Can I Carry Your Luggage? By Shelley Lance-Fulk and Jacklyn Amtower

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 I don’t know how it is that I had never heard of Shelley Lance-Fulk and Jaclyn Amtower, who live in Beaver Cove, a small village just north of Greenville, and who have travelled to all 7 continents and more than 75 countries to experience and photograph wildlife.

Thankfully, I know about them now, after reading some of their amazing stories, and seeing some of their fantastic photographs, in their new book published by Maine Authors Publishing, Can I Carry Your Luggage? The title comes from a question often asked at their talks from folks who would love to travel with them and carry their luggage. Now, I’m also on that list!

Beneath the Depths by Bruce Robert Coffin

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I figured it out! I figured out who killed the prominent attorney, the drug dealer, and the stripper.  Well, ok, I was only about 20 pages from the end of Bruce Robert Coffin’s wonderful new novel, Beneath the Depths, but I did sense who the real killer was before Coffin revealed that information.

As the intriguing story progressed, more than a dozen possible killers were trotted out, and another prominent attorney was jailed for those murders, but it became obvious, using the clues Coffin revealed, that someone else was the killer. And I figured it out.

I enjoyed Coffin’s first novel, Among the Shadows, and his new novel is even better. I can tell you that this book is flying off the shelves of our Mount Vernon library, and getting rave reviews from our patrons.

New brewery is an awesome addition to Lubec

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          I love Gale White’s story. A nuclear physicist who dramatically changed careers, he selected Maine for that life changing experience, going first to Bar Harbor, which was far too crowded for him, and then being directed to Lubec by a knowledgeable bartender, where Gale purchased a small breakfast place.

Kill more bass and protect more brook trout

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 A lot of interesting issues were discussed at the most recent meeting of the Fish and Wildlife Advisory Council, the group that must approve all new rules governing hunting, fishing, and trapping.

One of the most interesting parts of the meeting occurred when council members had the opportunity to raise any issues and ask any questions they wished. They had quite a discussion about bass. One council member questioned new rules of no size or bag limit on bass in northern Maine waters.

Fisheries Division Director Francis Brautigam responded that IFW “does not want bass in those waters.” But he also said the agency’s goal “is not reduce the bass populations in those waters,” a statement that confused me.

Advisory Council member Jeff Lewis of Hancock County complained about the spread of bass, especially largemouth bass, and cited the loss of native brook trout in many waters in his region.

Nonresident moose permits won’t go to sporting camps

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Despite a unanimous endorsement from the legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, a bill to give Maine sporting camps and outfitters 20% of the moose hunting permits currently going to nonresidents in the annual drawing did not win the support of the full legislature.

House members voted for the measure, but the Senate voted to carry the bill over to next year’s legislative session, where it will once again be up for consideration by the IFW Committee.

The bill unanimously endorsed by the legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife would give 20 percent of the nonresident moose permits to outfitters and sporting camps licensed by Maine’s Department of Health and Human Resources in a chance drawing. Currently nonresidents get 10% of the permits. DIF&W would be paid $1500 for each sporting camp permit and the camp/outfitter would be able to resell the permit. New Brunswick, Canada has a similar system.

Door In Dark Water gives you an inspiring and frightening experience

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I was right out there in the open ocean, feeling the powerful wind, worried about the approaching storm, hauling in tons of fish, exhausted after being at sea for 36 hours without sleep.

P.D. Callahan’s book, Door In Dark Water, is a well-written account of his years of commercial fishing, and I was most impressed with the way he puts the reader right on the boat with him. I thought I knew what that experience is like, until I read this book.

Here’s how he got hooked.

“Now, here is the greatest moment in this drama… It is experiencing a wildness that is both a heart-rending moment and a peak instant of excitement all at once.

“As you pull (the mackerel) explode in front of you all at once, four or five thousand leaping bodies in a loud splashing, water flying high enough to rain back down. You are standing in a heavy downpour of seawater and tiny mackerel scales. We know we have them. But it is so loud, you have to shout over the cacophony.

Marsden Hartley’s art is inspiring and you can see it at Colby College for free!

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 Marsden Hartley’s art – much of it depicting Maine’s beautiful outdoors – has always been a favorite of mine. And now, until November 12, you can see much of it for free at Colby College’s art museum.

Linda and I recently enjoyed a guided tour of the Hartley exhibit at Colby, led by Maine artist Evelyn Dunphy and sponsored by Friends of Baxter State Park. I kept thinking, as we enjoyed Hartley’s art, that the tour was a new trail through Baxter Park – and a stunning tour too.

Evelyn was a superb guide, giving us lots of information about Hartley and his art. She will lead another tour on October 18.

Evelyn’s art is stunning too, and you can access it here. And please check out the website of Friends of Baxter State Park. If you enjoy the park, you should be a member of the Friends group. Check out their exciting raffle now going on. You could win some amazing trips.

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