June 22 – 28, 2012Vol. 14, No. 3

The Kennebec River flows under the Memorial Bridge in Augusta. Held each June in Augusta, Hallowell, and Gardiner, the Whatever Family Festival celebrates the revitalization of this formerly polluted river. This year's festival, which runs from June 20 to July 4, 2012 is an extravaganza of activities, some for a fee, but mostly free. Highlights include the Greater Gardiner River Festival June 23, Kids Day in Capitol Park June 30, the Hallowell Riverfront Celebration July 1, and the Capital City Riverfront Fourth, with many daily activities and events in between. Over the two-week period, more than 150 events will take place, including live entertainment, sales, tours, fireworks, rides, and food. For details, visit the website of the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce.


Milfoil Hitches a Ride North

Eurasian milfoil, the species that was in Salmon Lake, was brought into this country from Southeast Asia as a fish tank plant and sold in pet stores. It's not hard to imagine how it got out. One fish tank carelessly dumped into the Potomac River in Maryland in the 1940's was all it took. Variable milfoil, which is in Great Pond and Lake Messalonskee, is actually native to our southern states from Florida to Texas but very foreign and destructive elsewhere, including Maine. More . . .

& Outings

Humanity in Nature

The L.C. Bates Museum is proud to present this interesting summer art exhibit. The work in the exhibition looks closely at the dynamic between humans and the rest of the natural world. Local artists, curious about the ways in which we seem to imagine ourselves apart from nature, provide their insights on this relationship. More . . .


Spindleworks Comes To Hallowell

Years ago I visited Spindleworks in Brunswick and was impressed with what that group was doing for handicapped people. Little wonder their arrival in Hallowell delighted me. Let me tell you why. More . . .


Get Outside and Play!

Kids don't play outside anymore. In this tech savvy world, where most people are glued to their phones or tablets all day and many children would rather play video games than sports, it's no wonder there's a national problem with less and less kids playing outside. Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods, coined the term "Nature Deficit Disorder" which makes the connection between lack of outdoor time and physical, cognitive, and emotional challenges in young people. More . . .


It Rained Hard. So What!

To start with I need to admit that I'm a big fan of numbers and enjoy doing arithmetic and math calculations. Since my last article most of us experienced a severe weather event also known as a "deluge of rain". We have talked about storm water runoff before, but what does that mean other than the ditch next to our driveway may have a lot of water in it and the pond or lake level may rise a bit. What impact does our own behavior have on that? Isn't that just nature doing what nature does? More . . .


Beautiful Bugs, Sea Run Fish, and Wind!

Let's face it, Mainers know their bugs; we live in their world. But this past week the talk of the town is not black flies or mosquitoes we all know about them. It's the mayfly and they are viewed by many anglers as the Madonna of all bugs. There are 162 different kinds of mayflies in the State and bug aficionados study them with intent interest. Fly fishermen who take their sport seriously pay close attention to the mayfly hatch, simply because these bugs bring the biggest fish to the surface and make them easier to catch. More . . .

Pet World

Losing Weight with Your Pet

The summer is the best time to get in shape and lose weight! Looking for a workout partner? Look no further! Research has shown that exercising with your pet can increase your compliance rate with your own exercise routine, and keep you from quitting! More . . .