Tag Archives: Penobscot River

Winterport man builds home as therapy after battle with cancer \ Bangor Daily News

Winterport man builds home as therapy after battle with cancer | Bangor Daily News.

Maine tribes finish 100-mile Spiritual Run | Bangor Daily News

Maine tribes finish 100-mile Spiritual Run | Bangor Daily News.

Maine, Indian nation, Nature Conservancy, others help to restore a Maine river and way of life

Maine, Indian nation, Nature Conservancy, others help to restore a Maine river and way of life

http://www.nature.org/magazine/summer2010/features/art31630.html

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Fort Knox fires up 150-year-old oven for 4th | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Fort Knox fires up 150-year-old oven for 4th | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Stumped by a DownEast.com trivia question – again

OK, so I was stumped by today’s DownEast.com trivia question.

And I’m a tiny bit embarrassed by that since I grew up in the Maine North Woods and I should have known better. Here it is:

What’s a Bangor Tiger?

Answer

It’s a traditional name for a skillful competitor in the sport of log-rolling (birling). The name was given to Penobscot river-drivers in the nineteenth century.

I’ll remember it now, you can be sure of that.

Salmon return to Penobscot River in record numbers | Bangor Daily News

Salmon return in record numbers – Bangor Daily News.

Fishway opening, chestnut planting key moments for central Maine ecology | Bangor Daily News

Fishway opening, chestnut planting key moments for local ecology – Bangor Daily News.

Waste knot: Toxic threat on banks of the Penobscot | Portland Press Herald

ORRINGTON – At this time of year, the Penobscot River flows dark and deep, draining the second-largest watershed in New England – and one of the most pristine.

But as the river passes through the town of Orrington, it picks up an added ingredient: mercury leaking from five landfills on the riverbank at the former HoltraChem Manufacturing Co. plant. The polluted water then flows past Bucksport and into Penobscot Bay, past the coastal tourist towns of Castine, Camden and Rockland, the big summer homes on the islands of Islesboro, North Haven and Vinalhaven, and into the fishing grounds of the Gulf of Maine.

“This is not just an Orrington issue. This river is so valuable to Maine’s economy,” said Ryan Tipping-Spitz of Bangor, an organizer with the Maine People’s Alliance, an advocacy group that has been pushing for a cleanup at HoltraChem for decades.

The mercury contamination at the plant, once described by Gov. John Baldacci as the worst hazardous waste site in the state, has been the focus of a cleanup effort dating to the 1980s.

Click on the link for the rest of today’s story by Beth Quimby in the Portland Press Herald.

Coast Guard: Water dangerously cold in Maine, N.H. | Bangor Daily News

Coast Guard: Water dangerously cold – Bangor Daily News

From the Story:

Mariners should prepare every trip on the water by doing the following:

• File a float plan with a friend or relative, telling them where you’re going and when you plan to return.

• Check the weather forecast.

• Ensure there is a working radio on board.

• Ensure your flares aren’t expired.

• Ensure everyone on board is wearing a properly fitted Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device.

• Ensure the boat plug is in place before launching.

For more Coast Guard information, go to www.piersystem.com/go/doc/778/458671.

Ice-out breaks statewide records | Bangor Daily News

Seasonal thaw comes

earlier than expected

 FORT KENT, Maine — Let Capistrano keep its swallows and Hinckley, Ohio, is welcome to its buzzards. Any Mainer knows the real harbinger of spring is ice-out.

Largely regarded as the time when a body of water may be navigated from one end to the other unimpeded by ice, the seasonal event has spawned countless contests, raffles, impromptu parties, webcams and even its own Facebook fans’ page for the lakes and rivers around the state.

This year, many of Maine’s lakes are already clear of ice days and even weeks ahead of schedule.

“This year is extremely unusual,” Tim Thurston, owner of Maine Lake Charts of Gardiner, said Thursday. “I would not be surprised if every lake in Maine has a record or near record for ice-out.”

Click on the link for the rest of today’s story by Julia Bayly in the Bangor Daily News.