Small plates and prices and creative food make Marche’ Kitchen a favorite destination

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                We were watching the nightly television show 207 one night when a familiar face popped up. It turned out to be Kevin Cunningham, a chef we’d met when he worked at the Brunswick Tavern. Kevin mentioned that he was the chef at Marche’ Kitchen and Wine Bar in Lewiston now.  So we looked into visiting Marche’ the next time we were scheduled to go to The Public Theater.

Worried about Lyme disease? It’s time to speak up!

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Lots of Mainers are very worried about Lyme disease. And it’s my hope that some of them will show up next Thursday, April 16, at 1 pm, at a legislative hearing by the Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry Committee in Room 214 of the Cross Office Building (next to the Capitol), to support and testify in favor of a very important bill.

Sponsored by Representative Russell Black of Wilton, LD 1099 has a long title: An Act to Establish a Fund for the Operations and Outreach Activities of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Animal and Plant Disease and Insect Control Laboratory. But the concept is really simple.

Never on Sunday for Maine Hunters

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Question: What is allowed in 46 other states, but never in Maine?


Answer: Hunting on Sunday.


Will the professionals or the people manage Maine’s wildlife?

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It’s a great question. Is it best to leave wildlife management up to the professionals at Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, or continue to let the people have a say through ballot initiatives? Despite a focus on the 2014 bear referendum, and the recent promise from the Humane Society of the United States to launch a new ballot measure that would ban bear trapping and hunting bear with hounds, the issue of prohibiting those ballot measures is not as simple as you might think.

And if you are anticipating a great ballot battle this year over these issues, you are going to be disappointed. Both sportsmen and HSUS are aiming their respective proposals at the 2016 general election ballot. In fact, sportsmen advocating for the Constitutional amendment have already asked the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee to postpone action on their proposal until next year.

James Cote delivers exceptional testimony on Constitutional amendments

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 Testimony of James Cote on behalf of the Maine Trappers Association

in Support of a Constitutional Amendment to

Protect Scientific Wildlife Management in Maine


April 6, 2015


Gobbling up a turkey bill at the Maine Legislature

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Winning support for a bill at the Maine legislature is a lot like turkey hunting. You’ve got to call them in, convince them you are not dangerous, and get them while they are in close range. We did that with our turkey bill last week, although we didn’t get the biggest gobbler. More like a Jake.

LD 781, An Act to Eliminate Permits for Turkey Hunting and Expand Turkey Hunting, was sponsored by Senator Tom Saviello at my request. This bill was designed to increase the number of turkey hunters by eliminating turkey permits and fees, adding turkeys to the big and small game licenses, and allowing us to register turkeys by phone or on the department’s website. I did toss in one new idea: to require deer registration stations to also register turkeys. Many of them don’t, requiring turkey hunters to drive long distances to register their birds.

These paintings by a young Maine artist will amaze you!

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 This is the first in a series on Maine outdoor artists, authors, and craftsmen. We are blessed with amazing talent here in our state.


                Wandering around the very interesting Fly Fishing Expo in Bethel on a Saturday morning a few weeks ago, I was amazed by huge paintings of fish. I spent a lot of time visiting with the young artist, Alex Poland of Oxford.

                Alex is a fourth generation artist who was inspired by the art of his great grandmother and encouraged by his mother to develop what he calls his “visual fascination.” He remembers his mother “covering an entire wall in my room with paper so I could draw and color a sea wall mural!”

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