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The Expansion Era

Stephen Laroche ECW Press ePub


Successes and Failures

Once the first expansion season was over and the grand experiment considered a success for the most part, it was only natural that the NHL would look to the future and continue to bring big-league hockey to more North American markets.

The seeds for future expansion were sown during the 1967–68 campaign when the troubled California Seals were being shopped around by Barry Van Gerbig. A move to Vancouver or Buffalo was heavily rumoured early on but was shot down by the NHL Board of Governors. Both cities had been shut out in the first round of expansion, but their persistence meant that the league approved both locations (and avoided a potentially costly legal bill or two) when the league was ready to grow to 14 teams at the start of the 1970–71 campaign.

Both communities had a very strong minor league presence with the WHL’s Canucks and the AHL’s Bisons and received a great deal of support from local hockey fans from the start — even if the on-ice product needed some time to become a success. The Buffalo Sabres, who had former Toronto Maple Leafs coach and general manager Punch Imlach running the show, became a contender sooner than the Canucks and made the playoffs for the first time in 1972–73 with young stars Gilbert Perreault, Richard Martin and Rene Robert forming the legendary French Connection line.

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Piscataquis Mountains

Steve Pinkham Down East Books ePub

Mountain Brook Pond and Baker Mountain

The Piscataquis region includes all the mountains surrounding Moosehead Lake and the ranges running from Monson northeast to White Cap. The mountains lying between Moosehead Lake and the West Branch of the Penobscot are known as the Piscataquis Mountains, named for the county in which they lie. The Wabanaki name means “at the river branch,” referring to the place where the Piscataquis River meets the Penobscot River. This region also includes a number of singular mountains between these ranges and the West Branch of the Penobscot, such as the Spencers, Nesuntabunt, Rainbow, and Ebeemee mountains.

The Piscataquis River has two branches, both beginning near the southern end of Moosehead Lake. The two branches come together in Blanchard, and from there the main river flows more easterly, picking up much water from two tributaries, the Sebec River and the Pleasant River, before it flows into the mighty Penobscot River.

Forty-mile-long Moosehead Lake lies in this region. It is Maine’s largest, and is also the largest totally freshwater lake in the United States that is entirely within one state. It was long a seasonal home to the Wabanaki tribes and is the setting for many legends. According to author Mary Calvert, they knew this lake as Sebomcook or Sebaycook, and the Penobscot tribe called it Xsebem or Kzebem, which is often phonetically changed to Sebem. The common root of all these names means “big water with high land,” referring to the extensive size of the lake and Mount Kineo seeming to rise up out of the middle of the lake.

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4. Bite Me

Paula Young Lee Travelers' Tales ePub

Chapter Four

Bite Me

Biologically speaking, if something bites you, it is more likely to be female.

biologist Desmond Morris

Johns father is shooting gray squirrels from the kitchen window, trying his best to scare me away. Now that John has started bringing me to Maine every weekend, the Big House isnt big enough for the both of us. It isnt personal. Its political. Ill always be a liberal, and its best if John realizes this sooner rather than later and moves along to a nice conservative girl who isnt so noisy when she eats. The three-month hunting season on squirrels lasts through the end of December, and theres no bag limit because theyre a pest species. Specifically, the little criminals have been nesting under the hood of his truck and stealing from the bird feeder. The gray squirrels are also bullying the red squirrels out of the neighborhood, even though grays and reds dont eat the same food or chase the same girls. The red squirrel is small and sleek, resembling a chipmunk without stripes. But he cant eat acorns. Instead, he mostly eats pine nuts. As a result, he tastes like pine tar, the stuff in turpentine.

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Antigua & Barbuda

Planet, Lonely Lonely Planet Publications ePub

     Includes »


     St John’s

     Fort James

     Dickenson Bay

     Jolly Harbour to Cades Bay

     Fig Tree Drive

     English Harbour

     Half Moon Bay



     Frigate Bird Sanctuary

     West South Coasts

On Antigua, life is a beach. It may seem like a cliché, but this improbably shaped splotch of land is ringed with beaches of the finest white sand, made all the more dramatic by the azure waters, which are so clear they’ll bring a tear to your eye or a giggle to your holiday-hungry throat.

If life on Antigua is a beach, its isolated neighbor Barbuda is a beach: one smooth, sandy low-rise amid the reef-filled waters. Birds, especially the huffing and puffing frigates, greatly outnumber people.

Back on Antigua, there are lots of people, many famous. Guitar-picker Eric Clapton, rag-trader Giorgio Armani and tastemaker for the masses Oprah all have winter homes here. Some of the Caribbean’s most exclusive resorts shelter in the myriad bays and inlets. But don’t worry, mere mortals thrive here as well. No matter your budget, you will find a beach with your name on it.

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Everest Region

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

Mt Everest has been calling out to trekkers and climbers since it first appeared in the telescopes of mountain surveyors. Like the Annapurna region, the districts of Solu and Khumbu boast well-maintained trails and comfortable lodges, but the trekking routes here start higher and stay higher, offering unrivalled views of the world's highest peaks. The 2105 earthquakes caused some damage here, but the trails were surveyed following the quake and all routes are expected to be open by the time you read this.

Solu Khumbu is the homeland of the Sherpa people, who have become synonymous with guiding and mountaineering. The Buddhist monuments of the Sherpas – stone stupas, carved mani walls (built of stones carved with Buddhist prayers) and Tibetan-style monasteries – add a further layer of charm to the landscape.

A regular on many people's bucket lists, Everest is what most trekkers are naturally fixated on. The real draws of the region, though, are its side valleys, mountain passes and lesser-known (but far more beautiful) surrounding peaks. Don't overlook these in your rush to the world's highest peak.

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