November 16, 2018  
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Famous figures of Maine’s North Woods, Oct 24
Event - Posted - Wednesday, October 17, 2018 

Author and Registered Maine Guide Earl Brechlin will read from “Return to Moose River,” his collection of essays about the power of family and the search for meaning in the embrace of Maine’s iconic wilderness. He will also share a slide show on the interconnections between famous and historic figures of Maine’s North Woods. At Northeast Harbor Library, October 24, 5:30 pm.
Belfast Rail Trail Hike, Oct 24
Event - Posted - Wednesday, October 17, 2018 

A full-hunter’s-moon hike of 1.5-miles round trip is open to all ages and abilities. At midway point on the Belfast Rail Trail, October 24, 5:45-7:15 pm. Sponsored by Coastal Mountains Land Trust.
‘Day in the Life’ with Maine Guides, Oct 24
Event - Posted - Wednesday, October 17, 2018 

Kevin Slater and Polly Mahoney have been partners in Mahoosuc Guide Service for 29 years offering wilderness canoe trips in spring, summer and fall and dogsled trips in the winter. At McLaughlin Auditorium on the Gould Academy, Bethel, October 24, 7 pm. Sponsored by Mahoosuc Land Trust.
Clean Car Standards are most effective policy to combat global warming
Action Alert - Tuesday, October 16, 2018 

Sign a petition to the Trump administration to show that people of faith do not support a rollback of clean car standards. ~ Interfaith Power & Light
Help wanted: Wildlife Ecologist
Announcement - Tuesday, October 16, 2018 

This position leads Maine Audubon’s 35-year-old Loons and Lakes program and develops and oversees other citizen science programs that help track and conserve Maine’s wildlife populations.
How Are Fishing Communities Adapting to Climate Change? Oct 23
Event - Posted - Tuesday, October 16, 2018 

Susie Arnold, marine scientist at the Island Institute, presents results talks about whether farmed sugar kelp can remediate ocean acidification and improve growing conditions for nearby farmed shellfish. At Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, October 23, 6 pm.
Gina McCarthy at the Evening for the Environment
Announcement - Monday, October 15, 2018 

Former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy delivered the keynote address at the “2018 Evening for the Environment” organized by Maine Conservation Voters and Maine Conservation Alliance. Listen now.
Fly tying workshops
Event - Posted - Monday, October 15, 2018 

Downeast Salmon Federation is partnering with Maine Outdoor School to offer several fly tying workshops. At Ellsworth and Amherst, October 15, 2018 – January 27, 2019.
Be Part of the Green Wave
Action Alert - Monday, October 15, 2018 

This election is critical to our planet but millions of environmental voters don't vote during midterm elections. You can help change that. The Center for Biological Diversity is launching a voter engagement program called Ignite the Vote. State-of-the-art voter outreach technology will help reach every voter who cares about wildlife and the planet.
Nominate conservation groups for Franklin Savings Bank grants
Announcement - Monday, October 15, 2018 

Franklin Savings Bank is celebrating 150 years of community banking by donating $150,000 to nonprofit organizations throughout Franklin, Oxford, Somerset, and Hancock counties. Nominate the nonprofit of your choice.
Rail-trails under attack
Action Alert - Monday, October 15, 2018 

Railbanking is essential to preserving rail corridors for use as trails. This federal statute has allowed local trail groups to convert former railways into thriving rail-trails that boost local economies and create healthier communities. But the federal Surface Transportation Board is proposing to significantly restrict the timeframe for these negotiations. ~ Kevin Mills, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Conservative Environmentalism: Oxymoron or Viable Alternative? Oct 22
Event - Posted - Monday, October 15, 2018 

Dan Dagget, pulitzer prize nominated author of "Beyond the Rangeland Conflict Toward a West That Works" talks about his journey from "eco-radical" activist to "conservative environmentalist." At Bowdoin College, Moulton Union, October 22, 7:30 pm.
Neptune Woods Trail Celebration, Oct 21
Event - Posted - Sunday, October 14, 2018 

Celebrate the opening of new multi-use trails on this 64-acre parcel of land on the former Naval Air Station in Brunswick. 10 am – 12 pm, Center Street Cycles and Specialized Bicycles will have 12 Stumpjumper mountain bikes for attendees to try; 12–2 pm at Flight Deck Brewing. Sponsored by Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust.
The Devil We Know, Oct 21
Event - Posted - Sunday, October 14, 2018 

