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Dill Talks with WLBZ About EEE in Maine Mosquitoes

Jim Dill, a pest management specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke with WLBZ (Channel 2) about EEE and other mosquito-borne illnesses. The Maine Center for Disease Control recently released a report stating a mosquito pool in York tested positive for EEE, a virus that’s transmitted to humans and animals through mosquitoes, WLBZ reported. Although a human case of EEE has never been reported in Maine, a New Hampshire resident is currently being treated for the virus at Maine Medical Center. “It’s a knocking on our doorstep — a human case — and with positive pools of mosquitoes that just means that EEE is in the mosquitoes in that area,” Dill said. He recommended taking steps such as avoiding outdoor activities during dawn and dusk to protect yourself against EEE and other mosquito-borne illnesses

UMaine Extension Master Gardeners to Host Seed-Saving Workshop

University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers will offer a workshop on seed saving at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at Wells Reserve, 342 Laudholm Farm Road.

Why and how gardeners save seeds for the next season will be the focus of the program. Master Gardener Volunteers Cate Fitzgerald Rice, Gail Sawyer and Tinuviel Sampson will explain how to grow, harvest and store healthy seeds, as well as breed unique varieties.

The $7 fee ($5 for Laudholm Trust members) is payable at the event. To register, call UMaine Extension in York County at 207.324.2814 or email rebecca.gowdy@maine.edu. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, call Frank Wertheim at 207.324.2814 or 800.287.1535 (in Maine).

The workshop is part of the Four Season Gardening series brought to the Wells Reserve at Laudholm by UMaine Extension’s York County Master Gardener Volunteers.

Catch the Buzz About Beekeeping

University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine State Beekeepers Association (MSBA) will offer Beginner Bee School, 6–8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 1-29, at Anderson Learning Center, 21 Bradeen St., Springvale.

Instructor Larry Peiffer, master beekeeper and former MSBA vice president, will discuss honeybee colonies, hive construction, pests and diseases and honey production. During the five-week course, participants will also observe area hives and gain hands-on experience during a field lab. Cost is $90 per person/$130 for two people who share the text and materials. A one-year membership in the York County Beekeepers Association is included with the fee. Sept. 19 is the deadline to register.

More information, including registration, is available online or by contacting the UMaine Extension York County office at 800.287.1535 (in state), 207.324.2814 or rebecca.gowdy@maine.edu. To request a disability accommodation, call Frank Wertheim, 800.287.1535 (in state) or 207.324.2814

 

UMaine Mentioned in Press Herald, BDN Articles on Tick Increase

The University of Maine was mentioned in articles by the Portland Press Herald and Bangor Daily News on climate change and the increase of ticks and Lyme disease. Both reports referenced a question on the November ballot that will ask voters to approve an $8 million bond that would support a laboratory administered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension for monitoring Lyme disease and other health threats related to mosquitoes, bed bugs and ticks. Research from UMaine’s Climate Change Institute also was referenced in the BDN article. A clinical research associate at the Maine Medical Center Research Institute, which tracks tick populations in the state, said CCI research shows the state will grow significantly warmer by 2050.

Extending the Garden Season with Simple Hoophouses Workshop

Hoophouses to Extend the Garden Season Workshop Rescheduled to Aug. 26 – still time to register!

Wells, Maine — University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers will offer a hands-on workshop on extending the garden season, including how to build and use a simple hoophouse, 6 – 8 p.m. Tuesday, August 26, at Wells Reserve, 342 Laudholm Farm Road, Wells.

UMaine Extension Educator Frank Wertheim and Master Gardener Volunteer Allan Amioka will show how gardening doesn’t have to stop when the traditional growing season ends in Maine. Learn how to use small, moveable hoophouse structures to start growing winter greens in late summer and keep them producing through fall and winter. Workshop leaders will demonstrate how to use simple hoop benders and let you try them out. You’ll receive hoophouse plans and tips on which hardy greens to plant and when to plant them.

The $7 workshop fee ($5 for Laudholm Trust members) is payable at the event. Meet at the All Seasons Garden behind the lab/science building. Participants should dress for the outdoors and be prepared for hands-on learning. To pre-register, call UMaine Extension in York County at 207.324.2814 or email rebecca.gowdy@maine.edu.

