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Liberian Education Fund Summer Concert

Food, drinks, and music from singers/musicians such as Noura Al-Matrouk, Merther, Belfast Bay Fiddlers, and several more! Come support students’ education in Liberia by joining us at Steamboat Landing (the park next to the Boathouse).

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Thoreau’s Maine Woods: A Photographer’s Story

Friday, July 25, 2014 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Location: Center for Moosehead History, Pritham Avenue, Greenville, Maine

For more information: nrecmoosehead.org

GREENVILLE – Award winning photographer and videographer Scot Miller will present “Thoreau’s Maine Woods: A Photographer’s Story” on Friday, July 25th, at 7 pm in the Center for Moosehead History, located on Pritham Avenue in downtown Greenville. Scot is the author of Thoreau, the Maine Woods: A Photographic Journey Through An American Wilderness (Levenger Press, 2013). If you are interested in Thoreau, the Maine Woods, photography, or the outdoors this is an opportunity to see the Maine Woods as Thoreau did more than 150 years ago, and as they are today. You will enjoy Scot’s account of his adventures in creating and selecting the images that appear in his book. Scot’s program is sponsored by the Natural Resource Education Center at Moosehead and Maine Woods Forever as part of the 8th Annual Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail Festival taking place in Greenville from July 24 – 27. It is open to the public free of charge. For more information visit www.nrecmoosehead.org.

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Blood drive at Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway

Monday, July 28, 2014 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway, Main Street

For more information: redcrossblood.org

BANGOR, Maine — Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway will host its 10th blood drive in partnership with the American Red Cross 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, July 28, in the Lancaster Room.

Employees, casino patrons, and members of the general public who meet eligibility requirements for blood donations are encouraged to donate to help boost the American Red Cross’ blood supply. With summer in full swing, donations tend to decline, yet someone in the United States needs blood every two seconds. The American Red Cross provides about half of the nation’s blood supply, or about six million pints per year. The American Red Cross has set a goal of 30 pints of blood to be collected during the drive.
 
Those interested in donating blood should bring a valid photo identification and can stop by Hollywood Casino’s Lancaster Room during the blood drive, make an appointment by calling 800-RED-CROSS or by visiting www.redcrossblood.org.

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John Robinson to keynote Empowerment Forum for People with Disabilities

BANGOR, Maine — On Thursday, Aug. 7, the Five Council Collaborative is sponsoring the second annual Maine Empowerment Forum for People with Disabilities at the Bangor Hilton Garden Inn located at 250 Haskell Road. John Robinson, managing partner and CEO of Our Ability, will keynote the event. Robinson, who was born a congenital amputee, will share his inspirational story. He is a motivational speaker as well as a video executive producer on numerous award winning productions. Over the past two years, Robinson has been from Australia to the White House discussing the Obstacles he has Overcome!

John Robinson is the subject of a national documentary shown on Public Broadcasting Stations titled “Get Off Your Knees: The John Robinson Story.” He also authored the autobiography “Get Off Your Knees: A Story of Faith, Courage, and Determination” published by Syracuse University Press.

The Empowerment Forum focuses on providing an opportunity for individuals with disabilities to speak for themselves about what is working or what is not working. The event will include a legislative panel that will answer questions and provide information about how people can effect positive change.

The Five Council Collaborative consists of the Maine Statewide Independent Living Council, the Maine State Rehabilitation Council, the Maine Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired, State Rehabilitation Council, the Maine Commission for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Late Deafened, and the Commission on Disability and Employment, a subcommittee of the Maine State Workforce Investment Board.

To register for the event, go online to www.caresinc.org or call 207-377-7055.  Space is limited, and the deadline for registration is Aug. 1. Attend for the opportunity to win an IPad and meet John Robinson. Robinson’s book will be available for purchase.

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Baker Newman Noyes announces Paul Letalien as director of healthcare consulting practice

PORTLAND, Maine, MANCHESTER and PORTSMOUTH, N.H., and BOSTON, Mass. – Baker Newman Noyes, one of New England’s largest accounting and advisory firms, announced Paul Letalien as director of the firm’s healthcare management consulting practice. Letalien, who previously served in this role during the firm’s founding in 1995, will once again oversee the firm’s healthcare consulting practice across its four offices. In this capacity, he will ensure a continued focus on best practices, strategic growth for the firm in the healthcare sector, and the highest level of attention to detail for clients.