A riveting film about one community's battle against toxic chemicals. The Environmental Health Strategy Center will describe its work for safe drinking water for Maine families whose wells are contaminated by arsenic, and its campaign to phase out toxic chemicals in our food. At Riley School, Rockport, October 21, 2 pm.
Richard Blanco talk, Oct 21
Announcement - Sunday, October 14, 2018 

Poet Richard Blanco gave an inspiring presentation at the 2018 Harpswell Heritage Land Trust annual meeting. His talk will air on Harpswell Community TV, October 21, 7:30 pm.
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Maine farmers bundle up, gear up for winter markets
Bangor Daily News - Friday, November 16, 2018 

Once a sign of spring and the new growing season in Maine, farmers markets are becoming a year-round tradition in the state with communities from Houlton to Biddeford extending the season by hosting winter farmers markets. And not even the nastiest of Maine winter weather can keep the diehard market fans away. There are 35 winter markets listed on the Maine Federation of Farmers Markets website [www.mainefarmersmarkets.org]. They span all counties except Lincoln.
Opinion: Why we can’t agree on gun control
Washington Post - Friday, November 16, 2018 

Researchers have identified one key reason that people deny social problems: They don’t like the proposed solutions. For instance, concerning gun control and the environment, researchers found a similar “solution aversion” effect for conservatives. When self-identified Republicans read a blog about the problem of air pollution, they were reluctant to say that air pollution creates a health risk when the proposed solution was government regulation. However, when the proposed solution to air pollution was to rely on the free market, conservatives were significantly more likely to agree that air pollution was a problem. Anyone serious about building consensus needs to be slower to judge and quicker to listen to those who disagree. ~ Jen Zamzow
Fiberight now expects Hampden waste plant to start up in April, a year after scheduled start date
Bangor Daily News - Friday, November 16, 2018 

The company developing a state-of-the-art waste processing facility in Hampden says the project will probably be completed by the end of March — nearly a full year after the facility was supposed to begin receiving waste from more than 100 Maine towns and cities. Officials have attributed the delay to multiple factors, including weather that slowed construction last winter, a legal challenge to the project’s environmental permits and a changing market for recycled goods.
MDI town latest Maine municipality to ban plastic shopping bags
Bangor Daily News - Friday, November 16, 2018 

Southwest Harbor is the latest town in Maine to adopt a ban on the distribution of single-use plastic bags by local retailers. The Mount Desert Island town held a special town meeting on Tuesday, a week after the statewide midterm elections, to consider whether to ban the distribution of such bags, which have been partially blamed for the increasing amount of plastic pollution in the oceans. By a vote of 75 to 4, local residents approved the ban. In a separate 73-to-4 vote, they also approved a ban on the distribution of polystyrene — also called Styrofoam — food containers.
Interactive map: These are the Maine towns that have banned plastic bags
Bangor Daily News - Friday, November 16, 2018 

Use the map above to see which towns in Maine have put restrictions on plastic bags.
Opinion: Profits, not climate benefits, are driving CMP transmission proposal
Portland Press Herald - Friday, November 16, 2018 

Climate disruption is the most serious threat to the environment in Maine, the nation and the world, and scientists are clear that the warming we are already experiencing is caused by human pollution. It will harm Maine’s environment, economy and way of life and do nothing to reduce climate-disrupting pollution. It’s a bad deal for Maine. Maine needs a plan to meet our existing state goal of reducing climate-disrupting pollution by 80 percent by 2050. We can achieve such reductions by taking advantage of rapidly expanding energy efficiency and clean energy technologies. ~ Dylan Voorhees, Natural Resources Council of Maine
Jared Golden wins Maine’s 2nd District race, flips another seat in U.S. House to Democrats
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, November 15, 2018 

Democrat Jared Golden emerged as the winner of Maine’s 2nd Congressional District race Thursday, upsetting Republican incumbent Rep. Bruce Poliquin following a historic runoff that used ranked-choice voting. Golden captured 50.5 percent of the vote to Poliquin’s 49.5 percent to become the first challenger to defeat an incumbent in Maine’s sprawling 2nd District in a century.
New England’s shuttered shrimp fishery faces key decisions
Associated Press - Thursday, November 15, 2018 

