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New roastery featuring solar power

National Solar Tour

By Kari Guddeck on Sept. 29, 2014, at 1:10 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Wicked Joe Coffee Roasting Co., 35 Canam Dr., Topsham, Maine For more information: 207-725-1025; facebook.com/events/301953893321111/ Wicked Joe Coffee Roasting Company and Bard Coffee join the nonprofit American Solar Energy Society (ASES) and hundreds of solar-savvy installers and grassroots organizations throughout …
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Along Baxter State Park

MSSM Student Takes the Lead

By Maine School of of Science and Mathematics on Sept. 29, 2014, at 11:49 a.m.
LIMESTONE—Have you ever wanted to take a trip outdoors, but you are afraid of getting lost? Maybe you want a guide to help you find the best route, but don’t know how? Then maybe you should ask Laura Blackstone, a MSSM senior who recently completed a nine day backpacking trip …
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Collaborative Interdisciplinary Research for Understanding Bycatch in the Maine Lobster Fishery

By Senator George J. Mitchell Center on Sept. 27, 2014, at 4:30 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 17, 2014 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Location: 107 Norman Smith Hall, University of Maine, Orono, Maine For more information: 207-581-3244; umaine.edu/mitchellcenter/seminars/ Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions – Fall 2014 Seminar Series Yong Chen and Christine Beitl School of Marine Sciences, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Maine This …
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Ecosystem management in a changing climate: What do fishermen have to do with it?

By Senator George J. Mitchell Center on Sept. 27, 2014, at 4:28 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 10, 2014 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Location: 107 Norman Smith Hall, University of Maine, Orono, Maine For more information: 207-581-3244; umaine.edu/mitchellcenter/seminars/ Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions – Fall 2014 Seminar Series Robin Alden, Executive Director, Penobscot East Resource Center Co-sponsors: Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions, Ecology & …
Lara Alpan, a Monsanto tour guide, shows how a plant grows in petri dishes in the Monsanto research facility in Chesterfield, Missouri, earlier this year.

Monsanto’s rogue wheat found in Montana as Oregon probe ends

By Carey Gillam, Reuters on Sept. 26, 2014, at 7:51 p.m.
Monsanto Co.’s experimental genetically engineered wheat, never approved for sale, has been found growing in a second U.S. state, and regulators said on Friday they could not explain how the plants escaped field trials that ended almost a decade ago. About a year after discovery of the company’s unapproved wheat …
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Halloween at Hirundo

By Gudrun Keszoecze on Sept. 26, 2014, at 6:21 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, 35 Hudson Rd., Old Town, Maine For more information: 2073942171; hirundomaine.org 1 – 4 pm Fall crafts Join us in the afternoon, 1-4 pm, for fall crafts including preparing and raising a share-crow made from natural materials, …
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Fungi identification & foray

By Gudrun Keszoecze on Sept. 26, 2014, at 6:17 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Location: Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, 35 Hudson Rd., Old Town, Maine For more information: 2073942171; hirundomaine.org Learn the basics of Mushroom identification with State Mycologist Seanna Annis. You will learn the basics on how to use a mushroom identification key and search …
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Maine’s Moose – an Update

By Gudrun Keszoecze on Sept. 26, 2014, at 6:15 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: Old Town Museum, 353 Main St., Old Town, Maine For more information: 2073942171; hirundomaine.org The program takes place at the Old Town Museum, 353 Main St. in Old Town. Lee Kantar will discuss the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and …
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Allied Whale intern Keri Smith played a key role in freeing an entangled 40-foot humpback whale. Her photos matched those of a whale named Spinnaker in the Allied Whale database, spurring a rapid, successful response.

Allied Whale played key role in rescue of snared whale

By Bob Mentzinger on Sept. 26, 2014, at 4:22 p.m.
Photos from intern set wheels in motion for multiagency rescue of Spinnaker BAR HARBOR, MAINE — When the ship came upon a distressed 40-foot humpback whale wrapped in fishing gear, naturalists and interns with Allied Whale knew exactly what to do. “I was able to take a picture of it …
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Ella Samuel ‘16 will present “Conservation in Action: Fieldwork in the Arctic and the Pacific Northwest” at 4:10 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, in the McCormick Lecture Hall at College of the Atlantic. As with all Human Ecology Forums, her talk is free and open to the public.

COA student to outline Arctic conservation challenges

By Bob Mentzinger on Sept. 26, 2014, at 2:09 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Location: McCormick Lecture Hall, College of the Atlantic, 105 Eden St., Bar Harbor, Maine For more information: 207-801-5623; news.coa.edu/ COA student Ella Samuel to speak on conservation biology field work in western Greenland BAR HARBOR, MAINE — A conservation biologist with …
The wind turbines erected by First Wind in Township 16 are visible from the Schoodic Mountain summit in eastern Hancock County in this picture taken in 2013.