“The healthcare industry has experienced significant regulatory and structural changes in the last few years. Our practice prides itself on helping clients successfully work through these challenges. We serve many of the largest hospitals and healthcare organizations in New England, and I’m looking forward to both supporting and leading our team members as they continue to provide personalized service,” said Letalien.

Letalien specializes in providing financial reporting, financial feasibility and capital planning, healthcare reimbursement and payment systems, corporate restructuring, revenue cycle, and strategy consulting to hospitals physician groups, long-term care facilities, and other provider types. A graduate of the University of Southern Maine, he is also actively involved in several professional and community organizations, including the Center for Grieving Children as board president.

Principal Vinal Doody previously served as the director of the practice for the past several years. Doody will continue to serve clients in his role as principal until December, when he will retire after 30 years in the healthcare and accounting profession, 19 of which were spent at BNN.

“On behalf of myself and the healthcare team, I want to thank Vinal for his years of service in the director role,” says Letalien. “It has been an honor to work alongside him, growing our practice and expanding our capabilities. He did a fantastic job leading our team and will continue to serve as a role model for our professionals.”

“We owe much of our healthcare practice’s growth to Vinal’s expertise and hard work during his tenure,” says Eleanor Baker, managing principal. “He will be greatly missed by myself, the principal group and all of our employees. We wish him all the best as he embarks on this exciting transition.”

Beyond traditional audit and tax services within the healthcare sector, Baker Newman Noyes provides a unique set of additional services that can help clients navigate the complicated healthcare regulation landscape. Clients of BNN’s healthcare practice include acute care, rehabilitation and psychiatric hospitals; home health agencies and outpatient centers; skilled nursing, residential care and assisted living facilities; and physician and physician practice groups.

About Baker Newman Noyes

Baker Newman Noyes is known nationally as a leader in the accounting and consulting profession, with offices throughout New England in Boston, Manchester, Portland, and Portsmouth. The firm supports a variety of clients with a special focus on healthcare, banking and financial services, not-for-profit, public sector entities, privately-held and family-owned businesses, and high net worth individuals. As an independent member firm of Baker Tilly International, Baker Newman Noyes works with clients and other independent member firms around the globe.

Contact

Jennifer Price

Baker Newman Noyes

jprice@bnncpa.com

800.244.7444

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‘Natural Causes Killed Victor’ folk opera at Bar Harbor

Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Location: St. Saviour's Parish, 41 Mount Desert St., Bar Harbor

For more information: 207-288-4215

BAR HARBOR, Maine — “Natural Causes Killed Victor,” a folk opera written by George Swanson and produced by Doug Van Gorder, at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22 and 23, before the high altar of St. Saviour’s Parish church, 41 Mount Desert St. Free tickets available at the church, but 100 percent of donations will benefit food pantries in Bar Harbor and Southwest Harbor. 288-4215.

 

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25th annual Maine Open Farm Day on July 27

Sunday, July 27, 2014 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location:

AUGUSTA, Maine — Visit select Maine Farms 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, July 27, across Maine. Nearly 90 farms will open their doors to give the public an opportunity to learn about Maine and Maine food producers and for farms to show consumers their products.

“Open Farm Day recognizes the many contributions that farmers make to our economy and highlights the local communities they are located in,” said Maine Gov. Paul R. LePage in a press release. “Not only do our farms provide fresh food, but they also demonstrate the virtues of hard work and self-reliance. Despite the national decline in farms, the number of Maine farms is growing, as is the market value of the agricultural products our farms produce. That value has increased 24 percent since 2007 to more than $763 million. Maine agriculture is also creating more jobs. The number of operations with hired workers has increased 28 percent in the last five years.”

Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Commissioner Walt Whitcomb urged families to take advantage of this unique event. “All across Maine you can visit dozens of small farms; farms with vegetable stands and market gardens; farms with hay rides and home bakeries; farms with sheep, cows, horses, rabbits, pigs or chickens; farms and farm owners who want to show you a fascinating cross section of life growing out in the Maine countryside,” said Whitcomb, in the press release. “The department is pleased to help organize this family oriented event that encourages better understanding of how food happens and how hard working Maine farm families contribute to both the local economy and the locally grown food supply.”

Open Farm Day is an annual family event that connects consumers with the men and women who help produce their food. Farms throughout Maine will open their gates to offer the public an opportunity to learn about the business of agriculture. Many farms will have demonstrations, displays, farm-raised products for sale and animals and crops to experience.

