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Maine Champion Trees

Saturday, April 8, 2017 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: Palermo Community Library, 2789 Route 3, Palermo, Maine

For more information: 207-873-4134; palermohistorical.org

PRESS RELEASE: IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE SUBMITTED: March 24, 2017

SUBMITTED BY: Noreen Golden, Secretary

EVENT DATE/Time: April 8, 2017

CONTACT INFO: palermohistorical@gmail.com 207-873-4134

Do you have a Champion Tree?

Maine’s Champion Trees is the focus of Duane Prugh’s talk on Saturday, April 8, at 2 p.m., at the Palermo Community Library at 2789 Route 3, Palermo. The event is co-sponsored by the Palermo Community Library and the Palermo Historical Society. The event is free.

In 2014, Prugh heard of the Maine Forestry Canopy Project and his research led to an online list of giant trees in Maine, along with all their measurements and the year that each was last measured. Most of these trees had not been measured for 5 or 6 years and some not since the 1990s.

Prugh will speak about the most magnificent of trees in Maine, including two national champions, the largest of a particular species in the entire United States. Maine, the most heavily forested in the nation, has more than 160 different types of trees, many of which have been standing for more than a century. If you look at a group of 100 trees in a small area, you will see at least 10 different species. This presentation will pique your interest in the large, breathtaking trees around us.

Come find out how many champion trees are in Palermo.

For more information, please contact Palermo Historical Society at 873-4134, palermohistorical@gmail.com, www.palermohistorical.org or Palermo Library at 993-6088, palermo@palermo.lib.me.us, www.palermo.lib.me.us.

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Blue Hill Library Book Sale April 1st No Foolin’

The Friends of Blue Hill Public Library will hold their first-Saturday-of-the-month book sale on April 1st in the library’s basement “Book Nook” from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. In addition to a good selection of high quality, clean books, shoppers can look forward to miscellaneous nonfiction at half price, more LP records for a dollar (last chance), and spiral bound cookbooks for 25 cents. Most books are still only a dollar or two, and paperbacks only 50 cents—with an extra-big supply this month—like new. Each child may select a free book. There is also an ongoing paperback sale upstairs available whenever the library is open.

The Friends wish to thank the many donors who keep the sale supplied with quality books, and welcome contributions – big or small. Book sale proceeds enable the Friends to sponsor many of the special programs offered at the library. To donate books that are in good condition (please no moldy or soiled books!) or for more information, contact the library at 374-5515.

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Annual Student Art Show at the Blue Hill Public Library

The Blue Hill Public Library will be hosting the annual Student Art Show during the month of April. Students from the Blue Hill Peninsula have been invited to share their talent and creativity–expressed in watercolors, pen and ink, ceramics, sculpture, collages, yarn and woven items, and much more. Creative work will be exhibited throughout the entire library, on almost every wall and counter, upstairs and down. This show is a favorite with the public every year.

Everyone is invited to a reception to celebrate the artists and their teachers on Friday, April 7th, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. Supported by the Friends of the Library, this reception is a good time to view the artwork, meet some of the artists, and enjoy some refreshments. For more information, please call Libby at 374-5515.

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Organic Gardening Workshop

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Location: Blue Hill Public Library, 5 Parker Point Rd, Blue Hill, Maine

For more information: 207-374-5515; bhpl.net

Are you interested in learning how to grow your own vegetables in a sustainable manner? Blue Hill Public Library will host an evening-long workshop on how to grow your own organic garden Wednesday, April 5th from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.

Topics that will be covered include basics of soil science, how to enrich soil to produce healthy, high-yielding plants, the fundamentals of making and using compost, the principles of crop rotation, and how to incorporate green manures and manage nutrients in the garden. Other topics will include basic weed control strategies, common insect pests and methods of natural insect control.

The workshop is sponsored by the library, Maine’s Adult and Community Education Program, and Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) which will be offering the workshop at over 30 locations in Maine all on the same evening.

