The Coming of Spring and the return to WAR
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The Coming of Spring/Return to War

(C) 2014 Brent Reece

As it happens each April to May in the Northwoods spring is sprung and life returns to cold and barren north. The snow melts away and the sun finds it’s power over the cold yet again. The animals come out of hiding and frolic in the fields and forests knowing the killer winter has passed again. For some the winter was too long and their remains are discovered as the snow recedes. The moose are all over eagerly awaiting the waters to wade in. Seeking some kind of relief from the ticks. The bears are out looking for anything eatable after their hibernations. A sure sign of spring is the robins, and the endless flocks of geese headed north.

This spring is a return to war against the anti-hunters that have come into the state with the backing of the HSUS. Maine is under attack and millions will be spent by outsiders to try to end our bear hunting traditions here. They seek to ban all bear baiting/bear trapping and hounding. We have seen our bear populations sore under the current regulations and our state biologists doing the best management of bears on the east coast. Hunting and trapping are the only things that can control populations to avoid the problems some states have been seeing in recent years. But the bleeding heart animal rights folks think it’s better to let the bears manage themselves and face certain overpopulation.

Want to help Maine fight off the antihunters and animal rights idiots?

I will post more on this subject in the next few weeks as we prepare to fight them off yet again!

Pine Brothers Softish Throat Drops
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Pine Brothers Softish Throat Drops

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.





Ulysses S. Grant was President, the population of America hovered at 39 million, and the telephone was still a pipe dream, when in 1870 J. Herman Pine hung out a confectionery shingle on 8th Street above Walnut in Philadelphia and, along with his brother, sold their first batch of what they called ‘Pine Brothers Glycerine Tablets.’ In an attempt to relieve his own sore throat and those of his family members, Mr. Pine, a former German confectionery maker, determined that by combining the soothing natural qualities of glycerin with the healing properties of gum acacia, he could sooth and mitigate the mild discomfort of a sore throat. Add in some natural flavoring and a sweetener and voila, Pine Brothers Softish Throat Drops were born. “I have discovered something,” Pine wrote, “which will give quick throat relief to thousands afflicted as I was.” He added,”Perhaps I won’t make much money out of this. But I can make people happy, and that’s more important than money.” Mr. Pine was being unduly modest, as his “discovery” would become one of the most successful, most delicious and most unique throat lozenges in the world. Nor has the recipe changed appreciably since it was first introduced to the public over 140 years ago.

In 1930 Pine Brothers was sold to the Life Savers Company and continued to flourish. Known for its ‘soft drop consistency,’ Pine Brothers lozenges became a favorite of adults and children alike. The product, which attracted healthiest sales in the eastern and northern states, due to its icy winters, reached its peak popularity in the 1970′s. The company was sold by Life Savers, and then, having been re-sold and acquired a number of times, found itself essentially rudderless and under appreciated; this despite a legion of loyal consumers. Cost cutting changes were made to the original recipes, packaging became stale and marketing non-existent; Pine Brothers began to be made overseas. Sales declined.

Recently, Pine Brothers was acquired by the creator and former owner of Airborne, Victoria Knight-McDowell, for her new company 3 Sisters Home Products™. Much time and effort has been spent locating the original Pine Brothers recipes, redesigning the packaging, and creating an exciting yet classic new look. Pine Brothers is once again being made in America, and was launched nationally in fall 2011. And indeed, old Mr. Pine has succeeded yet again in “making people happy.” God bless him!



My Review:

I am truly blessed…… again I am here giving you a testimonial on another great product I have had the pleasure to test and review.


Being a northern boy from the willy wags of Maine I have an advanced education in throat drops and Cough drops. Up here sore throats are as common as grass and a whole lot more common in the harsh winters of Northern Maine. Where we take this stuff very serious.


As far back as I can remember old timers swore by a spoon full of honey to rid yourself of a sore or irritated throat. A Holistic treatment that works just as well today as it did in 1800. But now we have Pine Bros drops in handy lozenge form. In convenient bags or pucks.


Savor the flavor of an original that has stayed true to itself…….Pine Brothers…..nothing like it out there anywhere!




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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Northern Maine Spring Turkey Season Suspended
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April 17, 2014

Northern Maine Spring Turkey Season Suspended Due To Effects of Severe Winter

For Immediate Release: April 17, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine — Due to the impact of this year’s severe winter in northern Maine, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and wildlife has suspended the spring wild turkey hunt in portions of northern Maine, specifically Wildlife Management Districts 1-6. The spring turkey season will remain unchanged in all other areas of the state.

