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PNS Daily Newscast - November 20, 2017 


On our Monday nationwide rundown; decision day for the Keystone XL pipeline; a border patrol agent killed in the line of duty in Texas; and time is running out to comment on fees that could double or triple at many National Parks in 2018.

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Public News Service - ME: Philanthropy

PHOTO: The Maine Community Foundation, which has lent helping hands to almost every nonprofit organization in the state, will be 32 years old next year. It is commemorating the 100th anniversary of Americaís first community foundation. Photo credit: Artotem/Flickr.

ELLSWORTH, Maine - America is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the first community foundation, begun in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1914. Locally, the Maine Community Foundation will be 32 next year. Meredith Jones, president and CEO of the Foundation, says it dates back to a summer resident, Bob Blu

PHOTO: The Holmes Family of Misty Brook Farm, a Buy/Protect/Sell Project in Albion, was helped by Maine Community Foundationís $1 million loan to Maine Farmland Trust. Photo credit: Greta Rybus/Maine Farmland Trust.

ELLSWORTH, Maine – The Maine Community Foundation is one of the nation's best at finding ways to build community wealth using new approaches, according to a report released today. The report by the Maryland-based Democracy Collaborative names the Ellsworth-based foundation one of the Innovati

PHOTO: Jim Doyle shares his locally grown produce with the Bread for the Journey food pantry in Warren. Volunteers 50 and older are digging in to help combat food insecurity that affects about 15 percent of Maine residents. Photo courtesy ENCorps.

BANGOR, Maine - Food insecurity is a problem that affects about 15 percent of Maine's population. It means people do not have access to enough nutritious food on a daily basis. A program involving volunteers age 50 and older is digging in to help. The ENCore Leadership Corps each year trains about

PHOTO: Bangor Public Library would be eligible for energy-efficiency upgrades under a new Grants to Green program designed to help nonprofits in Maine's historic downtowns. Photo courtesy Maine Preservation.

ELLSWORTH, Maine - Some downtown areas around Maine are going to get "greener," thanks to a grant from an organization in Atlanta that is aimed at making historic downtown buildings in which nonprofit groups work more energy-efficient. The "Grants to Green" project awarded $1.2 million from The Com

PHOTO: Art galleries are blossoming in Belfast, Maine, where the Belfast Creative Coalition has benefited from CCED, a state arts grant designed to stimulate local economies through art and culture. Courtesy: BCC.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Can art and artists re-invigorate Maine's economy? They can surely help, according to the overseers of a state grant that is being used to revitalize downtowns and help create jobs. It is called a "seed" grant because of its initials, CCED, which stand for Creative Communities Equ

GRAPHIC: Black Friday, the kickoff of holiday shopping, encroaches on Thanksgiving this year, with major retailers starting their sales on Thursday. One antidote to galloping consumerism is Giving Tuesday.

ELSWORTH, Maine - Black Friday starts on Thursday this year, with major retailers moving up their holiday sales kickoffs to Thursday - Thanksgiving Day. In response, last year the Hashtag Giving Tuesday movement sprang up, aimed at making the Tuesday after Black Friday and Cyber Monday a day of givi

PHOTO: Maine Conservation Voters has issued its annual scorecard showing how each of the stateís legislators voted on seven key environmental issues. The results are mixed. Courtesy MCV<br /><br />

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's environment scored some significant victories in the first half of the 126th legislative session and took some tough losses as well, according to the group Maine Conservation Voters. For the 27th year the group has issued a scorecard grading each state representative and se

PHOTO: Harvesting carrots at Wolfe's Neck Farm in Freeport. The Maine Coast Heritage Trust's Teen Agriculture Program benefitted from the Quality of Place Initiative. Courtesy Devin Altobello.

ELLSWORTH, Maine - Saving fish populations described as "at rock bottom;" helping kids learn how to grow vegetables in three-foot by five-foot gardens; and turning a vacant lot in the town of Biddeford into a public park and gathering place: just some of the wide-ranging work to come out of the Qual

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