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Goodbye Ice April 15,2023
Photo by Cheryl Barker
Poetry from Keewaydin’s Own, Lucia Owen
To read 4 poems by Keewaydin Poet Laureate, Lucia Owen published in in the Maine Journal of Conservation and Sustainability, Click on the link below.
First Swim of the year by Kim Desanctis
Photo by Gracie Lane
Welcome back, You Silly Goose
Easter Egg Hunt : Far Cove
Brooke , the Chronicle Baby, Completes her Easter Egg Hunt
This dog ate 2 Easter Eggs—complete with shell!
Run off from Virginia Lake: Photo by Sue Rowan
Morning Light on Kewaydin :Photo by Arch Owen
Photo by Cheryl Barker
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There Are Whales Alive Today Who Were Born Before Moby Dick Was Written
In Alaska's North Slope, the population of bowhead whales seems to be recovering. But that's really not the coolest part of this Alaska Dispatch story. Instead, it's this, noticed by Geoffry Gagnon: There are bowhead whales still alive in arctic that were born long before Moby Dick was written in 1851.
History of Earth Day by Heather Cox Richardson
Today is Earth Day, celebrated for the first time in 1970. Coming the same week that House Republicans demanded that Congress rescind the money Democrats appropriated in the Inflation Reduction Act to address climate change, Earth Day in 2023 is a poignant reminder of an earlier era, one in which Americans recognized a crisis that transcended partisanship and came together to fix it.
The spark for the first Earth Day was the 1962 publication of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring. A marine biologist and best-selling author, Carson showed the devastating effects of people on nature by documenting the effect of modern pesticides on the natural world. She focused on the popular pesticide DDT, which had been developed in 1939 and used to clear islands in the South Pacific of malaria-carrying mosquitoes during World War II. Deployed as an insect killer in the U.S. after the war, DDT was poisoning the natural food chain in American waters.
DDT sprayed on vegetation washed into the oceans. It concentrated in fish, which were then eaten by birds of prey, especially ospreys. The DDT caused the birds to lay eggs with abnormally thin eggshells, so thin the eggs cracked in the nest when the parent birds tried to incubate them. And so the birds began to die off.
Carson was unable to interest any publishing company in the story of DDT. Finally, frustrated at the popular lack of interest in the reasons for the devastation of birds, she decided to write the story anyway, turning out a highly readable book with 55 pages of footnotes to make her case.
When The New Yorker began to serialize Carson’s book in June 1962, chemical company leaders were scathing. “If man were to faithfully follow the teachings of Miss Carson," an executive of the American Cyanamid Company said, "we would return to the Dark Ages, and the insects and diseases and vermin would once again inherit the earth." Officers of Monsanto questioned Carson's sanity.
But her portrait of the dangerous overuse of chemicals and their effect on living organisms caught readers’ attention. They were willing to listen. Carson’s book sold more than half a million copies in 24 countries.
Democratic president John F. Kennedy asked the President’s Science Advisory Committee to look into Carson’s argument, and the committee vindicated her. Before she died of breast cancer in 1964, Carson noted: "Man's attitude toward nature is today critically important simply because we have now acquired a fateful power to alter and destroy nature. But man is a part of nature, and his war against nature is inevitably a war against himself? [We are] challenged as mankind has never been challenged before to prove our maturity and our mastery, not of nature, but of ourselves."
Meanwhile, a number of scientists followed up on Carson’s argument and in 1967 organized the Environmental Defense Fund to protect the environment by lobbying for a ban on DDT. As they worked, Americans began to pay closer attention to human effects on the environment, especially after three crucial moments: First, on December 24, 1968, William Anders took a color picture of the Earth rising over the horizon of the moon from outer space during the Apollo 8 mission, powerfully illustrating the beauty and isolation of the globe on which we all live.
Then, over 10 days in January–February 1969, a massive oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara, California, poured between 80,000 and 100,000 barrels of oil into the Pacific, fouling 35 miles of California beaches and killing seabirds, dolphins, sea lions, and elephant seals. Public outrage ran so high that President Nixon himself, a Republican, went to Santa Barbara in March to see the cleanup efforts, telling the American public that “the Santa Barbara incident has frankly touched the conscience of the American people.”
And then, in June 1969, the chemical contaminants that had been dumped into Cleveland’s Cuyahoga River caught fire. A dumping ground for local heavy industry, the river had actually burned more than ten times in the previous century, but with increased focus on environmental damage, this time the burning river garnered national attention.
In February 1970, President Richard M. Nixon sent to Congress a special message “on environmental quality.” “[W]e…have too casually and too long abused our natural environment,” he wrote. “The time has come when we can wait no longer to repair the damage already done, and to establish new criteria to guide us in the future.”
