Animal rescue

ORONO – A technical large animal emergency rescue course, sponsored by the Maine Animal Response Team, was held at the University of Maine, Orono, May 19, 20 and 21. The course was designed to teach animal disaster responders how to safely extract animals in technically difficult situations.

Thirty participants learned how to rescue animals from tipped-over trailers, barn fires and mud traps. Participants included animal control officers, veterinarians, veterinary technicians, firefighters and other first responders, humane agents and horse owners.

For more information, visit To schedule training, call 287-7534 or e-mail [email protected]

Weather center

NORTH CONWAY, N.H. – The Mount Washington Observatory’s Weather Discovery Center and Museum Shop will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, with free admission courtesy of Mt. Washington Auto Road and Great Glen Trails.

The Weather Discovery Center is an interactive weather museum, and is located on Main Street in North Conway Village. Admission includes entrance to a weather theater and more than 12 exhibits related to weather, climate and Mount Washington.

At 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily the center features “Live from the Rockpile,” a real-time video teleconference with weather observers at the mountaintop observatory on Mount Washington.

For more information about the Mount Washington Observatory or the Weather Discovery Center, call 603-356-2137 or visit

SpeakOut walk

PORTLAND – Maine SpeakOut Project will hold its annual Walk With the Ones You Love events from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 11, at Back Cove. It is the unofficial kickoff to Southern Maine Pride Week. For more information, contact Pam McCann at 874-1030, ext. 510, or visit

Maine SpeakOut Project, a program of Community Counseling Center, was organized in 1995 to create a society that is inclusive and respectful of people of differing sexual and gender orientations by providing opportunities for dialogue.