Monthly Archives: February 2016

Brewer’s Cabin Fever Reliever outdoor show set for this weekend

Four-year-old Swaroop Handral of Brewer waits as instructor Dan Long (left) explains to him how to hold a recurve bow during the Cabin Fever Reliever back in 2008. (BDN file photo)

The best little outdoor expo in these parts will return to Brewer this weekend, as the Penobscot Fly Fishers gear up for their annual Cabin Fever Reliever. Mike Hegarty, who is serving as the show chairman, said club members are eager to welcome attendees to the family-friendly event. “The big picture is [we’re] trying to […]

Confessions of a DeLorme geek

Chris Lander of Orrington checks out DeLorme's The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer during a break on a 2010 bird hunting trip. (John Holyoke photo)

While DeLorme has been a technological company, even those of us who’ve never purchased any of their more modern, electronic products couldn’t imagine going out into the back of beyond without that handy book of maps tucked away next to the ice scraper, or stuck in the seatback pouch. How iconic is that book? Well, […]

Mainers say they love their well-worn DeLormes. How about you?

Bling the cat puts his stamp of approval on the DeLorme Maine Atlas and Gazetteeer owned by his people, Liz Stanley and Ike Johnson of Warren. (Photo courtesy of Liz Stanley and Ike Johnson)

Late last week we shared news about the pending sale of DeLorme to GPS giant Garmin. DeLorme, a Maine mapping company, publishes the venerable “The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer,” and many Mainers have come to depend on the map book on their trips afield. Among the questions we asked: What does your DeLorme mean to […]

What’s your DeLorme Atlas and Gazetteer look like? And what if you can’t buy another?

The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer. (Courtesy of DeLorme)

When news of GPS giant Garmin’s purchase of DeLorme, the iconic Maine mapmaker, reached the newsroom, I nearly jumped out of my chair, rushed to a bookstore, and bought every copy of the Maine Atlas and Gazetteer that I could find. Irrational? Probably. But the question that prompted my panic bears pondering: What if, at […]

Bobcat or lynx? Can you tell the difference?

What do you think? Bobcat or lynx? (Andy Koziol photo)

Every so often, a reader will send me a photo of a wild critter, throw themselves at the mercy of the court, and ask the age-old question: What is this?   Sometimes, I’m stumped. Much of the time, I have a pretty good idea. But all of the time, I ask for a second opinion. […]

Anglers cash in at annual Long Lake Ice Fishing Derby

Chris St. Amand shows off the 5 pound, 13.4 ounce landlocked salmon he caught to win $1,500 at the 11th annual Long Lake Ice Fishing Derby over the weekend. (Photo courtesy of Paul Bernier)

The ice may be iffy in other parts of the state, but anglers flocked to the northern part of the state over the weekend to compete for thousands of dollars in prizes during the 11th annual Long Lake Ice Fishing Derby. Derby chairman Paul Bernier reported that a record 893 anglers registered for the event. […]