Drawing to be held the beginning of October for a 12 gauge shot gun !
Tickets are $5.00 for 1 or 6 for $25.00 and available from any LaGrange firefighter.
Sweet prize for the lucky ticket-holder !
Great Maine Outdoor Weekend Activities Planned Statewide Sept. 27-29 PORTLAND, Maine ~ Thousands of Mainers are expected to join in the Maine Outdoor Coalition’s fourth Great Maine Outdoor Weekend, Sept. 27-29, 2013, enjoying a wide variety of outdoor activities statewide. According to coalition member Kaitlyn Bernard of the Appalachian Mountain Club, “We’ve been seeing a lot of interest in the event. Community groups, land trusts and businesses around Maine are hosting more than 70 events, most of them free and at an introductory level.” “Great Maine Outdoor Weekend offers an opportunity for people across the state to get outside and enjoy some of the wonderful outdoor opportunities the state of Maine has to offer,” says coalition member Scot Balentine of L.L. Bean. “Participants can venture to a new region of the state, or explore new places and activities closer to home.” Julie Mulkern, another coalition member representing WinterKids, especially appreciates the family aspect of the event. According to Mulkern, “the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend is a great way for the whole family to share in a wonderful fall adventure outdoors.” Activities range from classic hiking trips in some of Maine’s most beautiful areas to more unique opportunities like star gazing, mushroom hunting, and trail maintenance. Other events include a guided canoe tour with the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center, turtle spotting at the Essex Woods Wetland in Bangor, and a chance to catch the Maine Outdoor Film festival at the L.L. Bean Discovery Park in Freeport. New events are added daily, and most are family friendly. Many of the events are hosted by parks and land trusts, helping introduce participants to some of the lands that have been conserved in recent decades and are open for public enjoyment. “The Great Maine Outdoor Weekend helps to showcase some of the spectacular parks and public lands around the state –which are especially beautiful when the leaves begin to change colors in the fall,” observes coalition member Gary Best of the Maine Division of Parks and Public Lands. Warren Whitney, of Maine Coast Heritage Trust, notes the importance of taking time to visit new places in the state. Whitney hopes people will use the weekend to “enjoy the fall season and spend some time exploring all that Maine has to offer.” “We’ve been encouraged by the positive response to our first three Great Maine Outdoor Weekends, and we hope to keep growing the event,” says Kristel Hayes of Mesh Marketing. “Past participants have enjoyed their experiences and many are looking forward to new fall adventures during the upcoming Great Maine Outdoor Weekend September 27th through 29th!” For more information about Great Maine Outdoor Weekend events in your area, visit www.greatmaineoutdoorweekend.org. Submitted by Kaitlyn Bernard Appalachian Mountain Club Maine Program Associate firstname.lastname@example.org...Read More
Hundreds of Cyclists to Traverse 400 Miles Between September 7 and 14
September 5, 2013, Orono, ME ~ BikeMaine, a seven-day, 400-mile cycling celebration of Maine, will be riding through Penobscot, Waldo, and Hancock counties between September 7 and 14. Over 260 cyclists will travel the rural route and will cover 60-70 miles daily as they travel between the host communities of Orono, Dover-Foxcroft, Belfast, Castine, Bar Harbor (2 nights) and Camp Jordan (Ellsworth). With the increased number of cyclists riding on the roadways, encouraging safe driving AND riding behaviors are a top priority.
Kim True, BikeMaine Ride Director said, “The safety of our riders is the number one priority.” She continued, “Our team has been working for six months to identify potential dangerous locations and we’ll be working with local communities and law enforcement to educate their residents about where and when BikeMaine might impact their travel plans.”
The producer of the event, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the rights and safety of cyclists and pedestrians, through advocacy and education. The Coalition regularly promotes safe riding and driving techniques, and BikeMaine will be no different. This focus is of particular importance during large events like BikeMaine, where hundreds of additional cyclists will be riding on area roadways. New laws and several major cycling incidents over the summer make reviewing the rules of the road for motorists and cyclists ever more important. Please see the attached addendum for an outline of both cyclist and motorist responsibilities when using the roadway.
Law enforcement will be involved in the cyclists’ training and monitoring the route as well.
Those wishing to catch a glimpse of the inaugural BikeMaine ride making Maine history can watch cyclists pass through their communities each day. Detailed daily route maps are available at the BikeMaine website. Though participants will stretch out along the course, most riders will begin each day’s ride at about 8:00 AM and average 10 mph (including stops for pictures, shopping, sight-seeing, etc). By referencing the daily maps, spectators should get a good indication of when most riders will be in each community.
BikeMaine is proud to have the enthusiastic support of founding sponsors L.L.Bean and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine.
BikeMaine is the latest and most ambitious undertaking of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. In addition to promoting and celebrating safe cycling events and pedestrian initiatives, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine acts as the statewide voice of cyclists and a repository of bike-related...Read More
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Portland, ME – BikeMaine, a seven-day, 400 mile bicycle ride celebrating people, places, and culture of Maine will be rolling through local communities between September 7 and 14. Along the route, cyclists will camp in the host communities of Orono, Dover-Foxcroft, Belfast, Castine, Bar Harbor (2 nights), and Camp Jordan (Ellsworth) and will pass through many other communities during the daily rides. (A complete itinerary is in a separate posting). The event will include 260 riders in the first year, but is expected to grow to 2,000 in the coming years, offering a significant economic boost to host communities and those along the route.
Each day, riders will experience almost seventy miles of Maine countryside, complete with its history, culture, and people. Each evening, cyclists will camp in the BikeMaine Village, erected in a park or common area of each host community, eating meals prepared by community organizations serving seasonal, locally sourced foods. Wherever possible, support services, provisions, entertainment, and meals are being procured from host and route communities to benefit the local economy.
Belle Ryder, the community coordinator for Orono is looking forward to hosting the BikeMaine Village twice, at both the beginning and end of the ride. Ryder said, “We couldn’t be more excited to host the inaugural BikeMaine ride! This event has been a catalyst for us, allowing us to bring together townspeople and students to celebrate what makes this community great.”
Large week-long, supported, cycling events are well established and very successful in other parts of the United States, with some generating more than $5 million annually in economic benefit for the host state. Once BikeMaine attains profitability after the initial startup years, 60% of BikeMaine net proceeds will be invested back into host communities supporting local cycling and pedestrian infrastructure projects.
Safety, education and the protection of cyclist’s rights are intrinsic goals of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, the producer of the event. With increased cyclist traffic on the BikeMaine route between September 7 and 14, all those who use these roads are encouraged to be patient, alert, and mindful that Maine law requires a minimum of three feet clearance whenever a motorist is passing a bike. BikeMaine will also include educational events in communities along the route promoting safe, legal and courteous cycling.
Nancy Grant, Executive Director of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, has been working with the volunteer Ride Committee since day one. She said, “It’s amazing to see the culmination of two years of hard work. In addition to furthering the safety, advocacy and education goals of the Coalition, this ride will help put the state of Maine on the map for bike tourism.”
BikeMaine is proud to have the enthusiastic support of founding sponsors L.L.Bean and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield...Read More
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