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Maine Governor Mills Nominates Melanie Loyzim
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Maine Governor Mills Nominates Melanie Loyzim

Governor Mills Nominates Melanie Loyzim to Serve as Commissioner of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection Augusta, ME (STL.News) Governor Janet Mills announced today she has nominated Melanie Loyzim to serve as Commissioner of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).  Loyzim has served as Acting Commissioner of the DEP since August 14, 2020 and has worked in various roles within the Department since 2006. “With Melanie’s extensive experience and her proven commitment to protecting and preserving our precious lands and waters, I am confident that she will ably lead the Department of Environmental Protection,” said Governor Janet Mills. “I am honored to be nominated by Governor Mills to lead the Department where I have spent much of my career,” said Loyzim.  ...
Maine’s AG – Secretary of State Join Coalition Defending Voting Rights Act
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Maine’s AG – Secretary of State Join Coalition Defending Voting Rights Act

Maine's Attorney General and Secretary of State join coalition defending key provision of the Voting Rights Act before Supreme Court Frey and Bellows Argue That Provision Removes Racial Barriers to Voting Without Infringing State Sovereignty Augusta, ME (STL.News) Attorney General Aaron M. Frey and Secretary of State Shenna Bellows have joined amicus briefs urging the Supreme Court to uphold a robust test for applying Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA)-which prohibits policies and practices that deny or abridge citizens' right to vote based on their race. Attorney General Frey joined an amicus brief signed by 18 attorneys general, and Secretary Bellows joined an amicus brief signed by nine secretaries of state as well as numerous state and local elections officials.  These brief...
Maine Governor Mills Congratulates President Biden
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Maine Governor Mills Congratulates President Biden

Augusta, ME (STL.News) Governor Janet Mills issued the following statement today upon the historic Inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris: “Along with millions of Americans, I was moved by the historic Inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Harris this afternoon. Among other things, for the first time, children across our nation can look upon a woman of color serving her country in the second highest office in the land and know that their futures are limitless. “The President and Vice President assume office during a difficult time.  The coronavirus pandemic rages on, with more Americans falling ill and more people losing their lives every day.  Thousands of hardworking people are out of work through no fault of their own.  Small businesses a...
Maine Governor Mills Extended State of Civil Emergency
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Maine Governor Mills Extended State of Civil Emergency

Augusta, ME (STL.News) Governor Janet Mills extended the State of Civil Emergency (PDF) through February 17, 2021.  The Governor’s decision to extend the emergency is in line with nearly every other state in the nation which have ongoing emergency declarations, according to the National Governors Association.  For example, the governors of New Hampshire and Vermont (DPF) recently extended their States of Emergency. “Our Administration is working around the clock to take the limited and inconsistent supply of vaccine we receive from the Federal government and turn it around quickly and efficiently to make sure it gets into the arms of as many Maine people as possible.  But as we do this, the pandemic rages on all around us,” said Governor Mills.  “I urge all Maine people to take the step...
Maine Governor Mills Receives First Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine
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Maine Governor Mills Receives First Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine

Augusta, ME (STL.News) Governor Janet Mills today received her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.  The Governor was vaccinated on the recommendation of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention as part of Phase 1a as a person critical to Maine’s COVID-19 response. The Governor leads Maine’s COVID-19 response. The first dose of the Moderna vaccine was administered to the Governor at the Blaine House this morning by James Jarvis, MD, physician leader for Incident Command, Northern Light Health, and director, Clinical Education, Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center. Governor Mills will receive the second, and final dose, of the vaccine in 28 days. “I have the utmost confidence in the vaccine,” said Governor Janet Mills.  “It is safe. It is effective. And it will save l...
Maine Attorney General Frey Releases Drug Death Report of 2020
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Maine Attorney General Frey Releases Drug Death Report of 2020

Augusta, ME (STL.News) The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) and the Office of Chief Medical Examiner have released figures demonstrating that drug overdose deaths slightly decreased in the third quarter of 2020, though the total year-to-date deaths is on pace to significantly exceed those in 2019.  Attorney General Aaron M. Frey says that the numbers are still too high and serve as evidence of the opioid epidemic's continued force as a public health crisis. In response to the report, Attorney General Frey said, "we must urgently work to connect Mainers who are struggling with substance use disorder with the resources they need to protect them and help them advance in recovery, and we must come together as a community to get the COVID-19 pandemic under control so that barriers to tre...
Maine Governor Urges People To Kick Off New Year Safely At Home
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Maine Governor Urges People To Kick Off New Year Safely At Home

