Marine museum plans cleanup day

Posted May 04, 2011, at 6:55 p.m.

SEARSPORT — The Penobscot Marine Museum has scheduled Spring Cleanup & Volunteer Day from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at 5 Church St. in Searsport. Volunteers will spend the day working alongside other friendly, energetic people while helping prepare the museum for the opening of its 75th year.

Scout groups, service organizations and local businesses with service programs are especially encouraged to register. For more information or to register, call 548-2529 ext.208 or bholtzman@pmm-maine.org.

Tidepool workshop offered at Acadia park

BAR HARBOR — A free hands-on tidepool workshop will take place from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at Acadia National Park. Lisa Girardin, marine science educator, will share her knowledge of and passion for all things in and around salt water.

For more information or to register, call Lisa at 288-8825 or acad_education_office@nps.gov.

E. Machias Historical Society meeting May 9

MACHIAS — The East Machias Historical Society will hold its next regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 9, in the EMHS building on Route 1. A 1975 bicentennial slide show will be featured. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call Tom at 263-4354.

Moosehorn visitors cautioned about timber harvesters

BARING — Refuge manager Bill Kolodnicki said this week that timber harvest operations are under way at the Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge in Baring.

Visitors are advised to use caution when walking, hiking, or bird watching in the vicinity of wood cutting operations. Timber harvesters will be working along Headquarters Road and along portions of Route 1 near Charlotte Road, Calais, over the next few weeks.

For additional information, call 454-7161 or visit www.fws.gov/northeast/moosehorn/.

Mother’s Day Tea, Tea Cup Sale in Machias

MACHIAS — The historic Burnham Tavern will celebrate Mother’s Day by hosting a Mother’s Day Tea and Tea Cup Sale from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the museum.

Admission will be $3 per person. Tea and goodies will be served, and bone china cups and saucers will be on sale. All proceeds will go to support the historic Burnham Tavern Museum.

Downeast Lakes Land Trust wins heritage award

TOPSHAM — Maine Coast Heritage Trust, a statewide land conservation organization, has named the Downeast Lakes Land Trust as recipient of the 2011 Espy Land Heritage Award.

Each year MCHT presents the award to an individual, organization or coalition for exemplary conservation efforts in Maine.

As of 2011, more than 350,000 acres have been conserved with the goal of protecting jobs, providing access to a world-class fishery and conserving sensitive wildlife habitat.

St. Andrews seafood fest runs May 31-June 5

ST. ANDREWS, New Brunswick — The Bay of Fundy’s finest seafood takes center stage at the second annual St. Andrews Seafood Festival, set for May 31 to June, 5.

This year’s festival will be begin with a welcome reception on the rooftop terrace of the beautiful Fairmont Algonquin from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 31. For the full calendar of events, visit www.standrewsseafoodfestival.ca/community.

Flower arranging class offered in Eastport

EASTPORT — Hilda Lewis, owner and designer of Lewis Flower and Gift Shop, will guide participants in the basics of flower arranging 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at the Eastport Arts Center.

Advance registration with payment of $30 is required by 10 a.m. Monday, May 23. Call the Eastport Arts Center to register at 853-4650.

Workshop aims to help grieving children

EASTPORT — Helping Children with Grief and Loss is a free workshop for parents and children that will be held 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 21, at the Christ Episcopal Church on Key Street. Lunch will be offered after the workshop.

The program is recommended for children ages 4 to 12.

Children also will have a chance to express their feelings through supportive and playful group activities with other children who have experienced a loss.

For more information, call 214-2117. Space is limited to 10 families.

HAPPY Grant available to Washington County youth

MACHIAS — Positivity Nation founder Lanette Pottle has launched a grassroots initiative to support and empower Washington County youth making a difference in their communities: The HAPPY Grant (Helping and Acknowledging Positive, Purpose-led Youth).

The mission of the grant is to provide an opportunity for Washington County youth ages 12 to 17 to receive funding to execute a project that they have planned and feel will benefit their school, organization or community at large.

Additional information, along with The HAPPY Grant application, is available online at www.positivitynation.com. Donations continue to be accepted and are appreciated. Checks can be mailed to Positivity Nation P.O. Box 62 Machias, ME 04654. Pottle can be reached directly by emailing her at lanette@positivity-nation.com.

Organic farm tour planned in Penobscot

PENOBSCOT — A tour of King Hill Farm, a 160-acre certified organic farm on Route 199, has been scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, May 15, at the farm.

This event is sponsored by Local Stock Food Co-op, Blue Hill Heritage Trust,

Halcyon Grange of North Blue Hill and Blue Hill Co-op Community Market and Cafe.

The tour is free and open to the public, but registration is required. For more information, call Mia Strong at 359-8572.

Grant workshop for artists May 12 in Stonington

STONINGTON ­­­— Kathy Ann Shaw, senior grant associate of the Maine Arts Commission, will lead a grant workshop for area artists from 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at the Stonington Opera House, in collaboration with Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.

The event will be preceded by an opening reception for an exhibition of work by Maine artist Randy Regier 2-4 p.m. at Haystack’s Center for Community Programs.

For more information, call 367-2788 or visit info@operahousearts.org.

Children’s fair scheduled in Bucksport

BUCKSPORT — The 2011 Children’s Fair will be held 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7, at the Jewett School Gym.

Parents, are encouraged to bring their babies, toddlers or preschoolers for a fun-filled morning of creative play while adults learn about the variety of valuable resources and services that are available locally and regionally for young children. The theme this year is “Language leads to learning,” highlighting the importance of reading for young learners.

The fair is sponsored by the Bucksport Bay Early Childhood Network sponsors the Children’s Fair annually. For more information, call 469-6682.

Scenic railroad begins its summer season

ELLSWORTH — The Downeast Scenic Railroad has resumed its summer activities on the old Brewer-to-Calais rail lines.

Railroad officials say that the following railroad grade crossings in the town of Hancock and the city will see rail traffic again as the railroad begins operating work trains in preparation for its

2011 excursion season:

Hancock: Wyman Road and Washington Junction Road; Ellsworth: Beal Avenue, Main Street, Lincoln Street, Park Street, Birch Street, Davis Street and Ellsworth High School.

The railroad will begin operating excursion trains with a charter on Saturday, May 21, and will offer regular weekend and holiday excursions beginning Saturday May 28, with trains departing at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Officials caution that, no matter what the trains schedule may be, motorists, cyclists and pedestrians should expect a train any time they approach a railroad grade crossing.

For more information, visit www.downeastscenicrail.org.

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