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About Lyme Disease

People and animals usually contract Lyme disease between April and November when deer ticks are active. May through July is the highest risk period because tick nymphs are abundant and active. Most people contract Lyme disease from nymphs because they are about the size of a pin head and easily overlooked. Wear light clothing in

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Lyme disease continues its spread in Maine

¬† Summer is a great time to be roaming the fields and woods of Maine. Before venturing out though, it’s wise to take extra precaution against tick bites by tucking pant legs into socks or applying repellent. Deer ticks, correctly known to entomologists as black-legged ticks, Ixodes scapularis, carry the bacteria that cause Lyme disease.

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“Sustainable” seafood goes mainstream

For years, consumers buying eco-friendly seafood represented a tiny niche. These were the early-adopters – the first to download the seafood buyer’s wallet card from marine conservation websites, the same people who would ask of their chagrinned waiter, “Was this codfish taken from a sustainably managed fishery?” Those people are no longer fringe. “Sustainable seafood”

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Wiscasset coal gas project heads for a town vote

Wiscasset residents are bracing for an Election Day showdown over the fate of a proposed coal-gasification power plant and diesel refinery. Depending on who you believe, Twin Rivers Energy Center will either solve the town’s fiscal worries, or destroy the very image “Maine’s Prettiest Village” has tried so hard to project. Despite fierce local opposition

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Listening for Change

I am standing on the shores of Timber Lake, a frigid tarn in Alaska’s Brooks Range. I and my team are camped here for two weeks to record the soundscape of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Two other crews are stationed at sites further north in the Refuge. Our goal is to capture the creature

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