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L.L. Bean employee John Butler demonstrates proper catch and release during an in-store fly fishing clinic, part of the company’s annual Spring Fishing Weekend ,March 15-17. Butler, who performed the demonstration six times during the weekend, cautioned that he can’t always guarantee a catch, despite the decided advantages of a small, instore trout pond. “It’s not like shooting fish in a barrel, the fish still have to bite,” said Butler. On this day he snared a brook trout on the first cast, much to the delight of curious onlookers. 

Freeport Women’s Club member Helen Rotondo prepares a dessert at the group’s March 15 meeting at the Freeport Community Library.

Noted bird expert Dr. Ted Allen was the guest speaker at the Freeport Women’s Club on March 15, where he regaled the crowd with tales of stray warblers, rogue chimney swifts, and yellow bellied sapsuckers. The informative talk drew a large crowd and many questions. 

Durham welcomed Pamela Cloutier last week as the new deputy treasurer, tax collector and town clerk. “We’re glad to have her onboard,” said Durham Town Administrative Assistant Janet Smith. Cloutier is a Durham resident.

Boats waiting for spring sit unattended in South Freeport as weather forecasters warned of a snowstorm scheduled to arrive on the last official day of winter. Staff photos by Matthew Stilphen