Regina C. McCombs
229 Enfield Road
Lincoln, ME 04457
Hope everyone is doing well and enjoying life. Please feel free to send me news about your happy moments—I would love to share them!
Tim and Debbie Bishop’s latest book, Wheels of Wisdom: Life Lessons for the Restless Spirit, was selected as winner of the 2017 National Indie Excellence Award for inspiration. This book contains 52 life lessons from their 10,000+ miles of self-supported bicycle touring. It is available at openroadpress.com, regular bookstores, and online booksellers.
The Maine Baseball Hall of Fame welcomed a number of new members at its spring induction ceremony. One of the new members is Dan Warren. Dan was the general manager of the Libby-Mitchell Post American Legion team for 17 years. He also founded the Southern Maine Kids Travel Baseball League. Dan currently practices law in Scarborough, ME.
Olympic Gold Medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson and Team Fox Member and Maine running legend Michael Westphal ran the Sugarloaf Marathon together to celebrate their 60th birthdays and raise money for the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Michael, from Great Cranberry Island, ME, placed 79th overall and first in his division. With 15 kilometers to go, Michael and Joan began running together and the duo crossed the finish line side by side. They raised more than $17,000 for the Michael J. Fox Foundation, which supports awareness and research for Parkinson’s disease.
Dale Phillips will be a panelist at this year’s Bouchercon in Toronto, the world mystery convention held in honor of Anthony Boucher, the distinguished mystery fiction critic, editor, and author. His panel is called A Dark Attraction, and is described as: “Why are we fascinated by the dark side of mysteries?” If you like mysteries this looks like the place to be.
Charlie Todd G, Maine Inland Fish and Wildlife’s endangered species coordinator, received the Maine Chapter of the Wildlife’s Society’s highest honor, the Award of Professional Achievement. The award is given to wildlife professionals who have a sustained record of exceptional contributions and career achievements and who exemplify a level of excellence and productivity that has resulted in significant advances in knowledge or lasting benefits to wildlife conservation. During the time that he oversaw Maine’s bald eagle program, Maine’s eagle population rose from 41 nesting pairs in 1976 to over 750 nesting pairs in 2012.
Charlie is also known for his ability to get multiple groups with diverse interests together to work towards common goals. In addition, he was responsible for coordinating the state’s re-introduction and management of peregrine falcons. Today, thanks to Charlie’s leadership, Maine is now home to about 25 nesting pairs of this once extirpated species.
Have a wonderful winter! See you in the spring.