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Maine

Maine is the northernmost state in the northeastern United States. Maine is the 12th smallest by area, the 9th least populous, the 13th least densely populated of the 50 U. S. states. Located in New England, it is bordered by New Hampshire to the west, the Atlantic Ocean to the southeast, the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Québec to the northeast and northwest, respectively. Maine is the only state to border one other state, is the easternmost among the contiguous United States, is the northernmost state east of the Great Lakes. Maine is known for its rocky coastline. There is a humid continental climate including coastal areas. Maine's most populous city is Portland and its capital is Augusta. For thousands of years, indigenous peoples were the only inhabitants of the territory, now Maine. At the time of European arrival in what is now Maine, several Algonquian-speaking peoples inhabited the area; the first European settlement in the area was by the French in 1604 on Saint Croix Island, by Pierre Dugua, Sieur de Mons.

The first English settlement was the short-lived Popham Colony, established by the Plymouth Company in 1607. A number of English settlements were established along the coast of Maine in the 1620s, although the rugged climate and conflict with the local peoples caused many to fail over the years; as Maine entered the 18th century, only a half dozen European settlements had survived. Loyalist and Patriot forces contended for Maine's territory during the American Revolution. During the War of 1812, the largely-undefended eastern region of Maine was occupied by British forces, but returned to the United States following failed British offensives on the northern border, mid-Atlantic and south which produced a peace treaty, to include dedicated land on the Michigan peninsula for Native American peoples. Maine was part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts until 1820, when it voted to secede from Massachusetts to become a separate state. On March 15, 1820, under the Missouri Compromise, it was admitted to the Union as the 23rd state.

There is no definitive explanation for the origin of the name "Maine", but the most origin is that the name was given by early explorers after the former province of Maine in France. Whatever the origin, the name was fixed for English settlers in 1665 when the English King's Commissioners ordered that the "Province of Maine" be entered from on in official records; the state legislature in 2001 adopted a resolution establishing Franco-American Day, which stated that the state was named after the former French province of Maine. Other theories mention earlier places with similar names, or claim it is a nautical reference to the mainland. Captain John Smith, in his "Description of New England" bemoans the lack of exploration: "Thus you may see, of this 2000. Miles more halfe is yet vnknowne to any purpose: no not so much as the borders of the Sea are yet discouered; as for the goodnes and true substances of the Land, wee are for most part yet altogether ignorant of them, vnlesse it bee those parts about the Bay of Chisapeack and Sagadahock: but onely here and there wee touched or haue seene a little the edges of those large dominions, which doe stretch themselues into the Maine, God doth know how many thousand miles.

The word "main" was a frequent shorthand for the word "mainland" Attempts to uncover the history of the name of Maine began with James Sullivan's 1795 "History of the District of Maine". He made the unsubstantiated claim that the Province of Maine was a compliment to the queen of Charles I, Henrietta Maria, who once "owned" the Province of Maine in France; this was quoted by Maine historians until the 1845 biography of that queen by Agnes Strickland established that she had no connection to the province. A new theory, put forward by Carol B. Smith Fisher in 2002, is that Sir Ferdinando Gorges chose the name in 1622 to honor the village where his ancestors first lived in England, rather than the province in France. "MAINE" appears in the Domesday Book of 1086 in reference to the county of Dorset, today Broadmayne, just southeast of Dorchester. The view held among British place name scholars is that Mayne in Dorset is Brythonic, corresponding to modern Welsh "maen", plural "main" or "meini"; some early spellings are: MAINE 1086, MEINE 1200, MEINES 1204, MAYNE 1236.

Today the village is known as Broadmayne, primitive Welsh or Brythonic, "main" meaning rock or stone, considered a reference to the many large sarsen stones still present around Little Mayne farm, half a mile northeast of Broadmayne village. The first known record of the name appears in an August 10, 1622 land charter to Sir Ferdinando Gorges and Captain John Mason, English Royal Navy veterans, who were granted a large tract in present-day Maine that Mason and Gorges "intend to name the Province of Maine". Mason had served with the Royal Navy in the Orkney Islands, where the chief island is called Mainland, a possible name derivation for these English sailors. In 1623, the English naval captain Christopher Levett, exploring the New England coast, wrote: "The first place I set my foote upon in New England was the Isle of Shoals, being Ilands in the sea, above two Leagues from the Mayne." Several tracts along the coast of New England were referred to as Main or Maine. A reconfirmed and enhanced April 3, 1639, from E

Jake Sheridan

Jake Sheridan is an English semi-professional footballer who plays for Alfreton Town F. C. as a midfielder. Born in Nottingham, Sheridan joined Notts County from Dunkirk on 5 August 2005. Sheridan, under the guidance of manager Gary Mills, made his debut for Notts County on 6 August 2005 in a scoreless away fixture against Torquay United. Just six days he and teammate Stacy Long were offered one-year deals by County. During the 2005–06 season, Sheridan established himself as a regular in the team making 27 appearances and scored his only goal for the club in a 1–1 draw away to Wrexham. Sheridan agreed a new one-year deal at Meadow Lane on 22 May 2006; the following season proved a little more difficult for Sheridan, with the midfielder only making a total of three league appearances, finding himself on the wrong side of the retained list for the 2007–08 season. On 2 July 2007, Sheridan teamed up with his former Notts County manager Gary Mills at Conference North side Tamworth, agreeing a one-year contract.

