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Sat, April 4th

Rockland (Art Class, Live Streaming)
ArtLab for All Ages streaming on Facebook LIVE! Join ArtLab educators Mia Bogyo and Alexis Iammarino for a live stream, interactive workshop: Saturday, April 4th, 2:00, CMCA on Facebook. April’s workshop takes inspiration from the vibrant and expressive work of the five contemporary painters featured in the current CMCA exhibition, “Skirting the Line.” Workshop participants will learn techniques for creating 2-D and 3-D forms for landscapes, still lives, and figures. To see the exhibit: cmcanow.org. Prep at home in advance for the workshop
  • Materials needed: an assortment of mark-making tools such as paints and brushes, pens, pencils, markers, crayons, chalks or pastels – the more the merrier! You’ll also need scissors and some heavy paper, cardboard and/or small canvas boards to work on. Raid the recycling bin for flattened cereal boxes, brown paper bags, cardboard scraps and interesting wrappers.
  • Get inspired by exploring the Skirting the Line exhibition, cmcanow.org.
  • Clearan area for art making in a space where you and others have room to create; be sure to cover the area with newspaper, an old towel or tablecloth, or other protective covering to prevent any inadvertent damage!
  • Gather a variety of objects around your house, pantry, and yard to create still lives and sculptural arrangements.
Rockland (Live Streaming)
Maine Parishes Announce Holy Week Live-Streaming Schedules: Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, April 5, and continues through Easter Sunday, April 12.  A list of livestreamed Masses and liturgies at Maine parishes during Holy Week is listed at portlanddiocese.org/HolyWeekLiveStreaming. This webpage will be updated frequently as additional parishes submit schedules and when changes are made to schedules.
Bath (CANCELLED)
CANCELED      Celebrate mud season in style at this premiere fundraising event benefiting the Chocolate Church Arts Center.  What is it?  Details:  https://www.chocolatechurcharts.org/2019-2020-data/2020/4/4/mud-boots-black-tie-gala. This show is an adult show—ages 21 and over.
Orono (POSTPONED)
POSTPONED     Jazz vocalist Camila Meza and pianist Aaron Goldberg will collaborate for a concert in Minsky Recital Hall on Saturday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets and details at collinscenterforthearts.com
Surry (CANCELLED)
CANCELED   Join Blue Hill Heritage Trust for the first talk in our annual Spring Speaker Series! Our 2020 theme is "connection to place." Carol Dana, from the Penobscot Nation, will tell stories about her lifelong relationship with sweetgrass. Meet at The Gatherings in Surry Saturday, April 4th, 7-8pm. Light refreshments included. fmi: bluehillheritagetrust.org.
Rockland (UPDATE)
Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber Member Updates (as of 3/30/20) Blue Hill Co-op- Store hours have been reduced effective Wednesday, March 18th. The new hours are Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm. The coop provides gloves in their entrance for shoppers who would like them. In addition to our Café Curbside Pickup we are also offering a new Remote Basket program. Fill out a quick form on our website, give us your shopping list, and we’ll shop for you. Pay over the phone and pick up at the curb. Find out more at www.bluehill.coop/remote-basket. The Coop is also regularly updating their customers via their Facebook and Website pages or by calling 374-2165. Lambert Coffin, Attorneys- While their office is closed to public traffic due to COVID-19, they are available by phone and e-mail, with all employees working remotely. Email Amy at avisentin@lambertcoffin.com or call direct to 374-4460. Documents may be left in the dropbox next to their office door inside the building. For updates please visit the Lambert Coffin website: https://www.lambertcoffin.com/ Mainescape- Mainescape is open wed - Sat for phone orders and outside  pickup only. Pet food, Bird seed, seeds, soils and supplies, houseplants, etc. Pansies and primroses and spring flowering bulbs are coming next week to help lift peoples’ spirits! Blue Hill Heritage Trust- Free Trail Guides are still available outside of our office in a tote, as well as outside the Compass Rose Bookstore in the Book Boat, and Island Heritage Trust's Office. We would like to share Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife's recomendations for how to practice safe Social Distancing while enjoying the outdoors in public spaces. Tradewinds - New store hours starting April 5th: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm, with 7:00 – 8:00 am for 55+ only. Sandy’s Blue Hill Café – Thursday – Monday, 8:00 – 2:00. Curbside take-out for breakfast & lunch, frozen prepared meals and coffee/expresso drinks. Infection-control protocols are in effect. Castine Historical Society: Castine House and Garden Tour rescheduled to July 2021. Broadband Survey- Mission Broadband has offered a quick survey to collect data on some of the impacts of this current COVID-19 is having on all aspects of our broadband network.  They put together a survey to try to capture the end users perspective that might help guide efforts to improve broadband across the state.   The survey focuses on a few key items during this crisis, the influx of at home usages from families staying at home.  Its designed to highlight the gaps in coverage, inadequate coverage and social-economic factors. Please take a moment to fill out the survey, and then please share it widely in your virtual networks.   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ME_SD_BB_Impact
Rockland (Educational Resource)
Chewonki: Nature-Based Education Resources for Families at Home. Continue (or start!) your child's nature-based education at home with our new Chewonki at Home resource page. Find lessons, activities, and links to daily living streaming events with our wildlife educators, outdoor educators, and farm team... Get all the info at chewonki.org.