Brooksville farmer Dan Huisjen will lead the workshop. All levels of gardeners are welcome, from first-timers to experienced gardeners who want to experiment with new techniques. The workshop is free, but space is limited, so participants are asked to register using the library’s interactive calendar at www.bhpl.net or by calling the library at 374-5515.

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Author Event: Fierce With Reality

Thursday, April 6, 2017 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Location: Blue Hill Public Library, 5 Parker Point Rd, Blue Hill, Maine

For more information: 207-374-5515; bhpl.net

Maine author and retired University of Maine professor Margaret Cruikshank will discuss and read from her new anthology Fierce with Reality, at the Blue Hill Public Library on Thursday, April 6th at 7:00 PM. A culturally diverse literary collection on aging, ranging from ancient Chinese poetry to Mary Oliver, Alice Walker, and Willie Nelson, the anthology includes fiction, philosophical essays, personal essays, humor, analyses of ageism, and folktales from Asia and Iraq.

Margaret Cruikshank retired from the women’s studies faculty at the University of Maine, where she is currently an associate of the university’s Center on Aging. She is also the author of Learning to be Old: Gender, Culture and Aging.

Books will be available for sale and signing. This event is sponsored by the library and Blue Hill Books. There is no charge, and everyone is welcome. For more information, call the library at 374-5515.

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Open Draw

Local artist and gallery-owner Margret Baldwin will host an “open draw” series on Fridays in April from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Blue Hill Public Library. (Note that the first session on April 7th starts at 7:00PM.) While not a formal drawing class, these sessions are open to artists of all levels of experience to come, draw together, and receive feedback and guidance from Margret in a friendly and supportive environment.

This program is sponsored by the Library, free of charge, but participants are asked to register for one or more classes individually in advance and to bring their own drawing materials. Anyone interested can register on the library’s web calendar at www.bhhpl.net or call 374-5515.

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Senator Collins Visits Brewer Organization that Assists Individuals Recovering from Addiction and Their Families

 

Sen. Collins (right) with Joanna Russell, member of BARN Board of Directors and Executive Director of the Northeastern Workforce Development Board. Contributed photo.

BREWER, Maine  – U.S. Sen. Susan Collins visited Bangor Area Recovery Network (BARN) in Brewer on Friday, March 24 to tour the facility and meet with BARN leadership. BARN is a volunteer-led organization founded in 2008 that provides support to individuals recovering from addiction as well as their families.

“The heroin and opioid abuse epidemic is tragically fueling a record number of overdose deaths and is taking a devastating toll on families and communities in Maine and across the country,” said Sen. Collins. “It was a pleasure to meet with members of BARN’s leadership today to learn more about their efforts to help individuals break the cycle of addiction. Organizations like BARN are on the frontlines of this crisis, and their work brings hope, recovery, and healing to those struggling with substance abuse.”

Each month, BARN hosts between 110 and 125 recovery meetings and receives approximately 6,000 visits. BARN also operates the Holyoke Haven, which provides sober housing for up to nine women, and recently initiated a Recovery Coach Pilot Program at the Penobscot County Jail.

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Healing Light Spiritualist Church of Etna

Sunday, March 26, 2017 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Sunday, April 2, 2017 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Sunday, April 9, 2017 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Sunday, April 16, 2017 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Sunday, April 23, 2017 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Sunday, April 30, 2017 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Location: Healing Light Spiritualist Church, Camp Etna, Etna, Maine

For more information: 207-605-0328; healinglightspiritualistchurch.org

The Healing Light Spiritualist Church of Etna has services on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. The church is located at Camp Etna, which is on Route 2 in Etna, Maine.

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Deadline approaching in Maine for SBA Working Capital Loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations that May 1 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans in Maine as a result of the drought that began on July 5, 2016.

This disaster declaration includes the following counties: Cumberland, Oxford and York counties in Maine. Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster.

