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Dept. of Labor reinstating normal processing time for initial unemployment claims, briefly pausing benefits
Tue, 05/26/2020 - 7:15pm
AUGUSTA — The Maine Department of Labor announced steps Tuesday it is taking to investigate, prevent, and stop fraud perpetrated by criminals, according to a news release. “Maine, like many other states, is seeing an increase of intentionally fraudulent unemployment claims over the past two months amid the rise in overall unemployment insurance claims due to COVID-19,” the release stated. “This practice, known as impostor fraud, occurs when a person’s Personally Identifiable Information, or PII...
focusing on pending procedures and office visits that were postponed in March
MaineHealth establishes safety protocols, sets priorities for bringing back some services amid COVID-19
Tue, 05/26/2020 - 6:45am
MaineHealth has announced enhanced safety measures and set criteria for which patients would be seen as it restores some services in accordance with state guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Our top priority as we start to restore services will be the safety of our patients, care team members and the larger community,” said Joan Boomsma, MD, chief medical officer of MaineHealth, in a news release. “We will continue with masking and take a number of other steps at our facilities to prevent...
Vera Roberts, Linda Mann join AIO Food and Energy Assistance board
Fri, 05/22/2020 - 7:30am
ROCKLAND — Vera Roberts and Linda Mann have joined the Board of Directors of Area Interfaith Outreach Food and Energy Assistance. Both Roberts and Mann are active community members and bring a wealth of experience to AIO’s Board, according to AIO, in a news release. “I couldn’t be more thrilled to have Vera and Linda join AIO’s Board,” said Liz Jenkins, president of AIO’s Board of Directors, in the release. “They have both been long time supporters of AIO, so it’s wonderful to have them join in...
Rockland Harbor sailing into summer at half-mast
Thu, 05/21/2020 - 2:30pm
“Looking out into the harbor, normally you’d see at least 20 to 30 boats on moorings, and there’s really hardly any at all,” said Rockland Harbor Master Matt Ripley, during the May 18 continuation of budget talks for the City. All but one large cruise ship have canceled for the 2020 summer season, with the remaining one still holding to a possible late-September berthing. Itineraries for the small ships, which includes American Cruise Line, are canceled up to June 20, though ACL remains in...
OUT Maine, homeless coalition, fisherman’s association, sexual assault services among Community Building grant recipients
Wed, 05/20/2020 - 3:15pm
The Maine Community Foundation has awarded $219,800 in community-building grants to 24 nonprofits across Maine through its Statewide Fund. 2020 Statewide Community Building Grant Recipients: American Civil Liberties Union of Maine Foundation, to create volunteer-driven know-your-rights trainings (including engaging Customs and Border Patrol officials) for directly impacted immigrant communities and allies providing services: $10,000 Boys & Girls Club of Augusta, for teen driving program...
Belfast city council approves plan allowing restaurants, retailers to conduct business in outdoor public spaces
Wed, 05/20/2020 - 2:00pm
BELFAST — The Belfast City Council unanimously approved a Temporary Use of City Facilities and Property Policy as well as “Curbside Belfast” a Temporary Outdoor Restaurant and Retail Operation Permit at its May 19 city council meeting, according to a news release. Both the new policy and new permit will begin on Friday, May 22 and extend through Monday, Oct. 12 . This policy and permit will allow for both restaurants and retailers to conduct their business in public areas or adjacent property...
Sue Campbell receives 2020 Human and Civil Rights Award
Wed, 05/20/2020 - 10:30am
Sue Campbell, deputy director of the statewide LGBTQ+ youth organization OUT Maine, has been awarded the 2020 Human and Civil Rights Award by the Maine Education Association (MEA). According to the MEA, the award recognizes outstanding dedication in promoting human and civil rights for students and citizens of the State of Maine. This work includes promoting appreciation for diversity, working to eliminate discriminatory or abusive behavior toward groups and individuals, helping schools develop...