Rockland (now on FACEBOOK, now on YOUTUBE)
Now on FACEBOOK and YOUTUBE - Camden Library's Miss Amy’s Story Times and Crafts. Story times will be posted every weekday morning and craft ideas every weekday afternoon to help keep little minds and hands engaged. For more info and a list of all the videos currently available go to librarycamden.org. Questions? 236-3440 or librarycamden.org.
Brooklin (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED     Friend Memorial Public Library Building in Brooklinis closed to the public until at least May 1. Reevaluating then based on Governor's recommendations. The eCollection is available for free use. If you need a free library card to use our eBook and eAudio collection just call or email. We will be checking our email and voice mail regularly.  207-359-2276, annmargaret@friend.lib.me.us, or friend.lib.me.us.
Bar Harbor (CANCELLED)
CANCELED   The Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor has canceled the upcoming Abbe Museum Indian Market (AMIM), scheduled for May 15-17, 2020. This annual event will return the weekend of May 14 - 16, 2021. The Abbe Museum is formulating ways to support Native artists during this time and will have further announcements forthcoming on their website and social media pages. You can also find resources to help artists through the National Endowment for the Arts and state/regional arts organizations. FMI: abbemuseum.org.
Augusta (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED  The Maine State Library in Augusta is temporarily closed until April 15, 2020. In response to COVID-19 pandemic, the Maine State Library will close to the public through April 15, 2020, at which time a decision to open to the public can be reassessed. During this time, staff will continue to report to work and will accept requests and answer queries via phone (207) 287-5600, email and via our website www.maine.gov/msl/. Many resources are available online via Digital Maine Library along with ebooks, and audio books from the Download Library. The Talking Books and Books By Mail (contingent upon available titles) Programs will continue as long as there is no disruption to the US postal service. Library Development Staff will continue to support Maine’s libraries and librarians remotely during this difficult and uncertain time. The Maine State Library has suspended Interlibrary Loan and Van Delivery Services until March 30, 2020. At that time, we will reassess the current COVID-19 impact on library closures in the state to determine if the service should be restored. FMI: (207) 287-5600, or maine.gov/msl/.
Rockland (NOTICE)
Bangor Issues Emergency Regulation with Prohibitions on Businesses March 22, 2020   In response to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, the City of Bangor has issued updated emergency regulation with prohibitions on businesses. The regulation states that no auditorium, stadium, arena, large conference room, meeting hall, theater, gymnasium, fitness center, private club, movie theater, museum, dance club, music venue, adult entertainment facility, casino, gymnasium, fitness center, yoga studio, or indoor cycling studio is allowed to be open while the city's state of emergency remains in effect. Bars, restaurants, and dine-in facilities must also remain closed to dine-in traffic, but can continue to operate in delivery or "take-out" fashion as long as customers do not enter the business, and transfers of food or other product takes place outside the business. In addition, no other establishment of any kind that sells or provides goods or services are allowed to remain open during the state of emergency, except for establishments that provide necessary goods and services. A complete list of these businesses is available in the emergency regulation. For more information, read the official emergency regulation at bangormaine.gov.
