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August 2012

Last CyclingSavvy Session of the Season will be held September 14-15!

By | Coalition News, Events, Stay Safe

The last regularly scheduled CyclingSavvy sessions of the season will take place September 14-15. If you have been thinking about it all summer, this is the time to sign up.

You can choose from one, two, or all three of the sessions:

Truths & Techniques of Traffic Riding (Friday evening – September 14): A classroom session about what the law says about riding on the road, and ways to do it safely and effectively.

Train Your Bike (Saturday morning – September 15): Learn how to make your bike behave, from the basics of starting and stopping smooth, through using your gears and braking effectively, and even a few emergency maneuvers. This is a useful session even if you are only interested in riding on trails.

Tour of Portland (Saturday afternoon – September 15): Join us as we ride around Portland and examine some places you may have found challenging. Prior two sessions are prerequisites.

If you are interested but can’t make the September sessions, additional sessions in October could be scheduled at the convenience of interested persons.  Please contact John Brooking for more information.

Sign up for September here.

CyclingSavvy: Empowerment for Unlimited Travel

The Milk Of Human Kindess: Korean Monk Travels 30,000km Through North America on Bicycle

By | Coalition News, Featured Posts, Travel

Because Daung Sunim has no advance team or sweep vehicles to transport his gear, he will be setting up his own camp most nights of his 30,000 kilometer bicycle trip around North America after biking about 100 kilometers a day, (that’s 62 miles). Set up doesn’t take too long however since he doesn’t have a lot of spare room on his bike for frivolities like camping gear.

Sunim, a 42-year old Korean monk who belongs to a city temple in Soeul, is finding his 2-year trip to be a means of connecting with other human beings he would otherwise never meet.  As he is traveling, he is constantly forging new friendships and experiencing the kindness of the human race.  Of his trip, Sunim says, “my pilgrimage is not only my path, but also a journey to connect with the lives of others.”

Though the mileage is continually taking a toll on Sunim’s bicycle, he never lacks parts or service as they are donated by people who have heard of Sunim’s journey.  While Sunim can always find a camping spot, a fellow monk named Adam Tebe has started a facebook page where complete strangers can volunteer to provide Sunim shelter and meals.

This impromptu support team, created with absolutely no direction from Sunim himself, has also created a blog where host families can post their accounts of Sunim’s stay with them, and where Sunim’s own blog posts are translated into English so his new friends can follow his travels. Sunim is finding social media to be an important way to share his journey with all his new friends and share his message with people he may never actually have the opportunity to meet in person.

As he covers endless miles of asphalt, Sunim is met with boundless enthusiasm and encouragement from supporters of his ambitious bicycle journey.  Dave Pope, a member of the support group for the monk, calls the kindness these random strangers are exhibiting “an example of brotherly love and mutual respect” and “a testament to kindness and generosity.” 

What better way to see North America, connect with your spirituality, and experience our species’ capacity for compassion than by bike?

Sunim will soon be crossing the Canadian border into Maine. If you are interested in learning more about him and how you can be a part of this journey of human kindness, visit the facebook page or his blog

AMC mentions work with the Coalition on Mountain Bike Trails in Maine's 100-Mile Wilderness region

By | Coalition News, Featured Posts
By Rob Burbank
AMC Outdoors, August 2012

AMC is well-known for mapping and maintaining trails on such popular public lands as the White Mountain National Forest and Acadia National Park, but it also lends its expertise to conservation projects in local communities where it has a presence, enhancing and promoting community resources for outdoor recreation.

This summer, for instance, AMC crews have been working in the Berkshires, engaging young people in trail maintenance with a local Greenagers group and Americorps. AMC Berkshire Teen Trail Crew veteran Mike Leavitt is working with local youth through a joint AMC-Americorps program, involving 130 youth volunteers contributing more than 900 hours toward trail and conservation work. Projects include oxen logging at Lake Mansfield Town Forest. Black locust harvested in that effort is being used to replace bog bridging on the Phieffer Aboretum Trail in Great Barrington, Mass.

Leavitt has also worked with children and adults from the Kolburne School, a residential therapeutic center in New Marlborough, Mass., pulling invasive species at local land trust properties in Great Barrington and New Marlborough, according to AMC Regional Trails Manager Matt. J. Moore. Five Pittsfield-area youth have also been hired through a Boston Youth Environmental Network grant to perform much-needed maintenance on trails in Pittsfield State Forest.

AMC has worked with youth and other volunteers from seven Berkshires-based community organizations, with some 2,000 hours of labor contributed on local conservation projects over the past three years, says Moore.

In New Hampshire, AMC trail crews began working with the Berlin-area Jobs After Graduation (JAG) program in 2011, providing leadership and training on a local trail improvement project on Mount Jasper, a prominent peak in the city. With the help of grant funding provided by the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and The Door Foundation, that work continued with JAG participants this summer, with new improvements to that trail and creation of an additional trail on the mountain. Given the program’s successes, AMC was involved this summer in expansion of the JAG program to the New Hampshire town of Woodsville.

Following up on the well-received 2006 Southern Piscataquis Regional Recreation Map and Guide, which AMC developed in conjunction with the Piscataquis County Economic Development Council and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, AMC’s Cartographer Larry Garland is working with the regional promotional organization, The Maine Highlands, to produce a similar guide to outdoor recreational opportunities covering the whole of Piscataquis and Penobscot counties in Maine.

