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Coolong Retires | Print |
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 15:25

Pioneer Times photo/Gloria Austin
RETIRES — Debbie Coolong, left, accepts a gift from RSU 50 school board chairman Greg Ryan, as she was honored on Aug. 11.

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Houlton Alumni group meets tonight | Print |
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 15:24

The first planning meeting for “Reunion 2015” will be held tonight, Aug. 20, at 6:30 p.m. in Room 109 at the Houlton Higher Education Center on Military Street.

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The Camp brings homestyle food to park | Print |
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 14:51

By Gloria Austin
Staff Writer
    HOULTON — There is a new vendor at Riverfront Park.
    The Camp, operated by Mike Farrar and Larry Williams, opened on Aug. 1 and as Williams said, “We got off to a late start, but hopefully a good finish.”
    All proceeds of The Camp will be going to the Maine Wilderness Camp Foundation.
    Farrar and Williams started the Foundation in 2007 to help youth, who may not otherwise have the chance, experience the great outdoors and wilderness areas of the state. The Foundation was set up so that youth — ages 10-18 — can participate for free.
    “We always take some of the parents with us, as well for free, to help supervise all the kids,” explained Farrar. “The Foundation has been going really well. We always have way more kids than money to take them.”
    Grants, funding and sponsorships, which organizations draw on, are limited in a tight economy.
    “We are doing this to help generate money,” Williams explained.
    Farrar added, “We were looking for a way to inject some cash flow into it so we could keep doing the trips for the kids. This is what we came up with.”
    When asked what The Camp offers, Williams smiled and said, “Good food.”
    The menu includes fast foods such as hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, fish burgers, chili dogs, corn dogs, french fries, onions rings and drinks.

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WWC relocates | Print |
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 14:48

By Kathy McCarty  
Staff Writer
    PRESQUE ISLE — Women, Work and Community has moved to a new location, effective the week of Aug. 18.
    “Our offices will be located in South Hall on the University of Maine at Presque Isle campus,” said Erica Quin-Easter, microenterprise specialist with WWC.

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USDA seeks grant applicants | Print |
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 14:48

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that USDA is seeking applications for grants that will be awarded to organizations to provide critical financial and technical assistance to recipients to develop and strengthen their capacity to carry out housing, community facilities and community and economic development projects.
    “Many rural nonprofits often need capital and technical assistance to carry out their missions,” Vilsack said. “These grants will provide both of these components through local and regional organizations that are experts at delivering such services.”
    USDA is making nearly $6 million available to qualified organizations under the Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI).
    Recipients must be non-profit organizations, low-income rural communities, or federally recognized tribes. Intermediary organizations are required to provide matching funds at least equal to the RCDI grant. The grants do not go directly to business recipients but rather through qualified intermediaries.

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