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Action Alert - Tuesday, September 17, 2019 

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The Ecology of the Heath, Sep 24
Event - Posted - Tuesday, September 17, 2019 

Naturalist Fred Cichocki will describe the ecology of the 12-acre heath at Cathance Rive Nature Preserve in Topsham and other sphagnum moss wetlands. At Topsham Public Library, September 24, 6 pm. Sponsored by Cathance River Education Alliance.
LUPC to Hold Public Meeting on Approved Fish River Lakes Concept Plan, Sep 25
Event - Posted - Tuesday, September 17, 2019 

The Maine Land Use Planning Commission staff will hold an open house and public meeting regarding the Fish River Chain of Lakes Concept Plan. At Caribou Inn and Convention Center, September 25, Open House 6 pm; Public Meeting 6:30 pm.
Oppose CMP's transmission corridor
Action Alert - Monday, September 16, 2019 

Ask Maine’s Congressional delegation to urge the Army Corps for an Environmental Impact Statement and public hearing on Central Maine Power’s proposal for a transmission corridor through Western Maine. ~ Nick Bennett, NRCM
No logging in the Tongass National Forest
Action Alert - Monday, September 16, 2019 

The Amazon is burning, yet Donald Trump wants to open the world's largest intact temperate forest to mining and logging exploitation. He is opening 10 million acres in the Tongass National Forest to brutal exploitation. Tongass retains more carbon than any forest in the U.S., provides habitat for iconic wild creatures and contains old-growth trees as much as 1,000 years old. Don't let Trump destroy it. ~ CREDO Action
York Beach Clean Up, Sep 23
Event - Posted - Monday, September 16, 2019 

Join a beach clean up & attempt to set a world record spelling the largest "NO PLANET B" ever in the sand. The goal is 500 people At Long Sands Beach, York, September 23, 9 am - 12:30 pm.
Guided Canoe Trip with Ryan Linehan, Sep 22
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 15, 2019 

Delve into themes of industry, waterways, and the environment, with conversation in art galleries and on the Messalonskee River. At Colby Colby Museum of Art, Waterville, September 22, 12-4 pm, pre-registration required.
Tumbledown trail maintenance, guided hike scheduled, Sep 22
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 15, 2019 

A 4.7 mile round-trip guided hike up Tumbledown Mountain will include discussion of geology, trees and plants, history, wildlife and issues facing the mountain. Meet at Brook Trailhead on Byron Road, Weld, September 22, 9 am - 2 pm.
Portland Electric Car Ride & Drive, Sep 21
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 14, 2019 

Learn about electric cars during the 5th annual EV Expo. At Back Cove parking area off Preble Street, Portland, September 21, 12-4 pm, free pizza & coffee. Hosted by Natural Resources Council of Maine and ReVision Energy.
Smithsonian Museum Day, Sep 21
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 14, 2019 

An annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. At L.C. Bates Museum, Hinckley, September 21, 10 am - 4:30 pm.
Common Ground Country Fair, Sep 20-22
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 14, 2019 

More than 750 varied events at this annual celebration of rural living with a mix of workshops, demonstrations, music, vendors, farmers’ markets, fantastic food and more. At Unity, September 20-22, gates open daily at 9 am.
Life Happens Outside Festival, Sep 20-21
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 14, 2019 

At L.L. Bean Discovery Park, Freeport, September 20, 6:30 pm, food trucks; 7:15 pm, Maine Outdoor Film Festival. September 21, 10 am - 4 pm, climbing, biking, talks, exhibits. Free but donations benefit Teens To Trails.
Climate Strike, Sep 20-27
Action Alert - Friday, September 13, 2019 

It’s time to build a renewable energy economy that works for everyone. Join in the streets September 20 and the week after to demand climate justice for all.
• Portland City Hall, Sep 20, 12 pm
• Bowdoin Art Museum steps, Brunswick, Sep 29, 10 am
• Meetinghouse gazebo, Farmington, Sep 20, 12 pm
• Longley Square Park, Norway, Sep 20, 4:30 pm
• Sidewalk at Main and Temple St, Waterville, Sep 20, 4 pm
• Front of Bangor High School, Sep 20, 11 am
• Resistance Corner, Downtown Belfast, Sep 20, 12 pm
• Bar Harbor Village Green, Sep 20, 12 pm
• Dike on Route 1, Machias, Sep 20, 1:30 pm
Global Climate Strike, Sep 20
Event - Posted - Friday, September 13, 2019 

