#MEwx #NWSCaribou #Maine Snow showers in the north will end this morning, followed by a cold temperatures and breezy conditions. A weak ridge will move in this afternoon, calming winds and thinning out some clouds. Tonight, a warm front will move through where the coldest temperatures will be seen this evening, then a warming trend throughout the night.
#MEwx #NWSCaribou #Maine A shortwave to the east will bring isolated to scattered snow showers across the area today with increasing west winds. Increasing instability and breezy winds could produce snow squalls this afternoon. By tonight, instability will decrease and temperatures will be cold in the teens for the north and 20s in the south.
By Hiroko Tabuchi | Oct. 24, 2023 | New York Times
"When #Maine lawmakers tried to rein in large-scale access to the state’s #freshwater this year, the effort initially gained momentum. The state had just emerged from #drought, and many Mainers were sympathetic to protecting their snow-fed #lakes and #streams.
“BlueTriton isn’t a household name, but its products are. Americans today buy more bottled water than any other packaged drink, and BlueTriton owns many of the nation’s biggest brands, including Poland Spring, named after a natural spring in Maine that ran dry decades ago.
“Maine’s bill threatened BlueTriton’s access to the #groundwater it bottles and sells. The legislation had already gotten a majority vote on the committee and was headed toward the full Legislature, when a lobbyist for BlueTriton proposed an amendment that would gut the entire bill.
“'Strike everything,' starts the proposed amendment, which was written in a Word document that contained a digital signature showing that it had been created by Elizabeth M. Frazier, who represents BlueTriton and is one of the most influential #lobbyists in Maine. The document was e-mailed by Ms. Frazier to lawmakers in the days after the committee vote.
“After BlueTriton’s intervention, the committee pulled the bill back. The company’s actions, which haven’t previously been reported, were described to The New York Times by three state legislators. The Times also reviewed several of the e-mails sent by Ms. Frazier as well as the Word document.
“'We couldn’t believe it. Their amendment strikes the entire bill,' said Christopher Kessler, a Democratic state representative who represents South Portland and a committee member who voted to advance the bill. 'Because all this happened behind closed doors, the public doesn’t know that Poland Spring stalled the process.'
“Bottlers have faced increasing scrutiny for the millions of throwaway #plastic bottles they produce, the marketing message that their products are safer or healthier than tap water, and for a business model in which they buy freshwater, often at low cost, only to sell it back to the public at much higher prices.
“And while the bottled-water business doesn’t use nearly as much groundwater as the nation’s thirstiest industries, like agriculture, the pressure on bottlers is building as awareness grows of the stress that intensive pumping can place on local water supplies. A Times investigation this year revealed that many of the aquifers that supply 90% of the nation’s water systems are being severely depleted as overuse and #GlobalWarming transform fragile #ecosystems.
“BlueTriton has been caught up in issues of local opposition and water use, and not only in Maine. The company also is fighting for access to water sources in numerous states, including #Michigan, #Colorado and others.
“In response to detailed questions, BlueTriton on Monday pointed The Times to a new page on its corporate website. 'After thoughtful consideration, BlueTriton opposes the proposed legislation,' the page says, because the bill 'would make it unaffordable for any large-scale water purchaser, including Poland Spring, to invest in infrastructure and operations.'
“Ms. Frazier didn’t respond to detailed questions.
“Groundwater use is regulated by states, not the federal government, which means there is little national coordination, monitoring or management of a vital natural resource. Maine’s bill seeks, among other things, to put a seven-year limit on contracts for large-scale freshwater pumping by corporations that ship water out of Maine, and to make the deals subject to local approval. That would block BlueTriton’s current efforts to lock in contracts up to 45 years long for pumping water.
“'We couldn’t believe it,' State Representative Christopher Kessler said of the lobbying effort.
“Industries and other interest groups routinely try to influence lawmaking, and there has been no suggestion that Ms. Frazier violated any rules. But it seemed 'unusual procedurally' for a corporation to propose rewriting an entire bill after it had already advanced within the Legislature, said Anthony Moffa, associate professor at the University of Maine School of Law.
“State senator Mark Lawrence, a Democrat who heads the committee considering the bill, said the committee would consider amendments proposed by any interested person or party. In Maine, 'a lot of the legislation that’s proposed is written by lobbyists, companies, different people like that,' he said.
“Mr. Lawrence also said that, at the same time the amendment was proposed, several members had begun to express fresh concerns that the State Legislature would be setting overly stringent curbs on contracts.
“BlueTriton finds itself pitted against local water boards, environmentalists and other groups across the country.
