ORONO

New group founded to care for Bog Boardwalk

Orono Bog Boardwalk volunteers have founded a new group named Friends of Orono Bog Boardwalk.

The group will help promote the wise use of the boardwalk and assist with its financial future and operation, as needed. The group will also help develop and operate additional programs and events to increase public awareness and ongoing support.

At the Orono Bog Boardwalk, a one-mile boardwalk loop trail begins at the forested wetland edge in the Bangor City Forest, and after 800 feet crosses the town line into the University of Maine-owned part of the bog in Orono.

FREEPORT

Women’s Ride offers views, brews and fun

Eileen Johnson of Bowdoin made a list of 50 things to do before she turned 50. One of her goals is to complete a 50-mile bicycle ride. Johnson will have her chance just a few weeks before her 50th birthday when she rides in the 10th Annual Women’s Ride on June 5 in Freeport.

Sponsored by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, the Women’s Ride attracts everyone from triathletes in training to new cyclists completing their first group ride. There are four distance options, from 5 to 50 miles, and all have beautiful views of the coast, rest stops and support vehicles.

At the ride’s conclusion, participants can get free massages, participate in yoga and listen to the Blueberry Pancakes steel drum band. A celebration at Gritty’s Freeport will feature free food and a raffle drawing.

Registration costs $35 (members) and $45 (public rate, including a six-month trial membership in the Bicycle Coalition of Maine), with a $10 discount for girls 12 to 17 years old and seniors (over 65). Girls 11 and under ride free.

For more information, a video about the ride and online registration, please visit www.BikeMaine.org or call 623-4511.

ONLINE

Check quality of lakes’ water through monitoring

The Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring program has released its 2010 Maine Lakes Report. You can find out detailed information on the health of a lake that’s important to you by contacting the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program (VLMP) to request a copy of their latest report 783-7733 or [email protected]

– From staff reports