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The Times Record
By David Treadwell
An lovely article was recently written by David Treadwell in The Times Record about a kind person who generously gives back to the community that he calls home.
You wouldn’t expect a global company that serves the neuroscience community to be headquartered in rural Maine. And you wouldn’t expect that company to provide a daycare facility and community gym right on-site. And you wouldn’t expect the owner of such a company to eschew the let’s-position-the-company-to-go-public-or-be-bought-out-so-we-can-make-millions mindset of today’s entrepreneurs.
Each year, Gelato Fiasco hosts a Scooping for Community event to benefit the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust.
This year’s fundraiser is tomorrow, April 9 from 11:00am to 11:00pm at the Gelato Fiasco located at 74 Maine Street in Brunswick.
All you have to do is tell your server that you support BTLT and 100% of your eligible purchase will be donated to the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust!
Eligible sales include pre-tax sales of gelato dishes, cones, coffees, teas, affogatos, Create-a-Pints (limit three per party for donation), and Mystery Pints. Pre-packed freezer pints, bottled drinks, bagged coffee, cookies, shakes, specials, The Fiasco, gift cards, and other gifts are not eligible.
Thank you to Gelato Fiasco and our community members for supporting the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust!
Join BTLT and our conservation neighbors again this year for the Spring Birding Extravaganza!
Birders of all ages and experience levels are invited to take part in the seventh annual Birding Extravaganza, a free series of birding events sponsored by four conservation organizations in Midcoast Maine. Merrymeeting Audubon (MMA), Kennebec Estuary Land Trust, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, and Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust have collaborated to offer opportunities to watch for and learn about a wide range of birds, both seasonal migrants and permanent residents.
The series is a way to encourage community members to enjoy and learn about the our beautiful natural areas and introduces folks to all of the land trusts’ preserves and trails. The protected areas of the three land trusts cover thirteen towns in a region known as a global hotspot for migratory birds.
“The land trusts work hard to provide a variety of trails for the public to experience the natural wonder of our region. It’s thrilling to showcase these special outdoor places by birding with people of all ages,” said Carrie Kinne, Executive Director of the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust,
“The series gives the perfect excuse to visit and experience a new outdoor place not so far from home.”
“Every year this series is an absolute favorite with our community,” said Lee Cataldo, Outreach and Education Coordinator at Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust. “We truly love this partnership with the neighboring land trusts and MMA. It is such a great way to bring folks from all over the region to new trails and properties, and to get to see some of the amazing migratory birds that pass through the Midcoast.”
This year, we will offer Maine Bird Atlas training, a movie screening, bird walks throughout the area, and more! These walks are accessible to many, including outings for experienced and novice birders, families and those unable to walk great distances.
All events are free and open to the public. You can visit the websites of the four hosting organizations for more information on these terrific treks to observe our feathered friends.
List of Events:
Thursday, April 25th from 7pm: The Messenger film screening at Frontier in Brunswick
Freeport Wild Bird Supply and Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust will present this film screening of Su Rynard’s documentary exploring the beautiful world of songbirds, our connection to them, and their uncertain fate. Tickets may be purchased by clicking HERE.
Saturday, April 27th from 3 – 5pm: Maine Bird Atlas Training Workshop at Curtis Memorial Library’s Morrell Meeting Room
Join the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust for a workshop to develop your birdwatching skills to support The Maine Bird Atlas, an effort to survey and map the distribution and abundance of breeding and wintering birds in Maine. It is a project of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, in partnership with the Maine Natural History Observatory, Maine Audubon, the Biodiversity Research Institute, and the public. The project will run from 2018-2022 and will enable conservationists and researchers to assess changes in the distribution of birds species and populations around the state.
Sunday, May 5th at 7:30am: Bird walk at Brunswick Town Commons with Dale Dorr
Dale Dorr will lead a walk through the Brunswick Town Commons. Please join us for this early migration walk in Brunswick’s Town Commons with its mix of vernal pools, pitch pine stands and old field. This time in the season it is uncertain which species will have made the migration to mid coast Maine, but the Commons have had nesting hawk and owl families in the past and should produce a good mix of the hardier species of songbirds.
