Robert Rice, a professor of wood science and technology at the University of Maine, was quoted in the Bangor Daily News article “$25 million FAME loan remains intact despite changes in Millinocket pellet mill plan.” Rice was selected by the Finance Authority of Maine as an independent forest industry analyst to review Cate Street Capital’s plan to build a pellet mill in Millinocket after the company decided to change the project’s technology and scope. Rice said he thinks the new steam-exploded technology will yield a better product that is easier to manufacture than the microwave-based torrefaction process Cate Street originally planned to use. Mainebiz also reported on the BDN article.
Foster’s Daily Democrat reported Jack Cosgrove, head coach of the University of Maine football team, is one of nine people to be inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame in May at its 39th annual awards banquet. Other inductees include Joseph L. Ferris, who pitched for UMaine in the 1964 College World Series, and Edward J. Flaherty, an All-American performer at UMaine in 1975.
The Maine Edge spoke with Dennis Cox, professor of music and director of the Choral Music Program at the University of Maine, about the University Singers’ spring tour. Over spring break, the group performed free public concerts in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Cox, who plans to retire at the end of the school year, directs the group. “This group right now is as good as any I’ve had. I’ve been with the Singers for almost 36 years, and it has been amazing,” Cox said.
Sap is not yet flowing freely so the University of Maine is moving its Maple Sugar Celebration from Sunday, March 23 to Sunday, March 30.
Festivities, scheduled for 1-3 p.m., begin with a video titled “The Maple Sugaring Story” at UMaine’s Page Farm and Home Museum on Portage Road. Children in grades K-5 are invited to take part in learning activities and games and to hear stories about one of Maine’s oldest traditions and seasonal business enterprises.
Guests can caravan to UMaine’s Thomas J. Corcoran Sugar House on Lucy Thompson Road, off College Avenue Extension. There will be a guided walking tour of the sugar bush and sugar house, where sap is simmered into syrup. Attendees can take part in the Sugar on Snow party and sample sweet syrup right from the evaporator, served on ice cream with a dill pickle and doughnut.
Space is limited; preregistration is required. Cost is $4. For more information, to register, or to request a disability accommodation, call 207.581.4100. Children must be chaperoned by an adult with transportation.
Portland Press Herald columnist Meredith Goad wrote about University of Maine economist Todd Gabe’s study on the maple industry’s financial impact in the state. The industry, he found, generates a direct contribution to the state’s economy of $27.7 million, 567 full- and part-time jobs, and $17.3 million in labor income.
Kathryn Hopkins, a maple products specialist with University of Maine Cooperative Extension, said in a Bangor Daily News story that Mainers could increase the state’s maple syrup production and profile. “We have the trees,” said Hopkins. “If we decide to get organized, get more young people and develop the market … Maine could do anything it wants.”
Last year, Maine’s licensed producers generated 450,000 gallons of syrup worth $24 million. Maine ranks third in the country in syrup production behind Vermont and New York. Hopkins said the maple syrup industry has recently been growing in Maine; three years ago, there were about 380 licensed maple producers and this year there are 452.
WABI (Channel 5) reported on University of Maine art students helping at-risk youth at the Shaw House in Bangor. The UMaine students delivered raw materials to Shaw House for youth to use to make pins. The pins, which range from found art to sculptures, are for sale at Metropolitan Soul and The Rock and Art Shop in Bangor.
Morning Sentinel reported that University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a six-session course that covers moving a specialty food product to market. The class will take place Tuesdays, April 8–29 in Skowhegan and Dover-Foxcroft. Two May class sessions are scheduled to include individual business consultations and a tour of the Dr. Matthew Highlands Pilot Plant — UMaine’s state-of-the-art facility that assists food processors, entrepreneurs, farmers, researchers and students in the food industry.
Penobscot Bay Pilot reported that University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine Sea Grant College Program at the University of Maine will a conduct a free citizen science training session 1–3:30 p.m. March 25, at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast. The program, “Signs of the Seasons,” focuses on the history and science of phenology (study of seasonal changes in plants and animals).
The Morning Sentinel reported that University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s tractor and farm machinery safety course will be start April 15 at Ingraham’s Equipment in Knox. The course, designed for youth ages 14–16, will continue for the next four consecutive Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine Sea Grant College Program at the University of Maine are offering a five-session spring workshop in Saco for people interested in strengthening their facilitation skills.
Sessions for Strengthening Your Facilitation Skills, Level 1 will be held 4–8 p.m. April 17, May 1, May 15, May 29 and June 12 at City Hall, 300 Main St., Saco.
The workshop features experiential learning, including a chance to practice facilitation skills and receive feedback in a safe environment. The $120 fee covers instruction, a resource notebook and light meals. Kristen Grant, who enjoys creating programs that build skills of individuals and capacities of groups, will lead the workshop. Grant has a background in providing interactive, educational programs and works extensively in team settings.
Enrollment is limited to the first 18 people who register. Registration is required and is open. To register, or to request a disability accommodation, contact UMaine Extension at 207.324.2814. For more information, contact Grant at 207.646.1555, ext. 115, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit umaine.edu/ext-community/strengthening-your-facilitation-skills/level-1.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Piscataquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative (PVAEC) explore what it takes to be a farmer in Maine on Wednesday, March 26, 5:30–7:30 p.m., at UMaine Extension, 165 East Main St., Dover-Foxcroft.
“Is Farming for ME?” will instruct attendees how to assess all assets that can contribute to a successful farm and where they can go for more information on starting a farm business plan. The program is part of the YOU CAN series of workshops developed to teach self-sufficiency skills to Maine families.
