BDN Advances Cooperative Extension Blueberry Growers Meetings

February 25th, 2014 3:39 PM

Spring meetings and training offered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension were mentioned in the Bangor Daily News article “Maine wild blueberry industry may benefit from farm bill pilot program.” Blueberry growers will gather in March, 2014 for meetings planned by the UMaine Cooperative Extension in Waldoboro, Ellsworth and Machias. The meetings will include briefings on pollination, weeds, fertilizers, regulations, diseases and pests. The article also stated the Cooperative Extension and Maine Board of Pesticides Control will conduct training in Machias to prepare growers for the private pesticide applicator core exam and the blueberry commodity exam. Both exams will be administered after the training sessions.

WABI Reports on Cooperative Extension’s Gleaning Initiative

October 1st, 2013 10:02 AM

WABI (Channel 5) reported on a Hancock County gleaning initiative — the act of harvesting extra crops and sharing with those in need — put on by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Healthy Acadia. Food collected at farms throughout the county are collected by volunteers and redistributed to food pantries throughout Hancock County.

Fenceviewer Quotes Yarborough about Blueberry Harvest

August 30th, 2013 9:25 AM

Fenceviewer, the community news and information website for Hancock County, Maine, quoted David Yarborough, a wild blueberry specialist and horticulture professor at the University of Maine, in an article on this year’s blueberry harvest. Yarborough said the crop is looking “above average” and “the recent showers and the cooler, drier air have provided for excellent crop quality.”

Fenceviewer Reports on iCook Study Recruitment

August 28th, 2013 1:09 PM

Fenceviewer, the community news and information website for Hancock County, Maine, included an article on the need for participants in a University of Maine-led child food and fitness study called iCook. The five-state, $2.5 million USDA study is designed to prevent childhood obesity by improving culinary skills and promoting family meals. Researchers are seeking 100 children from the Ellsworth, Orono or Dover-Foxcroft areas who are 9 or 10 years old.

Beard Wins Gulf of Maine Council 2013 Visionary Award for Maine

June 14th, 2013 9:45 AM

Ronald Beard, extension educator with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant, was recently awarded the Gulf of Maine Council 2013 Visionary Award for Maine.

The award is presented annually to an individual or organization within each of the Gulf of Maine jurisdictions of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia and recognizes innovation, creativity and commitment to marine protection, according to Bruce Carlisle, chairman of the Gulf of Maine Council for the Marine Environment.

Beard, who is based in Hancock County, focuses his education on community development through work with local organizations and citizens. He is also a member of the Marine Extension Team.

Canning Workshop Offered

June 11th, 2013 1:00 PM

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension office at Hancock County will be offering a Canning workshop

on Tuesday, July 16th    from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Community Education Assistant, Felicia Dumont will demonstrate how to Preserve a Mixed Berry Jam using a water bath canning method, and will talk about using a pressure canner.  Participants are asked to bring an oven mitt.

Space is limited to 15 participants.  In order to reserve your spot, send in your pre-paid registration fee of $15 along with your name and contact information to:  University of Maine Cooperative Extension, 63 Boggy Brook Road, Ellsworth, ME  04605.    Deadline to register:  Friday, July 12th

Fenceviewer Reports on Cooperative Extension Food Drive Success

April 10th, 2013 2:42 PM

Fenceviewer, the community news and information website for Maine’s Hancock County, carried an article about the countywide food drive organized by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Washington Hancock Community Agency.

Organizers called the drive a success after collecting 12,350 items.

Fenceviewer talked to Marjorie Peronto, educator at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Hancock County, about the extension’s involvement in the drive.

Peronto Cited in WABI Story on Hancock County Food Drive

April 1st, 2013 3:01 PM

WABI (Channel 5) cited Marjorie Peronto, educator at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Hancock County, in a story about a countywide food drive. The drive, which started at the beginning of March and had contributions from over 120 businesses, schools and churches, ends April 3. Peronto spoke about March being a “dry month for food pantries” and said “it’s a good time for us to try to restore their shelves.”

Public Food Drop Off Sites

March 7th, 2013 10:32 AM

Hancock County-Wide  Food Drive

March 1 – 31, 2014

Food Drives can take place at workplaces, schools, community centers, neighborhoods, local clubs, and many more!  We encourage and invite everyone to participate!  Each food item donated will be matched $1 up to $10,000.

This year’s goal:  Let’s collect more than 15,000 food items!

All food and proceeds will be distributed directly to Hancock County Food Pantries.

