Sustain Mid Maine Coalition – Upcoming Meetings and Activities

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Sustain Mid Maine Coalition

September Newsletter

September Meetings and Activities

13: Board of Directors Meeting at 9:00 in the Winslow Town Office

13: Education & Community Outreach Team at 11:00 in the Winslow Town Office

17: Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Team at 10:30 in the Front Street Conference Room of Waterville City Hall

17: Food Recovery Committee at 1:00 in the Front Street Conference Room of
Waterville City Hall FMI:
A group of people concerned about food insecurity for area residents is starting a gleaning group. Details about our second meeting follow. Join us? Gleaning, or food rescue, is defined by the Maine Gleaning Network as: “gathering of produce after or during an active harvest and donating the produce to humans rather than for compost or for animal feed. The produce gleaned could be used for direct distribution to those in need of emergency food or it could be processed at a soup kitchen."

17: Permaculture Team at 5:30 pot luck; 6:30 meeting at 39 Barnett St., Waterville FMI:

20: Energy Team at 9:30 in the Winslow Town Office

Sustain Mid Maine Coalition’s Education & Community Outreach Team invites you to
Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution
Wednesday, September 5 at 6:30 PM at Universalist Unitarian Church (69 Silver St., Waterville)

Filmmaker James Redford (Robert Redford’s son) embarks on a colorful personal journey into the dawn of the clean energy era as it creates jobs, turns profits, and makes communities stronger and healthier across the US. Unlikely entrepreneurs in communities from Georgetown, TX to Buffalo, NY reveal pioneering clean energy solutions while Jamie's discovery of how clean energy works, and what it means at a personal level, becomes the audiences' discovery too. Reaching well beyond a great story of technology and innovation, "Happening" explores issues of human resilience, social justice, embracing the future, and finding hope for our survival.

Co-sponsored by InSource Renewables and ReVision Energy.

Light refreshments will be provided compliments of ReVision Energy.
Admission is free, but there will be a goodwill offering to continue SMMC’s good work.

Sustain Mid Maine Coalition’s Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Team invites you to
Waterville Community Litter Cleanup

Saturday, September 15th
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Castonguay Square outside City Hall

Please join us for a community litter cleanup to help beautify Waterville. We will meet at 11:00a.m. outside Waterville City Hall in Castonguay Square. Trash bags and rubber gloves will be provided for free. We will fan out and cleanup Head of Falls, the Concourse, and Main Street. After the cleanup, please join us for a brief press conference in Castonguay Square in support of our efforts to ban plastic bags at big box stores in Waterville at the polls on November 6. We will display all the plastic shopping bags we found during the cleanup on a big tarp to demonstrate this litter problem and why we need to take action. Hope to see you there!

The Natural Resources Council of Maine is pleased to announce this year's six finalists for NRCM's People's Choice Award! Our own Peter Garrett is a finalist. This award presented each year to an individual or group who is volunteering their time to make a difference for Maine's environment. Selecting the finalists was a difficult task again this year, as we received 30 excellent nominations from all around the state. A special thanks to those of you who sent in nominations. We learned about many people doing terrific work to help keep Maine a special place. If you nominated someone this year and they are not a finalist, please note that you can nominate them again next year!
Please take a moment to read about each of our finalists, then cast your vote. The descriptions of each finalist are taken from their written nominations. You may only vote once, but please encourage family, friends, and colleagues to vote as well! Voting is open until Monday, September 10th at noon.
Foraging: Edible and Medicinal Plants
Thursday, September 6
6:30 PM
Lithgow Public Library
45 Winthrop St., Augusta
Speaker: Ryan Busby, Maine Primitive Skills School
FMI: Call the library 626-2415

Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice Rally
Saturday, September 8
3:00 PM
Castonguay Square,

Free E-waste Recycling Day
Saturday, September 8
8 AM to 12 PM
Notre Dame Church
116 Silver St., Waterville
A donation will be accepted to benefit Parish Charities
FMI: 956-1457 or

Portland Greenfest
Saturday, September 8th
Sponsored by Portland Sustainability Council
Monument Square from 10 am - 4 pm 

Help Us Help You!
Good Witch Kitchen... Wicked Good Food...
Building Community One Bite at a Time

Locally made to order, small batch, wicked good homemade baked goods made with love and the spirit of building community. Personal chef services are also available. Ten percent of all proceeds are donated to local charities, including Sustain Mid Maine. When you place your order, just let me know that you’d like me to donate 10% of your purchase to Sustain Mid Maine. And, if you’d like to be a matching sponsor that means even more money is donated to this program supporting the really great work they do. Please check out my website at for more information including a menu and specials page. Contact me at 861-4025 or email at
Ostara Farm and Bakery
We offer fresh seasonal produce, duck and chicken eggs, art classes, and bake environmentally conscious treats using available local ingredients with no preservatives or artificial dyes. Vegan and gluten free options are available upon request. We cater for many types of events from graduation parties to meetings and retreats. Please visit our website at and contact us at for questions or to place an order.
We are now referral partners with Maine Green Power (MGP).  
A program of the Public Utilities Commission, MGP allows you to purchase electricity made completely from renewable resources in Maine. If you decide to enroll, please check Sustain Mid Maine Coalition to be the recipient of your donation. 
Sign up today at  
Buying online is easy and you can avoid those long lines! Buy your gifts using and select Sustain Mid-Maine as your charity of choice.
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