“The tasks that need doing require money, resolve and ingenuity,” Nixon said, “and they are too big to be done by government alone. They call for fundamentally new philosophies of land, air and water use, for stricter regulation, for expanded government action, for greater citizen involvement, and for new programs to ensure that government, industry and individuals all are called on to do their share of the job and to pay their share of the cost.”
Nixon called for a 37-point program with 23 legislative proposals and 14 new administrative measures to control water and air pollution, manage solid waste, protect parklands and public recreation, and organize for action. “As we deepen our understanding of complex ecological processes, as we improve our technologies and institutions and learn from experience, much more will be possible,” he said. “But these 37 measures represent actions we can take now, and that can move us dramatically forward toward what has become an urgent common goal of all Americans: the rescue of our natural habitat as a place both habitable and hospitable to man.”
Meanwhile, Gaylord Nelson, a Democratic senator from Wisconsin, visited the Santa Barbara oil spill and hoped to turn the same sort of enthusiasm people were bringing to protests against the Vietnam War to efforts to protect the environment. He announced a teach-in on college campuses, which soon grew into a wider movement across the country. Their “Earth Day,” held on April 22, 1970, brought more than 20 million Americans—10% of the total population of the country at the time—to call for the nation to address the damage caused by 150 years of unregulated industrial development. The movement included members of all political parties, rich Americans and their poorer neighbors, people who lived in the city and those in the country, labor leaders and their employers. It is still one of the largest protests in American history.
In July, at the advice of a council convened to figure out how to consolidate government programs to combat pollution, Nixon proposed to Congress a new agency, the Environmental Protection Agency, which Congress created in 1970. This new agency assumed responsibility for the federal regulation of pesticides, and after the Environmental Defense Fund filed suit, in June 1972 the EPA banned DDT. Four months later, Congress passed the Clean Water Act, establishing protections for water quality and regulating pollutant discharges into waters of the United States.
Today, even as Republicans are attacking the EPA by suggesting that Congress cannot delegate major regulatory powers to it, President Joe Biden issued an executive order to promote environmental justice. In the past generation we have come to understand that pollution hits minority and poor populations far harder than it does wealthy white communities: the government and private companies target Indigenous reservations for the storage of nuclear waste, for example, because the reservations are not covered by the same environmental and health standards as the rest of the country.
Today, Biden said, “To fulfill our Nation’s promises of justice, liberty, and equality, every person must have clean air to breathe; clean water to drink; safe and healthy foods to eat; and an environment that is healthy, sustainable, climate-resilient, and free from harmful pollution and chemical exposure. Restoring and protecting a healthy environment—wherever people live, play, work, learn, grow, and worship—is a matter of justice and a fundamental duty that the Federal Government must uphold on behalf of all people.”
Happy Earth Day 2023.
Power to the People
If you spend time online you have probably seen many ads against Pine Tree Power paid for by Central Maine Power and its Spanish parent company Avengrid. The ads say that if the politicians take control of our power the bills will go up. To truly understand this issue we need to understand the difference between a public utility and privately owned power company. Click on the link below to find out more about what Pine Tree Power could do for Maine. In a year when our electric bills have gone up 40% it is important to understand where that extra money is going and who controls the future of power in our state.
CMP ranked last once again in J.D. Power business customer satisfaction survey
Once again, Central Maine Power ranked last in the nation among utilities surveyed in J.D. Power's study of business customer satisfaction, yet another example of the deep unpopularity of Maine's largest power company as advocates move forward with a campaign to replace CMP with a consumer-owned uti
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Oh give me home in North Waterford where the Bison Roam
Last week Andrea and Adam Helm and I took a visit to the Beech Hill Farm and Bison Ranch in North Waterford. There we met owners Doretta and Ted Coburn and learned about 9 fascinating creatures who roam freely in their pastures of plenty. Standing near them is like a window into a wilder past where they roamed the plains.
A few things we learned about bison.
- They are not cows. Herd them at your own risk.
- They are not Buffalo. Go to Africa if you want to see them.
- They have very narrow spaces between their feet and make narrow paths
- They conserve their energy and move slowly except for once in a while where they race around like bunnies, and you wish you had your phone to film them ,but you never do.
- They can live to 25 years old.
Ted and Doretta sell bison meat—-much healthier than beef. Call 583-2515 if you want to buy some. Also, they enjoy hosting groups of children who want to learn about bison, organic farming and green energy. They are both natural educators.
Shades of Jurassic Park
Do you know where I can find a fresh bale of hay in this town?
Ted and Doretta: Married for 20 years
Kalisa Grace: The Last Bison
Ted and Doretta are planning to downsize their herd to 0 but there is one bison who they may never let leave and will never send to the butcher. Here name is Kalisa Grace or Gracie. Click on the video above The Bison Who Lived. to find out more about her harrowing story.
