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Concert to Benefit the Denmark’s Perley Mills Community Forest

 
Thom Perkins and Kathy Bennett of Bennett & Perkins
to play at Denmark’s Centennial Hall to benefit
Denmark’s Perley Mills Community Forest.

Loon Echo Land Trust Presents Bennett & Perkins In Concert to Benefit Denmark’s Perley Mills Community Forest, Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 7 pm

BRIDGTON, ME (October 11, 2017) –What do you get when you combine harmonies, guitars and a fall evening in western Maine?  It’s a night of music to remember, as Loon Echo Land Trust presents the dynamic folk act of Bennett & Perkins at the Centennial Hall in the center of Denmark, Maine on Saturday, October 21 at 7:00 pm.   Doors open at 6:30 pm and tickets are $15 (children under 12 free) with the proceeds to benefit the Denmark Perley Mills Community Forest.  Tickets are available at the door.  
 
In the intimate environment of the restored Centennial Hall comes the unique blend of harmonies and guitars of singer/songwriters Kathy Bennett and Thom Perkins.  Bennett & Perkins perform songs with stories and music inspired by everyday lives, lost loves, lost lives and real life adventure, coupled with haunting harmonies and memorable arrangement of vocals and guitar.  Their music is a regular feature on New Hampshire Public Radio <http://nhpr.org/post/bennett-and-perkins> Folk Show and Maine’s folk radio standard <https://weru.org/featured-artist/featured-artist-week-bennett-perkins> WERU. They have performed on the stages of Cambridge’s famed Club Passim, Stone Mountain Arts Center, Medallion Opera House, Nantucket Atheneum, The Cold River Radio Show, Ossipee Valley Music Festival, and numerous others.  They have shared the stage with Peter Yarrow of Peter Paul and Mary, Loudon Wainwright, Jez Lowe and many others.
 
Thom Perkins’ guitar work has been compared to Richard Thompson and Bruce Cockburn – you’ll swear he has more than 10 fingers once you hear him play. Kathy Bennett has “a voice that can crack sheet rock” with vocals likened to Lucinda Williams, Bonnie Raitt and Emmy Lou Harris all rolled into one. They’re a powerhouse of folk sure to resonate on both a physical and emotional level.

The Denmark Perley Mills Community Forest was created in 2015 after a joint fundraising campaign of Loon Echo Land Trust and the town of Denmark.  The property contains three miles of the Narrow Gauge Trail, a state ITS 89 snowmobile and regional ATV network, as well as Pickerel Pond and Willett Pond. With many important ecological, recreational and economic features, protecting this parcel as public open space and managed forestland is an asset to the surrounding communities. Proceeds of the concert will go toward the Forest’s stewardship expenses.
 
The Centennial Hall in Denmark, Maine presents this program in a historic and acoustically perfect setting.   Built in 1876, it has served the community in a number of roles over the years.
 
Bennett & Perkins can be found on the web at <http://www.bennettandperkins.com> www.bennettandperkins.com and on Facebook and YouTube. Their music can be streamed on Pandora – Bennett and Perkins channel.

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Loon Echo Land Trust Announces Norway Savings Bank as Title Sponsor For the Loon Echo Trek

Bridgton, ME (August 15, 2017) — Loon Echo Land Trust’s Executive Director, Thom Perkins, announced today that Norway Saving Bank has signed on as the title sponsor for the Bridgton based nonprofit’s 17th annual fundraiser, the Loon Echo Trek. The Trek takes place on Saturday, September 16th at Shawnee Peak Ski Area, attracting hundreds of participants as they hike Maine’s iconic Pleasant Mountain or bike through the scenic hills of Western Maine.

Kurt Garascia, CTFA – Vice President & Investment Office for Norway Savings Bank, is delighted to be able to support such a great organization that protects and preserves nearly 6,700 acres of land for the public in the northern Sebago Lake region. This is the first time in Loon Echo Trek history that the event has received such a generous donation to be title sponsor.

The Trek is a fun, family friendly, fully supported hiking and cycling event boasting the Toughest Century in Maine, with options for 25, 50 and 80 mile routes for road cyclists. Hikers can choose either a 4.5 or 6 mile route across the ridge line of Pleasant Mountain. Trekkers can also choose to do a little of both with the Hike & Bike option.

Rest stations along all the hiking and cycling routes are staffed by Loon Echo’s dedicated volunteers providing a refuel on water, homemade goodies and terrific energy to keep participants moving. All registered will enjoy a post-trek after party back at Shawnee Peak with live music, tacos and massages. Preregistration online is open until September 10th at https://www.bikereg.com/loon-echo-trek. Fair-weather fans can register the morning of the event at Shawnee Peak Ski Area.

