Pass the Pandowdy, Please – Words by Abby Zelz, Art by Eric Zelz

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 Do you like food? How about history? As a lover of both, I found Pass The Pandowdy, Please, to be absolutely fascinating. It’s a book that will entertain both adults and children, and I can’t wait to share it with my grandsons.

The subtitle tells it well: Chewing on History with Famous Folks and Their Fabulous Foods. This book, published by Tilbury House in Thomaston, takes us on a romp through history, looking at what famous people ate, and telling us why. Abby Zelz wrote the stories while her husband Eric Zelz did the art.

Imagine dining with Cleopatra. You’ll have to be prepared to eat with your fingers, as she did. They didn’t have utensils at that time. That’s my kind of eating!

Hunting in Italy is a lot different than in Maine

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 I heard him yelling, every few minutes, as he came up the hill through the grape vines. And then, there he was, in a field below our apartment in the small family winery, Il Santo, in Greve, Italy.

He was wearing camo clothing and carrying a very long gun, which I assumed was a rifle. Halfway across the field, he called someone on his phone, who I assumed were his hunting buddies. I also assumed they were hunting wild boar, because Tuscany is overrun with them, and expanded the hunt and bag limit to reduce the population of boars this year.

As an aside, I can tell you that pappardelle pasta with wild board sauce is my favorite Italian dish.

Annabella's is a gathering place in Richmond

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                Family defines and inspires Annabella’s Bakery and Café in “downtown” Richmond. Barbara and her daughter Stacy are the owners, assisted by Barbara’s two sisters and cousin, and sometimes even her grandsons. And her husband is known to poke around in the place too.

                Lots of people in the Richmond area encouraged us to visit Annabella’s, and we are grateful to them for that advice. This a truly wonderful place, a place where you might go for breakfast and still be there for lunch! It’s a gathering place for the community, for sure. It’s also a place that serves creative and tasty food.

Oh, the hunting mistakes I’ve made!

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 When I started to build a list of all the mistakes I’ve made while hunting, well, it turns out I made a lot more mistakes than I remembered! I guess that’s the trail we take to become successful hunters. For me, the trail was long and sometimes frustrating.

I started off on the wrong foot, when, at the age of 9, I snuck up to a robin, perched on a tree in our front yard, and shot it with my BB gun. Dad explained, quickly, how wrong that was! Seems appropriate that today I am an avid birder! With binoculars, not a shotgun!

About a half century later, I was hunting woodcock with my friend Jimmy Robbins in Searsmont, when we moved into a grow-over apple orchard. Jimmy told me to stand near an old apple tree on a knoll, while he took the dog and hunted down through the thick brush off to our right. He pointed to the far end of that piece and said to watch that spot, because that’s where the woodcock would fly out.

Awesome mounted fish – and fishing stories – at Rangeley B&B

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                 I first met Rob Welch at the annual meeting of the Maine Woods Consortium, a group that works to improve the rural Maine economy. We hit it off immediately, because Rob is an avid angler in one of my favorite regions, Rangeley, where I’ve spent a lot of time fishing over the years.

                So Linda and I scheduled a travel column visit to the Pleasant Street Inn B&B owned by Rob and his wife Jan. The 5 room B&B is wonderful, as is the hospitality. Rob’s a retired school principal and Jan teaches fourth grade math at the Rangeley school.

What can we expect from the next legislature?

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Thanks to all who told us they enjoyed the lively discussion about the last legislative session’s accomplishments and disappointments, featured in last episode of our TV talk show with two outstanding state legislators: Senator Tom Saviello and Representative Bob Duchesne.

And I’ve got great news for you. Tom and Bob are featured in the new edition of Wildlife, airing for the first time tonight.

On this show, we focused on major outdoor and environmental issues in the 2017 legislative session. From solar and wind power to mining, hatcheries to stream and brook spawning habitat protection, exotic animals to problems in the Maine Warden Service, we covered a lot of ground in this half hour.

Friendly and welcoming define the Pleasant Street Inn Bed & Breakfast

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                The super friendly and welcoming Rob and Jan Welch define their Pleasant Street Inn Bed & Breakfast on a quiet street within walking distance of downtown Rangeley. As we arrived, I thought the large and beautiful inn must be an historic building, but later learned that when they purchased this place in 1977, it was a tiny old house served by a 3-holer outhouse.

                They restored the barn and moved it away from the house, then fixed up the old house, later adding on to provide space for Rob’s grandfather. Today, that addition offers 5 gorgeous bedrooms for their guests. Rob and Jan still live in the house and enjoy spending time with their guests, as we did. The morning gathering for Rob’s delicious breakfast was especially fun.

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