In his first season with Tamworth, the club recorded a disappointing 15th-place finish in the Conference North, with Sheridan making 12 appearances and failing to find the net. Sheridan signed a new one-year contract to remain at Tamworth for the 2008–09 season. Sheridan made 11 appearances and scored his first goal for the club in a home fixture against Southport, as Tamworth finished the season as league champions. Following promotion to the Conference National, Sherdian was one of five players who agreed a new deal with The Lambs, he proved to be important member of the squad, this showed as Sheridan made 23 appearances and had a good season in front of goal, scoring five goals including a memorable winner in the 2–1 win at home to Wrexham on 25 August 2009. After a successful season, Sheridan expressed interest in returning for 2010–11 season, he was handed a further one-year extension. Sheridan again found himself a regular in the team, went on to make 35 league appearances, despite scoring only one goal all season, scored what proved to be the winner on the final day of the 2010–11 in a home fixture against Forest Green Rovers.

On 16 June 2011, Sheridan's hopes of another year with Tamworth were dashed, as new manager Marcus Law told him he was not part of his long term plans for the club, bringing an end to his four-year stay with the club. Sheridan left the club along with Aaron Farrell, a few weeks prior to his contract expiring, in a bid to start looking for a new club for the 2011–12 season. On 21 July 2011, Sheridan appeared in a pre-season friendly for Conference North side Eastwood Town in their 1–0 defeat against Wrexham, he was loaned out to Conference National side Lincoln City on 17 November 2011 until 1 January 2012, made his debut nine days starting the game against Ebbsfleet United, a match Lincoln went on to win 3–0. He signed a permanent deal with Lincoln. After a successful campaign with the imps, Sheridan joined Alfreton Town on a one-year contract, following no new contract offer from Lincoln. Tamworth Conference North: 2008–09 Jake Sheridan at Soccerbase Jake Sheridan at Soccerbase

Ford Lake (Michigan)

Ford Lake is a fresh water artificial reservoir located in Washtenaw County in the U. S. state of Michigan. The lake was created from the construction of Ford Lake Dam along the Huron River in the early 1930s; the lake is named after business magnate Henry Ford. The lake has a maximum depth of 30 feet near the eastern end; the lake continues the flow of the Huron River, beginning at the Interstate 94 bridge crossing in the city of Ypsilanti and ends at Ford Lake Dam along Bridge Road in Ypsilanti Township. A short distance after the Ford Lake Dam, the Huron River continues into Belleville Lake, which itself is a reservoir created by the French Landing Dam and Powerhouse. Ford Lake is a recreational site for boating, personal watercrafts, canoeing/kayaking, fishing. Portions of the Border-to-Border Trail are popular among bicyclists. There are four public lakeshore parks within Ypsilanti Township: Ford Lake Park, Huron River Park, Loonfeather Point Park, North Bay Park; the only boat launch for motorized vessels on the lake is within Ford Lake Park.

Common fish within Ford Lake include bullhead catfish, channel catfish, common carp, northern pike, smallmouth bass, sunfish, walleye, white bass, yellow perch. The lake was once used by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to stock various fish, including tiger muskellunge, which are no longer present in Ford Lake; the largest fish caught in Ford Lake is a common carp recorded in the state's Master Angler Entries at 36.25 inches long. Ford Lake experiences algal blooms late in the summer, which must be tested to determine their level of toxicity; the Washtenaw County Health Department and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services monitors the water quality and issues advisories when the bacteria levels in the water may pose a health threat. Most algal blooms are green algae and pose no threat, but accumulating cyanobacteria and perfluorooctanesulfonatecan can result in harmful algal blooms that can have negative health affects; when this bacteria is present, prolonged contact with the water is not advised, although occasional contact with PFOS is not considered a health concern.

Regardless of water quality, swimming is not a common recreational activity on the lake. When algae levels reach a high enough level to pose a threat, a "Do Not Eat" fish advisory is issued and posted at all access points along Ford Lake. Boating and fishing are still allowed, but fishermen are advised to catch and release only