“Late winter can be the most critical period for wild turkeys, and unfortunately March of 2014 has been challenging for turkeys in Northern Maine,” said Chandler Woodcock, Commissioner, Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. In fact, the National Weather Service ranked March 2014 in northern Maine as the third snowiest March on record.

“This winter has taken a toll on younger wild turkeys, including hens. A spring hunting season in addition to the severe winter could impact not only this turkey season, but future seasons as well,” said Woodcock.

IFW wildlife biologists believe the northern Maine wild turkey population has potentially sustained above-average winter mortality rates. Perhaps more significantly, much of northern Maine is still blanketed in snow.

The wild turkey population in northern Maine is more vulnerable to severe winters as it is not as well established as wild turkeys in other parts of the state.

“Wild turkeys breed in April and May, and there is still over two feet of snow in the northern Maine woods, and 80 percent of our fields are snow-covered, making nesting conditions extremely difficult for turkeys,” said IFW Wildlife Biologist Rich Hoppe.

Wild turkeys nest on the ground at the base of trees or near brush piles. The snow, excessive water and the late spring will delay nesting as well as impacting overall nesting success.

Wild turkeys had vanished from the Maine landscape, but a wild turkey reintroduction program initiated in the mid-1970s in York County by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife began the process of restoring wild turkeys throughout their historical range in Maine.

Careful stewardship and partnerships with outdoor groups and landowners has expanded the range of wild turkeys in Maine, including northern Maine. This past fall, the department expanded turkey hunting opportunities to include the entire state, including northern Maine.





NWW comment:

Glad to see this happen rather than let the season go ahead and lose the flocks we have been waiting to see get established!!!

NOAA Fisheries has announced plans to develop a national recreational fishing policy
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Connie Barclay,, 301-427-8029
April 2, 2014

NOAA Fisheries has announced plans to develop a national recreational fishing policy during its second national Saltwater Recreational Fishing Summit. The policy will broadly guide future actions and better integrate recreational fishing with NOAA Fisheries’ mission.


More than 100 leaders from the saltwater recreational fishing community met with NOAA Fisheries leadership at the summit, held April 1-2 in Alexandria, Va., to provide an opportunity to assess recent progress, identify future directions and further strengthen the relationship between the two groups. With nearly 11 million saltwater anglers in the United States, recreational and non-commercial fishermen represent one of NOAA’s largest organized constituencies.


“Resolving issues facing our fisheries today requires partnerships between managers, scientists and people who enjoy the resource,” said Eileen Sobeck, assistant NOAA administrator for fisheries. “I commit that NOAA Fisheries will actively engage the recreational fishing community and we will do our part to find cooperative solutions.”


The meeting provided a forum for identifying important issues and collaborative solutions, including discussing the quality of the data used to count and characterize the recreational catch and fishing effort, on-the-water fishing experiences, sharing management priorities, and discussing the importance of healthy habitats.


“This summit is the latest in an ongoing conversation with the saltwater recreational fishing community,” said Russell Dunn, NOAA Fisheries national policy advisor for recreational fisheries, “NOAA is committed to backing up words with actions like these.”


NOAA Fisheries held the first national saltwater recreational fishing summit in 2010 to kick-off the agency’s recreational fishing engagement initiative. The event resulted in development of both national and regional action plans to guide agency activities.


NOAA Fisheries committed to working with the fishing public, and coordinate with its advisory bodies, regional offices and science centers to update the national action plan to reflect ideas exchanged at the summit.

NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth’s environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources. Join us on Twitter, Facebook and our other social media channels. Visit our news release archive.

EZ wipers .com review!!
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Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

I was recently asked to review a new set of wipers from Anco via EZ WIPERS .COM!!

EZwipers sells windshield wipers blades directly to the consumer. They carry several brands of Windshield Wiper blades. But for this test the Anco Series 31 were selected for my Silverado 1500 pickup!! Search the site for all the other options to see if they have yours?

Anco Series 31 Wipers are recognized as tough and reliable blades that offer great performance at a fair price. Why spend $80 at the dealer when you can buy them online for under $20? Why spend all that time at the discount store trying to figure out if you have the right wipers using one of those electronic catalogs?

EZwipers send the right wipers to your home fast. No silly guest accounts to set up. Ordering time is usually under 3 minutes.

Get the right wiper the first time every time!!

You will never buy wipers the old fashioned way again.

EZwipers The Fastest Way to Order the Right Wiper

For anyone who has ever changed wipers in the past they know that ANCO is the best fitting and most universally simple to mount. Here is a short tutorial on how to install Anco wipers on my Silverado 1500!!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.