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Presentation: My 2500 Mile Solo Paddle with Grandmother, Deb Walters

You won’t want to miss this presentation on Wednesday May 4 from 6:30-8:00PM! After over 30 years as a cognitive scientist, administrator and then as university vice president at Unity College, Deb decided to retire early and live simply, freeing up time and resources to follow her passion, to give back. In her leadership role with the Rotary Club, Deb learned about Safe Passage, an organization that assists the children of the families who live in the Guatemala City garbage dump community. After volunteering there she was asked to join the Safe Passage Board of Directors, and served as President from 2009-2012. She now travels regularly to the garbage dump community and leads service groups. In July 2014, Deb began a journey which would combine her passion for the children and families at Safe Passage with her passion for long distance paddling, by kayaking from her home in Maine to their home in Guatemala. The goal has been to raise awareness and funds for education for the children at Safe Passage. For this expedition, she paddled alone more than 2,500 miles over the course of a year and a half. She had to stop in the middle of her journey to undergo emergency surgery and rehabilitation. Determined as ever, she resumed her voyage which she just completed this February of 2016. Along the route Deb stopped and shared the stories of the grit and perseverance of the children and families living in the Guatemala City garbage dump community. Deborah Walters lives in Troy, Maine with her husband. She has two children and four grandchildren. Presentation is from 6:30 to 8PM at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bangor (120 Park St, Bangor, ME 04401). For more information, please contact Nancy Jacobson.

Presentation: Copenhagen to Berlin: A Solo Sustainability Cycling Tour

bikingJoin us on Thursday, May 5 in Brunswick! Alicia Heyburn rented a bicycle in Copenhagen last summer and cycled solo to Berlin learning about local foods, the shared economy, traveling slowly, self-acceptance and the benefits of significant government investment in long term sustainability solutions. If you’ve wondered what it is like to be alone, but not lonely, the type of people you’ll meet CouchSurfing, why bike touring is massively popular, the accommodations in a former concentration camp, or simply how to experience all your favorite things in one spectacular journey, join us on May 5th. Alicia lives in Brunswick, is a Community Spoke for the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, a Registered Maine Guide, and works in areas of connectivity: connecting communities to their natural resources, connecting watersheds for migratory fish, and connecting transportation routes for bicyclists and pedestrians. Event is at the Curtis Memorial Library, Morrell Meeting Room, 23 Pleasant Street, Brunswick. Presentation starts at 7pm. Optional potluck begins at 6pm. Please bring a dish to share and help us be green by bringing your own plate, silverware and cup. Free and open to the public. Contact Michelle Moody at 207-406-5221, or Lisa Pengel, Meeting & Education co-chair.

It’s National Park Week!

April 16-24 is National Park Week! All parks are offering free admission the entire week as part of the Centennial Celebration of our National Park system. If you are interested in visiting Acadia National Park in Maine, they are hosting several activities during the week. Enjoy YOUR parks!

Presentation: Restoration of Migratory Fish to the Penobscot

On Thursday, April 14, come learn about our current state of knowledge of how to restore migratory fish to the Penobscot. Joe Zydlewski is a fisheries scientist and a professor with the USGS and the University of Maine. His work focuses on the study of fish movements and migrations, particularly those of diadromous fish such as Atlantic salmon, American shad, alewife and sea lamprey. Joe has developed a research program that has contributed to understanding how dams and their removal influence fish communities and river ecology. While you’re at Fields Pond Audubon Center you can visit the salmon fry they are hosting there for release to the Kenduskeag River. The presentation will be from 6:00 to 7:30 at the Fields Pond Audubon Center at 216 Fields Pond Rd, Holden, ME 04429. For more information, contact Nancy Jacobson.

