elisabeth Ogilvie

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I love Elisabeth Ogilvie’s novels. And that’s a good thing because she wrote 46 books! Ogilvie grew up in the greater Boston area and lived in Maine from 1944 until her death in 2006. She will always be one of our most beloved writers. So we have to thank Down East Books for recently publishing a new paperback edition of Ogilvie’s novel, The Summer of the Osprey.

I’m pretty sure I had never read this one, although I have read many of Ogilvie’s wonderful novels. This story is set on Bennett’s island where a mysterious and wealthy man buys property, arrives with a very expensive lobster boat, and sneaks a beautiful young woman into his house.

Maine Life in a Day by Susan Conley

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If you love Maine, and who doesn’t, then you will love Maine Life in a Day, published by Down East Books. Susan Conley did a superb job of pulling together many wonderful photographs that will entertain and inspire you.

Susan grew up in Woolwich, Maine in the 1970s and offers a great story about that in the introduction. “Up and down our small stretch of the Kennebec River, our neighbors canned tomatoes and fed chickens and made it up as they went. Maine was big and forgiving enough for people to reinvent themselves like this back then. It still is.”

Fisheries biologists criticize stocking of Portage Lake

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 A proposal by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to stock Portage Lake has drawn criticism from some of the department’s fisheries biologists, a very unusual situation. Normally these biologists avoid criticizing each other’s plans.

Here’s the proposal as described by the department:

History of Conservation in Maine

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 Lloyd Irland of Wayne writes great articles on lots of interesting subjects, from the forest to conservation lands. And his recent power point presentation on the history of conservation in Maine has to be one of his best ever.

You can access Lloyd's article here.


Italy comes to Waterville

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          This is going to save us a lot of money. We no longer have to travel to Italy to enjoy that country. Jennifer Bergeron and Jonathan Rosenbloom have brought Italy to Maine, with a great new restaurant in Waterville.

          Late last year Jennifer purchased Napoli’s Market, and has now added their restaurant, Itali-ah. Jennifer says the name demonstrates that they are Italian, but with a Maine accent.

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