March 18, 2018  
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Robert Reich Explains America's Koch Problem
Action Alert - Thursday, June 26, 2014 

The Koch (pronounced coke) brothers are using their tremendous wealth in an anti-democratic bid to impose their views on the rest of us. ~ Robert Reich
Living in the Wind: Exploring Bird Migration and Simple Ways to Save Birds, Jul 18
Event - Posted - Tuesday, June 24, 2014 

Naturalist and author Scott Weidensaul explores the wonder and mechanics of migration, and the simple, effective ways we can help save birds, from what we plant in our gardens to what we pour into our morning mug of coffee. At Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, July 18, 6:30 pm.
Loons and Eagles on Cobbossee Lake, Jul 18
Event - Posted - Tuesday, June 24, 2014 

Join Lisa Kane, MDIFW Wildlife Educator, and learn about the loons and eagles of Cobbossee Lake. July 18, 5:30–7:30 pm, $15 adults, $5 kids 8-18. Sponsored by Kennebec Land Trust and Friends of the Cobbossee Watershed.
Story Collider visits Maine, Jul 17
Event - Posted - Tuesday, June 24, 2014 

At the Story Collider believes that everyone has a story about science — a story about how science made a difference, affected them, or changed them on a personal and emotional level. The Story Collider visits the state of Maine to hear five personal stories of being caught on the hook, including an environmental advocate, an oceanographer, a marine scientist, a marine ecologist, and a researcher. At the Frontier, Brunswick, July 17, 7:30 pm.
Solar Open House, July 16
Event - Posted - Tuesday, June 24, 2014 

Tour a solar home and hear a presentation from the homeowners and ReVision Energy, Maine's largest and most experienced solar home installer. At Dresden, July 16, 5:30 pm, RSVP. Sponsored by Sierra Club Maine.
Is Climate Instability In Our Future? Jul 16
Event - Posted - Tuesday, June 24, 2014 

Paul Mayewski, Director of the Climate Change Institute at UMaine, will speak. At Center for Marine Studies, Blue Hill, July 16, 6 pm. Sponsored by Marine Environmental Research Institute.
Friends of Baxter State Park benefit night at Flatbread Company, Jul 15
Event - Posted - Tuesday, June 24, 2014 

Meet other people who love Katahdin and Baxter State Park, win great prizes, and enjoy food and drink on the waterfront deck. Benefits the work of Friends of Baxter State Park. At Flatbread Company, Portland, July 15, 5-9 pm.

DamNation, Jul 14
Event - Posted - Tuesday, June 24, 2014 

This powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. At Islesboro Community Center, July 14, 7 pm.
Chief Worumbo Androscoggin River Race, Jul 13
Event - Posted - Tuesday, June 24, 2014 

The Worumbo Race is a family-friendly event of approximately six miles, with possible Class I rips and easy Class II rapids. Paddlers will pass by two conserved farms, an island recently conserved in partnership with the Town of Lisbon and a public riverside park in Durham. July 13, 11 am - 4 pm, $30 per adult, $15 per child. Sponsored by Androscoggin Land Trust.
Tar sands rally in NH, Jul 13
Event - Posted - Tuesday, June 24, 2014 

To call attention to the threat of tar sands and the climate crisis, groups from around the Northeast are organizing a peoples’ rally outside of the annual New England Governors and Eastern Premiers Conference being held at the Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, on Sunday, July 13. The Natural Resources Council of Maine is co-sponsoring a 55-person bus to the rally. $10.
Loon Plate Appreciation Weekend, Jul 12-13
Event - Posted - Tuesday, June 24, 2014 

Free admission to all Maine State Parks & Historic Sites for all vehicles with a Maine Loon license plate, July 12-13. Does not include Baxter State Park, Scarborough Beach State Park and Penobscot Narrows Observatory.
Lobster Lake, Jul 11-13
Event - Posted - Tuesday, June 24, 2014 

Joan Saxe will lead a canoe camping trip into the deepest wilderness where Thoreau experienced his lifetime love of Maine and the outdoors. At Lobster Lake, July 11-13. Pre-register. Sponsored by Sierra Club Maine.
Thwing's Point Archaeological Dig, Jul 7-18
Event - Posted - Monday, June 23, 2014 

In a partnership with the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, Friends of Merrymeeting Bay will host an archaeological dig at Thwing’s Point in Woolwich, weekdays from July 7-18. The site has been described as possibly the most significant unexcavated historic archaeological site in Maine. Volunteers will have the opportunity to work with, and learn from, trained archaeologists.
Lac-Mégantic commemoration, Jul 6
Event - Posted - Monday, June 23, 2014 

Events on July 6 organized by 350 Maine will commemorate the first anniversary of the tragic oil train explosion in Lac-Mégantic in Canada:
• Vigil, Congress Square, Portland, 11:30 am
• Vigil, Damariscotta-Newcastle Bridge 12 pm
• Vigil, Brunswick Mall, 12 pm
• 47 sunflower ceremony, Belfast, 1 pm
• Oil-By-Rail, Happy Acres Hall, Alton, 4:30 pm
Lac Megantic anniversary events in Maine, Jul 6
Event - Posted - Monday, June 23, 2014 

