October 24, 2018
Maine Maritime plans training center for 2,400 at Bucksport mill site
"Maine Maritime Academy wants to create an education center in Bucksport that could eventually train 2,400 students and professional mariners each year.
MMA officials are negotiating to buy a two-story brick building at the former Verso paper mill site and turn it into the Center for Professional Mariner Development. Planned as an annex to the school's campus in Castine, the center would train academy students; help mariners maintain required certifications; and train firefighters, offshore wind and oil-rig workers in fire safety and water rescue."
October 11, 2018
Governor Hopefuls Discuss Marine Economy
"Candidates for governor fielded questions about the regulation, promotion, protection and future of Maine’s seafood industry at an October 4 forum in Rockland that spanned topics from working waterfronts and right whales to renewable energy and climate change."
October 06, 2018
5-year study shows Maine bald eagle population continues steady growth
"In 1967, bald eagles were nearly on the verge of disappearing from the Maine landscape. Today, they are thriving. The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife announced that nesting pairs of eagles increased 16 percent over the past five years, growing from 632 to 733."
September 16, 2018
Folks paddle down the Penobscot River to support cancer research
"Raising awareness and money for cancer research here in Maine.
That was the driving force behind the inaugural EMMC Champion the Cure Challenge Paddle Event.
Nearly 130 paddlers took to the Penobscot River at their own pace. They participated in a 3 or 1 and a half mile trek."
September 05, 2018
Brewer Land Trust announces 2nd Annual Brewer Land Trust Day
"The Brewer Land Trust is proud to announce the 2nd Annual Brewer Land Trust Day will be held Sunday, Sept. 9 on the Brewer Riverwalk. From 12-3:30 p.m. community members and local businesses can come together to bring awareness to outdoor activities and the nonprofit Brewer Land Trust."
August 26, 2018
Balmy breezes lift a lively American Folk Festival weekend
"If there’s one thing the organizers of the American Folk Festival pray for each year, it’s good weather for the three days of the festival.
For 2018, they certainly got that, with balmy daytime temperatures on all three days leading into cool, moonlit nights along the Penobscot River."
August 21, 2018
These Maine paddlers plan to build a 100-mile network of campsites on the Penobscot River
"River-watchers who glanced out at the Penobscot River on Saturday may have seen an odd-looking craft float past: a 12-foot table lashed to a pair of canoes.
Volunteers for the Penobscot River Paddling Trail paddled the makeshift catamaran from a landing in Orono to a riverfront campsite-under-construction on land owned by the Penobscot Valley Country Club.
It’s part of the group’s effort to create a network of campsites that will stretch 100 miles from Medway to Bucksport."
August 15, 2018
‘Shadman’ coming to Veazie Salmon Club for Thursday presentation
"Fisherman John Punola — also known as The Shadman — will present a program designed to educate Bangor-area anglers on the joys of shad angling Thursday.
Punola will speak at Veazie Salmon Club at 6 p.m., and a social hour with refreshments begins at 5 p.m. Punola has been shad fishing in northeastern waters for years, and will help area anglers learn more about shad biology and fishing techniques during his presentation. Since the removal of a pair of dams on the Penobscot River in recent years, a sizeable shad run has begun showing up in the river, and anglers have begun targeting them."
May 31, 2018
8th graders paddle the Penobscot
"Middle school students had a chance to drop in their oars and paddle the Penobscot River Thursday morning.
Around 60 eighth graders from Reeds Brook Middle School teamed up with the Penobscot River Keepers to get some canoeing lessons at the Penobscot Salmon Club."
May 30, 2018
WATCH: Conservation Projects Have Let ‘Astounding’ Number of Alewives Return To Maine Rivers
"Alewives, or river herring, are making their usual spawning migration to Maine in unusually high numbers this year, thanks in part to restoration efforts and the removal of dams on the Penobscot and Kennebec Rivers."
April 27, 2018
Longtime members say Veazie Salmon Club will change focus, remain open
"Three weeks ago, the Veazie Salmon Club — one of three salmon clubs on the Bangor-to-Orono stretch of the Penobscot River — seemed on the brink of collapse. Frustrated members Gayland Hachey and Claude Westfall cited a membership base that was literally dying off, along with years of disinterest, as they explained that they’d keep paying bills as long as the money in the bank account held up, then turn the club building over to the town of Veazie when it ran out."
February 27, 2018
Company To Build Salmon Farm At Site Of Shuttered Verso Paper Mill
"The site of the former Verso Paper Co. in Bucksport, which shut its doors four years ago, will be home to an entirely new business. Whole Oceans has reached an agreement to acquire more than 120 acres of the site and build a $250 million land-based salmon farm."
February 07, 2018
Bangor’s Kenduskeag Stream Trail to get improvements, safety upgrades
"Long-awaited improvements to the Kenduskeag Stream Trail in Bangor are expected to be completed this summer, funded by a $18,000 grant recently awarded to the city by the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands Recreational Trails Program."
December 31, 2017
Penobscot makes 2017 a banner year for alewives
"Snow and ice may choke the streams flowing from Wight’s Pond and Pierce’s Pond at the start of the new year, but the coming of spring will return flowage from the ponds and, thanks to a pair of projects this past fall, both ponds will be available as spawning grounds for alewives."
April 20, 2017
The Free Press: The Dredge Report
"The planned dredging project would not expand the shipping channel or shipping berths at Mack Point in Searsport. The plan is to dig out the existing shipping channel and ship turning area that has silted in over the years so that some ships are only able to offload at high tide."
December 08, 2016
Castine Patriot: Fish passage restoration under way
"The Town of Penobscot Alewife Committee and Maine Coast Heritage Trust will hold a public informational meeting at the Penobscot Community School on Tuesday, December 13, at 6 p.m. to talk about projects under way aimed at restoring spawning fish populations in two local streams."
July 19, 2015
Bangor Daily News: National paddling event to celebrate Penobscots’ connection to river
"Expect to hear resonating drum beats mixed with traditional Wabanaki songs and dance during Wednesday’s opening ceremony for the Penobscot River Whitewater Nationals Regatta, hosted by the Penobscot Indian Nation."