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October is Co-op Month in Maine and across the United States

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STATEWIDE - Each October, cooperatives all across the country celebrate the role, accomplishments and contributions of our nation's cooperatives. It is sponsored by Cooperative Maine in the state of Maine.

Cooperative Maine is a network of co-op advocates around the state, promoting support for existing cooperatives and encouraging the creation of new ones. These can be consumer (such as co-op food stores), producer (farmer or craft), worker (such as Fedco Seeds), housing (several in Maine and now the purchase of mobile home parks by tenants), electric (including Eastern Maine Electric Co-op) and credit unions, with over 150 offices around the state.

The annual celebrations play a key role in promoting cooperatives to co-op members, the public and policy makers. Through a combination of media outreach, member education and interaction with policy makers, co-op month events help raise the visibility of cooperatives as a way of creating democratic workplaces.

Research shows that when consumers know a business is a cooperative or credit union (which are financial cooperatives), they are more likely to do business with it. And with consumer trust in co-ops topping investor-owned companies, promoting a business as a cooperative is a win-win proposition.

In Maine, there will be a variety of events taking place during the month, including Credit Union Week, Oct. 13-19, film showings, speakers, forums, tours and more. See the calendar below for some of those events.

For more information about Co-op Month and a directory of Maine cooperatives, email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or go to www.cooperativemaine.org.

Tree Identification Walk through the Northeast Penjajawoc Preserve

Calling all tree lovers!

Come along on Saturday, Oct. 12 for a tree ID walk through a portion of the Northeast Penjajawoc Preserve. This walk will be led by Dr. Steve Sader, a tree expert with the School of Forest Resources at the University of Maine. The walk will cover a little more than a mile on a loop trail through the preserve and should take about an hour and a half. A handout sheet listing most of the trees, shrubs and common ground plants found in Maine will be provided. Those who like to keep track should bring a clipboard and pencil. Expect to see about 30 different plant species during the walk. To aid in some of the identifications, binoculars will be provided. Good walking/hiking shoes are recommended as parts of the trail route contain exposed roots and rocks. The walk starts at 10 a.m. from the BLT kiosk on Kittredge Rd. The kiosk and parking area is about one mile from the Stillwater, Kittredge Rd. intersection.

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