Community Spirit

Maine Forest Service Calls for Big Tree Nominations

Maine, more than any other state in the country, is blessed with trees, and the Maine Forest Service, under the Maine Department of Conservation, is looking for the largest specimens.

Nominations for the 2011/2012 Maine Register of Big Trees are being sought and can be submitted through Dec. 31. The register then is printed in a book form and also is available on line.

“State champion big trees capture our imagination for their size and strength,” Jan Ames Santerre, director of the Maine Forest Service’s Project Canopy, which handles the register, said. “There is more to a champion, however, than just its size -- they are symbols of all the good work that trees do for the quality of the environment and our quality of life.”

The Maine Forest Service (MFS) has been compiling a list of the largest known specimens of native and naturalized trees in the state since 1968. The 2009/2010 Register contains 159 trees, representing 149 species.

Nineteenth Annual Poinsettia Ball

Presented by R. H. Foster Energy and Machias Savings Bank

It is difficult to believe that 18 years have elapsed since the first Poinsettia Ball took place on a snowy Saturday back in 1992.  R. H.

Downeast-Area LNG Activist Wins NRCM's 2010 "People’s Choice" Award

The Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) is pleased to announce that Vera Francis of Perry has won NRCM’s 2010 People’s Choice Award, for her work protecting Passamaquoddy Bay.

     NRCM’s People’s Choice is one of the organization’s Environmental Awards, which it gives each year to an individual or group whose actions have made a real difference at the local, regional, or state level in the protection of Maine’s environment. The People’s Choice Award provides an opportunity for citizens across the state to nominate someone in their community who has worked selflessly to protect a special place or otherwise has made a difference for Maine’s environment.

     Vera Francis was nominated for her efforts to keep a liquefied natural gas (LNG) company out of Sipayik (Pleasant Point), Maine.

Turkey-athon has nonprofit staff dressed like turkeys

Nonprofits in Washington County are conducting a Turkey-athon to collect turkeys for low-income folks' holiday dinners. Our own Susan Farley is going to dress up like a turkey tomorrow and stand in front of the Blue Bird Restaurant in Machias to collect donations. Other WHCA staff members will be dressed as a pea, a potato and a farmer. It is rumored that County Manager Betsy Fitzgerald will be a pea as part of the effort. There is a challenge to local police departments to donate 10 turkeys each if Susan pulls off this stunt.

The turkey and her friends will be in front of the Blue Bird Restaurant in Machias from 11a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, October 22.