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Ships, Swindlers, and Scalded Hogs by Frederic B. Hill

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                 When I first picked up this book, Ships, Swindlers, and Scalded Hogs, I wasn’t sure it would be all that interesting. Sure, a history of the famous Crooker Shipyard in Bath is a worthy subject, and the book is written by the great-great-grandson of one of the Crooker brothers, but I’ve got a pile of books to read and write about, so I decided to simply flip through it quickly.

                Well, it only took a few pages before author Frederic B. Hill had me hooked. There’s a whole lot more here than simply building ships. Swindlers and scaled hogs indeed.

Maine on Glass by W.H. Bunting, Kevin Johnson, and Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr.

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                 Historic photos accompanied by fascinating stories of Maine between 1909 and 1950 kept me glued to this book for several evenings. Published by Tilbury House in partnership with the Penobscot Marine Museum, Maine on Glass features 200 black and white photos taken all over the state.

                This wonderful contribution to Maine’s history was created by Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., the Maine State Historian, Kevin Johnson, the Penobscot Marine Museum photo archivist, and Bill Bunting, Maine’s foremost interpreter of historical images. From resorts to hunting camps, farms to lobster shacks, huge historic homes to large steam ships, brass bands to village schools, they’re all here.

Remembering our 2015 trip to Italy

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There’s a lot more going on in Maine’s forests than you know about

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                 The Pine Tree Camp on North Pond in Rome hosted a fantastic SWOAM/Maine Tree Farm Forestry Field Day on September 10, and I was very glad I decided to attend. I thought I knew a lot about what’s going on in our forests, including the programs and projects currently underway, but boy, did I learn a lot at this great event, the 62nd annual forestry field day.

                Special thanks to the Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine for alerting me to this event. As the owner of a 150 acre woodlot and a SWOAM member, I find their work and services to be very valuable.

Awesome mounted fish – and fishing stories – at Rangeley B&B

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                 I first met Rob Welch at the annual meeting of the Maine Woods Consortium, a group that works to improve the rural Maine economy. We hit it off immediately, because Rob is an avid angler in one of my favorite regions, Rangeley, where I’ve spent a lot of time fishing over the years.

                So Linda and I scheduled a travel column visit to the Pleasant Street Inn B&B owned by Rob and his wife Jan. The 5 room B&B is wonderful, as is the hospitality. Rob’s a retired school principal and Jan teaches fourth grade math at the Rangeley school.

Sitting by the dock of the bay

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Boothbay Harbor
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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.

Layne Witherell’s career in wine has been amazing!

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You could be excused for thinking Layne Witherell drank wine from his baby bottle instead of milk. I’m pretty sure he knows more about wine than anyone in the world, and I’m absolutely sure he’s had the most interesting life in the wine business.

Layne’s new book, Wine Maniacs – Life in the Wine Biz, is phenomenal, entertaining, very informative, and something that will surely improve your selection and enjoyment of wine.

It was my good fortunate one day, wandering into the wine section at the back of Trader Joe’s in Portland, to have Layne recognize me and begin a conversation. In person he is very engaging, but what impressed me the most was one of the first things he told me, as I was reaching for a fairly expensive bottle of wine.

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