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    March 28, 2010

    Fleming: Fly-fishing industry has a filmmaker in Bethel native

    They call it fishing porn. And it’s proudly made in Maine. Moreover, some Mainers think these trendy new documentary-style films on fast fishing and happy fishermen will gain in popularity. These movies are about how to love fishing, not how to fish — and despite the nickname for these videos, they’re wholesome, educational and absolutely […]

  • Published
    March 28, 2010

    You want fun? Done.

    Maine's state park system celebrates its 75th birthday with a series of parties – Family Fun Days – and you're invited.

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    March 28, 2010

    Snowmobiling: Alterations salvage premier of Pro-Am race

    Less than 24 hours before the inaugural Maine 100 Pro-Am Cross Country Snowmobile Race scheduled for March 20, things were looking very grim, or more specifically, very brown. A week of temperatures in the 50s in Greenville had melted the snow off all of Bullwinkle’s raceway, leaving only dirt. “When we took the USCC (United […]

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    March 28, 2010

    Allen Afield: Sportsman’s Show has something for everyone

    The 30th annual State of Maine Sportsman’s Show – the largest and most prestigious show of its kind in the state – runs April 2-4 at the Augusta Civic Center. The 2010 show ranks as the largest one in the event’s 30-year history, according to Harry Vanderweide, the organizer. This spring’s production includes 100 seminars […]

  • Published
    March 21, 2010

    Volunteers needed to track cemetery bird communities

    PORTLAND — Project Canopy, the city of Portland and Maine Audubon Society are developing a project working with area birders to monitor changes in Evergreen Cemetery’s bird communities. “We’re encouraging experienced birders to volunteer their time and record bird observations while walking and then to report their findings to Cornell’s eBird site,” Project Canopy director […]

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    March 21, 2010

    Trail & Error: A new bird-watcher can wing it

    Cardinals are red, crows are black, and gulls have a penchant for sandwich stealing. Therein lies my bird-watching wisdom. Or lack thereof. I often watch my neighbor’s bird feeders, which are placed agreeably close to my kitchen window. But when it comes to identifying the sundry winged visitors who frequent that South Portland hot spot, […]

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    March 21, 2010

    Waiting with baited breath

    Anglers cast their attention to April 1, when a new law will drastically liberalize fishing on lakes and ponds in southern and eastern Maine.

  • Published
    March 21, 2010

    Got gear?

    MOST ATHLETES understand the importance of wearing sweat proof sunscreen when exercising outdoors during peak sunlight. But many people do not realize that ultraviolet radiation can severely damage the eyes. LONG-TERM UV exposure can damage the cornea and lens. Exposure can also lead to cataracts and skin cancer around the eyelids. All eye colors are […]

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    March 21, 2010

    Fleming: Mountain trek is for a worthy cause

    Many people hike, bike, run or kayak to raise money for a cause, but not all create a Web site as an educational platform to further environmental issues on top of a 30-mile-a-day, four-month trek. That’s what former Hampden Academy track star Oriana Farley did with her boyfriend, David Madeira, in preparation for their thru-hike […]

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    March 21, 2010

    Allen Afield: No burnout, just burning up calories on the road

    Some writers who cover bicycling claim pedaling year-round can burn folks out, so even in warmer climates they encourage a layoff in winter, which allegedly rejuvenates the body and soul. These writers suggest a focus on weightlifting, riding stationary bikes, other exercises and dieting to stay in shape from December through March. It’s a regimen […]

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