Friday, March 27

Week in Review, Mar. 27

"The most important part of the day is the meal," said a firefighter (1). A study of firefighting recruits in Massachusetts showed that almost all were overweight or obese (2). The punctuation police were suspected in the shut-down of One Eyed Jacks, a space now occupied by Olive Cafe (3). Police nabbed a pastry thief outside Zarra's (4), students were caught drinking (5), and Anthony Mastropasqua of Tropa Wine Co. went to Java Net (6).

Bayside food manufacturer Schlotterbeck & Foss announced that it may be leaving Portland (7, 8), a cafe was planned for the old Portland Public Market (9), and food "from away" was more expensive than local foods (10). A new pet food shelter opened (11) and state food pantries apparently needed nonfat dry milk (12). Maine farmers opposed mandatory animal identification (13), E. coli season dawned (14), and moose were just as likely to be hit on the turnpike as they were in the County (15).

"There were big fish, there just weren't a lot of them," said a fisherman (16). An author imagined Maine's woods inhabited by leopards and strewn with ancient beer cans (17). "Back then, a lot of people were into the land, natural foods," a baker said (18). The ending to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was created in Maine during a conversation that took place on a pay-phone mounted to a tree (19).

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