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Recreation news June 30, 2011: Golf scramble, nature camp

Golf tourney fundraiser

OLD TOWN, Maine — The Old Town High School hockey players will trade their hockey sticks for golf clubs Saturday, July 16, during the 11th Annual Golf Scramble at the Hidden Meadows Golf Club in Old Town.

The event will be hosted by the Friends of Old Town High School Hockey, and all proceeds will support the team. Registration begins at 7:15 a.m. with the shotgun start at 8 a.m. Registration fee is $50 per player or $200 for a team of four. Carts are guaranteed for players registered and paid by July 9. Try to win an Old Town canoe kayak, a family membership to Hidden Meadows Golf Course or a Taylormade club. To support the team, get a team together, donate a prize or sponsor a hole for $100.  For more information, contact  Laurie Miller at, or visit Hidden Meadow Golf Course at or call 827-4779.

Summer nature camp

HOLDEN, Maine — Fields Pond Audubon Center is offering summer camp at the nature center with stories, games and hands-on explorations of the natural world.

Camp meets 9 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays for campers ages 5 to 12. The cost is $200 a week members, $250 a week others.  Advance registration is required. Call 989-2591 for registration and information. Scholarships are available with information available at

Spaces are available for all weeks. The schedule is:

• July 11-15: children entering first and second grade, “Wild Things.”

• July 18-22: children entering third to fifth grade, “Slugs, bugs, frogs and logs.”

• Aug. 1-5: children entering first to sixth grade, “Nature, Up Close.”

• Aug. 8-12: children entering first to sixth grade, “EcoExplorers: Explore a different Fields Pond ecosystem everyday.”

Conservation Trust Day

ORLAND, Maine — Join Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust on Sunday, July 10, for its annual meeting and a day of fun on the Dead River in Orland.

Meet at 10 a.m. at Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery for a paddle or hike to the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands Dead River property. Paddle from the hatchery up the Dead River to watch wildlife and enjoy the scenery, stopping at the Wildlands picnic point for refreshments, or take a round-trip hike of about 2 miles to the same spot. The hike is moderate with one steep section.

GPMCT will provide light refreshments. Bring a bag lunch if you wish and bring water, sunblock and insect repellent. Options will be available to hike up Great Pond Mountain from the picnic site. If you choose to take a drive on the Dead River property, the gate will be open for the morning. It is half a mile past the fish hatchery on Don Fish Road.

The annual meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. that day at Alamoosook Lakeside Inn in Orland with a dessert potluck followed by officer elections, awards, an update on the year’s activities, and a brief presentation from Jim Dow of Blue Hill Heritage Trust on its conservation focus areas and ecological study by Janet McMahon. Call 469-2008 or e-mail for more information.

Fields Pond walks

HOLDEN, Maine — Walks scheduled at Fields Pond Audubon Center include:

• Butterfly Walk with Pat Snyder, 1 p.m. Saturday, July 2. Help count butterflies for the North American Butterfly Count. The circle is 7.5 miles from Fields Pond. For information, contact Pat Snyder at 567-3137 or The cost is $3, which goes to the North American Butterfly Count. Children participate free.

• Medicinal plant walk and and blending workshop with master certified herbalist Jessi Sader, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, July 9. The cost is $25 members, $30 others. Advance registration and payment are required at 989-2591.

Fundraising golf tourney

ORRINGTON, Maine — The third Bobbie Marecek Memorial Scramble is dedicated to the memory of  Roberta J. Marecek, who died in 2007 after a battle with cancer and leukemia. Proceeds will benefit the Breast Cancer 3-Day event, benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

The tournament starts at 8 a.m. Saturday, July 9, at Rocky Knoll Country Club. The cost is $220 per four-person team, which covers 18 holes of golf, a cart, lunch and prizes. Sponsorships are available. For information or to sign up, call 949-7381 or email

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