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  • Beaver Lodge, Sodexo at University of Maine at Farmington won Taste of Farmington

    The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce  announced the winner of the “Taste of Farmington” event that was held as part of our Chester Greenwood Day celebration. The Beaver Lodge, Sodexo at University of Maine at Farmington won.

    The Beaver Lodge offered a sample of butternut squash soup, an avocado and crispy chicken wrap, along with a smoothie sample. Passport holders, voted during the Festival of Trees. 

    Businesses that participated and offered a taste of what they serve include: Sodexo at UMF, Tuck’s Ale House, The Roost Wingery, The Homestead Kitchen, Farmington House of Pizza, Determined Nutrition, Dunkin’ Donuts, Java Joe’s (Carrabassett Coffee) and Thai Smile.

  • Maine Youth Environmental Leaders Scholarship for Maine Coast Semester —

    Chewonki will offer a Maine Youth Environmental Leaders Scholarship, a $15,000 award to support eligible Maine students who would like to attend Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki during their junior year. The scholarship opportunity is available to two qualifying applicants each year. Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki, located in Wiscasset, offers an immersive learning experience, with a strong focus on transformative growth, stewardship and appreciation for the natural world, and creating sustainable communities. The scholarship covers approximately half of the tuition and fees for the semester-long program. Successful applicants will be in the top 20 percent of their class, have the support of a school or community leader, have demonstrated an appreciation for the natural world, and imagine a future creating positive change in their Maine community. Applications for the first round of scholarship consideration must be received by February 15. Additional details about the scholarship may be found at mainecoastsemester.org/admissions/scholarship.

  • Stacey Abrams delivered a high impact 2019 response to the State of the Union-of hope


    Ramona du Houx

    Stacey Abrams, the Democratic nominee for Georgia’s 2018 gubernatorial race, gave this year’s response to the State of the Union. Her personal stories gave the nation hope.

    The contrast from Trump being dictortatorial and Abrams standing with members of her community behind her was obvious. Trump actually threatened congress with inaction if the investagations into his nafarious activities don't stop. Abrams spoke of unity, compassion and who we are as a nation working together to progress our lives, and livelyhoods.

    Read her remarks, written by her, as prepared below, or watch here.

    Good evening, my fellow Americans. I’m Stacey Abrams, and I am honored to join the conversation about the state of our union. Growing up, my family went back and forth between lower middle class and working poor.

    Yet, even when they came home weary and bone-tired, my parents found a way to show us all who we could be. My librarian mother taught us to love learning. My father, a shipyard worker, put in overtime and extra shifts; and they made sure we volunteered to help others. Later, they both became United Methodist ministers, an expression of the faith that guides us.

    These were our family values – faith, service, education and responsibility.

    Now, we only had one car, so sometimes my dad had to hitchhike and walk long stretches during the 30 mile trip home from the shipyards. One rainy night, Mom got worried. We piled in the car and went out looking for him – and eventually found Dad making his way along the road, soaked and shivering in his shirtsleeves. When he got in the car, Mom asked if he’d left his coat at work. He explained he’d given it to a homeless man he’d met on the highway. When we asked why he’d given away his only jacket, Dad turned to us and said, “I knew when I left that man, he’d still be alone. But I could give him my coat, because I knew you were coming for me.”

    Our power and strength as Americans lives in our hard work and our belief in more. My family understood firsthand that while success is not guaranteed, we live in a nation where opportunity is possible. But we do not succeed alone – in these United States, when times are tough, we can persevere because our friends and neighbors will come for us. Our first responders will come for us.

    It is this mantra – this uncommon grace of community – that has driven me to become an attorney, a small business owner, a writer, and most recently, the Democratic nominee for Governor of Georgia. My reason for running for governor was simple: I love our country and its promise of opportunity for all, and I stand here tonight because I hold fast to my father’s credo – together, we are coming for America, for a better America.

    Just a few weeks ago, I joined volunteers to distribute meals to furloughed federal workers. They waited in line for a box of food and a sliver of hope since they hadn’t received a paycheck in weeks. Making their livelihoods a pawn for political games is a disgrace. The shutdown was a stunt engineered by the President of the United States, one that defied every tenet of fairness and abandoned not just our people – but our values.

