York County Senior College Lecture Series Takes Environmental View

Saco/Sanford, ME, January, 2011:  York County Senior College's latest entry in its Winter Lecture Series takes a look at energy and endangered species in a daylong focus on Maine's environment Wednesday, February 16.

            In the morning, Dr. Richard Silkman discusses "Competitive Energy: Choices for Maine."  Dr. Silkman, co-managing partner of Competitive Energy Services of Portland, is a former state planner under Governor John McKernan, serving as chief policy advisor on economic policy, energy, hydropower and river management, telecommunications regulation, state tax policy, health care regulation and land use and natural resources policy. 

            Co-founder of GridSolar, Dr.

Recycling Records Broken Every Month

ecomaine has broken its own recycling record every month for the past 12 months. From December 2009 through November 2010, its recycling facility has averaged 5,404,660 pounds per month and the organization expects that average to continue increasing well into 2011. Chairman of the Board of Directors Michael Bobinsky, who is Portland’s Director of Public Services, said, “Our educational outreach about the importance of recycling – both environmentally and fiscally – has been a major factor in convincing more people to make recycling a part of their daily routine.”

The fiscal impact, according to Bobinsky, from increased recycling for municipalities, universities, and businesses is significant because the cost of trash disposal is far greater than the cost of recycling.

5th Grade Online Auction

Lebanon Schools fifth grade class is once again having its annual online auction to benefit the class going to Ferry Beach Ecology School. The actual auction will be held Sunday, November 28 - Saturday, December 4th.
NEW donation items and bidders are now being accepted. Buy a banner for a personal message or business. Our website is http://www.les5th.org/

Sanford Town Council Votes to Begin Clean-Up of Contaminated CGA Property

On Tuesday, October 19, 2010, by a unanimous vote, the Sanford Town Council voted to approve Resolution 10-156.08,”to authorize the Town Manager to begin the clean-up of the CGA Property”.   A cost estimate for $25,700 was therefore approved, beginning the process of cleaning an abandoned property that has been deemed contaminated and on the Brownsfields registry for over 20-years.  

The initial clean-up will consist of removing an underground storage tank, demolishing and removing a burned mobile home, removing waste around the property, and securing the abandoned CGA building. 

As an initial step to eradicating the property of contaminants, this is an excellent good faith effort by the Town Council to work with the area residents and affirm their commitment to this project by using budgeted money from an account that is no longer necessary.

During a phone call with the Chairman of the Town Council, Joe Hanslip, long-time resident Da