Rockland (UPDATE)
Maine Farmers' Markets: The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry understands that during this Covid-19 Pandemic, producers and consumers alike want to know where to access fresh, safe foods. Given the recent exemption by Governor Janet Mills of businesses that provide essential services including agriculture and groceries from the statewide prohibition on gatherings of more than 10 people, the Department advises farmers’ markets to determine on a case-by-case basis whether to remain open. The Department recognizes that an outdoor farmers’ market or a wellspaced indoor market both involve a larger physical footprint allowing for a broader degree of interaction than a typical public gathering. The Department recognizes that farmers’ markets are important food sources for many Mainers, including those living in rural areas and those using federal food benefits. For those markets that opt to remain open, we strongly urge taking steps to facilitate social distancing, providing hand sanitizer/washing stations for shoppers and vendors, and cease all food sampling. In this rapidly evolving situation, farmers’ market members should stay alert for emerging guidance from the Maine CDC. To the extent that farmers’ markets remain open, we caution everyone involved to practice excellent personal hygiene and to stay home if unwell. For up-to-date info on specific Markets and more info: The Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets at mffm.org, 207-370-1524 or director@mffm.org.
Rockland (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
Community Law Foundation offices are closed and staff is working remotely. All in-person events are cancelled through the end of April. Stay tuned for more information on program updates, virtual gatherings, and events. For the latest info: clf.org.
Rockland (Appointment, Phone, Website)
The Maine Department of Marine Resources (maine.gov/dmr) announces that in order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, access to all Maine DMR facilities in Augusta, West Boothbay Harbor, Bangor, Lamoine, Jonesboro, and Rockland will be by appointment only.
  • Contact information for DMR staff can be found at: gov/dmr/about/employees.html.
  • If you are exhibiting any flu-like or viral symptoms, we thank you in advance for NOT entering our facilities for the safety and wellness of others.
  • For information on Maine's response to COVID-19, visit the Maine CDC's website at https://bit.ly/2U1Iy1a.
March 26, 2020 UPDATE on Maine's Elver Fishery:  After ensuring protocols are in place to protect fishermen, dealers and communities from the spread of COVID-19, the Maine Department of Marine Resources will open the elver season at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 30, 2020. Under the authority established by Governor Janet Mills’ March 15 Civil Emergency Proclamation, licensed elver harvesters may fish for and sell the quota of another licensed harvester. Dealers have also agreed to limit transactions significantly by only buying 1 pound or more of elvers. (March 20, 2020  Due to public health concerns associated with COVID-19, the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) has announced the closure of Maine's elver fishery, which had been scheduled to start Sunday, March 22, 2020. The closure, done through emergency rulemaking, will be for a minimum of two weeks and will be reassessed at that time. The announcement of the emergency regulation can be found on the DMR’s website.) Other Operational Changes
  • DMR is postponing all Aquaculture hearings and scoping sessions scheduled through May 1. Applicants and other stakeholders affected by this measure will receive updates as the situation evolves.
  • DMR is postponing all aquaculture pre-application meetings through April 1. After that time, DMR will re-evaluate scheduling pre-application meetings. Applicants interested in scheduling a pre-application meeting should contact Angel Wilson at Wilson@maine.govor 207-350-7902.
  • Applicants cannot schedule scoping sessions through May 1.
For industry members who need to apply for or renew a license or order tags, and can only do so on paper, there are applications and order forms available in the entryway of the Augusta office at 32 Blossom Lane in Augusta. There is also a drop box at the Augusta office where items can be left for DMR, including license applications and order forms.   PLEASE NOTE: NO CASH WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THIS TIME, HOWEVER CREDIT CARDS, MONEY ORDERS, OR CHECKS ARE ACCEPTED FORMS OF PAYMENT.
  • However, DMR strongly urges industry members to submit applications, order tags, upload documents, report landings, etc. via DMR’s online system, LEEDS at maine-dmr-leeds-prod.pegacloud.com/
  • If using LEEDS is not possible, DMR also encourages everyone to download documents from the department's licensing web page at maine.gov/dmr/commercial-fishing/licenses/index.html and to submit them by mail to the address indicated on the document.
  • Please visit our website for more updated information or to download applications, gov/dmr.
  • Limited licensing staff will still be working to assist with licensing issues over the phone, but in order to limit contact as recommended by CDC, staff will not be available for face to face conversations.
  • Option 1) DMR's Licensing Division can be reached by phone at 207-624-6550.
  • Option 2) Documents may be faxed to the Licensing Division at 207-287-4474 or 207-624-6024.  Staff will be available to assist with any questions or concerns.
