Sportsmen show opens Friday in new location

The Pine Tree State Sportsmen Show will take place next weekend at a new location, the Sukee Arena and Events Center, 25 Verti Drive, Winslow.

Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7 for adults, $2 for youth 7-12, and free for children 6 and under.

There will be a variety of vendors and workshops focused on hunting, fishing and other recreational pursuits.

To learn more, go online to


Black Mountain celebrates with $3 ski, tube price today

Black Mountain is celebrating its 50th anniversary this weekend. Today that means skiing and tubing all day will be at the 1960 price of $3 for adults and children.

The “Never Ever World Cup” race will be held at 10 a.m. today in the novice area for ages 8 and under. The entry fee is $3.

At 1 p.m., the Old Time Giant Slalom Challenge Race will be held. It is open to all ages, and the entry fee is $5.

Awards will be held at the end of day in the lodge.

The 50th anniversary festivities will wrap up with a family pot luck dinner at 5 p.m. in the Last Run Lounge.

For more information, go online to


Author of new bird guide to give presentation at store

Richard Crossley, birder and photographer, will give a presentation and sign copies of his new book, The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds, at 4 p.m. March 20 at Freeport Wild Bird Supply.

All of the bird species that occur in eastern North America are represented in the guide by full page photo collages — 640 in all, using 10,000 photos. This allows the user to see birds in a variety of plumages, exhibiting different behaviors, in their natural settings.

A 10 percent discount on the book will be offered during the event.

See for more information. Freeport Wild Bird Supply is located at 541 Route 1.


Competitors can now register for Tough Mountain Challenge

Registration is open for the 2011 Tough Mountain Challenge at Sunday River Ski Resort on July 23.

The challenge, an obstacle race with 15 distinct challenges over 3 miles of alpine terrain, is open to 500 participants.

In addition to new obstacles this year, Sunday River is adding two categories — one for teams of two and another for teams of four.

The competition is open to adults 21 and older and will include an after party.

To register, go to The cost is $49 per person and the entry fee includes a race T-shirt and a commemorative finish mug filled with beer.

For more information, visit


Wildlife Alliance to hold event Tuesday at State House

The Wildlife Alliance of Maine is sponsoring the sixth annual Maine Wildlife Appreciation Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday in the State House Hall of Flags.

The purpose of the event is to recognize the importance of living wildlife and wildlife-watching to Maine’s ecosystem and economy.

This year’s special guest will be Michael Good, president of Downeast Nature Tours, who will speak at 10 a.m. on the importance of wildlife-related ecotourism in Maine.

Throughout the morning, Jim Parker will be displaying a live raptor.

Several organizations and businesses will be setting up displays.

For more information, contact John Glowa at 445-2360.


Loon Echo Land Trust awards grants to education programs

Loon Echo Land Trust awarded grants to 10 local schools and libraries.

Bridgton Public Library, Casco Public Library, Harrison Elementary, Harrison Village Library, Raymond Village Library, Sebago Elementary, Spaulding Memorial Library and Lake Region High School were the recipients of this year’s awards to help children learn about the environment and the importance of protecting natural resources and land.

Funds for the grants are made possible through the Loon Echo Education Endowment in memory of Helen Allen and Polly Bartlett, two caring educators who bequeathed funds to support educational programs.

Winning programs this year include Bridgton Public Library’s Storybook Walks in Pondicherry Park, Harrison Elementary’s Predators: The Balance of Nature (a Chewonki program), and Lake Region High School’s Mayberry Hill Forest Field Day.

The Mayberry Forest Field Day is a partnership of the land trust, Project Learning Tree, Maine Forest Service and the Lakeside Garden Club. Sophomores inventory and measure trees and other vegetation over time to study the changing forest.

Contact Loon Echo at 647-4352 or [email protected] for more information about the grant program, land protection efforts, group hikes and walks, or to become a member.