Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust and the Town of Damariscotta are partnering to organize a physically distant community-wide trash pickup in celebration of Earth Day 2020. Between April 27 and April 30, Damariscotta residents are encouraged to pick up litter in front of their homes and businesses.
The Lincoln County Democratic Committee has announced Lincoln County Sheriff Todd Brackett as the recipient of the 2020 Frances Perkins Award.
As temperatures increase, Twin Villages Foodbank Farm is preparing for its fifth season of growing fresh food for donation to area food pantries and other programs. Demand is expected to be higher than usual during this time of uncertainty and change, when many families in the local community are already feeling the impact of lost wages.
Head of School Chip DeLorenzo and Head Lower Elementary Teacher Shawnaly Tabor are filming a positive discipline YouTube series to be featured on Damariscotta Montessori School’s Facebook page. The first video explores “the brain in the palm of your hand” as a metaphor for how stress impacts our ability to think rationally and communicate calmly. Future topics will include approaches to reduce stress for the family, responding to misbehavior effectively, and building cooperation and mutual respect in children.
While the schoolhouse at the Waldoborough Historical Society is not open yet for the season, the trustees know that parents and students alike are working diligently at home to complete schoolwork. The society would like to offer students a research and writing challenge with the opportunity to win a $25 gift card to the location of their choosing. Students of all ages are encouraged to participate and the contest will be judged by grouping grades together: 1-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12.
Connecting people to plants and nature is at the heart of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens’ mission—a connection that’s now more important than ever. To that end, “CMBG at Home,” the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens’ new online collection of classes, tours, blog posts, articles, photos, and Facebook groups, ensures that garden lovers can “grow” their knowledge from home.
The Lincoln County News is seeking a full-time reporter and news intern.
Although schools and libraries are closed, the Merry Barn Writers’ Retreat encourages children to continue reading, writing, and creating. To facilitate, Merry Barn is lending books to children in the Midcoast area and will curate a collection based on kids’ wishes, use gloves and wipes to sanitize books, and leave the books on the porch by the side entrance of the barn.
In less than one month, an effort that started with a few dozen meals from the kitchen of Main Street Grocery in Damariscotta has grown into a multi-organization initiative that is delivering thousands of meals to Lincoln County residents. The project, now called The Lincoln County Food Initiative, or LCFI, describes itself as “an initiative to support Lincoln County Residents during the COVID-19 outbreak.”
The Lincoln County Yard Sale, a collaboration between Lincoln County Publishing Co. and the CLC YMCA originally scheduled for Saturday, April 25, has been canceled due to the coronavirus.
Maine’s “Stay Healthy at Home” mandate recognizes “engaging in outdoor exercise activities, such as walking, hiking, running or biking” as essential personal activities, as long as they are done safely and according to public health guidelines.
Engaging in outdoor exercise, such as fishing, hunting, hiking, boating, walking, running, are permitted activities under the stay-at-home executive order issued by Governor Mills, as long as residents continue to follow social distancing guidelines.
Big Sister Rachael Rademacher and her 7-year-old Little Sister Abby Erickson haven’t seen each other since March 8th, just a week before the coronavirus pandemic shut down their weekly meetings as part of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine mentoring program at Camden Rockport Elementary School. But they aren’t letting social distancing keep them from staying connected, thanks to a pen pal program that is allowing them, and 176 other school-based matches across eastern and central Maine, to stay in touch.
The statewide Stay Healthy at Home mandate identifies “engaging in outdoor exercise activities, such as walking, hiking, running, or biking” as essential personal activities, provided they are conducted in accordance with all public health restrictions and guidance. Maine’s conservation community, natural resource agencies, and outdoor brands want everyone to have the opportunity to get outside during this challenging time.