Friendship Fire Dept., Marine Patrol assist sailor whose boat turtled in frigid waters
Tue, 05/19/2020 - 7:30pm
FRIENDSHIP — The Maine Marine Patrol responded to a report of an overturned sailboat this morning and assisted the boat’s owner, who had been brought ashore by members of the Friendship Fire Department, according to a news release from the Marine Patrol. Clyde Blackwell, 65, of Waldoboro was recovered from on top of his 17-foot sailboat that had overturned near the shore of his Back Cove Road home. He yelled for help to a resident on shore who reported the incident, according to the release...
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Board of Environmental Protection to begin deliberating over Nordic Aquafarm’s indoor salmon project
Tue, 05/19/2020 - 2:30pm
Maine’s Board of Environmental Protection begins its deliberations over the permit applications of Nordic Aquafarms, LLC. That company hopes to construct a large-scale indoor salmon breeding facility in Belfast, and is looking for project approval from the BEP. The deliberative session is an opportunity for board members to discuss the record and the licensing criteria with one another and Maine Dept. of Environmental Protection staff. WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 2020, 9 AM ONLINE ZOOM MEETING CALL IN...
Australian-built luxury expedition yacht drops anchor in Rockport’s outer harbor
Sat, 05/16/2020 - 3:45pm
ROCKPORT — The talk of the waterfront in Rockport was the May 16 surprise arrival of the
, a 279-foot cruising vessel built just a little more than a year ago in western Australia. The
, with a crew and passengers, has been anchored in Rockport’s outer harbor, establishing a large presence just beyond the lobster boats and sailboats. The vessel is anticipated to be in the harbor for two days. Built by Silver Yachts and designed by Espen Oeino, the
Passenger ferries to the islands, Belfast, possibly Castine
UPDATED WITH DOT COMMENT: Island citizens, businesses propose cutting edge passenger ferry service for Penobscot Bay
Thu, 05/14/2020 - 4:00pm
PENOBSCOT BAY — The idea remains conceptual, people behind it emphasize, but they are looking longterm, past a global pandemic, past budgetary constraints, past the current economic contraction. Their goal is for Penobscot Bay islands to be serviced by energy-efficient, environmentally-sound passenger ferries that would run between Islesboro and Belfast, and perhaps North Haven and Vinalhaven and Rockland. While in the introductory phase, support has nonetheless already been secured from...
Rockland entrepreneur selected as part of QVC small business spotlight program
Thu, 05/14/2020 - 1:00pm
It is no secret small businesses across the United States are facing financial challenges spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a way to shine a spotlight on some of America’s small businesses, the parent company to QVC, Zulily and HSN partnered with the National Retail Federation Foundation “to shine a light on some of the small businesses that are the heart and hope of our communities.” “Qurate Retail has a long-standing history of launching and fostering the growth of brands and small...
‘there has been a crush of demand for the farm products’
Buying locally raised meat becomes favored choice during pandemic
Thu, 05/14/2020 - 10:30am
Meat shortages across the country caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have led more consumers buying locally raised beef, pork, and poultry, and that’s good news for Maine farms. The shortage problem is not due to production, according to industry experts. The problem is that the food supply chain has broken down because processing plants have had to close down due to workers getting sick, as was the case of Tyson Foods, one of the biggest meat processors in the U.S. Last month, Tyson had to close...
Friends and cyclists combine the bikes and coffee business model on Main Street
CG Bikes plans to open with Downshift Coffee, a new cafe in Belfast
Wed, 05/13/2020 - 11:30am
BELFAST—Opening a new business is stressful enough without it being smack in the middle of a pandemic. But, CG Bikes owner Chris Gardner and business associate, Nathaniel Baer, are taking it in stride and using the extra time to get all of the finishing touches done on the side-by-side businesses on Main Street. Gardner had opened CG Bikes beneath the United Farmer’s Market last year and decided the time had come to put the bike shop in a visible place with more foot traffic. “When the space on...
returned items will be quarantined for 72 hours; Wi-fi available in parking lot
Rockland Public Library to continue temporary closure
Tue, 05/12/2020 - 6:45pm
Rockland Public Library has submitted the following statement:
As retail shops, restaurants, and services begin to open back up, we are being asked when the Library will do the same. Presently, the Rockland Public Library continues to be closed to the public, but is staffed Monday - Friday, and ready to help by phone, from 9-5, 207-594-0310, firstname.lastname@example.org , and from the Rockland Public Library Facebook page via Facebook messenger. The Library does not have a date for...
