Fire danger very high across the state

AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Maine Forest Service responded to nearly twenty wildfires over the weekend, and with another extended stretch of warm, dry weather upon us, additional fire crews are on stand-by in case more fires break out across the state.

"We've been pulling in a few extra people on their days off to help cover the fire danger," stated Sgt. Gregg Hesslein.  "It is an active fire season, and there is still a ways to go to get through it."

So far this spring, 193 fires have been reported, damaging approximately 270 acres of land.  While rain is in the forecast for the weekend, forest rangers say it will take the trees gaining leaves and the forest floor turning lush and green before the fire danger will diminish.

Maine Environmental Education Association Announces The 2012 Environmental Education Awards


The Maine Environmental Education Association (MEEA) will announce the winners of its annual environmental education awards recognizing this year's most outstanding environmental educator, school, business and environmental program in the state of Maine.  These awards will be announced at MEEA's annual conference on Friday, March 23rd at the Chewonki Foundation in Wiscasset, Maine at 8:30 a.m. Winners for 2012 include:

·      Oakhurst Dairy:  The Maine Environmental Education Association Business of Year

·      Lincoln Middle School, Portland, ME:  The Maine Environmental Education Association School of the Year

·      Kennebec Land Trust: The Excellence in Environmental Education Program Award

“Teens To Trails” Announces Grants for 11 High School Outing Clubs

 “Teens To Trails” Announces Grants for 11 High School Outing Clubs

T3” is pleased to announce this year’s Outing Club grant recipients from 11 high schools across the State including four brand new teen Outing Club programs. Grant awards were made to:  Biddeford High School, Cony High School, Deer Isle-Stonington High School, Deering High School, Dirigo High School, Maine Central Institute, Maine School of Science & Mathematics, Portland High School, South Portland High School, The New School and Thornton Academy. 

“High school Outing Clubs are the most effective way we have found for engaging teens in their natural world, with the potential to make fun safe outdoor experiences accessible to every Maine student,” said Carol Leone, Teens To Trails Founder.

81st Annual Maine Drama Festival

In the upcoming weeks, over 2000 students from 70 high schools will be preparing for the 81st  Annual Maine Drama Festival.  
March 9-10, at eight regional competitions across the State, schools will present plays ranging from the classics to original student-written plays.  Schools compete in two classes: Class A (over 550 students) and Class B (less than 550 students). 

At each of the regional competitions, a panel of three judges will decide which performances advance to the State Finals (March 23-24).  The Class A finals will be held at Falmouth High School and Class B will be held at Yarmouth High School.  The outstanding performance at each State Final will be nominated by the judges to participate in the New England Drama Festival (April 26-28 in Guilford, N.H.)

The performance schedules for each of the regional sites will be available on the Maine Drama Council website 

Maine Credit Unions ‘Keep ME Warm’ With $30,000 Contribution

Maine Credit Unions ‘Keep ME Warm’ With $30,000 Contribution

In response to an urgent need to help offset cuts to the federal low income Home Energy Assistance Program, known as LIHEAP, Maine’s credit unions made a collective contribution to the “Keep ME Warm” Program of $30,000.  The Keep ME Warm Program is a collaboration of the ten United Way organizations in Maine and the ten Community Action Programs.  The contribution will purchase nearly 9,000 gallons of fuel for families across Maine.

In presenting the check on behalf of Maine’s credit unions, John Murphy, President of the Maine Credit Union League, applauded the willingness of Maine’s credit unions to come together in a “cooperative effort.  Credit unions are located across Maine and have members in every community. To credit unions, helping members goes far beyond just providing financial services, it means so much more.  The opportunity to help families in communities throughout Maine heat their homes speaks directly to what credit unions are all about.