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Monday, 18 May 2015 14:52

Searsport Farmers Market opens May 26

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SEARSPORT The Searsport Farmers Market will begin its second season on Tuesday, May 26, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.The market is hosted by Penobscot Marine Museum on the Crescent on Route One, and will be open every Tuesday through mid-October.New vendors to the market this year include Stone Fox Farm Creamery, which will be selling their homemade ice cream.The market will offer locally grown vegetables including salad greens, root crops and fruit; locally grown vegetable and flower seedlings, perennials and shrubs, cut flowers, eggs, chicken, beef, pork, lamb and duck; breads and pies, honey, maple syrup, natural skin care products and more.

Customers who want to buy directly from local farmers can do so nearly every day of the week in this area.Mondayis the Bayside Farmers Market,Tuesdayis the Searsport Farmers Market, Thursday is the Bucksport Farmers Market and Friday is the Belfast Farmers Market.

If you would like more information about the Searsport Farmer's Market or would like an application to participate in the market, please call Jim Nichols at 567-3967.

SEARSPORT At noon on Thursday, May 21, two Shellback Dinghies made by students at Searsport District High School will be launched into Searsport Harbor at the Town Dock. The students have spent the past 18 weeks building the dinghies with master boat builder Greg Rossel for their class Building a Shellback Dinghy: An Integrated Field Approach to Core Math & Science Standard. As they build the boats, the students explore marine physics and engineering concepts, Newton's laws of motion, traditional and modern wood working, chemical reactions and navigation. The class is in its fourth year and is a collaboration between the Penobscot Marine Museum and the Searsport District High School. It is held at Museum's Hamilton Learning Center in Searsport. The shellback dinghy which the students build is a small sail boat designed by E.B. White's son Joel White. After the launch the boats are sold and the proceeds used to fund the next year's class.

Greg Rossel, who has been teaching boat building at WoodenBoat School for over 20 years, has help each week from community volunteers Fred Kircheis, Fred Schmidt, Bruce Brown, Rick Fitzsimmons, Rob Giffin, David Lawrence, Gerry Saunders, Pete Jenkins and Dan Merrill. Wayne Hamilton, owner of Hamilton Marine, teaches a navigation class, and the students travel to Camden to work with sailmaker Grant Gambell to make sails for the dinghies. The class would not be possible without local businesses who donate time and materials: Gambell and Hunter Sailmakers, Hamilton Marine, Epifanes, Maine Coast Lumber, WoodenBoat Store, Chesapeake Light Craft and George Kirby Jr Paint Company.

Monday, 18 May 2015 14:45

Parasitic flies employed to fight winter moth

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AUGUSTA State entomologists from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry's (DACF) Bureau of Forestry have released parasitic flies in an effort to try and control and minimize the damage to trees and shrubs done by the winter moth. The release is in collaboration with Dr. Joseph Elkinton, University of Massachusetts professor of Entomology, and the effort is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture's Forest Service (USDA-FS).

Up to 2,000 parasitic flies (cyzenis albicans) were released late morning on Peaks Island Friday, May 15. Spring surveys of winter moth larvae indicate that Peaks Island has high enough levels of winter moth larvae to support release parasitic flies. Department professionals are checking to see if there are high enough levels of winter moth larvae to support additional releases at Two Lights State Park (Cape Elizabeth).

BOSTON, MA This fall, up to 200 cyclists, ranging in age from 12 to 80 and hailing from across the U.S., will ride in the inaugural Climate Ride Northeast - Bar Harbor to Boston. Set for Thursday, Sept. 17 through Monday, Sept. 21, the five-day, 320-mile charitable bike-a-thon takes riders down the New England coast and raises funds and awareness for sustainability, cycling advocacy, active transportation and environmental causes. The event expects to raise $400,000 to support more than 120 regional and national nonprofits.

Climate Ride was the first bike-a-thon to support environmental causes and cycling advocacy, not only by raising money but also through advocating for government change and educating participants as part of the experience. It was the first adventure travel nonprofit to raise funds for environmental causes and awareness about the importance of bike safety and advocacy, thus making the connection that an increase in active transportation will reduce carbon emissions that plague the environment. It remains the largest of its kind in terms of its national scope and money raised with its choose-your-own beneficiary model. In 2014, 390 Climate Riders raised $725,000, which was granted to more than 100 beneficiaries. To date, Climate Ride has raised and contributed $2.28 million.

Monday, 04 May 2015 08:18

Spring is here for Maine Farmers' Markets!

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AUGUSTA Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) Commissioner Walt Whitcomb welcomed the arrival of the spring farmers market season with a visit to the Viles Arboretum Farmers Market in Augusta. The number of farmers markets in Maine and the United States is increasing with consumer interest in locally grown foods.

'Farmers' markets strengthen communities and are business incubators' for small farmers and entrepreneurs,' said Governor LePage. 'In addition to providing healthy sustenance for families, many participants expand their retail or wholesale businesses, creating jobs and economic activity.'

BANGOR The Bangor Land Trust is hosting a hike to seek the rare lady's slipper. Also known as moccasin-flowers, lady's slippers are a unique member of the orchid family that requires highly specific habitats in order to grow. For the past several years, George Elliott and Gail Downs, who will be leading this walk, have seen hundreds of dainty pink and white lady's slippers scattered throughout Walden-Parke Preserve.

The walk will begin and end at the kiosk at the end of Tamarack Trail. As the area is generally wet during the spring, organizers strongly suggest boots and bug protection. Remember to please stay on the trails take home only photos and memories in order to protect the delicate ecology of the preserve.

Monday, 27 April 2015 19:21

May star shows at the Emera Astronomy Center

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ORONO - Public star shows at the Emera Astronomy Center bring the stars and planets to visitors of all ages on Friday nights at 7 and Sunday afternoons at 2. Each star show features a tour of the Maine sky and tips on how to view upcoming astronomical events.

Friday evenings feature adventures into space to visit the planets in our solar system and see what makes each of them unique. Explore volcanoes 80,000 feet tall, and hurricanes that blow for 400 years. Travel through multicolored rings suspended in space, and navigate the asteroid belt. Come explore the worlds of our solar system in 'Cosmic Journey' on May 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29.

Monday, 27 April 2015 19:19

Do you love frogs?

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BANGOR - Bangor Land Trust is looking for people to become frog monitors and citizen scientists with FrogWatch USA.

Citizens will research collaboration between scientists and volunteers that expand opportunities for data collection while also providing access to scientific information for community members.

ORONO The University of Maine will participate in and host this year's New England Regional Concrete Canoe Competition April 2425 in Orono and Skowhegan.

More than 200 students from 11 New England universities, including UMaine, will subject their concrete canoe creations to judging on a variety of characteristics at UMaine's Advanced Structures and Composites Center on Friday, April 24 and at Lake George Regional Park in Skowhegan on Saturday, April 25.

Monday, 20 April 2015 21:51

Color Bangor to debut Children's Color Zone

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BANGOR The second annual Color Bangor fun run/walk to benefit the American Folk Festival will feature an area designed specifically for the enjoyment of kids. The Children's Color Zone is an activity area for youth aged 4-12 years old, sponsored by Playland Adventures.

'Color Bangor is a unique color fun-run with games and activities you won't find at other similar events,' said Heather McCarthy, executive director for the American Folk Festival. 'With the addition of the Children's Color Zone, it adds to both the uniqueness of this event, as well as the fun, all while supporting the American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront.'

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