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ORONO Researchers at the University of Maine have received a $1 million federal grant from the U.S Department of Agriculture to continue their efforts in boosting organic grain production in northern New England.

'We are very excited by this new USDA award in that it recognizes the impact of the work we've done with farmers, millers and bakers with our prior grant to build a local, organic bread wheat economy in our region,' Ellen Mallory, University of Maine Cooperative Extension specialist and associate professor of sustainable agriculture at UMaine, says.

TENANTS HARBOR The University of Maine Cooperative Extension is hosting a weekend camp for adults that will focus on food preservation Oct. 24.

'Savor the Season A Food Preservation Weekend at Blueberry Cove Camp,' will be held at the 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Blueberry Cove in Tenants Harbor.

Monday, 28 September 2015 18:38

Maine event at George Washington's Mount Vernon

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First President's Virginia estate to host a special day for Mainers

MOUNT VERNON On Oct. 11, join your neighbors and Meg Nichols, Vice Regent for Maine, of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, for a special day devoted to Mainers at George Washington's iconic estate in Virginia. Mount Vernon is owned and maintained by the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association of the Union, a private, non-profit organization (501c3) founded in 1853. Maine residents who register by Oct. 9 will receive free admission to Mount Vernon and a complimentary lunch. To register for this special event, please visit www.mountvernon.org/maineevent.

Monday, 28 September 2015 18:37

Explore soil, extinctions at UMaine 4-H Science Saturday

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ORONO The connection between fire, people, soil and extinct foxes is part of University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H Science Saturday on Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Sawyer Environmental Research Center on the UMaine campus in Orono.

Youth in grades 6-8 will learn to use a coring device to collect soil sediments that are thousands of years old. Sediments give a snapshot of past ecosystems, as well as extinctions and how humans interacted with and changed the environment. Participants will obtain data from the cores and learn how past fires impacted the environment and wildlife.

Monday, 21 September 2015 10:53

'What happens in Antarctica does not stay in Antarctica'

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Geologist to examine long-term behavior of ice sheet in unprecedented detail

ORONO University of Maine geologist Gordon Bromley will study how Earth's largest ice sheet has responded during past times of global warming to learn about how it may respond in the future to human-caused climate change.

Monday, 21 September 2015 10:52

UMM to visit Cuba in spring 2016

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MACHIAS -- The University of Maine at Machias is planning a nine-day trip to Cuba in the spring of 2016. The trip is open to both students and community members and will leave from Bangor on March 26 and return on April 3.

An upcoming informational session about the trip is scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29 in Room 232 of Torrey Hall.

SEARSPORT Admission will be free at Penobscot Marine Museum for all visitors during Searsport's annual Fling Into Fall celebration on Friday, Oct. 2 and Saturday, Oct. 3. In addition, the Museum Store will offer 20 percent off all purchases on Saturday, Oct. 3. Many Searsport businesses are offering sales for the festival weekend. Grasshopper Shop is having a 20 percent storewide sale on Friday and Saturday, WORKS is having a storewide sale on books, and Searsport Shores Campground is offering free camping to Searsport residents. For more information, call Kathy at (207) 548-2529 ext. 216.

Touch-A-Truck and chainsaw sculpting are two of the new activities at Searsport's annual Fling Into Fall festival. Rockin Ron and the New Society Band will be playing rock and doo-wop in the evening. Fling Into Fall begins at noon on Friday, Oct. 2 with Jack O' Lantern and Scarecrow set-up on the Crescent, and ends at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3 with a Public Italian Supper at the Congregational Church. For a full schedule or more information, check the Fling Into Fall Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/flingintofall?fref=ts or call Kari at Searsport Rec. Dept. (207) 548-2769.

WALPOLE The new director of the University of Maine Darling Marine Center in Walpole will log considerable miles on land and sea Sept. 21-23 to discuss ocean science and ocean stewardship.

Sept. 21, Heather Leslie will talk about opportunities and challenges for engaged research on the Maine coast during a Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions seminar at 3 p.m. in 107 Norman Smith Hall at the University of Maine.

Monday, 14 September 2015 15:26

Start planning for Maine's fall foliage season

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AUGUSTA While the State of Maine is enjoying an abundance of sunshine and beautiful late summer weather, now is the time to start planning your fall foliage trip. Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 9, the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) and the Maine Office of Tourism will provide an update on gradual change in leaf color from north to south culminating in peak conditions in late October.

'Maine fall foliage is world-renowned and draws visitors from all over the country and around the globe,' said Governor Paul R. LePage. 'The fall foliage season is an example of how Maine welcomes visitors and is Open for Business.' Anyone can see the best places to go by visiting the fall foliage website and through weekly foliage updates.'

Monday, 14 September 2015 15:25

Maine Yoga Adventures

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STATEWIDE Maine Yoga Adventures is a way for families to explore the outdoors and participate in yoga. Here are some of the upcoming adventures.

Young Yogis Adventure

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