Photo Submitted by Fran Field May 2015, who said "Borestone from the beach at Peaks Kenny State Park"
PENQUIS - Friday, June 5, Valley Grange volunteers head to Piscataquis Community Elementary School to assist with Arts Alive!—a full day program that celebrates the arts. This year’s theme is “Driving…
Friday, June 12 Garland Grange hosts one of their famous Chicken Pie Public Suppers from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Garland Grange Hall on Oliver Hill Road. Menu includes chicken pie, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, homemade bread and desserts. All you can eat. Price is $7.00 for adults, $3.00 for children ages 5-12, under Age 5 FREE. Takeout meals are available for purchase. Proceeds to benefit Garland Grange Building Fund. FMI 924-6954.
Friday, June 12 Garland offers an opportunity for folks to kick up their heels at a Family Contra Dance from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Garland Grange Hall on Oliver Hill Road. Family friendly music for all ages. All dances are taught. Live music by Some Reel People. Caller is John McIntire. Admission is $7.00 each or $12.00 per family. FMI 924-3925 or 277-3961.
Thursday, June 18 Piscataquis Pomona Grange meets at South Sangerville Grange for election of officers starting with a potluck supper at 6 p.m. and meeting at 7 p.m. South Sangerville Grange is located off Silvers Mills Road in South Sangerville. For more information contact Bill Bemis at 924-3537.
Friday, June 19 Valley Grange meets for a potluck supper at 6 p.m. followed by a meeting and election of officers at 7 p.m. Valley Grange is located at 172 Guilford Center Road in North Guilford. For more information, contact Jim Annis at 564-0820 or visit http://valleygrange.com.
Organic Orcharding 101 Workshop Offered by the PCSWCD in Partnership with MOFGA: A favorite activity for many homeowners in Maine is gardening. This time of year, greenhouses and farmers markets are full of customers searching for seedlings and plants to brighten their home gardens and eventually fill their plates. More and more, people are expanding what they grow at home and becoming curious about new options – including fruit trees.
In addition to home gardeners, market gardeners are often adding to or expanding their offerings by adding fruit trees to their farms. As many farmers will tell you, caring for fruit trees differs in many ways to caring for vegetable crops.
The Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District (PCSWCD) in partnership with the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) is offering a workshop that will help any fruit tree grower, large or small, experienced or new, to learn more about how to support and maintain healthy, productive fruit trees on their property.
The PCSWCD will be hosting an Orcharding 101 workshop with MOFGA’s Orchard Specialist CJ Walke on Saturday, June 13th. CJ has years of experience teaching and mastering organic orcharding practices, and has worked alongside many orcharding experts including John Bunker of FEDCO Trees and Michael Phillips, author of The Holistic Orchard, among others. CJ has taught orcharding workshops covering topics such as grafting, pruning, pest management, renovating old trees and much more.
In this Orcharding 101 Workshop, CJ will cover the basics of how to properly maintain fruit tree varieties using organic practices. Topics will include pruning, pest control, disease identification and treatment and much more. The workshop will take place at Mossflower Farm in Sangerville on Route 23. Owner Leigh Wiley grows a variety of fruit trees using organic practices. At this location setting, workshop participants will not only get to hear and ask questions about orcharding topics, but they will also see examples of them first hand.
Pre-registration is required to attend this workshop and the workshop is limited to 45 participants. This event will be held rain or shine and will be an outdoor event, so registrants are encouraged to dress appropriately. For more information and to register, please contact the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District by calling 207-564-2321 ext. 3, by emailing us at email@example.com or by stopping in our office in the USDA Service Center at 42 Engdahl Drive in Dover-Foxcroft, ME.
Fruit trees are a great addition to any home garden or market farm. We encourage folks interested in learning more about organic orcharding practices to join the PCSWCD for this exciting workshop!
DEXTER - Area golfers are invited to dust off their golf clubs after a long winter to prepare for the 2015 Pine Tree Hospice Golf Open. The 2-day tournament is slated to take place on Saturday, June 27th at Dexter Municipal Golf Course (924-6477) and Sunday, June 28th at the Foxcroft Golf Club (564-8887) with a shotgun start at 8 A.M. and a 1 P.M. flight available both days.
Teams of four will compete for some great prizes each day of the tournament and for overall tournament winners. Prizes will include 18 holes with a cart at Mingo Springs, 18 holes with a cart and boat shuttle at Mt. Kineo, and 18 holes with a cart at Sunday River Golf Club. A delicious lunch and refreshments will be provided for all participants.
For several years, Pine Tree Hospice has hosted a fundraising golf tournament. The Golf Open gives area golfers a great weekend of golfing plus a chance to support Pine Tree Hospice’s services to individuals and families in our area with life-limiting illness. As a volunteer hospice, PTH relies on generous community contributions and grants.
Cost for this year’s tournament is $40 per person per course or $75 for the entire tournament (lunches included).