Proposal for taller wind turbines in Hancock County draws no comments

By Bill Trotter on Sept. 26, 2014, at 1:37 p.m.
AURORA | About a dozen people showed up, but no one offered any comment when state officials held a public hearing Thursday evening at the local elementary school about a planned commercial-scale wind farm. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection held the brief hearing so the public could have …
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KELT Offers Free Kids Programs at Patten Free Library in October

By Becky Kolak on Sept. 25, 2014, at 5:35 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Location: Patten Free Library’s Children’s Room, 33 Summer Street, Bath, Maine For more information: 207-442-8400; kennebecestuary.org/ BATH …
Galen Young (center) voices his concerns to the Maine DEP about building a landfill and recycling facility in Argyle Township or Greenbush. The Maine DEP issued a denial for the Municipal Review Committee's proposal for a landfill in either Greenbush or Argyle.

Landfill denial a ‘step backward’ but MRC still working to resolve trash problem, executive director says

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Sept. 25, 2014, at 3:19 p.m.
BANGOR | The state may have squashed plans by an organization representing more than 180 Maine towns to open a controversial landfill as part of an integrated solid waste and recycling facility, but that isn’t stopping the group from moving forward with their goals to reduce what is buried …
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Building Capacity for Socio-Environmental Problem Solving: A Design for Learning and Adaptation at SESYNC

By Senator George J. Mitchell Center on Sept. 25, 2014, at 2:18 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 3, 2014 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Location: 107 Norman Smith Hall, University of Maine, Orono, Maine For more information: umaine.edu/mitchellcenter/seminars/ Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions – Fall 2014 Seminar Series Jonathan Kramer, National Socio-environmental Synthesis Center Building Capacity for Socio-Environmental Problem Solving: A Design for Learning and …
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We All Swim Downstream: Policy Solutions to Beach Water Pollution

By Senator George J. Mitchell Center on Sept. 25, 2014, at 2:16 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Location: 107 Norman Smith Hall, University of Maine, Orono, Maine For more information: umaine.edu/mitchellcenter/seminars/ Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions – Fall 2014 Seminar Series Jon Devine, Senior Attorney, Water Program, Natural Resources Defense Council We All Swim Downstream: Policy Solutions to …
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Maine’s Moose – an Update

By Gudrun Keszoecze on Sept. 24, 2014, at 11:05 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Location: Old Town Museum, 353 Main St, Old Town, Maine For more information: 207-394-2171; hirundomaine.org Lee Kantar will discuss the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s current research on adult female and calf survival that started this past year with …
University of Maine's floating wind turbine, VolturnUS, celebrated its first year at sea Friday in Castine. The 1:8-scale prototype for the huge 6-megawatt turbines is the first grid-connected offshore floating wind turbine in the US.

Bristol to vote on whether UMaine offshore wind project can connect to regional power grid in town

By J.W. Oliver, Lincoln County News on Sept. 24, 2014, at 6:25 p.m.
Bristol voters will decide two questions related to wind power during a special town meeting at Bristol Consolidated School at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1. Voters will consider whether to allow the Maine Aqua Ventus I project to connect to the grid in Bristol — should the …
Construction on the Oakfield wind farm

Oakfield celebrates windpower project groundbreaking

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 24, 2014, at 5:45 p.m.
More than 60 people gathered here Wednesday to celebrate the groundbreaking of First Wind’s 148 megawatt wind project. It is the company’s sixth project in Maine and its largest in New England. The Oakfield Wind project will provide $27 million in tax and community benefit payments to …

Bangor residents, birdwatchers concerned about Saxl Park substation proposal

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 24, 2014, at 5:21 p.m.
Emera Maine’s tentative plans to build a new substation in a corner of Saxl Park on the state-owned Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center campus has drawn opposition from a group of area residents, park users and birdwatchers. Emera officials outlined their ideas for the site, located behind Cascade …
The sun sets over the Bakken Oil Formation, behind an oil well near Williston, N.D.

North Dakota oil producers resist safety overhaul

By Ernest Scheyder, Reuters on Sept. 24, 2014, at 7:34 a.m.
BISMARCK, North Dakota — North Dakota oil producers told the state’s energy regulators on Tuesday that field practices used to prepare Bakken crude for rail transport are safe and that tougher rules could do more harm than good. The comments, at a special hearing of the North Dakota Industrial Commission, …
 
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