Take to the streets for the Global Climate Strike to make sure elected officials and candidates for office in 2020 hear us loud and clear. Strikes in Maine at Farmington and Bar Harbor, September 20. ~ 350 Action
Bryant Pond 4-H Camp and Learning Center, Sep 20
Event - Posted - Friday, September 13, 2019 

Ron and Deidre Fournier will speak about the Bryant Pond 4-H Camp and Learning Center. At meeting of the Oxford County Educators Association-Retired, Universalist Church, West Paris, September 20, 1 pm.
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Showing Women They Can Seek Adventure At Any Age
Maine Public - Friday, September 6, 2019 

For more than 50 years, Outward Bound expeditions have helped thousands of students undertake challenges and master skills in the outdoors that they never thought they could. Along the way, participating teens and adults have discovered the joys of adventure and teamwork, but programs generally have not been designed for seniors. But the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School in Camden has begun rethinking that practice by offering a short course for women 65 and over.
Opinion: NOAA’s Plan to Save the Whales Has Maine Lobstermen Boiling
Wall Street Journal - Friday, September 6, 2019 

The giant mammals have moved on to Canada, but the feds are targeting a local industry anyway. ~ Paul LePage
Aid coming to Maine to help communities hit by mill closures
Associated Press - Friday, September 6, 2019 

Maine is getting more than $2 million to assist the forest products industry. The money is from the Northern Border Regional Commission, which supports rural and economically depressed communities in the Northeast. The largest grant is more than $900,000 to the Northern Forest Center to launch an initiative in states including Maine to attract visitors. East Millinocket Industrials is receiving $450,000 to redevelop the East Millinocket paper mill site into a multi-industrial complex. The Maine Development Foundation is receiving more than $640,000 for a project to revitalize communities impacted by mill closures.
CMP faulted for poor management, system defects, in blistering analysis
Portland Press Herald - Friday, September 6, 2019 

A report by the Maine Public Advocate's office criticizes Central Maine Power for failing to fix a defective billing and metering system that resulted in thousands of inaccurate bills, and recommends hiring a third party to oversee proper testing. The company has previously blamed high customer bills on their energy use and the weather, and not on failures of its billing system.
Creating Bee-Friendly Habitats
Orion - Friday, September 6, 2019 

While bee populations are under stress from climate change, habitat loss, invasive species, pests and pathogens, there are actions farmers and gardeners can take to make their lands more bee-friendly. In Maine, there are 276 species of bees said Jennifer Lund, Maine state apriarist for the Department of Agriculture, during a presentation at a pollinators event, held in mid-August in Piscataquis County. “One of the things that we can do is provide forage and nesting on our properties,” Lund said. “You don’t need a lot of property to do that. For forage, you can provide flowering plants."
Land trust to celebrate 25 years of conservation at Crystal Spring Farm, 20 years of farmers’ market with festival
Times Record - Friday, September 6, 2019 

Twenty-five years ago, the Brunswick Topsham Land Trust stepped in to keep Crystal Spring Farm, a property they say has been at the heart of the Brunswick farming community for generations, from becoming a large housing development. To celebrate community and conservation of 320 acres over the last quarter-century, the Brunswick Topsham Land Trust is hosting a festival on Sunday.
Column: Renewable energy still faces big challenges
Times Record - Friday, September 6, 2019 

Trump accepts environmental sacrifices as the price to pay for expanding the use of coal, oil and natural gas. Part of that policy uses the federal tax system to subsidize the oil industry, while cutting back breaks for renewable resources. That’s big government. Under a conservative approach, the market would pit renewables against fossil fuels in a fair contest. Another issue involving renewable resources is Central Maine Power's proposed “New England Clean Energy Connect.” The project imposes environmental costs which have not been fully evaluated. The common thread of Trump’s policy and the Maine transmission corridor is that they are big. Politicians like to land big fish. Yet the future is likely to depend on smaller, decentralized generators, closer to the customers served, probably renewable, less costly and more reliable. This future requires policies going beyond fossil fuels, but also wisely evaluating big renewable projects. ~ Gordon L. Weil
Concerned citizens start statewide effort to protect Maine’s traditional fishing heritage
Other - Friday, September 6, 2019 

