Maine Open Lighthouse Day

Statewide, ME
September 17, 2011
Many of the state's coastal, island and river lighthouses will be open to the public. Most lights will be open to visitors from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for guided or self-guided tours of keeper's houses and light towers. Some light stations will have limited accessibility or special restrictions. For details about visitor hours, fees, activities and transportation to each participating lighthouse, visit www.lighthouseday.com or contact the friends group of an individual lighthouse.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Awarded $15,000 from Non-Profit Fundraising Company Op4G

PORTLAND – Op4G, Inc., a leader among member-based online panel technology companies, has announced that Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine has received a one-time cash award of $15,000 for successfully recruiting 560 Members to support their organization through Op4G Membership. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine is one of only twelve Non-Profit organizations receiving such an award.

Win Four Tickets to the MOVETHATBLOCK.com Indy 225 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Win Four Tickets to the MOVETHATBLOCK.com Indy 225 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway
MoveThatBlock.com INDY 225 Sunday, August 14, 2011 3:30pm Oval | IZOD IndyCar® Series

“A New Breed of Speed” comes to New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, August 14 for their only New England appearance.

At speeds of 200 mph, some of the most fearless drivers in the world will bring heart-stopping, wheel-to-wheel racing back to New England.

Touch-A-Truck Fair

Cole Land Transportation Museum August 13

Proceeds to Benefit Camp CaPella

Kids of all ages can take a close-up look at a variety of trucks and vehicles of all sizes and functions at the brand new Touch-A-Truck Fair at the Cole Land Transportation Museum, 405 Perry Road in Bangor, on Saturday, August 13 from 11:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m. Proceeds from the event will be donated to Camp CaPella, provider of recreational resources and opportunities along with handicapped-accessible facilities on Phillips Lake for children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities.

Preview and interviews will be available at the Cole Land Transportation Museum on Friday, July 29 from 11:00 a.m. till 1:00 p.m.

Eastport Pirate Festival 2011 Will Add Spectacular Fireworks Display To Weekend Offerings

Eastport Pirate Festival 2011 Will Add Spectacular Fireworks Display To Weekend Offerings

The Eastport Pirate Festival will celebrate it's 6th year September 9-11.  In the last 6 years it has grown into the largest Pirate Festival in Maine and the Maritimes.  It has become one of Maine's largest family events drawing over 10,000 people of all ages to this island community of only 1400.  Every year they have been able to take it up a notch adding new and exciting events - 95% of them are free to everyone that comes to participate. 

This year the Eastport Pirate Festival will add a spectacular fireworks display on Saturday evening the 10th of September, weather permitting.  The fireworks are being sponsored by David Marlow, founder and CEO of Marlow Yachts Limited. Marlow is one of the top builders of yachts in the world.  They have been continuously recognized for building some of the best Superyachts on the planet. Marlow was recently awarded the coveted World Superyachts Award for their environmental policies.

Infant Family Support Program Receives Grant from Maine Community Foundation

Maine Coast Memorial Hospital’s Infant Family Support Program (IFSP) has received a grant from the Maine Community Foundation’s Washington County Fund. This grant will enable the IFSP to expand its services to the Eleanor Widener Dixon Memorial Clinic in Gouldsboro.

In 2005, the Hancock County Infant Mental Health Coalition was formed by Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, Downeast Health Services, Special Children’s Friends, Child and Family Opportunities, Hancock County Children’s Council, and the Maine Association for Infant Mental Health. Open to all community members who are interested in the healthy growth and development of infants and young children, the Coalition pools resources to maximize the emotional, physical, social, and cognitive well-being of children ages 0-3 and their caregivers.

The Infant Family Support Program, based on the Healthy StepsSM Program model, is the first program initiated by the Coalition.

Loon Plate Weekend Free Admission at Maine State Parks - Find a park near you

If there’s a Maine Loon License Plate on your vehicle, you’re supporting conservation and wildlife efforts in Maine. If there’s a Maine Loon License Plate on your vehicle, you also get free admission this weekend to all Maine state parks and historic sites.

As a way to say “thank you” to Maine drivers who have purchased loon plates, the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands (BPL), under the Maine Department of Conservation, will open up the state’s 48 state parks and historic sites this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, July 16-17, to free day use for all vehicles bearing the distinctive plates.

“The call of the loon – and consequently, the Maine Loon License Plate – captures so much of what the nature means to Maine people, from the coast to our most remote ponds,” Conservation Commissioner Bill Beardsley said. “It reminds us of the precious and fragile quality of place we love.