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Blueberry barrens walk, snowmobile safety and more in Beacon sports news

Posted Oct. 29, 2009, at 9:45 a.m.

Snowmobile safety class
ROCKPORT — There are 95,000 registered snowmobiles in Maine. Every year accidents involving snowmobiles are widely reported, with state records showing an average of 280 accidents a year, with 10 of those being fatal.
Five Town CSD Adult Education will offer a course in Snowmobile Safety, 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, to help prevent snowmobile owners from becoming part of these statistics. This two-week class will teach participants how to properly operate and maintain a snowmobile. Laws, responsibilities and personal safety also will be covered. Passage of a final exam is required, after which participants will receive a certificate of completion.
Those attending the class must attend every day of the class in order to receive a certificate.
This class will be taught by personnel from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife.
Call Five Town CSD Adult Ed for more information at 236-7800, option 5, or visit us www.fivetowns.maineadulted.org.

Blueberry barrens walk
ROCKLAND — Join the Georges River Land Trust for a fall walk on 150 acres of beautiful blueberry barrens in Appleton at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7. The walk is free and open to the public. Participants are invited to bring water and a snack or lunch to enjoy after the walk. Wear blaze orange because it is hunting season, and hiking boots. Call the land trust at 594-5166 to reserve a space and to get directions to the site.
The blueberry land was put under conservation easement with the land trust in 2008 and has spectacular 360-degree scenic vistas. The expedition is an opportunity to photograph the brilliant red-stemmed blueberry bushes, and visit a farm handed down in one family since the early 1800s.
Organized in 1987, the land trust works to conserve and steward the natural resources and traditional character of the Georges River watershed region for the public benefit. It works to conserve special places from Montville in the north to Port Clyde and Cushing in the south. The land trust has conserved 2,000 acres of wetlands, farms, hills, mountains, blueberry barrens, woodlands, grasslands, streams, islands, tidal salt marsh and clamflats.
Upcoming November events include a talk by Beth Goettel of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on the seabird restoration program on the coast of Maine at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, at the Maine Lighthouse Museum.
For more information on the Georges River Land Trust and its programs, visit www.grlt.org, e-mail info@grlt.org, or call 594-5166.

Belfast rowers in Mass.
BELFAST — Rowing teams from Come Boating will compete in two major late-autumn races in Massachusetts.
On Oct. 31 Belfast’s Selkie, with six rowers, will participate in the 20th annual Head of Weir races in Hull, Mass.
Sponsored by the Hull Life the open-water race draws more than 150 of the best rowers in the Northeast in more than 60 boats, including gigs like the Selkie, livery and work boats, currachs, ocean shells and kayaks.
On Nov. 7 Belfast will send a men’s team and a women’s team to the East Coast Open, a championship race in Plymouth, Mass., sponsored by the North American Rowing Association.
Come Boating’s two gigs are out of the water for the winter, but racers will continue to row on fall and winter Sundays, weather permitting, in preparation of the Snow Row in Hull, Mass., in late February.

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