“In Colorado, environmental groups have been battling a 10-year contract that BlueTriton renewed with a semi-arid county to pump water from the Upper Arkansas River Basin, a region affected by historic drought.
“In #California, BlueTriton has publicly criticized and vowed to fight a cease-and-desist order issued by the state’s water board to stop diverting millions of gallons of water from a spring in San Bernardino County.
“In Michigan, lawmakers have proposed legislation that would close a loophole that enables BlueTriton and other commercial water users to pump water from the protected Great Lakes watershed. Known as the 'bottled-water loophole,' it allows for water to be used this way if it’s in containers that are 5.7 gallons or less.
“On its new corporate page, BlueTriton said 'there is no evidence of adverse impacts to the aquifer' in Colorado, and that California’s ruling 'negatively impacts every water agency and farmer in California that relies on groundwater, and in doing so, indirectly harms every Californian.'
“BlueTriton is a major presence in Maine, drawing water from eight locations around the state. It is currently trying to lock in a new contract of up to 45 years to pump water in Lincoln a former mill town.
“That would be BlueTriton’s second decades-long contract in the state, the kind of deals that would run afoul of the State Legislature’s proposed 7-year cap. The company’s pursuit of these deals, and the uncertainties of how climate change may affect Maine’s water supplies in the future, is what inspired the legislation, said Margaret M. O’Neil, the Democratic state legislator who introduced the bill.
“'We’re seeing our communities get locked into these contracts that are going to last, basically, the rest of my lifetime,' which is too risky, she said, considering climate uncertainties.
“In 2016-17 and in 2020-22, Maine experienced significant drought, followed by wet years. The state has also started seeing what scientists call 'snow drought.' As winters warm because of #ClimateChange, #snowpack and groundwater recharge can dwindle.
“John Mullaney, a hydrologist with the USGS's New England Water Science Center, said that a warming climate meant Maine was likely to experience more variability, with stronger rains but also worsening drought. 'The question is, what will we be able to do in 50 years,' he said. 'There might be changes that need to be made, including reducing groundwater extraction.'
“Industry groups emphasize that Maine still has ample groundwater and that bottled water accounts for only a small portion of its use compared to practices like irrigation. They also stress bottled water’s value in emergencies when drinking water is disrupted.
“And in Maine, BlueTriton has a powerful local ally: local water utilities, which say the revenue generated by selling water to bottlers helps keep costs down for everyone else.
“'Turning away a customer that’s seeking to pay money to the utility because of an alleged problem with extraction would be contrary' to ratepayers’ interests, said Roger Crouse, a board member at the Maine Water Utilities Association. 'If they have a contract that could be expiring in seven years, and the math doesn’t work out, they’re going to have to invest their money somewhere else.'
“Still, hydrologists warn that bottled water should not be discounted as an additional strain on aquifers and watersheds, as well as on residential wells. Last month, the US Geological Survey began its first-ever study of how the activities of the bottled water industry result in changes to groundwater levels, spring flows and water quality. 'Withdrawals, no matter what the use, influence movement of groundwater,' Cheryl Dieter, a hydrologist who is leading the study, said in an interview.
“BlueTriton itself is a creation of Wall Street. It is owned by the private equity funds One Rock Capital Partners and Metropoulos & Co., which paid $4.3 billion in 2021 to buy Nestlé’s North American bottled-water business.
“In Maine, some neighbors of BlueTriton, like Natalie DiPentino, are skeptical of the company for more personal reasons.
“Ms. DiPentino, who lives near Lincoln, can’t prove it but wonders if pumping by Poland Spring contributed to a crisis in her home during a drought in 2017, when her well ran dry along with those of several neighbors. Her family had to haul buckets of river water to flush the toilet, she said. Stores nearby ran out of bottled water.
“After learning about BlueTriton’s proposed 45-year contract at its Lincoln facility, she led calls for a public hearing, arguing that deals were being cut behind closed doors and that Poland Spring would be paying too little, $15,000 a month, for millions of gallons of water. 'You don’t know how badly you need water until you don’t have it in your house,' she said.
“The hearing she sought is now scheduled for next month."
When #Maine lawmakers tried to tighten regulations on large-scale access to water, the brand’s little-known parent company set out to rewrite the rules.
October 24, 2023
Op vrijdag 1 december staat Marga du Maine op het podium van het Theater Slot Zeist met haar One Woman Show “Anders is ook zo gewoontjes”. Hoe oud mag je zijn om een generatiekloof met de jongeren te voelen? Een avond vol humor en ironie.
