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  • Published
    March 15, 2020

    Rockland area schools to close

    The Rockland area schools will close for an extended period, the district announced Sunday afternoon in an automated text message. "All RSU 13 schools will be closed for an extended period. Please watch our website and Facebook page for more information," the message states. RSU 13 serves Rockland, Thomaston, Owls Head, South Thomaston and Cushing. Superintendent John McDonald said that the closure is tentatively ...

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    March 15, 2020

    RSU 40 to close schools through April 17

    Regional School Unit 40 announced early Sunday afternoon that schools will close through April 17. The announcement was made through the automated text messaging system of the school system that serves Waldoboro, Warren, Union, Friendship, and Washington. "All schools in RSU 40 will be closed March 16 through April 17. More information to follow," stated the text message. The closures of schools across the state ...

  • Published
    March 15, 2020

    United Way opens COVID-19 Response Fund

    United Way of Eastern Maine has set up a COVID-19 Response Fund for Eastern Maine. The fund has been underwritten by Bangor Savings Bank so that 100% of all money collected will go directly to the community. The bank has also made the first gift of $10,000. Funds will be distributed by United Way to nonprofit partners working directly with those affected by COVID-19. United Way of Eastern Maine will begin ...

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    March 15, 2020

    UPDATED: Camden-Rockport, Five-Town, Union 69 district schools close due to coronavirus concerns

    School closings from Monday, March 16, to the end of April school break were announced March 15 by Camden-Rockport and Five-Town school districts Superintendent Maria Libby. Students began remote learning March 17. The district plans to deliver breakfast and lunch by bus to students whose families have a need for this service. The last day of spring break is April 24, according to calendars for all three schools. ...

  • Published
    March 14, 2020

    Rockland cancels municipal meetings due to virus threat

    The city manager and mayor announced Saturday that it has canceled Rockland City Council meetings for the next two weeks. "Out of an abundance of caution, we are following the recommendations of the CDC, Maine Municipal Association, and our municipal lawyer and thereby reducing Council and meeting activities to essential only. We are canceling Council meetings for a minimum of two weeks and budget meetings will ...

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    March 14, 2020

    Maine CDC reports additional COVID-19 results

    The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention today announced a third presumptive positive test for the disease caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The individual is a woman in her 40s from Cumberland County who was a close household contact of another individual who had presumptively tested positive for the virus. Maine CDC's Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory staff today validated ...

  • Published
    March 14, 2020

    Rockland library responds to Coronavirus

    Rockland Public Library has cancelled all Library-sponsored programs, and group meetings, until the end of March. Rented spaces may be refunded, or rescheduled. At present, the library will continue to honor the existing AARP Tax Preparation appointments. At this time, the Library will maintain our regular hours of operation, unless directed otherwise by the City Manager. Library staff have been advised not to ...

  • Published
    March 14, 2020

    Knox County state rep calls to close schools

    A Knox County legislator called for all public and private schools to close immediately. Rep. Jeffrey Evangelos, an independent of Friendship, issued a statement Saturday, March 14, in response to the growing threat from the new coronavirus COVID-19. "The idea that we as a society are cancelling all these adult activities while allowing our children to attend schools on Monday is beyond absurd, it's plainly ...

  • Published
    March 13, 2020

    State courts to limit trials, sessions through May 1

    Maine courts will remain open but the number of cases to be heard will be dramatically scaled back for the next two months. No criminal or civil jury trials will be heard in the state courts until after May 1, the Maine Judiciary announced Friday, March 13. Grand jury sessions will also not be held. The courts will schedule and hear only the following: arraignments and first appearances of defendants held in ...

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    March 13, 2020

    MaineHealth limits Quarry Hill and Knox Center visitors

    MaineHealth announced March 13 that it is limiting visitation to the Knox Center and Quarry Hill long term care and assisted living facilities. The decision was made with "the health and safety of our patients as our top priority and with guidance and support from our physician leaders," according to a statement issued by Director of Communications and Public Affairs Jen Harris. "We recognize that limiting visits ...

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