‘MLA will correct errors in allegations that right whales are harmed by entanglement in U.S. gear’
Maine Lobstermen’s Association gears up for legal battle in federal court
Tue, 05/12/2020 - 12:00pm
Thousands of Maine’s family-owned lobstering businesses are at risk of extinction due to a recent federal court ruling citing a violation of the Endangered Species Act by the National Marine Fisheries Service, according to the nonprofit Maine Lobstermen’s Association/Maine Lobstermen’s Community Alliance. “The world’s most sustainable fishery could be shut down,” the association said in a May 6 news release. “And that is something that the Maine Lobstermen’s Association cannot let happen.” That...
Waldo Theatre receives 1772 Foundation Historic Preservation grant
Tue, 05/12/2020 - 11:45am
Waldo Theatre, Inc., in Waldoboro, is one of 16 Maine projects awarded a The 1772 Foundation historic preservation grant for 2020. The Waldo Theatre will receive $2,000 out of a total $100,000 allotted. Maine Preservation is working in partnership with The 1772 Foundation to distribute a new historic preservation grant program for Maine. Maine Preservation is the statewide, nonprofit organization that promotes and preserves historic places, buildings, downtowns and neighborhoods, strengthening...
qualified to participate in the state contest
Waldo County 4-H member earns blue ribbon in virtual public speaking contest
Tue, 05/12/2020 - 11:30am
WALDO COUNTY — For many Maine 4-H members, the first months of each new year are dedicated to preparing their 4-H public speaking presentations. March and April will see them getting up and sharing their interests and know-how at Club, School, County, and State 4-H Public Speaking Tournaments. For them, it’s time to get up in front of family, friends, their club, and community and give their 4-H demonstration or illustrated talk, according to University of Maine Cooperative Extension, in a news...
Rockland authorizes June closures of Main Street; logistics to be determined
Tue, 05/12/2020 - 11:00am
ROCKLAND — When, and even if, Rockland turns Downtown Main Street into a pedestrian mall during the month of June, Jersey barriers will be set up at Park Street and Glovers Passage (just south of Lindsay Street), as well as at side streets. For at least the first closure, a police unit working for overtime pay will monitor social distancing while circulating through the crowds. As Rockland City Council voted, May 11, to authorize Main Street closures during the month of June, they also...
Belfast Co-op board thanks general manager for extraordinary leadership during pandemic
Mon, 05/11/2020 - 6:15pm
The Belfast Co-op’s Board of Directors thanks Doug Johnson, its general manager, “for his extraordinary leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic.” The board said that Johnson has responded to the multitude of operational challenges over the past few weeks with courage, creativity, and commitment. “From providing extra support, protections and incentives to staff who remain at work during the pandemic, to quickly implementing our Shop For Me Program for free curbside pickup, to ensuring...
Mid-Coast Optical is open, again
Mon, 05/11/2020 - 1:00pm
Mid-Coast Optical, on the corner of Maverick Street and Route 17 in Rockland, has re-opened its storefront, following the pandemic closure. Mid-Coast Optical is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Safe distancing and sanitizing; all of frames and new glasses dispensed, including any adjustments needed. “Thank you for understanding of our needs to keeping our clients safe,” said owner and Optician Kris Kangas. Read more about Mid-Coast Optical:
Going for the clearest of...
These are the steps retail shops must take to reopen
Sat, 05/09/2020 - 9:30pm
Retail shops in 12 of Maine’s 16 counties can reopen for business beginning Monday, May 11 so long as they follow a set of guidelines. Under the newly released plan by Governor Janet Mills, retail stores will be permitted to open in-store operations, with enhanced safety precautions, in counties where community transmission is not present.