#zeist #zeistermagazine #theater #slot #zeist #slotzeist #theaterslotzeist #onewomanshow #woman #anders #gewoon #gewoontjes #generatie #kloof #generatiekloof #humor #ironie #marga #du #maine #margadumaine #dumaine
#MEwx #NWSCaribou #Maine A storm system will bring rain, snow and winds today. Snowfall will be mainly confined in the Mountains and across the North with rain elsewhere. Rain may be heavy at times this morning. Most snow will switch over to rain by this afternoon, and precip will be quick to end this evening. Strong gusty winds are expected along the Downeast coast and over the Coastal Waters. Coastal Flood Threat for Monday mid morning high tide. Cooling temperatures tonight could freeze any s
#Maine #weather discussion from Pine Tree Weather - Sunday November 26, 2023 https://www.pinetreeweather.com/discussions/sunday-november-26-2023 #MEwx
Faster moving storm means peak surge not hitting at high tide for southern #Maine and #NewHampshire coasts. Still close to high astronomical tide, + wave runup and fresh water components contributing to minor coastal flooding and splashover. Coastal flood asvisory posted for the south, coastal flood watch from #Portland north. #MEweather #MEwx
“Makoko’s idea, #Amjambo Africa!, is now celebrating its fifth anniversary. The staff and contributors who produce the free monthly journal include natives of Burundi, the Congo, Iran, Nigeria, Rwanda, Somalia, and South Korea, all living throughout [Maine] … The team writes, in seven languages, for dual audiences: newcomers in need of information about #Maine life and eager for news from home and locals who want to know more about their new neighbors.” #journalism https://downeast.com/arts-leisure/amjambo-africa-builds-a-bridge-between-new-and-longtime-mainers/
#MEwx #NWSCaribou #Maine Calm weather expected today. A storm system will bring rain, snow and winds on Monday. Snowfall will be mainly confined in the Mountains and across the North with rain elsewhere. Strong gusty winds are expected along the Downeast coast and over the Coastal Waters. Coastal Flood Threat for Monday mid morning high tide.
#Maine’s referendum on establishing a state-managed public utility system, known as "Question Three," was defeated with 70% against.
Opposition, including labor unions, exaggerated costs and misrepresented #PineTreePower as a state agency. With opponents spending significantly more on media and propaganda, the #referendum was defeated.
Supporters plan to continue advocating for community-owned utilities, considering collaboration with labor unions in future efforts.
Was so very fortunate to catch this beautiful coastal sunrise in Maine on our
recent trip... Hope you like it.
“𝐒𝐔𝐍𝐑𝐈𝐒𝐄 𝐎𝐍 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐂𝐎𝐀𝐒𝐓 𝐎𝐅 𝐌𝐀𝐈𝐍𝐄”
See more at
#Maine #Kennebunk #Kennebunkport #coast #coastal #BuyIntoArt #Mastoart #art #fediart #nature #FediGiftShop #ArtforInteriorDesign #HospitalityInteriors #InteriorDesign #wallart #instahome #interiordecorating #interiordecor
#Maine #weather discussion from Pine Tree Weather - Saturday November 25, 2023 https://www.pinetreeweather.com/discussions/saturday-november-25-2023 #MEwx
Rubus frondisentis is an uncommon North American species of #floweringPlant in the #roseFamily. It has been found in #Québec and in the northeastern United States (#Maine, #NewHampshire, #Vermont, #NewYork). The genetics of Rubus is extremely complex, so that it is difficult to decide on which groups should be recognized as species. There are many rare species with limited ranges such as this. Further study is suggested to clarify the taxonomy.
Since 7:30 AM in Freeport, Maine, we've been listening to loud gunfire that often occurs near many of the town's businesses, homes, and walking trails. When I called the police, an officer came to *my* house and said things like, "We've been talking for 10 minutes, and I've heard only a few gunshots." They refuse to stop it.
#Maine #weather discussion from Pine Tree Weather - Friday November 24, 2023 https://www.pinetreeweather.com/discussions/friday-november-24-2023 #MEwx
"Pihcintu is a multinational chorus of young women from Cambodia, China, Congo, El Salvador, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda, Vietnam, British West Indies and Zambia, along with children whose families have been here for generations. With Director Con Fullam, they perform across New England.