Activities may include barn and field tours, milking, hay rides, petting zoos, nature trails, beautiful scenery, samples for tasting and refreshments. Events like Open Farm Day have an impact on the Agri-Tourism in Maine. According to the USDA, in 2012, AG Tourism & Recreational Services in Maine increased from $1,012,000 to $1,803,000; and participating farms increased from 112 to 270 farms.

Now is a great time for consumers to visit and support Maine’s farms and be part of the growing support for locally grown foods. According to Gary Keough, New England Field Office State Statistician, National Agricultural Statistics Service, “The average size of a Maine farm is 178 acres, up seven percent since 2007. Organic production and aquaculture sales increased from between 2007 and 2012 as well: the value of aquaculture sales increased from $26.3 million to $75.1 million (ranking us eighth nationally) and organic products increased from $23.3 million to $36.4 million.”

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of this event, participating farms will showcase a Welcome Open Farm Day banner indicating their doors are open to the public.

For more details on participating farms visit:

http://www.getrealmaine.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/calendar.detail/event_id/186/index.htm

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Bangor High Class of 1959 to hold informal 55th reunion

Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Location: Pat's Pizza , 11 Mill St., Orono

For more information: 207-942-8683; bangor59.com

BANGOR, Maine — Bangor High School Class of 1959 will hold an informal 55th reunion at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, at Pat’s Pizza in Orono. All class members and friends are invited to attend and reminisce. Information may be found at the class website bangor59.com or by calling 942-8683.  

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BLUES & AMERICANA WITH BRAD HOOPER AT WATER DOG TAVERN

Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Location: Water Dog Tavern, 1 Starr Street, Thomaston, Maine

For more information: waterdogtavern.com

Water Dog Tavern is proud to present Maine singer/songwriter, Brad Hooper, on August 1st, 2014 at 8:00 pm. The event will be held at 1 Starr Street in Thomaston, ME.

Brad Hooper is a talented blues musician living in the unorganized-territory of Albany Township, Maine. Hooper has grown into a voice all his own. Quite often Hooper will quietly take the stage and then proceed to spin a song like it was the last thing he was going to do. His vocal quality often has him pegged as a “blues man,” but his content spans many genres making it difficult to pigeonhole the guy. Americana, roots, blues, folk, you’ll have to decide for yourself. He writes and performs songs that are raw and intuitive; lyrics fueled by years of hard-mileage and universal-truths.

Chris Busby, editor of the Bollard in Portland, Maine, had this to say about Hooper’s debut CD, “Midnight at the Hilltop Hotel”: “This guy’s the real deal. No flash, no gimmicks, just solid guitar playing and soulful vocals,” — Chris Busby, The Bollard, July 2009

The Water Dog Tavern offers traditional, hearty pub fare served at a fair price by friendly staff. From burgers to chowder, pasta to fried haddock, the Water Dog Tavern pride themselves on providing Mid-coast Maine with delicious, satisfying food in a setting that feels like home. Gather with friends and neighbors for good food, good drink, tales from the sea and great live music, in the heart of Thomaston, Maine.

Please visit Brad Hooper’s website at http://www.bradhooper.net for more information and to take a listen. And to view the full menu and discover more about The Water Dog Tavern in Thomaston, please visit their website at http://www.waterdogtavern.com.

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Crack Your Metabolic Code with a few Simple Blood Tests

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Curtis Memorial LIbrary, 23 Pleasant St, Brunswick, ME 04011, Brunswick, ME

For more information: 2072004085; thebloodcode.com/

At The Meeting Room in Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick

Wednesday July 30th: 6-7:30 PM

Come meet, listen and ask questions with naturopathic doctor and author Dr. Richard Maurer [The Blood Code: Unlock the secrets of your metabolism, 2014]

You make decisions daily that you hope will improve your life—but how do you know what’s right for you? Since Type 2 diabetes, weight problems, stroke and heart attack risk are made worse with common diet and fitness advice, you need to be sure the changes you make move you recover and live your healthiest possible life. If you or someone you know has weight gain, or high blood sugar, or hypothyroidism – come and listen to this presentation with Dr. Maurer and move toward the life you were meant to live.

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Coastal Humane Society Places First in Division, Sixth Nationally at End of First Month of ASPCA $100,000 Challenge

BRUNSWICK – The Coastal Humane Society has broken out of the starting gate with a strong lead in the Rachael Ray ASPCA $100,000 Challenge, a nationwide adoption competition among animal shelters to place more animals in need into new, compassionate homes. Coastal Humane Society was the only shelter in New England chosen to compete.

In the first month of the Challenge, Coastal Humane placed a total of 352 animals in new homes, 175 more animals than in the same month one year ago.

