November 20, 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.
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.
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.
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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Opinion: Maine’s solar policy is more costly than expected. Lawmakers can lessen this cost.
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, November 20, 2018 

Our company has been installing gross meters and working alongside other solar companies, the Maine Public Utilities Commission and the utilities to determine how to best implement new gross metering rules. The costs of installing additional meters appear to be three to four times the initial estimates, and the benefits are roughly 30 percent less than assumed. For specific commercial applications, the benefits received by ratepayers were overstated by a factor of 40 in the initial estimates. As we prepare for a shift in leadership in the Blaine House, we have the opportunity for a new path forward. Maine will benefit most when we use our differences in perspectives and expertise to implement energy development in a manner that provides the greatest value to the state. ~ Vaughan Woodruff, Insource Renewables, Pittsfield
5-year-old Troy hunter bags his first deer
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, November 20, 2018 

Bill Brosseau says his son, Max, loves anything about hunting and fishing. Maine eliminated its minimum age for hunting — 10 years old — back in 2016. Since then, parents have been allowed to decide when they think their children are ready to head afield. And on Thursday, 5-year-old Max proved that he was plenty ready. “I picked him up from childcare at about 3 p.m. after he had just finished his day in kindergarten and we headed home to get ready,” Bill Brosseau wrote. Max and his dad made it to their hunting blind and at 4:10 p.m. a doe came out into the field. “I put the rifle in the tripod and handed it to Max....I told him that when he was ready, he could shoot. He simply said ‘Ok, I got this,’ and after a short pause, BOOM!”
My recommendations for the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Monday, November 19, 2018 

We have too many turkeys. Eliminate the fee. The fisheries division should be reorganized to match the wildlife division, with species specialists and a teamwork approach. Lots of moose are being killed every winter by ticks. Set up feeding stations to bring the moose in and spray them to kill the ticks. In southern Maine and along the coast concern over Lyme disease has caused people to be unhappy to see lots of deer in their neighborhoods. Let hunters shoot more deer. It is critical that DIF&W work with the industry to market hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities in Maine. Public funding for DIFW should be the top priority in the next legislative session for all of Maine’s groups representing hunters, anglers, conservationists, and environmentalists.
Boil-water order issued in North Jay
Sun Journal - Monday, November 19, 2018 

The North Jay Water District issued a boil-water order Monday after a waterline break affecting customers on East Dixfield Road/Route 17 and Jerry Street. Once the break has been repaired the district is required to bring samples to a laboratory in Augusta to be tested for E. coli and coliform bacteria.
Lake Auburn water is still safe to drink, but smelly, official says
Sun Journal - Monday, November 19, 2018 

Something’s in the water in the Twin Cities; residents have been getting a strange taste and smell from their taps. Sid Hazelton, Auburn Water and Sewer superintendent, said the tiny, smelly culprit is Synura, a type of freshwater algae blooming in Lake Auburn, the source of Twin Cities public water. Hazelton said the water is perfectly safe to drink and meets all drinking water standards.
Maine scallop fishery, a conservation success story, to start for the winter
Associated Press - Monday, November 19, 2018 

Maine scallop fishermen set a 20-year high with last year’s harvest – and now they’re gearing up for the start of what they hope is an even better season. The state’s rebuilt fishery for scallops, which runs from November to April, is getting started for the winter in the coming days. Many in the state’s seafood industry consider Maine scallops a conservation success story, as the fishery collapsed in the mid-2000s and slowly rebuilt to the point where fishermen last year collected the highest total since 1997.
Cacoulidis family sells waterfront land once envisioned as site for hotel and conference center
Portland Press Herald - Monday, November 19, 2018 

A Portland development company has purchased 30 acres of prime waterfront property that the Cacoulidis family has been trying to redevelop for two decades. L+R Northpoint, a holding company of PK Realty Management, purchased the former shipyard land where the late John Cacoulidis once proposed building a $900 million hotel and convention center that would have included a cable-car system across Portland Harbor. The family company has no firm plans for the property, which is located next to Bug Light Park and was part of a marine industrial complex where Liberty ships were built during World War II.
Opinion: My wife was killed by a hunter in the Maine woods 30 years ago. Please learn from her case.
Bangor Daily News - Monday, November 19, 2018 