With the exception of aquaculture enterprises, SBA cannot provide disaster loans to agricultural producers, farmers, or ranchers. Nurseries are eligible to apply for economic injury disaster loans for losses caused by drought conditions. The loans are for working capital and can be up to $2 million with interest rates of 4 percent for eligible small businesses and 2.625 percent for nonprofit organizations, and terms up to 30 years.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Disaster loan information and application forms may be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Loan applications can be downloaded from the SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/disaster.

Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155. Completed loan applications must be returned to SBA no later than May 1.

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Trekkers Students “Ride Through History” During February Vacation

As Trekkers celebrates its 23rd year of serving local youth, the Thomaston-based mentoring organization completed two educational expeditions for its 9th grade classes during the week of February vacation. Trekkers’ Program Staff Hannah Tannebring and Brandon Caron led Team Everest and Team K2 students and their adult mentors on 10-day “Ride Through History” journeys, with experiential education that focused on the historical events that helped shape our nation. Their collective exploration took them through the cultures and history of Boston, Massachusetts; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Camden, New Jersey; and Washington, D.C.

Through a combination of tours, interactive multi-media, group discussions and hours of bus riding, these two groups learned firsthand about the circumstances of our country’s founding. Accompanied by adult mentors and student leaders, they also had the opportunity to connect with caring role models from their community while discovering new aspects of themselves and their peers.

While in Philadelphia, both teams toured the Liberty Bell Center, Independence Hall, the National Constitution Center and ran the infamous Rocky Steps.

In Camden, New Jersey, Team Everest met up with students from Trekkers’ sister organization, Urban Trekkers, and Trekkers Team K2 for a cultural exchange. The three groups spent an entire day in small groups exploring and getting an educational tour of Camden, New Jersey. On this tour, Urban Trekkers students shared the history, culture and lifestyle that they experience every day in their community. The Trekker teams assisted in a community service project by helping organize, paint and set up the Urban Promise thrift store. The thrift store provides jobs to young people as well as funds for their organization. The experience granted the Maine Trekkers the chance to build meaningful relationships and it encouraged cross-cultural understanding and dialogue with the urban youth.

In Washington, D.C., the students visited a variety of national landmarks, including the National Museum of Natural History, Holocaust Museum, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Arlington National Cemetery and the U.S. Capitol Building. The students also toured of some of the most famous monuments and memorials, including the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, World War II Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Team Everest spent an afternoon at the Smithsonian National Zoo, which was a highlight for many of the students. In Boston, Team Everest and Team K2 students and mentors completed a tour of the Freedom Trail, where they learned about the beginnings of the Revolutionary War. While in Boston, the students quickly realized that they would be learning about our nation’s history through experiences far different from sitting in a classroom. They also spent time exploring, shopping and dining in Quincy Market.

As the students reflected on their experiences, one student shared that “I learned that I have a sense of optimism, humor, and kindness”. Another student wrote, “ “This trip taught me that outside of our little Maine bubble there are many exciting, new things to discover and explore.”

To learn more about Trekkers’ recent “Ride Through History” expeditions, including the trip logs and photographs, visit www.trekkers.org. If you would like more information about Trekkers or its expeditionary learning programs, please call (207) 594-5095.

Trekkers is a non-profit outdoor-based six-year mentoring program that connects young people with caring adults through expeditionary learning, community service and adventure-based education. This year, Trekkers will serve more than 200 7th through 12th grade students from the communities of Cushing, Owls Head, Rockland, South Thomaston, St. George and Thomaston.

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kNOW Violence Task Force: Break the Silence

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Location: Waterville Public Library, 73 Elm St., Waterville, Maine

For more information: (800) 871-7741; watervillelibrary.org/events/view-event.php?id=5829

You’re invited to a special community-wide version of Break the Silence, a sexual violence prevention presentation/performance. Join me April 5th, 6-7pm, at the Waterville Public Library.

What can you expect?

We’ll explore the stereotypes around sexual assault during the Lifetime Movie Scenario!

