Making Headway in Your Community: Downeast and Western Maine

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2016 has barely begun and Making Headway In Your Community is going full force! The communities of Millbridge, Lubec and Eastport have been selected to participate in Making Headway In Your Community, a joint community development program of GrowSmart Maine and the Maine Downtown Center at the Maine Development Foundation. These communities were selected for their demonstrated readiness to begin this process and the timing of other community development effort in the communities. Next up: Wilton and Rumford have been selected, with events beginning in March.

Downeast Movie Night Dates:

January 25, 2016, Port Authority Meeting Room, 141 Water Street, Eastport 5:00-7:00pm
January 26, 2016, Mano en Mano, 2 Maple Street, Millbridge, 5:00-7:00pm
February 17, 2016, Lubec Consolidated School, 44 South Street, Lubec 5:00-8:00pm

Bucksport Closing Celebration:

Residents of Bucksport are invited to a Community Celebration on February 3, 2016 at Northeast Historic Film’s Alamo Theatre from 5:00-7:00pm as part of the “Making Headway in Your Community” community engagement process; a follow-up to the Movie Night held at the same location in the fall of 2014, featuring “Reviving the Freedom Mill”. Community members have selected several projects to highlight, including: Wednesday’s on Main and Main Street, Wilson Hall, Bucksport Arts Festival and Heart and Soul. The public is invited to this free celebration. A light dinner will be served and a cash bar available.

Making Headway in Your Community is a series of three public meetings over a period of 6-8 months during which Community members identify what they value most in their towns. Small projects are funded with local match to grants to draw attention to good work and improve connection within the community and across Maine to information and inspiration. is a website designed for sharing these success stories and connecting with local, regional, statewide and even national organizations offering information and services to help communities in these efforts.