Sharon Tisher, a lecturer in the University of Maine’s School of Economics and Honors College, and Ted Quaday, executive director of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, wrote an opinion piece published by the Bangor Daily News titled “There’s no blueprint for farming in our ‘new normal’ climate.” The article mentions “Maine’s Climate Future: 2015 Update,” a new UMaine report that highlights the effects of climate change in Maine, such as intense precipitation events, warming temperatures in the atmosphere and ocean, and rising sea levels.
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University of Maine mechanical engineering student Antonio Giacomuzzi was featured in the Schools.com article, “College for nontraditional students: What’s different now.” Giacomuzzi is completing his junior year at UMaine while caring for his 7-year-old son, working three jobs and commuting an hour each way to campus, according to the article. “It’s a lot of work. It’s a lot of sleepless nights. You log a lot of hours, but I know in the end the reward is going to be so much more,” he said.
The Maine Edge reported on scheduled public star shows for the month of March at the University of Maine’s Emera Astronomy Center. The Maynard F. Jordan Planetarium shows are held 7 p.m. Fridays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Friday nights in March feature “Undiscovered Worlds,” an exploration of the hundreds of planets orbiting stars beyond the sun. For younger sky watchers, Sunday afternoon shows introduce a medium-sized yellow star making his way through space in “Little Star that Could.” Admission to all shows is $6, and seating is limited.
The Bangor Daily News previewed the 77th Eastern Maine Sportsmen’s Show to be held at the University of Maine. The event will be held in the New Balance Field House Friday through Sunday, March 6–8. The Penobscot County Conservation Association event has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars that are given back to students studying conservation-oriented subjects at Maine colleges in the form of scholarships, according to the article.
The Bangor Daily News published the opinion piece, “Maine’s older adults need affordable housing options” by Jennifer Crittenden, the fiscal and administrative officer of the University of Maine Center on Aging. Crittenden is a member of the Maine chapter of the Scholars Strategy Network, which brings together scholars across the country to address public challenges and their policy implications. Members’ columns appear in the BDN every other week.
Kenneth Palmer, a professor emeritus of political science at the University of Maine, was quoted in the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting article “History shows LePage faces uphill battle to change state constitution.” According to the article, Gov. Paul LePage wants amendments to the Constitution of the State of Maine that would replace the secretary of state position with a lieutenant governor and get rid of the income tax. LePage also said he is considering proposing an amendment that would change the way the state elects its treasurer and attorney general, from election by the legislature to either a popular election or appointment by the governor, the article states. According to records at the Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library, of the approximately 1,200 amendments proposed in the state’s history, 172 have been approved by the legislature and voters. “I think the point is, the constitution reflects Maine culture, which is relatively moderate, doesn’t like a lot of rapid change, but does want to keep things up to date,” Palmer said. Seacoast Online and the Bangor Daily News carried the report.
WABI (Channel 5) reported the executive director of the Municipal Review Committee (MRC), a group representing the trash disposal needs of nearly 190 Maine towns, updated the Hampden Town Council on a proposed solid waste processing facility that will turn trash into biofuel. At the meeting, the MRC told councilors they reached an agreement with Maryland-based company Fiberight to build the facility, according to the report. Committee members also said they were pleased with the findings of a report by students from the University of Maine’s Forest Bioproducts Research Institute (FBRI) led by Hemant Pendse, a UMaine professor who leads the FBRI research team focused on creating and commercializing new bioproducts. The team was tasked with studying Fiberight’s operations to determine if its technology will work in the colder temperatures of Maine.
WVII (Channel 7) reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and FoodCorps are offering a free cooking class for income-eligible families April 29–May 20 at the UMaine Extension Somerset County office in Skowhegan. The four-session class is designed for income-eligible families with children living at home. Parents will be taught how to prepare quick and easy meals while youth make healthy snacks. Participants who complete the program will receive a cooking kit that includes recipes and kitchen tools.
The Maine Edge published a University of Maine Cooperative Extension news release announcing a one-year poultry egg business project that it’s offering to 4-H members ages 9–18 and their families. The statewide project is intended to generate income for participants and provide learning experiences in business, entrepreneurship, keeping records, documentation, problem-solving, food safety and animal husbandry. Participants will learn and follow state and local regulations for producing and selling poultry eggs.
“Maine’s Climate Future: 2015 Update,” a new report from the University of Maine, was featured in stories by the Maine Public Broadcasting Network and the Associated Press. The report highlights the effects of climate change in Maine, such as intense precipitation events, warming temperatures in the atmosphere and ocean, and rising sea levels. Ivan Fernandez, a professor in the UMaine School of Forest Resources, Climate Change Institute and School of Food and Agriculture, is one of the report’s authors. He said the next 35 years will likely bring as much change to the state’s climate as the last 100. Fernandez said those changes included about three degrees in temperature warming, two weeks longer of a growing season and a sea level rise of about six-tenths of a foot, the AP reported. Seacoast Online, I-95 (95.7 FM), WGME (Channel 13 in Portland) and WRAL-TV (in North Carolina) carried the AP article.