Maine at 200 Series

Maine Historical Society is running a fantastic series of virtual bicentennial programs between now and next March.

You can view their scheduled events and register for them here: Maine Historical Society, Maine at 200

September Programs

Monday, September 21, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

ONLINE PROGRAM: With Dr. Richard Bell. In Partnership with Mechanics’ Hall
HAMILTON! How the Musical Remixes American History

Alexander Hamilton, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. Gift of Henry Cabot Lodge

Alexander Hamilton, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. Gift of Henry Cabot Lodge

America (once again) has HAMILTON mania! With Disney+ now streaming the show, backyard movie screens and living room television sets have been screening Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning musical all summer long.

Maryland historian Dr. Richard Bell will explore this musical phenomenon to reveal what its success tells us about the marriage of history and entertainment. We’ll learn what this amazing musical gets right and gets wrong about Alexander Hamilton, the American Revolution, the birth of the United States, and why, particularly in this moment in time, all that matters.

What were the real Alexander Hamilton’s choices and policies in relation to immigrants, working people, rural farmers, and those enslaved? We will examine some of the choices the creators of Hamilton made to simplify, dramatize, and humanize the complicated events and stories on which the show is based. We will also talk about the cultural impact of Hamilton: what does its runaway success reveal about the stories we tell each other, who we are, the nation we made, and the importance of who tells your story?

This program is presented in partnership with Mechanics’ Hall.

Cost: Free to members of Mechanics’ Hall & Maine Historical Society. Suggested ticket price $10 for non-members. NOT AN MHS MEMBER? IT’S EASY TO JOIN!

Location: Online via Zoom. Registration required. REGISTER via EVENTBRITE HERE

Maine Fall Foliage Weekly Report – September 16, 2020

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Maine Foliage Weekly Reports

Maine Foliage Map for September 16, 2020

Maine Fall Foliage Report
September 16, 2020

Maine’s Fall Foliage Season Creeping In

Augusta, ME – Today marks the official start of reporting 2020 fall foliage conditions in Maine. Maine’s leaf-bearing trees will show off their brilliant colors of yellow, orange, and red in the upcoming weeks. The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s (DACF) 2020 Fall Foliage Report for Wednesday, September 16, 2020, reports spotty color change (10 percent) in the forest.

Typically, northern Maine (zones 6 and 7) reach peak conditions the last week of September into the first week of October. The rest of the state’s progression of color will start occurring from north to south in mid-October. Coastal Maine typically reaches peak conditions mid-to-late October.

“Despite the drought conditions throughout Maine, we anticipate a brilliant fall foliage season,” notes Gale Ross, Maine’s fall foliage spokesperson. “As with every autumn, the weather determines Maine’s extended foliage outlook. Please keep your fingers crossed for warm days, followed by chilly nights, which will set us up for that perfect panoramic display of fall colors during the foliage season.”

Aaron Bergdahl, Forest Pathologist with DACF’s Maine Forest Service, reports that overall, Maine’s abundant, healthy, resilient and diverse forests assure us of an excellent display of colors.

During these unusual times, please be safe while exploring Maine this fall. For travel and visitor information as it relates to COVID-19, go to

Many of Maine’s annual fall events that residents and visitors alike have grown to love have been canceled or have become virtual this year, but there are still ways to enjoy autumn in Maine safely. Celebrate the changing season with apple picking at a local orchard. In addition to picking your own apples, some orchards like Ricker Hill in Turner provide even more fun with hard cider for the adults and fresh apple cider donuts. Or, bring the whole family to find your way through an elaborate corn maze, like this year’s design at Treworgy Orchards in Levant that honors Maine’s bicentennial. If you’re looking to get out and about this weekend, check out Freeport’s Makers on Main that will take place every Saturday until Indigenous Peoples’ Day (October 10), featuring artwork, crafts, and treats.

As Maine foliage transitions from north to south throughout the season, the optimal place to spot the changing leaves should first lead you to Aroostook County. Enjoy social distancing in the fresh air and roam the historical landmarks and river views of St. John Valley by bike. For an incredibly scenic drive, pack up the car for the Fish River Scenic Byway (Route 11) from Portage to Fort Kent. Expect to stumble upon meadows, forested stretches for foliage sightings, Maine’s highest peak, and picturesque Eagle Lake. Keep your eye out for an array of wildlife from eagles to moose.