Rockland (OPEN)
Update From Peninsula Grocery Providers Tradewinds - New store hours starting April 5th, 7:00 am – 7:00 pm, with 7:00 – 8:00 am for 55+ only. There are Purell wipes available to clean your hands and cart at both entrances. For updated information:  374-5137. Blue Hill Coop - Hours are Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm. The Coop provides gloves in their entrance for shoppers who would like them. In addition to Café Curbside Pickup there is also a new Remote Basket program. Fill out a quick form on the website, give us your shopping list, and we’ll shop for you. Pay over the phone and pick up at the curb. Find out more at www.bluehill.coop/remote-basket. The Coop is also regularly updating their customers via their Facebook and Website pages or by calling 374-2165. Farm Drop and Peninsula Provisions will continue to offer Home Delivery and Curb Side Pickup of local farm products and regular grocery items. Both of these services are run by Cullen Schneider, out of Fairwinds Florist. To make an order with Farm Drop: bh.farmdrop.us. To make an order with Peninsula Provisions please call Cullen at 374-5621. Sandy’s Blue Hill Café – Thursday – Monday, 8:00 – 2:00. Curbside take-out for breakfast & lunch, frozen prepared meals and coffee/expresso drinks. Infection-control protocols are in effect. Castine Historical Society: Castine House and Garden Tour rescheduled to July 2021. All of this information is as of 4pm on 3/30 and is subject to change, please check with these businesses for up to date information.
Blue Hill (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
Blue Hill Public Library will be closed until further notice. The decision to reopen will be reassessed as new information and recommendations become available.
  • The bookdrop will remain open for the duration—returns will always be accepted. If you have an oversized item not suitable for the bookdrop, call ahead and staff will meet you at the door.
  • All current due dates for library materials will be extended and no overdue fines will be assessed during this time period.
  • Has your library card lapsed or have you not yet gotten one? Normally you need to sign up in person, but for the duration of this closure, to provide access to digital materials, local year-round and part-time residents can sign up by phone.
  • Our staff will still be working and will be here to help in any ways we can. Please keep in mind that you can still call or e-mail us with your reference questions. Also, digital services (e-books, e-audiobooks, etc.) remain available from our website. The library’s WiFi will also remain available on the exterior 24/7. To contact the Blue Hill Public Library: 374-5515 or bhpl.net.
Belfast (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
Waterfall Arts in Belfast is Temporarily Closed: The galleries and office at Waterfall Arts will be closed until April 27th in response to the CDC guidelines and in alignment with the local school board RSU # 71 concerning the spread of COVID-19. All Waterfall Arts classes, events, workshops, youth programming and drop-in open studios will be suspended for the time being. Staff will reach out to already-registered students to process refunds or communicate rescheduled dates. Note: If you are receiving private lessons from studio tenants, please contact them directly for any schedule changes or cancellations. FMI: waterfallarts.org.
Castine (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
Witherlee Memorial Library Remains Closed Until Further Notice. Please keep books and movies until the library re-opens. Books have been renewed until mid-April. Please do not use the book drop at this time. Out of an abundance of caution, we cannot offer home delivery or pick-up at this time. We are very sorry. Our website provides a variety of digital reading and information resources and is updated regularly.  Please check out our Facebook page which has lots of alternative resources for your education and entertainment pleasure.  We can answer your reference questions by phone, 326-4375, or email: afr@witherle.lib.me.us (Anne Romans) or irene@witherle.lib.me.us (Irene Hall).  If you have a suggestion for our online resources please contact us! Children's News from Irene: I have been very busy posting lots of fun reading, viewing and drawing opportunities on our Facebook page. Tours of museums, zoos, story time from space!  How fun!
Blue Hill (Meals, Meals To-Go)
Harbor House Café in Blue Hill Offers Meals: Pick-Up or Delivery It’s Kathy from The Harbor House. We want your help to get the word out to the public and our elderly customers. Although we are closed to the public following CDC recommendation, we are preparing food for pick-up or delivery. We are offering casseroles, quiche, soups, chowders and many more items, the weekly menu is on the Harbor House Cafe FB page or we can email one. We will deliver in the Blue Hill area or you can pick up.