For more information or to request a disability accommodation, call Frank Wertheim at 207.324.2814 or 800.287.1535 (in state). The program is part of the Four Season Gardening series brought to the Wells Reserve at Laudholm by UMaine Extension’s York County Master Gardener Volunteers. The next workshop — Seed Saving: Why and How — is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 18.

UMaine Cooperative Extension Lab Bond Selected as Question 2, WABI Reports

WABI (Channel 5) reported the order of bond questions for the November ballot was determined by a drawing in Augusta. A bond referring to funds for an animal and plant disease and insect control lab administered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension was selected as Question 2. The question reads, “Do you favor an $8,000,000 bond issue to support Maine agriculture, facilitate economic growth in natural resources-based industries and monitor human health threats related to ticks, mosquitoes and bedbugs through the creation of an animal and plant disease and insect control laboratory administered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Service?”

Volunteers Needed to Collect Beach Profile Data in Scarborough, Current Reports

Current reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension is seeking six to eight volunteers to collect beach profile data for Pine Point in Scarborough in an effort to monitor monthly changes in sand erosion. No prior scientific knowledge is needed. The collected data will be submitted to the Maine Geological Survey and will be used by state geologists who will review and analyze the information to produce reports every two years regarding the effect of climate change on Maine’s beaches, according to the article. The Southern Maine Volunteer Beach Profile Monitoring Program is a project of Maine Sea Grant.

UMaine Extension Cited in AP Report on Late Blight Symptoms in Buxton

The Associated Press reported officials with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association say late blight symptoms have been found in a potato field in Buxton. According to officials, late blight is a nontreatable disease that affects potatoes and tomatoes and spreads rapidly in warm and wet conditions. UMaine Extension and MOFGA ask growers and gardeners to take precautions to prevent infections and spread of the disease, according to the article. Maine Public Broadcasting Network, The Republic, Portland Press Herald, WLBZ (Channel 2) and WABI (Channel 5) carried the AP report.

SeacoastOnline Interviews Kaczor About Health of Maine’s Beaches

Keri Kaczor, of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and coordinator of Maine Healthy Beaches, spoke with SeacoastOnline about the health of Maine’s beaches following the release of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s annual report on the water quality at beaches throughout the nation. Maine Healthy Beaches is a partnership between the UMaine Extension/Sea Grant, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, and local municipalities. The statewide organization is dedicated to monitoring and keeping beaches clean. Kaczor said despite Maine’s low rank in the NRDC report, there are plenty of beaches in the state with nearly spotless records, and most of those beaches are in state or national parks where there is little to no developmen

Maine Sea Grant Updates Guide to Managing Hurricane Hazards

Hurricane hazards come in many forms, including storm surge, heavy rainfall, flooding, high winds and rip currents. All of these can affect people who live on shorefront land. To help property owners take steps now to make their homes more resilient and less damage-prone over the long run, Maine Sea Grant has updated the Maine Property Owner’s Guide to Managing Flooding, Erosion & Other Coastal Hazards.

The online resource contains detailed information on navigating state and federal regulatory and permitting processes associated with actions such as elevating a house, moving a house back away from the water, restoring dunes, creating buffers and stabilizing coastal bluffs. Normandeau Associates Environmental Consultants worked in partnership with Sea Grant and University of Maine Cooperative Extension to make this new information available. Now, not only can coastal property owners learn more about the hazards they face and what can be done to protect their property, they also can access step-by-step recommendations and permitting guidance.

Examples of property owners who have taken some of these steps are highlighted in case studies from across southern Maine. Information about a tour of resilient properties to be offered in September will be online.

Property owners in Maine’s coastal communities are encouraged to review this updated guidance document as soon as possible. By taking action now to prevent hurricane damage, public and private property owners can greatly reduce their risk of damage and avoid significant costs and delays associated with repairs and restoration.


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Cooperative Extension in York County
21 Bradeen Street, Suite 302
Springvale, Maine 04083
Phone: 207.324.2814 or 1.800.287.1535 (in Maine)E-mail: ceyrk@umext.maine.edu
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