"Goals for the event:
• Make what is often invisible about genocide seen
• Make what is often silenced about genocide heard
• Motivate the development of our awareness and action to face the challenges that affect all Maine people"
It’s Turkey Day in the USA, aka #Thanksgiving. Benjamin Franklin stated that the turkey was “a much more respectable bird” and “a true original native of America” and therefore a better national symbol than this bird, the bald eagle, which in his words was “a bird of bad moral character” that “does not get his living honestly”. Taken near Lubec, #Maine (2012).
another #watercolour from the archives. this time a view from under the pier on Great Spruce Head Island in Penobscot Bay, #Maine. Fans of Eliot Porter or his brother Fairfield Porter might know it (it can be seen on the left-hand side of my account’s non-avatar/profile image). From a photo I took in 2012 or 2014, I think. #art #mastoArt #painting
I might be going hungry for #Thanksgiving but this #disabled #bipolar man living in #poverty would be thankful if everyone supports https://2ndshot.photos/hope and helped him to raise money to buy property and build a forever home in #Vermont or #Maine and helped make it happen for #Christmas so I can have a stable secure and sustainable life.
#Maine #weather discussion from Pine Tree Weather - Wednesday November 22, 2023 https://www.pinetreeweather.com/discussions/wednesday-november-22-2023 #MEwx
How a #Maine Businessman Made the AR-15 Into America’s Best-Selling Rifle
#Maine #weather discussion from Pine Tree Weather - Tuesday November 21, 2023 https://www.pinetreeweather.com/discussions/tuesday-november-21-2023 #MEwx
And here is a corny video that actually accurately captures the Gestalt of this town.
Coast Guard search and rescue efforts underway for fisherman off Walker's Point in #Kennebunkport: https://news.yahoo.com/coast-guard-searches-missing-lobsterman-160235067.html - can see the helos working just offshore. #Maine
#Maine #weather discussion from Pine Tree Weather - Thursday November 16, 2023 https://www.pinetreeweather.com/discussions/thursday-november-16-2023 #MEwx
This is one of my favorite sunrises at Portland Head Light. I had originally chosen a location at Spring Point, about 10 minutes away, but when I saw the clouds setting up, I raced over to Portland Head to get to this spot. It paid off, with the sun rising just off the tip of the point and the clouds glowing red. Prints available at https://rickberk.pixels.com/featured/shining-through-at-portland-head-light-rick-berk.html
#Maine #weather discussion from Pine Tree Weather - Monday November 13, 2023 https://www.pinetreeweather.com/discussions/monday-november-13-2023 #MEwx
“So the question is, can we continue with a business as usual approach?” he said. “I think it’s very important that we study the future of natural gas in Maine.”
Gov’r Mills is likely to need a push from residents. But given the problem of burning fossil fuels, other project expenses, and how surprisingly successful heat pumps have shown themselves to be, it’s smart to tackle this Q now.
From 2020 to 2022, Maine’s state health department cited residential care facilities for dozens of resident rights violations and hundreds of other deficiencies.
But it has imposed only one fine in response.
An entire state's population just had its data stolen in a ransomware attack
Maine has confirmed that some points of data that the cybercriminals could potentially have on an individual includes their name, Social Security number, date of birth, driver’s license or state ID number, and taxpayer ID number. Medical information as well has health insurance information may also have been affected...
Was so very fortunate to catch this beautiful coastal sunrise in Maine on our recent trip... Hope you like it.
“𝐒𝐔𝐍𝐑𝐈𝐒𝐄 𝐎𝐍 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐂𝐎𝐀𝐒𝐓 𝐎𝐅 𝐌𝐀𝐈𝐍𝐄”
See more at https://shelia-hunt.pixels.com/featured/sunrise-on-the-coast-of-maine-shelia-hunt.html
An entire state's population just had its data stolen in a #ransomware attack. A ransomware group breached a system used by the government of #Maine and access 1.3m individuals' personal data. Maine confirmed that some data that the cybercriminals could have on an individual includes their name, Social Security number, date of birth, driver’s license or state ID number, and taxpayer ID number. Medical information as well has health insurance information https://mashable.com/article/maine-moveit-ransomware-attack #infosec
"Many here in Maine also need to apologize for past complicity.
Lewiston's tragedy didn't happen in a vacuum. It was supported by everyone who opposed universal background checks, red flag laws, assault weapons bans and other common sense gun safety legislation both in Maine and nationally.
It's unfortunate it took a tragedy to wake some Maineiacs up."
~ Big Picture and Amelia Mavis Christnot
Update. #Maine's #RightToRepair ballot initiative passed yesterday with an overwhelming 83.4% of the vote.
#Maine #weather discussion from Pine Tree Weather - Thursday November 9, 2023 https://www.pinetreeweather.com/discussions/thursday-november-9-2023 #MEwx
#Voters Overwhelmingly Pass #Car #RightToRepair Law in #Maine
“Question 4,” which enshrines consumers’ data access to car diagnostics for the purposes of repair, passed by a margin of 84.3-15.7 in Tuesday’s election with 94% of votes tallied. The yes/no question was simple: “Do you want to require vehicle manufacturers to standardize on-board diagnostic systems and provide remote access to those systems and mechanical data to owners and independent repair facilities?”