That puts the shelter in First Place in the Challenge’s Division One category (shelters caring for 1,500-2,500 animals annually), and sixth nationwide among all five divisions.

“We’re competing against shelters that take in up to 11,000 animals or more annually, so we are extremely pleased to have done so well, ” said Dr. Mandie Wehr, Director of Shelter Operations and Shelter Veterinarian for Coastal Humane.

The Kay family of Topsham takes home Fanny a 4 month-old terrier mix, now named Annabell.

The Kay family of Topsham takes home Fanny a 4 month-old terrier mix, now named Annabell.

The win comes with a $5,000 “Fast Start” grant from the ASPCA, which Coastal says it will use to find additional good, permanent homes for more of its animals. The “Fast Start Grant” is awarded to the agency in each division that has saved the most lives in the first month of competition.

If the animal shelter ultimately places first in its division at the conclusion of the Challenge on August 31, the nonprofit will be eligible for $25,000 in grant money. If the shelter places first among all competing shelters, the grant award is a staggering $100,000.

Dr. Wehr noted that out-of-state rescues performed using Coastal’s Sprinter Rescue Van (in accordance with the Association of Shelter Veterinarians guidelines) have helped save hundreds of animals from the South and Mid-west that would have been euthanized had Coastal not made them available to caring Maine families. She also credits family friendly adoption events and overwhelming support from the communities in mid-coast and southern Maine.

“Coastal has also been successful because of the overwhelming support from the public and our family of volunteers. We have so many wonderful animals, and it’s inspirational to be able to place them in homes where their new owners really love them and want the best for them.” added Mary Fifield, Interim Executive Director of Coastal. “And we don’t want to forget our incredible Coastal Foster Families. If someone isn’t willing or able to commit to pet ownership full-time, our foster program is a loving way to contribute to the well-being of the animals we care for.”

Concluded Dr. Wehr, “Our goal now is to move forward at the same pace and with the same energy as we continue to save lives.. We are cautiously optimistic about exceeding our initial goal of placing companion animals with 822 new families.

The shelter’s next adoption event is “Christmas in July” on July 26 and 27, featuring half-price adoptions.

You can follow Coastal’s progress at www.challenge.aspcapro.org/contestants and view the puppies, dogs, kittens, and cats available for adoption on Coastal Humane Society’s website. For volunteer opportunities, call 725-5051 or email volunteer@coastalhumanesociety.org

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“Touring Through Time”: Special Events at Local Historical Societies

The Castine Historical Society is one of eight local historical societies in the East Penobscot Bay and Blue Hill Peninsula area participating in the annual “Touring through Time” weekend. Touring through Time events take place Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27. In Castine, visitors can see the 2014 seasonal exhibit titled “Mr. Madison’s War” – Castine and the War of 1812, the permanent exhibit on the Penobscot Expedition of 1779, as well as the Castine Community Bicentennial Quilt on display at the Society’s Abbott School building on the Castine town common. The Society’s exhibits are open 10am–4pm on Saturday and 1-4pm on Sunday. Visitors are encouraged to use the latest version of the Castine Walking Map, produced by the Castine Merchant’s Association and available at CHS and businesses throughout the town, to do self-guided tours to view houses, fortifications and other sites associated with the occupation of Castine by the British during the closing months of the War of 1812. With the Castine Arts Association’s Plein Air Festival also taking place Thursday through Saturday in Castine, visitors will have the opportunity to see participating plein air artists painting some of these historic views.

In addition to the Castine Historical Society, other groups participating in this year’s Touring through Time special events weekend include the Orland Historical Society, hosting an open house from 11am – 3pm on Saturday, July 26; the Penobscot Historical Society, open Saturday and Sunday with a pig-roast supper on Saturday at 5pm; the Brooksville Historical Society, open Saturday and Sunday, with special exhibits and WWI memorabilia; and the Blue Hill Historical Society, open Saturday 11am-2pm and featuring “Tasting Thru Time” with recipes and samples of cakes and other treats from the past.

Other Touring through Time participants include the Deer-Isle-Stonington Historical Society, with live demonstrations and special music on Saturday and Sunday; the Sedgwick-Brooklin Historical Society, open Saturday and Sunday and celebrating Sedgwick’s 225th birthday on Saturday with an ice cream social and birthday cake; and the Brooklin Keeping Society, open Saturday with an exhibit on Brooklin’s boat building heritage. More information on these special events, including a map showing locations of these institutions, is available at the Castine Historical Society and at all participating historical organizations.

