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The Coastal Packet

The longtime national journal, Progressive Review, has moved its headquarters from Washington DC to Freeport, Maine, where its editor, Sam Smith, has long ties. This is a local edition dealing with Maine news and progressive politics.

7/8/09

Wednesday July 8

WCSH, Port Clyde - The Island Institute and the Nature Conservancy. . . are teaming up to buy permits so [fishermen] won't leave the area. They're also paying fishermen to do on-the-water research and testing of new equipment to help improve conservation efforts. The Nature Conservancy is also working on a similar project with the Penobscot East Resource Center in Stonington. . . The two groups say permits sell for anywhere from $40,000 to several hundred thousand dollars.

Portland Press Herald
- Peaks Island residents are trying to decide whether to deport an extended family of beavers or leave them alone until they run out of food and swim back to the mainland.

Portland police are looking for a malefactor who took 100 blooms from roses in Deering Oaks Park. Wonder whether the miscreant has two or four legs?

Brunswick Times Record - Dozens of wildlife watchers flocked to the Frank J. Wood bridge after a young moose landed on the rocky island below the dam between Brunswick and Topsham. . . The marooned moose was first spotted early this morning, prompting about 15 calls to Sagadahoc County dispatch and about 40 to the Brunswick Police Department. Communications Officer Mike Carter called Maine State Police, which dispatched Maine game warden Doug Kulis of Georgetown. Kulis said today that wardens have decided the moose is fine on the island, with plenty of vegetation to eat, and any attempt to rescue him could make the situation worse. Today, the water level was 2 feet over the dam, he said.

Melanie Creamer, Portland Press Herald - About 10 years ago, [William] Burnham and Cheryl Atherton, his partner of 10 years, bought a 3-acre farm on Sebago Lake Road in Gorham. . . Mr. Burnham, who died Saturday at 69, loved working on his farm. Atherton said he liked to keep busy and enjoyed working on new projects. In the past couple of years, Mr. Burnham's back began to bother him. He came up with an idea to continue his passion for farming without the pain. He created his "Garden in Heaven," cutting large PVC pipes in half and putting them on metal posts that stood 4 feet tall. He then used flexible pieces of plastic to cover the pipes and protect the seedlings. In the pipes, he grew onions, Swiss chard, radishes and green beans. Atherton said it was his last project and a great achievement.

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