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    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 […]

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    March 28, 2010

    Carl Natale: Ask an Outdoorsman

    Here's the catch. Now release it

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    March 28, 2010

    Skiing: Season heads for another raucuous end

    There are those in Maine who complain about our long winters. I have little sympathy for them. This is the northeasternmost state, after all. You should expect snow, cold weather, and, frankly, you should ski. I have even less understanding of those Maine skiers who hang up their boards as soon as the calendar turns […]

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    March 28, 2010

    Shout Out

    Neigh to go: Horseback riding sessions

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    March 28, 2010

    Dispatches

    AUGUSTA Deadlines approaching for moose permit applications Paper applications for the 2010 moose permit lottery are due by 5 p.m. Thursday at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in Augusta. The applications must be postmarked or delivered to IFW by the deadline, which provides adequate time for the department to process the paperwork […]

  • Published
    March 21, 2010

    Ask an Outdoorsman: Blisters 101: Don’t get off on the wrong foot

    Q: How do I deal with blisters while hiking?   A: First, let’s take a few steps to prevent the blister – which is actually a burn. The heat comes from friction between your boot and skin. So you need to keep your boot from rubbing against the foot. As Goldilocks will tell you, that […]

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    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, […]