Winter recreation is big business in Maine. The state has seen increases in winter visitation over the past five years, including an increase of more than 10 percent during the winter of 2016-17 compared to the previous year. We’ll learn about its role in the Maine economy and why there’s no need to cocoon all winter in Maine as our panel shares suggestions for winter travel, outdoor sports and adventure, activities, events, festivals and more.

With winter essentially here, our panel offers ways to save on home energy costs and to prepare for seasonal challenges.

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PORTLAND, Maine - A major nor’easter that battered the north Atlantic coast swept across Maine Tuesday, knocking out power to tens of thousands, stranding travelers and dumping nearly two feet of snow on some parts of the state.

A worker for the city's housing department clears snow from a sidewalk in downtown Auburn, Maine, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016.
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A powerful winter storm has left more than 100,000 homes and businesses in the dark in Maine.

A still frame from Ice Harvesting Sampler

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Sun., February 19 at 1:00 pm

This compilation shows newsreel and amateur footage of ice harvesting operations in Maine and includes ice-house interiors with massive ice blocks being maneuvered at high speed, and horse teams delivering ice to brownstones in Boston.

For more information about this production visit the film-maker's website.

Home video jacket for Snowbirds: Mainers who go South in Winter

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., February 16 at 10:00 pm
Sat., February 18 at 11:00 am

Explore why some Mainers choose to spend the winter in Florida and how their Maine origins influence the way they live their lives in the Sunshine State.

For more information about this production visit the film-maker's website.

A winter scene on Vinalhaven

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., January 26 at 10:00 pm
Sat., January 28 at 11:00 am

Here is Winter, seen through the lives of those who live it each year on the island of Vinalhaven on Maine's Penobscot Bay.

For more information about this production visit Accompany Films.

Maine is home to lots of big, beautiful old houses that are expensive to heat in the winter and to keep cool during the warmer months. It's a problem at the Blaine House in Augusta, the official of residence of the governors of Maine for nearly a century. But now the Blaine House has has joined a growing number of homes and businesses that are turning to new technology to cut down on heating costs.

The sprawling mansion - just across the street from the State House - is not only home to the governor's family, it's a museum.

Expert advice on getting your home ready for winter.  We'll also hear from an insurance agent about what is and isn't covered when it comes to storm damage.

 MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) _ The historic barrage of snow and cold in New England this winter has pushed back the gardening season and left behind damaged bushes, trees and greenhouses as well as gardeners eager to get outside and in the dirt.

  Tree tapping and syrup making, it's a conversation about all things maple syrup. Learn why Maine is a leader in maple syrup production. And how this year's long, unusually cold winter is affecting the flow of sap. Learn how to tap your own trees and make your own syrup. Just in time for Maine Maple Sunday.

Host Keith Shortall speaks with:

Kathryn Hopkins, Maple Syrup Expert and Extension Professor, University of Maine Cooperative Extension

  How might this year's harsh winter impact invasive pests? Might it help the problem or make it worse?

Host Jennifer Rooks speaks with:

Charlene Donahue, Forest Entomologist with Maine Forest Service’s Insect & Disease Laboratory

Charles Lubelczyk, Vector Ecologist with the Maine Medical Center Research Institute Vector-borne Disease Laboratory

Nancy Sferra, Director of Science and Stewardship for the Nature Conservancy in Brunswick

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  Winter weather is not too far away. Experts give some tips and suggestions for getting your home ready for winter-  from insulating to air seals.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by 

Claire Betze, Residential Energy Auditor and HERS Rater 

Helen C. Watts, PE, Helen Watts Engineering, PLLC

  Winter is on its way. With it comes rising home energy costs. What you can do to get your home ready for winter.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by: 

Dana Fischer, Residential Program Manager, Efficiency Maine

David Ireland, Building contractor and Energy Advisor, David Ireland Builders