Dr. Robert C. Williams retired to Lovell, Maine, and has used his educational background with his love of history and finely-honed writing skills to produce this history of the town of Lovell. Read this book and follow the settlement from the survey of the Merrimack River in 1652 through the famous battle at Pequawket in 1725 to the current struggle between the forces of development and preservation. Williams haunted local archives and state collections of Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire to produce this comprehensive history
. The writing is enlivened by current and historical photos and illustrations. Lovewell's Town provides entertainment and insight for the serious Maine historian or local history buff. For the historical researcher Williams has added a very thorough index. About the author: Dr. Robert C. Williams (Ph. D., Harvard, 1966) is a semi-retired historian and the author of numerous books and articles in modern Russian, European, and American history. He has taught at Williams College, Washington University in St. Louis, Davidson College and part-time at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. He first came to his grandfather's summer camp on Kezar Lake in West Lovell in 1939. He and his wife Ann now live permanently in Center Lovell.
Lifeline: The National Suicide Hotline. Call 988
If you are thinking about suicide or worried about a friend call 988. 24/7 to consult . Winter is a hard time even if you are not experiencing depression. You are not alone.
One Pill can Kill. Beware of internet Prescription Meds
DEA Laboratory Testing Reveals that 6 out of 10 Fentanyl-Laced Fake Prescription Pills Now Contain a Potentially Lethal Dose of Fentanyl.
The DEA Laboratory has found that, of the fentanyl-laced fake prescription pills analyzed in 2022, six out of ten now contain a potentially lethal dose of fentanyl. This is an increase from DEA’s previous announcement in 2021 that four out of ten fentanyl-laced fake prescription pills were found to contain a potentially lethal dose.
Many of these fake pills are marketed over the internet as legitimate drugs with names we are familiar with. A single pill can be enough to kill a person.
Maine Woman Hikes the Length of Ireland to Raise Awareness of Suicide Prevention
by Andrea Helm
“I told my physical therapist I would make a terrible patient if it wasn’t for this hike,” Dee says with an easy laugh. Deirdre (Dee) Fournier is a loving mother and grandmother from Mason Township, Maine who is about to embark on a 1,000 km (620+ mile) solo hike along The Ireland Way. Although she’s an avid hunter and outdoorswoman, this will be her first foray into backpacking, and it will be a big one. Over the course of 50 days Dee will face 42,917 feet of elevation gain, and she will traverse sections of trail that are so new they are not only lacking in infrastructure but they’re not even fully waymarked.
Motivated by the loss of a close friend’s son four years ago, Dee says “I’ve had it on my heart for some time now to raise money for suicide prevention and mental health. I know the hike will be really hard, but there are so many people who deal with heavier stuff.” Dee says that sleeping alone will be one of the biggest challenges for her. “Not knowing from night to night if I’ll be in a farmer’s field or an abandoned church and feeling alone and isolated will be difficult.” She goes on to say, “friends have offered to meet up with me on parts of the trail, but it’s important to me to prove to myself that I can do this on my own.”
Dee is no stranger to determination, having lived for many years without electricity or running water while raising four young kids with her husband, Ron. It was during this time that Dee became the passionate hunter she is today. “I never thought I could hunt an animal, but when I moved to the backwoods of Maine, I fell in love with being able to provide for my family. Knowing I’m the one out there doing the hard work, harvesting the animal, and putting that meat on the table for my family—it was empowering.”
To prepare for the hike, Dee’s been hitting the gym, snowshoeing often, and completing long-overdue PT to heal an injured shoulder. She’s also been walking with her pack, which already weighs 40lbs before she adds food and water. She says her mental preparation is focused on being in a good headspace to be away from her family for so long, and she’s also been meeting with her pastor regularly to prepare herself spiritually.
When asked why she’ll be hiking in Ireland, Dee explains that one of her grandmothers was born there and her sister, Bridgette and family live in Northern Ireland. “When I’m over there, I just feel such peace. It’s another extension of my home. I love it over there.”
Dee will be posting about her extraordinary adventure as cell service permits. You can follow along on Facebook to see where she is on the trail and, as she puts it, “send good vibes and prayers.” To contribute to her campaign, Venmo @Dee-Fournier. 100% of donations will go toward mental health services and the prevention of suicide, specifically supporting NAMI here in the U.S. and The Pieta House in Ireland.
Good Luck, Dee!
Eric Aho’s Studio Watch
Inspired by the Ice Harvest on Lake Keewaydin last month, painter Eric Aho has gone back into his studio and produced these massive canvases of ice holes. Here is a note from Eric.
After cutting the “H” for Marsden Hartley on Keewaydin, I returned to the studio with the color of water under the open ice on my mind. These new paintings are much richer in color, in part because of my recent experience, and in part, because I simply just looked more closely. The color is both truer to life and enriched by imagination.
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