“HIKE 40”

With our early Spring, we are all thinking of getting out on the trail, whether the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) or our local trails. Here’s a program that you can register for to allow you to measure your progress towards getting 100 miles under your belt in 2016. The 40th Anniversary of the American Hiking Society (AHS) is marked by HIKE 40. AHS is the only national hiking & trails advocacy group lobbying for such programs as the Land & Water Conservation Act and the Recreational Trails Program. AHS has organized for 40 years “Volunteer Vacations” to work on trail stewardship projects around the country. AHS usually has one or more projects in Maine. A.T. boundary maintenance has been a popular repeat project for the past 3 years. In the HIKE 40 Challenge, participants commit to hike 40 miles or 40 unique trails by October 13, 2016. It is set up as a fundraiser but you can list any fundraising amount – even zero.
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Presentation: Sea Kayaking on the Maine Island Trail

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Join us on Thursday, April 7 in Brunswick when MITA Membership Manager Erin Quigley, also a Registered Maine Sea Kayak Guide for Portland Paddle, will share everything you need to know to get out on the Maine Island Trail this summer! The coastal islands of Maine are some of the world’s most beautiful sea kayaking destinations, and over 200 of them are on the Trail. We’ll talk about the history of the Trail, MITA’s unique partnerships with a variety of landowners, short Trail trips near Brunswick that are appropriate for all skill levels, and how to prepare to paddle safely among Maine’s wild islands. We’ll also discuss ways to get more involved in MITA’s yearly island clean-ups, as well as the Monitor Skipper and Island Adopter programs. There will be plenty of time for questions at the end of the talk. Event is at the Curtis Memorial Library, Morrell Meeting Room, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick. Presentation starts at 7pm. An optional potluck begins at 6pm. Please bring a dish to share and help us be green by bringing your own plate, silverware and cup. Free and open to the public. Contact Michelle Moody at 207-406-5221, or Lisa Pengel, Meeting & Education co-chair

Blowdowns and Trail Maintenance in Maine

by Jeff Pengel

While hiking in spring you come across a spruce tree that has fallen across the trail. What is your reaction?

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Presentation: The Centennial of Acadia National Park and of the NPS

Join us on Thursday, March 31 for an evening presentation on Acadia National Park co-sponsored by Acadia Centennial. Acadia National Park was recognized for its exceptional beauty, its power to inspire and as a recreational mecca when it was conserved 100 years ago. In honor of its centennial and that of the National Park service as well, Ken Olson will present the history of the park and the park service and provide information about centennial events. Ken is the past President and CEO of Friends of Acadia as well as other outdoor and environmental organizations. He was publisher and editor of AMC’s guidebooks and has been a hut master and general manager for AMC’s many remote huts. The event starts at 6:30PM at the First Congregational Church, 35 Church Street, in Brewer. Please contact Nancy Jacobson for more information. Event is free and open to the public.

Presentation: Utah- A Magical Landscape

Canyons, sandstone sculptures, red rock and so much more. AMC members Michelle and Stan Moody spent over a month exploring Utah. This not only included the very well known and popular Zion, Bryce, Arches, Canyonlands and Capitol Reef National Parks but lesser know spots like Nine Mile Canyon, the San Rafael Swell, Little Wild Horse and Bell Canyons, Goblin State Park, Wire Pass and Bucksin Gulch, Grand Escalante National Monument including Spooky Canyon, and Natural Bridges National Monument. Come join them on Thursday March 31st for a photo review of some of these highlights. Potluck dinner will start at 6pm (please bring a dish to share, help us be green and bring your own cup, plates and silverware). Show will start at 7pm. Curtis Memorial Library, Morrell Meeting Room, 23 Pleasant Street, Brunswick, Maine. For more information, contact Michelle Moody or 207-406-5221 or Meetings and Education Chair, Lisa Pengel.
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“Hike 100 Challenge”

With our early Spring, we are all thinking of getting out on the trail, whether the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) or our local trails. Here’s a program that you can register for to allow you to measure your progress towards getting 100 miles under your belt in 2016. In conjunction with the National Park Service Centennial, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail office has developed a program to encourage everyone to get out and hike in 2016. The ‘Hike100 Challenge’ offers a celebratory decal to any person who hikes a total of 100 miles in the year 2016, with at least one hike taking place on the A.T. With approximately 600 participants so far, response has been overwhelmingly positive! At least one person has already completed the challenge. Simply download a hiking log and turn it in by the end of the year with a registration form.
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