Due to increased wildfire risk, fire occurrences, and staffing shortages, the Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry’s Maine Forest Service is temporarily halting issuing online open burning permits required for the outdoor burning of brush and wood debris.
Veggies to Table is excited to enter into its second season as a grow-to-donate farm in Newcastle. Despite challenging times, the Veggies to Table team is ready to serve their community by growing fresh organic produce to donate to those experiencing food insecurity. In its first season the farm donated more than 4,350 pounds of organic produce to community members in need. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, that need is even greater now, and the farm plans to double the amount of food donated this year.
Eleven volunteers completed a variety of tasks at the first work session of the season at the Old Bristol Historical Society’s restoration project on the mill at Pemaquid Falls on Friday and Saturday mornings.
This week, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the IRS are starting to send nearly 4 million economic impact payments by prepaid debit card, instead of by paper check. Card recipients can make purchases, get cash from in-network ATMs, and transfer funds to their personal bank accounts without incurring any fees. They can also check their card balance online, by mobile app, or by phone without incurring fees.
The Damariscotta Mills Fish Ladder property reopened to the public on Monday, June 1, the first day of the second phase of Gov. Janet Mills’ plan to reopen the state. Visitors must wear masks and practice physical distancing.
The June meeting of the Newcastle Historical Society has been canceled and the presentation scheduled for later in June has been postponed. Members are pitching in to help with work on the cemetery restoration project now that good weather has returned.
The Maine Marine Patrol provides the following reminders for a safe, enjoyable experience on Maine’s coastal waters:
The Lincoln County News will print a special section for the high school class of 2020 in its June 4 edition.
Thanks to the United States Postal Service, there’s a new way to experience Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. The American Gardens Forever series of stamps features ten public gardens, all of whose images were captured between 1996 and 2014 by photographer Allen Rokach.
The Twin Villages Memorial Day parade has been canceled due to state restrictions on public gatherings during the COVID-19 emergency.
In response to the phased outline for reopening businesses in Maine, Central Lincoln County YMCA has set a reopening date for June 1. CLC Y’s leadership team and COVID-19 task force have developed reopening guidelines utilizing the CDC and Maine government’s guidelines, as well as recommendations from Y-USA, Redwoods, LincolnHealth, and American Camping Association.
The Waldoboro Public Library will be offering curbside pickup services beginning Wednesday, May 13, during the following hours: Monday, 12-6 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
At the Nobleboro selectmen’s meeting on Wednesday, May 6, selectmen decided to close the Damariscotta Mills fish ladder to the public this year. The state’s COVID-19 regulations would require time and resources that would be difficult to manage at the fish ladder.
As high schools and colleges around the world closed in March, many students returned to their campuses the only way that was safe: by rebuilding them in the virtual world of Minecraft.