WABI (Channel 5) reported on a coat drive started by University of Maine student Patrick Herbert to give back to students in need. With the help of organizations such as UMaine’s Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism, Herbert was able to add his coat drive to the campus thrift shop and food pantry. Herbert and Lisa Morin, coordinator of the Bodwell Center, spoke to WABI about the importance of the program.
Tri-Town Weekly reported the Freeport-based Maine Clammers Association will be among the many organizations to attend the Maine Green Crab Summit Dec. 16 at the University of Maine. The group will join the discussion on the damage the invasive green crab is inflicting on the state’s clamming industry and will use information from a Maine Department of Marine Resources study to explore ways to fight the problem.
A presentation made by University of Maine nursing students at a Veazie town council meeting was cited in the Maine Public Broadcasting Network article “Chlorination by-products raise concern about Maine community’s drinking water.” The students’ presented on the health effects of trihalomethanes (THMs), which are formed when chlorine and other disinfectants are mixed with organic matter, after residents showed concern over chemicals in their water. The students said exposure can lead to an increased risk of bladder, colon and rectal cancer.
This month the University of Maine Museum of Art is offering three holiday programs for children and their families, and hosting the popular community event, Weihnachtsmarkt.
All the events at the Museum of Art, 40 Harlow St. in Bangor, are free and open to the public. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact Kathryn Jovanelli, 561.3350.
In addition, three exhibitions will be on display in the museum galleries: Susan Burnstine and Lynn Saville’s “From the Shadows,” Sachiko Akiyama’s “On Finding Home,” and Gregory Kalliche’s “GPOY.” The exhibitions are on display through Jan. 4.
6th annual Art Factory
11 a.m.–4 p.m., Dec. 7
Create lasting memories this holiday season at this family-fun event. A variety of art-making stations will be set up for participants of all ages to create a card, ornament or gift. Supplies are free and instruction will be given throughout the day. The event is sponsored by WBRC Architects and Engineers.
Weihnachtsmarkt — Christmas Market
11 a.m.–3 p.m., Dec. 15
The University of Maine German Club — Deutscher Verein — annually organizes a traditional Weihnachtsmarkt or Christmas market. This year’s event will be held at the UMaine Museum of Art. The market will feature holiday treats — including cookies, stollen and Gluhwein — and traditional decorations. Proceeds will benefit UMMA exhibitions and education programs.
Get bedazzled on New Year’s Eve
6-8 p.m., Dec. 31
Welcome the new year with a glittering crown or tiara. For this family-friendly event, all of the supplies are provided. UMMA is a participant in the Downtown Bangor Partnership’s Downtown Countdown to 2014.
The University of Maine’s University Bookstore has selected the Black Bear Mentor Program as the recipient of proceeds from this year’s commemorative ornament. The Black Bear Mentor Program is offered through the Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism and matches UMaine students with local youth to act as role models. This year’s ornament features the UMaine Flagship Crest and is available at the bookstore and online. The annual commemorative ornament program began in 2003 to benefit university student organizations that work to help others in the community. “The students in organizations like the Black Bear Mentor Program dedicate their energy and talent to making a difference,” says Dean Graham, associate director of the University Bookstore. “The University Bookstore is honored to recognize their important work through the ornament program.”
Learning more about the invasive European green crab and its effects on Maine’s coastal and marine resources will be the focus of a Dec. 16 conference at the University of Maine.
Maine Sea Grant, Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR), Maine Coastal Program and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will hold the Maine Green Crab Summit from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Wells Conference Center on the Orono campus.
The public is welcome to attend the free event that aims to offer an opportunity for researchers, fishermen and coastal community members to share information about green crabs, as well as discuss different approaches for green crab control, future management and research.
“Although these invaders have been here for decades, in recent years they have proliferated to a level that is causing severe impacts on the clam fishery and is having other impacts on coastal ecosystems,” says Paul Anderson, Maine Sea Grant director and marine extension program leader.
During the conference, DMR officials plan to release data from a coast-wide survey the organization conducted in August to gain a better understanding of how severe the European green crab invasion in Maine is.