‘On A Roll’ lobster food truck now open at Waterman’s Beach Brewery
Sat, 05/09/2020 - 11:30am
SOUTH THOMASTON—A new food truck opened May 8 to complement Waterman’s Beach Brewery, and fans of the old Waterman’s Beach Lobster, will be thrilled to know that the new venue has some unique ties to the old. Joshua and Charmen Spearing are heading up “On A Roll,” a traditional lobster shack on wheels in the same spot where Waterman’s Beach Lobster shack originally operated for the last 30 years, Joshua, a lobsterman who fishes out of Spruce Head, and Charmen, a former employee of Waterman...
Governor announces new reopening plans for Knox, Lincoln, Waldo counties
Fri, 05/08/2020 - 2:15pm
AUGUSTA — Governor Janet Mills announced May 8 a rural reopening plan aimed at reopening certain additional businesses in rural Maine over the course of the next two weeks with added health and safety measures. The plan comes after Governor Mills stated last week that her Administration was considering opportunities for regional variation as part of its Restarting Maine’s Economy plan. It also follows the announcement of a partnership with IDEXX Laboratories that will more than triple the State...
UMaine Extension offers farmers help with stress reduction, communication
Fri, 05/08/2020 - 9:00am
University of Maine Cooperative Extension is now offering free online farm coaching, help with stress management and communication, and problem-solving on the farm and within families. Farm Coaching: Supporting Relationships for Farm Success features resources for stress reduction, improved communication and family well-being, including weekly “Small Bites” — short articles on practical ideas. The farm-coaching team includes UMaine Extension human resources specialist Leslie Forstadt and...
Maine Delegation announces allocation of $20 million for Maine fishing industry
Thu, 05/07/2020 - 2:30pm
U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King, and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden announced May 7 Maine lobstermen, fishermen, and other Mainers working in the seafood supply chain will receive a total of $20,166,476. The funding represents the fifth-highest amount being awarded among 31 recipients, per a news release. Collins , King, Pingree, and Golden have all written the administration to call on them to quickly release this urgently needed financial assistance. “The...
serving immediate needs while building resiliency, interconnectivity, and investment in the food system
Waldo County Bounty campaign launches to improve food security, support farmers and gardeners
Thu, 05/07/2020 - 12:00pm
Waldo County Bounty launches this week. WCB is a community fundraising and resource-sharing campaign designed to improve food security for all people in Waldo County during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond, . Waldo County Bounty was formed by individuals and organizations in Waldo County to meet immediate, essential food security needs by flowing vital, financial and material resources to multiple parts of the local food system, including hunger relief programs, farmers, and gardeners. This multi...
Thursday, May 21, ONline presentation with an elder law attorney
COVID-19 and estate planning: Protecting yourself, loved ones
Wed, 05/06/2020 - 4:30pm
Estate planning can be a complicated subject, as a news release highlighted. Some people might wonder how the recent changes to the markets and the economy might impact their estate planning options and decisions. On Thursday, May 21, at 3 p.m., the Camden Public Library will host a free online workshop to discuss critical information about the estate planning process during COVID-19 and after. The program will be conducted on the Zoom meeting platform. To request a link to participate, email...
Gov. Mills establishes committee to advise on Maine’s economic recovery
Wed, 05/06/2020 - 2:45pm
Governor Janet Mills announced May 6 she is convening an Economic Recovery Committee charged with developing recommendations to mitigate the damage to Maine’s economy caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and to jumpstart a long-term economic recovery for Maine people, businesses, and organizations. The 37 member Committee — co-chaired by Laurie Lachance, former Maine State Economist and President of Thomas College in Waterville, and Josh Broder, CEO of Tilson — includes representatives of...
MDOL’s website overloaded over the weekend as filers attempt to open claims
Frustrated Maine self-employed workers last to receive financial help
Tue, 05/05/2020 - 9:00pm
In Maine, self-employed workers have been waiting nearly six weeks for financial help through the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), and are the last group to receive any financial assistance during the Covid-19 crisis. According to many who attempted to navigate a confusing ReEmployME website over the weekend, frustrations were high. Among the biggest complaints: Many were getting kicked out of the system multiple times while attempting to file a claim Friday into Saturday; They were...
