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Charting Maine’s Future: Making Headway
Publication - Sunday, September 30, 2012 

This is a 2012 update of the 2006 report "Charting Maine’s Future: An Action Plan" issued by GrowSmart Maine and The Brookings Institution.
Do the Math tour, Nov 13
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 26, 2012 

From Nov 7 to Dec 3, Bill McKibben and friends will be on the road, visiting 20 cities to jump-start the kind of movement that McKibben discussed in the article he wrote for Rolling Stone about the scary new math of climate change. The tour is in Portland on Nov 13.
Woodland Steward Program
Announcement - Tuesday, September 25, 2012 

The Woodland Steward Program, created by Small Woodland Owners' Association of Maine with the Maine TREE Foundation and the New England Forestry Foundation, is a 10-part online course that seeks to engage private woodland owners and inspire them to learn about the substantial economic, social, and ecological contributions their forestlands make; and to retain their land as forest and manage it sustainably. The course is designed for the novice or new landowner to help family woodland owners learn how to manage and enjoy their woodland, while setting the stage for passing it to the next generation. $20.
Project Canopy Grants
Announcement - Tuesday, September 25, 2012 

Project Canopy, the Maine Forest Service's community forestry program, will award $100,000 in grants to local governments and municipalities, educational institutions and non-profit organizations that support community efforts to develop and maintain long-term community forestry programs. Applications due October 22, 5 pm.
Fall Foliage Events Set at Maine State Parks
Event - Posted - Monday, September 24, 2012 

The incredible beauty of fall in Maine will be highlighted in September and October with six fall foliage events at Maine state parks.
Betting The Farm: The Maine Tour
Event - Posted - Monday, September 24, 2012 

This documentary follows three Maine farm families through the tumultuous first two years of MOO Milk. Screenings are scheduled around Maine this fall.
Earth-and-Sky Astrophotography Workshop, Oct 17-20
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 23, 2012 

Journey to Maine’s Moosehead Lake region to image the stars as seen in dark skies in a workshop led by Babak Tafreshi, founder of The World at Night (TWAN). Tafreshi specializes in photographing the night skies in the context of familiar landscapes. At West Branch Pond Camps, Kokadjo, Oct 17-20.
Open Creamery Day, Oct 7
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 23, 2012 

Visit many of Maine's cheese makers in their creameries, meet the animals, and learn the stories behind Maine's more than 150 artisan cheeses. Oct 7, 11 am - 3 pm. Sponsored by Maine Cheese Guild.
Canal Path Hike, Oct 6
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 23, 2012 

Dave Getchell will lead a hike along the Canal Path in Searsmont. Oct 6, 9:30 am. Sponsored by Georges River Land Trust.
Star Party at Crystal Spring Farm, Oct 6
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 23, 2012 

Join the Southern Maine Astronomers to see the fall skies and try out a variety of telescopes at Crystal Spring Farm in Brunswick, Oct 6, 7 pm.
Rediscovering Wild Carnivores, Oct 4
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 23, 2012 

Presented by Geri Vistein, Conservation Biologist. At Medomak Valley High School, Waldoboro, Oct 4, 6:30-8:30 pm.
Precautionary Principle Presentation, Oct 3
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 23, 2012 

Mike Belliveau directs the Environmental Health Strategy Center, which promotes human health and safer chemicals in a sustainable economy. He has played a national leadership role in the health-based movement to overhaul federal chemical policy. In 2005, he co-founded SAFER, the national alliance behind the growing wave of state-based safer chemical reforms. Belliveau will offer an opposing view to a Sep 13 talk by Jonathan Alder. At UMaine at Machias, Oct 3, 6:30 pm.
The Face of the Proposed Maine Woods National Park, Oct 1
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 23, 2012 

Thomas Mark Szelog & Lee Ann Szelog will give the keynote presentation at the annual meeting of the Stanton Bird Club. Their multi-media presentation is a journey to one of the last great, unprotected wilderness areas within the U.S., Maine’s Great North Woods. At Lewiston High School, Oct 1, 7 pm, following social hour and dinner.
Farm Fresh Benefit Dinner, Sep 30
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 23, 2012 

