An event in Pittsfield is putting folk’s green thumb into overdrive.The focus of the garden forum was about getting re-acquainted with your soil and planning your plantings.Display tables with all sorts of information was available, along with seedlings for sale.The owners of Snakeroot Organic Farm of Pittsfield were the guest speakers.They were getting folks interested in a community garden.” You get people’s perspective, especially people who are new to gardening.
Earth and the connections to each other were celebrated at the Hope Festival Saturday in Orono.It’s a chance to connect with people working on grassroot issues and reach out to the community, getting more folks interested in the causes.Those involved say sometimes it can be frustrating with all the problems in the world, rather it be environmental or peace and war.” When you come here you realize the people are working on these issues from a grassroots standpoint within their communities and they’re getting things done.
You often hear negative stories out of Bangor’s Capehart neighborhood, but residents want to change that.”For us, Capehart, what we’re trying to do is tell a really cool story, there’s a lot of really positive things going on, this is tenant driven, resident driven and we’re just trying to help with that,” said Mike Myatt, Director of the Bangor Housing Authority.To clean up their reputation, tenants approached the Bangor Housing Authority to partner with a neighborhood association called BRICK PEACE, which stands for Building Relationships in Community Kids, Parents Educating and Creating Empowerment.
Commercial flights at the Augusta Airport will be grounded for two months while work is being done to the main runway.The airport will remain open with a shorter 2,700 foot runway for smaller aircraft and charter flights.The project is costing $7.5 million.
State and local police are investigating the death of a man in Old Orchard Beach.Officials say a resident who lives nearby discovered the body of 49-year-old Roger White around 9 am behind an apartment building.An autopsy will be performed on the body Sunday.
As we all know, eating right is essential to living a healthy life.That’s why folks at Penobscot Community Health Care are collecting donations for the Good Shepherd Food Bank.They were outside Sam’s Club in Bangor on Friday to spread the word about Good Shepherd’s Mainers Feeding Mainers program.
The Land Use Regulation Commission says “No” to wind turbines on Bowers Mountain.The Commission issued its first ever denial of a wind energy development permit Friday afternoon.The vote was unanimous.The plan would have paved the way for First Wind to place 27 wind turbines on top of Bowers Mountain, which straddles Penobscot and Washington counties just north of Springfield.Commissioners evaluated the scenic impact of the project and determined on that basis alone that the project should be denied.Those opposed to the project say this ruling has been a long time coming.First Wind does have the option to make changes to the permit and resubmit it…the company plans on doing that.
The lack of rain has contributed to the spread of another wildfire, this time in Stetson.Officials say about two acres have been destroyed.They say when crews arrived the fire was running through the woods and climbing up trees.They struck the general alarm which automatically calls in five towns to assist.A helicopter was called in to drop water from the sky.”The winds and the fuels on the surface being dry has really caused us some headaches.
The Natural Resources Council of Maine is celebrating this year’s Earth Day in a big way.They’re unveiling their new solar power system which includes more than 50 solar panels on their roof.” I certainly remember in my youth when Earth Day first began and it’s really a wonderful opportunity for all of us to stop and think about the choices we make every day that impact our environmental health,” said Natural Resources Council of Maine Executive Director, Lisa Pohlmann.NRCM partnered with ReVision Energy on the project, which offered a unique financial program not involving any money down, since non-profits don’t qualify for tax credits for renewable energy.” We pay them for our electricity cost at a slightly lower rate than we would be getting with our usual energy use,” said Pohlmann.” If there is more electricity being produced on the roof than is being consumed in the building, that excess electricity is exported to the grid and the owner of the building gets credited for all of the excess that’s exported,” said ReVision Co-Founder, Phil Coupe.Folks with ReVision Energy say a big misconception is Maine doesn’t have enough sunlight to power something like this.” Maine’s solar resource is really powerful.
The father of the toddler who went missing from her Waterville home four months ago says the time has come to turn the focus back on his daughter.Justin DiPietro said at a candlelight vigil attended by about 60 people on Thursday night that too much attention has been placed on him and on Trista Reynolds, the mother of Ayla Reynolds.Ayla was 20 months old when she was reported missing from her father’s home Dec.