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Who knew they could take photographs in the 1840s?

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 Who knew they could take photographs in the 1840s? Not me, that’s for sure!

Maine Photography gives us a fascinating look – literally, with lots of photos – of the evolution of picture taking. No selfies back then! Lucky them!

Published by Down East Books and written by Libby Bichof, an associate professor of history at USM, Susan Danley, a curator of art exhibits, and Earle Shettleworth, our state historian, the book gets deep into the history of photography, featuring short biographies of outstanding photographers through the ages.

Let’s Do Lunch – In Bangor and Rockland

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                 A lot of readers have told us they eat out for lunch more than for dinner, so we’re starting a new series of columns: Let’s Do Lunch. Spread throughout the year, we’ll give you two or three great places for lunch in each column. And we invite you to let us know about your favorite luncheon spots!

Fork and Spoon - Linda

Your smile will be wide at Thai Smile in Farmington

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 Linda

                I confess that I do not know a lot about Thai food. I had never even tried it until I was well into adulthood. The one thing I know is that once you have tried great Thai food you are likely to be looking forward to going back for more! And I'm happy to say we found a local place that offers excellent Thai flavors in Farmington at Thai Smile and Sushi Restaurant.

Buying your hunting and fishing licenses just got easier

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 What an improvement! After complaining for years about the complexities of purchasing my hunting/fishing licenses and permits online, it just got a whole lot easier. Last Friday I tried out the new system, which launched on March 1, and was even able to buy my wife’s fishing license in the same transaction.

The system is “now quicker, easier to use and packed with new features,” said Emily McCabe in a department press release. And I found that to be true.

“These improvements eliminate unnecessary steps and presents new purchasing options,” commented Bill Swan, DIF&W’s Director of Licensing. “We listened to user comments regarding the service and these changes should improve our customer’s experience.” Given that I’ve been one of the loudest complainers over the years, I’ve got to thank Bill and all who worked on this. Nice job!

Don’t miss this great wild game dinner for great causes

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Finally, I am able to attend Unity College’s very popular wild game dinner on April 8. I always seemed to have a conflict in my schedule, but I’ll be there this year, and you should join me. This is their 12th wild game dinner and it is now well known for fabulous food and fun. The event always sells out so you’ll want to order your tickets today.

The meal is prepared by the Unity staff and students, with the help of a celebrity chef, celebrates Maine’s hunting and fishing heritage, and raises money for worthy causes. This year the proceeds will benefit Operation Game Thief, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, and the Unity College Sporting Station (the skinning and dressing shack for wild game).

Yes, they have a skinning shed, just one more reason to love this Maine college!

An inspiring look at our New Mainers

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                When I wrote a newspaper column a few weeks ago, proposing that we call immigrants “new Mainers,” I had no idea there was a book by that name, published by Tilbury House in 2009. But that book was quickly called to my attention and I ordered up a copy of it.

                Wow, this is an eye-opening, inspiring, and very important book, a book I hope ever Mainer will read. These wonderful folks aspire to be Mainers, and that’s a great compliment to those of us who were lucky enough to be born here and lived our lives here.

Injured birds get great treatment at Avian Haven

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 Avian Haven does amazing work with injured and other wild birds. Its 2015 annual report is both informative and fascinating, and was, as they report, “an unprecedented growth year.”

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