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University art students make and sell mugs to benefit wildlife refuge

ORONO - A group of students at the University of Maine in Orono is putting their art skills to the test. Over the past several weeks, the pupils in Constant Albertson's advanced art education course have been making ceramic mugs that they hope to sell to benefit the Hirundo Wildlife Refuge in Alton, a 2,400-acre nature preserve just 10 miles away from the University campus.

Published in Livin'
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:54

Orono hosts HOPE festival

ORONO - The HOPE Festival is returning to the University of Maine in Orono again this year, this time with special guest and renowned author Bill McKibben.

"What's so exciting about this is he tells us the bad news and good news about climate change and how small groups of people can make a difference," explained Ilse Petersons from the Peace & Justice Center in Bangor.

McKibben and six students created the organization called 350.org, a grassroots group that has organized thousands of rallies all over the world to promote sustainability and a more environmentally friendly way of life. McKibben will be joined by more than 70 vendors at the 2012 HOPE Festival in Orono on April 21.

"There will be people from Hike for Homeless selling raffle tickets, people from Cooperative Maine available to talk to those interested in starting co-ops," explained Petersons. "There will also be people from Food & Medicine to help those who are still out of work, and a group from the Maine Solar Energy organization will be there creating outdoor solar cookers."

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