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August 1 2012
Thousands have begun to descend upon Rockland for the annual Lobster Fest. It's one of the state's biggest, most anticipated events (The Today Show even said it was one of the five best summer family festivals). Here is a guide to some of the upcoming activities.
Wednesday Aug. 1
Noon: Lobster serving begins (everyday, but 11 am every other day)
2 pm: Live music on Main stage by Swing Shift, a 7-piece band playing music from every decade.
3–5 pm: The Bob Band. All Dylan, but no Bob.
8 pm: 2012 Sea Goddess Coronation. Music accompanies the crowning of this year's sea goddess.
Thursday Aug. 2
7 – 10 am: All you can eat pancake breakfast (everyday).
10 am – 3 pm: The Tricskter Fox is back, strolling the grounds, causing hijinks everywhere.
10 am – 2 pm: Learn about the evolution of lobsters at the Maine Experience Tent.
2 – 10 pm: Music includes the Pete Kilpatrick Band, Lyle Divinksy Band, Don Campbell Band, and Jonathan Edwards.
3 pm: Speed knitting competition!
Friday Aug. 3
Noon: Carnival Bracelet Day
1 pm: Surival suit demonstration by the Coast Gaurd at the Maine Experience Tent.
1: 30 – 10 pm: Music includes The Veayo Twins, Freeze Frame, Amy Allen and Randy Houser
Saturday Aug. 4
10 am: The Big Parade. One of the festivals major events features a parade down Main Street with the 2012 Sea Goddess, the Sea Princesses, floats, marching bands, and everything you could want in a parade.
1 – 3 pm: Book signing with Down East authors Jeff Pert (Cartoons from Maine) and Virginia M. Wright (The Maine Lobster Book) at Planet Toys
1: 30 pm: Blindfold Rowboat Race!
1:30 – 10 pm: Music includes Big 'Ole Dirty Bucket, Playin' Possum, Steelin' Thunder, Mallett Bros, and .38 Special.
Sunday Aug. 5 (free admission day)
9 – 10 am: Children's Parade.
11:30 am: Children's Cod Fish Carry.
2 – 4 pm, The Great International Lobster Crate Race. Watch contestants run across lobster crates without falling into the Rockland Harbor.
Posted at Wed, 08/01/2012 - 7:28am.
July 31 2012
The First Annual Chinese Mystery Snail Round-up was organized by the Clearwater Lake Association. The ping pong ball-sized snails multiply rapidly, compete with native snails for food and space, and can clog screens and pipes. They were probably introduced into wild by people dumping aquariums into lakes and streams, the Daily Bulldog Reports.Daily Bulldog
Posted at Tue, 07/31/2012 - 7:26am.
A funnel cloud that formed over Sebago Lake last weekend likely would have been a tornado had it touched ground, the National Weather Service reports.
A weather service meteorologist confirmed the funnel cloud after viewing photographs taken by James Sinko from the beach at Sebago Lake State Park in Naples. The funnel cloud lasted about eight minutes.
Posted at Tue, 07/31/2012 - 6:58am.
July 30 2012
Maine will have a new international marathon option in June 2013 when the inaugural Bay of Fundy marathon debuts in Lubec and Campobello Island, New Brunswick.
Maine currently has three marathons — in Portland, at Sugarloaf, and on Mount Desert Island.
Scheduled for Sunday, June 23, 2013, the first Bay of Fundy marathon event will have a route that crosses the FDR Bridge and the border into Canada, according to the Bangor Daily News. The marathon will start at the West Quoddy Station parking lot, continue for seven miles to the FDR bridge, then follow an 18-mile loop into Campobello and back over the bridge and finish on Water Street at the Lubec town landing.
There also will be a 10K race.
Posted at Mon, 07/30/2012 - 6:39am.
Maine's 60,000 acres of blueberry fields are expected to produce close to 95 million pounds of the crop this year, besting the average from the past decade by around ten million. Meanwhile, last years prices of 91 cents per pound for the harvest were up nearly 60 cents from 2009. The price isn't expected to be quite as high in 2012, but it will remain strong because of droughts in the Midwest limiting the numbers of other cultivated berries.Bangor Daily News
Posted at Mon, 07/30/2012 - 4:41am.
July 27 2012
Wolf displays, pony rides, lumberjack demonstrations, harness racing, music and more are on the schedule of the 163rd Bangor State Fair.
The 10-day fair at the Bass Park complex and continues through Aug. 5.
The fair is one of the largest in Maine, drawing 60,000 to 70,000 people a year.
For a schedule, visit Bangor State Fair.Bangor State Fair
Posted at Fri, 07/27/2012 - 11:44am.
The sixth annual Kneading Conference, aimed at restoring and supporting local and regional grain production, has opened at the Skowhegan State Fairgrounds.
The conference, which features lectures, farming and baking presentations, and guest speakers, was started by a group of Skowhegan-area residents, oven builders, millers and bakers.
The conference continues through Saturday. For details, visit The Kneading Conference.The Kennebec Journal
Posted at Fri, 07/27/2012 - 8:20am.
July 24 2012
The official dedication of the Ocean Renewable Power Company TidGen Cobscook Bay tidal energy project in Easport, Maine helped launch the nation's first underwater tidal turbine. The turbine hopes to harness the power of massive tidal shifts in Cobscook Bay to generate clean energy. The 98-foot turbine will be submerged in August at a depth of 82 feet and will stay there for a year of testing. This project has been eight years in the making, and should the year-long test be successful, it could lead the way towards a greater embrace of tidal power.
Posted at Tue, 07/24/2012 - 11:38am.
July 20 2012
Along with Senators Barbara Boxer from California and John McCain from Arizona, Senator Olympia Snowe filmed a scene with comedic actress, and Emmy nominee, Amy Poehler for the NBC sitcom "Parks and Recreation." The episode will air September 27.
Posted at Fri, 07/20/2012 - 9:35am.
July 18 2012
Twenty-eight children from Somalia, four from the Congo, two from Germany, and one from the Philippines recited the Pledge of Allegiance on the field before a Portland Sea Dogs game to become United States Citizens. Catch Jason Hernandez led the group of thirty-five children ages seven to nineteen in the pledge in front of the audience at Hadlock Field.
Posted at Wed, 07/18/2012 - 1:30pm.