Maine Insights

$457,000 in federal grants for three Maine fire departments in Buxton, Bath, and Westport Island

 Three Maine fire departments—in Bath, Buxton, and Westport Island—will receive a total of $456,989 in funding through the federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant program to replace outdated and failing safety equipment.  
“Every day, Maine firefighters put their lives on the line to protect public safety, but too many have to do so with failing protective gear that can be decades old.  Many communities simply can’t afford to replace it,” said Congresswoman Chellie Pingree.

Treatment critical in the drug epidemic battle in Maine

 

LePage should follow the lead of Mainers fighting addiction on the front lines

Editorial by Representative Mark Dion of Portland.  

Maine PUC warns Mainer’s of utility disconnection phone scam

  The Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is alerting consumers regarding a scam involving their utility service.  The scammers typically contact consumers by phone and identify themselves as a representative of a local utility.  The scammers demand immediate payment, often telling consumers to make a payment using a prepaid debit/credit card and directing them to call a specific number with the card information to avoid an immediate disconnection of their utility service.  Many scammers use a device that affects the consumer’s caller ID sys

"Five Nights in Maine" - with David Oyelowo to premiere at Toronto International Film Festival

Celebrate Women's Equality Day

 

Photo and article by Ramona du Houx

In 1920 the 19th Amendment was certified to guarantee the right to vote for women. Today, we celebrate Women's Equality Day in honor of that milestone.

 

But we still have a long road ahead. We need equal pay for equal work.

 

Deaths related to heroin and fentanyl continue to climb in Maine- state needs more treatment programs

Dramatization in a play of a police officer being too agressive towards a homeless drug addict. Photo by Ramona du Houx

By Ramona du Houx

$1.7 million in federal funding for new community health center in South Portland

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree announced on August 20, 2015 that the Portland Community Health Center will receive a federal Affordable Care Act grant to open a new community health center in South Portland.
The New Access Point Community Health Center grant—administered by the Department of Health and Human Services—will provide $355,848 for start-up costs and $650,000 annually for the next two years.<

Raising the Bangor minimum wage talks continue in Bangor, Maine

By Ramona du Houx

City Councilor Joe Baldacci at a Bangor city council meeting being interviewed by the press. Photo by Ramona du Houx

The City Council’s Business and Economic Development Committee took new action on August 18th to progress the minimum wage issue.

Federal funds for energy projects to go to 13 businesses in Maine

From Bar Harbor Community Farm LLC, Bar Harbor to Soloney Acres LLC of Solon, and 11 other businesses are receiving a total of nearly $120,000 in federal funds for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.

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Federal funds for energy projects to go to 13 businesses in Maine

From Bar Harbor Community Farm LLC, Bar Harbor to Soloney Acres LLC of Solon, and 11 other businesses are receiving a total of nearly $120,000 in federal funds for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.

The U.S.