Among the Shadows by Bruce Robert Coffin

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Bruce Robert Coffin’s novel, Among the Shadows, is the only thing that went right on our recent flights to Italy. I’d dipped into the book the night before we left, to make sure it was worthy of carrying all the way to Italy and back. And it was.

So I started reading it on the bus trip from Portland to Boston, read a bit more at Logan and on the plane to Rome, and finished the book during a 7 hour layover in Rome. We’d left Boston late, missed our connection in Rome to Pisa, waited 7 hours for another flight to Pisa, and arrived too late to get to our destination that night. And oh yea, our luggage didn’t arrive in Pisa with us.

A great visit to the Black Point Inn

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Scarborough
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 Linda

                It feels like there aren't too many areas of Maine that we haven't explored, but this week's column took us to a new location neither of us had ever visited: Prouts Neck in Scarboro, to the Black Point Inn.

                The huge and historic building is surrounded by private homes and looks like an elegant Maine cottage with a cupola and lovely arched windows along the first floor. Todd, a bellman, greeted us and the friendly front desk staff checked us in with a genuine welcome. They told us the Inn’s rooms have a cottage feel, and indeed the sea colors of our room matched that description.

                The furnishings included an antique desk and dresser, a king size bed with a supremely comfortable mattress and exquisite linens. Our windows looked out to the ocean.

Poland Spring Supports Conservation and Community

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Poland Spring is about a lot more than bottled water. Yes, they have three bottling plants in Poland Spring, Hollis, and Kingfield and employ 800 Mainers full-time or seasonally in places where jobs are hard to come by, with a $42 million annual payroll. And they’ve invested over $500 million here since 2000. They also spend $60 million each year with other Maine companies.

But what I most admire – and appreciate – is the $6 million that Poland Spring has contributed since 2000 to conservation and community each year, supporting schools, fire and rescue services, environmental conservation and lots of causes from the local to the state level.

Some Writer! The Story Of E.B. White, by Melissa Sweet

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 When Melissa Sweet’s book, Some Writer! The Story of E. B. White, arrived in the mail, I had a rather tall stack of books waiting to be read and reviewed, but I knew immediately that Melissa’s book would be next. E. B. White is one of my writer heroes, and I treasure a very early copy of his One Man’s Meat.

But I made a mistake. Right after lunch, I opened the book just to read a couple of pages. And that was the rest of my day! I took the book outside, sat in the shade on a very nice sunny afternoon, and savored the entire book. While it was written for children, I have to say I was captivated by it.

Threaded Journeys is not your typical book of hunting and fishing stories.

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 Threaded Journeys by Tom Johnson is an unusual book, with a subtitle that gives you a hint of what’s inside: “Fishing, Hunting, Conservation, Adventure… and America’s Future.” Yes, Tom covers it all.

You’ll get provocative opinion pieces on important issues from climate change to the endangered species act to fracking. And there are lots of great hunting and fishing stories, as Tom roams North America and beyond. I particularly enjoyed his stories of deer hunting in Maine and fishing some of my favorite rivers in Montana. And his favorite brook trout spot in Quebec sounds a lot like mine, although it’s not.

What can you keep and when can you keep it?

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                 You are breaking the law. I am sure of it. Somewhere in your house is a feather from a wild bird, maybe even a nest with eggs in it. You’ve got a skull from a wild animal, perhaps, that you found in the woods or along the road. Whatever it is, you most assuredly don’t have the required possession permit.

                I’d also bet that you are entirely unaware that it is illegal to possess wild birds or animals, or any part of a wild bird or animal, including feathers and bones, without a permit issued by Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

We love Boothbay Harbor's Tugboat Inn

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Boothbay Harbor
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                 Sitting on the deck of our top floor room at the Tugboat Inn, enjoying the view of the harbor, and visiting with guests on the next room’s deck, who have been vacationing here from Massachusetts for two decades, it was easy to understand what keeps them coming back. What a view!

                And while Boothbay Harbor is a major tourist destination, with lots of specialty shops, it’s amazingly quiet and relaxing at the Tugboat, situated at the end of the busy downtown. All guests receive a wonderful breakfast at the Tugboat’s restaurant, located in an old Tugboat, is really good, with lots of hot and cold choices.

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