You’ll recognize the difference between consent and coercion as we navigate the Water Bottle/Consent Activity!

By the time it’s over you’ll want to take the One in Five Pledge to show what you’ll do to help prevent sexual violence in your community!

This event is free, and open to the public. For more information, please call (800) 871-7741.

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Schoodic Institute Brown Bag Lunch Series: Wendell Gilley Museum- Where People, Nature & Art Meet, May 11 @ 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Thursday, May 11, 2017 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, 9 Atterbury Circle, Winter Harbor, Maine

For more information: 207-288-1310; schoodicinstitute.org

Schoodic Institute invites the public to join our May 11, 2017 Brown Bag. Wendell Gilley Museum Director Sean Charette presents an interesting program on the history and work of the Southwest Harbor museum. This program will emphasize the connection between people, nature and art with the bird carvings by master carver Wendell Gilley, as well as work by other carvers of all ages. It’s claimed that he carved over ten thousand birds in his lifetime. The museum is committed to preserving and exhibiting. Wendell Gilley’s beautiful carvings – but also to keeping his legacy alive by sharing the story and values of this remarkable man who believed deeply in helping others to explore their own creativity and connect with nature. The museum teaches the art of bird carving and presents art exhibitions and educational programs with a special focus on people, nature and art. We aim to pass along Wendell’s values by inspiring appreciation of the visual arts, engagement in artistic creativity, and respect and care for the natural world. For more information about the museum, visit www.wendellgilleymuseum.org 12pm at Moore Auditorium on the Schoodic Institute campus in Winter Harbor. Free and open to the public.

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Career Planning Workshop

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: Camden Public Library, 55 Main St., Camden, ME

For more information: 207-236-3440; librarycamden.org/event/career-planning-with-new-ventures-maine-2-2017-03-21/all/

Career Planning with New Ventures Maine at the Camden Public Library. FMI or to register, contact: Melinda Wildes at melinda.wildes@maine.edu or 207-593-7942.

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Volunteer Sought for Kids Can Grow Program at Erickson Fields Preserve

Monday, April 3, 2017 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: Aldermere Farm, 70 Russell Avenue, Rockport, Maine

For more information: 207-236-2739; mcht.org/preserves/erickson-fields

ROCKPORT – Monday April 3rd, Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT), a statewide land conservation organization, invites the public to a volunteer orientation for individuals interested in mentoring families participating in Kids Can Grow at MCHT’s Erickson Fields Preserve, located on route 90 in Rockport. The orientation will be held from 4:00 to 5:00 PM at MCHT’s Aldermere Farm at 70 Russell Avenue in Rockport.

Since 2009, MCHT in partnership with the Knox/Lincoln County Extension Office has run a Kids Can Grow program at Erickson Fields Preserve. Through this six-month comprehensive gardening program, youth ages 7-12 learn how to grow nutritious vegetables, herbs and beautiful flowers for their families in their own 3 x 5 foot raised-bed gardens at home using intensive square foot gardening techniques. Children participate in a series of “hands on” gardening classes at a central location, and then repeat what they learn at home using materials the local program supplies and home visit help from a volunteer mentor to assist and inspire them.

“Kids Can Grow is a feel-good experience for the volunteers who help out and the participants,” commented MCHT volunteer Marina Schauffler. “In our last session, one parent spoke of how much their diet had changed—and how incorporating more fresh vegetables had already dramatically improved their health. In a single growing season, people can learn skills and habits that serve them well for life. It’s gratifying to be part of that process.”

For more information about Kids Can Grow and volunteering, contact Joelle Albury at 207-236-27396 or email jalbury@mcht.org. More information about Erickson Fields Preserve and Maine Coast Heritage Trust is available online at www.mcht.org.

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Adult Daycare Center Opens in Presque Isle

Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s Disease or other cognitive impairments who needs constant attention is difficult. Family caregivers, especially seniors caring for their spouses, may be overwhelmed by the amount of work they face to care for their loved ones. The Aroostook Agency on Aging, with the support of the United Way of Aroostook, Maine Community Foundation and Maine Health Access Foundation has started a new service to provide these caregivers with the break they need.

