Environment

Earth Day 2013: How to get rid of e-waste

Earth Day 2013: How to get rid of e-waste

 

The Atwood family has a hard time getting rid of stuff. We still have our first computer — an iMac Plus. Yes, we are loyal Apple fans. We took our daughters to DC during April vacation back in the 90s and our computer was already on display in the Smithsonian. By then we’d moved up to a newer version. We still have them both. We also still have the computers we bought the girls when they were in high school — they’ve long since graduated from college. We have them all, mostly because we didn’t know what to do with them. We just put them away with all the other things we’ve accumulated over the years. (Did you notice that container of doll stuff under the computer? It’s full!) Out of sight, out of mind.

Eco-Bot program for youth

Eco-Bot program for youth

Springvale Public Library and The University of Maine Cooperative Extension present 4-H Youth Science Day Eco-Bot Challenge.  Youth ages 5-18 are invited to Springvale Library on Wed. October 24 from 3-5 pm for this free program.  The 2012 National Science Experiment, the 4-H Eco-Bot Challenge, explores how robots can be used to preserve and protect the environment, while offering a glimpse into the future of science, technology, engineering and math.

Youth will assemble their own Eco-Bot, then discover how the robot functions.  Youth will design a set of control surfaces to program the Eco-Bot to perform a simulated environmental clean-up project.  No prior robot experience is needed.  The program is free and includes materials for the experiment.  

Please register as soon as possible by calling Sheila Dube at Springvale Library, (207) 324-4624.

Beware of Bears!

Beware of Bears!

We took a little camping trip to the White Mountain National Forest.  WONDERFUL trip... but the warnings about bears were everywhere!  Just a little bit scary!

I brought along Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods.  What a great read.  I laughed til I was crying, but I also lamented, along with Bryson, the fragility of our wilderness and the ways that American life have removed us so much from, well, nature.

And now I notice Appalachian Trail stuff everywhere - Bill Green's "Green Outdoors" story tonight is about the AT, and this past weekend the AT celebrated its 75th birthday!  So timely!  READ MORE

Laudholm Trust names new president

Laudholm Trust names new president

WELLS, Maine - Nik Charov has been hired as the new president of Laudholm Trust, the fund raising arm of the Wells Reserve at Laudholm, according to Bruce Read, chairman of the Trust board. A search committee composed of Laudholm Trust board members and the retiring president, Diana Joyner, chose Charov after reviewing a strong field of candidates from around the country. Charov will be working with Joyner as he assumes full responsibility as president.

"We are delighted to have a seasoned professional like Nik join our team," said Read. "Nik's extensive and proven experience in fund raising and event planning, as well as his passion for the environment, will serve our communities well as the Wells Reserve at Laudholm continues to prosper and grow."

Charov has been working in science education and environmental preservation for nearly a decade.

The Age of Miracles

The Age of Miracles

I like post-apocalyptic fiction.  At least in theory.

Karen Thompson Walker's debut novel is The Age of Miracles, in which the Earth’s rotation slows down... a lot. Little do we realize that all life is dependent on that consistent 24-hour day. At 26 hours it’s disruptive but not awful; at 46 hours, it’s quite a lot worse. When the day is 60 hours long… and longer… it is toxic to all life on Earth. The unrelenting daylight is toxic, and so is the darkness.

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Citizen’s Group to Maine DOT: Stop Spraying!

Citizen’s Group to Maine DOT: Stop Spraying!

 

For the past two years, a group of Gorham residents has been trying to get the Maine Department of Transportation to stop spraying herbicides along the Mountain Division Rail Trail, which passes through Gorham. Read more.