Kids as young as six all the way up to age 18 were ready to test their skills by the Penobscot Pony Club.Riders met in Hampden at the Reeds Brook Middle School for a quiz rally to test their pony knowledge.Organizers say while many kids have the skills to ride they don’t always know all that goes into taking care of a horse.
A bill to protect the jobs of Maine loggers has been sent to Governor Baldacci.The bill deters landowners who receive tax benefits under Maine’s tree growth law from hiring Canadian workers under the federal bonded labor program.That program allows American employers to hire Canadian loggers if certain conditions, such as a shortage of resident labor, are met.
A proposal to divide Maine into two states: north and south, has been shot down by legislative leaders.Representative Henry Joy, a Republican from the Northern Maine town of Crystal, wanted to make a point that there are two Maines: the populated south, and rural north.But legislative council, the bipartisan group of house and senate leaders, took a dim view of Joy’s idea last week and rejected it.
The state’s deer population is getting a boost from this winter’s mild weather after two straight harsh winters that thinned the ranks of the state’s signature game animal.With warm temperatures and scant snowfall, deer have had to expend relatively little energy fighting off frigid cold or tramping through deep snow in search of food.Deer biologist Lee Kantar of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife said fawns that were born last year have had a high survival rate, and the baby deer that are born this june are expected to be in good shape because their mothers are strong.The most recent estimate puts Maine’s deer count at under 200,000, down from more than 300,000 a decade ago.
Acadia National Park officials are closing several popular hiking trails to protect Peregrine Falcons that have been showing pre-nesting courtship behavior.The closure of the popular Precipice Trail and other trails near the park’s Precipice and Valley Cove cliffs is expected to last until late July or early August.That’s about five weeks after any newborn Peregrine chicks would be expected to take their first flights.The Peregrine Falcon is listed as a Maine endangered species.Acadia was selected in the 1980’s to be one of the reintroduction sites for a Peregrine Falcon recovery program.Since 1991, more than 90 chicks have fledged on Mount Desert Island.
The Maine Academy of Country Music is gearing up for its three-day country music festival in August.They held a concert in Alton Sunday to help raise money for the weekend event.Six local country music acts performed, with all the proceeds going to their summer concert.The Maine Academy of Country Music was founded in 2002.Their mission is to help get country music back to it’s roots.
There was a long line of people waiting outside the Brewer High School Auditorium Saturday morning at 8am.They were waiting in line for the annual yard sale the outdoor education students put on as one of the major fundraiser for the outdoor education program.The program is an alternative to physical education and is funded independently from the school’s programs.Officials say about 100 people were lined up when the doors opened Sunday morning, but that’s nothing new for this event that’s been going on for about 12 years.
Autism awareness activists say Maine second in the prevalence of autism across the country, with one in 77 children in the state having an autism spectrum disorder.On Thursday, the Pine Tree Society will host a tea at the Blaine House to raise awareness of the autism prevalence rate in Maine.The event will kick off Autism Awareness month.State officials, legislators and leaders from organizations that serve people with autism spectrum disorders and their families will attend.Pine Tree Society offers services to help Maine people with disabilities.
Federal regulators have given Maine Maritime Academy’s Tidal Energy Demonstration and Evaluation Centerthe green light to begin testing in the Bagaduce River.The order allows testing to begin on a low-flow turbine that a local inventor wants to patent.It is hoped that the research center can eventually become key source for unbiased testing and evaluation of tidal turbine technology.