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AYCC launches new Wellness Center

AYCC launches new Wellness Center

The Alfond Youth and Community Center (AYCC) opened its new Wellness Center, which was funded by a $6 million donation from Peter Alfond. The 10,000 square-foot addition was made with the goal of expanding the AYCC’s reach from just children to all ages. Sawyer Boulette grew up in Waterville and, after an eight-year hiatus in Bath, is back in the […]

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Colby Government department conducts 2020 polling

Colby Government department conducts 2020 polling

In conjunction with the Wall Street Journal, the Colby Government Department released its first poll on the 2020 elections on Feb. 18.  The Government Department worked alongside national pollster SocialSphere to survey Mainers on a variety of national and Maine-specific issues. This poll is the first in a series the Government Department will conduct before the upcoming 2020 election.  According […]

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Two weeks out, vaccine referendum stirs statewide debate

Two weeks out, vaccine referendum stirs statewide debate

In May of 2019, Maine’s State Senate passed a law eliminating religious and philosophical vaccine exemptions in reaction to alarmingly low state-wide immunization rates among young children. The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that Maine’s vaccine-exemption rate hit 6.2%, the state’s highest number in over a decade. Most of these exemptions were for nonmedical reasons.   The bill, […]

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Brown House Commons open, catering to retirees

Brown House Commons open, catering to retirees

At a ribbon cutting ceremony last Tues, znov 12, the Brown House Commons were officially introduced to the Waterville community. The Brown House Commons comprises 27 apartments at 110 College Ave., which was formerly occupied by Goudreau’s Retirement Inn. Brown House Properties purchased the building two years ago, and in that time, the company has developed state-of-the-art homes for Waterville’s […]

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A closer look at local election, referendum results

A closer look at local election, referendum results

Last week, Nov. 5, Maine’s residents voted on two statewide referendum questions. Question One addressed Maine’s infrastructure, asking residents if they were in favor of a $105 million bond issue, the proceeds of which would go toward Maine’s roads, bridges, railroads, airports, transit, and ports. If the Question were to pass, the federal government would contribute an extra $137 million.  […]

City Council, Mayor clash over ambulance purchase

City Council, Mayor clash over ambulance purchase

On Oct. 15, the Waterville City Council unanimously voted to purchase two used ambulances. One of the ambulances, a 2011 Chevy diesel model with 74,160 miles, will cost $55,000; the second, a 2012 Chevy with 95,500 miles, will cost $47,500. The Council also approved the purchase of two Stryker Power-Cots, which will cost a total of $18,000. When one considers […]

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Center for Small Town Jewish Life to host Fall Shabbaton Oct. 25-26

Center for Small Town Jewish Life to host Fall Shabbaton Oct. 25-26

On Oct. 25-26, the Center for Small Town Jewish Life will host the sixth annual Fall Shabbaton on campus. The Shabbaton celebrates the best of Jewish life and includes a weekend full of song, learning, meals, prayer, and outdoor exploration. Several guests will appear at the Shabbaton.  First, scholar in residence Dr. Ruth Calderon will discuss Israeli culture and society. […]

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Alfond Youth Center introduces food program

Alfond Youth Center introduces food program

The Alfond Youth and Community Center has added the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) to its extensive list of services. The CACFP is a federal program that reimburses child care centers, day care homes, and adult day care centers for providing healthy meals and snacks. The program provides assistance to afterschool programs, emergency shelters, and adults with disabilities […]

Thomas College Names School of Education for Peter and Paula Lunder

Thomas College Names School of Education for Peter and Paula Lunder

In a ceremony on Sept. 16, Thomas College honored Peter ‘56 and Paula Lunder. The newly minted Peter and Paula Lunder School of Education celebrates the Waterville natives, whose gift of more than five million dollars financed the Center for Innovation in Education. Thomas administrators and students, as well as local education advocates and business leaders, attended the naming ceremony […]

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Climate Strikes Held in Portland, Colby

Climate Strikes Held in Portland, Colby

Last Friday, Sept. 20, an estimated four million students set down their pencils, left their classrooms, and marched in the Global Climate Strike. In the first demonstration of its kind, people on every continent, including scientists in Antarctica, demanded lawmakers take steps to heal the environment and preserve it for future generations.  The strike’s organizers believe that an immediate transition […]

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