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SEARSPORT Maine's Lobster Boat Racing season is here. Lobsterboat racing has been happening in Maine for over a century, and began casually. Today the races are not for the faint of heart; they are highly, excitingly, competitive. On Thursday, July 9, at Penobscot Marine Museum, videographer and lobsterman David Osgood of Vinalhaven will show his film of the races. Osgood has been racing lobster boats in the Maine Lobsterboat Racing circuit for many years. His boats include the Split S.E.C.O.N.D., a Crowley Beal 33 and STARLIGHT EXPRESS, a Northern Bay 36.

Maine's Lobster Boat Racing will be shown at 7 p.m. in Penobscot Marine Museum's Douglas and Margaret Carver Memorial Art Gallery, 11 Church Street, Searsport. Tickets are $8; $5 for museum members and Searsport residents. For more information or to purchase tickets go to or call (207) 548-0334.

Monday, 29 June 2015 17:18

July Star Shows at the Emera Astronomy Center

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ORONO - Summer programming continues to bring the stars straight to you at the Emera Astronomy Center. Public shows are Sunday afternoons at 2, Friday evenings at 7 and all through the summer, Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 11. There are plenty of opportunities to come along on adventures through the night sky.

On Friday evenings, come learn what it takes to be a modern explorer pushing at the final frontier. 'Astronaut' gives visitors a glimpse of the training, the danger, and the challenges of those who sail among the stars on July 10, 17, 24 and 31.

Monday, 29 June 2015 17:17

Hungry bluefin tuna in a sea of plenty

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ORONO - Bluefin tuna are going hungry in a sea full of fish because their foraging habits are most efficient with larger not necessarily more abundant prey, according to a study led by a University of Maine marine scientist.

Walter Golet, assistant research professor in the School of Marine Sciences and the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, led a research team that involved marine scientists from five institutions, including Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst and Simon Fraser University.

Monday, 29 June 2015 17:15

Attention Pluto enthusiasts

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BANGOR Bring your friends and family to learn about this historic mission and try out several NASA planetary activities for all ages at the Challenger Center on July 14 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

July 14 will be the first ever close-up flyby of Pluto - a dwarf planet 7.5 billion kilometers (4.67 billion miles) from Earth!

BRADLEY - The Penobscot County SWCD has partnered up with the Maine Forest and Logging Museum, Penobscot Indian Nation, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry to host a Kids Conservation Field Day to be held at Leonard's Mills in Bradley, Maine on July 22. Kids ages 6-12 will get to learn about our Maine forests, wildlife, soils and aquatic life in our ponds, lakes and streams. The youngsters will get to learn in an indoor and outdoor setting while doing hands on activities. The kids will get to dig in a soils pit, get to pull aquatic insects and plants out of the river for identification, go on nature walks to identify trees with a forester and so much more. The field day will be from 9 a.m. 3 p.m. The cost is $5 for the day, and lunch and snacks will be included. If you are interested in registering for this fun field day, give the district a call at 947-6622 Ext. 3 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Registration will close on July 10. Space is limited.

WINTER HARBOR University of Maine students and researchers are studying the science of tree ring dating during a week of hands-on fieldwork in Acadia National Park.

The 25th annual North American Dendroecological Fieldweek (NADEF) runs from June 110 at the Schoodic Institute in Winter Harbor. NADEF is funded in part by the National Science Foundation and aims to train students in dendrochronology, or the scientific method of dating based on the analysis of tree ring patterns, during an intensive week of fieldwork, laboratory exercises and lectures.

Monday, 01 June 2015 19:36

Historic walking tours of Machias

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MACHIAS For a second year, guided historical tours of the downtown area of the county seat, Machias, will be offered at least twice a week beginning June 1.

The tours are a collaboration between local historian Ray Foster and the Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce. During last year's season, dozens of visitors and history buffs from Pennsylvania, Kansas City, Virginia Beach, Maryland and beyond enjoyed the one hour walking tours.

Monday, 01 June 2015 19:33

Bar Harbor makes semi-finals in Best Town Competition'

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SANTA FE, NM OUTSIDE Magazine, America's preeminent active and adventure lifestyle brand, has reached the semi-finals for its annual Best Towns Competition and Bar Harbor, Maine has made the final four in the contest. OUTSIDE readers have cast more than 1 million votes over multiple rounds of voting since the beginning of the Best Towns Competition and narrowed down the competition from 64 to four towns. Over the past week, all of the four head-to-head battles were very close, with a 3-percent difference deciding three of the remaining towns. Over the next two weeks, readers will continue to vote once per each of the two remaining rounds of voting on OUTSIDE Online, with each round lasting five days. The winners of the next round will advance to the finals, where the remaining two towns will face off in a showdown to determine the Best Town of 2015. The final four towns can be found below.

Over the past three weeks, OUTSIDE readers have been voting on their favorite towns on OUTSIDE Online to select the best outdoor towns in the nation. The winner will be the kind of place with top-notch restaurants, vibrant farmers' markets, friendly neighborhoods and unparalleled access to hiking and biking trails. In short, the perfect jumping-off point for adventure.

ORONO University of Maine Cooperative Extension offers a free tick identification service for Maine residents.

The announcement of the service is timely: May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month and ticks are being reported statewide. In fact, the tick population in Maine has been steadily increasing since the late 1980s, along with the emergence of tick-borne diseases.

AUGUSTA -- The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) is warning Maine residents that the infestation of a noxious invasive caterpillar is worse this year than last year and local residents should begin thinking now about how they want to deal with the pest. Browntail moth caterpillar hairs can cause a blistery, oozy rash or respiratory distress for people who come into contact with them.

Winter web surveys conducted by the DACF's Maine Forest Service (MFS) identified extremely high levels over-wintering web in the tops of oak trees for the browntail moth caterpillar. Winter web counts were highest in parts of:

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