BPL announces sale of state park passes for 2010

Posted Nov. 20, 2009, at 10:57 p.m.

The Maine Department of Conservation’s Bureau of Parks and Lands has announced that 2010 state park passes are now on sale.

This is the 75th year of the state park system, and the BPL hopes Mainers will consider giving the park passes as holiday gifts.

The passes offer unlimited day use at all 47 state parks and historic sites, and can be used throughout the year by Maine residents and non-residents.

Passes are available for $35 for an individual pass or for $70 for a vehicle pass that allows park entry for all occupants of a vehicle weighing up to one ton.

Maine residents age 65 and older are allowed free day use at all parks and historic sites. Children age 5 to 11 pay only $1, while children under 5 get in free.

Passes can be purchased in a variety of ways, including when residents file their state income tax return. They may also be purchased when visiting a park, or on-line at www.mainestateparkpass.com, or by calling the Bureau of Parks and Lands campsite reservation office at 287-2209.

In addition, checks or money orders can be sent to Department of Conservation, Attn: Reservations Office, 22 SHS, Augusta, 04333-0022. Passes will also be sold at the DOC’s headquarters in Augusta.

Belfast group rows to success

Teams from Belfast’s community rowing program, “Come Boating!” had successful showings, with three teams finishing second in their classes at two major New England rowing races recently.

Rowing “Selkie,” one of Belfast’s two 30-foot pilot gigs, six-person teams, competed in the 29th annual Head of Weir races in Hull, Mass., on Oct. 31, and in the East Coast Open, a North American Rowing Association championship race in Plymouth, Mass., on Nov. 7.

According to Belfast coxswain Malcom Gater, the 5½-mile Head of Weir gig race took place under adverse conditions, with 25 to 30 mph winds and four-foot seas. In a press release Gater said that 60 craft were set to race, but only 49 started and 19 finished.

“Conditions were very challenging, and Selkie was blown sideways right across the channel almost onto the rocks,” Gater said in the release. “Our rowers had to pull very hard to get her back on course.”

The team of Chris Gordon, Roy Rodgers, Henry Wooley, Martha Garfield, Raef Blood and Wes Redddick took second in the race.

Belfast teams then competed in the men’s and women’s races in the East Coast open against crews from six rowing organizations. Both the men’s and women’s teams finished second.

Men’s crew members were Jim Bahoosh, Wooley, Rodgers, Eric Beenfeldt, Blood and Reddick, with Gordon as coxswain. The women’s crew was Martha Garfield, Marnie Reeve, Susan Higgins, Ellen Sinclair, Linda Hurley and Fran Hong, with Gater as coxswain.

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