Thursday, May 16th at 7:30am: Bird walk at Crystal Spring Farm with Jan Pierson
Join expert birder Jan Pierson for a popular annual outing to Brunswick Topsham Land Trust’s Crystal Spring Farm in Brunswick. This walk is through a variety of habitats, including fields, forests, and wetland. We hope to see sparrows, Bluebirds, Bobolinks, and several species of warblers. Bring your binoculars, and meet at Crystal Spring Farm’s Farmers’ Market Green on Pleasant Hill Road in Brunswick.
Sunday, May 19th from 7 – 11:30am: Bird walk at the Brunswick Town Commons with Gordon Smith and John Berry
Information for Harpwell Heritage Land Trust and Kennebec Estuary Land Trust events may be found here:
Patti McDonald, March 26, 2019
Sam Hughes, a local Eagle Scout, completed a bridge at the end of Jack’s Trail at BTLT’s Chase Reserve last fall. Through challenges in the paperwork to the excitement of building, Patti McDonald at The Forecaster recently covered the story.
Some teenagers are buried in their electronic devices or concerned with the next social media challenge.
Not 15-year-old Sam Hughes.
Hughes, a sophomore at Mt. Ararat High School, revels in his time outdoors and appreciates nature. He said his love for the outdoors is the reason he decided to join the Boy Scouts when he was 6 years old.
Hughes, who lives in Topsham, has been in the Boy Scouts for nine years and has already achieved the Eagle Scout rank, the organization’s highest achievement. He completed his service project last fall: a bridge he built at the end of Jack’s Trail on Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust’s Chase Reserve on Bunganuc Road in Brunswick. The trail connects BTLT’s trail with Freeport Conservation Trust’s Antoinette Jackman Trail.
Thank you to all of the artists who submitted their work for the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust Farmers’ Market Poster Contest. We are impressed with the work you submitted and so grateful that you took the time to create these wonderful pieces of art for the Farmers’ Market!
The winning piece was created by Alessia McCobb of Sound Pine Farm and ties together the Farmers’ Market’s 20th anniversary and the wide variety of vendors at our vibrant market. Congratulations, Alessia!
Thank you to all of our contestants.
We can’t wait to see what you’ll come up with next year!
On February 10, Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust teamed up with Six Rivers NEMBA, Midcoast Conservancy, and the Merrymeeting Wheelers for a group fat tire mountain bike ride at Neptune Woods. Over 40 people attended and many ended up at the Brews for a Cause Fundraiser to benefit BTLT hosted by Flight Deck Brewing on Brunswick Landing.
Patrick Gabrion posted about the ride on the cycling blog, Pedal 2 Page, covering the event.
I heard one participant say, “I love these trails,” and that was the sentiment expressed by many others. Here’s my take on the four miles of loops:
* Well groomed and the abundance of trees kept icy conditions to a minimum
* Wooden bridges, not too many and short, were wide enough that they didn’t create freak-out moments
* Well marked
* Ample parking
* Despite the occasional plane taking off at the nearby airport, the wooded area was quiet and peaceful
BTLT reached out to Six Rivers NEMBA to run Sunday’s ride. In the end, the event represented a collaboration between BTLT, Six Rivers, the Merrymeeting Wheelers and the Midcoast Conservancy, which provided 20 fat bikes to loan to participants.Pedal 2 Page
“The number of participants was staggering,” said Lawrence Kovacs, president of Six Rivers NEMBA.
Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust and Maine Coast Heritage Trust have been working together to conserve Woodward Point, an 87-acre property with over 2 miles of shorefront and plentiful opportunities for recreation. Now, with the help of the Brunswick Town Council, we are closer than ever to achieving our goal of conserving this very special property.
We have both lived in the Brunswick-Topsham area for decades and have chosen to build our careers here, raise our children here, and participate in the civic life of our community through municipal committees and the support of many local nonprofits and community groups. We love this area and are proud to call it home, but we have never been more proud to be members of this community than we were last Thursday evening when the Brunswick Town Council voted unanimously to contribute $150,000 toward the conservation of the 87-acre Woodward Point property. If conserved by Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) and Brunswick Topsham Land Trust (BTLT), this property will offer 2 miles of shore frontage on the New Meadows River and Woodward Cove in East Brunswick and will create ample opportunities for free outdoor recreation, water access, nature-based education as well as the protection of natural resources including some of Brunswick’s most productive clam flats.
The Times Record, February 1
This vote was a shining example of how our community can unite by working together for common goals—and an example of how the land holds potential to bring us together. Our Town Council (representing diverse political viewpoints) found common ground for the common good.