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Tuesday, October 17, 2017
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  • In Scott Pruitt’s ideal world, polluters have total control of America’s energy and environmental policy. That is a disaster for Maine, which is not only downwind from many of those polluters, but is also blessed with abundant . . .
  • We need to talk about guns. It is a topic fraught with emotion. Here is a simple fact: America is the leader in the world in gun-related deaths. Events like the Las Vegas massacre happen with a frequency that is horrific. There is no guarantee . . .
  • Dear Senator Collins, I have called your Augusta and DC offices so often, I’m on a first-name basis with some of your aids. I have called many times to say, “Thank You!” for your courage in standing up for your constituents, as well as . . .
  • Belfast has made great progress in recent years, but there are still challenges that need to be met, and new opportunities that need to be seized. Housing, energy, the needs of our aging population and other issues need to be . . .
  • The Saltwater Artists Gallery in Pemaquid had their last day of the 2017 season on October 9. All the artists would like to thank all their wonderful customers. The participating artists this season were . . .
  • During the month of October, the Belfast Co-op devotes their “Common Cents” program to the Belfast Soup Kitchen. The “Common Cents” program helps support local organizations. This month, if customers round up their purchases . . .
  • The CLC YMCA announced the launch of its 2017 Annual Fund Drive in early July. This year’s theme is “Our Y is more than a gym. It’s a cause.” Funds raised through the annual drive provide an extraordinary opportunity to ensure . . .
  • Results of Crockett Trail 5K & Many Thank-Yous—
    On Saturday, October 7, Camden Hills Regional High School held its first race, the Crockett Trail 5K, on the new trail at the school, attracting a modest group of runners. Here are the results . . .
  • While setting up our tents in a beautiful campground alongside the West Branch of the Penobscot a week ago, friends and I eagerly anticipated hiking in Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument the next morning. Suddenly lights in . . .
  • Once again during the last few weeks, Mainers held their breath while the Senate debated health care legislation that would affect hundreds of thousands of us. The bill in question, known simply as “Graham-Cassidy” after the two Senators . . .
  • From Rockland PD to Sidecountry Sports in Rockland: It was recently brought to my attention on two different occasions over the past few months that you and your staff have demonstrated what it really means to be a partner within . . .
  • Cash for Clothes returns on October 21 with great deals on men’s, women’s and children’s clothing to the Legion Hall on Pearl Street in Camden. After a successful sale in the spring with proceeds of almost $5,000 we look forward again . . .
  • Samantha Paradis has my vote for Mayor of Belfast. I have worked with her and know her socially, and she is an exceptional person, an extremely able leader and an effective advocate. As a nurse — and now almost a Nurse Practitioner . . .
  • OUT Maine Receives $83,000 Training Expansion Grant for Downeast, Northern and Western Maine—
    Thanks to the generosity of the Next Gen Foundation in Blue Hill, OUT Maine has received over $83,000 for an 18-month grant to expand its provider trainings to schools and providers in the most rural areas of Maine — the counties of . . .
  • How many opportunities do most people get to help their neighbors, help their community, and help the environment all at the same time? Belfast area residents will have many such opportunities later this month as community . . .
  • Joel Clement, the senior advisor at the U.S. Department of the Interior, resigned last week. He said among other things: “Secretary Zinke, it is well known that you and … President Trump are shackled to special interests such as oil, gas and mining. . . .
  • The holidays are just around the corner, the evenings are drawing in and all over Maine craftspeople and artists are preparing for the busiest shopping season of the year. As in previous years, a number of them will join the crafters of . . .
  • An important bill was recently passed by the Committee on Natural Resources in the U.S. House of Representatives, but it wasn’t mentioned in local media and just barely nationwide, and yet it affects an important natural resource . . .
  • Round the Mountain Campaign—
    Land trusts launch public phase of campaign by announcing $100,000 matching challenge for Mirror Lake watershed conservation . . .
  • “Sal’s Birthday Bash” fundraiser for the St. George Ambulance Service on August 26 was a big success. I would like to thank the St. George Fire Department for the use of their tents and facilities, the Monday Night Jam musicians . . .
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