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Announcement - Wednesday, December 13, 2017 

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Maine Energy Planning Roadmap hearings, Dec 19, Dec 29, Jan 10
Event - Posted - Tuesday, December 12, 2017 

The Governor’s Energy Office is asking Mainers for input in developing an Energy Planning Roadmap. Public hearings:
• Dec. 19: University of Southern Maine, Portland
• Dec. 29: Energy, Utilities, & Technology Committee, Augusta
• Jan. 10: University of Maine, Presque Isle
Help wanted: Visitor Center Assistant
Announcement - Monday, December 11, 2017 

Seasonal position, May 1 - October 31, 2018, representing Audubon’s Seabird Restoration Program at the Project Puffin Visitor Center in Rockland.
Free Skiing & Learn-to-Ski Clinics, Dec 16
Event - Posted - Saturday, December 9, 2017 

Waterville Parks & Rec, with support from Friends of Quarry Road, will provide free trail passes, free rentals, and free learn-to-ski clinics at Quarry Road Trails, December 16.
Meadow Brook/Hurds Pond Preserve Hike, Dec 16
Event - Posted - Saturday, December 9, 2017 

Cloe Chunn will lead a hike of Meadow Brook/Hurds Pond, a preserve of Coastal Mountains Land Trust. Meet at Swanville Transfer Station, December 16, 10 am. Sponsored by Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition.
Tax bill would slam the brakes on solar and wind energy
Action Alert - Friday, December 8, 2017 

The tax bill passed by the Senate last Friday includes an obscure provision that could pull the rug out from under solar and wind power. The House version also takes aim at renewable energy by rolling back key tax credits. These provisions "would have a devastating ... impact on wind and solar energy," according to renewable energy industry leaders. ~ Environment Maine
Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, Dec 14
Event - Posted - Thursday, December 7, 2017 

Tim Hudson, Superintendent, will take you through the landscape of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument with pictures. At Belfast Free Library, December 14, 6:30 pm. Sponsored by Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition.
Whales of the Gulf of Maine: A Naturalist’s Report, Dec 14
Event - Posted - Thursday, December 7, 2017 

Zack Klyver, chief naturalist for the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company and founder of Flukes whale watch ecotours, will present an engaging review of the 2017 whale watch season. At Schoodic Institute, Winter Harbor, December 14, 12 pm.
Olive oil tasting, Dec 13
Event - Posted - Wednesday, December 6, 2017 

FIORE Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars will host an evening to support the Brunswick Topsham Land Trust at its tasting room in Brunswick, December 13, 5-7 pm.
The Arctic Needs Your Help
Action Alert - Tuesday, December 5, 2017 

Buried deep within the Senate tax bill is a provision to open the pristine Arctic Refuge, a national treasure, to oil and gas drilling, which will cause widespread pollution and harm to the wildlife and people who call this place home. Express your disappointment to Senator Susan Collins and urge her to protect our natural legacy by working to remove this damaging language before the tax bill becomes law. ~ Maine Conservation Voters
Birds from the Footbridge in Belfast, Dec 9
Event - Posted - Saturday, December 2, 2017 

Join Ron Harrell and Gary Gulezian to watch ducks, loons and other birds in the harbor. At the Belfast Footbridge, December 9, 8-10 am. Organized by Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition.
Win $1,000 L.L.Bean shopping spree and an outing with David Sibley
Announcement - Friday, December 1, 2017 

Wildlife Acoustics, makers of the Song Sleuth bird identifying app, launched the Sibley Sweepstakes on December 1. Ends March 1. No purchase necessary to enter.
Baxter State Park sign auction, ends Dec 6
Announcement - Thursday, November 30, 2017 

Auction of retired Baxter State Park signs, plus the historic dinner bell from Kidney Pond Camps. Friends Baxter State Park will donate half the proceeds to Baxter State Park, and half will support FBSP programs. Ends December 6.
Blazing Ahead: the Rivalry that Built the Appalachian Trail, Dec 7
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 30, 2017 

Jeffrey Ryan tells the story of the unlikely creation of the Appalachian Trail. At Bangor Public Library, December 7, 6 pm. Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club Maine Chapter.
Celebrate CREA and the Season, Dec 7
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 30, 2017 

Meet new Executive Director Wendy Van Damme, hear about new programs and plans, and contemplate the joy of winter activity at the Cathance River Education Alliance’s 235 acre nature preserve in Topsham. At Frontier Cafe, Brunswick, December 7, 4:30 to 6:30 pm, RSVP.
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'Popovers for Pigs' helps green up famous Acadia National Park restaurant
Christian Science Monitor - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 

