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Maine Forest Service Calls for Big Tree Nominations

Maine, more than any other state in the country, is blessed with trees, and the Maine Forest Service, under the Maine Department of Conservation, is looking for the largest specimens.

Nominations for the 2011/2012 Maine Register of Big Trees are being sought and can be submitted through Dec. 31. The register then is printed in a book form and also is available on line.

“State champion big trees capture our imagination for their size and strength,” Jan Ames Santerre, director of the Maine Forest Service’s Project Canopy, which handles the register, said. “There is more to a champion, however, than just its size -- they are symbols of all the good work that trees do for the quality of the environment and our quality of life.”

The Maine Forest Service (MFS) has been compiling a list of the largest known specimens of native and naturalized trees in the state since 1968. The 2009/2010 Register contains 159 trees, representing 149 species.

Dover Main Street Parking Notice

Notice To All Downtown Dover Businesses:

The Dover City Lights Committee will be taking to the streets of downtown Dover tomorrow morning, Wednesday, November 10th to put holiday lights into the trees. This is scheduled to begin at 7:00am and conclude by 11:00am. There will be bucket trucks from several local companies on hand to make fast work of this project. This will effect businesses along Central Ave from the Third Street/Broadway, down Central Ave to the Washington Street intersection.

If you are interested in helping to put up lights we welcome you to join us at Harvey's Bakery at 6:30am.

Thanks again to Ryan Colbath, Urban Tree Services, Martineau Electric, Fairpoint, The City of Dover and the Dover City Lights committee for making this possible. And to all of the restaurants and participants of Oktoberfest, your donation has made the lighting of Dover come to fruition!!

Third Annual Eco Options Christmas Light trade In

WHAT: The third annual Eco Options Christmas Light Trade In event allows consumers to bring in their old, non-working Christmas light strings to be recycled and receive a $3 off coupon towards the purchase of energy efficient seasonal light-emitting diodes (LED) string lights.  Customers must purchase their new LED lights between November 4 and November 14 and are limited to five redemptions. 

LED lights are shown to use 80 percent less electricity than standard mini lights and last up to 10 times longer.  This holiday season, The Home Depot will carry traditional white and multi-colored ENERGY STAR® qualified LED lights that offer superior connectivity-allowing consumers to link up to 87 strands (or one-quarter mile) of lights without fear of overloading a circuit.  There are even more great choices in LED holiday lights with the introduction of Martha Stewart Living and EcoSmart LED light strands, both available exclusively at The Home Depot.

AARP Maine Recognizes Jackie McAdam

Jackie McAdam has been selected by AARP, the nonprofit membership organization for people 50 and older, to receive the 2010 AARP Andrus Award for Community Service, the Association’s most prestigious and visible volunteer award for community service.  Named after AARP founder, Ethel Percy Andrus, this award symbolizes an individual’s power and ability to make a difference in the lives of others.
AARP Maine selected Jackie McAdam for her remarkable service and for the impact she’s had on the lives of others and on her community.  Jackie is the creator and lifeblood of the Katahdin Area Support Group.  For over twenty years, this group has supported cancer patients and others with serious illnesses in the Katahdin Area by providing special medical equipment and other assistance, such as transportation to treatments, free of charge.  Each month, Jackie also hosts Love One Another meetings at her home, which provide a supportive environment for survivors to heal t