Doing Valentine's Day Right!

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Augusta
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Guys. Print this out for next year’s Valentine’s Day. Here’s how to do Valentine’s Day right.

You tell your wife that you’re cooking her dinner, and then surprise her with dinner at one of her favorite Italian restaurants, Gagliano’s in Augusta.

Earlier in the day, you visit the restaurant with a bag of items to be placed on your table before you arrive for dinner: a photo of your wife dining in Italy with the hills of Tuscany in the background; her favorite vase filled with some of her favorite fresh flowers; a beautifully wrapped gift of her favorite chocolates from Monica’s Chocolates in Lubec (and purchased in Hallowell at Scrummy Afters Candy Shoppe); and of course, a very nice Valentine card.

Turkey Bill Gets Great Hearing

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We talked turkey today at the legislature. Although there were six bills on the public hearing schedule for the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, my focus was on LD 84, An Act to Expand Turkey Hunting. And that is the bill that consumed most of the afternoon.

LD 84 is my proposal, sponsored on my behalf by Senator Tom Saviello. Here’s what it does:

1)      Focuses on reversing the decline in turkey hunters and serving farmers and private landowners by increasing the turkey harvest.

2)      Eliminates the turkey permit and fees so that turkey hunting may be included in DIF&W’s hunting licenses without additional payment.

Wildfire is Back!

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Suffering football withdrawal? I’ve got just the antidote. Watch Wildfire, Maine’s most popular TV show!

Well ok, Wildfire may not be the most popular show, but it is available on the Time Warner cable station in more than 300,000 shows and on the website of Maine Audubon.

The show airs on Wednesday nights at 7 pm, beginning on February 13. In most areas, the Time Warner channel is 9. It will also air on other days and times, as yet to be announced.

After 11 years on commercial and cable stations, this TV talk show, cohosted by Harry Vanderweide and me, went off the air at the end of 2010 when I retired from the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time.

Dincontinued Roads - Public Benefit vs Private Burden

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Beware: if you obtain ownership of the land under a discontinued or abandoned road, as the abutting landowner, you may gain a whole lot of heartache and expense.

State laws governing abandoned and discontinued roads are complex and confusing. Every decade or so the legislature tries to clean this up, without much success. They’ll try again this session, using a set of recommendations from a task force. Senator Tom Saviello is sponsoring a bill that includes all of those recommendations.

When I was a Mount Vernon Selectman in the mid-1980s, we researched all of the town’s abandoned and discontinued roads to determine the legal status and whether or not the public retained rights of access. At that time, my principle interest was in establishing and protecting public rights of access, especially when those old roads led to public lands or recreational property.

Wintering at the Samoset Resort

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Rockport
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 What comes to mind when you think about the Samoset Resort in Rockport? Luxurious rooms? Stunning ocean views? An awesome Italian restaurant? World-class golf course? A wonderful spa? Tons of fun with indoor and outdoor pools, hot tubs, saunas, workout rooms and classes?

Well, this winter you should be thinking family school-vacation adventures, romantic Valentine’s Day experiences, and winter weekend get-a-ways packed with great food and fun!

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Talking Turkeys on Tuesday at the Legislature!

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We’ll be talking turkeys with members of the legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee on Tuesday, February 12. The committee hosts public hearings on 6 bills that day, starting at 1 pm in Room 206 of the Cross Building.

LD 84, An Act to Expand Turkey Hunting, sponsored by Senator Tom Saviello, is my proposal. This bill:

1)      Focuses on reversing the decline in turkey hunters and serving farmers and private landowners by increasing the turkey harvest.

2)      Eliminates the turkey permit and fees so that turkey hunting may be included in DIF&W’s hunting licenses without additional payment.

IFW Committee Debates Rubber Worms

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Room 206 was standing-room-only this afternoon, filled with a crowd of anglers opposed to LD 42, An Act to Prohibit the Use of Rubber Lures for Fishing.

Apparently word spread nationwide about this bill. Standing in the Capitol Rotunda between the House and Senate this morning, Rep. Steve Wood, an IFW Committee member, told me he’d received 758 emailed messages on the bill, only one of which was in favor - and only 122 of which came from Maine residents. Steve said it was the most messages he’d ever received on any legislative issue.

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