The Castine Historical Society is open seven days a week through Labor Day, with more limited hours in early fall. For more information about the Society’s exhibits and summer events, visit the website at www.castinehistoricalsociety.org or call 207-326-4118.

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Pinhole Photography and Port Clyde Fishing Fleet on August 14

Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: Georges River Land Trust, 8 N. Main St., Suite 200, Rockland, Maine

For more information: 207-594-5166; georgesriver.org

While analogue photography is becoming a thing of the past, Toni Small continues to use black and white film to study the world around her – where the Georges River meets the sea. Spend an afternoon in Toni’s Port Clyde studio on August 14 from 3 to 5 pm to learn about her work with the very simple pinhole camera, as well as her long-term photographic portfolio of the Port Clyde ground-fishing fleet.

Using photography to convey stories, ask questions, talk about time, and pay tribute, Toni moves between camera types and styles. This Revelry for the River event sponsored by Georges River Land Trust offers the opportunity to dive into an artist’s process and to consider how Toni makes use of her immediate environment to trawl for story material and how she plays with her cameras for surprising results.

Refreshments and stories will be served, and tickets are $35 for Land Trust members and $45 for non-members. This event is limited to 8 guests. After enjoying refreshments, stroll down Horse Point Road and take in the amazing views of Port Clyde. For tickets, call GRLT at (207) 594-5166 or purchase at www.georgesriver.org/revelry. All proceeds benefit the conservation programs of the Land Trust.

The George River Land Trust’s third season of Revelry for the River includes a full year of diverse activities. Upcoming events include a Georges Highland Path Hike-a-Thon August 9th, a completely wood-fired meal in Tenants Harbor September 10th, and an evening of opera food and fun on Rackliff Island October 10th. All these events showcase the beauty of the Georges River watershed and continue the celebration of the Land Trust’s conservation success in mid-coast Maine in its 27th year.

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Labor of Love Nutrition Center to open doors to canners

Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Location: Labor of Love Nutrition Center, 137 County Road, Eastport

For more information: 207-853-­0812

EASTPORT, Maine — The Labor of Love Nutrition Center will offer “Intro to Home Canning” at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, in The Labor of Love’s Teaching Kitchen, 137 County Road.

Alan Majka from University of Maine Cooperative Extension will partner with Anne S. Hopkins to teach the basics of safe food handling when canning low sugar blueberry jam. To pre-register please email or call Anne Hopkins at LaborofLoveKitchen@gmail.com or 853-­0812.

The Labor of Love will be opening its doors 5-8 p.m. Thursdays, Aug. 14-Oct. 30, to provide a beautiful facility with all the equipment needed to preserve your food. Whether you’d like to use the commercial range for home canning, the vacuum sealer for freezing fruits and veggies or the food processor for fermentation, the facility will be open for your home food preservation. Please bring your own ingredients and jars for preserving; most other equipment is available on site; drop-­ins are welcomed.

 

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Monday Music at Tidal Falls Preserve to feature Chris Ross

HANCOCK, Maine — Monday Music at Tidal Falls Preserve will feature Chris Ross at 6:30 p.m. July 28. Bring your own picnic or visit Me &Ben’s food cart. The Free Monday Music series is sponsored by Frenchman Bay Conservancy. All concerts are weather permitting. Cancellations and announcements are posted on Facebook.  www.frenchmanbay.org

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Mushroom Slideshow and Walk with Kirk Gentalen at the CCLC

Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Location: Cobscook Community Learning Center, 10 Commissary Point Rd, Trescott Township, Maine

For more information: 207-733-2233; cclc.me

Kirk Gentalen loves mushrooms. “I’ve never met a fungus I didn’t like” he says. From poisonous to edible, decomposer to parasite, the Fungal Kingdom has entranced Kirk as long as he can remember. “There is something cool going on with every mushroom” Kirk explains, “and I want to know what those cool things are.”

After 20 years of leading hikes & sharing the fungal world with thousands of people from California to Alaska to Lubec, Maine, Gentalen is excited to be working with the Cobscook Community Learning Center for an evening and morning of fungal bliss. “Will be awesome, could be epic.”

The natural history of mushrooms and their role in ecosystems will be the focus of this day’s outing, but every species is different so “you can never tell what’s going to come up on a fungus walk. Having a group look for, find and really discover the world of fungus is a unique setting for a walk – and there can be discoveries at every turn.”

