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Bin to Bale: The Surprising Journey of Your Trash and Recycling
with Katrina Venhuisen
What do you think happens to your trash and recyclables once you’ve set them out at the curb? Watch a fascinating virtual tour of ecomaine’s recycling, and waste-to-energy facilities. You’ll be surprised at the journey your soup can, yogurt container, and paper products take. Perhaps your milk jug turns into playground equipment, or maybe your soda bottle turns into a fleece jacket. See your recyclables being sorted on a conveyor belt using UV light, magnets, spinning stars, and manual labor. Learn about the process your non-recyclable waste goes through in our eco-conscious burning process and how it creates electricity for 15,000 homes per year. Learn easy ways to help you sort your waste, make a positive impact on the environment, and lower trash outputs and costs. Get answers to questions such as: Do I really need to rinse out cans and bottles before I put them into recycling? What about pizza boxes and liners with bits of pizza attached? What if a bag or container has no triangle on it?
ecomaine is your local community-owned nonprofit waste management company, providing comprehensive long-term solid waste solutions in a safe, environmentally-responsible, economically-sound manner; they’re a leader in raising public awareness of sustainable waste management strategies and offer this as a free community service.
Instructor: Katrina Venhuizen, Environmental Educator at ecomaine
Buying Local Meat
with Donna Coffin
Buying meat directly from local farmers is a way to support the local agriculture community, but it can be confusing says Donna Coffin, Extension Professor. At this program you will learn about the different words used to describe how animals are raised and how meat is sold from local farms – natural, grass-fed, organic, dry-aged, pasture raised, free range, humane and prime. Also, how much meat to expect when you buy a side or quarter, where you can purchase directly from farmers and how to care for the meat until it is used will be discussed.
Kids Are Counting on Us
with Stephanie Doore
If you believe that every child deserves the right to develop his or her full potential and to have a safe and unburdened childhood, please consider attending this informational meeting to learn more about therapeutic foster care. Throughout the state of Maine, youth are in need of families that will step forward and offer a safe, compassionate and healing home. Imagine what could happen if just one family from each of our local towns would step forward and care for a child! At the meeting we will explain how children come into care, how long they typically stay with a family, the supports available to foster parents and the process in becoming a foster parent. Come learn about the life changing difference you could make for a child!
Stephanie Doore is a Program Coordinator at Community Health and Counseling Services. She has worked for CHCS for 23 years. In April of 2016, Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine presented her with the Private Agency Worker of the Year Award. She previously received national recognition in 2011 when the Foster Family-Based Treatment Association presented her with the Treatment Foster Care Professional of the Year Award.
Raising Backyard Chickens
with Lisa Steele
Learn everything you need to know about raising a flock of chickens. Coops and runs and how to keep your chickens safe from predators, healthy feed and how to feed, raising baby chicks, the importance of dust baths, roosts and nesting boxes, and how to keep your flock warm in the winter and cool in the summer, will all be covered. After the presentation, there will be a Q & A session and door prizes drawn. Lisa’s book, Fresh Eggs Daily will be available for purchase.
Six Feet Under: Funeral Choices
with Chuck Lakin
If you think that this is a morbid class to be avoided at all cost, you’re wrong. The purpose of this class is to give you the information you need to make good decisions about what happens to your body after your death, and to answer any questions you may have about those choices. You’ll be surprised at how many choices you have. We can talk about funeral options, home funerals, green cemeteries, alkaline hydrolysis, family burying grounds, scattering ashes, the paperwork, whatever you want to know. We’ll share stories. A recent attendee called the class “riveting.” Come see for yourself; you’ll even laugh sometimes.
Understanding Wood & Basic Projects
with Christopher London
Learn the basics of fine woodworking with the use of common hand and power tools. We will be covering general and tool specific safety, while learning how to make a basic lift top box. We will discuss how a tree grows, the various physical properties of wood, and how that affects the use of the wood in woodworking projects. We will also briefly cover the different types of milled lumber, methods of drying, moisture content, and other aspects of wood. Designed for novice and intermediate woodworkers to gain a greater understanding of the material they are using, while learning the safe and proper way to produce attractive and complete pieces.
Instructor is Christopher London, Scientific Research Specialist and Woodworking Instructor at UMO’s School of Forest Resources.
A materials fee of $20 is to be paid directly to the instructor.