Deadly Insect Stings

Deadly Insect Stings

Last summer Ricker Hamilton was out mowing his lawn and got stung in the leg by a wasp. Most of us would be supremely annoyed and might have to endure some pain, itching, and swelling for a few hours. For Ricker an insect sting is a life-threatening situation. It was his third encounter in 20 years and in terms of how quickly his body began to react, the scariest. “Luckily,” Ricker told me, “my son was with me and knew what to do.”  Read more.

Equestrian Open Barn Day

Equestrian Open Barn Day

Maine’s Inaugural Equestrian Open Barn Day will be held on Sunday, May 27th.  Barns all over the State are participating! The list of barns participating has been published in print and online at The Horse’s Maine, Maine’s equestrian newspaper, see below.

Each participating equestrian barn has determined its own program for the day. Possibilities include demo lessons, riding demos, pony (and horse!) petting, refreshments, meeting the equine residents, and other original ideas. It is a day for families who would enjoy visiting with the horses to get out and meet them, or individuals who are interested in riding lessons, boarding or training to check out the different stables in their area. Local barns are looking forward to their visits.

Maine Equestrian Open Barn Day is for everyone. Don’t know a thing about horses? This is the day to find out!

Prostate Cancer: Should You Get a PSA Test?

Prostate Cancer: Should You Get a PSA Test?

This week the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) announced its  final recommendation against PSA screening for prostate cancer for men of all ages. In 2008 the same panel had recommended against PSA screening for men aged 75 and older, but said the evidence was inconclusive for younger men. Since then, the USPSTF reviewed new evidence on the benefits and harms of PSA testing and the benefits and harms of treating localized prostate cancer. It concluded that, "The harms of PSA-based screening for prostate cancer include a high rate of false positive results and accompanying negative psychological effects, high rate of complications associated with diagnostic biopsy, and — most important — a high risk for overdiagnosis coupled with overtreatment." Read more.

150th Anniversary Commemoration of Taps - Maine represented by Ron Clark Jr. and Col. John R. Thomas

Ron Clark Jr. of Belfast (former Presque Isle resident), member of Bugles Across American and Lincolnville Community Band, and Colonel John R. Thomas, commander of Maine Air National Guard 101st Air Refueling Wing in Bangor, each played a Taps' tribute to honor the deceased soldier at the U.S.S.

Big garden progress - May 2012

Big garden progress - May 2012

The big garden is coming along well so far despite all the rain we've had.  We have been working hard to get a few crops directly sowed into the ground.  We started with peas since they are so frost hardy.  We sowed a long row in succession so we will have peas at different times in the growing season.  We also put down a long row of potatoes.  We're trying Katahdin's for the first time this year but we also have planted Rose Apple Finn and Russian Banana fingerling potatoes.  Finally we just put in a short row of beets!  There's lots more to come so stay tuned!

Penobscot Marine Museum opens for the season!

Penobscot Marine Museum opens for the season!

On May 25, the Penobscot Marine Museum opens for its 75th exhibit year.

At 5:00pm, the Museum hosts an Opening Day Reception, free & open to the public.  Light refreshments to be served.

Two special exhibitions open this day as well: Summer Folk: The Tourists of Penobscot Bay, and The Art of the Sea Battle

Summer Folk is a campus-wide exhibit exploring changes in recreation, transportation, lodging, demographics, and the social milieu of tourism.  Enjoy recreated hotel and guest house environments, vintage photography, advertising, and marketing materials, steamship memorabilia, postcards, antique sporting goods, clothing, boats, and other artifacts.

The Art of the Sea Battle celebrates the 2

Blue Berry Netting - Part 2

Blue Berry Netting - Part 2

I finally got around to completing the blueberry netting project!  I started it last fall.  CLICK HERE to watch the first video.  Anyway I ended up using more supporting poles along the sides and corners than I thought I would be overall I'm happy with the result.  I also mulched it with 6 inches of wood chips.  Blueberries like acidic soil and these wood chips will really help with that!