Registration on line is open until September 10. You can register at: https://www.bikereg.com/loon-echo-trek. Day of registration will be available from 7:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Businesses looking to become a sponsor of this year’s annual Trek or folks interested in volunteering for the day of the event should contact Trek Coordinator, Mary Power, at trek@lelt.org.

 

Loon Echo Publishes its First Preserve & Trail Booklet

We’ve just produced a new 16- page Preserve and Trail Information booklet highlighting the recreational opportunities at each of our nine preserves.  Encompassing our service area of Bridgton, Casco, Denmark, Harrison, Naples, Raymond and Sebago, the new booklet contains information about all of Loon Echo’s preserves and trails and will replace individual preserve brochures.  The booklet includes maps, trail descriptions and resources to help you further enjoy all of your conserved lands.  

The Preserve and Trail Information booklets are available at trail-heads, the Sebago Lakes Region and Greater Bridgton Lakes Region Chambers of Commerce, the Portland Water District, local businesses as well as the Loon Echo office at 8 Depot Street in Bridgton, Maine.  Preserves in the brochure include iconic Pleasant Mountain, Hacker’s Hill, Mayberry Hill, Bald Pate, Perley Pond-Northwest River, Raymond Community Forest, Sebago Headwaters and Sylvan Woods. We’d like to thank Wyonegonic and Winona Camps on Moose Pond and Chalmers Insurance Group who supported the production of the full-color booklet.

Loon Echo is the region’s local land trust supported by you, the residents and visitors of the seven towns.  The nonprofit organization protects nearly 6,700 acres of land and manages 31 miles of multi-use trails in the 320 square mile northern Sebago Lake region.

Get your copy today and start enjoying the lands that together we’ve conserved.

Loon Echo Gears up For Their 6th Season of Acoustic Sunset Concerts at Hacker’s Hill Preserve 

BRIDGTON, ME (June 14, 2017) – Loon Echo Land Trust’s famous Acoustic Sunset Concerts Series on top of Hacker’s Hill Preserve on Quaker Ridge Road in Casco, ME returns Friday,  June 23rd for a 6th season.  This summer’s opening concert will feature the vocals and guitar work of nationally renowned musician Bruce Marshall.  A tireless performer with great originals, an expressive, soulful voice and accompanying guitar style on acoustic and steel dobro, he’s earned a reputation as one of New England’s best. 

 

The open, grassy fields of this beautiful land allow for comfortable lawn chair seating with extraordinary sunset views of the Lakes Region and White Mountains acting as a backdrop to for the performers.  Since 2012 Loon Echo has been hosting “Acoustic Sunset” concerts to raise money to benefit the stewardship and maintenance of the preserve.  Numerous local musicians have performed at the Acoustic Sunset Series including Bold Riley, Helena Nash with Jud Caswell, Davy Sturtevant and Dennis and Davey. 

Bruce Marshal

Deemed a conservation priority, this 27 acre hilltop was protected by Loon Echo Land Trust in June of 2012 with the support and generous donations from the town of Casco, local businesses, the general public and funds from the State of Maine’s Lands for Maine’s Future program. Prior to Loon Echo taking over ownership of Hacker’s Hill it was generously maintained for public enjoyment by the Hall family.  For generations, folks who have grown up in the lakes region of Maine hold fond memories of “the hill”.  From star gazing, prom pictures, graduation celebrations and wedding ceremonies, the breathtaking views of the surrounding region make Hacker’s Hill Preserve the kind of place one never forgets and longs to go back and visit. 

 

Bring your family and friends, a picnic dinner, a lawn chair or blanket and soak up the splendor of the sunset while listening to the concert.  The concert will run from 6:00-8:00 pm with a suggested donation of $10/Adults and $5/Child to benefit the ongoing stewardship efforts of Hacker’s Hill.  

Parking is available by driving to the top of the road into Hacker’s Hill Preserve on Quaker Ridge Road in Casco, approximately one mile from the Route 11 intersection and four miles from the Route 302 intersection.  Carpooling is advised.  For more information visit our website www.lelt.org or call 207-647-4352 or info@lelt.org.

Announcing Loon Echo Land Trust’s Environmental Education Grants

 (Bridgton, ME)  November 28, 2016   Many parents and educators are grappling with the same questions: “How do I get my children to spend more time outside?  How can I teach them to appreciate the natural world?  Loon Echo Land Trust has an answer.  To help children learn about their environment and the importance of protecting our region’s land and natural resources, bring the environment to them.   Every year, schools and libraries in Loon Echo’s 7-town service area (Denmark, Bridgton, Harrison, Naples, Casco, Raymond and Sebago) are invited to apply for one of Loon Echo’s Environmental Education Grants.

