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Walking in wildlands, roads and wildlife — it’s a wild week for Beacon sports news Oct. 8-14

Posted Oct. 08, 2009, at 10:29 a.m.

Golf Player of the Week
BANGOR — James “Jamie” Leavitt, an Eastern Maine Community College student from Millinocket, has been recognized as the Player of the Week for both the Yankee Small College Conference and the United States Collegiate Athletic Association.
The honor recognizes Leavitt’s efforts during the week of Sept. 21-27.
Leavitt led the EMCC Golden Eagles to victory at the EMCC Invitational Golf Match held at Bangor Municipal Golf Course on Sept. 26.
Leavitt shot an even par 71 to win the Top Medalist award and gain the team win over four other teams participating in the match.
This is the second time Leavitt has won the YSCC honors this season and the first time an EMCC golfer has ever won the award for the USCAA.
For perspective on this accomplishment, there are 10 member schools in the YSCC from the New England area, and approximately 70 member schools nationwide that participate in the USCAA. Each week, all athletic programs are asked to send in a Player of the Week form on the conference level and the national level for each sport.
Leavitt hopes to lead the EMCC Golf Team to another victory on Sunday, Oct. 11, at the YSCC Conference Finals being held at Val Halla Golf Center in Cumberland.
Bowl for McDonald House
BREWER — The Ronald McDonald House of Bangor’s first annual Bowl-a-thon will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, at the Bangor Brewer Bowling Lanes. The event will benefit seriously ill children by providing homelike, temporary lodging for families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at nearby medical facilities.
The Bowl-a-Thon offers bowlers of all ages and abilities food, prizes and fun, all while helping children with life threatening illnesses in Eastern and Northern Maine.
This is how it works: Get a team together, contact the House to sign up and get pledge sheets and information, gather pledges and bring your signed sponsor form and contributions to the event on Oct. 18.
For information call 942-9003 or e-mail Pat at pat@ronaldmcdonaldhousebangor.org.

A walk on the Wildlands
ORLAND — Bring your walking or running shoes, your bicycle or horse to the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands for a gate-to-gate five-mile walk, fun run or ride, at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, with a rain date of Oct. 11.
Participants may start at either the North Gate on Bald Mountain Road or the South Gate on Route 1 or part of the way through on gravel Valley Road, enjoying beautiful scenery and foliage.
Dogs are welcome on a leash. Those on foot may leave a car at the other end, or take a shuttle back to the starting point.
Parking will be available in the Wildlands. Refreshment tables will be located at each mile; punch in and enter a prize drawing at the end.
Suggested donation is $10 or $20 per family. Proceeds benefit Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust.
For information call 469-2008, e-mail cdomina@midmaine.com or visit www.greatpondtrust.org.

Roads and wildlife
HOLDEN — Maine Audubon wildlife biologist Barbara Charry will present the film “Division Street” 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, at Fields Pond Audubon Center. She will then lead a discussion about the impact of roads and traffic on Maine’s wildlife.
Charry is a road ecology expert who has helped Maine Audubon lead a charge during the past 10 years to make roads and traffic less harmful to wildlife. The charge is also to help citizens, along with land-use and transportation experts to learn how they can make wildlife-friendly decisions about where to locate and upgrade roads and wildlife crossings.
The hour-long film “Division Street” follows filmmaker Eric Bendick from pristine roadless areas to concrete jungles, as he dodges Yellowstone’s grizzlies and Miami’s taxicabs, and highlights sustainable road projects for the 21st century. It is an official selection of the Wild and Scenic Film Festival.
Roads, traffic and wildlife don’t mix well. Roads fragment and destroy habitat, contaminate it with chemicals and create channels for invasive species to spread.
Traffic kills animals outright. Wildlife-vehicle collisions are the number-one human-caused killer of wildlife in the United States, and they kill and injure people too.
While road width and traffic speed have an impact on wildlife, the most significant threats are road location and traffic volume.
Charry is part of the Maine Audubon conservation team that has developed a “Traffic Volume Wildlife Tool” that identifies traffic volume levels to assess the risks, at various levels, to groups of amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.
Species trapped by roads will face extinction.
For information call 989-2591 or e-mail htwining@maineaudubon.org.

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