The state may soon have its first 'green' laboratory. According to a report today in the Bangor Daily News, the new research building for the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory in Bar Harbor will be built according to the standards of the US Green Building Council. That means it will be well-insulated, operate on a relatively small amount of energy, and will be constructed using renewable materials like granite.
Maine's Senator Susan Collins has made another list of women who could be president. Pink Magazine, a women's mag with the slogan 'a beautiful career, a beautiful life,' chose Collins as one of nine women who could be president. The article is part of Pink's August/September issue. You can't read the part about Collins online, but you can check out the website anyway here
Area artists can now apply to buy a live/work studio at the former Sacred Heart School in Portland. Peter Bass, the owner of Random Orbit, Inc. and the developer of the property at the corner of Sherman and Mellen Streets is now accepting applications for studio condominiums there. The deadline is August 15.
Bass began renovating the old school on June 1 and is scheduled to wrap up the work on September 1.
An article in today's New York Times discusses a new report by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston which found that Maine has a strong tourist economy but a relatively weak yearlong economy in the wake of our dissolving manufacturing base. Hardly breaking news.
But the extent of the trouble is: According to the Reserve, Maine is one of only two states in the country to suffer economic decline in 2005.
The Natural Resources Council of Maine will host a screening of Al Gore's movie "An Inconvenient Truth" on Thursday, July 6, at 7 pm.
"Truth" opens this Wednesday at the Movies On Exchange in Portland. It runs from June 28 through July 25. NRCM staff will introduce the movie at their event next week by talking about global warming, its effect on Maine, and what we can do about it.
Anti-war activists plan to gather in a peaceful demonstration in Tommy's Park in Portland on July 7 to read the names of the US dead in the Iraq War to date and an equal number of names of Iraqi dead. The gathering will begin at 11:30 am and the reading of the names will begin at 1:00 pm. According to figures released by the Pentagon last week, the number of US military killed in Iraq has reached 2500.