York Land Trust's second annual Farm Fresh Benefit Dinner "From the Ground Up!" will be held in partnership with local farmers, lobstermen, guest chefs and keynote speaker, organic farmer and author Eliot Coleman. At host restaurant Arrows, Qgunquit, Sep 30, 5:30-9:30 pm.
Pelagic Birding, Sep 30
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 23, 2012 

Maine Audubon’s annual fall pelagic birding trip. From Bar Harbor, Sep 30, 5:30 am – 2 pm. Maine Audubon members $125; non-members $160.
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Kennebunkport announces Goose Rocks Beach dog rules
Other - Saturday, May 26, 2018 

The town of Kennebunkport has an ordinance requiring dogs to be leashed in certain areas of town, including the Goose Rocks area. Piping plovers, which are protected under the Endangered Species Act, nest on the beach. Maine Audubon, with volunteers, erects and maintains enclosures around the nests. Harassing these birds is a federal offense. The police department will provide extra patrols during the summer season and, along with animal control, will enforce laws.
Local waste coalition could grant its communities permission to send trash to PERC
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, May 26, 2018 

The Municipal Review Committee might temporarily allow its more than 100 member communities to send their waste to the Penobscot Energy Recovery Center rather than have it landfilled. The MRC Board of Directors is slated to discuss and possibly vote on an agreement at its May 31 meeting that would allow its central, northern and Down East communities a temporary waiver to send their waste to PERC, rather than the Crossroads Landfill in Norridgewock. MRC communities have been sending their waste to Crossroads and the Juniper Ridge Landfill in Old Town since April 1 as a last resort, once it became clear the waste-to-biofuel Fiberight facility in Hampden was months behind its construction schedule.
Maine tourism industry has a sunny outlook as critical summer season kicks off
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, May 26, 2018 

Visitors started flooding into Maine on Friday to enjoy the long Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start to the state’s tourism season. The next few months are critical for Maine’s tourism industry, and state officials are optimistic that more people will visit the state in 2018, continuing a five-year growth trend. “Two-thirds of our business does come during the summertime, but we have seen remarkable growth in the offseason, particularly winter and fall,” said Steve Lyons, director of the Maine Office of Tourism.
Letter: Officials abet plundering by Central Maine Power
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, May 26, 2018 

P-C = A-R. Pro-Corporate = Anti-Ratepayers. Solution: Money talks. Here’s how it would work: Maine Public Utilities Commission members would forfeit any and all monetary entitlements while they continue to shuffle papers until this magnum boondoggle is settled to the satisfaction of the ratepayers, rather than abetting a monetary serial ravager, Central Maine Power, as it continues submitting artificially inflated electric bills. It may appear harsh to the commissioners; however, they can always ask CMP for financial assistance! ~ Ray Berard Sr., Windham
Maine Forest Service finds timber harvesters using best practices
Turner Publishing - Friday, May 25, 2018 

The Maine Forest Service has released the results of a study on the use and effectiveness of forestry best management practices at timber harvests across the state from 2016-2017. Findings were positive as far as using the practices, which protect water quality. The practices are voluntary measures.
Wood Conference connects forest products to designers
Other - Friday, May 25, 2018 

The Maine Wood and Sustainability conference May 9 at the University of Southern Maine brought together architects, engineers, builders and developers. It also highlighted the use of mass timber/CLT. Alex Ingraham, president of Pingree Associates, said, “It was really encouraging to see so many people in one room from very disparate backgrounds excited about wood and the potential growth of forest products and the local Maine Economy. Hopefully this is the first of many successful conferences.”
Windham readies for legal battle over proposed quarry near Forest Lake
Portland Press Herald - Friday, May 25, 2018 

Windham is digging in for a legal battle over a proposed quarry near Forest Lake after the developer filed a lawsuit in Cumberland County court this week. Jim Pross, an Auburn-based lawyer representing Elvin Copp and his son Randy Copp of CSG Properties and Copp Equipment, told the Windham Town Council at its meeting Tuesday that the lawsuit was filed earlier that day as a result of the town’s emergency moratorium on all new mineral extraction activities. The council originally passed the 180-day mineral extraction moratorium in April after Forest Lake area residents repeatedly filled Town Council and Planning Board meetings to express concerns about the Copps’ proposed quarry.
Augusta eyes plan to turn historic mill building into cultural hub
Kennebec Journal - Friday, May 25, 2018 

