Quality of Place in Another Place

Through a twist of fate, I made an unanticipated trip to France in July, and spent nearly two weeks in a medieval city of 11,000 located in the Midi-Pyrenees region, just a few hours drive north of Spain.  In this region of France, a drive of a few hours reveals a pattern.  Driving along a…

Bethel Area Chamber After Hours at Gehring Green

“Historic estate living with modern amenities in the heart of Maine's most beautiful mountain village” Mary Mayo and I, along with GSM Board Chair Daniel Hildreth, joined GSM Board Member Paul Boghossian at Gehring House, the dramatic centerpiece of his new project, Gehring Green. Paul spoke briefly to a group gathered for the Bethel Area…

Historic Preservation in Rockland, Maine

Rockland was as hot and steamy and the rest of Maine on Friday, July 22 but inside 449 Main Street it was delightfully cool. A surprising number of preservationists, developers, townspeople, and media people gathered to celebrate the extension of the Maine Historic Preservation Tax Credit with a ribbon cutting for one of the most recently completed projects to benefit from these credits.

Meet the Wasp!

Come meet the wasp that is helping us look for emerald ash borer (EAB). Cerceris fumipennis is a native wasp which does not sting and likes to live in baseball diamonds. This wasp usually hunts native prey, but when EAB are present, it is very good at catching that pest. It has been helping the Maine Forest Service and local volunteers throughout the state monitor for EAB. Come to a field demonstration with Colleen Teerling, Entomologist for the Maine Forest Service to meet the wasp and see it in action.

Stonington is the first leg of the Downeast trek

I spent a sunny Sunday afternoon in Stonington, enjoying Fishermen's Day – a celebration of fishermen hosted by the Island Fishermen's Wives Association. It was a great chance to meet folks in the community who are supporting the fisheries and the broader community. I spoke with about twenty people about their community, and about GSM's…

DownEast Listening Tour

Our Executive Director, Nancy Smith, is Downeast this week. Stonington, Calais, Machais, Lubec and Eastport. What's working, what's not, when it comes to our communities, environment and the economy.  Stay tuned to this blog and our Facebook page for updates, photos and insights!

Maine Forest Service: Project Canopy and GrowSmart Maine Announce New Outreach Partnership

AUGUSTA, Maine – Project Canopy, the Maine Forest Service’s urban and community forestry program, has formed a new partnership with GrowSmart Maine, a statewide community support organization, to provide the project’s outreach and communications functions.

The partnership, required under Project Canopy’s funding grant from the U.S. Forest Service, began this month. The relationship is expected to enhance Project Canopy’s education and outreach efforts throughout Maine’s communities, according to officials from both programs.

The first co-sponsored event – a training session in bio-surveillance for the invasive species, emerald ash borer (EAB) — will take place later this month in Freeport, according to officials.

GrowSmart Maine Unveils New Website

Portland – GrowSmart Maine (GSM) is pleased to announce their new website, www.growsmartmaine.org. Funded by a grant from the Old Bug Light Foundation, this new website will enable visitors to engage in discussions, find recent news and blog postings, utilize community planning toolkits as well as sign up for newsletters and advocacy alerts.

Historic Preservation Tax Credit and Maine Downtown Center are funded!

Just got word that the Appropriations Committee of the Maine Legislature has approved two bills:  LD 742 extends the sunset on the Historic Preservation Tax Credit by ten years, to 2023.  This means the great work accomplished across Maine can continue, as historic buildings are renovated for reinvigorated re-use!  This is great news for Maine's…

Press Release: GrowSmart Maine Applauds Standish’s Adoption of Form-Based Code

On June 7, 2011 the Standish Town Council adopted the extensive Standish Corner District Form-Based Codes — an essential step to stimulate a future vibrant town center, and a first in Maine.