Maine – The Week In Review For February 22, 2008

The good: The University of Maine’s Advanced Engineered Wood Composites Center in Orono this week unveiled a new composite-coated, blast-resistant building, which the U.S. military has reportedly shown much interest.

The bad: Maine’s 2007 lobster catch dropped 23% from the previous year, according to preliminary numbers released this week by the state’s Department of Marine Resources. Maine lobstermen landed 56 million pounds of lobster last year, with a total value of $248.5 million, compared with the 16.6 million pounds worth nearly $300 million landed last year, according to the Bangor Daily News.

The caffeinated beer: Maine Attorney General Steven Rowe recently joined attorney generals from five other states in demanding information from Anheuser-Busch Cos. and Miller Brewing Co. as part of a probe into whether the companies are targeting underage drinkers in their marketing efforts for caffeinated alcoholic beverages, according to the Associated Press. The companies deny the claim, and are reportedly complying with the subpoenas, the AP said.<.