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    Tasty Spring Dining Updates

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    UMaine dining announces updates for the Spring 2024 semester

    Support the next generation by sponsoring the 2024 Windstorm Challenge!

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    The Windstorm Challenge is a unique opportunity for middle and high school students to get hands-on engineering practice at the Advanced Structures and Composites Center (ASCC). Organized by the same team that brings you AFloat, the Windstorm Challenge seeks to educate the next generation of floating offshore wind innovators

    Gasoline Taxes from ATVS, Snowmobiles and Recreational Watercraft in Maine

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    The report updates three earlier reports looking at gasoline use and gasoline taxes paid by users of ATVs, snowmobiles and gasoline powered watercraft in Maine in 2001 following the passage of LD 977. Given time and financial limitations, this report maintains the same fuel use per vehicle/watercraft per season as determined earlier. This implies that these nonroad vehicles have the same level of use per year and that the efficiency per vehicle/watercraft is unchanged. While there has been increases in engine efficiency generally, engines and vehicle sizes have also risen as have the size of boat trailers. While there are different registration trends between ATVs, snowmobiles and watercraft, the overall trend is an increase in the number of nonroad vehicles. Given this starting point and taking into account Maine’s current tax on gasoline of 0.30/gallon,wefindthatATVs,snowmobilesandgasolinepoweredrecreationalwatercraftpaid0.30/gallon, we find that ATVs, snowmobiles and gasoline powered recreational watercraft paid 1,076,772, 2,318,425,2,318,425, 2,296,193 respectively in gas taxes. This is a total of $5,691,390 in gas tax paid by these nonroad users in 2022. We also estimate the current distribution of gasoline taxes to nonroad user groups under current law and compare this to gas taxes paid by each user group

    Bananas the Bear on Ice

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    Bananas the Bear mascot skating on the ice at Alfond Arena, University of Maine.

    West Branch Logging Camp Clerk Henry A. Milliken\u27s Newspaper Writings: An Annotated Bibliography, 1927-1977

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    Abstract provided by author: Henry A. Milliken, a Great Northern Paper Company logging camp operations clerk 1926-1939, wrote 230 articles for the Bangor, Lewiston and Portland newspapers between 1926 and 1977. He was one of only five West Branch loggers who wrote a substantial amount about their experiences and observations in logging operations and the only writer whose focus was the human nature of the men in the logging operation jobs he wrote about. With all his topics Milliken provides a context that includes how each topic evolved over time and why. The annotations highlight and clarify the nature of the information in each piece as opposed to summarizing it. Milliken’s voice is an important part of his articles and is only discovered by reading them. These articles are all easily found and read online as noted in the text; most through and the balance through Fogler Library’s Digital Commons. Milliken’s collective work is an important and unduplicated contribution to West Branch logging history

    Landings, vol. 31, no. 1

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    Landings content emphasizes science, history, resource sustainability, economic development, and human interest stories related to Maine\u27s lobster industry. The newsletter emphasizes lobstering as a traditional, majority-European American lifeway with an economic and social heritage unique to the coast of Maine. The publication focuses how ongoing research to engage in sustainable, non-harmful, and non-wasteful commercial fishing practices benefit both the fishery and Maine\u27s coastal legacy. For more information, please visit the Maine Lobstermen’s Community Alliance (MLCA) website

    Home in the Dawnland: Sense of Place and Eco-Cultural Relations in the Penobscot River Valley

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    In a world where a deep disconnect between humans and nature is commonplace, this thesis is motivated by a personal interest in reconnecting with the more-than-human world. The purpose of this project is to explore my own sense of place and lived experience on the land we’ve called Maine and the Dawnland, and to strengthen my relationship to this land through a co-creative artistic practice. It draws on the historic context of the land, as it has been stewarded by Penobscot people, to investigate existing human-land relationships in the area, and attempts to honor Indigenous perspectives. The praxis for the research includes visiting seven sites in the Penobscot River valley, collecting plant materials, and printing their natural dyes and shapes onto silk panels, in a process called ecoprinting. This process emphasizes collaboration with the plants themselves to co-create the final works, where engagement with this process creates a stronger working relationship between human and plant. This, in turn, fosters a stronger connection to place through knowledge of plant behavior, both through on-site exploration of place, and through artistic practice. By resolving to create a stronger personal connection to place, this project hopes to inspire others to do the same, and to explore more ways to collectively strengthen our relationship to the more-than-human world

    MBS News, September 29, 2023

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    Veazie Sawmill Complex

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    Black and white photograph of the Veazie sawmill complex, pond, and dam, late 1800s. The image is taken from the end of School Street on the Veazie side of the Penobscot River looking down on Shore Road and Mill Street to the sawmill buildings. Telegraph and electrical poles are visible in the foreground. The lack of people and activity in the image suggests the photograph was taken on a Sunday when the mill was quiet. Back matter: 1890 - 1900 R E Drinkwater Old Veazie sawmills, late 1800’s. Negative no. 72.3.1. Source: Mr. and Mrs. Ralph and Pauline Drinkwater, 1977. See also: p01886, p01887, p01889, p01890, p01891, p01891, p01894, and p01895.

    Wooden Cribwork Dam

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    Sepia image taken from the vantage point of standing on the wooden cribwork dam on the Penobscot River, Veazie, Maine, August 1874. Front matter: Portland Photographic and view Co., Portland, ME. Back matter: Edward lynch/Veazie/frame #2 1874/ deliver Aug 11th/John P. Sprague Agt. Negative no. 72.2.3. Source: Mr. and Mrs. Ralph and Pauline Drinkwater, 1977. See also: p01886, p01887, p01888, p01889, and p01890.


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