Autumn enthusiasts can visit the state’s official foliage website at to sign up to receive weekly reports by email and are encouraged to share foliage images from regions throughout the state as the progression of color begins. Be sure to tag your images with @mainefoliage on Instagram and use #MaineFoliage. Our Facebook page will also include safe ways to enjoy fall this year. For more information about visiting Maine safely this fall, visit

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Week of September 16, 2020

Zone Number Color Change Leaf Drop
7 Very Low Very Low
6 Very Low Very Low
5 Very Low Very Low
4 Very Low Very Low
3 Very Low Very Low
2 Very Low Very Low
1 Very Low Very Low

Foliage Zones

Zone 1: Mid-Coast and South Coastal Maine, including Camden, Portland, Kennebunkport, and Kittery
Zone 2: Downeast Maine, including Machias, Bar Harbor, and Penobscot Bay
Zone 3: Central and Southwestern Maine, including Bangor, Augusta, and Fryeburg
Zone 4: Eastern Mid-Maine, including Houlton, Millinocket, and Calais
Zone 5: Western Mid-Maine, including Greenville, Rangeley, Bethel
Zone 6: Northwestern Maine

Zone 7: Northeastern Maine, including Fort Kent, Caribou, and Presque Isle

Government Affairs Update
Alison P. Sucy
Chief Operating Officer and Director of Government Affairs
The Maine Department of Labor issued the final rules regarding earned paid leave, which was enacted last year and becomes effective January 1, 2021.  Below are the highlights from the press release. For more information and FAQs, visit the DOL website here.
AUGUSTA — The Maine Department of Labor has adopted the final rules for Maine’s groundbreaking Earned Paid Leave Law, which ensures employees of businesses with more than 10 employees can earn up to 40 hours of annual paid leave starting in January 2021.
It is estimated that the vast majority of Maine workers will be able to accrue and use paid leave under the law, with some estimates totaling 85 percent, according to a news release. Maine is the first state to permit using this leave for reasons outside of illness, as long as employees give their employer reasonable notice.
Governor Janet Mills signed the Earned Paid Leave Law in May 2019, after working with a diverse group of stakeholders to create a consensus to support Maine workers who lacked paid leave, the release stated. It received strong bipartisan support in the Legislature and an endorsement from the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, per the release. MDOL was directed to lead the law’s implementation.
The Earned Paid Leave Law applies to employers with more than 10 workers in Maine for 120 days or more in a calendar year, except for seasonal industries as defined in the statute. Employers covered by the law must provide employees with one hour of paid leave for every 40 hours they work, up to a maximum of 40 hours of paid leave per year.
The law, “An Act Authorizing Earned Employee Leave” (26 MRS §637) goes into effect on January 1, 2021. While MDOL itself was charged with adopting the Rules to implement the statute, the MDOL’s Bureau of Labor Standards is charged with its enforcement.

PiYO with Lorna‘ (Outdoor fitness class) will be moved into the gymnasium tonight if the weather becomes an issue.
If weather conditions become an issue for our outdoor fitness classes we will move them inside the gymnasium (when space is available due to rentals). If you have any questions please call 882-8230 (leave message) or email and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Reservations have been on the rise for the pool, fitness room and the gymnasium. Please make sure to call (882-8230) or email, to reserve your time in these areas of our facility.

All WCC Memberships have been updated and extended!
If you have any questions about your membership please contact Duane Goud.

Please remember when entering the building we ask that you wear a mask in the lobby and any time you cannot social distance within the building(6′).
When you are within the pool area you are not required to wear a mask.
When you are within the fitness room you are not required to wear a mask while you are working out, but we do ask that you respect one another and please social distance 14′ while working out. We have signage posted throughout the building to help everyone with spacing and sanitation.

Thank you for your continued support of the Wiscasset Community Center as we try to keep everyone updated and informed as times, schedules, guidelines, etc. change.