Mainers for a Fossil-Free Future will discuss the history of oil trains through Maine, oil and rail industry plans for future shipments, and ways that Mainers can take action to stop these bomb trains from endangering life, land, water, and air. At Happy Acres Hall in Alton, July 6, 4:30 pm. Additional memorial events are planned in communities across Maine, including in Belfast, Brunswick, Damariscotta, and Portland.
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Editorial: How much can Paul LaPage waste?
Maine Environmental News - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

According to a new review by The Associated Press, Maine Gov. Paul LePage has hired outside legal representation that has cost at least $110,000 just since last fall, raising his total expenditures on frivolous lawsuits to more than half a million dollars over the past four years. LePage seems determined to squander not only the public trust, but the public piggybank, before he stumbles off into the sunset next year. What a waste.
Live trapping is one way to deal with freeloading rodents
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

The current two-year tally at Nancy Donovan’s home is, Donovans: 95, Squirrels: 0. Nancy Donovan and her husband, Daniel, have been actively trapping and releasing the gray squirrels around their Presque Isle home since 2016 in an effort to keep the fluffy-tailed rodents from cleaning out their bird feeders. Nancy Donovan said, “We started keeping count to see how many of the little buggers we were going to get.” Turned out, an impressive amount. They caught 55 in 2016 and another 40 last year, all subsequently released a mile or two from their house.
Portland’s bustling port sees volume, value of goods more than double over five years
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

Shipping containers are piling up on the Portland waterfront at a record pace as the state invests millions of dollars into its largest port to encourage Maine’s growing trade links to Europe and the North Atlantic region. The volume of containers moving through the International Marine Terminal on West Commercial Street has more than doubled in the past five years and so has the value of goods, to $502.7 million last year.
We are gun owners: Each of us has a story
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

Five Mainers describe their love of hunting, concern for security and passion for firearms.
A sauna in the woods draws devoted disciples
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

Saunas have been around for centuries and are a way of life in many European countries such as Germany, Austria and Finland. They are not as popular in Maine, but there are many who find their way to the one in Denmark – the western Maine town at the foothills of the White Mountains. At the 33-acre holistic retreat, this outdoor European tradition takes place every weekend from October through March when the sauna is open to the public. Then a small community of sauna enthusiasts hike through the woods for a $15 visit.
100-plus nominations came in for the 2018 Source Awards
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

Each April for the past four years, Source has honored a handful of accomplished Mainers, Maine organizations and Maine businesses working in the arena of sustainability. We were impressed with the number of nominations that talked about bringing people together, about building bridges between scientists and ordinary people, loggers and treehuggers, new and old Mainers, farmers and eaters. Tackling the immense environmental problems the planet faces – climate change, mass extinction, population explosion and water scarcity, to name a few – is going to require all of us. We’re so pleased to announce this year’s 2018 Source Award winners. They are leading the way. ~ Peggy Grodinsky, SOURCE Editor
Mainer instrumental in state’s loon count is recognized for her expertise
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

Her efforts on behalf of Maine Audubon earn her the Source Award for Conservationist.
Meet the 2018 Russell Libby Agricultural Scholarship winners
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

This year's crop of farming scholarship winners are full of passion, pluck and plans:
• August DeLisle
• Sarah Fallon
• Zenaide McCarthy
Maine State Prison teaches inmates to garden, compost, recycle
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

Their work on the prison's sustainability initiative earns Capt. Ryan Fries and Mark Hutchinson the Source Award for Trailblazer.
WindowDressers inserts help Mainers lower their fuel bills
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

Research done by the University of Maine shows that the nonprofit, which earns the Source Award for Energy Saver, helped save more than $2.2 million in fuel costs.
Rosemont Market proves small shops can thrive
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

The six-location market, which earns the Source Award for Entrepreneur, builds community by bringing shoppers and farmers together.
Maine Grain Alliance has ‘changed the face of bread and baking’
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

The nonprofit has helped bring back grain farming for baking and brewing, earning the Source Award for Farmer.
This teacher’s got a whole seed bank of apples in Waldoboro
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

'Our seeds have basically gone all over the world,' says Neil Lash, who earns the Source Award for Teacher.
Partnership between land trust, Maine Forest Service grew into something big
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

Local Wood Works is honored with the Source Award for Forester, based on its efforts to connect consumers to local wood products.
Editorial: New plant shows brighter future for Maine lobster
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

In a game-changing investment announced last week, Ready Seafood Co. is expanding its live and processed lobster business with a new 40-acre campus in Saco. In addition to their investment, they are receiving $2.4 million in research and development funds to build facilities where university and industry scientists can work alongside Ready’s in-house marine biologist to study and better understand lobsters. What they learn will be shared throughout the industry, helping the company as well as their competitors find ways to add value to a product that supports so many Maine jobs and communities.
Letter: Burying electrical lines would avert storm outages
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

