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Crowdfunding Helps Support Local Foods, Farms, Communities — and You

Over the past few years, half a dozen Maine farms have already told their stories on crowdfunding platforms and raised more than $125,000 from families, friends, and supporters — hundreds of individuals who see the value in the investment, give (usually) small amounts, and receive not just the campaign rewards, but the satisfaction of contributing to something bigger than themselves.
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Variety Show to Be Held at Topsham Grange

  Maine State Grange 146 State Street Augusta, Maine 1-800-464-3421 – Contact Steven Haycock Telephone 998-2586 Email Website       FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 1, 2017 VARIETY SHOW TO BE HELD AT TOPSHAM GRANGE Maine State Grange’s three scholarship funds...
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Farmers Market Bluegrass Jamboree to be Held at Topsham Fairgrounds

Friday, April 14th the Topsham Fairgrounds will hose the Farmers Market Bluegrass Jamboree featuring local bands Borderline and Rough Sawn....
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University College at Bath/Brunswick hosts series of Career Development Workshops

(BRUNSWICK)  – University College at Bath/Brunswick is hosting a series of free Career Development Workshops for anyone looking for work or to make a career...
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Folk Dance Brunswick to Host International Folk Dance Workshop and Party with Noted Dance Teacher Marcie Van Cleave of Massachusetts

Folk Dance Brunswick will host a special “International Folk Dance Workshop and Party” led by noted folk dance teacher Marcie Van Cleave of Massachusetts. The nonprofit event will be held on Saturday, February 11, in two parts — a teaching session from 1 to about 5 p.m. and an evening dance from 7 to about 10 p.m. — at the People Plus community center, 35 Union Street, one block west of Maine Street, in downtown Brunswick. All are welcome. Suggested donation $10. ...
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UUCB Concerts for a Cause: LIBANA

Internationally renowned WORLD music & dance ensemble from Boston. Libana‘s global repertoire covers a vast musical spectrum expressed with stunning close a cappella vocals and an impressive palette of instruments. Interweaving music, dance and story from such divergent cultures as the Balkans, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, South America and Europe. Saturday, March 11, 2017 @ 7:30 pm at the Unitarian Univversalist Church of Brunswick....
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Kieve-Wavus says thank you to our Vietnam Veterans with 7th Annual Camp

As the first official measurable snow fell on the mid-coast, the staff at Kieve-Wavus was busy preparing to greet 22 Vietnam Veterans and 12 of...
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Kieve-Wavus says thank you to our Vietnam Veterans with 7th Annual Camp

Kieve-Wavus holds 7th Annual Vietnam Veterans Camp to say thank you!...
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UUCB Concerts for a Cause: DAVID MALLETT

The UUCB Concerts for a Cause series presents singer-songwriter David Mallet, one of America’s true troubadours on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick, 1 Middle Street, Brunswick. David Mallett hails from a small town in northern Maine, and in a career that spans four decades, his music has traveled to all corners of the world. His songs have been recorded by more than 150 artists, and his "Garden Song" has become an American folk classic. ...
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Limits on single-use bags, Styrofoam packaging a step in the right direction for Topsham

We are Topsham residents who support local ballot initiatives #1 and #2. We take this position because we believe that pervasive fossil fuel substances like plastic bags and Styrofoam adversely affect the health of our environment and the health of the living creatures which depend on it. Ballot issue #1 would impose a five-cent fee on each single-use plastic or paper bag used to package our purchases at checkout in stores with greater than two percent food sales. This small fee when imposed in other Maine communities has resulted in an increase in the use of reusable bags—without causing undue hardship. Ballot issue #2 would prohibit the use of polystyrene foam food and beverage containers. There are reasonably priced alternatives to these materials, and most Topsham restaurants have already chosen to use them. We know that passage of these ordinances will not solve all the problems of pervasive environmental plastic and Styrofoam because the problem is too large for one small community to address. However, if we join other communities in limiting these pollutants, we can begin to make a difference. Portland, South Portland, York, Falmouth, and Freeport are communities that have already adopted similar ordinances. We can join their effort. With passage of these initiatives, individuals will be encouraged to bring their own bags to grocery stores when they shop. If they do, they will avoid the five cent fee. Portland’s Hannaford grocery store noted that the percentage of customers who came with their own bags went from about 10% to more than 80% after implementation of these ordinances. Millions of single-use bags were kept out of the waste stream in Portland. Concern for low income residents has led to a provision of the bag ordinance in Topsham that gives SNAP recipients a grace period of one year before a fee is charged. Also, a local group, Midcoast BYOB, has raised money to give away five thousand bags that will be distributed through local agencies. We urge our fellow citizens to support these initiatives on November 8th. We care about our community and know that you do, too. Please vote. Lynne and Edward Caswell More detailed information about these specific ordinances with more information about the economic and environmental reasons for accepting them is available at a local site,
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