Below is a listing of public “Food Collection” sites around Hancock County:

(List updated daily)

Bar Harbor:

A & B Naturals

Acadia National Park HQ

Bar Harbor Town Offices

Bar Harbor YWCA

Behavioral Health Center (MDI Hospital)

Breast Center (MDI Hospital)

Cadillac Family Practice (MDI Hospital)

Camden National Bank

Cooper Gilmore Health Center (MDI Hospital)

First Baptist Church of Bar Harbor

Friends of Acadia

Holy Redeemer Catholic Church

Jackson Lab

Kid’s Corner Early Care and Learning Facility

MDI Hospital

MDI Orthopedics (MDI Hospital)

St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church

Salsbury Hardware

Town Hill Market

Women’s Health Center (MDI Hospital)

Blue Hill:

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust

Blue Hill Food Co-op

Blue Hill Public Library

Blue Hill Memorial Hospital

Blue Hill Town Hall

Camden National Bank

First Congregational Church

Friendship Cottage

St. Francis by the Sea Episc. Church


Brooklin Baptist Church’s Bowdoin Hall

Brooklin General Store

Friend Memorial Library



Camden National Bank

Roland Grindle Insurance Agency

Tozier’s Market


Camden National Bank

Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Witherle Memorial Library

Deer Isle:

St. Brendan the Navigator Episcopal Church


Eastbrook Store


Bar Harbor Bank and Trust

Ben’s Store

Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center

Camden National Bank (2)

Darling’s Auto Mall

Darling’s Chevy

Dead River Company

Ellsworth City Hall

First Congregational Church

Friends and Family Market

Friends in Action Senior Center

Global Beverages

Hancock Cty Habitat for Humanity

Hannaford Supermarket

Healthy Acadia

Home Depot


L.L. Bean (Internal Staff Drive)

Machias Savings Bank (2 branches)

Maine Community Foundation (Internal Staff Drive)

Maine Shellfish


Morton’s Moo

St. Andrew Lutheran Church

St. Dunstan’s Episc Church

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church


Town Auto Sales

Union Congregational Church, UCC

Unitarian Universalist Church of Ellsworth

United Baptist Church

United Methodist Church

University of Maine Cooperative Extension


Washington Hancock Community Agency


Franklin Baptist Church

Franklin Methodist Church

Franklin Trading Post

Maine Seacoast Vegetables


Hancock Congregational Church, UCC

Tideway Market

Viking Lumber


Lamoine Baptist Church


Mariaville Grange

Mariaville Town Hall

Mount Desert:

Camden National Bank

Maine Coast Heritage Trust

Northeast Harbor:

The Knowles Company

Mt. Desert Nursery School

The Neighborhood House

Northeast Harbor Library


Otis General Store

Otis Town Hall

Otis Baptist Church


Northern Bay Market


Eggemoggin Country Store


Sorrento Town Office

Southwest Harbor:

Bar Harbor Banking and Trust

Community Dental Center (MDI Hospital)

Community Health Center (MDI Hospital)

The First

Sawyer’s Market

Southwest Harbor Food Mart

Southwest Harbor Library

Southwest Harbor Post Office


Frenchman’s Bay Library


Surry General Store

Surry Store

Wave Walker Bed and Breakfast


Faith Community Fellowship

Good News Fellowship Church

Stanley Subaru

Trenton Health Center (MDI Hospital)

Winter Harbor:

Winter Harbor Food Service


Community Groups Conducting Drives:

DIG – Deer Isle

Jolly Juniors 4-H Club – Waltham

Rails n Trails 4-H Club, Orland

Bucks Mills Rod & Gun Club, Bucksport

E. Surry Homemakers Group – Ellsworth


Participating Schools:

Acadia Christian School, Trenton

Adams School, Castine

Airline School, Aurora

Beech Hill School, Otis

Blue Hill Consolidated School

Brooksville Elementary School

Bucksport High School

Bucksport Middle School

Cave Hill School, Eastbrook

Hancock Grammar School

Jewett School, Bucksport

Lamoine Elementary School

Miles Lane School, Bucksport

Pemetic School, SW Harbor

Penobscot Elementary School

Surry Elementary School

Tremont Consolidated, Bass Harbor

Trenton Elementary School


Outside Hancock County

Bangor 1:


Brewer 1:


Belfast 1:





For more information, contact  University of Maine Cooperative Extension Hancock County office at 1.800.287.1479 or

This county wide food drive is sponsored by: The University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Healthy Acadia, Maine Community Foundation, Washington Hancock Community Agency, and United Way of Eastern Maine.

UMaine Extension Small Business Conference Advanced

May 2nd, 2012 7:17 PM

The Downeast-based news site advanced a planned November Hancock Business Conference and Trade Show in Ellsworth. The article includes quotes about small business in Maine from Gov. Paul LePage and UMaine Extension educator Louis Bassano, who says Maine businesses need access to cost-effective, high-quality training and information to succeed.

Hancock County Business Conference and Trade Show - November 1st & 2nd, 2012 - Ellsworth, MaineImage of downtown Ellsworth, and the words One of the Governor's Regional Conferences on Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Discover a wealth of practical information to help your business grow and prosper. A team of dedicated Hancock County business owners and business support professionals have created this exciting, “first ever” Hancock County event. The goal of the conference is to bring together resources needed to create new businesses and help existing businesses become more profitable, expand and create additional jobs in our region.

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