John O'Connor, an outdoorsman and blogger passionate about living a healthy lifestyle, has provided information about the dangers of hearing loss due to hunting. The human ear is designed to take in approximately 65 DB (decibels) yet a gunshot produces approximately 160 DB. There is a danger of permanent damage to the ear if hearing protection is not used. John provides us with some good hearing safety advice and gives us some recommendations about earplugs, earmuffs, and electronic earmuffs. You can read his full article about hearing loss and hunting at the link below:
Thursday, February 28, 2013
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Sunday, February 10, 2013
Maine provides lots of recreation for snowmobilers - especially when the state has snow. A writer examines the business side of the Maine snowmobile sport. Read more in "Snowmobiling puts cold cash into Maine's economy", Maine Sunday Telegram, February 9, 2013.
Saturday, February 9, 2013
The Maine Snowmobile Association has it's "Annual Guide to Exploring Maine's Snow Trails" for the 2012-2013 season posted online. You can view or download the guide at the link below. It is an Adobe Acrobat PDF, 32 pages long, and 5 MBs big. The publication has a description of the 14,000 mile long Maine snowmobile trail system, where to get snowmobile maps, how to register snowmobiles, snowmobile safety, snowmobile laws, a listing of snowmobile clubs, and listings of places to stay in snowmobile country.
Friday, February 8, 2013
The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife for the state of Maine offers Snowmobile Education Courses that teach proper operation and safety, maintenance, laws, emergencies and survival, first aid, map and compass, and other topics. The course is six hours long. Course dates and times are posted here. Learn more about snowmobiling in Maine.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
The Naples Winter Carnival (Maine) will be held on February 9, 2013. It is sponsored in part by the Muddy River Sno Seekers of Naples, Maine. There will be radar runs, helicopter rides, fireworks, fishing derby and more.
Maine snowmobilers have not seen much snow during the month of January (2013) and many of the trails in southern Maine are lacking enough snow. That may very well change in the next few days (Feb 7-9) depending on how much snow falls in the upcoming snow storm. Read more in "Maine snowmobilers hope big storm forecasts are true", Bangor Daily News, February 6, 2013.
A 'Swing into Spring' Saturday sale will take place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., March 16, at the non-profit St. Martin's Thrift Store located at 112 Maine Ave., Millinocket. This will mark the thrift store's introduction of its pre-loved and gently used spring and summer clothing for men, women, children and babies. A moderately priced luncheon will be available on site. Proceeds from the sale help to support St. Martin's Emergency Fuel Fund and Food Pantry, outreach ministries open to eligible residents of the Katahdin area regardless of religious affiliation. For more information contact the thrift store 723-4513 (Tues-Wed) or church office 723-5902.