    For seven years, I led the Democratic Party in the Georgia House of Representatives. I didn’t always agree with the Republican Speaker or Governor, but I understood that our constituents didn’t care about our political parties – they cared about their lives. So, when we had to negotiate criminal justice reform or transportation or foster care improvements, the leaders of our state didn’t shut down – we came together. And we kept our word.

    It should be no different in our nation’s capital. We may come from different sides of the political aisle; but, our joint commitment to the ideals of this nation cannot be negotiable.
    Our most urgent work is to realize Americans’ dreams of today and tomorrow. To carve a path to independence and prosperity that can last a lifetime. Children deserve an excellent education from cradle to career. We owe them safe schools and the highest standards, regardless of zip code.

    Yet this White House responds timidly while first graders practice active shooter drills and the price of higher education grows ever steeper. From now on, our leaders must be willing to tackle gun safety measures and the crippling effect of educational loans; to support educators and invest what is necessary to unleash the power of America’s greatest minds.

    In Georgia and around the country, people are striving for a middle class where a salary truly equals economic security. But instead, families’ hopes are being crushed by Republican leadership that ignores real life or just doesn’t understand it. Under the current administration, far too many hard-working Americans are falling behind, living paycheck to paycheck, most without labor unions to protect them from even worse harm.

    The Republican tax bill rigged the system against working people. Rather than bringing back jobs, plants are closing, layoffs are looming and wages struggle to keep pace with the actual cost of living.

    We owe more to the millions of everyday folks who keep our economy running: like truck drivers forced to buy their own rigs, farmers caught in a trade war, small business owners in search of capital, and domestic workers serving without labor protections. Women and men who could thrive if only they had the support and freedom to do so.

    We know bi-partisanship could craft a 21st century immigration plan, but this administration chooses to cage children and tear families apart. Compassionate treatment at the border is not the same as open borders. President Reagan understood this. President Obama understood this. Americans understand this. And Democrats stand ready to effectively secure our ports and borders. But we must all embrace that from agriculture to healthcare to entrepreneurship, America is made stronger by the presence of immigrants – not walls.

    Rather than suing to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, as Republican Attorneys General have, our leaders must protect the progress we’ve made and commit to expanding health care and lowering costs for everyone.

    My father has battled prostate cancer for years. To help cover the costs, I found myself sinking deeper into debt — because while you can defer some payments, you can’t defer cancer treatment. In this great nation, Americans are skipping blood pressure pills, forced to choose between buying medicine or paying rent. Maternal mortality rates show that mothers, especially black mothers, risk death to give birth. And in 14 states, including my home state where a majority want it, our leaders refuse to expand Medicaid, which could save rural hospitals, economies, and lives.

    We can do so much more: Take action on climate change. Defend individual liberties with fair-minded judges. But none of these ambitions are possible without the bedrock guarantee of our right to vote. Let’s be clear: voter suppression is real. From making it harder to register and stay on the rolls to moving and closing polling places to rejecting lawful ballots, we can no longer ignore these threats to democracy.

    While I acknowledged the results of the 2018 election here in Georgia – I did not and we cannot accept efforts to undermine our right to vote. That’s why I started a nonpartisan organization called Fair Fight to advocate for voting rights.

    This is the next battle for our democracy, one where all eligible citizens can have their say about the vision we want for our country. We must reject the cynicism that says allowing every eligible vote to be cast and counted is a “power grab.” Americans understand that these are the values our brave men and women in uniform and our veterans risk their lives to defend. The foundation of our moral leadership around the globe is free and fair elections, where voters pick their leaders – not where politicians pick their voters.

    In this time of division and crisis, we must come together and stand for, and with, one another. America has stumbled time and again on its quest towards justice and equality; but with each generation, we have revisited our fundamental truths, and where we falter, we make amends.

    We fought Jim Crow with the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, yet we continue to confront racism from our past and in our present – which is why we must hold everyone from the very highest offices to our own families accountable for racist words and deeds – and call racism what it is. Wrong.

    America achieved a measure of reproductive justice in Roe v. Wade, but we must never forget it is immoral to allow politicians to harm women and families to advance a political agenda. We affirmed marriage equality, and yet, the LGBTQ community remains under attack.

    So even as I am very disappointed by the President’s approach to our problems – I still don’t want him to fail. But we need him to tell the truth, and to respect his duties and the extraordinary diversity that defines America.

