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PNS Daily News - September 20, 2017 


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Public News Service - ME: Cultural Resources

A former woolen mill in Berwick is now providing much-needed senior housing, through an EPA brownfields cleanup loan. (EPA)

AUGUSTA, Maine – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) just handed out $10 million in funds to help communities clean up sites that may have been polluted or contain hazardous waste. Urban planners call these sites brownfields. Frank Gardner, brownfields coordinator for EPA Region 1, said

Mainers gave feedback in Millinocket and at the University of Maine in Orono on Monday about the proposed North Woods National Monument (Mark Picard)

AUGUSTA, Maine - The director of the National Park Service was in Maine on Monday to gather public input on the proposed North Woods National Monument. One of those advocating for the National Monument designation is Matt Polstein, who owns the New England Outdoor Center. He says earlier proposa

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

GRAPHIC: Public and private efforts to lift Maineís children out of poverty should take a two-generation approach, according to a new Annie E. Casey KIDS COUNT policy report. Graphic credit: Pixabay.

PORTLAND, Maine - Public and private efforts to lift Maine's children out of poverty should take a "two-generation" approach, according to a new Annie E. Casey KIDS COUNT policy report. The report says parents should be given the tools and skills to get on track to better economic opportunities if

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

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine is near the national average in terms of citizens with college degrees, according to a new report which parallels another recent study that also showed some improving trends in the state's higher-education attainment. The new report by the Lumina Foundation says 38.7 percen

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine - They're staying active and healthy by volunteering, retired Baby Boomers all over Maine who bring ideas for environmental and community-service projects to the Encore Leadership Corps, or ENCorps, which supports them. 65-year-old Dave Stansfield is heading up a million-dolla

BAR HARBOR, Maine - School will be back in session soon and, this fall, some middle-school students will be leaving their more traditional, indoor classrooms to explore and learn in a different setting - the great outdoors. They'll travel to Acadia National Park to learn about subjects ranging from

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