Kirk has lived and worked as a naturalist in 14 states leading Environmental Education and Ecotourism programs for kids of all ages. Currently he is as a regional steward and naturalist for the Maine Coast Heritage Coast out on Vinalhaven Island, and has led hikes for MCHT up and down the coast for the last four years.

The Mushroom Slideshow will be in the CCLC Commons building Friday, August 8, 7:00-8:00pm. Mushroom Walk will meet at the CCLC parking lot on Saturday, August 9, 9:00am and travel to Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s Bog Brook Preserve. Cost for the slideshow and walk: $35. Scholarship money is available by calling the CCLC, 733-2233. The Cobscook Community Learning Center is located at 10 Commissary Point Road in Trescott. For more information or to register, call the CCLC 733-2233 or visit our website, www.cclc.me.

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‘Women Who Run With the Wolves’ is reading group book

CALAIS, Maine – Calais Bookshop has selected “Women Who Run With the Wolves” by Clarissa Pinkola Estes for its next reading group on Wednesday, Sept. 10.
This is the 102nd book group in an ongoing reading program available at Calais Bookshop, 405 Main St. Group begins at 5:30 p.m. (U.S. time). For book group schedules and other program information, call 454-1110 or like us on Facebook.

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Carter/Thompson Fundraiser a Success

On Thursday, July 17th, Tall Pines sponsored a fundraiser for one of their own.

Becky Carter, an RN who has worked for The Commons for 10 years was recently in a car accident. The driver of another vehicle crossed the yellow line and hit the vehicle Becky was riding in head on. In the accident, Becky lost her husband and her daughter. She was also injured as was her son-in-law. The driver of the vehicle that hit them was uninsured and died in the accident as well.

This has been a trying time, to say the least, for Becky and her family. A large number of her friends and coworkers at The Commons and a few members of The Residence’s staff felt terribly for what Becky has endured and wanted to find some way to help. So the way they found was organizing a spaghetti supper at the Waldo County Shrine Club.

Several of Becky’s co-workers dedicated many hours apiece to making certain that preparations for the benefit were handled appropriately. They also visited numerous area businesses to request donations they could use in the silent auction which accompanied the supper. All were nervously anticipating the event. Everyone involved wanted so much for it to be a success and to be something that would have a positive impact on Becky’s family during this terrible time.

The supper started at 5:00 p.m. at the Waldo County Shrine Club. Within minutes, those who had volunteered to help found themselves very busy. During the two hours that the dinner lasted, hundreds of people were served spaghetti. The dessert table, which was covered with homemade treats brought in by Becky’s coworkers, was equally busy. The silent auction tables had a steady flow of bidders, with numerous items going for more than their value.

There was a palpable sense of community at the supper. Although the suggested donation was five to ten dollars per person for the supper, many people gave well beyond that amount. For two hours, the shrine club was filled with people hugging, talking and sharing their concern for Becky and their own shock and sadness at learning of her loss. While the supper was a success in how much money it raised for the family, it was equally successful in its human impact.

To learn more about how you can help the Carter/Thompson family, please call (207) 338-4117 or visit the family’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Carter.Thompson.Updates

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Foraging for Wild Plants with Tom Seymour at the CCLC

Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: Cobscook Community Learning Center, 10 Commissary Point Road, Trescott Township, Maine

For more information: 207-733-2233; cclc.me

On Friday, August 22, from 2:00-5:00pm, the Cobscook Community Learning Center will offer a wild plant foraging workshop with well known Maine plant author Tom Seymour. The workshop incorporates a digital presentation featuring wild edible plants lasting approximately one hour followed by a question-and-answer session. Following the presentation, the class will walk local trails where Tom will find and identify useful wild plants and discuss their uses.

Tom Seymour is a magazine and newspaper columnist, book author, naturalist and forager. His current magazine work includes regular columns for The Maine Sportsman and Fisherman’s Voice magazines. Tom also writes an opinion column (RFD Maine) and a home-and-garden column for Courier Publications. His latest books include Nuts & Berries of New England and a newly-revised Wild Plants Of Maine. Learn more about Tom at www.wildplantsofmaine.com.

Participants are urged to bring cameras, notebooks, field guides, and insect repellent.

Scholarship money is available by calling the CCLC, 733-2233. The Cobscook Community Learning Center is located at 10 Commissary Point Road in Trescott. For more information or to register, call the CCLC 733-2233 or visit our website, www.cclc.me.

For a BDN review of Tm’s book visit: https://bangordailynews.com/2010/07/30/uncategorized/a-guide-to-finding-dinner-in-the-woods/

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