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Tales of Maine Law Enforcement at the Pittsfield Public Library

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The Pittsfield Public Library is pleased to present a special event featuring Maine authors John Ford and Mark Nickerson on Tuesday, May 13 at 6:30 p.m.

Ford, a retired Maine game warden, is the author of two books, “Suddenly, the Cider Didn’t Taste So Good: Adventures of a Game Warden in Maine” (Islandport Press, 2012) and “This Cider Still Tastes Funny!: Further Adventures of a Maine Game Warden” (Islandport Press, 2013.)

Nickerson is the author of “Blue Lights in the Night: Real Life Stories of Maine State Trooper” (North Country Press, 2013.)

John Ford, a natural storyteller, was raised in a law enforcement family in York County. His grandfather was a Maine state trooper, his father a part-time deputy, his stepfather a veteran Maine game warden, and his mother was a wildlife rehabilitator. It seemed only natural that he would pursue a law enforcement career as well. In 1970, Ford was appointed as a district game warden for the Waldo County area. Upon his retirement in 1990, he was elected as county sheriff and re-elected in 1994. He has written a local newspaper column and is a regular contributor to the Northwoods Sporting Journal.His two books include actual accounts of memories, some humorous, some hair-raising, taken from the daily diaries he kept from his warden service career.

Mark Nickerson, born and raised in a State Police family from Vassalboro, Maine, got to know many of the original 1925 Maine Troopers as they congregated at the Nickerson home once a month for a friendly game of cards. Awed by their presence and the stories they told he wanted to be like them. He became a Maine State Trooper in 1977, first assigned to the Moosehead Lake region living in Greenville Jct. Transferring in 1982 to Unity, Mark spent the remainder of his career patrolling the roads of Waldo and Kennebec counties. He became proficient in identifying and apprehending drunk drivers from our highways creating many a memory in dealing with them. After twenty-eight years, Mark retired and went on to write a column in local papers titled, “Real Life Stories from a Maine State Trooper”, in which he began to relive most of his harrowing and humorous times of being a trooper. These stories led to the publication of his book.

John and Mark have been doing presentations together at libraries and other venues in the state, and are, reportedly, “a real hoot!” Books will be available for sale and personalization at the program. The books are also available for borrowing from the library’s collection.