Adult day care has just become available at The Gathering Place, the agency on aging’s senior center in Presque Isle. On Tuesday and Thursday 10 AM – 2 PM, the center offers people struggling with memory loss a safe and caring environment, time away from the primary caregiver and the opportunity to do things with others who may have the same challenges. The caregiver gets some time to shop and run other errands, have lunch with a friend or just stay home alone and unwind from the stress.

The program has trained staff and volunteers with experience and a passion for the work they do. The center is licensed by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services to strict safety standards. The program includes a nutritious meal, social activity and fellowship, exercise, games, reading and discussions, art and music. Future plans include the possibility of a support group for the caregivers.

There are no government grants to help with the cost of operation of the service so a fee must be charged. It is a more affordable solution than in-home care, assisted living or a nursing home. Staff of the agency help caregivers determine if there is a funding source such as the Veteran’s Administration or the Maine Home-based Care Program that might help with payment.

To learn more contact Heidi James, the coordinator of the adult daycare service, by calling 764-6185.

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Cyber Sunday: Evaluating Online News

Sunday, April 2, 2017 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: Camden Public Library, 55 Main St., Camden, ME

For more information: 207-236-3440; librarycamden.org/event/cyber-sunday-evaluating-truth-in-online-news/

Free tech session. This week: Evaluating the Truth in Online News.

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Bucksport Residents Visit State House

From left, Sean Geagan, Josh Geagan, Sen. Kimberley Rosen and Richard Rotella.

AUGUSTA – On Thursday, March 23, Sean Geagan, Bucksport Police Chief, his son Josh Geagan and Richard Rotella, Economic Development Director of Bucksport visited the State House as guests of Senator Kimberley Rosen (R-Hancock).

During their visit, they met with Sen. Rosen and observed a Senate session. While here, they discussed Bucksport’s Community Heart and Soul program, a citizen-led effort to promote community and economic development.

“It was a pleasure to have Chief Geagan, his son and Mr. Rotella visit the State House today,” said Sen. Rosen.

The Bucksport Community Heart and Soul program’s mission is to work with the community to create a shared vision to advance shared goals and objectives for economic development.

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Events from The Bangor Land Trust

Grace Bartlett presents Lichens 101: Saturday, March 25 at 10 am Bangor Land Trust office, 8 Harlow Street Suite 4B

Bangor Wine and Cheese Shop’s Monthly Tasting featuring Bangor Land Trust. Thursday, April 13 from 5 to 7pm, 86 Hammond Street

Roam the Trails: Saturday, April 29 at 10 am: Join in a grand tour of three BLT preserves – Walden-Parke, North Forest and Northeast Penjajawoc (approximately 4 miles). We’ll stop at a vernal pool too to see what’s going on. The hike should be bug-free, but you’ll need waterproof shoes or boots. We also recommend having some water with you.  Rain date: 4/30/17, if necessary. Check status at: www.bangorlandtrust.org or call (207) 942-1010. For more info: http://www.bangorlandtrust.org/roam-the-trails.html.

Neighborhood Bird Walks: Throughout the month of May, http://www.bangorlandtrust.org/calendar-of-events.html.

Lady Slipper Walk: Tentative Date – Saturday, June 3 at 10 am, Walden-Parke Preserve.

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HOPE Festival at UMaine set for April 8

Saturday, April 8, 2017 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: Student Recreation & Fitness Center, Hilltop Rd., UMaine, Orono, Maine

For more information: 207- 942-9343

ORONO — 23rd Annual HOPE Festival, Saturday, April 8, 11am to 3pm, Student Recreation & Fitness Center, Hilltop Rd, University of Maine. Organizational fair of peace, justice & environmental groups, children’s program, interactive art, and food court. Free and family friendly. FMI: info@peacectr.org, 942-9343.

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