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That the supply of deer in Maine will not meet the demand of the constantly increasing number of hunters is the opinion of the state commissioners of inland fisheries and game given in their annual report today. The most reliable figures obtainable give the number of deer killed this year as 18,000, which is a decrease of fully one-third from last year. The decrease in the number of moose also is noticeable. There are no indications of any caribou in the State. The number of guides registered is 2,083 who at the rate of $4 a day earned $360,000, this year.

50 Years Ago, 1957

Since 1957 has just begun, this is an approximate time to look at the latest projections of the population growth for the United States, as gathered by the Kiplinger Agency of Washington.

Consider this, that it took 30 years, from 1916 to 1946, for the population to increase from 100 million to 141 million. But in the past ten years, or a third of that former period, the United States has grown by 29 million people, to a total of 170 million, and by 1975, less than 20 years away, there will be an estimated 221 million. And since these projections are conservative, and every census estimate since the war has been wrong on the low side, we could easily have a population of 250 million before 1980.

25 Years ago, 1982

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• Even a modest-sized new home is beyond the financial reach of 84 percent of Maine’s population, according to a federal survey released by the Maine State Housing Authority. The annual U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development survey, based on new house prototypes “generally representative” of sales prices, indicates the average cost of a new home in Maine ranges from $51,000 to $106,000, depending on its size and location.

• A close reading of design magazines makes it clear that reed furniture – rattan, willow and bamboo – is very much in style in home interiors nowadays.

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