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Land Navigation Basics


with Ron Welton

Calendar May 29, 2018 at 6:30 pm, runs for 3 weeks
Learn the basics of land navigation using a map and compass. This class covers how to read the markings on a topographic map and how to use map features to establish a path of travel. Learn how to use a compass to determine your direction of travel. Move back and forth between true and magnetic north. Necessary materials will be provided but bring your own map and compass if you wish.

Make A Tin Can Rocket Stove


with Zachary Rouda

Calendar May 16, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week
A rocket stove employs simple concepts to create an efficient wood-burning apparatus. Fuel is burned inside a combustion chamber containing an insulated vertical chimney. Rocket stove designs are most often used for portable stoves for cooking but the design is also used to make mass heaters for heating buildings. Using recycled materials to make something useful is resourceful. Excellent for camping; not too bulky or heavy - they pack fine into a backpack! We'll use 5 cans and some tin snips to create a lasting product that competes against and may even outstrip your industrial camp stoves.

Planning Ahead, For All The Right Reasons


with David Floryan

Calendar Apr 28, 2018 at 10 am, runs for 1 week
This seminar is done by a licensed funeral director with 40 years of experience. Participants will learn the financial and emotional benefits of funeral preplanning. You will be able to learn how to reduce stress for yourself and your loved ones by thoughtfully planning a burial or cremation. Veteran, MaineCare and a comprehensive fund planning will be discussed.

Tiny House Basics


with Alan Plummer

Calendar May 30, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week
Thinking of building a Tiny House? You probably have questions. Foundation or trailer? Where will I park it? New or used trailer? How to heat it? Composting toilet? How do I downsize? In this basic class, I'll answer these questions plus many more. If you think you may want to Go Tiny, this class is for YOU! Resources for further learning will be offered.

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