Pandemic forces organizers to take a different route to celebrate rural life
Common Ground Fair to go virtual this year; back on the ground in 2021
Tue, 05/05/2020 - 1:00pm
UNITY — One of Maine’s favorite agricultural events, the Common Ground Fair, will be going virtual this September. The
Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
(MOFGA) has been holding its annual September fair since 1977, first in Litchfield, then Windsor, and now at its permanent home in Unity. In recent years, it has been attracting more than 60,000 visitors each September to the much anticipated Unity celebration of rural Maine life. But this year, the COVID-19...
‘Meet me on Main Street’
Rockland continues to consider closures of downtown Main Street
Tue, 05/05/2020 - 12:15pm
ROCKLAND – Outdoor seating flowing into the street, art displays along the center line, musicians, children’s activities, neighborly socialization at a distance, and for many, a creative lure designed to jumpstart Rockland’s downtown economy. Using a suggestion by Maine Governor Janet Mills as a way to slowly, safely re-invigorate consumer interests, some Rockland City Council officials, along with several downtown business and restaurant owners, are envisioning regular closures of Rockland’s...
One surveys members, another offers alternative plan
Coastal Maine chambers of commerce react to Governor’s pandemic economic plan
Mon, 05/04/2020 - 11:15am
Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce
is asking its business members to take a survey about Gov. Janet Mills’ plan to phase the opening of businesses in the face of a pandemic. Meanwhile, the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce has sent a letter to Mills, outlining an alternative plan. And in Bar Harbor, the chamber of commerce there has sent a biting letter to the Governor’s office. All of them are concerned about the methodology that Gov. Mills has outlined in her...
Why you shouldn’t rely on travel insurance to cover COVID-19 cancellations
Fri, 05/01/2020 - 3:15pm
Since the emergence of COVID-19, most vacation travel has come to a halt, with countless cancellations of flights, cruises, lodging, and other travel related arrangements. Most would-be travelers during this time have found that the travel insurance they may have purchased in advance does not cover cancellations due to a pandemic. "For those trying to plan trips later this year and into next, this is an important point to keep in mind," said Maine Insurance Superintendent Eric Cioppa. "Epidemic...
Here’s what Governor Mills had to say about the first day of Maine’s reopening
Fri, 05/01/2020 - 2:00pm
As Maine enters Stage 1 of the Governor’s Restarting Maine’s Economy Plan today, Governor Janet Mills delivered a statement May 1 during Maine CDC’s daily briefing.
The full text, as provided by the Governor’s office, is below. Further below in this story is a video of the Governor’s address.
Good afternoon. I want to take just a few minutes to speak to the Maine people, before I go back to the business of running the state in such a difficult time. Today marks the first day...
Updated with more closings and openings
Working list of Midcoast bars, restaurants, delivery services offering food, alcohol, groceries, products, services
Fri, 05/01/2020 - 12:45pm
Gov. Mills issued an
on March 18 that there would be no dine-in service at bars or restaurants until a period of 14 days stretching to March 31 (Since extended until
). The move has prompted eating and drinking establishments to either close or come up with more creative solutions. As part of the
beer and wine have also been approved for take-out. Here is a working list of...
More than 100 years ago, Maine Potato Week campaign began, urging locals to eat potatoes and ration wheat
Help out a Maine potato farmer: Eat more spuds
Fri, 05/01/2020 - 9:15am
The humble Maine potato, like most agriculture products, is undergoing its own crisis within a pandemic. According to a April 18, 2020 press release issued by U.S. Senator Susan Collins: “Maine potato farmers have lost nearly half of their business and could see advance orders for next year’s crop drop by as much as 20 percent due to COVID-19 closures and restrictions on restaurants. To help mitigate these losses, the Maine Delegation sent a letter to USDA, urging the agency to directly...
Dept. of Labor releases unemployment filing schedule for self-employed individuals
Thu, 04/30/2020 - 8:00pm
The Maine Department of Labor is asking self-employed individuals seeking to file for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance follow a filing schedule to help reduce internet traffic to the site when filing opens Friday, May 1 at 8 a.m. The DOL notes the application will be available 24/7 after 8 a.m. on May 1, and a claim for this week can be filed anytime between the May 1 opening and 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, May 2. The filing schedule is as follows: Last names
file from 8 a.m...
