Author event: Conversations with Tim and Buzz Caverly: Ranger Tales from Maine In-Person
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About the event
Tim and Buzz will tell stories from their time serving in the Maine wilderness. A slide show of images will accompany this presentation. Tim and Buzz look forward to having a conversation with the audience.
About the book
You can follow along with Baxter Ranger Buzz Caverly and Buzz's Allagash Ranger brother Tim as they recount adventures, lore, and characters they experienced during their 78 combined years as Maine Conservation officers. A time when they oversaw Maine’s two premier wilderness areas.
In Conversations, you will read their first-hand experiences. Some will make you laugh. Some will make you wonder, while others will surprise you.
Tim Caverly is a Maine author who has written and published twelve books about Maine. He is a member of the New England Outdoor Writers Association, a brother of the Nollesemic Lodge #205 of the Free Masons, and ‘Son of the American Legion’ Post 80 in Millinocket. Tim is a graduate of the University of Maine at Machias.
In 1999 he retired from his position as Regional (Park) Supervisor of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway for Maine’s Department of Conservation. After retirement he worked several years as the Maine Director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. Several of Tim’s short stories have been printed in newspapers, magazines, and outdoor journals. He is a columnist for the outdoor paper The Maine Sportsman and often contributes to the Bangor Daily News.
Tim and his wife Susan have presented creative writing lectures at Young Authors Camps, as well as many Maine youth summer programs. Tim’s second book “An Allagash Haunting” was adapted into a stage play and has been performed numerous times. The story was also transcribed into a classic radio program.
By December of 2022, through their “New England Reads” literacy project, Tim, Susan, and Frank Manzo Jr. had provided 328 PowerPoint programs to almost 11,000 students from Maine through to Vermont. In addition, to encourage literacy and learning about New England’s natural world, they have donated over 2273 Allagash Tails books to 227 New England schools. After accompanying his Fire Warden Dad, going on patrol with Baxter Park Ranger Brother Buzz, and his 32 years as a Maine Park Ranger, Tim has lived in all four corners of Maine. Readers can be confident that his stories are based on firsthand experiences and knowledge of Maine’s history and landscapes.
Buzz is a native of Cornville, Maine and a graduate of Lee Academy in Lee. He began his career in Baxter State Park in 1960 as a seasonal Ranger at Abol Campground, after which he spent the summers at Russel Pond from 1961-1963.
In 1964 Buzz transferred to Katahdin Stream Campground where he worked until 1968. That year be moved to Nesourdnahunk Field where he served as a temporary Supervisor. In 1969, Buzz became Assistant Supervisor, promoted in 1971 to the position of Park Supervisor where he remained until 1981, when he was appointed as Park Director where Buzz remained until retirement in 2005.
But even in retirement, Buzz continued working for the benefit of the Park. In 2007 he became a Commissioner with the Katahdin Lake Campaign in which capacity he served for several years. A project in which the committee was able to raise the seven million dollars to complete the sales agreement with the Gardner Land Company, for the purchase of Katahdin Lake. In addition to the Katahdin Lake Campaign, he also served 17 years as a Trustee for the Baxter State Park Wilderness Fund. An account that generated funds for the Park operations, so Baxter would be independent from the politics of Maine’s General Fund. Buzz had 45-years of classified service, and when his volunteer work is included, he had a total 64 years of service. But that’s not all. For 32 years his wife Janice was by his side during every aspect of Buzz’s challenges and accomplishments. The couple gave a combined total commitment of 96 years to our state and the people of Maine.
- Thursday, November 2, 2023
- 6:30pm - 7:30pm
- Laurence E. Crofutt Community Room