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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 […]

by Matt Rocha· · 0 comments · Editor Pick Local, Local
Quarry Road Trails offers three Ski Free days

Quarry Road Trails offers three Ski Free days

Quarry Road Trails had its last Ski Free Day of the winter season Feb. 22, a program it puts on to  increase attendance. In the winter, Quarry Road offers cross country skiing, snowshoeing, fat tire biking, sledding, and dog walking. On Ski Free Days, certain costs are waived to make these activities available to everyone. Caroline Mathes, co-chair of Quarry […]

by Sonia Lachter· · 0 comments · Editor Pick Local, Local
Waterville City Council Minutes: 2020 so far

Waterville City Council Minutes: 2020 so far

January 7 New Business Recognizing the bicentennial of State of Maine Amendment to the marijuana ordinance Community Notes Nancy Sanford thanked the Police Department for their response to a shooting in her neighborhood Julian Payne asked how the search to replace current City Manager Mike Roy was going and said that “the search should be a nation-wide effort. Mayor Isgro […]

by Peg Schreiner· · 0 comments · Editor Pick Local, Local
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, […]

by Matt Rocha· · 0 comments · Editor Pick Local, Local, Side Feature
Grandmothers for Reproductive Rights advocate across Maine for what they once lacked

Grandmothers for Reproductive Rights advocate across Maine for what they once lacked

In Feb 2013, a group of Maine grandmothers who grew up in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s founded Grandmothers for Reproductive Rights (GRR!). Their mission was, and is, to serve as stewards of the reproductive rights with which they did not grow up. Elayne Richard is a GRR! member from Fairfield, Maine. She spoke to the Echo about the group’s […]

by Sonia Lachter· · 0 comments · Editor Pick Local, Local
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 […]