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Wilton community conversation set for May 16

WILTON — Ideas for use of a grant from the community development program Making Headway in Your Community will be presented by community members and put to a vote on Monday. A community conversation takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 16, at Calzolaio Pasta Co. The evening will include a light meal…

Downtown movie night kicks off Wilton community engagement program

By Lauren Abbate Staff Writer, Kennebec Journal A free public showing of a film about the revitalization of a mill in Freedom will kick off Wilton’s participation in an eight-month community engagement program. A downtown movie night scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Calzolaio Pasta Company is the first community engagement event…

Improvement projects chosen in three Washington County communities

By Johanna S. Billings, BDN Staff MILBRIDGE, Maine — Under a new program, three Washington County municipalities have gathered residents who have chosen small projects they believe will make a big difference in their communities. All three are participating in Making Headway in Your Community, a joint community development program organized by GrowSmart Maine and…

Call to Communities for Broadband & Smart Growth Planning Assistance

Communities interested in using broadband service to help revitalize small-town main streets and promote economic development are encouraged to apply for Cool & Connected, a pilot program sponsored by USDA Rural Utilities Service and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Sustainable Communities. Through Cool & Connected, a team of experts will help community members…

3 Down East communities could get $1,000 each for local projects

By Johanna S. Billings, BDN Staff EASTPORT, Maine — Residents of three municipalities in Washington County are invited to gather to talk about what they might be able to do with a donation of $1,000 to make a difference in their communities. Eastport, Lubec and Milbridge have been selected to take part in Making Headway…

Why an unlikely coalition supports ‘no’ vote on Portland’s Question 2

-Lisa Whited, Special to the BDN Local real estate developers and advocates for homeless Mainers; renters and property owners; Republicans and Democrats; business associations and local labor leaders. This might look like a list of folks you would expect to disagree; in fact, these are all characteristics of people and groups urging a “no” vote…

We Can Do This, Maine

BY KATE DEMPSEY Since the 1970s oil crisis, Denmark has made great strides at becoming independent of imported fossil fuels and creating a clean energy economy. Weeks ago, I joined 13 other Maine people representing a variety of sectors — educators, business owners, legislators, town planners and managers — to learn about Denmark’s efforts and…

Maine Voices: GrowSmart Maine contends Portland’s Question 2 would shut down responsible growth

-Nancy Smith Portland voters are being asked to approve a referendum question that could cripple future investment and tarnish the city’s reputation for welcoming new ideas. Question 2, the so-called “viewshed referendum,” places predictability and fairness on the back burner, and seeks to place current plans for developing the Portland waterfront there as well. Scenic…