YOUR COUNTDOWN TO RETIREMENT
    In my book, Your Countdown to Retirement, I talk about the retirement experience sometimes being like driving a car through dense fog. There are times you cannot see the road ahead of you, the obstacles and dangers obscured by the fog, or the clear highway beyond the fog. Read More
    STIRRING THE POT
    For the past few weeks we have heard a Northern Bobwhite singing in our neighborhood. This is a bird we associate with Southern New England, so we were surprised to hear it in Eastern Maine.  My first thought was,  here is yet another bird whose range has… Read More
    GEORGE'S OUTDOOR NEWS
    I almost didn’t read Sean Poage’s book, The Retreat To Avalon. It’s 450 pages long and a fictional account that takes us back 1500 years. Little did I know how fascinating this could be. Now I am very excited that this turns out to be the… Read More
    ACADIA ON MY MIND
    Three nests at Acadia National Park produced eight peregrine falcon chicks in 2018, making for a successful year for the state-endangered birds despite the unusual failure of a nest at the Precipice. But that nest failure means the Precipice Trail is now open, earlier than the usual late July, early August time frame, after chicks fledge. Read More
    GEORGE'S OUTDOOR NEWS
    The editors of Down East magazine, in their book Best Maine Lobster Rolls, should have titled it Everything You Need (or want) To Know About Maine Lobster Rolls. From the opening section which covers the history of lobster rolls to the last section featuring the 75… Read More
    PARLEZ-VOUS AMERICAN?
    On 9 March 1916, Mexican soldiers under the command of General Pancho Villa attacked the city of Columbus, New Mexico. It was just one of many such border skirmishes which had been ongoing since the outbreak of civil war in Mexico in 1910. However, the attack… Read More
    OFFUGO...
    In this edition: 1) Learn a little history and get some exercise in Presque Isle. 2) Get geared up for all the outdoor activities at the annual Maine Potato Blossom Festival in Fort Fairfield. 3) Feeling loony? The annual Audubon Loon Count is coming up – and you… Read More
    FRANCO-AMERICAN NEWS AND CULTURE
    Even from a distance away, the twin spires of Lewiston’s Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul architecture captures attention on the city’s skyline. All eyes gaze upward when the image of the Basilica is observed while entering the City of Lewiston from any direction. Indeed, the… Read More
    JEFF SOLARI'S SPORTS CHOWDAH
    As I continue to “mature” (a polite way of saying becoming more creaky) I find myself joining certain clubs, often without even realizing I’ve done so. One such club: the B.I.M.D. club. I realized I was a member of this club the other day, when one of our… Read More
    GEORGE'S OUTDOOR NEWS
    Both the House and the Senate voted to override the Governor’s veto of a moose bill, so it will become law. The bill had won the support of the legislature’s Fish and Wildlife Committee, after a lengthy discussion, and was enacted by the House and Senate before the… Read More
    GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST
    The White House blames the NATO breakfast on John Kelly’s angry mood instead of Trump’s attacks against NATO leaders. Read More
    GEORGE'S OUTDOOR NEWS
    Bald eagles are killing machines. Our population of Blue Herons is way down, because eagles are killing them. An eagle killed both of our baby loons last year. And I see them constantly dive-bombing ducks in my pond and stream. I know they are brutal on… Read More