Nov. 15 marked the 30th anniversary of the shooting death of my wife, Karen Wood, in Hermon. At the time of her death, Karen and I, along with our 1-year-old twins, were new to Maine. The circumstances surrounding her death were well publicized throughout the country. Karen was shot by a “hunter” who presumably mistook her for a deer while she stood within our yard 130 feet from the house. It would take a special grand jury empaneled one year after her death to indict the “hunter” for manslaughter and another year to try him on this charge. His acquittal by a jury of his community peers was viewed as either justice or a travesty. I plea to all hunters to follow the basic tenets of safe hunting, principle among them “to be certain of your target and the area behind it.” ~ Kevin Wood
Maine schools to get help improving recycling programs
Associated Press - Monday, November 19, 2018 

Ecomaine, a nonprofit group, is providing more than $20,000 in grants to 13 recipients in the state. The group says the grants involve a suite of programs intended to keep waste from ending up in landfills. One of the grants is going to Chelsea Elementary School for a “recycling field trip” and reusable coffee pods for teachers. Another will help replace paper towel dispensers with hand dryers at Portland High School. Still another will support a composting program at the Boys & Girls Club of Southern Maine.
Letter: Supporting Mere Point Oyster Co.
Times Record - Monday, November 19, 2018 

The natural resources of the coast of Maine and Maquoit Bay have been an important source of food since the Native Americans began harvesting the waters a thousand years ago, thus it is appropriate to continue to use the bay as a food source. Since demand for oysters has increased and the natural supply of oysters has diminished, in large measure because of changes in habitat from global warming and invasive species, aquaculture has evolved. The Mere Point Oyster project is an appropriate means to meet the increased demand. I support the application of Mere Point Oyster Company for a standard aquaculture lease in Maquoit Bay. ~ John P. Cotton, Brunswick
John Ford Sr., retired game warden who wrote ‘Suddenly, the Cider,’ dies at 71
Morning Sentinel - Sunday, November 18, 2018 

A retired game warden who wrote a book about his experiences patrolling the Maine woods died Saturday after battling cancer. In addition to his service as a warden, John Ford Sr., served two terms as Waldo County sheriff and was a wildlife artist and an award-winning newspaper columnist. Ford’s memoir, “Suddenly, the Cider Didn’t Taste So Good: Adventures of a Game Warden in Maine,” was a collection of true tales, both humorous and serious, from the trenches of law enforcement.
Record growth for bald eagles in northern New England
Associated Press - Sunday, November 18, 2018 

Bald eagles are in the midst of record population growth in northern New England, where America’s national bird could soon find itself removed from all state endangered lists. The eagle was once completely gone from Vermont and New Hampshire and down to just 21 pairs in Maine. But wildlife officials and conservationists in the three states said the bird is repopulating fast, to the point where it has become a threat to rarer species in some areas. Wildlife officials attributed the bird’s comeback to habitat and environmental protection measures, such as the ban on the pesticide DDT, a change that made it easier for birds of prey like eagles to reproduce successfully.
Opinion: Indigenous Issues and the Newly-Elected Governor, Janet Mills
Other - Sunday, November 18, 2018 

Newly-elected Governor Janet Mills is known for her work in opposition to Indigenous issues during her time as Attorney General. Three of the most pressing issues are presented in the following essay, along with steps in moving forward. ~ Dawn Neptune Adams
Record growth for bald eagles in northern New England
Associated Press - Sunday, November 18, 2018 

Bald eagles are in the midst of record population growth in northern New England, where America’s national bird could soon find itself removed from all state endangered lists. The eagle was once completely gone from Vermont and New Hampshire and down to just 21 pairs in Maine. But wildlife officials and conservationists in the three states said the bird is repopulating fast, to the point where it has become a threat to rarer species in some areas. Wildlife officials attributed the bird’s comeback to habitat and environmental protection measures, such as the ban on the pesticide DDT, a change that made it easier for birds of prey like eagles to reproduce successfully.
Opinion: Fly fishing is a dying art in Maine
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, November 18, 2018 

I’m 27, and was born and raised in Maine. I have been fishing my entire life and fly fishing for a decade. I became obsessed, tying my own flies, making my own rods and climbing the furthest reaches of headwater streams to find native trout. Now, I find myself wondering, where are my peers? Learning through experience is unique and can’t be replicated. In order to restore the interest within the art of fly fishing, it is up to my generation to introduce and allow future generations to learn on their own. Half of the fun of fly fishing is observing, failing, adjusting and succeeding. If you remove failure, how will anyone become hooked? ~ Gregory LaBonte teaches and coordinates biology labs at the University of New England
Great stories of logging in the Maine Woods
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Sunday, November 18, 2018 