Call courses to register and reserve carts. For more information, call 564-4346 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEXTER - Dexter Dover Area Towns in Transition (DDATT) will sponsor the two-hour long film “Inhabit” at the Abbott Memorial Library in Dexter at 6 PM on June 5th as part of its ongoing First Friday free movie sessions, followed by discussion until 9 PM.
Inhabit is a feature length documentary introducing permaculture: a design method that offers an ecological lens for solving issues related to agriculture, economics, governance, and so on. The film presents a vast array of projects, concepts, and people, and it translates the diversity of permaculture into something that can be understood by an equally diverse audience.
For those familiar, it will be a call to action and a glimpse into what's possible - what kind of projects and solutions are already underway. For those unfamiliar, it will be an introduction to a new way of being and a new way of relating to the Earth. For everyone, it will be a reminder that humans are capable of being planetary healing forces.
DDATT’s mission is to help ourselves rethink and reshape our community as we all struggle to move (consciously or not) away from our dependence on oil and other fossil energy sources.
Bring yourself and friends and family to this interesting and important film about possibilities.
For more information on DDATT and future events, email email@example.com to get on email list, or call 277-4221 or 924-3836.
FALMOUTH – As the weather warms up, many animals are on the move and are more likely to be spotted on or near Maine roads. Audubon seeks volunteers to survey roads in Maine for signs of animal road crossings. Information collected by volunteers about where different animals attempt to cross roads is the critical first step in identifying ways to reduce road-kill and increase safety for people and wildlife.
Maine Audubon’s Wildlife Road Watch is a web-based map and database designed to record citizen scientists’ observations of road-side and road-killed wildlife. Volunteers can participate by submitting roadside observations on the Wildlife Road Watch website. Go tomaineaudubon.org/wildlife-habitat/wildlife-road-watch/ to register and start submitting observations today.
Since the inception of the Wildlife Road Watch program in 2010, over 460 volunteers have reported over 4,800 wildlife observations of 130 different wildlife species, including reports of rare and endangered species.
Roads can have a big impact on endangered species by impeding movement and separating populations, as well as killing individuals from collisions. Unless changes are made, Maine Audubon biologists report that Blanding’s turtles and spotted turtles are likely to become extinct in Maine due to road mortality.
Biologists with Maine Audubon, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife and the Maine Department of Transportation will use the information gathered by volunteers to reduce road risks to wildlife and improve conditions for drivers.
To learn more about Wildlife Road Watch, contact Barbara Charry at Maine Audubon at (207) 781-2330 x225 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEXTER, ME | April 30, 2015 – As part of it’s ongoing commitment to educating youth in the communities in which it serves, Dead River Company is donating a Class B oil delivery truck to Tri-County Technical Center (TCTC). The truck will be used to train students enrolled in the Commercial Truck Driving program.
Dead River Company decided to donate the truck after Safety Manager Mark Anderson attended a conference addressing the shortage of commercial truck drivers in Maine. Dead River Company also plans to donate another truck to the school, in the near future.
According to the Maine Department of Transportation, more than 84% of Maine communities depend on trucks to move their goods, yet currently there is a shortage of 20,000 drivers per year. “The statistics just shocked me”, says Anderson. “There’s a big need out there and a lot of jobs to be had for trained drivers. I thought this was a great opportunity for us to step up and provide equipment to students with a passion for this kind of work, so they can succeed and get good jobs.”
Tri-County Technical Center is one of only four technical centers in the state of Maine to offer both Class A and Class B licensing options. Currently 20 high school students and 5 adult education learners are enrolled in TCTC’s program.
“Not every driver wants to become Class A and drive the big rigs,” says Vicki Kimball, the Commercial Driving Instructor at Tri-County Technical Center. “Offering Class B instruction for high school and for adult education students, opens up opportunities that translate into jobs. The donation of this vehicle is huge for us and we are excited that Dead River is planning on donating another one to the school. Now we have the tools to teach, and this training directly corresponds to jobs.”
This isn’t the first time Dead River Company has made this type of donation. Beginning in 2011, the company made a multi-year, 11-vehicle commitment to The Foundation for Maine’s Community Colleges with a goal of enhancing the hands-on learning opportunities at the state’s community colleges. This $100,000 commitment of equipment was used in various operation and maintenance programs at community colleges throughout the state.
“Dead River Company has made a commitment to education in ways that will make a difference in the lives of people in the communities we serve,” said Bob Moore, president of Dead River Company. “We are confident that our donation of these trucks will enhance the hands-on training for students at Tri-County Technical Center, and hope that this training will make them more successful.”
“Our graduates are teachers, drivers, business owners and transportation officials,” adds instructor Kimball. “Dead River’s donation of these Class B vehicles opens up more opportunities for our students and if they’re willing to learn, we can give them the skills to succeed in their chose profession.”
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