Friends of Sears Island to pilot 'Science Squad' after-school program

Funded by a grant from the Davis Conservation Foundation, Friends of Sears Island will pilot “Science Squad,” an after-school program involving children as citizen scientists.

In the coming year, when school is in session, FOSI will host a monthly after-school program for 12 students, ages 8 to 12, each accompanied by a parent.

The program will engage children throughout the seasons as explorers, researchers and stewards of their local environment. They will also contribute valuable data to a variety of citizen science projects, including FOSI’s database of island biodiversity.

The program will kick off Tuesday, Jan. 30, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Belfast Free Library, 106 High St., with a program entitled “Alien Invaders,” led by Aleta McKeage of the Waldo County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Children will learn to identify invasive insects and participate in games and activities to learn about these pests. Space is limited; call 975-3878 to register.

Land trust trails open to public for winter fun

The public is invited to strap on their snowshoes or skis, don their snow pants and enjoy Georges River Land Trust trails this winter.

The land trust is plowing numerous trailheads to allow the public to get out and enjoy the snow. In Waldo County and adjacent areas of Knox County, there is free access to the following locations:

-Gibson Preserve on Route 173 in Searsmont

-Canal Path, Ghent Road, Searsmont

-Gibson Preserve, Cedar Lane in Appleton

-Appleton Preserve, Route 105 in Appleton

-Frye Mountain, Inland Fisheries and Wildlife building off Route 220 in Montville

Trail conditions can change, so dress appropriately and plan for conditions. FMI, call Georges River Land Trust at 594-5166.

Watershed Coalition conducts winter bird watch

BELFAST — Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition invites the public to join Ron Harrell and Gary Gulezian on the Belfast Footbridge Tuesday, Jan. 23, from 8 to 10 a.m., to watch ducks, loons and other birds in the harbor. Winter is the best season for harbor wildlife.

Harrell and Gulezian make learning about the birds easy and fun. Bring binoculars, look through their scopes, and wear warm layers.

Co-op presents class on use of CBD products

BELFAST — On Wednesday, Jan. 24, Phil and Ellen of Gerrick Alternatives will discuss their struggles with illness (Lyme disease) and a road to recovery that includes the use of CBD (cannabidiol) products in a free class sponsored by Belfast Co-op, 123 High St.

The class, Disease, Recovery and CBD, will take place in the learning room at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast, 37 Miller St., from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Gerrick Alternatives is the co-op's cannabinoid vendor.

Preregistration is required. Sign up at the Belfast Co-op customer service register or RSVP on Facebook.

Grant aids 'Neighbors' program of Stockton library

STOCKTON SPRINGS — A $2,500 grant from the Maine Charity Foundation Fund of the Maine Community Foundation will help support the "Neighbors Helping Neighbors" program of Stockton Springs Community Library.

According to a news release from the library, the funds will go toward the 2018 Speakers' Series and weekly Tai Chi classes that run through June.

The speakers’ series is beginning its third year of monthly talks on topics to inform and educate seniors about their health and legal choices.The primary goal of "Neighbors Helping Neighbors" is to help senior citizens continue living in their homes as they age.

Visit or call 567-4147 for program details.

Free Reiki workshop set for Jan. 26

BELFAST — A "Reiki Healing and Self-Care" workshop will be offered by area energy healers Saturday, Jan. 26, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Some grounding exercises, Tai Chi practice and Reiki techniques will be taught, and guided meditations will be shared.

Reiki comes from two Japanese words, which combined mean “universal life force.” This life force runs through all matter, including the human body. Reiki healers are trained to facilitate the movement of life force energy through the body and the human energy field which surrounds the body, clearing the energy centers — or Chakras — of the body to facilitate rest, relaxation, feelings of well-being, health and vitality. Reiki can do no harm and is safe, drugless care suitable for anyone.

Wear comfortable clothing and come with a calm, relaxed attitude and a mindset to receive through being open. FMI or to reserve a space, text Diana Chapin at 207-249-2261 or email

Free skin cancer screening offered during February

LINCOLNVILLE — Maine Dermatology announces its fifth annual free skin cancer clinic to be held during the month of February.

Call the office at 230-1007 to make an appointment. The office is located at 2239 Atlantic Highway, Lincolnville.