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Posted June 14, 2011, at 3:55 p.m.

Courtesy boat inspections

The signs of summer abound — camps are opening up for the season, traffic is increasing on Route 1, fireflies are lighting up the night sky and Courtesy Boat Inspectors, or CBIs, are back at many boat launches.

A dedicated group of about 25 volunteers from the Damariscotta Lake Watershed Association is checking boats entering and leaving the lake for invasive plants. CBIs provide a vital service to the lake and lake users, guard against additional infestations and work to prevent the spread of invasive plants to other lakes. The main objective of CBIs is to educate boaters and underscore the importance of checking boats when entering and leaving the water for aquatic plants.

DLWA is always looking for additional CBI volunteers to cover the Route 213-Bunker Hill Road (Jefferson) and Vannah Road (Nobleboro) boat launches. The next training will be held

9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 25, at the Bunker Hill Road boat launch. Register for the training by contacting DLWA at 549-3836 or Julia@dlwa.org. For more information about the CBI program, visit the volunteer opportunities page at www.dlwa.org.

Puffin sunset cruise

NEW HARBOR — The Pemaquid Watershed Association invites the public to its second annual Puffin Sunset Cruise with Hardy Boat Cruises on Saturday, June 25. The two-hour cruise will begin at 6:45 p.m, departing from Shaw’s Wharf in New Harbor.

The planned route includes sailing to Eastern Egg Rock, circling the island for views of puffins, terns and other seabirds, then passing by the Pemaquid Point lighthouse at sunset. The route may be modified at the discretion of the captain.

Complimentary desserts will be served courtesy of Damariscotta River Grill, and there will be a cash bar. Tickets are $30 each and are available at the PWA office at 15 Courtyard St. in Damariscotta (side entrance by Salt Bay Cafe) or by phone at 563-2196. Proceeds from the event will help fund PWA’s mission to conserve the natural resources of the Pemaquid Peninsula through land and water stewardship and education. For more information on PWA, visit www.pemaquidwatershed.org.

Interpretative kiosk to open

ROCKLAND — Georges River Land Trust will hold a celebration to commemorate the opening of a new interpretative kiosk, designed with assistance from the Georges River Chapter of Trout Unlimited, at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 18, at the outflow of Sennebec Pond on the St. George River on Route 131 in Union. Meet at the parking area by the rock crib dam.

Roy Hitchings, president of the Georges River Chapter of Trout Unlimited, will provide comments on the health of the fishery in the St. George River. The kiosk, permanently installed at the edge of the parking area and next to the rock crib dam, describes three important elements ensuring the health of the river and its fish populations, namely woodland buffers along the shoreline, free moving waters uninterrupted by dams and culverts, and watershed conservation.

This kiosk is third in a series demonstrating connections between the upstream and downstream portions of the river, as well as the connections to nearby Weskeag Marsh. The other two kiosks are located in Thomaston at the Village Green and on Buttermilk Lane in South Thomaston near the crossing of the Weskeag River.

Earlier that morning, Trout Unlimited members will be involved in the national Trout Unlimited river cleanup effort. They will visit commonly used access points between Searsmont and Warren to pick up trash along the St. George River.

For further information on the Georges River Land Trust, visit www.grlt.org, email info@grlt.org, or call 594-5166.

Sunset hike

ROCKPORT — Coastal Mountains Land Trust will celebrate the summer solstice at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, with an evening hike on Beech Hill Preserve. The outing is open to the public and free of charge. No advance registration is necessary. Leave dogs at home.

Longtime Beech Hill volunteer Sonia Spalding and other volunteer docents will lead a moderate three-quarter-mile walk up Beech Hill. Participants can meet at the Beech Hill Road trailhead or head up to the top on their own. Beech Nut, the historic stone hut, will be open, and land trust volunteers will be available to answer questions about the history of the preserve.

Hikers are encouraged to bring a dinner picnic to enjoy after the hike. Sturdy hiking shoes, water and bug repellent are recommended. The preserve offers spectacular panoramic views, and hopes are they will be accompanied by a glorious sunset to cap off this longest day of the year.

This year Coastal Mountains Land Trust celebrates its 25th anniversary of permanently conserving land to benefit the natural and human communities of the western Penobscot Bay region. The land trust has protected almost 9,000 acres since 1986. For more information about the land trust, visit www.coastalmountains.org or call 236-7091.

Girls tennis concludes

ROCKPORT — The girls varsity tennis team at Camden Hills Regional High School finished its season with an Eastern Maine Class B semifinal victory over Belfast before losing to Waterville in the semifinals.

CHRHS started with a 4-1 win over Belfast:

Singles results:

Carissa English (CH) vs. Shashanna Moll, (B) 4-5 (English retired because of injury).

Abby Blakeley (CH) defeated Rosie LaCivita 6-1, 6-1.

Camilla Walker (CH) defeated Mickaila Gould 6-1, 6-4.

Doubles results:

Erika Alex and Sophie Salas (CH) defeated Alisha Wilson and Krissy Martin 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.

Kayla Hart and Christine Forcillo (CH) defeated Sierra Wainer and Elizabeth McAvoy 6-0, 6-4.

The girls then lost 5-0 to Waterville in the semifinals:

Singles results:

Colleen O’Donnell defeated Abby Blakeley 7-5, 6-0.

Olivia Lopes defeated Camilla Walker 6-3, 6-1.

Jayme Saulter defeated Christine Forcillo 6-1, 6-4.

Doubles results:

Lexi Russo and Lauren Hallenbeck defeated Erika Alex and Kayla Hart 6-1, 6-2.

Brittany Saulter and Emily Dufour defeated Sophie Salas and Venessa Bemis 8-1.

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