Maine Open Lighthouse Day

Statewide, ME
September 17, 2011
Many of the state's coastal, island and river lighthouses will be open to the public. Most lights will be open to visitors from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for guided or self-guided tours of keeper's houses and light towers. Some light stations will have limited accessibility or special restrictions. For details about visitor hours, fees, activities and transportation to each participating lighthouse, visit www.lighthouseday.com or contact the friends group of an individual lighthouse.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Awarded $15,000 from Non-Profit Fundraising Company Op4G

PORTLAND – Op4G, Inc., a leader among member-based online panel technology companies, has announced that Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine has received a one-time cash award of $15,000 for successfully recruiting 560 Members to support their organization through Op4G Membership. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine is one of only twelve Non-Profit organizations receiving such an award.

Loon Plate Weekend Free Admission at Maine State Parks - Find a park near you

If there’s a Maine Loon License Plate on your vehicle, you’re supporting conservation and wildlife efforts in Maine. If there’s a Maine Loon License Plate on your vehicle, you also get free admission this weekend to all Maine state parks and historic sites.

As a way to say “thank you” to Maine drivers who have purchased loon plates, the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands (BPL), under the Maine Department of Conservation, will open up the state’s 48 state parks and historic sites this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, July 16-17, to free day use for all vehicles bearing the distinctive plates.

“The call of the loon – and consequently, the Maine Loon License Plate – captures so much of what the nature means to Maine people, from the coast to our most remote ponds,” Conservation Commissioner Bill Beardsley said. “It reminds us of the precious and fragile quality of place we love.



Every year, thousands of teenagers across the State of Maine experience dating violence.  February is Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month, a national effort to raise awareness about abuse in youth relationships and promote programs that focus on prevention. The Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence and the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault are calling on Mainers to help recognize this important month, not only for youth in Maine, but for communities statewide.

Dating violence is “controlling, abusive, and aggressive behavior in a romantic relationship. It occurs in both heterosexual and same-sex relationships and can include verbal, physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, or a combination of these behaviors.”  Dating violence often starts with what may seem like minor behavior, such as teasing and name calling.