Sustain Mid Maine Coalition – Upcoming Meetings and Activities






May Meetings and Activities

1: Public Policy at 6:00 at the REM office on Temple Street
9: Education & Community Outreach at 9:00 in the IT Training Room of Waterville City Hall
10: Board of Directors Meeting at 9:00 in the Winslow Town Office
16: Energy Team at 9:00 in the Winslow Town Office
21: Permaculture Team at 5:00 pot luck at 39 Barnett Ave., Waterville    FMI:
24: Transportation at 4:00 at KVCOG (College Ave. across from Huhtamaki)

Congratulations to Permaculture Team member Alex Burbank for her winning entry in the Ecomaine: Recycling Is a Work of Art contest.  Alex’s winning design will be featured as a painted mural on one of Ecomaine’s 22 ft. long silver bullet recycling bins.  One side will be dedicated to credit Alex for the design as well as Sustain Mid-Maine Coalition and/or the Mid-Maine Permaculture Team.  Ecomaine rotates their recycling bins, but say that they will do their best to make sure Waterville is in this rotation.  

Well done, Alex!
On Saturday, May 19 at 10 a.m., Railroad Square Cinema will be hosting a free film screening for families. Microcosmos is “a documentary of insect life in meadows and ponds, using incredible close-ups, slow motion, and time-lapse photography. It includes bees collecting nectar, ladybugs eating mites, snails mating, spiders wrapping their catch, a scarab beetle relentlessly pushing its ball of dung uphill, endless lines of caterpillars, an underwater spider creating an air bubble to live in, and a mosquito hatching” — Will Gilbert. Microcosmos is rated G and is 80 minutes long. 

Following the film, we will have a live insect presentation by Kathy Murray in our permaculture garden. Kathy is an entomologist for the state of Maine. Accompanying
the event, we will also have art stations featuring insects for families to enjoy. This event is part of Arts in Bloom– a day to celebrate the arts and spring in Waterville.

Participants can pick up an Arts in Bloom passport from any participating organization on May 19th and get art stamps to fill it up.

Here is a link to the WERU broadcasts of “Power to the People” where Education & Community Outreach Team member Steve Kahl interviews Gary Friedmann,
Chair of the Board of A Climate to Thrive. the-people/
The Maine Community Energy Advocates is a student-led initiative with the mission of establishing a Maine specialty license plate, which would raise funds for community energy projects across Maine. On average, each Maine specialty plate generates about $240,000 for its cause annually; but in order for the state to produce a new specialty license plate, we must first sell 2,000 plate pre-orders to Maine drivers. We are asking you to help us reach this goal by passing on the word about this initiative. We are pleased to announce that our website is ready to take pre-orders for the community energy license plate at:! By ordering a plate today, you will be helping us raise money and awareness for programs that bring communities together, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and help Maine families save money while meeting their energy needs. Our website contains more information about the specialty license plate process, as well as about community energy.

You can also follow our Facebook page: @MaineCommunityEnergyAdvocates.
Please do not hesitate to call or email with any questions.

Alicia Oberholzer:
May is National Bike Month!

  • National Bike to School Day is May 9!!  
  • National Bike to Work Week is May 14-18!!!
  • Bike to Work Day is May 18!!!!
Annual Bike Swap!
Does your child need a bike? The South End Neighborhood Association and the South End Teen Center will be hosting their Annual Bike Swap on Saturday, May 19th from 9am until 10:30am at Green Street Park, off Water Street in Waterville. The first hour is reserved for children who live in the South End neighborhood.

Are you handy with a wrench? Perhaps you would like to help the teens repair used bikes for the event!  We LOVE our volunteers!  For more information, contact Ryan Kneeland at 873-5621.

Calling All Golfers!
Spring is in the air, and we are gearing up for our 4th Annual Golf Tournament & Silent Auction, at Lakewood Golf Course, on Friday, June 22nd. All proceeds support the Kennebec & Somerset Explorer public bus system, and will be matched dollar for dollar by federal funding!
The cost is $125 per player/$500 for a team of four, and includes green fees and carts, mulligans and strings, gift bags, prizes, a buffet lunch and awards ceremony, and the chance to play the Hickory Challenge Hole!
Meet a special guest dressed as Francis Ouimet, who famously won the US Open in 1913. Play a par 3 hole, using replica hickory-shafted clubs identical to the model Ouimet used! You will also receive a hand-made replica of the ball that Ouimet used to win in the 1913 event.
If you love golf and want to support public transportation by sponsoring and/or playing in this well-loved tournament, contact Andrea Pasco at 859-1630 or

Be sure to check out Jean Ann Pollard’s “Fish in Bloom” exhibition at
the Waterville Public Library! Then join us on this night to meet the artist who made it possible and learn about what inspired the exhibit.


MAY 19, 2018 – JUNE 21, 2018


SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2018 *

Light refreshments will be provided.
This event and exhbit are free and open to the public.

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 www.good-witch- for more information including a menu and specials page. Contact me at 861-4025 or email at
Coming Soon: Muddy Boots Nature Pre School in New Sharon
Learn more about it in this article. preschool-opening-in- new-sharon/
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.
Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Team member Todd Martin’s Pecha Kucha presentation about the proposed plastic bag ordinance is now available on You Tube.
Watch it here:
Slow Money Conference
KVCC/Alfond Campus,
at the farm in Hinckley, Maine
Wednesday, May 2nd
See a detailed schedule of the day and Register here
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