It took a lot of wood to make Great Northern in Millinocket the largest paper mill in the world. And in his new book, "Logging Towboats and Boom Jumpers," published by North Country Press, Roger Moody gives us an interesting account of how O.A. Harkness built a specialized inland navy to get all that wood to the mill.
How to start your own mealworm farm
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, November 18, 2018 

Sometimes the best way to save a buck on feed is to make it yourself. A do-it-yourself mealworm farm is a cheap and easy way to make treats for your farm fowl from the comfort of your own home. Mealworm cuisine is an adventurous experiment, though some still squirm at the thought of eating worms. Even if you don’t plan to add mealworms to your diet, your chickens will thank you for the locally sourced treats.
To keep old growth out of new shirts, fashion turns to technology
Bloomberg News - Sunday, November 18, 2018 

More than 150 million trees are cleared every year, shipped around the world, then pulped and processed into viscose – aka rayon, the cheap, silk-ish fabric most mass-market brands can’t survive without. It’s nearly impossible to know whether it originated in American tree farms or Indonesian old growth forests. Unless someone’s paying attention. So several brands spent the last year helping the Canadian nonprofit Canopy build a website called Forest Mapper that uses satellite imagery and conservation research to identify the forests that scientists say need to be left alone.
With boots firmly planted in Japan, L.L. Bean kicks up growth
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 18, 2018 

L.L. Bean opened its 28th Japanese store in eastern Tokyo last month, even as it beefed up new deals to sell its products at more Japanese retail stores. Sales continue to increase each year. Here's the inside story of the Freeport company's improbable and sustained success in one of the world's toughest retail markets for outsiders.
CMP warned of ‘working off the same playbook’ that stymied New Hampshire energy project
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 18, 2018 

Experts outside of Maine who are watching Avangrid/CMP struggle see parallels between what happened in New Hampshire and what’s unfolding in Maine. They wonder what lessons Avangrid/CMP learned from the experience of Northern Pass. And looking at a bigger picture, they wonder whether any major overhead transmission project can gain enough support these days to be built in New England.
Get busy with botany at Bowdoin College Museum of Art
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 18, 2018 

It’s Sunday, don’t you feel like seeing some art, especially an exhibit with a sustainable twist? Pop over to the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, which is showing select works by two artist-botanists who captured plant life in all its stunning glory, Kate Furbish and Edwin Hale Lincoln. The exhibit is meant to highlight the growing interest in botany as the American industrial age was taking off.
The incredible edible world of David Spahr
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 18, 2018 

David Spahr, author of “Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms of New England and Eastern Canada: A Photographic Guidebook to Finding and Using Key Species,” is the state’s authority on local edible mushrooms. For the self-taught Spahr, the Maine landscape is a giant potential pantry.
Anna McGinn is headed to her fifth international climate change meeting
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 18, 2018 

UMaine graduate student Anna McGinn is gearing up for her fifth trip to the United Nations’ climate change negotiations, the annual gathering of world leaders that in 2015 led to the Paris Accord, a global agreement on taking measures to combat climate change. This time, the meetings are in Poland. But before McGinn heads overseas, she’s bringing simulations of the meeting to students throughout Maine and hoping to bring some of them along virtually. We talked to McGinn about how she is helping Maine students channel the needs of both far-flung countries and their own.
Strange and quirky hunting stories from Registered Maine Guides
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 18, 2018 

Hunting season is not just about spending time in the woods, tracking deer and trying to bring home wild game meat. It’s about stories. And probably nobody has as many quirky or ridiculous stories of the woods as Registered Maine Guides. “Stories are part of what clients are paying for,” said Registered Maine Guide Mike Andreotti of Thornehead Guide Service. We contacted a dozen guides for stories and found this to be true. Here are a few of them.
Column: It’s not what you say, it’s what you mean
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 18, 2018 

Deer hunters have terms unique to their avocation. But terms and phrases instantly recognizable to fellow enthusiasts can be confusing to non-hunters, and occasionally even hunters. Let’s take still-hunting, for example. The word “still” seems to imply being motionless and quiet. But still-hunting actually refers to a hunter moving slowly, stopping frequently to look and listen. Hunters should be mindful of who might be within earshot lest you should rub them the wrong way, which could get you into a real scrape. ~ Bob Humphrey
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