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A New Dam Day Dawns At Upper Dam

Seventy-two days, as I write this, until Opening Day of the 2017 fishing season. But in Maine, especially in the northern reaches, only fools rush in to fish on April 1, when there’s usually plenty of snow and ice on the shores and banks. I won’t cast a line onto my home water, the legendary […]

Here Comes Santa Claus, Ready Or Not

P.G. Wodehouse got it right, I think: “Christmas has us by the throat again.” You barely get the Thanksgiving dishes cleared off the table before Father Christmas puts a headlock on you and drags you off to the mall, subjects you to the Christmas Music Torture and vacuums out your wallet. This is why we […]

A Walk In The Woods, Digging The Georges River Canal, Thinking About Alewives

Tucked into a clearing where Route 90 crosses the Georges River, in Warren, is little Payson Park, where local moms bring their kids to play. Cross the river on the footbridge and take a walk into history, along an almost forgotten man-made waterway that was begun in 1794 and was operated for a number of […]