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  • Published
    June 12, 2020

    FTC finds travel, vacation problems top list of coronavirus-related complaints in Maine

    Reports about travel and vacation problems topped the list of coronavirus-related complaints from consumers in Maine, while nationally reports about online shopping top the list of consumer complaints, according to new data released by the Federal Trade Commission. Most of the coronavirus-related travel and vacation complaints from consumers are about problems with cancellations and refunds. Virus-related ...

  • Published
    June 8, 2020

    President signs Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act into law

    President Trump on June 5 signed into law the bipartisan Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act, which makes vital changes to the Paycheck Protection Program so it can better support small businesses. Key adjustments to the PPP include extending new loans over a longer period and allowing for added flexibility in how businesses can spend their PPP funds. Chris Slevin, vice president at the Economic Innovation Group, ...

  • Published
    June 1, 2020

    Lodging group offers tourism reopen plan

    A group of hotel owners has asked Gov. Janet Mills and her administration to work with them to salvage what is left of the 2020 tourist season. “Work With ME” launched Monday with supporters urging Gov. Mills to eliminate the 14-day quarantine, and replace it with responsible solutions to keeping residents and visitors to Maine safe. “We have been actively trying to convey the extreme harm that the 14-day ...

  • Published
    May 13, 2020

    A message to customers returning to restaurants

    As you know, the governor has approved most Maine restaurants to open, but, speaking as a restaurant employee, we won't be opening as "business as usual." There are a lot of significant changes the owners and employees must adhere to, but there are also a lot of changes customers must abide by and understand, too. Granted, when it comes to cleanliness and being sanitary, I can't imagine there are restaurants ...

  • Published
    April 6, 2020

    Treasury clarifies payment plans for those on Social Security

    The Department of the Treasury has announced that Social Security beneficiaries who are not typically required to file tax returns will not need to file an abbreviated tax return to receive an economic impact payment. The IRS will use the information on Form SSA-1099 to generate $1,200 economic impact payments to Social Security beneficiaries who did not file tax returns in 2018 or 2019. Treasury, not Social ...

  • Published
    April 3, 2020

    Red Cross: Donating blood safe; need is great

    The COVID-19 pandemic has upended lives and societies around the globe. It also led to the cancellation of 13,000 Red Cross blood drives across the U.S. during the three weeks ended April 1, according to Mary Brant, communications manager for the organization's Northern New England Region. Brant said since the Red Cross put out an urgent call for donors, people in Maine and around the nation "have come out in ...

  • Published
    March 30, 2020

    Coronavirus tests produced in Maine give quick results

    A Maine laboratory helped design and is mass producing a new COVID-19 test that will give results within minutes. National public health experts are already calling the made-in-Maine tests a potential “game changer” in the fight against novel coronavirus. The tests – about 50,000 produced per day – are being made solelyat Abbott's Scarborough plant, starting this week. The Scarborough location has worked for ...

  • Published
    March 24, 2020

    Waldo County General Hospital nurse confirmed to have COVID-19

    The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday that the number of Maine residents with COVID-19 has increased to 118. One Knox County resident, one Waldo County resident, and five Lincoln County residents are confirmed as having the virus. That Waldo County case is a nurse who works at Waldo County General Hospital. The nurse is self-isolated at home, the hospital stated in a statement issued ...

  • Published
    March 16, 2020

    VA Maine Healthcare posts web updates

    Jonathan Barczyk, CAVS, acting public affairs officer for VA Maine Healthcare System, responded today to veterans and their families who are concerned about the system's operational status in the midst of the coronavirus (COVID-19) civil emergency. Updates on the VA Maine Healthcare System's operational status will be posted on its website: maine.va.gov/, he said.

  • Published
    March 16, 2020

    Maple producers postpone Maine Maple Sunday weekend

    The Maine Maple Producers Association and its members issued a statement this afternoon urging that all Maine Maple Sunday events this weekend be postponed. No new dates are set as yet. "As COVID-19 continues to spread and based on the recommendations from the CDC and local government officials, the Maine Maple Producers Association has announced that all Maine Maple Sunday Weekend® events should be postponed," ...

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