See what all the fuss is about – A visit to the Katahdin Region & the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument

By Executive Director Nancy Smith ||  I’ve been paying attention to the very public debate about the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument with the same curiosity as most Mainers, and this past weekend, I traveled a few hours north to explore the Katahdin Region.  The drive up I-95 is an easy one and pleasant…

Legendary Steven’s Avenue

By Susan Ransom Last night I walked over to our community garden plot with my husband and our dog, greeting neighbors (and their dogs) along the way. Within five blocks I can walk to the library, the Quality Shop, Pat’s Meat Market, Baxter Woods, Siano’s restaurant, Roy’s Shoe Repair, the Sewing Shop, Jet Video, and…

From Away??

By Patrick Wright, Director of Gardiner Main Street.   I’ve always been interested in the popular Mainers’ term “From Away”, which conjures up a certain amount of disgust and frustration.  I normally hear the term when referring to people who have moved to Maine and are perceived to be a threat to Maine traditions and…

Biddeford is booming!

By Nancy Smith, Executive Director, GrowSmart Maine I traveled to Biddeford on Saturday July 1 to enjoy the open house at Joseph Webster Glass, a hot glass studio, and to revisit places I came to know as we prepared for our 2015 Summit in this city.  What a fabulous experience!  Joe Webster has created his…

GrowSmart Maine testifies in favor of LD 1373: “An Act To Protect and Expand Access to Solar Power in Maine”

Testimony of Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine in support of LD 1373 “An Act To Protect and Expand Access to Solar Power in Maine” May 4, 2017 Senator Woodsome, Representative Berry and members of the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology, my name is Nancy Smith and I live in Monmouth….

GrowSmart Maine Testifies in Support of LD 1399 “An Act to Encourage Broadband Coverage in Rural Maine”

Testimony of Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine, in support of LD 1399 “An Act to Encourage Broadband Coverage in Rural Maine” April 26, 2017 Senator Woodsome, Representative Berry and members of the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology, my name is Nancy Smith, I live in Monmouth, and I am the…

GrowSmart Maine testifies in opposition to LD 1392 “An Act To Allow Municipalities To Opt Not To Enforce the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code”

Testimony of Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine, in opposition to LD 1392 “An Act To Allow Municipalities To Opt Not To Enforce the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code” April 26, 2017 Senator Volk, Representative Fecteau and members of the Joint Standing Committee on, Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development, my name is…

GrowSmart Maine testifies in support of LD 367 “An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Government Oversight Committee To Develop a Long-range Strategic Plan for Economic Improvement in the State”

Testimony of Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine, in support of LD 367 “An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Government Oversight Committee To Develop a Long-range Strategic Plan for Economic Improvement in the State” April 26, 2017 Senator Volk, Representative Fecteau and members of the Joint Standing Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research…

GrowSmart Maine Testifies in support of LD 1343 “An Act to Promote Downtown Revitalization by Creating the Locating Businesses Downtown Loan Program”

Testimony of Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine, in support of LD 1343 “An Act to Promote Downtown Revitalization by Creating the Locating Businesses Downtown Loan Program” April 26, 2017 Senator Volk, Representative Fecteau and members of the Joint Standing Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development, my name is Nancy Smith, I…

GrowSmart Maine testifies in favor of LD 805: “An Act To Streamline the Municipal Review Process When Dividing a Structure into 3 or More Dwelling Units and To Amend the Process for Recording Subdivision Variances”

Testimony of Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine in support of LD 805 “An Act To Streamline the Municipal Review Process When Dividing a Structure into 3 or More Dwelling Units and To Amend the Process for Recording Subdivision Variances” Senator Saviello, Representative Tucker and members of the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and…