Two days of meetings will determine if there’s going to be a shrimp fishing season in New England next year, and it doesn’t look promising. The fishery, based mostly in Maine, has been shut down since 2013 over concerns about a depleted population of the shrimp. An advisory panel that reports to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission meets Thursday in Portland to make a recommendation about having a season in 2019. Recent scientific materials released by the Atlantic States commission say the shrimp population remains in poor shape despite several years without fishing pressure. The warming of the Gulf of Maine is often cited as a problem.
Farm animals could soon get new features through gene editing
Associated Press - Thursday, November 15, 2018 

Cows that can withstand hotter temperatures. Cows born without pesky horns. Pigs that never reach puberty. A company wants to alter farm animals by adding and subtracting genetic traits in a lab. It sounds like science fiction, but Recombinetics sees opportunity for its technology in the livestock industry. But first, it needs to convince regulators that gene-edited animals are no different than conventionally bred ones.
Coastal Maine city OKs historic preservation ordinance
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, November 15, 2018 

Rockland city councilors have given the green light for a historic preservation commission to form in the small coastal city, which has seen a downtown boom and arts renaissance during the past two decades. Ann Morris, curator for the Rockland Historical Society, drafted and pushed for the historic preservation ordinance, which calls for creation of the commission, out of a desire to preserve the multitude of architectural styles that she believes gives Rockland its unique charm.
How one Maine town reinvented itself after its biggest employer left
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, November 15, 2018 

When the former Brunswick Naval Air Station closed the impact of losing 4,500 sailors and their families, as well as about 700 civilian employees, hit hard across multiple aspects of the community. The pace at which the once empty Navy base has been repopulated surprised everyone, said Brunswick Town Manager John Eldridge. Today, the TechPlace incubator at Brunswick Landing houses 35 companies. Elsewhere on the former base, nearly 600,000 square feet are under lease to more than 65 businesses, and the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority has sold more than 400 acres of land and 45 buildings, with nearly 120 private and public entities doing business at Brunswick Landing. The development effort has realized over $350M in private and public-sector investments over the past four years. It is likely the redevelopment has been the largest factor driving development outside the former base as well.
A creature that looks like ‘pancake batter’ is thriving in the warming Gulf of Maine
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, November 15, 2018 

Add sea squirts — a variety of small, tube-like marine creatures that live bunched together in colonies — to the list of species that seem to be thriving in the warming waters off the Maine coast. Marine scientists say that the gelatinous animals have been growing in number in shallow waters along the coast and could be creating problems for native organisms that are getting squeezed out of their traditional habitat on the bottom. Red Asian seaweed, mola mola, green crabs and black sea bass are among other unfamiliar marine species that have been showing up in greater numbers in the Gulf of Maine.
Opinion: Oyster company’s plan for 40-acre lease is bad for bay, public
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, November 15, 2018 

The debate over Mere Point Oyster Co.’s application for a 40-acre lease in Maquoit Bay is more than about aquaculture – it’s also about business and principle. Having researched the impact of oyster farming, I’ve found studies showing both good and bad outcomes. Basically, the jury is out on whether the benefit of oysters filtering water offsets the adverse effects of sediment deposits and farming activities. Given the uncertainty, increasing from a quarter-acre to a 40-acre farm, without understanding the impact on Maquoit Bay, is dangerous. The lease location and terms benefit the business owners at the expense of the public. The lease size, location and terms should be revised for the benefit of all who use the bay. ~ Paul Dioli, Brunswick
EPA analysis finds chemical compound in new nonstick coatings also harmful
Associated Press - Wednesday, November 14, 2018 

Long-term exposure to a chemical compound currently used for making nonstick coatings appears to be dangerous, even in minute amounts, according to draft findings released Wednesday by the Environmental Protection Agency. It was the first time that the EPA weighed in on newer, supposedly safer versions of an increasingly scrutinized family of stick- and stain-resistant compounds. Older versions of the compound are turning up in dangerous levels in drinking water supplies around the country.
State police nab runaway pig on Interstate 95 in Palmyra
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, November 14, 2018 

The animal had been seen several times over the past week, but eluded its pursuers until Wednesday.
New Sharon boy bags rare four-point doe
Sun Journal - Wednesday, November 14, 2018 

A 9-year-old New Sharon boy bagged a rare deer with a four-point rack Monday. Chase Foss was making his way to his father’s truck when he saw what appeared to be a buck run about six feet in front of him. Foss’s father, Daniel Foss, said, “I was walking back, and (the deer) came out, so I shot it in the neck, then it ran into a tree.” Then, the animal “came down across the clearing and came out into the road, in front of my son and I,” Foss said. Chase, who carried an any-deer permit, took his shot and got the deer. Hunters killed about 27,000 deer in Maine in 2017.
Drop in oil prices carries consequences both positive and potentially negative
Washington Post - Wednesday, November 14, 2018 

