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ELLSWORTH The Grand takes a look at the exciting sport of sled dog racing during its 'Experience the Iditarod' screening event on April 21th at 7 p.m. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $8 for Grand members and $5 for youth (12 and under).

PORTLAND - The Bicycle Coalition of Maine recently presented nine local champions of better biking and walking with awards in recognition of their efforts to make Maine better for those traveling on bike or foot. Each year, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine distributes awards to deserving bicycle and pedestrian advocates around the state who are working hard to improve their communities.

Tuesday, 23 February 2016 20:49

Statewide student art contest draws near

Written by Wire Reports

MAINE The 22nd annual state-wide competition for the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest is underway. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service invites students in grades K-12 to create designs featuring ducks, geese or swans in their natural habitats. Designs are judged in four age categories, with awards for first, second, and third places and honorable mentions. Entries must be received by March 15, 2016.

On Saturday, March 26, there will be a celebration of the 2016 contestants at the LL Bean store in Freeport, Maine, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Keynote speakers Scott Johnston (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) and Jane Kim (Ink Dwell Studio) will discuss migratory bird protection and the use of art in conservation. Contestants are highly encouraged to come to this free event.

ORONO University of Maine Cooperative Extension has published a new bulletin about creating new plants that covers seed production and storage, soil conditions, transplanting and dissemination by cuttings and divisions.

Plant Propagation in Maine was edited and revised by David Sorensen, University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension educator emeritus, and Kate Garland, UMaine Extension horticulturist. For more information, to obtain bulletins for $2 each or to download the bulletin for free, visit or contact (207) 581-3792, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Tuesday, 02 February 2016 13:42

Guided Snowshoe Adventure 02-03-2016

Written by Wire Reports

BANGOR Visitors can enjoy and celebrate beautiful outdoor resources in Bangor. The guide will lead a group out across the West Penjajawoc Grasslands to the Penjajawoc Marsh on Feb. 14 from 1 p.m. to approximately 3:30 p.m. If the Marsh is well frozen, participants will go all the way across the marsh, a wonderful adventure filled with cattail, alder, porcupine sign and muskrat dens.

Tuesday, 02 February 2016 13:17

Curran Homestead hosts ice harvest event

Written by Wire Reports

Families can experience historic ice cutting

ORRINGTON Families can experience real and historic ice-cutting using vintage tools and enjoy horse-drawn sled rides (weather permitting) at 372 Fields Pond in Orrington with Curran Homestead Living History Farm and Museum volunteers on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Called 'Harvest of Diamonds,' the event takes participants (young and old) back to a time when large, fresh native blocks of crystal-pure ice were sawn and gathered from our ponds, lakes and rivers and stowed away in anticipation of summer heat. Today, electric refrigeration has all but erased these harvests from the world, along with the daily visits (sometimes by horse-drawn carriage) by the ice man to fill the ice box.

BANGORThe Paul Bunyan Snocross, a snowmobile competition that premiered last year at Bangor's Bass Park, will return to Bangor on Jan. 30-31, 2016.

Inaugurated and hosted by the Eastern Maine Community College Foundation, in association with East Coast Snocross (ECS) and with support from Dysart's, the weekend competition will feature pro and semi-pro races, as well as trail class races for recreational sledders.

BANGOR American Airlines will start weekend summer service from Bangor International Airport to New York's LaGuardia Airport starting June 4. The service will be operated once daily on Saturdays and Sundays through Sep. 4.

ORONO - The Planetarium is kicking off the new year with four star-studded programs for visitors of all ages. Come explore the cosmos with public star shows every Friday night at 7 and Sunday afternoon at 2.

On Friday evenings, experience the attraction of black holes while exploring the history, physics, and mysteries of such astronomical wonders. 'Black Holes' allows viewers to perceive the reality-bending phenomena of these fascinating graveyards of deceased stars on Jan. 29. 'Cosmic Journey,' on Jan. 22, brings viewers on a trip through our solar system, exploring majestic volcanoes and monstrous hurricanes, all while taking in the wonders of these planets and their moons.

ELLSWORTH - The Grand is excited to announce the return of the annual Banff Mountain Film Festival on Friday, Jan. 29 and Saturday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 31 at 2 p.m. Each show is $15 for general admission, and tickets are available while they last at The Grand as well as Festival Host Cadillac Mountain Sports, with stores in Ellsworth, Bangor and Bar Harbor.
Launched in 1976 as The Banff Festival of Mountain Films by The Banff Centre, the Banff Mountain Film Festival is in its 36th year and is held every fall in Banff, Alberta. Immediately after the festival in November, a selection of the best films entered in the festival goes on tour. The host organization in each tour location chooses a program that reflects the interests of their community. Each community creates a unique celebration of local adventure and adventurers. The World Tour visits approximately 305 cities annually in 20 countries, reaching over 220,000 audience members.

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