Opinions, advisories, and musings from the length and breadth of Maine
1. Chebeague Island
Lobsterman Alex Todd pulled up a mostly transparent bluish-white lobster. Because it was an egg-bearing female, he was required to throw it back, but he said he’d have done so anyway, because it was “really cool.”
Birders from outside Maine flocked to catch a glimpse of a rarely seen (in these parts) South American fork-tailed flycatcher. Though late-summer hurricane activity disrupted some birds’ migrations, Audubon naturalists suspected this one was simply lost.
A retired Canadian Mountie was sentenced to five years and two months in prison for his involvement in a narwhal tusk smuggling operation. Gregory Robert Logan admitted to smuggling some 300 tusks into Maine, valued at $1.5 to $3 million.
Ten-year-old Dillon Whitney raised almost $400 at a lemonade stand for the victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. He gave the funds to the American Red Cross in Bangor.
5. Bar Harbor
Jackson Laboratory is suing a Chinese university for selling two strains of its genetically modified mice at bargain prices. The lab is the world’s largest breeder of mice for medical research.
A interdimensional creature of unspeakable evil reached the 27th year of its slumber cycle, awoke, and began terrorizing the town. A ragtag group of former childhood friends reunited to face down the monster — and their own demons. (Also, the new film adaptation of Stephen King’s It became the highest-grossing horror film of all time.)
The first issue of Batman: White Knight went on sale, featuring illustrations of buildings and streets around Batman’s home city of Gotham based on Portland’s Old Port, drawn by local resident Sean Murphy.
I hadn’t seen another artist do Gotham with Victorian or Edwardian architecture, with cobblestone streets and iron gates.
— DC Comics artist and writer Sean Murphy, quoted in the Portland Press Herald