March 28, 2024 | Issue 13

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Please Welcome Our Newest Member, Earthways Guide Service!

Earthways Guide Service: Since 1988, guiding wilderness experiences that cultivate our connection to the earth and all things.

Ray and Nancy Reitze, of Canaan, Maine, founded Earthways in 1988 with the mission statement: "To teach people the ancient ways of living with the earth so they may hold a renewed perspective of love for all things, that they may freely choose their true life's purpose." 

Over the years Ray and Nancy have shared their knowledge and wisdom with many students, apprentices, and aspiring Maine Guides. When they met Patrick and Andrea Dole of Belfast, they knew they had found the right people to carry on the work of Earthways. Over the last five years, Andrea and Patrick have devoted time to work closely with Nancy and Ray, and have the elders' blessing to bring Earthways Guide Service to the next generation.

Earthways guides unique trips on the Allagash and St. John, on pristine ponds in the North Maine Woods, and winter camping in deeply peaceful Maine woods, and teaches a variety of skills classes throughout the year. Patrick Dole, a respected professional wooden boat builder in the Mid Coast for 20 years, has worked with Master Maine Guide Ray Reitze to continue the time-honored guiding traditions of building wood canvas canoes, pack baskets, paddles, snow shoes, toboggans, and other outdoor gear. Ray has generously shared a lifetime of wisdom with Patrick, including finer points of efficient canoe paddling, poling upstream, staying warm in winter camp, and many more unquantifiable aspects that can only be learned in proximity to a Master Maine Guide.


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April Business After Hours

Every month our Chamber hosts an after hours event designed for members to meet and build relationships with business people from companies and organizations representing a variety of industries in our region. Stop by for a little while or stay and connect! This month we will be hosted by:

Whale's Tooth Pub

Wednesday, April 17, 5:30pm - 7pm

2531 Atlantic Hwy. Lincolnville Beach

Click Here to see our hosts for the 2024 Business After Hours

March 21st Newsletter

1) Chamber Job Search

2) Workshop + Gallery / Wine Tasting

3) Eye Candy Dance & Fitness Studio / World of Burlesque

4) Belfast Free Library / Solar Eclipse

5) St. Margaret's / KnitMaine-ia

Chamber Job Search (HOT ITEM)

Still looking for that new job? Need to know what's available in the greater Belfast area? We have a great page full of job opportunities large and small!


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Upcoming Events

Announcements & News

Coastal Mountains Land Trust - Happy Wanderers, Gibson Hike April 4

Local Color Gallery Hosts Printmaker David Morgan, Reception March 29

Maine Outdoor Sportsman - 50% OFF Clearance Cave, March 30

Owls Head Transportation Museum - 'What Drive Us' Spring Education Series

April 13

St. Margaret's Episcopal Church - Holy Week Schedule

United Midcoast Charities Welcomes New Executive Director (PenBay Pilot)

Waldo Community Action Partners -

Home Buyer Class April 27

Waldo County Triad -

Spring Newsletter

Member Promotions

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Dorothy Havey, Executive Director

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Scott Smith, Operations Manager

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Board of Directors

President / Erin Merrifield, RE/MAX Jaret & Cohn

Vice President / Chris Nickerson, Whale's Tooth Pub, Northport Inn & Lodge

Treasurer / Michelle Curtis, First National Bank

Secretary / Megan Day, Waldo County General Hospital

Paul Dean, Councilor, City of Belfast

Dawn Gintz, Captain Nickels Inn

John McKeith, The Belfast Center

Elaine Potoker, Interloqui

Terri Tower, Camden National Bank

Mary Tripp, Bank of America

Travis Wood, Waldo County Technical Center

Staff Photography by Dave Waddell, Down East Magazine

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