Boat owner seeks inflatable dinghy gone missing from Rockport Harbor
Thu, 04/30/2020 - 12:15pm
Brian Leonard, of Camden, is hoping his inflatable dinghy will be returned Marine Park at Rockport Harbor so that he can get ready for boating season. Last fall, he was undergoing daily radiation treatments and his daughter, Abbie Leonard, who is Rockport’s Harbor Master, hauled the dinghy out for him, placing it upside down next to the dinghy rack near the lime kilns. “I went down yesterday to get it cleaned up for this coming boating season, and it’s nowhere to be found,” he said. “I can’t...
Maine Experiencing Home Gardening Boom during Coronavirus Lockdown
Union farm offers land for ‘Victory gardens’ even if you don’t know how to grow anything
Thu, 04/30/2020 - 10:30am
UNION—Sarah Hewitt, and her business partner, Graham Raymond, owners of the Victory Hemp LLC, are like all farmers struggling under the Covid-19 crisis, these days. Earlier this month, the USDA announced a federal $19 billion immediate relief program aimed at farmers and ranchers. Prior to that farmers had been cut out of the stimulus packages. Hewitt took a look at their 10-acre farm and wondered what they were going to do with it. Then she had an idea: “We’ve been growing hemp at this...
These are the steps businesses must take to reopen
Thu, 04/30/2020 - 9:15am
In order to open whether May 1 or in a later phase, Maine businesses must commit to complying with the requirements of these checklists by filling out a
short online form
. In addition to completing the form, business owners are asked to download a general checklist, for all industries, and an industry-specific checklist, to identify best practices for safely operating your business during COVID-19. “Please note these checklists may be updated as new information about COVID-19...
Since March 15, DOL has paid over $200 million in benefits to eligible Mainers
Maine’s unemployment claims decrease, though level remains historically high
Thu, 04/30/2020 - 9:00am
AUGUSTA – Last week, approximately 7,400 new individuals filed for unemployment benefits. This is the lowest number of initial claims in the last six weeks, but the level remains historically high. In total, nearly 73,000 people filed their weekly certification, and the
Maine Department of Labor paid out $59.7 million
in unemployment benefits for the week ending April 25, according to an April 30 news release. This included payments of the weekly additional $600 created by the...
‘role models in putting patients first; their service has been extraordinary in our country’s time of need’
PBMC earns top grade for safety from national rating group
Thu, 04/30/2020 - 8:45am
ROCKPORT — Pen Bay Medial Center has been awarded an A rating in the Spring 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing the hospital’s achievements in providing safer health care. “This rating is a testament to our entire team and their dedication to providing high-quality care in a safe environment,” said PBMC President Mark Fourre, MD, in a news release. “Especially as we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, their focus on safety has never been more important to our...
‘THEY JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE AREN’T VISITING OR PETTING THEM’
How some local shop mascots are adjusting during pandemic
Wed, 04/29/2020 - 9:00pm
CAMDEN/ROCKPORT/ROCKLAND – Shop animals do not receive regular paychecks, although many may consider them staff and members of the business community. They are usually at their offices daily and have loyal customers who combine supporting businesses along with getting their “regular animal fixes” at the same time. They provide unconditional love, companionship, make people happy, lower stress, and even blood pressure levels with their affections. If shop animals could take the Myers Briggs...
Maine Boat and Home Show canceled for August 2020
Wed, 04/29/2020 - 4:00pm
ROCKLAND — It is with great sadness that Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors has cancelled its 2020 Maine Boat & Home Show in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, said the magazine, in an April 29 statement. Held every summer on the Rockland waterfront since 2003, the show is hosted by
Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors
magazine. The largest in-the-water boat show north of Boston, the three-day event draws thousands of people to Rockland over the second weekend in August, according to...
transitioning to Independent nonprofit status
Coastal Senior College breaks from UMA system
Wed, 04/29/2020 - 9:00am
The Board of Directors of Coastal Senior College, one of 17 senior colleges in the Maine Senior College Network, voted unanimously April 20 to transition to independent status from the University of Maine System. With the full support and encouragement of its UMA Rockland Center affiliate, Coastal Senior College will become the 6th independent senior college in the Maine Senior College Network by July 1, 2021. Independent nonprofit status will give CSC the increased flexibility and benefits...