At the Jordan Pond House, if a popover doesn’t make it from oven to table in 15 minutes, it’s toast. Each season two local pig farmers collect more than 20,000 pounds of uneaten popovers from the famed tea house to use as animal feed. Known as “Popovers for Pigs” this program is just one example of the many environmental steps undertaken by the only restaurant to operate inside Acadia National Park. Each year the restaurant recycles more than 50,000 lbs. of cardboard, 8,000 lbs. of paper, 2,500 lbs. of plastic, and 2,500 lbs. of metal. Jordan Pond House composts approximately 30,000 lbs. of lemon rinds, egg shells (200,000 of them), coffee grounds, tea bags, vegetable trimmings, and garden waste each season. The compost is spread on the gardens and lawns. In another nod to the restaurant’s roots, the Jordan Pond House features local seafood. The restaurant has joined a local fishermen's cooperative.
Students raking in good money this summer
Times Record - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 

For the first time in years, local teens are spending their summer ankle-deep in the mud off Thomas Point Beach digging clams. Thanks to diligent detective work by the local shellfish community, which rooted out failing septic systems and other causes of degraded water, nearly all of Brunswick’s clam flats are open this year, prompting the town’s Marine Resources Committee to increase by 14 the number of shellfish licenses. Four of those licenses were awarded to Brunswick High School students, who are raking in “pretty good” money by working their own hours.
Nonresident Moose Hunters are Maine's Cash Cows
George Smith's Outdoor News Blog - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 

While many resident sportsmen resent the fact that nonresidents get moose permits while most Maine applicants are lottery losers, the fact is that we are lucky – whether or not we win a moose hunting permit – because the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife gets a huge amount of money from those nonresident applicants. DIF&W raised $1,160,446.50 from this year’s moose lottery. $633,400.80 of that came from nonresidents, who got just 363 permits. Residents actually spent less this year in the lottery, $527,045.70, while receiving 3,362 permits.
New EPA rules target cruise ship emissions
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 

New federal rules about to go into effect are expected to reduce pollution being generated off Maine’s coast. Starting Wednesday, Aug. 1, the Environmental Protection Agency will require cargo carriers and cruise ships to use a low-sulfur fuel within 200 miles of U.S. and Canadian shores. In Bar Harbor, where there are 119 cruise ship visits scheduled for this year, harbor master Charlie Phippen said he rarely gets complaints about “billowing smoke” when the ships crank up their engines as they are about to leave port. He said he doesn’t think people will notice a difference from the cleaner-burning fuel. EPA said the effects will be felt hundreds of miles inland and are expected to prevent thousands of premature deaths and relieve respiratory issues for nearly 5 million people a year.
Marines finish 2,180-mile hike with more than $30,000 for disabled veterans
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 

A 2,180-mile journey ended Tuesday for two former Marine captains who walked the Appalachian Trail in its entirety, raising money along the way to help disabled veterans adapt to civilian life. Mark Silvers, 27, of Virginia and Sean Gobin, 36, of Rhode Island reached Mount Katahdin’s summit at around 11 a.m., 4½ months and roughly 5 million steps after their hike started at Springer Mountain in Georgia. As of Tuesday, Silvers and Gobin had raised more than $31,000, Silvers said. They added more than $3,500 to that total Tuesday night during a fundraising event and dinner in Millinocket, where local veterans, bikers, politicians and residents from across the state gathered to welcome the Marines.
Environmental Group Report Shows Increase in Storms and Intensity
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 

If you think the weather in Maine in recent years has been getting worse, with more heavy downpours and snowstorms, you may well be right. A new report by the advocacy group Environment Maine analyzes meteorological data going back to 1948. Since that year, the study finds that extreme events like rain and snowstorms are becoming more common and more intense.
Extreme downpours in Maine 74 percent more frequent than 65 years ago, study says
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 

While drought cripples agriculture in the American Midwest, New England has seen an 85 percent increase in extreme downpours over the past six decades — and both troubling weather patterns can be blamed on global warming, a group of scientists, environmental advocates and politicians said Tuesday. U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree joined state Sen. Justin Alfond and John Jemison of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension for the unveiling of Environment Maine’s latest report. The report calls for federal and state governments to adopt limits on global warming pollution that would reduce emissions to at least 35 percent below 2005 levels by 2020, and by at least 85 percent by 2050.
EXCLUSIVE: Nicholas Livesay appointed new LURC director
Maine Environmental News - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 

The Maine Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC) will consider the appointment by the LePage Administration of Nicholas Livesay as director of the commission's staff at a meeting on August 3 in Greenville. Livesay is an attorney at Pierce Atwood, the largest private law firm in Maine, where he has worked mainly with developers on permitting, wetlands, coastal management, solid waste and endangered species issues, as well as administrative appeals. He will be taking over LURC during a period of radical transition. Last spring, with bi-partisan support, the Maine Legislature enacted, and Gov. Paul LePage signed, a bill that terminates LURC and replaces it with a new Land Use Planning Commission dominated by appointees from the counties with the largest Unorganized Territories.
Editorial: The St. Croix River should be opened to alewives
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 

