Feeding the Hungry with Unwanted Produce
Posted by Hazel Onsrud on June 16th, 2017
As gardens are beginning to produce, your thoughts may turn to what to do with that flush of the same vegetable that your family can no longer consume. Don’t waste it. Learn how to donate your extra produce, or help glean those from neighboring farmers by participating as a Harvest for Hunger volunteer. This program is run by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and allows home gardeners to donate extra produce to people in need.
Harvest for the Hunger https://extension.umaine.edu/harvest-for-hunger/help/
Weather & Wildlife
Posted by Hazel Onsrud on June 15th, 2017
Summer in Maine brings longer days and more time enjoyed outside. While community members hope that the Browntail moth population has decreased from what it could have been due to the wet and cool weather, this weather is loved by another dangerous insect: ticks. A natural dirty needle, ticks transmit numerous bacteria by feeding on various animals including deer, dogs, mice, humans, and other animals, so the best strategy to stay healthy is to avoid becoming bit. Learn to do a thorough tick check, dress appropriately, and create an integrated management strategy for any outdoor areas that you manage.
As our climate continues to change, Maine is predicted to become wetter and warmer. As a result, the tick population and the impact of the diseases they carry may increase. Even now there are over 15 different types of ticks in Maine, and each may transmit different diseases. Become informed to minimize your risk for serious illness and complications.
CDC Prevention Suggestions https://www.cdc.gov/lyme/prev/on_people.html
International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society http://www.ilads.org/lyme/what-to-do-if-bit-by-tick.php
Maine’s Climate Future http://climatechange.umaine.edu/research/publications/climate-future
Maine’s Climate Resources https://extension.umaine.edu/maineclimatenews/resources/
Midcoast Lyme Disease Support and Education http://www.mldse.org/p/prevention.html
Midcoast Maine Browntail Moth Support Group https://www.facebook.com/MidcoastMaineBrowntailMoth2016/
Ticks In Maine http://www.ticksinmaine.com/
Brunswick’s Human Rights Task Force
Posted by sarah brown on May 25th, 2017
Brunswick’s Human Rights Task Force has been in the news of late (Group ‘Binds” Town Together – The Times Record, May 23, 2017), discussing issues of importance to all communities in Brunswick – including classicism, sexism, ageism and racism. Task Force attendees include Town Councilors Sarah Brayman, Kathy Wilson, and Jane Millet, as well as Brunswick Police Chief Richard Rizzo, Pender Makin, Assistant Superintendent of Brunswick Schools, Bowdoin College staff, and representatives from many local service organizations – including the Library!
For a history of the creation of the Task Force, see Councilor Brayman’s report to the Town Council, August 15, 2016.