Governor Mills Urges Maine People To Kick Off New Year Safely At Home (STL.News) Governor Janet Mills today issued a video statement urging Maine people to be safe tonight heading into the New Year. “Hello, this is Governor Janet Mills.  Like you, I am so looking forward to putting this year behind us completely and stepping into a better, more hopeful New Year.  But to do so safely, we’ve got to ring in the New Year differently tonight. “There’s a term, “FOMO,” I’ve heard — “Fear of Missing Out.”  Many people are feeling left out tonight for a lot of reasons.  Many are unable to see or hug their loved ones because of COVID.  Tonight, don’t let “fear of missing out” cause you to do things against your better judgment. “Before you think about going out tonight, before you go to a ...
Maine DHHS Awards $5.2M in Relief Grants
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Maine DHHS Awards $5.2M in Relief Grants

Funds support hospitals and nursing homes serving MaineCare members during COVID-19 pandemic AUGUSTA, ME (STL.News) The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced today that it has awarded $5.2 million in grants to 54 health care organizations that serve residents with MaineCare to help sustain vital health services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Maine Health Care Financial Relief Program, announced in November, is modeled on the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development's (DECD) Maine Economic Recovery Grant program.  Health care organizations that were ineligible for funding through the DECD program, such as hospitals and nursing homes of any size and health care providers with over 250 employees, were eligible for these grants.  The program is bac...
Maine CDC Announces Possible Exposure to Hepatitis A – Restaurant in Dover-Foxcroft – Pat’s Pizza
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Maine CDC Announces Possible Exposure to Hepatitis A – Restaurant in Dover-Foxcroft – Pat’s Pizza

AUGUSTA, ME (STL.News) The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) has identified a case of acute hepatitis A virus infection in a Dover-Foxcroft food service worker. The individual handled food at Pat's Pizza in Dover-Foxcroft while infectious on November 11, 2020. An assessment of the employee's illness determined that restaurant patrons may be at risk for hepatitis A infection.  Maine CDC recommends that anyone who may have eaten food prepared at Pat's Pizza in Dover-Foxcroft or worked at the restaurant on November 11, 2020, receive hepatitis A vaccine by November 25, 2020.  There is a 14-day window during which vaccine can reduce the likelihood of illness. Anyone who may have had dine-in, take-out, delivery, or curbside pickup of food from the restaurant shoul...
Maine Governor on The Suspension of Interstate Youth Hockey
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Maine Governor on The Suspension of Interstate Youth Hockey

Joint Statement from the Offices of Governors Murphy, Mills, Raimondo, Sununu, Scott, Lamont, and Baker on the Suspension of Interstate Youth Hockey Augusta, ME (STL.News) Please note that Maine’s COVID-19 Prevention Checklist for Community Sports already prohibits competition between hockey teams from different geographic areas until January 11, 2021.  The joint announcement below is consistent with this policy. In response to recent coronavirus outbreaks associated with the conduct of interstate youth hockey activities, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Maine Governor Janet Mills, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu, Vermont Governor Phil Scott, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker will support a regional approach ...
Maine Governor Mills Announces New Face Covering Executive Order
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Maine Governor Mills Announces New Face Covering Executive Order

Following Record COVID-19 Cases, Governor Mills Announces New Face Covering Executive Order Face coverings must now be worn in public settings regardless of how far apart you are from other people Augusta, ME (STL.News) On the day Maine recorded 183 new cases of COVID-19, the highest single-day increase since the beginning of the pandemic, Governor Janet Mills announced an Executive Order requiring Maine people to wear face coverings in public settings, regardless of the ability to maintain physical distance.  The new order strengthens an earlier one stating that face coverings must be worn only when physical distancing is difficult to maintain.  Earlier this week, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker issued a similar order.  Additionally, owners and operators of all indoor public settings...
Federal Reserve Board announces approval of application by Bangor Bancorp, MHC
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Federal Reserve Board announces approval of application by Bangor Bancorp, MHC

Washington, DC (STL.News) The Federal Reserve Board on Thursday announced its approval of the application under section 3 of the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956 by Bangor Bancorp, MHC, Bangor, Maine, to acquire Damariscotta Bankshares, Inc., and thereby indirectly acquire its subsidiary state nonmember bank, Damariscotta Bank & Trust Co., both of Damariscotta, Maine. CLICK to VIEW SOURCE Can also be viewed at USBiz.News
Bangor, Maine: Carlos Pemberton Sentenced on Federal Drug Charge
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Bangor, Maine: Carlos Pemberton Sentenced on Federal Drug Charge

