From buying clubs to supermarkets accounts, the surge in demand for locally grown products invites new wholesaling opportunities for Maine farmers during a time when the prices of foods “from away” have reached historical highs.
Consumers want to buy locally grown. But wholesaling can present significant challenges and risks that many farmers are unprepared for.
The Skidompha Secondhand Book Shop in downtown Damariscotta will reopen on Monday, February 2 at 10 a.m., ending its annual winter break.
During the break, according to Rosie Bensen, co-manager, “Book shop volunteers have been busy building new shelves, making new signs, reorganizing sections, and adding hundreds of new donated books. We think our regular customers will be pleased with the changes, and we hope new customers will stop in and see what we have to offer.”
U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King have introduced legislation – the Veterans Access to Community Care Act of 2015 – that would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to use its existing authority to offer community care to veterans who live more than 40 miles driving distance from the nearest VA medical facility that provides the type of care they need.
Our winter-loving friend, the penguin, was the topic of story hour this week at the Wiscasset Library Children’s Room. We all enjoyed "Lost and Found" by Oliver Jeffers where a penguin shows up at a young boy’s door looking for a friend. Also read was "Sergio Saves the Game!" by Edel Rodriguez about a very enthusiastic penguin who loves soccer and trains to be the team goalie.
The Masonic Charitable Foundation of the Grand Lodge of Masons in Maine is pleased to announce the nomination of 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organizations to receive $2,000 grants.
A winter storm watch has been issued by the National Weather Service, beginning on Saturday, January 24 at 8 a.m. and extending through midnight on Sunday. The watch covers all of Kennecbec, Sagadahoc, Lincoln and Knox counties along with coastal regios of York, Waldo and Cumberland.
For three schools and four teams, a date with destiny has been postponed, due to snow.
But the games will go on.
Due to an impending snowstorm, the Busline League Small School finals will be on Wednesday, Jan. 28 at Wiscasset High School and will feature the Nobleboro boys team matching up against the Searsport boys team at 3:30 p.m. and the Woolwich Wildcats pairing up with Searsport’s girls team at 5 p.m.
The budget for year two of the Wiscasset School Department may be somewhat easier on taxpayers, according to Interim Superintendent of Schools Lyford Beverage. “I remain cautiously optimistic that the budget will be more appealing to the community than it was this year,” Beverage said Jan. 22. “It won’t be quite as much of a bitter pill to swallow.”
Alna Second Selectman Jonathan Villeneuve said that before the board starts a committee about Head Tide Dam, he would like a clearer picture of what two nonprofits have in mind for the site. That will help the board define the committee’s purpose, he said at a selectmen’s meeting Jan. 21.
Lincoln County Democrats, in a well attended first monthly meeting of the year January 20 in Wiscasset, chose Jim Torbert of Whitefield as their new chair. Torbert, a retired public school teacher, part-time farmer, board member of the Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Association, and Democratic party activist for 50 years, replaces Lisa Miller of Somerville, who had held the position for two years.
The Wiscasset School Department will clear out of the Wiscasset Primary School building by Sept. 1, School Committee Chairman Steve Smith said Jan. 22. Everything that is going to Wiscasset Middle School, where primary school students will attend beginning next fall, will be taken out over the summer, Smith said.
Wiscasset Police Dept. recorded the following in its log for Jan. 12-18, including 47 property checks made and secured and nine services of paperwork among other services rendered:
Sgt. Kathy Williams investigated a report from a Hodge Street resident complaining a town plow truck damaged her mailbox.
River Arts in Damariscotta is inviting the public to the opening reception for “Black, White and Tones of Grey” exhibition on Friday, Jan. 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. The show includes 100 artworks by artists, in a wide variety of media, including sculpture and fine crafts.
The exhibition will hang until Feb. 19. Visitors can also view the continuing exhibition in the West Galley featuring the the work of the Midcoast Printmakers of Damariscotta.
Are you one of Maine’s nearly 6,000 licensed lobstermen?
Then Maine Maritime Museum wants to include you in the story of “Lobstering & the Maine Coast,” the renovated and expanded exhibition about the lobster fishery, opening summer 2015. Here’s how it works:
Send us a new or freshly painted buoy with your colors (and any story behind it); this will become a part of the exhibit.