East End Yoga Events Welcome New Faces, All Abilities

East End Yoga Events Welcome New Faces, All Abilities

The fourth annual Maine YogaFest is a three-day festival, estimated to attract approximately 650 attendees, offering 50 different classes and workshops for people of all skill and ability levels, from more challenging standup paddle-board and aerial yoga to guided meditations and body rolling designed to relax and restore.

In addition, the festival’s Vendor Village is free and open to the public. “This year we have more than 40 vendors and lots of activities, including contests, henna tattoos, free chair massages and live music. It’s all about health, wellness and local food,” said Carlisle. “We’re also offering two free community classes,” she says, adding that she hopes people from throughout Munjoy Hill and Portland will stop by and check out the festival.

Up to 150 Volunteers to Test Casco Bay Water Quality This Weekend

Munjoy Hill - Some 150 people are expected to take part in water sampling on Casco Bay this week, and they're all friends.

Beginning around 10a.m Sunday, 130-150 people are expected to begin taking water samples from the bay in an effort to test the levels of nitrogen in the water, according to Friends of Casco Bay, a non-profit group based in South Portland. The organization is referring to the effort as a "water sampling flash mob" taking place along the Fore River and Portland Harbor. The effort is a partnership between Friends of Casco Bay, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and the City of South Portland according to a press released issued by 'Friends' late Wednesday.

"This community event reminds people that the Bay belongs to all os us." said the group's Executive Director Cathy Ramsdell. "We hope the efforts of these volunteers will shine the public spotlight on an issue too few understand; nitrogen pollution."

According to FoCB, nitrogen is one of the dominant nutrients responsible for the heavy amounts of algae-like sludge forming along the Florida coast. Excess nitrogen can come from raw sewage, stormwater runoff and from air pollution, according to the organization.

Approximately seventy collectors will be taking part from boats, including Munjoy Hill-based Portland Paddle's Zack Anchors. Anchors' business offers sea kayak and paddle board rentals and guided trips around Casco Bay and has often supported cleanup and sampling efforts. Other volunteers will take part along the shorelines of the Fore River, from the Eastern Trail in Portland to South Portland's Bug Light Park.

Public Utilities Community Meetings Set for Basic Landline Telephone Services

BANGOR: AARP Maine is promoting a set of meetings hosted by the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) regarding basic landline telephone services. The first of those meetings will take place this week in Bangor, according to AARP Maine. Bangor City Hall this Thursday, The meetings are aimed at offering FairPoint Communications customers and other residents an opportunity to ask questions about proposed changes in landline telephone service throughout Maine as deregulation measures are rolled out according to a new Maine law. AARP has said the changes may pose confusion to many residents utilizing landline telephone services including the elderly. 

Beginning in August, FairPoint customers throughout twenty-two of Maine’s most populous towns will begin seeing changes in their landline telephone service, according to AARP Maine.  Meetings will be held in the following cities with noted time and locations.  Only Provider of Last Resort (POLR) customers will be affected by the upcoming deregulation of FairPoint’s basic landline telephone service. Residents who aren't certain of their POLR customer status may contact FairPoint at 1-866-984-2001. Non FairPoint customers and those outside the twenty-two municipalities will not be affected by the proposed changes. 

·          July 7, 6-7pm, Bangor City Hall, 73 Harlow Street, Bangor 04401

·         July 13, 6-7pm, Lewiston City Hall, 27 Pine Street, Lewiston 04240

·         July 14, 6-7pm, Sanford City Hall Annex, 919 Main Street, Sanford 04073

·         July 21, 6-7pm, South Portland City Hall, 25 Cottage Road, South Portland 04106

·         July 28, 6-7pm, Biddeford City Hall, 205 Main Street, Biddeford 04005

·         August 2, 6-7pm, Auburn City Hall Council Chambers, 60 Court Street, Auburn 04210

·         August 3, 6-7pm, Portland City Hall, 389 Congress Street, Portland 04101