1. We welcomed Elswyth Strassberger last week as our new County Planner. Excited that her experiences and skills in rural transportation, public transit, bike/ped planning, environmental issues and healthy communities will contribute to and shape our work with each of you and the County as a whole. 
Elswyth is getting to know a few towns each week and will be in touch with local officials throughout the County over the next month or so.
2. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection will open the second round for 2019 Grants for Stream Crossing Public Infrastructure Improvements next Monday, September 9th. The grants support upgrades to stream crossings on town roads to meet Stream Smart standards to prevent culvert failures and improve access to important habitat for fish and other wildlife. 
While the official application will be available on the 9th, the RFP can be found now on this page: http://www.maine.gov/dafs/procurementservices/vendors/grants. More information on Stream Smart can be found at StreamSmartMaine.org.
Projects must be located on a municipal road, but eligible grant applicants include municipal conservation commissions, soil & water conservation districts, and private non-profit organizations as well as local governments. 
Please contact County Planner Elswyth Strassberger at estrassberger@lcrpc.org or (207) 882-5986 if you would like support from LCRPC in preparing a grant application or just to let us know if you plan on applying.
3. The LCRPC will provide a fall round of ASK grants. As many towns are aware, these small grants focus on direct technical assistance to help you address a municipal issue — structural assessment of a key town building, preparing an RFP for a community project, developing a local roads inventory, etc. Attached is the fall 2019 application guidelines — similar to previous years. The deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 2. Please contact Mary Ellen Barnes at 882-5983 or mbarnes@lcrpc.org. Edgecomb and Monhegan are busy with their spring 2019 ASK projects and are not eligible for this round.  
4. Broadband: The 7-Town ConnectME Broadband Committee meets next Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 4 pm at our office to kick-off Phase 2 of this process — goal-setting, network design and costs, etc. 
On September 24th, at 6 pm at the CLC-Y, we’re teaming up with the Island Institute to offer a panel discussion and public conversation about broadband, looking primarily at Damariscotta, Newcastle, South Bristol, Bristol, Nobleboro, Newcastle, and Bremen. Here’s the link to register for this.
A statewide Maine Broadband Summit will take place Oct 28-29 (Mon-Tues). Click here to register for the Summit
Day 1 of the two-day conference will bring together local leaders from communities across Maine to share experiences and updates on their community-driven broadband projects. On Day 2, local leaders will be joined by state and regional leaders, technical experts, and affiliated partners to help connect communities with resources and tools for reaching broadband goals.
5. A Subdivision Workshop for Planning Boards is scheduled for Wed., October 16 at 6 pm at the Waldoboro Town Office. To register for this free training, follow this link.
For more information, contact Mary Ellen Barnes at (207) 882-4271 or email mbarnes@lcrpc.org


SAT 14-Sep 5pm GRP 2 w/ LATE MODEL 50, plus N.E.CLASSIC LITES Late Model (50)
SAT 21-Sep 5pm GRP 1 GRP 1 Champ Night plus NEMA MIDGETS / LITES Nema Lite (50)
presented by Ames True Value Supply
SAT 28-Sep 4pm GRP 2 GRP 2 Champ Night w/ DOMINATOR STRICTLY SHOOTOUT Strictly St (50)
presented by 4 Season Synthetics / Amsoil

Welcome New Member
Marita Fairfield-

National Digital Equity Center
Marita closed her business Power Up Business Solutions to join Susan Corbett of NDEC@Axiom Education & Training Center and continue her lifetime commitment to technological education. Thanks to LCRPC, she has been able to open this branch in Wiscasset and offer classes this month with a curriculum geared to 55 plus residents, Aging Well with Technology.
Partnering with stakeholders to create disruptive strategies to close the digital divide, this company has already rolled out free classes in 8 northern counties.
Marita will be hosting a Business After Hours and Open House Wednesday, October 2, 5:30-7 p.m at the LCRPC, 297 Bath Road, Wiscasset. Please plan on attending and see what she has to offer.
Thanks for joining the Wiscasset Area Chamber, Marita!


LCHA and OFW Bicentennial Lecture Series


Maine Bicentennial Lecture Series in Three Parts
Part I: 1300 years of Maine History from Early
Native Americans to European Contact
When: Every Sunday from September 15 through October 20
Time: 1:00-3:00PM
Where: Wiscasset Middle High School
272 Gardiner Road, Wiscasset, ME 04578
September 15, 2019 Maine Native Americans: An Archaeological Perspective
Covering 1300 years of Native American History in Maine
Dr. Arthur Spiess, Senior Archaeologist, Maine Historic
September 22, 2019 The Building of the Pinnace “Virginia” Popham Colony’s
Major Success and its Reconstruction
Orman Hines, a vocational archaeologist, former president of
Maine’s First Ship
September 29, 2019 17th Century Maine, A Wabanaki Perspective
James Francis, President, Penobscot Nation
October 6, 2019 The English Settlement of Maine in the 17th Century
Dr. Emerson Baker, Salem State University
October 13, 2019 Maine’s French and Indian Wars
Mike Dekker, Author and Living Historian w/ Mark Roman,
Living Historian
October 20, 2019 17th & 18th Century Maine, A French Perspective
Ken Hamilton Living Historian
Presented by Lincoln County Historical Association & Old Fort Western