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  • Uncategorized - Wednesday Apr 29, 2015 | 8:04 am

    Monica Wood’s play powerfully examines struggling paper mill

    Papermaker is a play you must see – and you’ve got ‘til May 24 to do that. It’s the best play we’ve ever seen at Portland Stage. And you’ve still got plenty of time to see it. Monica Wood’s play, Papermaker, is sensational, thought-provoking, something you will never forget. Monica was one of my favorite novelists, with four terrific books to her credit, when she wrote her autobiography, When We […]

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  • Travel Talk - Tuesday Apr 21, 2015 | 8:38 am

    The bad (and good) of customer expectations

    As Linda and I traveled the state over the last four years for our Travelin Maine(rs) column published every Thursday in the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel, I have often asked inn and restaurant owners and managers for stories about their customers from hell. Everyone gets those from time to time. Some of the stories are hilarious. But recently, I didn’t have to ask, because we saw this firsthand and […]

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  • Travel Talk - Thursday Apr 16, 2015 | 9:56 am

    Battle between room renters and inns fizzles out

    It was not the first battle, and it probably won’t be the last, but the fight between inns and room renters fizzled out this week. The legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee unanimously killed L.D. 436, “An Act to Require Providers of Short-term Lodging to be Licensed by the State.” I reported on the hearing on this bill in an earlier post, if you want to read all about the […]

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    Travel Talk - Monday Apr 13, 2015 | 9:22 am

    Making the Moosehead Lake Region known as ‘America’s Crown Jewel’

    Surprise! Moosehead is more than a lake. It’s a brand! “What do we want to be known for?” That’s the excellent question that a Greenville group has been working to answer, with the help of Roger Brooks, an internationally-known community branding expert. Brooks presented the Moosehead Lake Region Branding Initiative in an exciting speech to a packed auditorium at the Greenville Consolidated School on Friday. I was there and can […]

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  • Travel Talk - Tuesday Apr 07, 2015 | 2:41 pm

    Lodging battle brings innkeepers to the Legislature

    Seems like a simple case of fairness to me, but nevertheless, this week a major battle broke out over L.D. 436, “An Act to Require Providers of Short-term Lodging to be Licensed by the State,” sponsored by Sen. John Patrick, Democrat of Oxford County. The battle, which has been brewing for a few years now, is between those inns and B&Bs who are licensed, who must follow lots of rules, and who […]

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  • Travel Talk - Monday Apr 06, 2015 | 11:59 am

    Fun things for families in Maine

    Jennifer Hazard is amazing. She amazes me as the social media expert at Islandport Press. I know very little about social media, but I’ve learned a lot from Jen, who handled that task for promotion of my book “A Life Lived Outdoors.” But where Jen really amazes me is in her columns about family and fun. For a while she was writing for the Lifestyle section of the Portland Press […]

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  • Travel Talk - Thursday Apr 02, 2015 | 6:04 pm

    Searching for originals, achievers, and sophisticates

    Are you a genuine original? Balanced achiever? Social sophisticate? Well, these are the folks that Maine’s tourism officials are searching for. I’ve always found the research done by the Maine Tourism Commission to be fascinating, and no more so than this year. Carolann Ouellette, the Commission’s dedicated and talented director, presented the latest research at the Governor’s Conference on Tourism on March 18. That research is the basis for the […]

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