Concerns about our changing ocean chemistry and how it could impact Maine brought people to the Augusta today. They were there to testify in favor of a bill that would establish a special commission to look at the effects of ocean acidification. The problem is that the increased use of fossil fuels is causing the acid levels to rise which can dissolve the shells of shellfish.That could have a huge impact on Maine's fishing industry.One by one, people testified in favor of establishing the special commission. No one testified against the measure. The Marine Resources Committee plans to hold a workshop on the bill in the coming weeks.
Heating Fund Benefit
Good music for a good cause - that’s the idea behind a local benefit that is returning to Ellsworth. The Knights of Columbus are sponsoring “To Warm a Winter’s Night lll” at the Grand Auditorium on January 24th at 7:00pm. The evening of live music features four bands as well as an auction of unique items. Finns is hosting a wine and beer bar and Bianco will be catering hors d’oeuvres. Net Proceeds benefit the Washington Hancock Community Agency’s THAW Fund and other community heating Funds. This has been a tough heating season for many of our friends and neighbors. It has put a tremendous strain on local resources. Mac Lir, Bobbi Lane,the Crown Vics and the Trish Mason Band are donating their talents to raise money for the funds that help people in emergency situations. Tickets are $15.00 for general admission. One dollar of every ticket will go to the Grand’s historic preservation fund. For more information call 667-9500 or go to www.grandonline.org