It’s time alewives were allowed into the upper reaches of the St. Croix River. Research, in addition to dozens of ponds and streams in Maine, show that alewives can coexist with smallmouth bass. The environment deserves consideration. Alewives serve as food for other fish, in addition to birds and mammals. They attract bald eagles and make good bait for the lobster industry. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wrote on July 9 to Attorney General William Schneider warning that keeping the passage closed violates the Clean Water Act. The LePage administration is continuing to consider the matter, according to a spokeswoman. The governor should introduce legislation to open the perfectly good fish passage at Grand Falls Dam. The only things blocking it are a lack of political will and a wooden board.
New lean-to for Wildlands campers
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 

Thanks to an enterprising high school student, campers in the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands can now enjoy a new, Adirondack-style lean-to at the Baker Brook Camping Area near the North Gate of the Wildlands. Paige Cote of Orland, a Girl Scout and recent graduate of John Bapst High School, organized acquisition of materials and construction of the lean-to, working with a team of volunteers to assemble it offsite and then reconstruct it in the Wildlands earlier this summer.
Opinion: Bridging the gaps in Maine’s economic development
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 

It seems as though economic issues that plague Maine are mostly due to a lack of cooperation. There are many resources in the state but not enough bridges between them all. Maine should be a finely greased economic machine, but instead it seems to sputter out with sporadic periods of growth that never seem to last. Our government says it is focused on creating jobs, and I believe this is the wrong approach. Our government should be focused on creating and supporting new businesses. Why are we importing windmill parts when we should be producing them? We have so many different pieces at work here. The workers, the entrepreneurs, the academics and the government all exist in the same place. How do we bridge all of these people together? Charles Hastings, UMaine, Orono
Cast for Recovery gives women with breast cancer respite, fly rod in hand
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 

The women at the Casting for Recovery retreat held July 6-8 at Bald Mountain Camps in Oquossoc were there for two reasons — to get respite from the daily weight of dealing with breast cancer and to have fun. They also were there to learning to fly cast, taught by Registered Maine Guide Bonnie Holding.
Governors, Premiers Promise To Work Together To Cut Greenhouse Gases
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 

New England’s governors and premiers from eastern Canadian provinces have promised to work together to cut greenhouse gases and boost public transportation in the region. The governors and premiers met Monday and Tuesday morning in Burlington, Vermont, where they called for a regional approach to acquiring renewable electricity. The New England governors have their eyes on Canada’s electricity resources. Maine Gov. Paul LePage did not attend.
Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park Offers Free, Daily Nature Programs
Maine Government News - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 

Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park in Freeport is offering nature programs daily at 2 p.m. through Labor Day. The programs, which include walks, talks and activities in the beautiful, natural setting of the park, are free with park admission. No reservations are needed, except for large groups. Programs last about one hour, weather permitting, and are suitable for children and adults.
Maine Conservation Voters scorecard analysis of current state Representatives is revealing
Maine Insights - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 

On July 27th, Maine Conservation Voters (MCV) unveiled its 26th annual Environmental Scorecard. Overall, the Scorecard shows that the 125th Legislature made little progress for Maine’s clean waters, natural areas and wildlife, and the economies that depend on them. “Too many legislators are advancing an agenda that puts our natural resources at risk,” concluded Maureen Drouin, MCV Executive Director. “To get Maine back on track, we need to elect new people who will move us toward a healthier environment and a stronger economy.”
Gate women keep traditions of North Maine Woods alive
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 

Covering more than 3.5 million acres of commercial forestland, the North Maine Woods is a partnership of landowners including corporations, individuals and families that manages a large chunk of Maine. Over the years, the landowners have established a series of gated entrances into the North Maine Woods to control access. Without a doubt, the eyes and ears keeping track of all comings and goings are the 70 receptionists who monitor the 14 checkpoints — or gates — leading to and from the North Maine Woods. Known locally as the “gate women,” since the jobs are held largely by females, no one gets in — or out — of the North Maine Woods without those receptionists knowing about it.
Letter: GoMaine
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 

Last week you had several articles about GoMaine, and how it was being closed because it did not have enough funds to replace older vehicles. The articles stated that there was $233,000 profit from rider fees, and the DOT had budgeted $240,000 for vehicle replacement — $233,000 plus $240,000 equals $473,000. Divide that by $43,000 per vehicle and the result is 11. They don’t need 11 new vehicles right now, but they have exactly enough to buy them. The DOT should be looking for ways to make it easier for people to get to work, not harder. ~ Cara Doucette, Van Buren
Letter: Protection Act attacks rights
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 

