Retired Maine warden John Ford Sr. and retired Maine trooper Mark Nickerson will tell hilarious tales of law enforcement “back in the day” Thursday, July 31, at 6 p.m. at Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St. Books by both authors will be available for purchase and signing following their presentation.

Ford, a native Mainer, comes from a long line of Maine Game Wardens. He was sworn into the service shortly after finishing up a four-year stint in the U.S. Air Force. He spent his entire 20-year warden career in Waldo County in central Maine, then was elected Sheriff of Waldo County and served from 1991-1999. He was called back into service in 2001 to serve as Chief Deputy.

Ford created and marketed “The Sportsman's Wildife Calendar” in 1983 as a hobby, using his own wildlife art; it sold around the country until 2000 and was a hit with many sportsmen. He also wrote an award-winning column for The Republican Journal and now is a contributing columnist for North Woods Sporting Journal. He has written two memoirs, Suddenly the Cider Didn’t Taste so Good” and “This Cider Still Tastes Funny,” both finalists for the Maine Press Association’s prestigious John Cole Award. In between the many speaking engagements and book signings, he John serves civil process for the Waldo County Sheriff's Office.

Nickerson was born and raised in a State Police family from Vassalboro. He became a Maine State Trooper in 1977, first assigned to the Moosehead Lake region Transferring in 1982 to Unity, he spent the remainder of his career patrolling the roads of Waldo and Kennebec counties. During his 28-year career, Nickerson handled both harrowing and humorous encounters. Pursuing a murder suspect to trying to foil an outhouse bandit on Halloween, protecting a president, escorting home the body of a fallen soldier and notifying family members that a loved one had died were all part of a day's work. In his first book, “Blue Lights in the Night,” Nickerson shares more than 30 memorable episodes including riotous capers with Warden John Ford.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.