Environment

Beware of Bears!

Beware of Bears!

We took a little camping trip to the White Mountain National Forest.  WONDERFUL trip... but the warnings about bears were everywhere!  Just a little bit scary!

I brought along Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods.  What a great read.  I laughed til I was crying, but I also lamented, along with Bryson, the fragility of our wilderness and the ways that American life have removed us so much from, well, nature.

And now I notice Appalachian Trail stuff everywhere - Bill Green's "Green Outdoors" story tonight is about the AT, and this past weekend the AT celebrated its 75th birthday!  So timely!  READ MORE

UMaine Extension Offering 4th Annual Backyard Locavore Day

UMaine Extension Offering 4th Annual Backyard Locavore Day

University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Cumberland County is announcing that the 4th Annual Backyard Locavore Day will be held on Saturday, Aug. 11 in various communities within Cumberland County.

Events in Brunswick, Cape Elizabeth, Falmouth, North Yarmouth, Portland, South Portland, Windham and Yarmouth begin at 10 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. Registration is $10 for adults and children under 12 are free. Registrants will receive a booklet describing each site and a map showing specific locations.

Locavore Day is designed to educate members of the public about learn do-it-yourself strategies for becoming a locavore, who is someone who eats food grown or produced locally.

The Age of Miracles

The Age of Miracles

I like post-apocalyptic fiction.  At least in theory.

Karen Thompson Walker's debut novel is The Age of Miracles, in which the Earth’s rotation slows down... a lot. Little do we realize that all life is dependent on that consistent 24-hour day. At 26 hours it’s disruptive but not awful; at 46 hours, it’s quite a lot worse. When the day is 60 hours long… and longer… it is toxic to all life on Earth. The unrelenting daylight is toxic, and so is the darkness.

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Citizen’s Group to Maine DOT: Stop Spraying!

Citizen’s Group to Maine DOT: Stop Spraying!

 

For the past two years, a group of Gorham residents has been trying to get the Maine Department of Transportation to stop spraying herbicides along the Mountain Division Rail Trail, which passes through Gorham. Read more.

 

Show us your favorite Scenic Maine Photo!

Show us your favorite Scenic Maine Photo!

SIS Scenic Maine Photo Contest Promoted via Facebook™

Opportunity to Win a Prize and Select a Local Charity to Receive a Donation

Show us your favorite Scenic Maine Photo!

To enter our Maine Scenic Photo contest, you can post up to 5 photos now through June 8, 2012. We’ll select our favorite twelve (no more than one per person) that may be chosen for SIS’s 2013 calendar or other print materials and then ask our online social network community to vote for #1. For each vote placed, we will make a $1 donation to a charity or organization of the winner’s choice, up to $300. Plus, the winner gets a $100 gift card! That’s not all!

The Best of Maine at the 10th Annual Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show August 10-12, 2012

The Best of Maine at the 10th Annual Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show August 10-12, 2012

The Best of Maine at the 10th Annual Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show August 10-12, 2012

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ROCKLAND, Maine—Passion of place is what the Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show is all about. The best of Maine from across the creative spectrum will be gathered together at the 10th annual show on the Rockland waterfront, August 10-12, 2012. Beautiful boats, unique handcrafted products, and an eclectic mix of high-quality goods for life on the water and the shore will again be on display at Maine’s only in-the-water boat show and coastal lifestyle event.

 “I’ve always thought of the show as a tremendous party where the most creative folks on the coast share what they do with customers and other exhibitors.