(STL.News) – A Waterbury, Connecticut man was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Bangor for possessing heroin with intent to distribute, U.S. Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced. U.S. District Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr. sentenced Carlos Pemberton, a/k/a “Pepa,” 43, to 46 months in prison, three years of supervised release and a $5,000 fine.  Pemberton pleaded guilty in January 2020. According to court records, on March 26, 2018, officers with the Indian Township Police Department conducting a child welfare check at a residence in Indian Township discovered Pemberton in a bedroom.  Pemberton was in possession of a backpack and a duffle bag that contained, among other items, heroin and drug paraphernalia.  He was also in possession of $7,266.00 in cash. The Indian Township Police Dep...
Maine Governor Mills Administration Announces “OPTIONS”
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Maine Governor Mills Administration Announces “OPTIONS”

Mills Administration Announces “OPTIONS” Initiative to Support Maine People With Substance Use Disorder Augusta, ME (STL.News) To combat the disturbing rise in fatal drug overdoses exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Janet Mills today announced a new “OPTIONS” (Overdose Prevention Through Intensive Outreach, Naloxone and Safety) initiative.  Under the initiative, mobile response teams in every Maine county will engage with communities that have high rates of drug overdoses to promote drug prevention and harm reduction strategies, connect people directly to recovery services and treatment, and distribute naloxone, the lifesaving overdose Mills Administration Announces “OPTIONS” Initiative to Support Maine People With Substance Use Disordery has resources to prevent substance use ...
Maine Governor Mills to launch the Communities development in State with $2.7 million grants
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Maine Governor Mills to launch the Communities development in State with $2.7 million grants

Governor Mills, Boston Fed president announce collaborative effort to strengthen rural towns and small cities with $2.7 million in grants Maine selected as next New England state to participate in community development initiative that aims to empower communities. Augusta, ME (STL.News) Maine Gov. Janet Mills and Federal Reserve Bank of Boston President Eric Rosengren today announced the Boston Fed and the State of Maine will collaborate to launch the Working Communities Challenge in Maine.  The initiative aims to strengthen Maine’s rural towns and smaller cities and is backed in part by $2.7 million in donations. The challenge supports local teams who work together to improve economic outcomes for all people in Maine’s towns, cities, and rural communities.  Successful teams will address e...
Maine Governor Mills Welcome Critical Drought Assistance for Farmers
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Maine Governor Mills Welcome Critical Drought Assistance for Farmers

Augusta, ME (STL.News) Maine’s Congressional Delegation and Governor Janet Mills welcomed the announcement today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has made farmers throughout Maine eligible for disaster relief assistance due to the drought. “Maine farmers have faced tremendous challenges this year, from supply chain disruptions caused by COVID-19 to the drought that severely impacted the growing season,” said Senators Collins and King and Representatives Pingree and Golden in a joint statement.  “Maine farms sustain our rural communities, whether they are newly founded operations or ones that have been passed down from generation to generation.  We strongly supported COVID-19 relief funding to help Maine farmers get through this difficult period, and this designation will hel...
Maine Governor Mills Announces Economic Recovery Grants to Small Businesses
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Maine Governor Mills Announces Economic Recovery Grants to Small Businesses

Governor Mills Announces First Round of Economic Recovery Grants to Maine Small Businesses & Non-Profits Augusta, ME (STL.News) Governor Janet Mills and Commissioner of Economic and Community Development Heather Johnson announced today that the Mills Administration has begun distributing the first round of financial awards to Maine small businesses and non-profits through the Maine Economic Recovery Grant Program.  Grant letters notifying the recipients of their award were sent yesterday in collaboration with Maine’s seven Economic Development Districts, which will distribute funds by early November.  The program, backed by $200 million in Federal CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF), provides some financial relief for businesses and non-profit organizations that incurred business ...
Maine Governor Mills Recognizes Indigenous Peoples Day
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Maine Governor Mills Recognizes Indigenous Peoples Day

Augusta, ME (STL.News) Governor Janet Mills today recognized Indigenous Peoples Day and issued the following statement: “As we celebrate our 200th year as a state, it is important to recognize that our collective history goes much further back long before statehood.  Maine’s culture today is in large part the direct result of those who first hunted, farmed, fished and occupied much of the land that we call our home.  Today we honor the contributions and resilience of the Indigenous peoples of Maine and examine our shared history with open eyes, open minds and open hearts, pausing in gratitude for the long-standing presence of the Wabanaki tribes in the State of Maine, and recommitting ourselves to our shared future as a place and as a people.” CLICK to VIEW SOURCE