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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.  […]

Waterville heads to the polls a year after midterm challenges to Colby voters

Waterville heads to the polls a year after midterm challenges to Colby voters

On Nov. 5, Waterville residents voted in the State of Maine Referendum Election and Regular and Special Municipal Elections. Waterville voters cast their ballots on City Council seats, Board of Education seats, Kennebec Water District Trustees, and Charter Commission seats. All voters in Maine voted on transportation investment and amendments to the Constitution of Maine regarding allowing people with disabilities […]

Two weeks in review: catch up on local news

Two weeks in review: catch up on local news

Mayor Isgro vetoes City Council move to purchase ambulances By Sonia Lachter Local News and Features Editor On Oct. 22, Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro vetoed a unanimous city council vote which approved up to $131,000 in spending on two ambulances for the city. In his Veto of Resolution, Isgro explained that this was due to his concerns about cost. “It […]

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Colby Museum curator moves to Portland Museum of Art

Colby Museum curator moves to Portland Museum of Art

Colby Museum Curator of Academic Programs Shalini Le Gall will be moving to the Portland Museum of Art (PMA). Her role will focus on European art collections as well as academic programs. Her official title is  a curator of European Art and Director of Academic Engagement.  Le Gall’s role as a curator will continue as she will work on developing […]

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 […]

Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro’s proclamation replaces Indigenous Peoples’ Day with Columbus Day

Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro’s proclamation replaces Indigenous Peoples’ Day with Columbus Day

This post was updated on Oct. 3 to reflect accuracy regarding the College’s process of adding Indigenous Peoples’ Day to the calendar.  On Oct. 1, at the Waterville City Council meeting, Mayor Nick Isgro proclaimed Oct. 14 as Columbus Day in the city. This proclamation stands in opposition to a state law passed by Governor Janet Mills in April renaming […]

Maine’s new Hands Free Law

Maine’s new Hands Free Law

Every week, Colby Director of Security Robert Williams writes about a security issue that may affect the student population.  On Sept. 19, 2019 Maine became the 19th state to ban the use of all handheld electronic devices and portable electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle.  What does this mean? What about your GPS? What if you have an emergency […]

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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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Waterville Mayor Isgro discusses hopes for the year

Waterville Mayor Isgro discusses hopes for the year

Since 2014, the mayoral office of the city of Waterville has been held by Nick Isgro. The mayor, an active member of the Maine Republican Party, is known around the city and state for his outspoken social media presence. In the 2018 midterms, for instance, he had a newsworthy involvement in opposing the referendum on banning plastic bags in the […]

Exploring Governor Paul LePage’s Waterville legacy

Exploring Governor Paul LePage’s Waterville legacy

In an American political climate where outspoken politicians continue to generate headlines on a national level, Maine Governor Paul LePage has often garnered widespread media attention. Although his name recognition now extends beyond Maine’s borders, LePage got his start much closer to home and laid the foundation for a lasting legacy in Waterville by serving on city council for two […]