New law expands protection of Maine shooting ranges

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                 An amended version of a bill designed to protect existing shooting ranges has been enacted and signed into law by the Governor. “An Act to Protect and Promote Access to Sport Shooting Ranges” was proposed by the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine and sponsored by Representative Patrick Corey.

                The original bill sought to exempt shooting ranges from new rules and ordinances if they would cause the shooting range to close or substantially limit sport shooting there, and to give the ranges immunity from lawsuits. It would have also allowed the ranges to expand, including scheduling more events and increasing membership. Those provisions were set aside in the amended version of the bill. Here’s what the new law provides:

The Journey Within by Dinesh Patel

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 Astonishing Photos of African animals will mesmerize you!

From the cover photo of stampeding wildebeest, part of The Great Migration in the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem, to the last photos of a Somali Ostrich and Vulturine Guinea Fowl, Dinesh Patel brings 50 years of wildlife photography to a stunning close in The Journey Within.

He spent most of his life on safari, all over Africa, hoping to take each of us along to enjoy, appreciate, and hopefully save, these beautiful African animals. With advanced Parkinson’s disease, Patel is no longer able to travel the African continent, so he decided to turn this book into a conservation effort, hoping to bring global awareness to the needs of these amazing animals.

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

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 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!

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                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

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 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?

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 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

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                 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

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