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MaineCare to cover transgender procedures

MaineCare to cover transgender procedures

On Jun. 18, 2019, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) released an emergency ruling which “eliminates transsexual procedures from the list of non-covered services in Section 90.07. Elimination of this prohibition on transsexual medical procedures complies with Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, […]

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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 […]

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 Native Frances Perkins Highlighted by Sen. Elizabeth Warren

Maine Native Frances Perkins Highlighted by Sen. Elizabeth Warren

Democratic presidential candidate and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren’s Sept 16 campaign speech in Washington Square Park, New York City highlighted the work of Mainer Frances Perkins as a pioneer for labor  in Franklin D. Roosevelt’s cabinet.  Perkins was the first female member of the presidential cabinet, serving as Roosevelt’s Secretary of Labor during the Great Depression. Born in Boston but […]

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Waterville Public Works Moves to Install LED Street Lights

Waterville Public Works Moves to Install LED Street Lights

The Waterville Department of Public Works (DPW) recently announced a street light conversion project to replace the bulbs in the city’s street lights from  high-pressure sodium bulbs with Light Emitting Diode, (LED) bulbs. In an email to the Echo, Director of Public Works Mark Turner explained the decision to embark on this project was made through a city council vote […]

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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 […]

Lion’s Den Tavern opens on Main Street

Lion’s Den Tavern opens on Main Street

This article was updated for accuracy on Sept. 28, 2019.  The Lion’s Den Tavern, which began serving customers on Aug. 15 and held its grand opening on Friday, Sept. 27,   offers a bar-like atmosphere with classic American fare and a wide selection of drinks. Located at 74 Main Street in the space where Itali-ah used to operate, the new restaurant […]

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Dedicated Jan Plan instructor opens West African restaurant

Dedicated Jan Plan instructor opens West African restaurant

It hits me right as I walk in. Mé Lon Togo may be closed for the morning, but it by no means feels empty. The late afternoon sun beaming in through the tall windows mixes with the music lightly drifting out of the speaker system, forming an atmosphere that I don’t feel enough anymore: a homely one.  Listening to Mé […]

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