    Our progress has always found refuge in the basic instinct of the American experiment – to do right by our people. And with a renewed commitment to social and economic justice, we will create a stronger America, together. Because America wins by fighting for our shared values against all enemies: foreign and domestic. That is who we are – and when we do so, never wavering – the state of our union will always be strong.

    Thank you, and may God bless the United States of America.

  • Send Applications for Aquaculture Business Development Program to Island Institute

    The Island Institute is accepting applications for its 2019 Aquaculture Business Development (ABD) program. Now in its fourth year, the free program helps fishermen and those from fishing communities gain the tools they need to diversify and launch small-scale aquaculture businesses. The institute is looking to work with coastal and island residents who are motivated to start a shellfish or seaweed aquaculture businesses within the next two years. Applications are being accepted through March 14.

    “Maine’s emerging aquaculture industry has a lot of opportunity and growth potential. The ABD program provides both the academic and experiential learning tools to enter that growing arena,” said Peter Piconi, marine business specialist with the Island Institute. “More importantly, fishermen can diversify their income, which, in turn, helps island and coastal economies thrive.”

    The program concentrates on business planning and provides prolonged one-on-one support services to help participants get started in the water. Features of the program include training for growing oysters, mussels, and seaweed; knowledge of the state leasing process and site selection; assistance with developing business and marketing plans; and access to financing and continued business support for the first three years of business operation.

    Applications and information are available at www.islandinstitute.org/aquaculture or by calling 594-9209, extension 159. Questions regarding the Aquaculture Business Development program should be directed to Peter Piconi at ppiconi@islandinstitute.org or Sam Belknap at sbelknap@islandinstitute.org.

  • Lincoln Street Center in Rockland, Maine asks city to house artists

    An art foundation is asking the Rockland City Council to amend the zoning of the Lincoln Street Center to allow artists to live there.

    The building was constructed in 1866, but had major additions and renovations in the early 1900s. The structure has 35,000 square feet of space and sits on 1.65 acres. It was formaly Rockland High School, then Rockland District Junior High School.

    Donna McNeil, executive director of the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation, told Rockland City councilors that the proposed zone change would allow combined living/work spaces related to educational and cultural purposes. Thereby benefiting artists who can't currently aford to live in Rockland.

    The goal is to renovate the section of the building that the Foundation rents from the Lincoln Street Center with a full kitchen and full bathroom. The Foundation is the largest tenant, paying $32,000 annually in rent.

    The Lincoln Street Center will also nvest in the building with its own in-kind renovations, according to McNeil. There are currently 22 studios and nearly all are rented. The zone change would allow for affordable housing for the artists.

    The Foundation provides grants to artists and is named after the late artists John David Ellis and Joan Marie Beauregard. The Council is scheduled to take a preliminary vote on the zone change at its Feb. 11, 2019 meeting. If approved, a formal public hearing and final vote could be held in March.

    The Lincoln Street Center is owned by Orchid LLC. Orchid bought the Lilncoln Street Center in 2012 for $125,000 after Camden National Bank took ownership of the property from the nonprofit organization Lincoln Street Center for Arts. The city had sold the property,  after the school district moved out in 1996 because of air quality concerns.

    Orchid LLC consists of Oded Ashe of Las Vegas; local resident Mario Abaldo; and Erez Ram of Agoura, Calif.

  • Governor Mills Welcomes Maine People Home with New Border Sign

    The Maine Turnpike Authority has installed a new “Welcome Home” sign on the Maine state border near the Kittery line.

    In her Inaugural Address, Governor Mills announced that she would install the new sign in an effort to welcome people, including the young, immigrants, entrepreneurs, business owners, innovators and new employers to the state. 

    “This sign is a simple, inclusive, and powerful message which our state will send to every family, business owner, and young person coming into our state - you are welcome here,” said Governor Mills. “It is also a reminder of the love we all share for this great state as we ensure that Maine is a place of opportunity for all those hoping to create a better future for themselves and their family. To all of them I say, welcome home.” 

    The new Welcome Home sign was installed on Febuary 1, 2019 by the Maine Turnpike Authority as a part of a normal replacement schedule. It is made of recycled aluminum from signs previously taken down. According to the Maine Turnpike Authority, installation costs were minimal and primarily involved traffic control.