Plans to restore and re-purpose the only remaining building of the massive riverfront Edwards mill complex may rely on attracting a private developer or organization with $3 million to spend. The complex at one time employed thousands of Franco-Americans who came to Augusta to create a better life for their families by toiling and sweating in the cotton mill. Advocates for renovating the piece of Augusta’s working-class history for new uses — such as a cafe and museum or heritage center — say it could pay tribute to the people whose labor fueled the growth of the city and could draw visitors to an area they say is a largely undiscovered gem.
Vegan & Plant-Based Living
Maine Public - Friday, May 25, 2018 

Maine Calling guests discuss how more people are turning to vegan diets for their health and for philosophical reasons, while others are embracing more plant-based eating, which may not qualify as vegan or vegetarian, but might minimize meat as part of each meal. Learn how to be vegan or to shift to plant-based living.
Catalyst to sell Rumford paper mill to Hong Kong company
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 25, 2018 

Catalyst Paper, the Canadian company that last July said it planned to pump $56 million into a new tissue-making machine to tap what it called a growing market for the product, said Friday it has agreed to sell its Rumford, Maine, and Biron, Wisconsin, mills to ND Paper LLC of Hong Kong for $175 million. ND Paper, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nine Dragons Paper (Holdings) Ltd., said the purchase is an important step in its global fiber and customer strategies.
Chinese company to buy Rumford paper mill
Sun Journal - Friday, May 25, 2018 

Catalyst Paper announced plans Friday to sell the Rumford paper mill and a mill in Wisconsin to a subsidiary of Nine Dragons Paper of Hong Kong for $175 million. An operations center in Dayton, Ohio, is also included in the sales agreement. Nine Dragons Paper is the largest containerboard producer in China and the mills would be its first in the U.S. “We are very pleased to welcome the Rumford and Biron mills to the Nine Dragons family,” Nine Dragons Chairwoman Yan Cheung said in a statement. Forbes magazine’s World’s Billionaires index on Friday listed Cheung’s net worth at $2.1 billion and noted that her husband and younger brother, also with the company, were also billionaires.
What Adam Cote learned at a stalled clean energy company now fuels his campaign
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 25, 2018 

Clean energy companies have “been playing defense” during the LePage years. The trials of Adam Cote’s company shed light on how his business career has shaped his approach to achieving his goal of powering Maine by 100 percent clean energy within 10 years and how it ties into a broader economic plan for the state.
Katahdin Woods and Waters finally has its own map
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 25, 2018 

The first recreational map for Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument available for purchase was recently released by the Maine-based company Map Adventures LLC, offering outdoor enthusiasts a detailed look at the trails, roads, boat launches and campsites of KWW and surrounding communities. The waterproof map, which costs $9.95, is now available at retail outlets throughout the Katahdin region and online at www.mapadventures.com. It was created in partnership with Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters, a nonprofit group that promotes and supports the new monument, which was established in August 2016.
Best Swimming Holes in New England
Yankee Magazine - Friday, May 25, 2018 

For a truly old-fashioned, New England dose of summer pleasure, get your bathing suit and go jump in a swimming hole. Top picks from Maine include Frenchmen's Hole at Sunday River, and Emerald Pool at Charles Brook at the Cold River Campground in the White Mountain National Forest on the ME/NH border.
Proposed farm bill could mean bad news for Maine’s organic farmers
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 25, 2018 

When the U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass the massive $867 billion 2018 farm bill last week, that was good news for Maine’s small family farms and organic growers according to those who work closely with them. But there remains concerns that language in the Senate’s unreleased version could still spell disaster for Maine’s organic and small growers.
Opinion: Would Rachel Carson eat organic?
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 25, 2018 

Did Rachel Carson's 1962 book “Silent Spring” launch our modern organic farming movement, as many organic advocates and businesses often suggest? Actually, no. That movement began in Austria in 1924, led by a mystic philosopher named Rudolf Steiner. Organic farmers use no synthetic chemicals at all, but Carson found this approach needlessly strict. She favored a restrained use of pesticides, but not a complete elimination, and did not oppose judicious use of manufactured fertilizers — which are prohibited in organic farming. ~ Robert Paarlberg, Harvard University
Maine’s becoming a hub for the animal health industry – and that’s good for the economy
Portland Press Herald - Friday, May 25, 2018 