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Chewonki Tidal Pool Program at the Harrison Village Library

Loon Echo’s 2016 recipients used their grants for a host of outdoor activities and to bring in expert speakers.  The Harrison Village Library used their grant to host Chewonki’s Traveling Natural History program, Tide Pools, allowing children to learn more about Maine’s rocky intertidal ecosystem.  And the Bridgton Public Library has developed naturalist backpacks which can be “checked-out” like a book and include items for children and their caregivers to use as fun educational tools on their outdoor adventures. 

Loon Echo is pleased to announce they are accepting applications for these grants now through January 15, 2017.  Applications may be downloaded from Loon Echo’s website at www.LELT.org (under the Programs tab) and returned by email or mail by the January deadline.  Grant recipients will be notified by mid-February of 2017. 

Loon Echo Land Trust protects nearly 6,700 acres of land and manages 30 miles of multi-use trails in the northern Sebago Lake region. Its mission is to work with the local residents to conserve the region’s natural resources and character for current and future generations.  Loon Echo serves seven towns including Bridgton, Casco, Denmark, Harrison, Naples, Raymond and Sebago with an area of 320 square miles located directly north of Sebago Lake.  Loon Echo works within its service area to safeguard water quality, preserve scenic gems such as Bald Pate Mountain, and provide outreach and fun educational programs to the public.  Loon Echo assists landowners to take steps to ensure future generations will benefit from the preservation of their lands.  

 For information about membership, upcoming events or ways you can support Loon Echo Land Trust, go to their website www.lelt.org or call 207-647-4352.

The New Ledges Trailhead Parking Lot Open

Loon Echo Land Trust Completes Construction on the Ledges Trail Parking Lot at Pleasant Mountain Preserve

Until recently hikers wishing to ascend Loon Echo Land Trust’s Ledges Trail to the summit of Pleasant Mountain had to park along Mountain Road in Denmark.  Upon hearing the need for a parking lot, North Rock Partners, represented by Bridgton resident Phil Libby, responded by donating 2.39 acres of land specifically to ease the problem.  Upon receiving the deed to the property on November 2nd, Loon Echo immediately designed a parking lot and hired local contractor, Khiel Excavation, to do the construction.

The need for the new parking area arose due to the year-round popularity of the Ledges Trail on Pleasant Mountain.  “Loon Echo recognized the safety concern that the lack of adequate off-road parking created with only a small pull off available,” said Thom Perkins, Executive Director of Loon Echo Land Trust, “ Now instead of a line of cars parked along Mountain Road 18-20 cars can be accommodated right at the trailhead.”

“We are happy to proledges-lotvide this recreational parking lot for the public at one of our most popular hiking trails at Pleasant Mountain Preserve,” said Jon Evans, Loon Echo’s Stewardship Manager.  “This new parking area will be open year round and will be plowed throughout the upcoming winter season.”  Khiel Excavation is donating plowing services for the parking lot this winter.

 

Loon Echo’s Ledges Trail is a popular hike year round for outdoor enthusiasts looking to summit the state’s iconic Pleasant Mountain.  The Ledges Trail is 1.8 miles from trailhead to the summit of Pleasant Mountain with a 1.600 foot elevation gain.  The new parking area is located at the at the site of the previous 4-car roadside parking pull off, approximately 3 miles from the intersection of Mountain Road and Route 302 in Bridgton.

“We would like to thank Phil Libby of North Rock Partners, Khiel Excavation and the Town of Denmark.  With their help and support the project was completed ahead of schedule,“ said David Diller, Loon Echo Land Trust’s president.
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Loon Echo Land Trust protects nearly 6,700 acres of land and manages 30 miles of multi-use trails in the northern Sebago Lake region. Its mission is to work with the local residents to conserve the region’s natural resources and character for current and future generations.  Loon Echo serves seven towns including Bridgton, Casco, Denmark, Harrison, Naples, Raymond and Sebago with an area of 320 square miles located directly north of Sebago Lake.  Loon Echo works within its service area to safeguard water quality, preserve scenic gems such as Bald Pate Mountain, and provide outreach and fun educational programs to the public.  Loon Echo assists landowners to take steps to ensure future generations will benefit from the preservation of their lands.

For information about membership, upcoming events or ways you can support Loon Echo Land Trust, go to their website www.lelt.org or call 207-647-4352.

 

 

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