Entries Filed in 'Creative Economy'
In order to highlight artists and writers with Maine connections Ramona du Houx has created a new website/blog, INSIGHTS. For many creative people in the state finding a way to gain more exposure to a wider audience is still dependent upon being able to garner the attention of the media. INSIGHTS lets the public know more about these artists and writers and how they can obtain unique works of these artisans and writers, when their exhibits will be held and how to contact them.
“There are so many artists and writers in Maine that don’t receive the attention they should have. INSIGHTS is a media website that will showcase the talent we have here,” said du Houx. “I will be adding more artists and writers to the site over time to build an online community where we can work together to promote and discuss our work. If anyone is interested they should contact me.”
In addition INSIGHTS will offer professional services in public relations, writing, photography, website designs and book cover designs.
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Essence by Ramona du Houx
Whisper Song by Ramona du Houx
Saturn Center by Ramona du Houx
Maine artist, Ramona du Houx, is in a current group exhibition with her Maine photos of seasons in Miami, Florida from December 3 – December 8th at the Red Dot Art Fair.
The opening reception on Tuesday, December 3rd, will benefit Million Trees Miami. Million Trees Miami Campaign is a Community-wide effort to plant 1 million trees by 2020 in order to achieve a 30 percent tree canopy cover for Miami-Dade county. Million Trees Miami has partnered with the Miami-Dade Parks Foundation, a nonprofit organization that aims to preserve parks and green space. Red Dot and all the exhibitors support the cause.
“It’s a wonderful chance to showcase Maine’s seasons the way I see and feel them,” said Ramona. “It should give folks in Florida a taste of Maine, some may miss. Plus its a great cause.”
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Ducktrap River of Maine, one of Belfast’s largest companies with 125 employees, celebrated the completion of a major expansion to its Belfast Airport Business Park facility on November 14th, where it has been in operation since 1991. The expansion increased the size of Ducktrap’s facility from 45,000 to 66,000 square feet, doubling its processing capacity to approximately 2,500 metric tons per year, and will mean the addition of up to 50 new full-time jobs over the next several years.
“We are very excited about being able to add this increased production capacity here in Belfast. The City has been very good to work with and the Belfast Airport Business Park has been an ideal location for our operation,” said Don Cynewski, General Manager for Ducktrap River of Maine,”We have had strong demand for our product, with our sales doubling over the last 4 years, and we are currently operating at full capacity. Ducktrap was founded on a commitment to quality products and respect for its employees and this seems to be a recipe that is working very well. I have been to smokehouses all over the world and feel we have some of the most dedicated employees I have seen anywhere.”
Ducktrap’s expansion incorporated a number of environmentally-conscious components, including a new energy efficient refrigeration system and new energy efficient lighting. The refrigeration system was designed for a minimum impact from ozone-depleting gases that are typical with large refrigeration systems. Also included is a new Styrofoam compacting system that will allow this product to be recycled for secondary uses.
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In a joint venture between the City of Auburn and Auburn Business Development Corporation (ABDC), federal officials, city representatives, and members of the public helped celebrate the official groundbreaking of Phase II within the Auburn Industrial Park.
“The success story that is the new Auburn Industrial Park is the result of an unprecedented spirit of collaboration and enterprise between Auburn’s business community, Auburn’s City Government, and a broad coalition of both public and private sector partners that brought noteworthy value to the multi-year development effort,” said Roland Miller, Director of Economic Development for the City of Auburn. “This spirit of collaboration keeps Auburn and Lewiston consistently on the leading edge of Maine’s 21st century economy.”
The new eight lot subdivision will consist of approximately 100 acres of land adjacent to the Auburn-Lewiston Airport, of which, officials estimate the park could produce nearly $1.2 million annually in new property taxes, capture up to $80 million in private investment, and create in excess of 200 jobs over the next 10 to 15 years for the City of Auburn.
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Tags: Pine tree zones
Governor John Baldacci serves Mika Boggins spaghetti. Over 400 people came to the Baldacci brother’s fundraiser to save a bus route in Bangor. Photo by Ramona du Houx
The brother’s Baldacci, Governor John Baldacci and City Councilman Joe Baldacci, hosted a spaghetti benefit dinner at the Spectacular Event Center in Bangor on October 30th. The line for the fundraiser to save the Community Connector’s Odlin Road bus route went out the front doors of the center far into the parking lot. Over 400 concerned community members turned out to help the cause.
“There are no words to describe this outpouring of support from the community. I could cry. They heard about the event, they want us, and the need us. It’s the greatest thing ever,” said interim bus superintendent, Laurie Linscott.
So far $12,000 has been raised to sustain the route, including $5,000 brought in from the spaghetti dinner. The cost of maintaining the service from September through June of 2014 is $20,000.