The news reports are full of accounts of fallen trees and impaired utility poles causing electrical outages that result in life safety and economic situations imperiling many individuals and businesses. The current policy of tree removal and resultant limb trimming is ineffective and does not result in an effective policy response. A more effective policy would require that all electrical utility transmission and local distribution lines be installed underground and that our monopoly utility distribution providers be required to file for justified exceptions from situations that may require exceptions from said policies. ~ Frederic W. Coulon, Rockport
Column: Big fish being caught at lakes throughout state
Sun Journal - Saturday, March 17, 2018 

This has been a winter that has brought ice anglers out on the ice in good numbers. Gouldsboro angler Ryan Bridges iced a 40-inch, 25.5-pound togue in February at Tunk Lake. At Sebec Lake, an ice-fishing grandmother hooked and landed a lake trout in the 12-pound range. Ice fishing college student Chris Parent from Biddeford brought home an impressive landlocked salmon in the 12-pound range. (The lake? He’s not telling.) Tyler Smith got lucky when he landed a 23-pound muskie that measured 40 inches at Wilson Pond in Monmouth. Dustin Harrington from Hampden, while ice fishing Moosehead Lake, caught a big-bellied brook trout that tipped the scales at 6 pounds. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
Historic 150-year-old Maine inn destroyed by fire
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, March 17, 2018 

A historic inn in northern Maine built more than 150 years ago burned to the ground early Saturday morning. The Chesuncook Lake House was built in 1864 for supplying logging operations. Fifty miles north of Moosehead Lake, the lake house was listed on the Federal Historic Register. Maine Forest Rangers and Greenville firefighters responded to the scene by snowmobile. The owners said all family members and employees escaped unharmed.
Editorial: Contrary to LePage claims, land conservation is good for Maine
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, March 17, 2018 

Even as Gov. Paul LePage continues his crusade against land trusts, a new report by a bipartisan group of lawmakers finds that these groups contribute a lot to the state, including tax dollars. The Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee’s work should put an end to LePage’s false claims that land trusts and conserved lands are a detriment to Maine and its taxpayers. This report shows clearly that they are not.
Historic Maine wilderness inn destroyed by fire
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, March 17, 2018 

The Chesuncook Lake House, a historic inn 50 miles north of Moosehead Lake, was destroyed by fire early Saturday. The remote inn, built in 1864 in Chesuncook Village, originally supplied logging operations in northern Maine. Accessible only by snowmobile in the winter, it is on the National Register of Historic Places. The owners, David and Louisa Surprenant, said they are trying to make sense of the conflagration. The fire started about 1:30 a.m. but it took the owners, whose cellphone service was cut off, about two hours to alert the fire department. Nine firefighters set out on five snowmobiles hauling portable pumps and other equipment. By the time they reached the inn at daybreak, the fire was over.
It’s been three years since Maine towns started banning plastic bags. How’s it working?
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, March 17, 2018 

Bag regulations have been enacted in Portland, South Portland, Belfast, York, Falmouth, Freeport, Kennebunk, Topsham, Brunswick, Saco and Cape Elizabeth, with the most recently adopted ordinances in the cities of Bath and Rockland. Single-use plastic bags certainly can be convenient, but non-biodegradable plastic bags can end up littering streets and storm drains, stuck high in tree branches or floating out to sea, where they break down into tiny pieces and can be mistaken as food by fish and wildlife. Sarah Lakeman of the Natural Resources Council of Maine hopes that there eventually will be a statewide ban.
Former Coal Lobbyist On Tap For No. 2 Spot At EPA
National Public Radio - Saturday, March 17, 2018 

President Trump's nominee for deputy administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Andrew Wheeler, has spent much of his career working for less oversight from the agency. A longtime aide to Sen. James Inhofe, known for his climate-denying antics on the floor of the Senate, Wheeler worked on environmental legislation for more than 15 years in various roles on the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. He helped to defeat a 2008 climate bill before leaving to be a private consultant and lobbyist.
Maine Farmland Trust applying for accreditation
Morning Sentinel - Saturday, March 17, 2018 

Maine Farmland Trust has announced it is applying for accreditation. The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands. A public comment period is now open. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, conducts an extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs. The commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications.
Letter: Respect Union River
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, March 17, 2018 

On Feb. 9, FERC issued notice of a new license application for the Union River dams. This starts a 60-day clock that is the last chance to comment on or protest the details of this license application. The license proposed will not stop the fish kills that are documented in Ellsworth each year as alewives and eels try to head out to sea. It does not offer any new proposal to help native fish returning to the Union River. It does nothing to change the way water levels are managed at Graham Lake. Contact DEP Commissioner Paul Mercer and encourage him to issue a water quality certificate that respects the Union River. ~ Dwayne Shaw, Columbia Falls
Letter: Water rights
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, March 17, 2018 

Regarding Attorney General Janet Mills and Penobscot Nation fishing rights, what is not stated in any coverage I’ve seen on this issue is the intention behind the state’s denial of tribal control over the water surrounding their Islands. The Environmental Protection Agency supports tribal water quality standards. Tribal water quality standards are tough and environmentally sustainable. The state is motivated by big business interests that lobby for the freedom to pollute. There is a word game going on and surprisingly little demand from the people for clarity. ~ Rosalie Paul, Brunswick
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