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When Linda and I attended the 8th Annual Dempsey Challenge press conference at the Dempsey Center in Lewiston on September 30 we were moved by a beautiful Ribbon Tree painting covered with dozens of colorful ribbons. We asked Maureen Higgins, LCSW who is the Cancer Health Outreach Educator, what the ribbons signified? She said the rainbow of colorful ribbons reflect all the types of cancer that are in the world today. We were both surprised to know there are so many different types of cancer and that each has a color to represent it for the support of the patient, survivors and their loved ones.
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We are Topsham residents who support local ballot initiatives #1 and #2. We take this position because we believe that pervasive fossil fuel substances like plastic bags and Styrofoam adversely affect the health of our environment and the health of the living creatures which depend on it. Ballot issue #1 would impose a five-cent fee on each single-use plastic or paper bag used to package our purchases at checkout in stores with greater than two percent food sales. This small fee when imposed in other Maine communities has resulted in an increase in the use of reusable bags—without causing undue hardship. Ballot issue #2 would prohibit the use of polystyrene foam food and beverage containers. There are reasonably priced alternatives to these materials, and most Topsham restaurants have already chosen to use them. We know that passage of these ordinances will not solve all the problems of pervasive environmental plastic and Styrofoam because the problem is too large for one small community to address. However, if we join other communities in limiting these pollutants, we can begin to make a difference. Portland, South Portland, York, Falmouth, and Freeport are communities that have already adopted similar ordinances. We can join their effort. With passage of these initiatives, individuals will be encouraged to bring their own bags to grocery stores when they shop. If they do, they will avoid the five cent fee. Portland’s Hannaford grocery store noted that the percentage of customers who came with their own bags went from about 10% to more than 80% after implementation of these ordinances. Millions of single-use bags were kept out of the waste stream in Portland. Concern for low income residents has led to a provision of the bag ordinance in Topsham that gives SNAP recipients a grace period of one year before a fee is charged. Also, a local group, Midcoast BYOB, has raised money to give away five thousand bags that will be distributed through local agencies. We urge our fellow citizens to support these initiatives on November 8th. We care about our community and know that you do, too. Please vote. Lynne and Edward Caswell More detailed information about these specific ordinances with more information about the economic and environmental reasons for accepting them is available at a local site, bringyourownbag.info
Harpswell Aging at Home (HAH) is a community organization helping older adults address the challenges of aging at home. HAH's overall goal is helping older adults find the services they need. The article describes two new community resources available to Harpswell Residents....
Coach Daniel Cooper in Brunswick is among the Top 50 Coaches...
PORTLAND, ME - Harvest on the Harbor™, Portland, Maine’s annual food & drink festival, will feature a delicious, diverse and engaging line-up of events from Thursday, October 20 through Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 58 Fore Street | The Portland Company and around downtown Portland. In its ninth year and under new ownership, the multiday celebration will help tell the story of Maine’s local food and beverage scene and benefit Full Plates Full Potential in an effort to help end childhood hunger in Maine. This year’s events include:...
Brunswick writer Paul Betit talks about his new book Let Me Tell A Story at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov 4, in the Morrill Meeting Room...
Candidates for Maine Senate Districts 23 and 24 will answer questions at a Forum on issues of inequality on October 5th at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick. The Forum will run from 7:00- 8:30 p.m. The Church is located at 1 Middle Street in Brunswick, across from the Curtis Library. The Forum is free and open to the public. ...
Join other knitters of all levels in "The Room" on Monday, Oct. 3rd from 5pm to 7pm. A fun place to bounce ideas and projects...
Celebrate Bowdoinham! Along the Cathance River ...
October 1, 2016 in Damariscotta. The official preliminary pageant for the Maine Academic Scholarship Pageant to be held in Saco in 2017. ...
Opening night of THE IRISH... AND HOW THEY GOT THAT WAY at Portland Stage (PS) was a blast and I loved the show. McCourt's irreverent musical is co-produced by PS and Maine State Music Theatre (MSMT) as a way to extend both of their seasons. This uplifting musical celebrates all things Irish (definitely not the British), in a comical way, in the tumultuous 20th and 21st centuries...
Emma’s Revolution, a world renowned duo of activist musicians will bring their hauntingly beautiful harmonies and acoustic instrumentals to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick on October 22 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 at the door. Available at the church office (729-8515), Gulf of Maine Books, or online at http://emmasrevolution.com/live/. Monies raised from the concert will benefit the programming of the church and local charities....
Maine State Music Theatre (MSMT) has produced another Broadway smash-hit at Pickard Theater in Brunswick and the opening night audience was singing and dancing along from start to finish. MAMMA MIA! which is based on the music of the 1970's Swedish pop/dance super group ABBA closes out the 2016 season and runs through August 27....
Topsham holds its historic 162nd Topsham Fair on Aug. 9-14 this year. An agricultural fair, it features livestock, harness racing, a midway, Miss Topsham Fair competition (Aug. 12), exhibition hall, cooking contest, demolition derby and truck pull. For more, visit topshamfair.net....
Review by Charles Crosby Photos by Ben McCann ©MSMT2016...
The State Street Traditional Jazz Band will bring New Orleans Jazz of the early 1900’s to the UU Church of Brunswick on September 24 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. ...
- USM Department of Theatre Announces 2013-2014 Season: Operetta Written by Holocaust Survivor to Get English-Language World Premiere
- In Memory of Paul E. Labbe, Jr. 1982-2013
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- Matt Morrison New COO of Linda Bean Companies
- Pingree calls late night amendment to bring Confederate flag back to national parks "shameful"
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