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Updated: Coronavirus event changes and cancellations

By Staff | Mar 12, 2020

Cushing Public Library closes

The Cushing Public Library will close for an indefinite period of time, until further notice.  This includes all events, programs, and meetings which take place at the library. Cancelled events will be rescheduled.

St. George closes town offices to the public

The town of St. George is closing town offices at 47 Main St. to the public. All committee meetings will be conducted via Zoom video and teleconferencing, with details to be shared before each meeting.

For support from the Community Development Corporation, call 372-2193 or email info@stgeorgecommunity.orgIf anyone visits any of the services or businesses that are housed at 47 Main Street and then develops the virus within two weeks of doing so, let the town know immediately.

-The Maine Pottery Tour has been postponed to June 6 & 7

-All Coastal Mountains Land Trust community events, programs and group volunteer work parties will be cancelled through April 15.

-Maine Science Festival has been cancelled

-The 2020 Maine Science Festival has been cancelled due to the coronavirus.

-Maine Water offices are closed to visitors

Phone lines are open for 24-hour emergency service at 800-287-1643. Bill payments can be made by mail, by phone, online at or at local payment agencies such as Bangor Savings Bank. In-home service appointments will be limited to only those that are essential. If our people need to enter a customer’s home, they will ask a few simple questions about potential exposure to the coronavirus for their and other customers’ safety.  Nonessential customer appointments, such as periodic meter changes, will be rescheduled to a later date.

-There will be no programs at the Hope Library at least through the end of April.

The library will remain open during town office hours, but library volunteers will not be attending their usual weekday shifts. For more information, email

-The Friends of the Rockland Public Library Book and Bag Sale, scheduled for March 28, has been cancelled.

-The Maine Spring Ring, scheduled for March 28 at Auburn Middle School has been cancelled.

-Merryspring Nature Center cancellations

Merryspring Nature Center will postpone the Tuesday Talk lecture series for the next 30 days, from March 17 to April 7. Tuesday Talks will resume as usual Tuesday, April 14. Tuesday Talks are the only Merryspring programs that will be affected by this measure. Weekend Workshops will still take place due to their smaller class volume.

Merryspring Nature Center will remain open to the public daily from dawn to dusk, and our standard week day Ross Center hours will not be affected by these measures.

-Spring sports pre-season practice delayed

-The MPA Board of Directors and Interscholastic Management Committee will delay the start of the 2020 spring sports pre-season practice until April 27.

-Bureau of Motor Vehicles mobile units visits are suspended until further notice.

-Maine Statehood Stamp Dedication Ceremony Postponed

The U.S. Postal Service dedication of the Maine Statehood Forever stamp, scheduled for March 15, will be delayed due to the postponement of the host event, the Maine Statehood Day Ceremony in Augusta. The Maine Statehood Forever stamp will still be available for purchase starting Sunday, March 15.

The Maine Bicentennial Commission noted that it would reschedule the Statehood celebration for a date when everyone can safely come together to join in observing 200 years of Maine statehood.

-Musical celebration of Maine Statehood Bicentennial

The celebration to have taken place at the March 15 worship service at the United Christian Church, has been cancelled. For more information, call 763-3800.

-Chamber To reschedule Business Expo

The Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce will reschedule its annual Business & Community Expo, originally scheduled for Wednesday, April 1 at the Samoset Resort.

-Coastal Senior College cancels spring courses, Brown Bag Lunch series

As an affiliate of the University of Maine System, Coastal Senior College released a press statement saying they have cancelled all of its spring classes due to the coronavirus outbreak.

-CSC is also cancelling the last of the Brown Bag Lunch Series at the Thomaston Library.

"Coastal Senior College remains dedicated to our mission of enriching the lives of our members through the joy of lifelong learning," said M&P Co-Chair Shelly Swazey in the press release, "when this health concern has passed, we will continue to operate and plan future classes and programs."

-Dirigo Rocks! to be rescheduled

The Camden Opera House, Dirigo Rocks! concert scheduled for March 14 is canceled. The Opera House plans to reschedule this Maine Bicentennial Commission-endorsed mini-music festival. All tickets will be refunded, and the new date will be announced when it is determined, according to Dagney Ernest, Promotions/Box Office Manager.

-Rockport Maine’s Bicentennial celebration postponed

The March 15 Rockport Celebration of Maine’s Bicentennial has been postponed. All events, from the 9 a.m. walk up Beech Hill, the lunchtime at the Masonic Hall, and the Community Supper at the Opera House, will take place at a future date, to be determined.

-Maine Statehood Day Ceremony postponed

The Maine Statehood Day Ceremony scheduled for Sunday, March 15, at 1 pm, at the Augusta Armory is postponed.

-Pinewood Derby postponed

-2020 Maine Jewish Film Festival Postponed

-Maine Community Colleges extend spring break

-Sara Gideon postpones Bean Supper event

-The Maine Boatbuilders Show 2020 has been postponed.

-Portland Symphony Orchestra cancels concerts through April 13

-The Doll Fest scheduled for March 14 at Lincolnville’s Community Building has been postponed to a later date.

-First Congregational Church of Camden cancelled the last two Soup Lunches dated March 18 and March 25

-The forest fire presentation event at the Gibbs Library in Washington has been cancelled.

-March 19 Affordable Care Act 10th Birthday Celebration Cancelled

-Midcoast Community Chorus suspends all upcoming rehearsals and performances for this semester.

-Rockland Public Library cancels all March programs and meetings

-Thomaston Town Office cancels open house, Maine200 talk and historic home care

-First Congregational Church of Camden Closes, events cancelled

-PenBay Y’s April free adult swimming lessons will be postponed.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Mar 14, 2020 07:35

Reading the updates from other countries and how places of worship have spread the disease it is time for our local places of worship to close before it is too late and they are forced to do it by decree.

In Brunei, 38 of the total 40 coronavirus cases in the country had been linked to the religious gathering, as of Saturday.

A total of 85 Bruneians were present at the the gathering, 18 of whom went on to test positive. The remainder of the 38 are their immediate family members, friends or co-workers, the health ministry said.

Malaysia has confirmed 41 new coronavirus today.

All of the cases are connected to a religious event which occurred on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur and was attended by around 10,000 people.

This brings the total number of cases in Malaysia to 238, 81 of which were linked to the same event held at a mosque between February 27 and March 1.

Kuwait authorities have temporarily closed mosques and changed the Muslim call to prayer, which normally tells people to come to mosque, to instruct them to pray at home.

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