Environment

Western Maine Resort Towns, Downeast Coast Displaying Peak Foliage

Western Maine Resort Towns, Downeast Coast Displaying Peak Foliage

AUGUSTA, Maine - Peak foliage color has reached Rangeley, Farmington, Bethel, and the downeast coast, according to the fifth 2011 fall foliage report from the Maine Department of Conservation (MDOC).
 
Maine fall foliage conditions for Oct. 12. Credit: Maine Department of Conservation.
Currently, Maine Forest Service and state park rangers are observing peak leaf color, or at least 75 percent color change, in the western lakes and mountains region, covering the towns of Rangeley, Kingfield, Farmington, Rumford and Bethel. Peak color is also being reported along the downeast coast from Bucksport to Eastport and in interior Hancock and Washington counties.

Fall Foliage Colors Spreading in Northern Maine (as of 9/21)

Fall Foliage Colors Spreading in Northern Maine (as of 9/21)

More foliage colors are beginning to show in northern Maine, according to the second 2011 fall foliage report from the Maine Department of Conservation (MDOC). 

Maine fall foliage conditions for Sept. 21. Credit: Maine Department of Conservation
 
Currently, Maine Forest Service and state park rangers are observing low leaf color, or 10 to 30 percent toward peak, along with very low leaf drop in all of Aroostook County and northern portions of Piscataquis and Somerset counties.

Rangers believe that some sections of Aroostook County will see moderate color, or 30 to 50 percent toward peak, by this weekend. Foliage color and leaf drop in the remainder of the state is very low, or less than 10 percent, according to the report.

"Fall colors are starting to show along mountain ridges in Aroostook County," said Scott Thompson, park ranger at Aroostook State Park near Presque Isle.

Enchanting Estuary!

The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust’s Environmental Educator, Becky Kolak, is directing this free public program during Thursdays in October from 3:30 p.m.

to 4:30 p.m. in the Children’s Room at the Patten Free Library in Bath for

6-11 year olds.

October 6th: Estuary Model

Put your water knowledge to the test by building a model of the Kennebec Estuary. What does an estuary need? What habitats are created? Come ready to roll up your sleeves and get your hands wet!

October 13th: Birds of a Feather…

Be introduced to birds of the Kennebec Estuary! Learn how to identify raptors versus waterfowl while getting an up close look at bird skulls and feathers.

Changing Expectations – KELT’s 2011 Fall lecture series

September 28 – Changing Expectations for Water Manomet is developing climate adaptation solutions for select locations in the Northeast, including the Kennebec Estuary. What can we expect? Brand new LIDAR data on local sea level rise from Maine State Geologist Peter Slovinsky, and approaches to storm water management by Ray Sirois of Wright-Pierce.

October 27 – Changing Expectations for Forests & Agriculture Manomet’s Andy Whitman and Bath City Arborist, Tom Hoerth discuss how urban and community forests help towns adapt to increasing temperatures and rainfall.

Amcomm Wireless will hold a grand opening from 2 to 4 p.m. Today Thursday, Sept. 15

Amcomm Wireless will hold a grand opening from 2 to 4 p.m.  Today Thursday, Sept. 15

LEWISTON — Amcomm Wireless will hold a grand opening from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15, at its newest store at 456 Sabattus St.

Owner Peter McAvoy and his staff will host the event at the company’s fourth store, formerly a Bank of America branch office. McAvoy also owns an Amcomm Wireless store at the Auburn Mall, as well as a store on Kennedy Memorial Drive in Waterville and a fourth in Rochester, N.H.

Amcomm Wireless is a retailer of Verizon cellphones. For more information, contact McAvoy at 207-713-4911

New energy partnership brings solar tracker throughout northern New England

New energy partnership brings solar tracker throughout northern New England

WILLISTON, Vermont . . . September 14, 2011 . . . A new partnership will bring the innovative Vermont-manufactured AllSun Tracker solar electric system to homeowners and businesses throughout northern New England.

The dealer partnership between installer ReVision Energy and solar tracker manufacturer AllEarth Renewables was announced today.

Designed and manufactured in Williston, VT, AllSun Trackers use innovative GPS and wireless solar technology to follow the sun throughout the day to boost solar energy production by up to 45 percent.

Getting The Most Out of Fall in Maine

Getting The Most Out of Fall in Maine

Now that the days are getting shorter & the nights much cooler, you may have a case of fall fever? If you're anything like me, you really love summer & hate to see it go, but you welcome fall with open arms! There is so much to do in Maine in the fall. I wrote a blog post on Stiffler's Social Scoop [my personal blog] about how you can Get The Most Out of Fall in Maine. Apple picking, hiking, high school football & fall foliage are some of my favorites. What is your favorite thing about fall?