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Maine’s only independent senator wants to reinvent government

AUGUSTA, Maine — Changing government is far from easy. Every so often, a well-respected, often bipartisan or nonpartisan group gets together to outline a vision for Maine and to set goals for achieving that vision. Sometimes certain details of those voluminous reports get parsed out and lead to meaningful change. More often, though, the reports sit in a drawer. Sen. Richard Woodbury of Yarmouth, the only independent state senator in Maine, wants to take the best of those reports and create an all-star commission to turn them into a plan of action.  Read more…

Women play key role in Washington County growth, development

MACHIAS, Maine — There is no disputing the important role that women play in directing the future of Washington County — from holding top county positions to arranging public suppers when a neighbor is in need. During a tour of Washington County last summer, the director of GrowSmart Maine, Nancy Smith, expressed her admiration that women were so prominently fostering the county’s direction.  Read more…

Final LURC proposal finds common ground, concern

AUGUSTA – When the LURC Reform Commission was established last spring by the Maine Legislature, few expected an outcome that satisfied extreme and diverse views of Mainers toward land use planning in Maine’s unorganized territories. The LURC Reform Commission’s final report, made public this week, was unanimous, containing an advisory report and set of recommendations that reforms the 40-year-old Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC) statutes. For the most part, most Mainers feel that the plan struck a balance between local control over resources and protection of the environment.  Read more…

GrowSmart Maine Previews Charting Maine’s Future 2020 at Annual Meeting

WATERVILLE – GrowSmart Maine hosted an informative and dynamic Annual Meeting at the Hathaway Creative Center in Waterville on November 16th. The statewide non-profit, non-partisan organization offered a look back at the past year’s activity and a preview to Charting Maine’s Future 2020, a renewal of Charting Maine’s Future, the 2006 report that proved to be the strategic plan for improving Maine’s economy while protecting and enhancing places that make Maine special to each of us. Read more…

Project Canopy Director Receives Arbor Award

AUGUSTA, Maine – The director of the Maine Forest Service’s community forestry program has been awarded the 2011 President’s Award for the New England Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture (NEC-ISA).

Jan Ames Santerre, director of Project Canopy, was presented the award last month during the society’s 45th annual conference and trade show held at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath. She was one of three recipients who received the award from Tom Hoerth, chapter past president and arborist for the city of Bath.  Read more…

Governor visits Livermore Falls medical arts center

LIVERMORE FALLS – The governor visited the Jay and Livermore Falls area today, stopping in at the medical center under construction on Depot Street…Bunker noted the second entrance was designed to integrate the building into the downtown, a concept LePage immediately seized upon. He agreed with the logic, saying that improving the downtown in communities across the state was a key step in revitalizing the area.  Read more…

Unity awarded downtown revitalization grant

Unity — Vacant for more than 40 years, the former Unity Grammar School will be given new life, thanks to a grant awarded by the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development. The downtown building will be renovated for a variety of purposes that support local farmers and consumers, as part of a proposed “food hub.”  Read more…

Improving LURC

Bangor Daily News, 10/19/11

As a state panel moves forward with its review of the often maligned Land Use Regulation Commission, a coalition of environmental and planning groups has come up with a reasonable outline for changes to the agency. Their suggestions should be carefully considered.  Read more…

$400,000 for grange renovation

MONMOUTH — A project to renovate the Monmouth Grange Hall got a $400,000 boost recently to help turn it into a showpiece for community events, a well equipped emergency shelter, and space for The Theater at Monmouth.

GrowSmart Maine announced last week the Grange was one of 11 projects to get Maine Department of Economic and Community Development grants for downtown revitalization projects.  Read more…

Grow Smart Maine director details Down East visit

Posted Oct. 15, 2011, at 2:57 p.m.

MACHIAS, Maine — Nancy Smith, the executive director of Grow Smart Maine, visited the Down East area this summer, traveling up the coast from Stonington to Calais.

“Some people may have the impression that Washington County is the end of the world,’’ she said. “No, I discovered it is the center of everything.” Smith said that optimism is the key, and when the global and national economy begins to recover many Down East communities will be ready and open for business.  Read more…