Daily Archives: May 19, 2010

Tom’s of Maine launches ’50 States for Good’ | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Tom’s of Maine launches ’50 States for Good’ | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Tom’s of Maine’s 50 States for Good website: http://www.tomsofmaine.com/community-involvement/living-well/project-sponsorships

Experts see Casco Bay kayak trip’s tragic end as reminder | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Experts see Casco Bay kayak trip’s tragic end as reminder | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

From the BDN story:

Guides and safety experts recommend that kayakers always check weather forecasts before any voyage, get safety training and have:

• Open-water sea kayaks, generally 15 to 16 feet or longer, which have watertight flotation chambers. The boats are more stable in wind and waves.

• Spray skirts that can keep water from washing into a boat and reducing stability.

• Wet suits or dry suits, until water temperatures rise above 60 degrees, or until the combined air and water temperature exceeds 120 degrees.

• A waterproof VHF radio, or a cell phone in a watertight case.

• Signaling devices.

• Life jackets.

• Name and phone numbers written on the boat.

Maine monitoring gulf oil spill | Bangor Daily News

Maine monitoring gulf oil spill – Bangor Daily News.

Forest cover declining across New England | Bangor Daily News

Forest cover declining across New England – Bangor Daily News

[There is a note at the bottom of this story that indicates there might be updates to this story. I’m guessing the BDN will localize it and expand the information. At least, that’s what they should do. — KM]

UMPI windmill ‘a great decision’ | Bangor Daily News

UMPI windmill ‘a great decision’ | Bangor Daily News

[In high school I played in a baseball playoff game hosted at the university baseball field near where this turbine was built. If that day was any indication of what the wind is like there normally, the windmill was put in just the right place. It was so windy that day that we could barely hit the ball out of the infield. More universities – more communities, more hospitals, more government buildings should consider wind power, solar power, and other alternative energy sources. – KM]

Live data on the turbine can be found at www.umpi.edu/wind; click on “Live Turbine Data.”

Coffeehouse observation No. 132

Bold coffee and loud Rolling Stones – only way to start the day.

Go to Coffeehouse Observer for more coffeehouse observations.

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