  • Maine Senate Overwhelmingly Confirms Governor Mills’ Cabinet Nominees


     

    On January 31,2019 the Maine Senate overwhelmingly confirmed nine of Governor Janet Mills’ cabinet nominees, including the Commissioners of the Departments of Administrative and Financial Services, Transportation, Labor, Economic and Community Development, Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Marine Resources, Environmental Protection, and Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management, as well as the head of the Workers’ Compensation Board.

    “I am pleased the Senate has confirmed these highly qualified, respected, and experienced individuals so they can begin their work immediately on behalf of the people of Maine. I look forward to working with the Legislature to confirm the rest of my cabinet so we can continue charting a new, and better path forward for our state," said Governor Mills.

    The Maine Senate confirmed the following nominees on January 31,2019, who all had earned unanimous committee votes earlier this week:

    • Kirsten Figueroa, Department of Administrative and Financial Services
    • Bruce Van Note, Department of Transportation
    • Laura Fortman, Department of Labor
    • Heather Johnson, Department of Economic and Community Development
    • Judith Camuso, Department of Inland, Fisheries and Wildlife
    • Gerald Reid, Department of Environmental Protection
    • Patrick Keliher, Department of Marine Resources
    • Major Douglas Farnham, Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management
    • John Rohde, Workers’ Compensation Board

    Five of Governor Mills’ remaining nominees, including Jeanne Lambrew, Department of Health and Human Services; Pender Makin, Department of Education; Anne Head, Department of Professional and Financial Regulation; Randall Liberty, Department of Corrections, and Mike Sauschuck, Department of Public Safety will appear before the relevant committees for their confirmation hearings today and tomorrow.

    The committee confirmation hearing for Amanda Beal, Governor Mills’ nominee for the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry will be held February 14th at 1:00 PM before the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Joint Standing Committee in Cross Building, Room 214.

  • Call your ME lawmakers to vote yes on L.D. 91 to make gross metering explicitly illegal

     Op-ed by Tobey Williamson, of Warren who runs two small businesses in the midcoast. From 2003 to 2012, he was a consultant on environmental, community and economic development issues across Maine, with a focus on the development of renewable energy. 

    Imagine that, on the way into the supermarket in the spring, you noticed a shiny, new scale by the door. It was rumored that the owner of the market had been allowed to require that we weigh the fruits and vegetables we grew ourselves. No one knew why exactly, but unbelievably, further rumors suggested that the grocery chain meant to charge us for them. 

    By the end of the summer, the rumors were proven true. Maine people were actually now required to pay for the fruits of their own labor planting, weeding, watering and harvesting their dooryard gardens.

    Sound farfetched? This is analogous to what the Public Utilities Commission has allowed Central Maine Power and Emera Maine to do to our state’s newest small generators of clean, renewable electricity.

    Early in 2018, the new “gross metering” rules went into effect, requiring new solar power projects to measure exactly how much power they generate. Previously, only the difference between electrons generated and used on site was tracked. This was called “net metering,” and it allowed people to harvest some sunlight for their own use entirely separate from their utility bills. Under the new rules, the utilities now claim ownership of the portion of harvested sunlight we use immediately to power our homes – energy that never touches the utility distribution lines.

    The “gross meter” and its associated complex equations developed by the utilities and blessed by the PUC result in the need to buy power from the grid to replace some subtracted sun-generated kilowatt-hour credits. So far, these lost credits amount to at least a 10 percent tax on the output of my panels. Other solar projects are likely facing similar, impossible-to-have-foreseen charges that completely change the calculations used to secure financing.

    The old net metering rules were working just fine. Now those of us who took a risk on the new rules are struggling not only with unanticipated electric bills on top of our loan payments, but also with pages of poorly developed and confusing spreadsheets that are often riddled with mistakes. As the recent CMP billing controversies have proven, electric bills were already hard to understand and customer service was already lacking when customers call to sort out problems. Gross metering makes it exponentially worse for those of us stepping up to slow climate change and support the Maine economy by generating clean electricity.

    It is also important to note that gross metering was implemented despite strong public opposition. The new rule was enforced only by Gov. LePage’s veto of bipartisan legislation that would have negated it. The veto came within just three votes of being overridden.