The Lincoln County Food Initiative (LCFI) has partners across the restaurant, education, charity, government, and public health sectors. Leave a voicemail with your information, and one of our navigators will call back and discuss resources available in your town. The hotline will connect with local resources to provide the best form of assistance.


Chamber Chat with Chip-June 10


Hosted by LCTV, Chamber Chats with Chip will be broadcast Wednesdays at 7:30pm, every two weeks.

Available for viewing on : Spectrum Cable TV Channel 7

Tidewater Cable Channel 7

and on

Next Up- July 8 with Sheepscot Bay Physical Therapy

Next Up- July 22 with First Congregational Church Wiscasset

Next Up- August 5 with Red’s Eats

Next Up- August 19 with Chewonki Campground

Next Up- September 2 with Sheepscot Harbor Village Resort & Water’s Edge

Next Up- September 16 with Wiscasset Rec Center

Volunteer projects in the great outdoors where Covid 19 is much less of a threat, has allowed the Garden Club of Wiscasset (GCW) to continue its work this summer. The gardens at the historic Pownalborough Courthouse, the Serenity Garden at the Coastal Cancer Treatment Center in Bath, the Wiscasset Library, the Wiscasset Sunken Garden, the Nickels-Sortwell House Garden and the Wiscasset Green Elder Care are all blooming beautifully and on schedule.

We hope you’re enjoying the beauty and cheer of the flowers and planters in Wiscasset Village. These were made possible by funding from the Garden Club of Wiscasset (GCW) and the collaboration and hard work of the Appearance of the Town Committee.

We welcome new members throughout the year with comradery and educational programs monthly during the winter. For more information contact:

Linda Belmont
Membership – GCW

Lincoln County Historical Association misses summer visitors, but looks to the future

Just as many stores, restaurants, and other businesses have fallen victim to the dictates of the Corona virus, museums and historic sites including three that are maintained by Lincoln County Historical Association (LCHA) remain closed to summer visitors.

In a normal year, volunteer docents would share stories of these buildings to show how history intertwines with the heritage of this part of Maine. LCHA’s Chapman-Hall House, Pownalborough Court House, and the 1811 Old Jail span 200 years of Lincoln County history. The individuals who lived and worked in these historic buildings were observers and sometimes influential participants in the growth of Lincoln County from a district of the Massachusetts Bay Colony to one of the 16 counties in the State of Maine.

Although the buildings themselves remain quiet for now, LCHA looks to the future. Education director Louise Miller is adjusting her programs to meet the needs of a school year that promises to be unlike any other, with the exception perhaps of 1918. The cancellation of summer children’s programs and fundraisers has limited the organization’s ability to network and share with the community, but.a successful grant proposal will help fund a major electricity renovation in the Old Jail, and members have have shown their appreciation for the mission of the Association with their memberships and donations to support ongoing projects.. For this generosity the Board of LCHA is very grateful.

In the coming year, as restrictions ease and protocols are put in place to keep visitors and docents safe, the LCHA historic sites will once again be open to share insights into the rich heritage of Lincoln County. Meanwhile, the public is invited to view LCHA’s new website launched in the spring at Hiking trails at the Pownalborough Court House are also open to all.

The Lincoln County Historical Association is a nonprofit organization that provides stewardship for the 1754 Chapman-Hall House in Damariscotta, the 1811 Old Jail and Museum in Wiscasset, and the Pownalborough Court House in Dresden.  For more information about the Lincoln County Historical Association, visit and the Facebook pages, Lincoln County Historical Association Maineand Pownalborough Court House Museum.

Caption:  This display of 17th and 18th century navigational tools was featured at an LCHA event at the Chapman-Hall House in 2017.

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Maine’s Community College System
We have identified several training programs to be conducted online, including for jobs as medical assistants, phlebotomists and technicians who could help make supplies like swabs and disinfectants. MQC is coordinating its efforts with the Department of Labor and other workforce agencies for the recruitment and screening of participants in the new online programs.
SCORE just launched a brand new opportunity to deliver Real Time Mentoring services to business owners.
  • It’s free and all small business owners are welcome.
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