Sports & Recreation

Maine Department of Conservation: Loon Plate Weekend on July 14-15 Offers Free Admission to Maine St

If there’s a Maine Loon License Plate on your vehicle, you’re supporting conservation and wildlife efforts in Maine. If there’s a Maine Loon License Plate on your vehicle, you also get free admission this weekend to all Maine state parks and historic sites.
As a way to say “thank you” to Maine drivers who have purchased loon plates, the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands (BPL), under the Maine Department of Conservation, will open up the state’s 48 state parks and historic sites this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, July 14-15, to free day use for all vehicles bearing the distinctive plates.
Since the program’s inception by the Maine Legislature in 1993, more than $17 million in loon plate proceeds has gone to the Maine Department of Conservation and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIF&W).
“Maine loon plate holders know that they are helping the future of the state when they purchase one of these special plates,” Will Harris, BPL director, said.

City Officials Welcome Canoe and Kayak Business to Waterfront on Temporary Basis

City Officials Welcome Canoe and Kayak Business to Waterfront on Temporary Basis

As the Androscoggin River continues to gain momentum as a recreational destination in the heart of the Twin Cities, city officials from Auburn and Lewiston welcomed Bethel Outdoor Adventure and Campground’s newest venture, Lewiston Auburn Canoe and Kayak Rentals, and their rental fleet of canoes and kayaks to downtown Auburn on a temporary, trial basis over the next few weeks and possibly months.  

 Director of Economic Development for the City of Auburn, Roland Miller, believes the time is right for increased economic development downtown and along the river. “Representatives from both sides of the river came together today to recognize the importance of supporting a business that will serve not just local citizens, but tourists and those from away,” said Miller.

Summer Concerns for Dogs....Fireworks, Going to Camp and more!

Summer Concerns for Dogs....Fireworks, Going to Camp and more!

Summer is upon us and, if you have a new puppy or older dog, there are a few things to consider when planning for fun in the sun.  Here are some tips and suggestions to consider when including Fido in your plans...

Taking Your Dog to An Outdoor Event:  Backyard BBQs, block parties and get-togethers with family and friends sometimes include an invitation to “bring your dog!”  If you choose to do so, be sure you plan ahead so that things go smoothly.  Always consider a public event as a training opportunity for your dog.  Wear your treat pouch and load it with delicious tidbits your dog loves.  Keep your pup on a leash so you have control over him at all times.  Here at our puppy school, we teach our customers to step on their puppy’s leash when people approach.  This way, the pup can’t jump on people who want to interact

It's all in your head

It's all in your head

I started running when I was fifteen years old. It’s not a truly inspirational story but there was a why to how it all began. In high school I wasn’t the most devoted individual when it came to boys that I adorned with the title “boyfriend” and to tell the absolute truth I got caught kissing someone else. At fifteen hormones are just going everywhere and having come out of my awkward middle school phase my sophomore year, I was happy to have the attention. Well, once I was busted, I got dumped and it was well deserved. When I found out that my now ex-boyfriend joined cross-country, I thought it would be the perfect way to accidentally spend time with him. And so I signed up without much thought, thinking it would be an easy activity. I had run a lot when I played soccer and assumed that it would come naturally. Running is just moving your legs back and forth, right?

Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands: Songo Lock to Open Saturday to Boat Traffic

The lock at Songo Lock State Historic Site, a part of Sebago Lake State Park, Casco, will open to boat traffic at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 23, according to Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands officials.

The lock has been closed to boat traffic for more than two weeks because of heavy rains earlier this month and increased water levels in ponds and lakes in the surrounding area.

The heavy flow of water and increased lake levels required the opening of all of the flood control gates. The gates have remained open to allow Brandy Pond and Long Lake water levels to recede to more normal levels, Park Manager Matt McGuire of Sebago Lake State Park, said.

“We want to remind boaters that some of the flood control measures will remain open at the lock, so boaters will need to be cautious of the current,” McGuire said.

At its peak, the water level at the lock was more than 2 feet above normal.

National Trails Day Celebration

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Join America's Largest TRAILgating Party
On Saturday, June 2, 9AM.  Join the Whitecap Stewardship Committee in a work day on Rumford Whitecap.  Work has been started to rough out a trail from the summit of Whitecap to Black Mountain and will be the focus of the work day as the Mahoosuc Land Trust celebrates National Trails Day.  There are tasks for all ability levels, so please join us for a day of hiking and camaraderie.  Meet in the parking lot on the East Andover Road at 9AM.  Bring water, snacks, lunch, bug and sun protection and small tools.  Refreshments in the parking lot at the end of the day.