A group of citizens who have been working to ensure continued access to Maine’s oceans has formed a new coalition Protect Maine's Fishing Heritage. The group has been active in advocating for lobstermen who are losing acres of fishing grounds to aquaculture leases in some parts of the state. The organization also supports Maine residents who are concerned about losing access to the ocean for recreational usage.
Maine companies hailed for sustainability
Kennebec Journal - Friday, September 6, 2019 

B Corporation is a global organization that sets standards of verifiable social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. This year, it recognized several Maine companies with its Best for the World designation, including:
• Insource Renewables of Pittsfield, a renewable energy contracting firm that provides design, installation and service of solar energy, heat pump, and battery storage systems; and
• ReVision Energy Inc. of Portland, a solar and renewable energy company that provides solar panels, battery backup, electric vehicle infrastructure, heat pumps, and water heating equipment.
Opinion: CMP to customers: We’ve heard you
Bangor Daily News - Friday, September 6, 2019 

As the newly named vice president of customer service for Central Maine Power, I have a message for our customers and other Maine stakeholders. We have heard your concerns and we understand and acknowledge that our service has not met all of your needs over the past 18 months. We have been putting the people, organization and tools in place to provide the level of service our customers deserve and to rebuild trust among people in Maine. ~ Linda Ball, Central Maine Power Co.
If you enjoy food and clothing, you know why farmers are important
Bangor Daily News - Friday, September 6, 2019 

Farmers grow crops and raise livestock or poultry we eventually eat. Farmers raise the fiber crops that are turned into the fabrics that become the clothes we wear. Farmers also maintain open spaces, often for the benefit of others. In the winter or in other non-growing seasons many farmers allow recreational activities on their land. Farmers can play a huge role in the survival and productivity of wildlife by managing the quality of food, water and cover available on farmland. Farmers, especially those who farm on smaller scales using heritage seeds, are crucial in maintaining the genetic diversity of the food-producing seeds and livestock in this country.
Check this list to see if you got your any-deer permit
 - Friday, September 6, 2019 

Here are the 68,145 permit winners in this year’s any-deer permit drawing who were randomly selected by computer and will be allowed to harvest an antlerless deer in one of 20 Wildlife Management Districts.
CMP Transmission Project Update
Sierra Club - Friday, September 6, 2019 

On September 11, the Land Use Planning Commission will deliberate and possibly decide about granting a permit to Central Maine Power Company for construction of a transmission line through Maine to bring hydroelectric power from Canada to Massachusetts. Once the LUPC decision is made, the Department of Environmental Protection will move forward with its decision on the application for two permits for the project. The CMP proposal also still needs approval from the Army Corps of Engineers. There's still time to send public comments to the Army Corps of Engineers and request a full environmental impact statement.
The Abandoned Orchards of Maine
Maine Public - Friday, September 6, 2019 

Today’s poem is “The Abandoned Orchards of Maine” by Pam Burr Smith, who lives in Brunswick and works as a mental health therapist.
A study found cruise ship passengers like Rockland, but fewer are destined for the town this year
Bangor Daily News - Friday, September 6, 2019 

Large cruise ship passengers enjoyed their stops in Rockland during the 2018 season, according to a city-commissioned study released last month. But only one large liner is expected to dock in Rockland this fall. The decline in large cruise ship traffic could be a reaction from pushback the industry has received from some locals and city officials who worry this type of tourism isn’t the right fit for Rockland.
Machias demolished a motel building to protect Route 1 properties from floods
Bangor Daily News - Friday, September 6, 2019 

The town has acquired a former motel and demolished it as part of an effort to help reduce the impact of occasional flooding of downtown properties along Route 1 where the highway skirts the Machias River. Rising sea levels have led to flooding at the property of the former Seagull Motel multiple times in recent years. The town is looking into how it can protect the lot and adjacent properties along the low-lying section of Route 1 from flooding. The public will also be able to access the property once some preliminary landscaping is complete. The town acquired the eyesore property earlier this year with money donated by Maine Coast Heritage Trust on the condition that the parcel be preserved as green space.
Gates upset fans of scenic Prouts Neck Cliff Walk, raise issue of access to waterfront
Portland Press Herald - Friday, September 6, 2019 