American motorists are saving about $80 million a day, thanks to a 20-cent-a-gallon drop in the price of regular gasoline since Oct. 1. But this is it could be signaling bad things for everybody,” said a senior market analyst.
Nova Scotia seafood company gets U.S. patent to aid in lobster processing
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, November 14, 2018 

Seafood News -A Nova Scotia seafood company has been granted a U.S. patent for a system that better identifies how ready a lobster is for market. The camera-based system is expected to determine the meat content and quality of lobsters as they ride a conveyor belt during processing. That information can help automate determining which lobsters are the highest quality to ship.
Owner of cow shot in Embden, alleged shooter deny charges
Morning Sentinel - Wednesday, November 14, 2018 

Both the owner of a cow fatally shot in Embden and the alleged shooter have denied charges against them, and the cases will continue until spring. Jaime Danforth, the owner of the 3-year-old Holstein heifer shot and killed in Embden in early September, appeared Wednesday in Skowhegan District Court on a charge of animal trespass. Her family has alleged their neighbor’s son, Mason Sparrow, shot and killed their cow, Sophie, after Sophie wandered onto the Sparrows’ property. The case sparked widespread outrage.
Coast Guard rescues 4 crewmembers from sinking fishing boat
Courier-Gazette - Wednesday, November 14, 2018 

Four fishermen from a Portland-based boat were rescued Wednesday morning after their vessel sank in rough seas off Matinicus Island, according to the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard received a distress call at 7:42 a.m. Nov. 14 from the Aaron & Melissa II from Portland. Two helicopters from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod flew to the scene and spotted the men. The four men were in a life raft and had their survival suits on when they were rescued.
Katahdin-area resort looks to expand with $1M events center
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, November 14, 2018 

One of the Katahdin region’s largest resorts will get an events center and operations building as part of a $1 million expansion plan. Matthew Polstein hopes to add the two buildings to his Twin Pines Camps resort and New England Outdoor Center in northern Penobscot County near Millinocket by next fall. The Maine Land Use Planning Commission voted 5-0 on Wednesday to approve Polstein’s application to rezone two parcels totaling 32.68 acres on his 1,345-acre property along Millinocket Lake. He will submit building plans for LUPC review in a few months, he said.
Hike: Lake George Regional Park
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Wednesday, November 14, 2018 

Covering 520 acres on the south end of Lake George, Lake George Regional Park is a popular place for local residents to hike, swim, picnic, fish and paddle, and in the winter, it’s a great spot for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating and snowmobiling. The park features two extensive trail networks, 10,000 feet of shorefront, two sandy beaches and waterfront picnic areas.
Aroostook County biomass plant shuts down
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, November 14, 2018 

After winding down this fall, the ReEnergy biomass plant in Fort Fairfield ended operations on Sunday amid a falling market for biomass electricity. The 37-megawatt plant on Cheney Grove Road opened in 1987 to generate electricity from lumber mill residues and wood chips. ReEnergy Communications Director Sarah Boggess said one employee will be maintained there. “The operation is not financially viable,” Boggess said. The company has not decided what to do with the plant and property. It is possible the equipment could be sold, she said. ReEnergy’s Ashland facility is offline until early December, but will be continuing operations.
Updated Population Estimates Show ‘Grim’ Outlook For Endangered Right Whale
Maine Public - Wednesday, November 14, 2018 

The latest population estimate for the endangered North Atlantic right whale indicates the species’ recent decline has quickened — with some 30 fewer animals alive by the end of last year than there were at the end of 2016. An updated estimate by National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration scientists pegged the number of North Atlantic right whales alive in 2016 in the low 440s. Scientists now say it’s likely that there are not more than 411 left.
National monument will cover part of the cost for new Katahdin-region economic director
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, November 14, 2018 

Maine’s national monument will cover a quarter of Penobscot County’s $115,000 annual cost to hire someone to focus on growing the Katahdin region economy for the next seven years. A portion of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument’s $350,569 annual payment in lieu of taxes to Penobscot County will fund an economic development director to work for East Millinocket, Medway, Millinocket, Mount Chase, Patten and Stacyville, said Jessica Masse, a member of the all-volunteer Katahdin Revitalization economic development group. The region has never recovered from the closure of the Millinocket, East Millinocket and Lincoln paper mills over the past decade.
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