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Gouldsboro woman mourning daughter’s death from COVID-19

June 1, 2020 – By Kate Cough, The Ellsworth American – Robin Margaret Thayer loved lobster, butterflies and the color purple. She loved Christmas and birthdays, visiting Gouldsboro from her home in Buxton and making jewelry.

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Organic consumers now talk about taste as a benefit

June 1, 2020 – By Jeff Gelski, Baking Business – Taste, once a barrier, has become a bonus for the organic category, said Laurie Demeritt, chief executive officer of Bellevue-based The Hartman Group.

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Waldo County Bounty raises $30K toward $100K goal

June 1, 2020 – Village Soup Waldo – The Waldo County Bounty campaign hit a major milestone this week by raising more than $30,000 in cash donations. Launched less than month ago, Waldo County Bounty is a community fundraising and resource-sharing initiative designed to address food insecurity in Waldo County during the COVID-19 crisis. Its top priority is raising funds to purchase food from local farms for local food pantries.

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Raise a glass to “Ruby Juice”

May 30, 2020 – By Cheryl Wixson, The Ellsworth American – Our slow, cool spring produced a bumper crop of rhubarb for many folks. Although usually eaten as a “fruit,” rhubarb is a vegetable, botanically speaking.

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Pervasive shifts in forest dynamics in a changing world

May 29, 2020 – By Nate G. McDowell et al., Science – The authors show that shifts in forest dynamics are already occurring, and the emerging pattern is that global forests are tending toward younger stands with faster turnover as old-growth forest with stable dynamics are dwindling.

 

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What is a “Native” Plant in a Changing World?

May 27, 2020 – By Kollibri terre Sonnenblume, Macska Moksha – The term “native plant” has become a common one, and many people probably assume that the definition is clear cut. However, like many other seemingly simple designations, that’s not the case.

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Tired of Plastic? These Businesses Have Ideas for You

May 27, 2020 – By Tatiana Schlossberg, The New York Times – Companies are developing alternatives to single-use plastic, and with options including seaweed and mushroom tissue, consumer interest isn’t disappearing, even during the coronavirus pandemic.

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PI Farmers’ Market opens early with enthusiastic community turnout

May 27, 2020 – By Melissa Lizotte, The County – The annual opening of the Presque Isle Farmers’ Market was especially poignant for many vendors and attendees as the event coincided with the gradual lifting of pandemic-related business restrictions in the state.

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