In 2010, AMC worked with community members and the Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce to produce a map and guide to recreational opportunities in the Mahoosucs region and the Upper Androscoggin Valley. Local residents played a large role in contributing information about trails, local natural features, and hiking, paddling, and bicycling itineraries.

This summer, AMC has been working with staff and volunteers from the New England Mountain Bike Association and the Bicycle Coalition of Maine to create a new system of mountain biking trails for use by the public on AMC’s land in Maine’s 100-Mile Wilderness region.

That project has included scouting potential routes and designing and laying out new trails suitable for knobby-tire travel, in an effort to broaden the recreational opportunities in the area. Financial support came from a $31,250 federal trails grant administered through the state Bureau of Parks and Lands, and AMC crews will be providing labor to create a mountain bike trail near Medawisla Wilderness Lodge and Cabins.

The Piscataquis County Economic Development Council applied for the grant, which is seen as providing seed money to encourage new recreational opportunities in the state and the region. “This will provide a new wilderness experience unique in the Northeast,” says Phil Savignano, senior tourism officer with the Maine Office of Tourism. Noting that Maine has been cited as a particularly bicycle-friendly state, he says, “this new addition will serve as another reason to explore the amazing natural resources of our Maine woods.”

Notes Moosehead Lake Region Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bob Hamer, “The proposed mountain bike trail will be the region’s first dedicated trail and a much-needed tourism asset.”

Coalition will be part of Sappi Paper Mill Green Community Day – Saturday August 11th

By | Coalition News, Events, Stay Safe

Sappi Fine Paper Hosts 2012 Green Community Day August 11th
Sappi Engages Local Communities on Sustainability

BOSTON, Aug. 8, 2012  — Sappi Fine Paper North America today announced it will be hosting the first annual 2012 Green Community Day, a fun, informative and activity-packed day held on August 11, 2012 at the Sappi Westbrook paper mill. Aimed at educating local residents on how they can positively impact the environment, Sappi’s Green Community Day will invite the community to participate in hands-on activities and interactive displays for the entire family

“As a manufacturing company, it’s important for Sappi to constantly be thinking about ways we can minimize our impact on the environment,” says Laura Thompson, Ph.D., Director of Technical Marketing and Sustainable Development, Sappi Fine Paper North America. “We also recognize that our sphere of influence extends beyond our mill gates – with suppliers and customers across the supply chain – and within our local communities. With this event, and thanks to the collaboration of our co-sponsors, we are hoping to share our knowledge and help educate the community on sustainable practices, large and small, that everyone can implement into their everyday lives.”

2012 Green Community Day Highlights

Event Stations




Shredfest Confidential

Bring your waste paper for free confidential shredding of your documents.

Casella (Pine Tree Waste)

Sneaker Recycling

Bring in your old sneakers to have them recycled into running tracks.

The Scarborough High School ECOS Club and Nike

Electronics Recycling Education

Learn what everyone should know about end-of-life electronics.

eWaste Alternatives        


Kid’s Bike Rodeo

Learn the “Rules of the Road” in a fun, safe, informative environment. Kids must bring their own bicycles, helmets, and a parent to sign a waiver.

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine

Tree Seedlings

See how important trees are to the environment and plant your own to make a difference.                                                           

Sappi Forestry

Bone Marrow Registry

Learn about bone marrow donation and how you can help save a life.


ME Chip

Take advantage of this comprehensive child identification and protection tool.                                                                     

The Grand Lodge of Maine

Stream Management & Logging Operations

Understand the effect a stream’s course can have on stream flow, waterfalls and pools by reconfiguring a model stream with miniature trucks.      

Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Arts & Crafts

Paper Making and Crafts

Find out how paper is made, and make your own bookmarks and other crafts.

Sappi Fine Paper North America

Bird House Building

Learn how to build a birdhouse for your feathered friends.                                                                                       


Make Recycled Paper Beads

Turn unwanted paper into fun fashion accessories.                                                                                                  

The Girl Scouts


Human Powered Milkshakes

Make your own milkshakes using a human powered bicycle milkshake machine.                                                                          

The Community Bike Center

Food Vendors

Buy lunch and a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to The Center for Grieving Children.

Panera Bread, Hoggy’s Market, and North East Ice Cream in conjunction with The Center for Grieving Children and Kohl’s


Smoke House and Ladder Truck

Discover how quickly a room can fill with smoke and practice crawling out to safety in this demonstration with local firefighters.                

Westbrook Fire Department        


Additional activities include face painting, technology demonstrations, wildlife information, and volunteer opportunities. Free recycling facilities will be available on-site to help keep personal documents, CD’s, used sneakers, eyeglasses and other electronics out of the waste stream and turn them around to be reused or recycled.

Attendees can also enter to win raffle prizes and giveaways including VISA gift cards the day of the event. Collect raffle tickets at vendor and informational booths, which will be drawn at 1:30 p.m.

Admission to the 2012 Green Community Day is free and open to the public with one non-perishable food item. All food collected will be directly donated to local food pantries.

Co-sponsors for the Sappi Green Community Day include: Casella (Pine Tree Waste), Hannaford Supermarkets, Poland Spring Water, Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse, Hoggy’s Market and Panera Bread.

Our employees at Westbrook Mill, South Portland, and The Technology Center have been actively involved in organizing this event and look forward to the surrounding communities to join them and enjoy the day. Please visit for more information.

For media requests please email Joanna Rieke at or Shannon McLoughlin at