In fact, this is a double gift, one that will please both your gardener and our native bees, the best pollinators we have here. According to the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, “Bees are essential for maintaining the integrity, productivity and sustainability of many types of ecosystems: the forest understory, pastures, fields, meadows, roadsides, many agricultural crops, fruit orchards and backyard vegetable and flower gardens.”
In Maine, we have six bee families and more than 270 species of native bees. Because of their importance to the natural world, this gift will improve their habitat, “providing nest sites and forage plants, to help them survive, thrive, reproduce and pollinate.” (Extension Bulletin #7153, Understanding Native Bees.)
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Trinity Episcopal Church Leader Settles Down On Maine Coast
CASTINE—Life has taken Trinity Episcopal Church priest Donna Downs around the world, from Connecticut to Tokyo, Japan, England and more, but one small town on the coast of Maine always remained a constant.
Wilson Museum Begins Search For Executive Director
Hutchins to step down in 2021
Tis The Season—For The Bees
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BLUE HILL—An announcement sent to parents of George Stevens Academy students November 21 alerted them to what amounts to a financial crisis for the independent high school, which is requesting a tuition hike to $14,200 per student.
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PENOBSCOT—The Union 93 board met November 20 at Penobscot Community School, where members reviewed a proposed 2020-21 budget, re-elected Jerry Markley (Penobscot) as chairman and Kathy MacArthur (Castine) as secretary and played an online Kahoot quiz that covered technology, curriculum and special services reports.
Castine Gallery Owners Go “Green-er” This Thanksgiving
Art for conservation
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I’ve been asked how you can tell whether you have a Christmas, Easter or Thanksgiving cactus.
Veterans Day Program Brings Stories To Life Through Song
CASTINE—At what price freedom? The songs and stories of Curt Bessette and Jenn Kurtz drew a poignant picture of the men and women behind World War II abroad and the war effort at home Veterans Day, November 11, to Witherle Memorial Library.
Mariner Teams Cruise To Conference Championships
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New Penobscot Pastor Felt ‘Call' To Small Town Maine
PENOBSCOT—After a year of interim pastors, parishioners of South Penobscot Baptist Church received a permanent placement with pastor Jake Clement’s official installation in September.
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Notes for new breeders
Experienced breeders will tell you that there are a number of things they wish someone had told them before they had their first litter. This article will share a few of those items with you in the hope that it will encourage you to read more and ask more questions.
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How I Helped My Dad Die
His body wrecked by ALS, my father insisted that his death, like his life, was his to control
SMALL BOAT CRUISE: Moosehead Lake, Maine
There’s adventure in leaving a place you know for a place you don’t know.
SPRING HUNTING IN MAINE
In 1982 Maine closed its spring season, but you can still spring hunt with an outfitter on some tribal lands.
Bear Dogs - East vs West
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ASK OLD HOUSE JOURNAL
ASK OLD HOUSE JOURNAL
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Skippers Program teaches fishing safety
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