Researchers from UMaine, DMR, University of Maine at Machias, USGS and the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Maine Coastal Program are among those scheduled to present.
Online registration is required by Dec. 9, and limited funding is available to commercial fishermen to help with travel costs. Lunch will be provided. The summit will also be streamed live online and recorded for those unable to attend.
More information about the summit, including the event’s agenda and details for accessing the webcast, can be found on Maine Sea Grant’s website. A snow date of Dec. 18 has been set.
The Maine Sea Grant college program at UMaine is one of 33 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) programs throughout the coastal and Great Lakes states and is focused on improving Maine’s coastal communities.
The 2013 Maine Indian Basketmakers Sale and Demonstration will be Saturday, Dec. 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine.
The 19th annual event features baskets, carvings and beadwork, as well as demonstrations, storytelling, music, drumming and dancing. It is free and open to the public.
Native American artists from Maine, including national award-winning members of the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance, will showcase their talents, as will members of the next generation of weavers and artists.
For more information, call 207.581.1904 or visit umaine.edu/hudsonmuseum.
Ways in which commercial fishermen, aquaculturists and those in the tourism industry can work together to create greater economic success will be the focus of three workshops offered by Maine Sea Grant and University of Maine Cooperative Extension in partnership with the Lobster Institute, Island Institute and Maine Aquaculture Association.
The Fisheries, Aquaculture and Tourism workshops will take place 5–8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11 at the UMaine Hutchinson Center in Belfast; 5–8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12 at Machias Savings Bank Community Room in Machias; and 1–4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13 at University of Southern Maine’s Abromson Building in Portland.
Anyone involved in the fisheries, aquaculture or tourism industry or related support organizations is invited to attend any of the free workshops. Sessions will include information from guest speakers on topics such as the legal issues pertaining to offering boat or farm tours and ways seafood producers can enhance their businesses by building relationships with tour operators, restaurant owners and innkeepers.
“The workshops are intended to respond to the need for information expressed by fishermen and aquaculture farmers who seek to diversify their earnings by tapping into the tourism market by offering activities such as lobster boat tours or fish farm tours,” says Natalie Springuel, a marine extension associate with Maine Sea Grant. “Likewise, these workshops respond to the growing interest in the tourism industry to provide customers with fisheries and fish-farming-related experiences.”
Scott Gunst, an attorney with the admiralty and maritime law practice Reeves McEwing LLP in Philadelphia, Pa., will present at each session. Other guest speakers will vary depending on location. They will include fishermen and/or aquaculture farmers who will talk about their businesses, as well as members of the tourism industry who will share opportunities for marketing and partnerships.
The workshops will include an information session about the legal framework of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism, followed by interactive conversations with those who work in the field and a question-and-answer period with representatives of related resources, including the United States Coast Guard, insurance companies and the host organizations.
Pizza will be offered at the Belfast and Machias sessions and snacks will be provided at the Portland workshop.
This is the second time this workshop series has been offered. The first was offered at the Maine Fishermen’s Forum in Rockland in February 2013.
A registration form and more information, such as fact sheets and legal research produced for the series, are available on the Maine Sea Grant’s website. Registration is required.
The Maine Sea Grant college program at UMaine is one of 33 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) programs throughout the coastal and Great Lakes states and is focused on improving Maine’s coastal communities. The University of Maine Marine Extension Team (MET), is a collaboration of Maine Sea Grant and UMaine Extension, that provides educational and applied research programs in coastal community development, ecosystem health, fisheries, aquaculture and tourism.
WVII (Channel 7) and the Bangor Daily News reported on wreath-making workshops hosted by the University of Maine Page Farm and Home Museum Nov. 30 and Dec. 3–5. The 15th annual workshops cost $15 per person and include instruction and materials to complete one wreath.
The Penobscot Bay Pilot and The Weekly reported Jason Bolton, food safety specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, is available to give advice about preparing the turkey this holiday season. Bolton is part of a team of UMaine Extension food safety and nutrition specialists who are taking calls on a statewide holiday foods hotline (800.287.0274).