Lake monitoring program to offer invasive plant workshop

Posted July 24, 2011, at 9:08 p.m.

DAMARISCOTTA, Maine — The Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program will offer an invasive plant patrol field survey methods workshop from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, on the Pemaquid River at the Bristol Mills landing.

This workshop offers guided field experience before setting off to conduct an invasive plant screening survey on your favorite lake, pond or river.

Bring your own canoe or kayak and life jacket. This is an outdoor workshop, so bring what you need to be comfortable, including water and sunscreen. Polarized sunglasses are recommended. Register in advance by Aug. 2 by emailing your name and phone number to vlmp@mainevlmp.org.

The workshop is sponsored by the Damariscotta Lake Watershed Association, Pemaquid Watershed Association, Washington Lakes Watershed Association, and Knox-Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District. For information, call 549-3836 or email Julia@dlwa.org.

Author to read at Blue Hill Library

BLUE HILL, Maine — Marnie Reed Crowell will read from her new book of poetry, “A Sky of Birds” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, at the Blue Hill Public Library. Crowell will be joined by photographer Ann Flewelling who will show photos of the birds in the book. Other local photographers whose work is featured in the book include Leslie Clapp, William McHenry, Bill Townsend, Chip Moseley, Becky Marvil and Mark Bilak. Sales of the book benefit Downeast Audubon, a chapter of Maine Audubon.

Crowell is a naturalist from Sunset, Maine, where she has lived for 40 years. She and Flewelling own Threehalf Press. Books will be available at the event for sale and signing. For information, call the library at 374-5515.

Clam shell flying contest on tap in Great Wass Island

GREAT WASS ISLAND, Maine — A clam shell flying contest, tours, games, boat rides, food and entertainment are all planned for the Downeast Institute’s fourth Shellfish Field Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, on Great Wass Island in Beals. The hatchery and the new Marine Education Center classroom will be open with wall displays that tell the history of the Downeast Institute, current coastwide activities, and plans for future additions including the new 100-foot wharf now under construction. Lunch will be catered on site.

Tours will be conducted throughout the day at the hatchery by students from the University of Maine at Machias who are working this summer raising soft-shell clams, quahogs, oysters, scallops and lobsters as well as the algae and brine shrimp needed for feed. Visitors will learn about efficient and ecological techniques being developed for spawning and raising shellfish to be released to the wild for stock enhancement. A demonstration of clam shucking will take place.

A clam shell flying contest, sponsored by the Maine Clammers Association, is open to all ages and participants will be instructed for success. Conditions permitting, lobster boat rides around Western Bay with a licensed captain will be available. Visitors are invited to sign up at the welcome table for the rides. Activities for children will include a touch tank with live critters, a clam dig in the sand, marine games, educational activities and face painting.

The UMM Ukulele Band will perform from 11 a.m. to noon followed by the Sunrise County Ramblers, an instrumental group who will entertain during the afternoon.

Homemade seafood rolls, desserts and soft drinks can be purchased in the classroom from the women of the Church of Jesus Christ, Lamb of God.

Archaeologist to give illustrated lecture in Winter Harbor

WINTER HARBOR, Maine — Franklin H. Price, senior archaeologist with the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research, will present an illustrated lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday, August 3, at the Moore Auditorium on the campus of the Schoodic Education and Research Center, Acadia National Park in Winter Harbor. His topic is three archaeological projects in the Mount Desert Island area, focusing on vessel recording, maritime history and the use of local informants to locate archaeological sites. Each project will be described, with a brief discussion of their results, giving glimpses into the historical and archaeological heritage of this part of the Maine coast.

It is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted at the door. For information, call 288-1360 or email gail@sercinstitute.org.

Seal Harbor Library to host summer fair, book sale

SEAL HARBOR, Maine — The Seal Harbor Library will host the annual Summer Fair and Book Sale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, August 6, on the Village Green in Seal Harbor. There will be plenty of used books for sale in the lower level of the Abby Chapel. Activities on the green will feature a silent auction, baked goods, fresh vegetables, doughnuts, coffee, hot dog specials, flowers and handcrafted items by local artisans. For information, call the library at 276-5306.

Wilson Museum to take trip back to colonial America

CASTINE, Maine — The Wilson Museum will host “Toying With Colonial America” from 2:30- 4 p.m. Thursday, August 4, at the museum. Children will play an assortment of colonial games while learning about life over 200 years ago. Then, using strings and things, they will make and decorate their own colonial toy — a whirligig.

Families with members of all ages are welcome to join the free program. Parental involvement is required for children under the age of 6. Limited space is available, so preregister for this program by calling 326-9247 or emailing info@wilsonmuseum.org.

Rockland presentation to focus on Maine seabird populations

ROCKLAND, Maine — Dr. Stephen Kress, Director of National Audubon Society’s Seabird Restoration Program, will give a presentation about some of the factors that limited Maine seabird populations and will discuss how techniques developed on Maine islands have led to the restoration of puffins and terns to historic nesting islands in the Gulf of Maine.

His presentation will begin at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, at The Project Puffin Visitor Center, on Main Street in Rockland. For information or to reserve a seat, call 596-5566.

Dick Stacey’s Country Jamboree to make final public appearance in Calais

CALAIS, Maine — Dick Stacey’s Country Jamboree will make its final public appearance at 7 p.m. Thursday, August 4, in Calais. Dick Stacey’s Country Jamboree began as a 13-week run on Channel 7 in Bangor in 1973. After over a decade on the air, the show and the performers are still as popular today as they were then, throughout Maine and the Maritimes.

This final performance will take place at the Concert in The Park at the triangle in downtown Calais. Stacey will be bringing some of his regulars from the show including emcee Charlie Tenan, Jeff Simon and many more. Country music star Joan Kennedy will be a special guest.

The free concert is sponsored by the Bank of Maine, Dunkin’ Donuts and the St. Croix Valley Chamber of Commerce.

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