Governor extends ‘Stay Safer at Home’ mandate; releases four-stage plan for ‘restarting’ Maine economy
Tue, 04/28/2020 - 3:15pm
AUGUSTA — Governor Janet Mills presented her Administration’s plan to gradually and safely restart Maine’s economy April 28. The plan, which comes as the State appears to be successfully flattening the curve, establishes four gradual stages of reopening.
Dept. of Labor to accept unemployment applications for self-employed individuals May 1
Tue, 04/28/2020 - 12:30pm
AUGUSTA — The Maine Department of Labor will begin accepting applications for the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Friday, May 1 at 8 a.m. People whose claim does not require further review should begin receiving benefits within seven days of filing, according to a news release. Pandemic Unemployment Assistance is a new federal program which expanded eligibility for unemployment benefits to certain categories of workers not typically able to receive unemployment in the past, such as:...
Two new online professional development programs offered through Hutchinson Center
Tue, 04/28/2020 - 11:15am
BELFAST — Registration is open for two new online professional development programs through the University of Maine Hutchinson Center. The Online Grant Writing certificate program with Jack Smith runs May 18-22 and Online Public Speaking with Tom Dowd is June 3 and June 10. More information about both of these programs is available on the Hutchinson Center website. Grant Writing course instructor Jack Smith, M.P.A., has taught more than 1,500 grant writing programs, including seven at the...
reduction in employee injuries also benefits the taxpayers
Waldo County Commissioners awarded Safety Enhancement Grant
Mon, 04/27/2020 - 10:15am
The Waldo County Commissioners has been awarded a Safety Enhancement Grant by the Maine Municipal Association Workers Compensation Fund in the amount of $1,368.02. The Ed MacDonald Safety Enhancement Grants and Scholarship Grants provide financial assistance to members of the MMA Workers Compensation Fund to purchase safety equipment or services to assist in reducing the frequency and severity of workplace injuries. The grant programs are designed to prevent injuries and improve workplace...
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Outdoors reporter Aislinn Sarnacki to give online talk
Event: Sat, Jun 6 - 6:30 pm
Celebrate National Trails Day with virtual 5K or 5M
Event: Sat, Jun 6 - 7:00 am
Nature lecture: Invasive Plant Species at Merryspring and Around Maine
Event: Tue, Jun 9 - 12:00 pm
Propagating perennials outdoor workshop at Merryspring
Event: Sat, Jun 13 - 9:00 am
Event: Wed, May 27 - 7:00 pm
Camden Hills to host Virtual Fine Arts Night
Event: Thu, Jun 4 - 5:00 pm
Online Four Week Workshop
Event: Tue, Jun 2 - 9:30 am
Waldo County Technical Center to hold Recognition and Awards Night
Event: Wed, Jun 3 - 5:30 pm
Lobster Lady’s 100th birthday being celebrated with film of her life
Event: Sat, Jun 6 - 7:00 pm
Author Scott Weidensaul to present: The Miracle of Bird Migration
Event: Mon, Jun 1 - 10:00 am
Artistic director of Shakespeare Festival presents: The Shakespeare Staging Shakedown:
Event: Tue, Jun 9 - 6:00 pm
Learn to identify spring blooms with naturalist Roberta Sharp
Event: Thu, May 28 - 6:30 pm
‘Tree Medicine’ begins Backyard Herbalism series at Merryspring
Event: Tue, Jun 2 - 12:00 pm
Roger Rittmaster to give informative talk on iNaturalist nature app
Event: Thu, Jun 4 - 6:00 pm
Free virtual class: container gardening for beginners
Event: Thu, May 28 - 5:00 pm
Union church converts annual Turkey Supper to take out meal
Event: Fri, May 29 - 4:30 pm
Thomaston Trek Goes Virtual!
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