    This corporate giveaway of citizen-generated electricity is not popular. But it could continue for the 25-year life span of all of the newest solar projects unless the law is changed. Worse, it could spread to other states, slowing hard-won progress against climate change and energy independence.

    Rep. Seth Berry, who co-chairs the Energy and Utilities Committee, understands these issues. In fact, he was the first to mention the supermarket analogy I used above. He has introduced L.D. 91, An Act To Eliminate Gross Metering, to stop this practice, which is taking away the right of Maine people to collect and use renewable energy freely on their own land while saddling us with unjust costs and unnecessary billing complications.

    Please join this effort to support renewable-energy development by resolving the injustice of gross metering. Call your state senator and representative and encourage them to vote “yes” on L.D. 91 to make gross metering explicitly illegal. Our children, our economy and our climate will be better off if investment in renewable energy is encouraged rather than taxed.

  • State Federal Judge Strikes Down Maine Law for Violating First Amendment Consumer-Rights

    In a precedent-setting decision with nationwide implications, on January 8, 2019, Judge Lance E. Walker of the United States District Court for the District of Maine ruled that Maine’s 36-hour ban on public adjusters’ solicitation of customers is an unconstitutional restriction on free speech.

    National Fire Adjustment Company, Inc. (NFA) filed this lawsuit challenging Maine’s longstanding ban as a violation of the First Amendment. NFA has licensed, expert public adjusters who level the playing field for consumers by representing victims of fires and other property losses to ensure they receive fair value from their insurance companies.

    Attorney Valerie Z. Wicks and the law firm of Johnson, Webbert & Young, LLP, represent NFA in this lawsuit. JWY has offices in Portland and Augusta, Maine. For over twenty years, public adjusters in Maine have been required—under threat of financial penalties and loss of their license—to wait 36 hours after a fire or other loss to communicate with potential customers who may want help dealing with their insurance company.

    During that government-imposed and one-sided waiting period, important evidence may be destroyed and insureds may settle their claims too quickly for less than full value.

    Judge Walker upheld the important consumer-advocate role of public adjusters in ruling that “the ban on all solicitation activity, temporary as it may be, is an excessively paternalistic prior restraint on speech.”

    Ronald J. Papa, President of the Plaintiff National Fire Adjustment Company, called the ruling a major victory for consumers: “The first 36 hours after a fire or other loss is the most important time for protecting the rights of the victims. To deprive the insured of appropriate counsel during that critical time-period is anti-consumer, government overreach. We are pleased that our adjusters will now be able to advise clients on equal footing with adjusters who represent insurance companies," said Ronald J. Papa, President of the Plaintiff National Fire Adjustment Company.

    NFA has an office in Alfred, Maine and its adjusters perform work throughout Maine and the United States.

    “Judge Walker’s First Amendment ruling protects Maine consumers who want and deserve help recovering from an unexpected tragedy like a fire or a wind storm. Judge Walker hit the nail on the head when he ruled that the government should not be standing in the way of the public’s right to the expert services of public adjusters," said NFA’s attorney Valerie Z. Wicks.

    Wicks added that this ruling in Maine may lead the way for similar anti-consumer bans in other states to be struck down under the First Amendment.

  • Restore the State Planning Office to help ONE MAINE grow

    While we're thinking about the next economy, we might be missing something else.

    Driving home to Winthrop from holiday shopping in Farmington this weekend, I was again awed by how much Maine is out there north of Brunswick and 10 minutes in any direction off Interstate 95. Sometimes I get so wrapped up in my work or in seeking news and connection on social media that it’s easy to forget how much beauty, life and community one can find on the roads running deeper into the state.

    Most of my friends and associates — developers, planners, professors, municipal employees, and artists — and I live and work in Maine’s urban areas, and on most days my head is full of things like 5G broadband, “Search Engine Optimization,” and “Block Chain” — technology miracles that are supposed to boost our economy, even if we’re not sure how. I wonder if I’m thinking too little about the places and people and ways of living that have traditionally defined Maine.

    We’re often reminded that Maine is a proudly rural state. But talking rural and walking rural are two different things. Our drive up to Farmington through Livermore Falls and back down through Mount Vernon surprised me — a self-proclaimed rural economy advocate and ex-patriated southern Appalachian person living here in what my wife and I call Appalachia North.

