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AARP’S COFFEE TALK FEATURED GUEST SPEAKER BETH RANAGAN

Pictured left to right: Beth Ranagan, Jay Els, AARP Program Coordinator, and Tara Smith, Maine Highlands Senior Center Coordinator.
The January 2018 meeting of AARP’s Coffee Talk at The Mill Restaurant hosted speaker Beth Ranagan, President of NAMI Piscataquis County. The presentation focused on mental health programs available to area residents through NAMI Maine and the local affiliate. To learn about NAMI, visit namimaine.org or to participate in area AARP Coffee Talks, contact tararain1719@gmail.com.


BEEKEEPER GIVES NEWBEES A HEAD START

The bitter winter weather which welcomed in 2018 has taken a toll on Maine’s honeybee population.
In most years, the parasitic varroa mite accounts for the majority of honeybee losses. This year has been different with an unusually large number of hives being lost to an extended period of brutally cold weather from Christmas to mid January. Small hives with relatively low populations of bees are particularly vulnerable to the cold.
Those thinking about starting their own honeybee hives for the first time are well advised to seek the advice of experienced beekeepers.
Peter Cowin and daughter-in-law, Gabby Cowin. Photo by Chris Cowin.
Peter Cowin, aka, The Bee Whisperer, is President of the Penobscot County Beekeepers Association, and teaches beekeeping for beginners classes all over the region. “Controlling mite levels in hives is certainly the most important lesson to take from the classes. He says, but there are many things we can do to improve health and survival of hives in Maine.”
“That’s one of the great things about taking a class before you start to keep bees. Beekeepers are always learning from each other, and this is a great way to pick up the latest improvements in techniques.”
Peter keeps more than 50 hives. “Since the age of 11 I have loved keeping bees. I particularly like the fact that they can earn their keep. There is, of course, an up-front cost for bees and equipment, but on a good year they can pay for themselves twice over in honey,” he says. If you have a garden or fruit trees the payback is even better with increased yields.”
For the last 5 years Peter has taught beekeeping in Adult Education Classes around the region. The next Beekeeping for Beginners class will be held in Newport on Mondays beginning Monday, March 5th, 12th and 19th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. For more information contact 368-3290.




MIDDLE SCHOOLERS HIT THE SLOPES

Piscataquis Community Elementary School
7th and 8th graders traded their textbooks for skis.

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DOVER-FOXCROFT FIRE CHIEF VISITS WITH LEGISLATORS
Dover-Foxcroft Fire Chief, Joseph Guyotte, met with Senator Paul Davis and Representative Norm Higgins at a Legislative Breakfast in Augusta on February 1st.
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LOCAL NONPROFIT AND BUSINESS JOIN FORCES TO HELP FARMERS

The Maine Federation of Farmers' Markets (MFFM), a nonprofit based in Pittsfield, recently held its 10th annual Maine Farmers' Market Convention.

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FOXCROFT ACADEMY WRESTLING TEAM VISITS STATE HOUSE
The Foxcroft Academy Wrestling Team, accompanied by Coach Luis Ayala,
visited the State House on Tuesday, February 6th.

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RETIRED VETERAN RECEIVES QUILT OF VALOR
Retired Lt. Donna Einhorn, USN, RN, BSN received the Quilt of Valor from
the State of Maine Coordinator, Donna Brookings, of Gorham.

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