Donna Coffin, UMaine Extension educator for Piscataquis and Penobscot counties and statewide resource for the Maine beef and equine industry, will lead the workshop. Cost is $5; preregistration is required. To register, call 207.564.6525 or visit bit.ly/pyoucan. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, call 207.564.3301 or 800.287.1491 (in Maine).
The Fogler Library at the University of Maine will display a “Human Dimensions of Climate Change” exhibit in late March and early April. The exhibit, in Fogler’s first floor hallway, highlights a selection of the library’s books, government documents and films that emphasize potential impacts of climate change on populations throughout the world.
The exhibit corresponds with the “Human Dimensions of Climate Change” film series. Upcoming films, which are shown in Fogler’s CETA room, include “Climate Refugees” at 6 p.m. March 25 and “There Once Was an Island” at 6 p.m. April 1.
Paul Mayewski, director of the Climate Change Institute, will facilitate discussion following “Climate Refugees”. Discussion after “There Once Was an Island” will feature Jim Roscoe, professor of anthropology.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a free workshop on hayfield and pasture management this spring around the state.
Rick Kersbergen, UMaine Extension educator in Waldo County, will lead the “Got Hayfields?” workshops, which focuses on how to best manage hayfields and pastures to produce high-quality feed for livestock. Topics include weed control, managing soil fertility, hay and pasture renovation techniques, grazing management and basics of forage quality.
Workshops will be held at the following dates, times and locations:
• March 25, 6:30–8:30 p.m., UMaine Extension, 992 Waterville Rd., Waldo
• April 3, 6–8 p.m., Farmington Grange, 124 Bridge St., West Farmington
• April 10, 7–9 p.m., UMaine Extension, 307 Maine Ave., Bangor
• April 24, 6:30–8:30 p.m., Vassalboro Grange, Rte. 32, East Vassalboro
• April 30, 2–4 p.m., UMaine Extension, 57 Houlton Rd., Presque Isle
• May 14, 5:30–7:30 p.m., UMaine Extension, 24 Main St., Lisbon Falls
• June 3, 5:30–7:30 p.m., Noon Family Sheep Farm, 78 Sunset Rd., Springvale
Preregistration is requested. To register, or to request a disability accommodation, call 800.287.1426, or visit umaine.edu/waldo/programs/events/got-hayfields.
The UMaine Graduate School solicits photo submissions for Graduate Student Photography Contest. The contest is open to all UMaine graduate students and will include prizes for 1st place ($100), 2nd place ($50), and 3rd place ($25) in each of three categories: grad student life, grad student research, and grad student teaching. The submission deadline has been extended to Tuesday, March 25, 2014. For more information, see the guidelines and submission information.
During their senior year, University of Maine students majoring in environmental horticulture can now earn an associate of science degree in turfgrass science and management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Under a new agreement, qualified students in the Environmental Horticulture Program at the University of Maine School of Food and Agriculture will spend their senior year at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Stockbridge School of Agriculture pursuing a concentration in turfgrass science and management.
In the Stockbridge School program, students study topics that include turfgrass management, pest and weed management, plant nutrients and equipment maintenance to prepare them for careers in turfgrass management with golf courses, athletic facilities, lawn care and park maintenance industries, according to the Stockbridge School of Agriculture website.
UMaine students will be accepted to the Stockbridge School after completing the first three years of their degree and maintaining at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average. Credits earned at the Stockbridge School toward the associate of science degree will also count for the completion of the bachelor’s degree at UMaine.
“Our faculty look forward to offering more diverse academic options to environmental horticulture students through this agreement with the Stockbridge School of Agriculture,” says Stephanie Burnett, UMaine associate professor of horticulture who, along with professor emeritus William Mitchell, spearheaded the agreement. “These students will be highly competitive in the job market with both a bachelor’s degree in environmental horticulture from UMaine and an associate degree in turfgrass management from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture.”
Contact: Margaret Nagle, 207.581.3745
The University of Maine Museum of Art was mentioned in the Morning Sentinel’s article about modernist painter John Marin’s daughter-in-law giving nearly 300 watercolors, drawings and sketchbooks to the Arkansas Arts Center. UMMA has 26 pieces painted by Marin, who The New York Times described in 1953 as “America’s No. 1 Master.”
The Bangor Daily News, Portland Press Herald, and WVII (Channel 7) were among the media outlets to report on the University of Maine Women’s Basketball team’s selection for the Women’s Basketball Invitational postseason tournament. The Black Bears (16–14) host Bucknell (16–13) at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, at Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Tickets are $10 for adults/$5 for youth and seniors and may be purchased through Ticketmaster or by calling 800.745.3000. Tickets also will be available at the CIC box office Tuesday, March 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesday, March 19, from 10 a.m. until game time. For more information, call 207.561.8333.
The Morning Sentinel reported University of Maine alumnus John Huard is one of the donors for a $600,000 turf renovation project for the Harold Alfond Mini Fenway Park in Oakland. Mini Fenway is a two-thirds-scale replica of Fenway that opened in 2007, reported the Sentinel. Huard owns South Portland-based Northeast Turf, Hue Inc., a synthetic turf supply and installation company.
Richard Brzozowski, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension poultry specialist, commented in a Morning Sentinel story about day-old mail order baby chicks that died en route from Pennsylvania to Mercer, Maine, when their delivery was delayed. Brzozowski said Maine farmers often rely on mail order chicks because there are no commercial hatcheries in Maine.
The Bangor Daily News clarified its reporting about terms of University of Maine men’s basketball coach Ted Woodward’s contract, which runs through June 30, 2016.