Recent legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives would unnecessarily sweep away 16 major environmental laws that protect the people, wildlife and natural resources of Maine. H.R. 1505, The National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act, passed the House earlier this month. The bill grants Border Patrol and the Department of Homeland Security unwarranted powers to ignore major environmental legislation within 100 miles of U.S. land borders and along the coast. In Maine, this bill would make vulnerable thousands of protected acres in the Aroostook and Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuges, the White Mountains National Forest, Acadia National Park and many other fragile areas that the people of Maine have fought hard to protect for future generations. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol has issued a statement opposing H.R. 1505, and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has said, “It is unnecessary, and a bad policy.” ~ Sarah Loftus, Bar Harbor
'For such a busy park,' Acadia has few fatalities
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 

The trail that Shirley Ladd was hiking Saturday when she fell 60 feet to her death is one of the most popular -- and most dangerous -- in Acadia National Park. Still, it had been 27 years since someone died while hiking the Precipice Trail, a jagged wall of rock that rises from the eastern base of Champlain Mountain. In fact, fatalities at Acadia National Park and at national parks in general are rare, according to statistics kept by the National Park Service.
Opinion: Maine has an energy plan, and it is wisely trying to implement it
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 

There has been a lot of critical commentary regarding the viability of renewable energy resources in Maine. While renewable energy resources include biomass, hydro, tidal, solar, geothermal, wind and, in some instances, recycled waste heat, it is utility-scale wind power that seems to attract the most controversy. Ironically, wind power is generally supported by 85 to 90 percent of Mainers. Maine's Comprehensive Energy Plan wisely supports reducing our state's dependence on fossil fuels, and not only by promoting cleaner and, increasingly, more competitive renewable resources, such as wind, hydro, solar, biofuels and geothermal. It also encourages energy conservation, energy efficiency, the recycling of wasted heat and the upgrading of our aging electricity, natural gas and petroleum transportation infrastructures. ~ John Kerry, former director, Maine Office of Energy Independence
Opinion: Waste-to-energy plant plays important environmental role
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 

The state estimates that most individuals produce about 7.3 pounds of waste every day; it is that waste which we generate that contains many pollutants. Unlike old incinerators, today's waste-to-energy plants do not "spew" those contaminants into the air. Ecomaine's waste-to-energy plant plays an important and environmentally positive role in the state's hierarchy of waste management (reduce, reuse, recycle, compost, waste-to-energy and, then, landfill). It has state-of-the-art air pollution controls. ~Kevin H. Roche, ecomaine, Portland
Letter: Headline clouds smart-meter concerns
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 

The Maine Public Utilities Commission "wants" an answer to the question "are so-called smart meters hurting us" (July 25)? It "decides" to investigate safety concerns? What a ridiculous sub-headline. Anyone in the state who followed the lack of investigation, the lack of concern about the public's safety and the lack of ethics on the part of the Maine PUC in fast-tracking the greed of the foreign-owned monopoly they call Central Maine Power knows better. ~ Kerry Corthell, Scarborough
The East-West Highway
AsMaineGoesLOLz Blog - Monday, July 30, 2012 

The East-West highway is the bright conservative transportation beacon of economic freedom and hope. By building a road across the middle of the state, Canadian truckers will be able to shave hours off of their trips between Toronto and New Brunswick. The economic ramifications are enormous. With a highway nearby, previously sleepy towns like Corinna could achieve the towering economic heights previously reserved for the giants of Maine highway exit stops like Burnham, or Medway. Why should prosperity be reserved for the likes of Island Falls?
Police fire on tar sands protest in Vermont
Other - Monday, July 30, 2012 

Free Speech Radio - Police in Burlington, Vermont, used rubber bullets against clean energy protestors who gathered this weekend at the Conference of the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers. Inside, the New England Governors, Eastern Premiers and their energy consultants were meeting on what they called “building a clean and cost effective energy future for the Northeast.” But outside, activists from all around the Northeast converged to underscore their opposition to the community and environmental impacts of a number of proposed regional energy projects. These include the proposed private East West Highway which would link Quebec and the Martimes through Maine, and the Trailbreaker pipeline, which is in the process of being reversed to bring tar sands oil from eastern Canada to Portland, Maine for shipping.
Verso paper mill assessing damage after train carrying paper derailed
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 30, 2012 

After the second derailment in about as many months of a train going to or from the Verso mill, the papermaking plant is concerned. The stretch of rail connects the mill to Bangor, where it connects with routes headed as far north as Madawaska and as far south as New Haven, Conn. Cohen said accidents such as Sunday’s derailment can leave the mill anxious about supply routes in and out of the sprawling Bucksport complex.
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