Enjoying Italy - in Rockland, Maine

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Rockland
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 George

                In early January we enjoyed a spectacular Italian feast at Rustica on Rockland’s Main Street. Chef/Owner John Stowe is a very friendly guy and boy can he cook! The restaurant is lovely, with wooden tables, soft lighting, and beautiful art. But it’s the staff that really shines. Our server, Adrian, has worked here for 6 ½ years and is super knowledgeable about the menu, which is a good thing because it is lengthy.

                I enjoyed a delicious glass of Layer Cake Primitivo ($9), which paired well with my entrée, John’s housemade Risotto, a dish that lets his creativity shine, because he actually changes it every night. Mine included house-made chicken bacon sausage in tomato parm risotto with baby arugala and artichokes ($22). The portion was massive and I enjoyed it for lunch when we got home.

Walk my woodlot with me - Chapter Two - 2 bucks in 2 days

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 Hunting with a friend on my woodlot in November, I found myself stopping often to tell him a story about something that happened at that spot. Thinking about it later, I decided that would be a good way to share my hunting stories with you. Here is Chapter Two of “Walk my woodlot with me.” My 150 acre woodlot is located between Hopkins Stream and Route 41, while my house is a quarter mile away on Blake Hill Road. The woodlot is dedicated to my Dad. Up on Route 41 is a sign: The Ezra Smith Wildlife Conservation Area. I access my lot from Route 41, by canoing down the stream, or by crossing the road from my house and hunting through the woodlots of two of my neighbors until I get to my woodlot.

Dead Coyote

Land for Maine’s Future Program gets glowing report from LePage staffer

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Calling the Land for Maine’s Future Program corrupt and insisting it only served the rich, Governor Paul LePage ordered an investigation of the program by Jonathon LaBonte, his Director of the Office of Management and Budget. And what a surprise (at least for the Governor): LaBonte’s report was very very positive.

25 Best Towns - Fly Fishing for Trout by Bob Mallard

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 From the stunning photographs to the many details that can make your fishing trip easy and fun, Bob Mallard’s landed a trophy with his new book: 25 Best Towns – Fly Fishing For Trou, published by Stonefly Press. After a long career as a fly fisherman and fly shop owner, Bob has become a prolific writer, published in many national and regional newspapers and magazines, and author of several terrific books.

Behind the Blue Lights by Mark Nickerson

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 Retired Maine State Trooper Mark Nickerson has become a good story teller, perhaps because he hangs out with one of my favorite writers, John Ford, author of several books of very entertaining stories about his days as a Maine game warden. The two travel the state together and draw large crowds at their book talks.

The Travelin' Maine(rs) love Geaghan's in Bangor

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Bangor
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 George

                We sure know how to pick ‘em. The day we were planning to have dinner at Geaghan’s Pub in Bangor, Greg Dugal of the Maine Restaurant Association showed up at the restaurant in the morning to surprise the Geaghans with an award as the 2016 Restauranteurs of the Year. Given the large number of wonderful restaurants in our state, this is quite an honor. But not a surprise to us.

                Geaghan’s has been a favorite of ours since we began writing this column five years ago. I spoke to the Bangor Rotary on January 5, so we decided to stay overnight at our Bangor home, also known as the Fireside Inn and Suites, and enjoy dinner at Geaghan’s, conveniently located in the same building across the street from the Cross Insurance Bangor Auditorium.

What can you shoot and when can you shoot it? Part Two

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This is the second in a series that will answer the questions: What can you shoot and when can you shoot it?

There are lots of animals and birds you can shoot, with a hunting license, in season, and plenty that you can trap as well. The hunting season on crows opened recently, for example. Perhaps you didn’t know there was a hunting season on crows! Yup. But I’m focusing this series on birds and animals you can shoot without a hunting license. It’s proving to be a more difficult question to answer that I expected.

Beaver

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