We have many elderly customers we are so concerned about. We have a small fund we are using to help feed the elderly facing financial hardship. We are also asking those purchasing if they would like to add a few dollars extra for this fund. We ask for a two day notice for dinners. Open 7:00 - 2:00, check for current hours. Ways to reach the Harbor House Café in Blue Hill: 207-374-7027, theharborhouseofbluehill@gmail.com, or on FB, The harbor house cafe
Camden (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
 TEMPOARILY CLOSED   The Camden Public Library will be closed temporarily. At this time, the intention is to resume normal operations on Wednesday, April 8th. Due dates have been extended to April 15, please DO NOT RETURN materials to the Drop Box. Many regular Library programs are being offered on-line or on Facebook. The Cloud Library: Explore thousands of e-books and audiobook titles that can be accessed on iPhone/iPad, Android device, PC, or Mac. The collection has been added to in recognition of the very high demand.  Stream Films: Over 30,000 independent, international, classic, or documentary films including The Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, and PBS are available via on-demand steaming. For updates, info, and on-line services: 236-3440 or librarycamden.org.
Rockland (CANCELLED)
CANCELLED   The 54th Annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race, which was originally scheduled for April 18, 2020. "It's a difficult event to postpone and reschedule since the water level in the stream continually drops throughout the spring, along with the resources needed to safely run the event." FMI: (207) 992-4490 or tracy.willette@bangormaine.gov.
Rockland (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) will be closed to the public through April 30, 2020. During the closure period, you can explore the many online resources, exhibitions and videos available 24/7, and get up to date info on what’s happening: cmcanow.org.
Belfast (Lunch for Kids)
The Game Loft is providing free grab-and-go lunches to any child from 12:00 noon to 2:00. Lunches will include a sandwich, fruit and vegetables. Children do not need to be Game Loft members to receive this service. The Game Loft is closed for regular programming, but while schools are closed due to the current covid-19 precautions, free lunches will be served to all children who come to the 78A Main Street, Belfast location. Meal are free for the kids, but your financial support is appreciated. At this time the Game Loft cannot accept community donations of food but financial contributions can be made through the website, thegameloft.org, or by sending a check to The Game Loft, 78A Main Street, Belfast, ME 04915. Please put on the memo line: Feed the hungry. FMI: thegameloft.org.
Winter Harbor (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED   Schoodic Arts for All’s Hammond Hall in Blue Hill will temporarily close until April 15th. FMI: schoodicartsforall.org. The Winter Harbor Music Festival will live stream the Flute and Piano Recital scheduled for Friday, April 3rd, at 7:00, without an audience. The link to the live stream on their Facebook page is: facebook.com/search/top/q?=winter%20harbor%20festival.
Unity (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners (MOFGA) offices in Unity are closed to the public, and staff are working remotely until further notice. MOFGA events through April 1st are postponed or canceled. To keep up to date or for more info: mofga.org.
Bar Harbor (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  The Jesup Library in Bar Harbor is currently closed to the public. Fees and overdues are waived at this time. Please keep your items at home until the Library reopens.  On-line services including the Maine Downloadable Library through CloudLibrary and access to the databases through the Digital Maine Library remain available. For links: jesuplibrary.org. The public wifi is still on and there is no password to access it. If there is any problem with your library card or if you would like to sign up for a library card during this time contact Laura at ledwards@jesuplibrary.org. Reference services are available by phone at 207-288-4245 or by email at info@jesuplibrary.org. The library will open as soon as it is safe to do so.
Bucksport (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  The Alamo Theatre in Bucksport is closed until further notice. Visitors and customers are not allowed into the building including the Archives. Please call ahead if you have business to conduct. FMI: Facebook, 469-0924, oldfilm.org.  
Bangor (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  The Challenger Learning Center of Maine in Bangor is currently closed to visitors. All public programs and k-12 field trips have been cancelled through April 24, 2020. Check the website regularly for updates on our normal operations status. FMI, questions or concerns: contact@astronaut.org, 990-2900, or astronaut.org.
Bangor (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED  The Bangor Public Library is closed to the public at least through Friday, May 15, 2020. All due dates will be extended til then, no overdue charges. Any change to those plans will be posted on the website,  social media, and on the atrium entrance to the Library. FMI: bangorpubliclibrary.org.
