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Craignnair Inn and Puffin Cruise = fabulous (and affordable) summer-get-away

City or Town: 
Saint George
Port Clyde
Spruce Head
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 Egg Rock was covered in colorful puffins and our cruise, followed by dinner and overnight at the Craignair Inn, made for a great – and affordable – summer-get-away.

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Grandson helps with book reviews

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When two kids’ books arrived for reviewing, I knew just where to turn. Nine-year-old grandson Addison Mellor loves to read. And although his favorite books involve galactic battles, I knew I could count on him to help Grampy with this review.

 

Wild Fox, by Cherie Mason, illustrated by Ellen McAllister Stammen, published by Down East Books, 2013.

“It was good because it was a true story,” says Adi. “I liked that it was in Maine.”

Me too. Mason’s small book, beautifully illustrated by Stammen, tells the story of an injured fox that Mason befriended. It’s actually a very good read even for adults, and it’s perfect for those who like to read to their kids and grandkids (and I hope that is all of you).

Maine State Music Theater and Frontier Cafe

City or Town: 
Brunswick
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The Maine State Music Theater is a state treasure, so we were not surprised that the performance of Gypsy was one of the best we’ve ever enjoyed. But we were surprised by our dining experience at Frontier Café – and by the fact it too is driven by its owner to perform, by “connecting the world through food, arts, and culture.”

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Dining in luxury at Looking Glass Chef's Table

City or Town: 
Bar Harbor
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 A special Chef’s Table dinner by Arturo Montez drew us back to the Bluenose Inn – as if we needed an excuse to enjoy another luxurious visit to Bar Harbor!

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Concealed Carry Permits are Worthless - but Expensive

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Today’s news report, by Associated Press reporter Alanna Durkin, that Maine’s State Police are now nearly five months behind in acting on concealed weapons permit applications, ought to be enough to finally get rid of this requirement. To be accurate, the law calls them concealed carry permits.

Maine law required the permit applications to be acted on within 30 days. But no one seems to be suggesting that the Colonel of the Maine State Police be arrested for this gross violation of the law. Certainly, the legislature is culpable by failing to provide funding for this process, and for continuing to insist that concealed carry permits are somehow effective in deterring crime.

Criminals, by definition, don’t obey the laws – and they certainly don’t apply for concealed carry permits. The State Police issue permits for more than 300 small towns, while larger towns and cities issue the permits at the local level. Some city police chiefs refuse to issue permits, another violation of the law.

Roxanne Quimby, Lucas St.Clair, and Me

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 I’ve been questioned and criticized recently for collaborating with Lucas St.Clair to create a management and use plan for the lands purchased by his mother Roxanne Quimby. Here’s why my participation has been and is important.

When Roxanne reached out to the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, Maine Snowmobile Association, and others who had been very critical of her plan to create a national park on her lands between Baxter State Park and the East Branch of the Penobscot River, I was very skeptical. I had been her harshest critic.

What it all means

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It is good to reflect, often, how much our hunting and fishing heritage and all of our outdoor opportunities mean to each of us. I was reminded of this in July when my high school basketball coach, Art Warren, died at the age of 72 after fighting ALS for several years. While Art’s obituary reported on his many contributions to education and sports, as well as his dedication to family and friends, I was particularly struck by the section on fishing. See if you can identify with this, from Art’s obit.

 

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