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After-school meal program gives some Bangor kids food they wouldn’t otherwise have

After-school meal program gives some Bangor kids food they wouldn’t otherwise have

Catherine Myatt, the executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Bangor, wasn’t sure that offering an after-school meal every day was a good idea. But the first day of the organization’s new after-school meal program convinced her it was. Students participating in the Boys and Girls Club’s after-school program started receiving a free meal every afternoon this past October. The meal comes to the... ... [Read More]
Program Pairs Companions With Lonely, Elderly Rural Mainers

Program Pairs Companions With Lonely, Elderly Rural Mainers

In a vast, rural state like Maine, social isolation is a part of life, especially so for seniors who are stuck in their homes because of physical and financial challenges. That isolation can lead to loneliness, which is considered by some experts a serious public health issue. In western Maine, a federal program is attempting to address the loneliness problem in a fairly simple way. ... [Read More]
More housing, upgrades could be coming to Lewiston's Tree Streets neighborhood

More housing, upgrades could be coming to Lewiston's Tree Streets neighborhood

City officials got their first look Tuesday at a proposal for a 35-unit Avesta Housing development on Pine and Blake streets downtown.  According to a memo to the City Council, the mixed-income development would be built on a vacant slice of land between 82 Pine St. and 111 Blake St., but would need a contract rezoning to allow greater density and reduced parking requirements.  ... [Read More]
Coalition Launches Rural Employee Ownership Transition Initiative in Maine

Coalition Launches Rural Employee Ownership Transition Initiative in Maine

Two months ago, NPQ profiled an initiative supported by US Department of Agriculture (USDA) grants to encourage retiring business owners to sell their businesses to their employees in Oregon, Washington. Now a similar initiative, named the  Ownership Transition Initiative , has been launched in Maine, also with USDA support. ... [Read More]
Helping Hands receives Maine Community Foundation award for early childhood planning

Helping Hands receives Maine Community Foundation award for early childhood planning

In partnership with the United Way of Northeastern Maine, Helping Hands with Heart (HHH) has received one of six Early Childhood Community Planning Grants in the amount of $25,000 from The Maine Community Foundation. These funds will support a rigorous study of the region’s age 0-5 population, map community resources, identify barriers to early childhood education and develop local solutions intended to... ... [Read More]

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