Monday, April 30, 2012

PWA IN MAY

PWA IN MAY
Editor: David Mills


MID-COAST, ME - Through June 1:  Debra Arter Art Exhibit “Nature as Touchstone” at PWA's office, 15 Courtyard St. above Salt Bay Café and the Chamber of Commerce in Damariscotta weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Deb is donating 35% from exhibit sales to support PWA's mission.

May 6-12 is National Drinking Water Week --  In honor of National Drinking Water Week, Pemaquid Watershed Association has created a poster about local drinking water supplies. The poster will be on display from May 5-12 in the back lobby of Skidompha Library in downtown Damariscotta. The library is open on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The poster includes information on Little Pond, private wells, and local geology as it relates to groundwater. Leaflets for visitors to take home and share with others will be available.

Thurs., May 10: Trail crew and painting morning at the Doyle Preserve, led by Steve O’Bryan. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the parking area. The trail crew will complete maintenance tasks such as clearing the trail of accumulated debris and removing downed timber that has blocked the trail as well as ‘leaners’ that pose a risk of falling and obstructing the trail.  Please bring a bow saw or loppers; those proficient with chainsaws are asked to bring one.  Steve also will lead a team to paint the small educational building and will need help carrying a ladder and painting supplies in.  RSVP to trails@pemaquidwatershed.org.  Doyle Preserve is sponsored by The First.  DIRECTIONS: From Damariscotta, take the Biscay Road 2 miles and turn left onto Egypt Road (just before Pinkham’s Plantation, a landscaping business located on the right).  Travel 1.7 miles and turn right on to Castaway Cove Road. Preserve parking area is 0.1 miles down on the right.

Sat. May 12:  Buffer planting at Biscay Beach, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Come help Lincoln Academy Climate Action Club members plant a buffer planting at Biacay Beach.  Please bring planting tools, including a wheelbarrow if you have one.  There will be some soil, compost, mulch and possibly stone to move. Bring water and lunch.  FMI info@pemaquidwatershed.org.

Tues. May 15 Healthy Beaches Volunteer Training 1:00-3:00 p.m. in the pavilion at Pemaquid Beach Park.  The Maine Healthy Beaches Program, a statewide effort to monitor water quality and protect public health at Maine's coastal beaches, will teach participants how to collect water samples. Volunteers will be asked to commit approximately 1 hour every other week during the summer to collect samples.  Be ready to get wet, as we will be wading into the water. Please bring waders if you have them; if not, there will be some there to borrow.  Meet at the beach parking lot at 1:00 p.m.  RSVP to info@pemaquidwatershed.org   DIRECTIONS:  From Damariscotta, take the Bristol Road (State Route 130) about 12 miles.  Take the first right about 50 yards after the Fire Department (and just before Hannah's Store) onto Snowball Hill Road. Travel 9/10ths of a mile. At the bottom of the hill, on the left, there is a sign for the entrance to Pemaquid Beach Park.   NOTE:  This training is for those interested in sampling at Pemaquid Beach as well as at Biscay Beach and the Bristol Mills Swimming Hole.
 
May 15-Sept 30  Osborn Finch Cabin on the Osborn Finch Wildlife Sanctuary, Dutch Neck, Waldoboro, is open for guests.  http://www.pemaquidwatershed.org/cabin.html  This rustic and cozy cabin setting provides 300 feet of tidal frontage on the Medomak River, perfect for kayaking. The cost is $50/night, with a 2-night minimum stay. Call or email PWA to reserve dates for your summer respite!

    [MAY 11-23 IS STILL OPEN IF YOU WANT TO HAVE A STAY.]

Call for Cabin Cleaning Crew Members:

In between each stay, the cabin needs to be cleaned.

Cleaning involves taking in 2 gallons of water, checking the propane canister level, sweeping, and general tidying up for the next guest.

Each cleaning takes about an hour (including the short walk down to and back from the shore).

Can you spare a few hours a month to take a short drive

to enjoy a beautiful walk through a moss-draped woodland to a seaside cabin

where you can do a bit of housekeeping while enjoying the magnificent views?

Please contact Peter Lawrence today at 563-7663 or jalpgl@gwi.net

for information on how to volunteer to be part of the PWA Cabin Cleaning Crew.

Sat., May 19   Courtesy Boat Inspection Training from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Nobleboro Town Office at 192 Rte 1. This is an opportunity to learn how to be part of the front-line educational effort to keep milfoil and other invasive plant species out of our ponds and lakes. This training is free and is mandatory for anyone who wants to be a CBI. Held in conjunction with DLWA.

*Sat., May 19  8:30 a.m. to noon at the annual Morris Farm Plant Sale, Wiscasset. PWA will have a booth selling wild sod and educating about buffers and water quality.  FMI pwalearn@pemaquidwatershed.org.

Sat. May 26, 10 a.m. - Nequasset Brook/Woolwich - Directions: From Damariscotta, take Rte 1 south to Wiscasset to Old Bath Rd (~1 mile on your right). Proceed on Old Bath Rd bearing right onto Old Stage Rd crossing Delano Rd on your left and Dana Rd on your right for a total of ~6 miles. Parking for the put-in is a short distance on the right just before the bridge; no public restroom; duration 2 hrs; optional lunch at the Montsweag Roadhouse restaurant.     [The 8th season of the PWA Paddlers includes 19 paddles on Saturday mornings from May 26 to September 29. The paddling trips explore waterways throughout the Pemaquid/Mid-Coast region, and this year most are ocean paddles.  Trips are designed to be easy to moderate in difficulty and will be cancelled if raining.  Participation is free and open to the public. Participants must provide their own kayak or canoe, wear a personal flotation device, and submit a standard release form prior to participation. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.  FMI, contact Peter Lawrence at (207) 563-7663, (207) 563-3104, or paddlers@pemaquidwatershed.org.  See the complete 2012 schedule at http://www.pemaquidwatershed.org/paddlers.html]

*Sat., May 26  8:00 a.m. to noon at the annual Bristol Library Plant Sale (at the library). AND 8:30 to noon at the Bristol Garden Club Plant Sale (Masonic Hall, Damariscotta).  PWA will have a booth selling wild sod and educating about buffers and water quality.  FMI pwalearn@pemaquidwatershed.org.

Pemaquid Watershed Association is also looking for volunteers, please let them if you have time to volunteer your time.

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