Hunting, fishing, and trapping get a boost from the legislature

Blog Showcase Image: 

 The legislature has added 19 important words to the mission of the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Department that significantly strengthens the role that hunting, fishing, and trapping plays in the management of Maine’s fish and wildlife.

In mid-March I told you this story, which began with a proposal from the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine designed to discourage wildlife ballot initiatives like the 2014 bear referendum. DIF&W raised concerns about SAM’s proposal and it was set aside by the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee.

Don Kleiner, lobbyist for the Maine Professional Guides, created new language that SAM endorsed, and the IFW Committee amended that language down to the 19 words that won the unanimous support of committee members and ultimately, the support of the entire legislature.

Here is the first paragraph In Title 12, Section 10051, titled “Department established,” with the new language underlined:

Petrillo’s will please you!

City or Town: 
Freeport
Blog Showcase Image: 

 Linda

                Petrillo's is a cute little restaurant located at the Train Station in Freeport, just a stone's throw from the outlet stores. It is a cozy place with a bar and a few tables in the main room and more seating in its enclosed porch. And though we visited in March the porch was a popular place to dine. It is a casual dining spot and one where you immediately feel welcome.

                Friends have told us they have great burgers and pizzas and this is a popular spot for both lunches and dinners. A daily happy hour from 3-6 pm offers bargain prices on drinks and a selection of appetizer specials. 

Cold Stream may be Maine’s last wildlife habitat conservation project

Blog Showcase Image: 

 It was great news for sure. After years of work, Maine has purchased the Cold Stream forest, 8,159 acres near the Forks that includes more than 3,000 acres of deer wintering area and lots of fantastic wild brook trout habitat

For more than a decade ago, Trout Unlimited, and the state identified Cold Stream as a priority.  It protects the trout fishery in the Kennebec and Dead Rivers, seven undeveloped ponds which make up the headwaters of Cold Stream, and 5 miles of Cold Stream itself. 

The Trust for Public Land and Trout Unlimited made the purchase, using a variety of funding, and transferred the land to the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, where it has become part of the state’s Public Reserve Lands.

Who knew they could take photographs in the 1840s?

Blog Showcase Image: 

 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

City or Town: 
Bangor
Rockland
Blog Showcase Image: 

                 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

City or Town: 
Farmington
Blog Showcase Image: 

 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

Blog Showcase Image: 

 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!

Site by Fieldstone Media