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Tags: Maine community action
Representatives Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree announced that farmers in a number of Maine counties are now eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) disaster assistance.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack issued a disaster designation today for Somerset County due to damages and losses caused by excessive precipitation that occurred from May 8th through September 25th. In addition to Somerset Country, the USDA has designated Aroostook, Franklin, Kennebec, Penobscot, Waldo and Piscataquis counties as contiguous disaster counties also eligible for assistance. This disaster designation makes farm operators in these counties eligible to be considered for assistance from the Farm Service Agency (FSA). According to the USDA, eligible farmers have 8 months from now to apply for benefits.
“This designation comes at an important time since agricultural producers across the state have experienced several hardships during this past crop season,” said Michaud and Pingree. “These USDA programs provide critical assistance to producers when disasters strike, and we encourage Mainers to contact their local Farm Service Agency office to learn more about how these programs can help.”
For more information on FSA programs and eligibility requirements, Mainers should contact the Maine FSA office at 207-990-9140 or visit the FSA website.
Five years after the end of the Great Recession, 100,000 Mainers remain either unemployed, working only part-time, or have given up because employers won’t hire them. Yet there are Maine companies that can’t find workers with the skills they need. The proposed bonds will both create jobs and enable Maine workers to acquire the education they need for good paying jobs.
The Maine Center for Economic Police (MECEP) analysis shows that the five bonds totaling $149.5 million will attract another $177 million in matching federal funds, support approximately 4,400 jobs and generate $570 million of local spending, adding fuel to Maine’s economy.
For several towns, this will be the first election using the DS200 tabulators.
The five bond proposals that appear on the ballot include:
• Question 1: $14 million to repair Maine’s armories
• Question 2: $15.5 million to enhance classrooms and laboratories at the seven UMaine campuses
• Question 3: $100 million for roads and bridges, and other transportation improvements
• Question 4: $4.5 million for a new science laboratory at the Maine Maritime Academy
• Question 5: $15.5 million to enhance classrooms and laboratories at the seven Maine Community colleges
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Tags: Voting in Maine
Superior Court Judge Joyce Wheeler has ruled against the City of Portland with regard to a lawsuit filed by the Friends of Congress Square. At issue was the City of Portland’s rejection of petition efforts by the Friends of Congress Square to amend the City’s Land Bank ordinance. City of Portland attorneys argued that the sale, acquisition and dedication of City property are administrative actions that fall within the purview of City Council, and may not be the subject of citizens’ initiatives.
Danielle West-Chuhta, Corporation Council for the City of Portland, said the City plans to appeal.
“Upon review of the decision, and based upon our understanding of the case law, our office remains convinced that the City of Portland’s position is correct. We are currently completing the required appeal documents including a request for a stay of the Judge’s decision and we plan to have our filings submitted as soon as possible. Given the ongoing legal process and the complexities surrounding this matter it is difficult to determine the impact, if any, of this decision on the sale of Congress Square,” said West-Chuhta.
City officials declined further comment on this matter due to the ongoing legal proceedings.
Tags: Maine's quality of life·Portland
Sarah Matthieu, age 6, is served spaghetti by Governor John Baldacci at his Baldacci Spaghetti Dinner for the Lewiston Fire Relief Fund as her proud grandparents look on. They came out for the dinner to support their community. Tonight’s benefit dinner is to help a Bangor City bus route keep running. Photo by Ramona du Houx
Bangor City Councilor Joe Baldacci and former Governor John Baldacci will be co- hosting a Spaghetti dinner on Wednesday, October 30th at the Spectacular Event Center in Bangor from 5 to 7 pm. The Halloween themed dinner and auction will also feature prizes for the best costumes and the former governor will serve up the spaghetti— with his family’s secret sauce.
“It’s our hometown – where we grew up witnessing how neighbors help neighbors. I’m excited by the opportunity to help out,” said the former Bangor Mayor Joe Baldacci. “There are few other public transportation options for people living in this region. The greater Bangor bus service serves 1500-2000 people per day throughout Bangor, Orono, Old Town, Veazie, Hampden and the University of Maine – it logged in over a million rides last year- twice as many as a decade ago.”
The dinner costs just $6 for adults and $3 for children under 12.
“I’m looking forward to seeing everyone,” said former Governor John Baldacci.
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Tags: Maine's community spirit
Clipper is a sweet Labrador puppy who loves to get into mischief. Through his adventures on a Maine island we all “grow up” with this adorable puppy as he warms our hearts and souls.
Clipper the puppy thinks it’s great knowing everything in Clipper’s the Boss. He’s so sure that he is the boss of everyone on his Maine Island. So sure, until one day…
“Clipper is a puppy who likes to be the boss, until an adventure makes him reconsider. In this book, we enjoy the beauty of Maine, the kindness of his family, and Clipper’s own good humor. The pictures are lovely, with beautiful colors,” said Jane McCloskey, author of Robert McCloskey: A Private Life in Words and Pictures.
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