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family tradition. Since
Kate was a little girl
vacations revolved around fishing and boating. Both
on the ocean and fresh water. The Moose
River in Rockwood was where Kate
cut her teeth on freshwater,
Farnham's had a
family camp across from Maynard’s in
home in southern Maine Kate romped around the ocean,
learned how to dig clams at low tide and
fish them as flounder bait in her first boat-a row boat.
grew up on the ocean, staring into the
front yard (aka the
Kate's father shipped merchant marine, and as you can imagine her up-bringing included lessons on how to splice rope, and navigate in the fog, among other nautical things. Her Dad hauled lobster traps when he was home on leave in the summers. They had a boat and a couple hundred lobster traps. Kate got really good at banding lobsters without getting pinched and baiting bags. When she was a teenager her Dad passed the torch to Kate and she continued the family tradition post-college, every summer through fall setting a 150-200 traps and hauling them every other day. Kate was even featured in the 2006 Lobsterwoman’s Calendar! She learned a lot of valuable tools growing up in what anyone would call an “atypical” childhood. She learned to tie sure knots, handle a boat, when and how to catch fish, how to make sound judgment, and how to respect the water.
a teacher. She has been a tremendous positive influence on her students
brought her experience of
the outdoors to her school by starting an outing club several years ago. Her
pupils have enjoyed tripping in
not limited to the sea! Mary
by taking her skills to
Mary’s vocation is an elementary school PE teacher has given hr the opportunity to a pass on outdoor skills and stewardship. Her philosophy is to teach the next generation how to preserve the wilderness and recreate in it safely and responsibly.
Mary is an outstanding paddler, who practices the improvement of her teaching, her skills, and on-water safety constantly. She earned her Maine Guide’s license in Sea Kayaking, Recreation and Fishing. Her training on the ocean in kayak instruction, handling, and rescue has earned her an American Canoe Association instructor certification in sea kayaking. She is Wilderness First Responder vetted. Her goal and passion is to teach others about the joy in recreating in the outdoors and respecting the environment for it has much to give us in return.