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Biologist to discuss mercury affecting bats

Posted April 18, 2011, at 10:27 p.m.

WINTER HARBOR — Tim Divoll, associate wildlife biologist with the BioDiversity Research Institute, will present an illustrated program about the problems caused by mercury in bat populations at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at the Moore Auditorium on the campus of the

Schoodic Education and Research Center, Acadia National Park, in Winter Harbor.

The event is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted at the door. For information, call 288-1360.

Rockport Boat Club sailing program open

ROCKPORT — The  Rockport Boat Club Summer Sailing Program will offer 10 youth sailing opportunities for ages 6-17, in addition to private lessons for all ages and abilities at the individual or group level.

The competitive sailing program is in its second year. Students will learn the basics of racing and participate in several regattas throughout the summer. Applications now are being accepted. For more information, including a class schedule and application, contact 236-1154 or youthsail@rockportboatclub.org.

Power interruption planned in Gouldsboro

GOULDSBORO — Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. has announced a planned interruption in electrical services for customers in the Gouldsboro area from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 20. Customers in this area should plan accordingly.

Easter week services scheduled in Ellsworth

ELLSWORTH — St. Andrew Lutheran Church Holy Week and Easter services will be held at 7 p.m. Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, April 14 and 15, at  175 Downeast Highway in Ellsworth. Easter breakfast will be 9-10 a.m., and an Easter service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 17, at the church.

There will be a joint service with the Cherryfield and Milbridge Congregational churches at 7 a.m. Sunday, April 17, at the Weald Bethal Chapel in Cherryfield. For information, call 667-6741.

Business photography workshop in Machias

MACHIAS — Ronn Orenstein, nationally recognized commercial photographer, will lead a daylong workshop on product photography for local business owners 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at the University of Maine at Machias.

The workshop is a hands-on session and will include a working studio in the classroom.  Participants are encouraged to bring product and a digital camera. Participants will shoot product, learn about what makes a great product photo, engage in class critique, and learn basic photo file management and editing techniques.

This session is organized and offered by Down East Business Alliance and Incubator Without Walls and made possible in collaboration with University of Maine at Machias, which is hosting this session on campus.

The session fee is $50, and you must preregister by April 22.

For more information and to register, call 479-3071 or email esprague@whcacap.org.

E. Machias church to host benefit concert

EAST MACHIAS — A benefit concert to raise money to restore a historic mechanical-action church organ will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, at the Congregational church in East Machias. The church is located in the center of town. For more information, call Robb Cook at 853-6290.

Bucksport officials to hold business forum

BUCKSPORT — The town will hold a forum for business owners to discuss improvements to the downtown area at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, at the town hall.

Town Manager Roger Raymond and Economic Development Director Dave Milan will discuss work that has been done to date and will hear ideas for future improvements as the town prepares to apply for downtown improvement grants.

Belfast poetry reading to take place Wednesday

BELFAST — A poetry reading by Carolyn Frost will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, at 99 Main St., above the Old Professor’s Bookshop.

Downeast Institute gets $5,000 grant

BEALS — The Bangor Savings Bank Foundation has awarded a $5,000 grant to the Downeast Institute for Applied Marine Research and Education to help fund and implement a strategy to provide long-term financial stability for the organization.

The award was announced by Bangor Savings Bank president and CEO James Conlon, who indicated that the Downeast Institute’s programs meet the foundation’s goals to support projects that will make communities more prosperous, livable and vibrant.

Blaine Jones, assistant vice president and branch manager at Bangor Savings Bank in Machias, presented a check to Dr. Brian Beal, director of research at the DEI and a professor of marine sciences at the Universiity of Maine at Machias.

DEI is a nonprofit organization located on Great Wass Island in the town of Beals whose mission is to improve the quality of life for the people of Down East and coastal Maine through applied marine research, technology transfer and public marine resource education.

Some of the current efforts at DEI involve exploring ways to increase sea scallop production in eastern Maine using stock enhancement techniques, examining methods to create a cold-water culture industry around European oysters, improving growth rates in softshell clams, and working on methods to farm hard clams in the Trenton-Surry area.

