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.

Ceremony Marks the Restoration of Mid Coast Hospital’s Nature Trail

On September 27th, Mid Coast Hospital will host a ceremony to mark the restoration of its Nature Trail. This wooded walking path winds through the forested wetlands area between the hospital and the protected estuary and salt water marshes of Thompson’s Brook.

Accessible through the hospital’s Healing Garden and parking lots, the trail offers more than 3,300 feet of prepared walking paths that patients, visitors, staff, and the community can use for exercise in a beautiful outdoor environment. Benches located near scenic areas along the path allow those wishing to pursue a more leisurely pace, a place for quiet rest and contemplation.

The Nature Trail is part of Mid Coast Hospital’s initiative to provide a healing environment for patients, their families, and the community as a whole.

Innovative new Halloween Costume Swap at the Auburn Public Library

Innovative new Halloween Costume Swap at the Auburn Public Library

Halloween comes just once a year. As a result, Halloween costumes get worn, well, one time … maybe twice if there’s a younger sibling willing to wear it another year. Don't be scared by the high price tags on Halloween costumes. Swap instead of shop! Join Macaroni Kid for a parent-and planet-friendly event! Our Costume Swap is recycling at its most fun! Kids get new-to-them costumes, parents save money...and the planet!

Family-friendly website Macaroni Kid – Androscoggin River Valley is partnering with Lamey Wellehan and the Auburn Public Library to bring this exciting national event to the Androscoggin region.

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

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.