Blue Hill (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED  Peninsula Free Health Clinic in Blue Hill regretfully announces that the clinic will be closed at least through April due to staff and equipment shortages for handling infectious disease patients. For updates, please see the web site at peninsulafreehealth.org or on Facebook at Peninsula Free Health.
Bath (Vigil)
Lenten Vigil for Disarmament. Join us to say "No! to the building of weapons of mass destruction in Maine."  We gather in front of the Administration Building at Bath Iron Works, Washington St, Bath, 11:30 - 12:30, on Saturdays through April 11. FMI: Smilin'Trees Disarmament Farm, 763-4062.
Brooks (CANCELLED)
CANCELED   Traditional Irish Music and Song Session: Come to play, come to sing, or come to listen! Saturdays, 2:00 – 5:00, at the Marsh River Coop at the corner of Routes 7 and 179 in Brooks. FMI: 323-5042.

Sun, April 5th

Rockland (Live Streaming)
Maine Parishes Announce Holy Week Live-Streaming Schedules: Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, April 5, and continues through Easter Sunday, April 12.  A list of livestreamed Masses and liturgies at Maine parishes during Holy Week is listed at portlanddiocese.org/HolyWeekLiveStreaming. This webpage will be updated frequently as additional parishes submit schedules and when changes are made to schedules.
Rockland (UPDATE)
Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber Member Updates (as of 3/30/20) Blue Hill Co-op- Store hours have been reduced effective Wednesday, March 18th. The new hours are Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm. The coop provides gloves in their entrance for shoppers who would like them. In addition to our Café Curbside Pickup we are also offering a new Remote Basket program. Fill out a quick form on our website, give us your shopping list, and we’ll shop for you. Pay over the phone and pick up at the curb. Find out more at www.bluehill.coop/remote-basket. The Coop is also regularly updating their customers via their Facebook and Website pages or by calling 374-2165. Lambert Coffin, Attorneys- While their office is closed to public traffic due to COVID-19, they are available by phone and e-mail, with all employees working remotely. Email Amy at avisentin@lambertcoffin.com or call direct to 374-4460. Documents may be left in the dropbox next to their office door inside the building. For updates please visit the Lambert Coffin website: https://www.lambertcoffin.com/ Mainescape- Mainescape is open wed - Sat for phone orders and outside  pickup only. Pet food, Bird seed, seeds, soils and supplies, houseplants, etc. Pansies and primroses and spring flowering bulbs are coming next week to help lift peoples’ spirits! Blue Hill Heritage Trust- Free Trail Guides are still available outside of our office in a tote, as well as outside the Compass Rose Bookstore in the Book Boat, and Island Heritage Trust's Office. We would like to share Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife's recomendations for how to practice safe Social Distancing while enjoying the outdoors in public spaces. Tradewinds - New store hours starting April 5th: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm, with 7:00 – 8:00 am for 55+ only. Sandy’s Blue Hill Café – Thursday – Monday, 8:00 – 2:00. Curbside take-out for breakfast & lunch, frozen prepared meals and coffee/expresso drinks. Infection-control protocols are in effect. Castine Historical Society: Castine House and Garden Tour rescheduled to July 2021. Broadband Survey- Mission Broadband has offered a quick survey to collect data on some of the impacts of this current COVID-19 is having on all aspects of our broadband network.  They put together a survey to try to capture the end users perspective that might help guide efforts to improve broadband across the state.   The survey focuses on a few key items during this crisis, the influx of at home usages from families staying at home.  Its designed to highlight the gaps in coverage, inadequate coverage and social-economic factors. Please take a moment to fill out the survey, and then please share it widely in your virtual networks.   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ME_SD_BB_Impact
Rockland (Educational Resource)
Chewonki: Nature-Based Education Resources for Families at Home. Continue (or start!) your child's nature-based education at home with our new Chewonki at Home resource page. Find lessons, activities, and links to daily living streaming events with our wildlife educators, outdoor educators, and farm team... Get all the info at chewonki.org.
Rockland (now on FACEBOOK, now on YOUTUBE)
Now on FACEBOOK and YOUTUBE - Camden Library's Miss Amy’s Story Times and Crafts. Story times will be posted every weekday morning and craft ideas every weekday afternoon to help keep little minds and hands engaged. For more info and a list of all the videos currently available go to librarycamden.org. Questions? 236-3440 or librarycamden.org.
