BROWNVILLE, Maine (WABI) – A non-profit organization in Brownville that’s become a bit of an international sensation could use some help to keep it that way.
This is Brownville’s Food Pantry for Deer.
They supplement the diets of their local four legged friends to help them get through winter.
Their YouTube page has 6 channels with more than 40 thousand followers.
The manager of the pantry says they have followers from 118 countries and reach more than 100 thousand people a day.
But, they rely on donations to pay for the grain that comes from Lee, Maine, and those have been slow to come in this year.
“This has been going on for decades in this town, and Brownville junction hopefully we can get enough money to keep this going and feed the deer every winter for decades to come,” said manager Richard McMahon.
If you would like help them with a donation, here is a link to their Facebook page with all their information.
Also, here a link to check out those deer on YouTube.
BROWNVILLE – A local man is continuing a decades long initiative of feeding deer but now is looking for a little help to keep it going.
“They come back every year, the same deer, and they bring more babies, and then the babies bring babies, so it’s a good thing,” said Richard McMahon, who manages Brownville’s Food Pantry for Deer.
Brownville’s Food Pantry for Deer is a non-profit organization that has been feeding deer in the area for decades.
12 years ago, McMahon began managing it.
“We’ve destroyed their habitat. They have no habitat left. There’s no predator control, and the hard winters are hard on them,” McMahon said. “This seems to, the supplemental feeding helps.”
Each morning, McMahon dumps 450 pounds of grain into his “oatmobile” to deliver to the deer.
“I have a side by side that my boy put an apparatus on the back, which I can sit inside and just put buttons in,” McMahon said. “The feed goes out automatically.”
McMahon said much of the expenses are paid for through donations.
“In the last two years, the donations have taken care of the grain,” McMahon said. “We’ve got a lot of other expenses, but every year, we’re getting bigger and better.”
People travel from all over to watch the deer from the roadway.
“I’ve been seeing their videos on Facebook,” Clay Swett, a Canton resident said. “The Brownville Food Pantry, they do a live video all the time, and I like watching it.”
McMahon said they get thousands of viewers online as well.
“Facebook is on for six hours a day,” McMahon said. I recommend YouTube. It’s 1080p it’s on 24 hours a day. We have six channels to choose from.”
McMahon said the best time to see the deer is between 3 p.m. and dusk from the street located at 6 Rips Road in Brownville.
To help sustain a deer herd through winter, Brownville created a deer pantry where hoofed friends can stop by for a snack. With daily feedings at 9 a.m., the webcams show off six views of the pantry from right at the trough to a wide shot where you can see all the deer gather.
This is part of the Three Rivers Community webcam project that has more than 20 webcams providing views of the region, which includes towns such as Milo, Brownville, Sebec and more. The project was started by a high school sophomore nearly 25 years ago to show how rural Mainers are finding new uses for technology to stay connected.
Check out the deer pantry from all the angles.
After almost five years in the works, this clean energy project in Milo is nearing completion.
MILO, Maine — It covers close to 100 acres of land and is made up of 67,000 solar panels. After almost five years in the works, this clean energy project in Milo is nearing completion and will generate power in early 2021.
The solar farm will create enough clean energy to power more than 10,000 homes. It is the largest solar farm owned and operated by Dirigo Solar.
“We got started back in 2015, when solar, the economics of solar, finally made sense for it to start development in the state of Maine,” Nick Mazuroski said. “We have a portfolio of a little more than 250 megawatts.”
Mazuroski is the co-founder of the company, he said the Milo project is a major step in the future of Maine’s solar power production.
“Over the life of the portfolio, we are projected to save, Maine ratepayers including Versant and Piscataquis County…a little more than $25 million, over the 20-year term that we are selling the power,” Mazuroski said.
The electricity generated by these panels will be sold to Versant Power to help lower everyone’s energy costs.
Dirigo Solar’s 67,000-panel project is almost complete. The $25 million project is employing more than 100 people.
“Each panel collects the sunlight and generates electricity, which then gets combined and transmitted out to the grid,” Mazuroski said.
Peter Hamlin is the chairman of the select board in Milo. He said it’s a very exciting project for the town. “We are very excited because of the size of the project, it means some revenue obviously for the town of Milo, it also is a boom to electrical rates in the area,” he said.
Hamlin adds the town has a lease agreement through property tax revenue and the town of Milo has an agreement for a share of the profits from the project. “It’s a long term project, 20-year contract, a renewable resource, so it’s a win across the board.”
Hamlin said Manufacturing has not been strong in Piscataquis County, the reason, why the town was keen to approve its property for a renewable energy project like the one Dirigo Solar, is finishing up.
“Manufacturing in Piscataquis County, we are one of the poorest and oldest counties in the state, we have a renewable resource here! It’s something that fits this property use, realistically Milo would be forever filling 60 acres with industrial-type buildings here, so it’s a perfect match for us,” Hamlin said.
Mazuroski adds the great thing about solar is that you are generating the electricity where the project is.
“This is local power production, that’s being sold to Mainers and lowering Maine electricity costs,” Mazuroski said.
The power sold by Dirigo Solar to Versant Power will help lower everyone’s energy costs in the long run. “We are selling the power at 3.5 cents, right now Versant sells to its customers at above 7 cents.”
Here is a link to some of the other solar projects Dirigo Solar is working on in Maine.
“When it’s finally built, it could be the largest project in the state. There are larger projects under development, but I think when it’s operational it will be at the time the largest projects in the state,” Mazuroski said.
Mazuroski estimates about $25 million will be saved from Maine taxpayers in a period of 20 years.