    Most of what I saw on Route 41 has not changed since before the road was paved: buildings both solid and characteristic, but some maybe leaning a little bit on their foundations, and sitting too close to the road to feel like home anymore.

    But there are clear signs of struggle — blue tarps on the roof, coarse plywood airlocks built on the doorways of mobile homes in the yard where grandma’s victory garden used to grow, and a row of failed vehicles in various states of rust.

    I’ve worked alongside Maine business people and government representatives on indoor agriculture, new technology expansion, old technology business revitalization, and knowledge-worker attraction initiatives. These initiatives are great for “Highway Maine” but don’t leave much for rural communities other than entry-level and service jobs that still require people to drive hundreds of miles a week on cracking roads to workplaces with different measures of success than rural residents might otherwise prioritize.

    Should we measure success solely in terms of transactions, dollars, inventory turnover, resolution times and bonus checks? Or should we look closer at how Maine families feed and support themselves and their neighbors when we measure the state’s economic health?

    And how much are we flatlanders who come to Maine for “new economy” jobs willing to recognize and incorporate the value of traditional products made in Maine’s rural places into our sense of connection and belonging? If we don’t know and never interact with rural people, how can we know the value of personal connections made at high school choir concerts, sports events, hunting lodges, ice fishing shacks, and the county fair? Do we know how much those activities weave into people’s cash-and-barter relationships?

    Recent news reports about traditional craft businesses like a Christmas wreath maker that’s struggling from flat prices and increasing shipping costs, and the increasing costs and flat pay for independent plowing businesses, concern me. These seasonal jobs — driven by weather, nature and culture — are being replaced by Amazon gift boxes offering similar wreaths, maybe even cut from our same trees. It seems time-stressed folks are more attracted to convenience, packaging, and price than engaging a potentially awkward face-to-face conversation with an unfamiliar person.

    We have a lot to learn about resiliency from rural communities. Perhaps the new gubernatorial administration will better understand than the last how Maine’s communities and their economies are inseparable. I hope that the state’s development agencies will refocus on communities and the desperate need for jobs and sector development to save our traditional lifestyles and places.

    And maybe Gov.-elect Janet Mills will restore the State Planning Office that was eliminated in the last administration, and focus it on sustainable development and infrastructure.

    I hope that as we rethink the role of the state government in preserving Maine’s rural character and economies, we also ask ourselves what we can do with our buying power to support our friends and neighbors, weave connection in our communities, and build stronger places by keeping our money local.

  • Maine's Dept. of Labor Rapid Response team to help laid off workers of Barclays call center


    By Ramona du Houx

    Barclaycard US, operated by UK-based Barclays bank, in Wilton, Maine announced on January 8, 2019 that they will be closing operations in Wilton, Maine.

    On March 31, 227 workers at the call center in Wilton will be laid off.  Governor Janet Mills directed the Department of Labor to use all available resources to support the employees, their families, and the Wilton community. 

    Under the direction of Mills and the Acting Commissioner of the Department of Labor (DOL), the rapid response team will be deployed to the area.

    “This is deeply disappointing news that will have a profound impact on the community, the employees and their families,” said Governor Mills. “We will marshal the resources of the Department of Labor and other government agencies to support the employees, their families, and the community, beginning by deploying a rapid response team to meet with the employees to provide reemployment services and help evaluate their health insurance and severance options.”

    Back in 2008 Barclays announced  they were going to open the call center and would create 200 jobs. As of July, Barclaycard US employed up to 500 employees at the Wilton call center. (photo taken by Ramona du Houx in 2008 with the CEO of Barclays announcing the opening of the center)

    “The Department of Labor will help these employees seek every possible benefit to which they are entitled to help support their families while they seek new employment and will identify additional services the greater Franklin County can offer in partnership with the Department,” said Laura Fortman, Acting Commissioner of the Department of Labor and former DOL Commisioner during the Baldacci administration.

    “Wilton is a beautiful lakeside community, a great place to live and raise a family, and already has a willing and productive work force,” Governor Mills added. “I am confident other employers will see this change as an opportunity and will power their businesses with the hard workers of Franklin County.”

    Barclaycard opened in Wilton with 50 employees. Jobs at the time started at $26,000 annually with full health, dental and retirement benefits.

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