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YMCA 5K run/walk

ROCKPORT — The12th Annual Harbor View 5K Run/Walk will be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, June 25, on a scenic 3.1-mile course. The YMCA has joined the national “Activate America” coalition to help combat obesity and encourage the development of healthy lifestyle habits.

Registration fee is $12 prior to June 18, $15 on Race Day. There will be post-race refreshments and use of the Y shower facilities. T-shirts are available to all who preregister by June 18.

Free park pass for campers

Campers who stay at any Maine campground that is a member of the Maine Campgrounds Owners Association through Saturday, June 25, will be able visit any Maine state park or historic site for day use at no cost.

The special promotion is offered by the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, under the Maine Department of Conservation, and MECOA in recognition of the proclamation made by Gov. Paul LePage that June is “Great Outdoors Month,” according to BPL officials.

For the first four weeks of the month, campers at any of the MECOA campgrounds will be able to get a “Great Outdoors Month State Park Visitor Pass” that will give them a free, day-use visit to any of Maine’s 48 state parks and historic sites.

The pass is valid only when signed by a MECOA member campground agent. It is for use by one vehicle and its occupants during a stay at a MECOA member campground through June 25.

This benefit also pertains to all campers at Maine’s 12 state campgrounds. Anyone camping at a Maine state park campground during the same period is eligible to visit another state park or historic site, day-use facility at no additional cost during the dates they are camping. State campground campers must show their camping permit or rear view mirror hang tag to the park staff at the day-use facility as verification of their eligibility to have the day use fee waived.

For more information on Maine state parks and historic sites, visit For Information about making reservations at any Maine state park campground, visit For more information on MECOA, visit

White Oak paddle

The Georges River Land Trust will lead a boat tour of a section of the St. George

River 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, June 11. Paddlers will explore White Oak Pond and a

stretch of river known for its diverse plant communities and abundant wildlife. Land trust volunteer Dick Matlack will lead the boat tour through Warren along the river, departing

from a parcel of land protected by the land trust. Paddlers should bring a canoe or kayak, life

jackets and a lunch or snack. Call the land trust at 594-5166 for directions to the meeting place. In case of rain, the trip will be rescheduled for Saturday, June 18.