Looking at $100 million in new investment, companies such as Idexx, Dechra, ImmuCell and Vets First Choice say the area's growing industry cluster creates a magnet for workers and could get the region's economy purring.
Acadia weighs ‘residents only’ pass as part of new traffic plan
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 25, 2018 

As they shape their latest transportation plan, Acadia National Park officials are sorting through ideas that include a “residents only” park pass. With park traffic having increased by 60 percent during the past decade, park officials in April unveiled their draft of a plan to ease congestion and improve visitors’ safety and quality of experience. The proposal includes a car reservation system for the park’s most popular spots. The plan’s 60-day review period, during which people can critique the plan and present their own ideas, ends June 26.
Here’s the traditional Memorial Day boating safety update, which shouldn’t be ignored
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 25, 2018 

Over the upcoming long weekend, families around the state will head to lakes and ponds to enjoy some of the activities that make summers in Maine so fun. They’ll launch their power boats, and go for a paddle in canoes, and gather up the kids for a leisurely kayak trip along the shore. And sadly, some won’t come back. Wear a life jacket.
Letter: Supporting Luchini
Mount Desert Islander - Friday, May 25, 2018 

I am writing to support Louie Luchini’s candidacy in the primary election on June 12. Luchini fights to protect Maine’s precious natural resources. His advocacy for clean water, clean air, building a clean energy economy and confronting climate change have been recognized by the Maine Conservation Voters, who have given him their endorsement in this Senate race. In fact, during his eight years in the House, Luchini earned a perfect voting score record from the Maine Conservation Voters. ~ Susan Whitby, Southwest Harbor
Electricity Maine founders' 'business divorce' gets ugly
Sun Journal - Thursday, May 24, 2018 

After more than 30 years in business together founding Auburn companies, including Electricity Maine, Emile Clavet and Kevin Dean have apparently decided the gloves are off. The high-stakes fight between the two former Auburn residents includes charges of lies and distortions, allegations of drug trafficking and claims totaling millions of dollars. In 2011, Clavet and Dean founded Electricity Maine with a vow to undercut the state’s standard offer price for electricity, signing up more than 150,000 customers in the first year. The company eventually ran into legal problems when customers claimed they were transferred to higher rates without their permission.
Katahdin Woods and Waters balancing 'wild' with infrastructure needs
Sun Journal - Thursday, May 24, 2018 

It’s new, it’s wild and the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is open to be explored. That was the basis of a discussion by Andrew Bossie, executive director of Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters, Thursday during the final Great Falls Forum of the season at the Lewiston Public Library.
New Hampshire committee rejects Northern Pass appeal
Associated Press - Thursday, May 24, 2018 

The New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee unanimously voted on Thursday to deny a request by Eversource to rehear the $1.6 billion, 192-mile Northern Pass transmission line project. It first voted against the project in February, which resulted in Massachusetts abandoning plans to contract with the project to fulfill its clean energy needs. The Massachusetts Office of Energy said it would reverse course and terminate the earlier selection of Eversource’s Northern Pass project. The state will instead move toward an agreement with New England Clean Energy Connect, a hydropower project proposed by Central Maine Power Co.
Watchdog Agency Calls For Changes To Bottle Deposit Law
Maine Public - Thursday, May 24, 2018 

The legislature’s watchdog agency is recommending that lawmakers do a comprehensive review of the state’s bottle deposit law, passed first by voters at referendum in 1976. The office of Program Evaluation And Government Accountability reviewed the history and operations of the bottle deposit law, and it concluded that lawmakers need to consider several changes to make the law work more efficiently. The report suggests several improvements in data collection and recommends changing language in the current law that it found to be confusing.
Pigs found buried on Swanville farm close to emaciated, state documents say
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, May 24, 2018 

A Swanville farmer, Jerry Ireland, has entered a plea of not guilty to 13 counts of cruelty to animals charges filed after state animal welfare officials exhumed a dozen Mangalitsa pigs that he allegedly shot, killed and buried on his property a day before the agents were scheduled to check on them.
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