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Chain Saw Safety for Women Fall Session 2


with Tina Scheer

Calendar May 20, 2018 at 9 am

Local logging sports athlete/promoter "Timber" Tina Scheer (Great Maine Lumberjack Show) and arborist Michelle Braley will teach women how to operate a saw! They will teach you everything from starting the saw, operating it safely, fixing simple problems on the chain saw, filing a chain, cutting a small tree and de-limbing it, cutting your own firewood and doing it for yourself with confidence! Then it's into the woods to practice cutting safely with guidance from your instructors. This is a hands-on class. Expect a FUN atmosphere with expert knowledge!! Students may bring their own chainsaw and safety equipment if they have them, otherwise, equipment will be provided. Please bring a bag lunch and drink to class.


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Driver Education


with Drivers Edge

Calendar Apr 3, 2018 at 4 pm, runs for 5 weeks
Driver education classes are open to high school students as well as adults. Maine driving permits issued upon course completion. Class consists of 30 classroom hours plus 10 driving hours. Small class size, individual instruction, road test reviews and private lessons. The course fee does not include the check for the Secretary of State in the amount of $35.00. This course is licensed by the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles and is taught by Drivers Edge Driving School. For more information or to register for classes, please call either 207-941-9494 or 207-989-4752 or visit (No class 4/17 and 4/18)

Fly Fishing: An Introduction


with Kevin Tracewski

Calendar Mar 3, 2018 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

This course is designed to get you solidly grounded in the fundamentals needed to enjoy fly fishing. Topics covered include tackle selection and assembly, knots, fly casting, fish foods, artificial flies, fly fishing strategies, entomology, and wading safety. After completing this course, you should have all the understanding and skills necessary to catch fish with a fly rod on your own. This course will be taught in Orono by Kevin Tracewski, a registered Maine guide and author of the best selling book, A Fisherman’s Guide to Maine.

Please bring a bag lunch/snack and something to drink.

Fly Fishing: Basic Fly Casting


with Kevin Tracewski

Calendar Apr 21, 2018 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

The goal of this course is to provide students with the casting skills necessary to fish effectively on your own. This is a “hands-on” course, so your time will be spent with a fly rod in hand, working on your own casting. Most instruction will be done in small groups, but casting suggestions will also be offered on an individual basis. Videotape analysis of your casting stroke will be provided. We encourage students to use their own fly rod and reel, but equipment will be available for anyone who needs it. Please do not buy new equipment just to take this course. This course will be taught in Orono by Kevin Tracewski, a certified fly casting instructor and author of the best selling book, A Fisherman’s Guide to Maine.

Please bring a bag lunch/snack and something to drink.

Grow Your Own Organic Garden!


with To Be Announced

Calendar Apr 4, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Interested in learning how to grow your own vegetables in a sustainable manner? Join us for an evening-long workshop on how to grow your own garden organically. We’ll talk about the basics of soil science and how to enrich your soil to produce healthy, high-yielding plants. Learn the fundamentals of making and using compost, the principles of crop rotation and how to incorporate green manures to manage nutrients in the garden. Other topics include: how to tell the difference between cultivated plants and weeds, basic weed control strategies and cultural methods for dealing with pests. The instructor will be an experienced farmer or gardener from your region. Go home with free seeds! All are welcome.


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Ham Radio Course


with Phil Duggan

Calendar Mar 7, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 10 weeks

Licensed amateur (HAM) radio operators can talk with astronauts on the International Space Station, use the latest digital communication modes, bounce signals off of the Moon, and chat with other hams on the other side of the world without having to use the Internet. Even though Morse code is no longer required, many new and seasoned hams still favor that oldest of ham radio modes. Did you know that the amateur radio community even has a fleet of communications satellites in orbit? It is true. The amateur radio service serves as the nation’s backup communications during or after disasters. You can be a part of this service. The Technician Class is the entry level amateur radio license. This course teaches the topics you will need to pass the Technician level examination. At the end of the course an FCC examination session will be held where you can earn your ham radio license upon successful completion. The course text will be the Technician Class 2014-18 FCC Element 2 Radio License Preparation by Gordon West.


Homebuyer Education Workshop


with Heather Massow

Calendar Mar 18, 2018 at 8:30 am

This 10-hour course is valuable to anyone considering a home purchase and is required for many down payment assistance and other lending programs for first-time homebuyers. The course will help you make good choices about becoming a homeowner and selecting a home that meets your needs and matches your financial resources. Receive step-by-step instruction on all aspects of the home buying process from application to closing, as well as determining how much home you can afford; budgeting for homeownership expenses; how credit affects home buying; resources for down payment assistance; mortgage financing options; real estate contracts and home inspections. Maine hoMEworks offers this course through its HUD-approved, housing counselor MaineStream Finance. (Snow date 3/25/18.)


Introduction to World Religions


with Sonia Turanski

Calendar Mar 20, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 8 weeks

When Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon in 1969 he looked back at Earth to see one world without borders. Since that time the impact of technology, industry, and ecology have made it clear that we do indeed live in a 'global village.' This class will respectfully introduce students to seven of the major faith traditions: animism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism Judaism Christianity, and Islam. Looking at historical roots and current practices, our goal will be to gain a basic understanding of each tradition from within its own point of view, and to begin to see commonalities as well as the differences.

Sonia Turanski received her MA in Theology, with a focus on Comparative World Religions, from Bangor Theological Seminary in 2007. She has been an adjunct professor in World Religions and Philosophy at Eastern Maine Community College, has taught many adult education courses in and around the Blue Hill Peninsula, and has been a featured speaker at the 2008 gathering of the American Philosophical Association.


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