The Prouts Neck Association, representing residents of an exclusive seaside neighborhood in Scarborough, recently installed gates at both ends of the mile-long path to block public access at night and during foul weather. The sudden appearance of the gates on the shoreline path has prompted some to wonder if the association took action to demonstrate legal control over land that’s privately owned but has been trod by the public for centuries. The association pays for a reserve police officer to patrol Prouts Neck year round. In recent months, there have been reports of widespread graffiti and broken glass on the path.
Opinion: Public Utilities Commission should look out for consumers’ interests, not CMP’s
Portland Press Herald - Friday, September 6, 2019 

Almost two years since the beginning of Central Maine Power’s billing fiasco – which continues – the Public Utilities Commission’s staff issued a report this week affirming CMP’s specious assertion that the billing system is perfectly fine and all of the wildly inflated bills can be explained by cold weather. This situation with CMP’s billing and and the PUC’s response shows that Central Maine Power cannot be trusted to hold the privileged position it now enjoys as a protected monopoly with a guaranteed profit. Second, it highlights is the need for the Maine PUC to start taking its role as the consumer’s protector seriously. ~ Ed Geis, Camden
Column: Making peace with insects
Times Record - Friday, September 6, 2019 

Scientists estimate that for every human on Earth, there are more than 200 million insects. At times this June, it seemed to me that they were all in close proximity. So when I heard of the new book “Buzz, Sting, Bite: Why We Need Insects,” I knew I should read it – if only to sweeten my sour attitude. Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson’s witty take on what she calls “six-legged lifesavers” was the perfect salve, helping me repair relations with my small neighbors. Despite her playful tone and welcome humor, Sverdrup-Thygeson reminds readers that our species has a serious “moral duty to coexist” with our insect neighbors. The tiny fraction of insects that can irritate us should not blind us to the gifts of the trillions of them that keep our world livable. ~ Marina Schauffler
NH Activist Files Suit To End Use of Vertical Ropes in Maine's Lobster Fisheries
Maine Public - Thursday, September 5, 2019 

A New Hampshire activist is suing the federal government and the state of Maine in an effort to end the use of vertical ropes in the state's lobster fishery. Richard "Max" Strahan says that is the quickest way to protect multiple marine species. Strahan, who heads a group called Whale Safe USA, filed the suit against the National Marine Fisheries Service and Maine's Department of Marine Resources in federal district court in Bangor on Thursday. "The thing [is] that the United States government is actually managing the whale into extinction — they want it to go extinct," says Strahan.
Agricultural fair in Clinton sees large opening day turnout
Morning Sentinel - Thursday, September 5, 2019 

The 66th annual Lions Agricultural Fair kicked off Thursday afternoon and drew a large crowd to the Clinton Fairgrounds to enjoy vendors, food and live entertainment. Among the many attractions for fair-goers to enjoy were arts and crafts and 4-H exhibitions.
Photos: Butterflies, bees and pretty flowers in Auburn
Sun Journal - Thursday, September 5, 2019 

Butterflies and bees collect pollen in a garden on Mill Street in Auburn.
Summit to Shore: A Look at Maine’s Climate Research, Part 2
WVFX Fox Bangor - Thursday, September 5, 2019 

According to climate researchers, the water in the Gulf of Maine is warming faster than almost any other area in the world. “There are many, many changes we’re tracking here, trying to understand, so that we can facilitate conservation and pool our resources,” said Dr. Susan Shaw, director of the Shaw Institute. Researchers said the ocean has gone through warming periods before, but this time it’s different. By understanding how climate change has historically impacted the Gulf of Maine, researchers can build climate models to better predict what might happen next.
The Interns Teaching Mainers To Be Better Recyclers
Maine Public - Thursday, September 5, 2019 

A crash in the global recycling market last year is forcing municipalities in Maine to prevent household trash from contaminating their recycling streams or face hefty fees. The new added cost has led some Maine towns to drop recycling altogether. But a handful of towns in southern Maine tried a different tactic this summer — by hiring interns to walk through neighborhoods, peak into curbside recycling bins and leave behind direct feedback on the do’s and don’ts of recycling.
C-10: Sebrook plant’s concrete degradation poses threat
Seacoast Online - Thursday, September 5, 2019 

A nuclear watchdog group is publicly setting the stage for its case against NextEra Energy with its expert comparing the Seabrook Station’s plan to address concrete degradation to treating cancer in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Newburyport-Mass.-based C-10 will go before the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Sept. 24 at Newburyport City Hall, contesting a license amendment granted to allow the nuclear power plant to operate until 2050.
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