Organic Orcharding 101 Workshop Offered by the PCSWCD in Partnership with MOFGA

Submitted by Joanna Tarrazi on May 17, 2015 - 8:57pm

A favorite activity for many homeowners in Maine is gardening. This time of year, greenhouses and farmers markets are full of customers searching for seedlings and plants to brighten their home gardens and eventually fill their plates. More and more, people are expanding what they grow at home and becoming curious about new options – including fruit trees.

In addition to home gardeners, market gardeners are often adding to or expanding their offerings by adding fruit trees to their farms. As many farmers will tell you, caring for fruit trees differs in many ways to caring for vegetable crops.

The Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District (PCSWCD) in partnership with the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) is offering a workshop that will help any fruit tree grower, large or small, experienced or new, to learn more about how to support and maintain healthy, productive fruit trees on their property.

The PCSWCD will be hosting an Orcharding 101 workshop with MOFGA’s Orchard Specialist CJ Walke on Saturday, June 13th. CJ has years of experience teaching and mastering organic orcharding practices, and has worked alongside many orcharding experts including John Bunker of FEDCO Trees and Michael Phillips, author of The Holistic Orchard, among others. CJ has taught orcharding workshops covering topics such as grafting, pruning, pest management, renovating old trees and much more. 

In this Orcharding 101 Workshop, CJ will cover the basics of how to properly maintain fruit tree varieties using organic practices. Topics will include pruning, pest control, disease identification and treatment and much more. The workshop will take place at Mossflower Farm in Sangerville on Route 23. Owner Leigh Wiley grows a variety of fruit trees using organic practices. At this location setting, workshop participants will not only get to hear and ask questions about orcharding topics, but they will also see examples of them first hand. 

Pre-registration is required to attend this workshop and the workshop is limited to 45 participants. This event will be held rain or shine and will be an outdoor event, so registrants are encouraged to dress appropriately. For more information and to register, please contact the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District by calling 207-564-2321 ext. 3, by emailing us at or by stopping in our office in the USDA Service Center at 42 Engdahl Drive in Dover-Foxcroft, ME.

Fruit trees are a great addition to any home garden or market farm. We encourage folks interested in learning more about organic orcharding practices to join the PCSWCD for this exciting workshop!

Lady Antebellum Concert Raffle Tickets !

Submitted by Izzy Warren on May 17, 2015 - 12:06am

Get them while they're hot.
Two tickets to the Lady Antebellum concert on the Bangor Waterfront, June 4.
Plus, $25 gift certificated to Geaghan's Restaurant & Pub.
Rachel McMannus and other dancers are selling raffle tickets.
Tickets are $10 each or 3 tickets for $25.
A $165 value for $10. Gotta give it a shot!
Tickets will be drawn on June 1. Concert is June 4.
100% of the ticket sales goes directly to the dancers for their trip to Dance Excellence.
Contact Rachel, Lee, or Theresa McMannus and we will get tickets to you.


Sebec: Annual home made baked bean supper, May 16

Submitted by Izzy Warren on May 14, 2015 - 10:48am

Come and join us in Sebec at the Reading Room
for our Annual Home Made Baked Bean Supper
on Saturday May 16 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Served with brown bread, hot dogs, cole slaw, rolls
plus some yummy desserts.
Cost is $7.00 per adult and children under 12 eat FREE!

Rachel and Jeremy Bousquet find family through foster care

Submitted by Izzy Warren on May 13, 2015 - 11:14pm

"Jeremy and Rachel Bousquet had no foster care experience when they received a call in April, asking if they would consider taking in two sisters, 11 and 16. But now, they could not imagine their life without the girls. "

Graveside Memorial Service For Barbara Walker

Submitted by Priscilla Bass on May 13, 2015 - 10:31am
Linked from: Bangor Daily News

Barbara Rand Scribner Walker

MILO - A graveside memorial service for Barbara Rand Scribner Walker, who died April 2, 2015, will be conducted 11am Friday May 15, 2015, at the family lot in Evergreen Cemetery, with Pastor Stephen Dean officiating. Arrangements are in the care of the Lary Funeral Home.
Published in BDN Maine on May 13, 2015

American Legion Indoor Yard Sale

Submitted by Izzy Warren on May 12, 2015 - 10:21pm

 Indoor Yard Sale
at American Legion Post 41, W. Main Street, Milo
on Saturday, May 16th, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
There are still tables available to rent for $10.00 each !
Call Nita at 943-2314.

Informational Meeting about Celebrate Recovery on May 17th

Submitted by Seth Barden on May 12, 2015 - 11:07am

On Sun. May 17 at 6 p.m., United Baptist Church, 8 Pleasant St, Milo, will be hosting an informational meeting about Celebrate Recovery (CR), a Christ-centered 12-step recovery program. CR leaders will present an in-depth explanation of the program followed by a Q&A time. Celebrate Recovery is designed to help people get free of hurts, habits and hang-ups that are negatively affecting their lives and preventing them from living life to its fullest potential.

Some of the issues that CR can help people overcome include:

• Chemical dependence
• Alcohol addiction
• Relationship addiction
• Effects of physical, emotional or sexual abuse
• Childhood trauma
• Food addiction and eating disorders
• Gambling
• Pornography
• Anger
• Fear and insecurity
• Anxiety
• Self-injury
• Control
• Overworking
• Depression
• Grief
• Guilt
• Divorce
• Procrastination
• Feelings of worthlessness
• Unforgiveness
• …and more

If you or anyone you know would like to discover how to find victory in any of the above areas, please join us next Sunday evening. Celebrate Recovery is non-denominational and is open to anyone in the greater Milo community free of charge. The response to this initial meeting will determine the future of this program for our area. Coffee, tea and desserts will be served after the meeting. Please call Peg Luciani at 207-694-4043 for more information.

Milo Garden Club Meeting, May 12

Submitted by Izzy Warren on May 12, 2015 - 8:00am


The Milo Garden Club will hold its next meeting on May 12 at the Town Hall at l:00 p.m.
The program will be "Caring for Gardens, Plants and Shrubs" presented by Myrna Ricker.  
We welcome any interested guests