Maine Reports Gradual Change in Leaf Color in the North

Great Country Fairs This Weekend!

There is a hint of color in northern Maine as The Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry reports low 10 – 30%  color change and very low leaf drop. 

“We are right on target for a glorious fall foliage season, said Gale Ross, Fall Foliage Coordinator for Maine. “With the low leaf drop we anticipate that the northern part of the state will soon be a tapestry of beautiful colors,” she added.

Coming Soon! Medicare Annual Enrollment Period October 15 through December 7!



Medicare Annual Enrollment, Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, is the one time each year that Medicare beneficiaries have a chance to take a look at what plans are being offered for the next calendar year and make a change to a different plan if they want too.  For folks who have Medicare and a Medicare prescription drug plan or a Medicare Advantage plan, this short window time is your opportunity to find out what plans are being offered next year.

Blessing of Beasts for St. Francis’ Feast

St. Saviour offers public blessing of animals in Bar Harbor

October 4 is the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, known by many as the patron saint of animals and the environment.  In celebration, St. Saviour Episcopal Church will be offering a free public ceremony for the blessing of pets and companion animals on Saturday, October 4, 2:00 PM in Grant Park, at the end of Albert Meadow near the Shore Path in Bar Harbor.

All sorts of animals are welcome, so long as they are in pet carriers or on a leash and under control.  If your animal companion does not do well in crowds or with other animals, you may bring a photo, a favorite toy, or some sort of representation of your animal to be blessed instead.  There will also be an opportunity to remember and honor departed pets:  you are invited to bring a photo or other memento of them.

Riverside Arts and Music Festival

Come enjoy a fall weekend in Cherryfield, where we are celebrating Arts, Music and spectacular local scenery along the beautiful Narraguagus River during the Riverside Arts and Music Festival, October 3 -5 2014! Friday night kicks off with a street concert and Saturday has music on the bandstand all day. There will be arts and crafts all weekend, a showcase concert by Hawk Henries Saturday night, followed by a Harvest Supper and Contradance. The festival will include kids activities (pony rides and games), a farmers market, food, Paint Cherryfield day and horse drawn carriage rides along the river. There will also be a treasure hunt (find BB, our Blueberry Mascot) at local merchants to win a treasure chest at the end of the festival. Join in the fun activities all weekend long in Destination Cherryfield!

Maine Muscians Featured in 238 Strings,Final Concert in Opera House Arts’ 2014 Chamber at the Church

Maine Muscians Featured in 238 Strings,Final Concert in Opera House Arts’ 2014 Chamber at the Church




Acclaimed musicians Anastasia Antonacos, Patrick Doane, and Benjamin Noyes, all Maine natives, play something classic, something romantic, and something new in this innovative program Tuesday, September 23 to close Opera House Arts’ Chamber at the Church series. The concert begins at 7 p.m.

In this special, one-night only grand finale to the season’s successful series, Dr. Antonacos, who has toured and received awards internationally and was named one of the most 100 influential people in Portland, ME by The Portland Phoenix, will lead this piano trio in Schumann’s Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 63; Haydn’s Piano Trio in C Major, Hob. XV:27, and Jennifer Higdon’s contemporary Piano Trio.

Health Events in Maine September 13 to September 22

Health Events in Maine September 13 to September 22

Lots of health events coming up next week! Find out what they are and submit your own health event to the Catching Health Calendar. What's happening ...

Turbo's Story

This past July 28th, which falling on a Monday meant that the SPCA was closed to the public, a very upset Good Samaritan came knocking at the shelter door.  In his arms was a tiny, buff colored kitten that he had just witnessed being hit by a car on the Bar Harbor Road, at the end of the entrance to the Great Maine Lumberjack Show.  How this tiny little kitten survived the accident, we will never know.

The SPCA staffers immediately rushed the kitten to a veterinarian who confirmed our fears – the kitten’s pelvis and leg had been crushed by the car’s impact.  His tiny pelvis had been pushed into his spine, so the question then became, “Will his intestines and bladder ever work again?”

By now this little baby fluff ball, named “Turbo”, had perked up enough that he was crying out for food.  So as he ate, the decision was made to give him 48 hours to determine his prognosis, and his fate.