Historical society plans Belfast downtown talk

BELFAST — Belfast Historical Society President Megan Pinette will give a PowerPoint presentation on “Downtown Belfast, From the First Store to 1900” at 7 p.m.  Monday, April 25, in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library.

Belfast Historical Society programs, which are free and open to the public, are held every fourth Monday of the month, April through October. For information, visit www.belfastmuseum.org.

Community supper offered in Cherryfield

CHERRYFIELD — The Downeast Table of Plenty will host a free community supper from 4 to 6 p.m. every Sunday, beginning May 1, in the EdGE Center, Maine Sea Coast Mission, Route 1 in Cherryfield.

Library to stay open late for college students

ROCKLAND — The Rockland Public Library will offer a late-night study session for college students looking for a quiet spot to study during finals week. The library will remain open until midnight Tuesday, May 3, at Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St. For information, call 594-0310.

Autism walkathon planned in Bar Harbor

BAR HARBOR — Local children with autism, their family members and caregivers from Downeast Horizons will participate in an Autism Awareness Walk-a-thon at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 20, at Agamont Park, Main Street in Bar Harbor. Proceeds will help continue to build an autism resource library at Downeast Horizons. For more information, call 667-2400, ext. 32.

Bucksport Bay Chamber awards dinner April 29

BUCKSPORT — The Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce annual awards dinner will take place at 7:30 p.m. (cash bar at 6:30 p.m.) Friday, April 29, at Alamoosook Lakeside Inn, 229 Soper Road in Orland. The cost is $30. For more information or to RSVP, call 469-6818 or email kathy@bucksportbaychamber.com.

Horticulturist to speak on roses in Owls Head

OWLS HEAD — The Owls Head Garden Club will welcome speaker Glen Jenks, “Beautiful Roses,” at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, at the Owls Head Community Building (across from the airport). The meeting begins at noon. His first encounter with horticulture came in his ninth-grade year, when he fell in love with growing roses. He continues to grow them at his home in Camden with his wife, Faith Getchell.

For more information,  call Dottie at 596-6032.

Cleanup, Open Dump scheduled in Princeton

PRINCETON — A townwide cleanup day is set from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 14, and residents are urged to rake and clean up their yards for a curbside pickup of brush, bundled newspapers, cardboard and other items. Household trash and construction debris will not be allowed. Several large trucks and drivers have volunteered to pick up any items that are too large to take to the dump.

On Sunday, May 15, four tires per family will be accepted during Open Dump Day.

For more information, contact Bobbi Mather, 796-2074.

National Poetry Month reading at Quoddy Head

LUBEC — National Poetry Month will be celebrated with a reading at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at the Quoddy Head Station and lighthouse on Route 189 in Lubec.

The event will feature readings from the April issue of Poetry magazine and the soon-to-be-released spring issue of Off the Coast, “To Trap the Sun.” Participants are welcome to bring their own poems to read if time allows.

National Poetry Month, begun in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, is held every April.

This will be the easternmost reading for National Poetry Month. Refreshments will be served and donations accepted to help defray expenses. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 454-8026 or email poetrylane2@gmail.com.

Concert at church to support stone harp

MILBRIDGE — A concert will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at the Milbridge First Congregational Church to benefit the stone harp installation at the University of Maine at Machias.

The concert will be a diverse program of music, featuring Bangor harpist Daryne Rockett, singer and composer Anna Dembska, local favorites Pepin and Celeste, the University of Maine at Machias’ Gene Nichols, pianist Bill Schubeck, and stone harp creator Gary Bushee.

The Stone Harp Project is a permanent wind harp installation supported by the Maine Arts Commission and carved and constructed by Bushee. This unique work of art is to be installed on the UMM campus in May.

Propeller Club to meet in Belfast on April 20

BELFAST — The Propeller Club  of the United States’

Searsport-Bucksport Chapter will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, at the Shriners Club on Northport Ave. in Belfast. Captain Daniel S. Parrot will be the featured speaker. The cost of dinner is $25. For more information, call Betty at 548-1077.

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