Puffins have a successful nesting season, Boyne Resorts renames Shawnee Peak, Allagash Brewing Company announces plans for a new tasting room, and more.
Boyne Resorts, which also owns Sugarloaf and Sunday River, changed the name of Maine’s oldest ski area, Shawnee Peak, back to Pleasant Mountain, what it was called from 1938 to 1988.
Allagash Brewing Company, the state’s largest brewery, announced plans to close its tasting room at its original brewhouse, in Portland, in 2024 and to open a new tasting room on the site of the former Scarborough Downs horse-racing track.
The University of Maine’s 147-year-old The Maine Campus student newspaper ceased printing, becoming a web-only news service rebranded as Maine Campus Media. It was the fourth-oldest continuously published paper in the state.
After a year when Atlantic puffin populations on Seal and several other islands were decimated by climate-change impacts (extreme weather, migrating prey fish), researchers were surprised (and delighted) to record a markedly more successful 2022 nesting season.
The Maine Department of Public Safety, which oversees the state’s 9-1-1 system, hired its first comfort dog, a chocolate Lab named Baxter, to help emergency dispatchers cope with the stress of the job.
100 Mile Wilderness
The Appalachian Mountain Club acquired 27,000 acres, called the Pleasant River Headwaters Forest, for $18.5 million. The purchase ups AMC-owned acreage along the Appalachian Trail in Maine to more than 100,000.