The @KhouryVis annual lab retreat kicked off last night in Portland, Maine at Northeastern's Roux Institute! Some of us are still a little jet-lagged from #IEEEVIS 😅 but there's nothing quite like beautiful Maine in the fall to reset our clocks! 🍂
Learn more about the Roux here (psst! They're hiring TT-faculty!): https://roux.northeastern.edu/human-data-interaction/
"Right to Repair" passed by Maine voters tonight means local and small-business mechanics can have access to data that would be restricted to dealerships.
A bird's eye view of a wooded area, showing off its autumn colors, somewhere in Maine. I've recently added a drone to my photo kit and am enjoying the change in perspective it provides. https://rickberk.pixels.com/featured/autumn-canopy-rick-berk.html
Looks like neo-Nazis with Blood Tribe have sold their recently purchased land in #Maine after being exposed.
Months ahead of his bloody rampage in Lewiston last week, suspected Maine gunman Robert Card had displayed glaring signals that his mental health was on a drastic decline – signals which his immediate family members knew about, were concerned by – and explicitly warned law enforcement that something needed to be done, according to documents obtained by ABC News.
#Maine gunman’s family contacted police months before massacre, sheriff says
His ex-wife, his adult son, his brother, his Army unit, and a friend who served with him.
This guy was waiving more red flags than Soviet Russia, yet no one reported about him to the FBI and FBI said “its background check system did not receive any information that could have stopped Card from legally buying guns.”
Robert Brustein, founder of Cambridge's American Repertory #Theater, has died. He was 96.
In Lewiston, over 1,000 gathered to honor the victims of the mass shooting in #Maine.
'Mirrored Gardens' (2023) -- the Asticou Azalea Garden, a Gem of Mount Desert Island, North East Harbor, ME
#maine #downeast #landscape
#landscapephotography #garden #photography #fotografie #fotographie #fotografia #nature #naturephotography
#monochrome #jayceecrawford #mastoart #fediart #ayearforart #bipocartists #blackmastodon
Maine has enacted a change in law,
To a "yellow flag" which is flawed,
To stop those mentally ill,
From having access to a gun still,
Unless through proper channel a fair deal,
But even then, it won't be "real",
This law is incomplete, so it fails.
Portland Head Light Sunrise Cape Elizabeth Maine
It is amazing how good your photography gets when you have been dreaming about an image for 5 years.
Good morning. It's 9AM, Saturday, 28th October. The headlines: The conflict in #Gaza continues to escalate with the Israeli military intensifying airstrikes and expanding ground operations. The UN has called for an immediate truce, but communication networks in #Gaza have been disrupted. Hundreds of Israelis are reportedly held by #Hamas. The suspect in a mass shooting in #Maine has been found dead. #BBC #News
Good morning. It's 6AM, Saturday, 28th October. The headlines: #Israel's military is intensifying operations in #Gaza, with residents urged to move south amid continued bombardment. The UN has adopted a resolution for a truce, while the US supports a humanitarian pause and pushes for aid flow into #Gaza. Over 7,000 people have been killed according to the Hamas-run Health Ministry. The suspect in #Maine's mass shooting has been found dead. #BBC #News
It's over. They found the Maine shooter. Looks like he killed himself.
#Lewiston #Maine #MaineShooter
#RobertCard, the suspect in the #Lewiston, #Maine #MassShooting, was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound on Fri night at a recycling center where he used to work, ofcls briefed on the matter said, ending a sweeping 2-day manhunt that put people across much of the state’s southern tier under threat.
#RobertCard, the 40-yr-old suspect in the country’s deadliest mass killing of the year, is believed to have died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, a law enforcement ofcl told The AP. Authorities in #Maine, who were in the midst of a massive manhunt, have scheduled a news conference for 10PM.
#Maine manhunt update:
Authorities say a man suspected of fatally shooting 18 people and wounding 13 in Maine has been found dead.
We're in Freeport, Maine, less than 20 miles from the mass shooting in Lewiston. Guess what we heard for half an hour tonight as we prepared dinner? Loud gunfire. This has gone on for years. It occurs near our tourist town's businesses, homes, and walking trails. The Freeport police and Town Council know about it but have thus far refused to stop it. I need a favor: Could you please repost this? I want to put pressure on town officials and force them to end this. Thanks, folks. #Maine #Lewiston