ExplainMaine Why Maine Is The Only State In The US With A ‘Significant’ Elver Fishery By Nora Flaherty • May 1, 2018 Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press File Listen Listening... / 4:07 Maine Public's Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz talks with Nora Flaherty about why Maine is the only state in the US with a 'significant' elver fishery. If you’ve ever read a story in the news about elver fishing season, you’ve probably seen some variation of this line: “Maine’s the only state in the U.S. with a significant fishery for elvers.” Maybe you thought that’s because elvers don’t exist in large numbers outside of Maine — that would be a reasonable assumption. But the real reason is somewhat more complicated. Ticks Love Moose Right To Death — Here's Why By Nora Flaherty • Nov 21, 2016 In Explain Maine, an occasional series, we look at some of the things that are unique, interesting and quirky about our great state, and we hope to solve some mysteries as well. Video: How to Make an Authentic Maine Italian Sandwich By Nora Flaherty • Jul 11, 2016 Amato's In the thick of Vacationland’s summer season, many of us plan to spend some serious time sitting outside our local sandwich shops, enjoying the sun while eating an Italian sandwich. Are Maine Coon Cats Really From Maine? By Nora Flaherty • May 19, 2016 Barry Wom / Wikimedia Commons The big, furry, doglike Maine coon cat enjoys a rich history in our state, and is in fact the state cat of Maine. But is it from here originally, or is the breed from away? Why Some Redemption Centers Give 6 Cents a Bottle When Deposit is Only 5 By Nora Flaherty • Mar 7, 2016 Rebecca Conley / MPBN Laura, Lewiston: When I first moved to Maine, I thought all the redemption centers were churches! I get now that they’re not, but why does Maine have so many redemption centers? Why Do We Pay Tolls to Use the Turnpike? By Nora Flaherty • Feb 16, 2016 Boston Public Library Tichnor Brothers collection Toll roads are funny, especially if you moved to Maine from one of the (almost half of) states that doesn’t have them. Why Are So Many Maine Towns Named After Foreign Countries and Cities? By Nora Flaherty • Sep 24, 2015 Christina Napoli, all rights reserved, used with permission Dave in Portland asks: "Why are so many towns in Maine named after foreign countries and cities? There's Norway, Paris, Denmark, Rome, Sweden, Belfast, China — the list goes on! How come?" Why is Maine so Politically Independent? By Nora Flaherty • Feb 2, 2015 File photo One of the things that's surprising about Maine, coming from away, is how different politics are here.