Brooklin (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED     Friend Memorial Public Library Building in Brooklinis closed to the public until at least May 1. Reevaluating then based on Governor's recommendations. The eCollection is available for free use. If you need a free library card to use our eBook and eAudio collection just call or email. We will be checking our email and voice mail regularly.  207-359-2276, annmargaret@friend.lib.me.us, or friend.lib.me.us.
Bar Harbor (CANCELLED)
CANCELED   The Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor has canceled the upcoming Abbe Museum Indian Market (AMIM), scheduled for May 15-17, 2020. This annual event will return the weekend of May 14 - 16, 2021. The Abbe Museum is formulating ways to support Native artists during this time and will have further announcements forthcoming on their website and social media pages. You can also find resources to help artists through the National Endowment for the Arts and state/regional arts organizations. FMI: abbemuseum.org.
Augusta (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED  The Maine State Library in Augusta is temporarily closed until April 15, 2020. In response to COVID-19 pandemic, the Maine State Library will close to the public through April 15, 2020, at which time a decision to open to the public can be reassessed. During this time, staff will continue to report to work and will accept requests and answer queries via phone (207) 287-5600, email and via our website www.maine.gov/msl/. Many resources are available online via Digital Maine Library along with ebooks, and audio books from the Download Library. The Talking Books and Books By Mail (contingent upon available titles) Programs will continue as long as there is no disruption to the US postal service. Library Development Staff will continue to support Maine’s libraries and librarians remotely during this difficult and uncertain time. The Maine State Library has suspended Interlibrary Loan and Van Delivery Services until March 30, 2020. At that time, we will reassess the current COVID-19 impact on library closures in the state to determine if the service should be restored. FMI: (207) 287-5600, or maine.gov/msl/.
Rockland (NOTICE)
Bangor Issues Emergency Regulation with Prohibitions on Businesses March 22, 2020   In response to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, the City of Bangor has issued updated emergency regulation with prohibitions on businesses. The regulation states that no auditorium, stadium, arena, large conference room, meeting hall, theater, gymnasium, fitness center, private club, movie theater, museum, dance club, music venue, adult entertainment facility, casino, gymnasium, fitness center, yoga studio, or indoor cycling studio is allowed to be open while the city's state of emergency remains in effect. Bars, restaurants, and dine-in facilities must also remain closed to dine-in traffic, but can continue to operate in delivery or "take-out" fashion as long as customers do not enter the business, and transfers of food or other product takes place outside the business. In addition, no other establishment of any kind that sells or provides goods or services are allowed to remain open during the state of emergency, except for establishments that provide necessary goods and services. A complete list of these businesses is available in the emergency regulation. For more information, read the official emergency regulation at bangormaine.gov.
Rockland (UPDATE)
Maine Farmers' Markets: The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry understands that during this Covid-19 Pandemic, producers and consumers alike want to know where to access fresh, safe foods. Given the recent exemption by Governor Janet Mills of businesses that provide essential services including agriculture and groceries from the statewide prohibition on gatherings of more than 10 people, the Department advises farmers’ markets to determine on a case-by-case basis whether to remain open. The Department recognizes that an outdoor farmers’ market or a wellspaced indoor market both involve a larger physical footprint allowing for a broader degree of interaction than a typical public gathering. The Department recognizes that farmers’ markets are important food sources for many Mainers, including those living in rural areas and those using federal food benefits. For those markets that opt to remain open, we strongly urge taking steps to facilitate social distancing, providing hand sanitizer/washing stations for shoppers and vendors, and cease all food sampling. In this rapidly evolving situation, farmers’ market members should stay alert for emerging guidance from the Maine CDC. To the extent that farmers’ markets remain open, we caution everyone involved to practice excellent personal hygiene and to stay home if unwell. For up-to-date info on specific Markets and more info: The Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets at mffm.org, 207-370-1524 or director@mffm.org.
Rockland (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
Community Law Foundation offices are closed and staff is working remotely. All in-person events are cancelled through the end of April. Stay tuned for more information on program updates, virtual gatherings, and events. For the latest info: clf.org.
Rockland (Appointment, Phone, Website)
The Maine Department of Marine Resources (maine.gov/dmr) announces that in order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, access to all Maine DMR facilities in Augusta, West Boothbay Harbor, Bangor, Lamoine, Jonesboro, and Rockland will be by appointment only.
  • Contact information for DMR staff can be found at: gov/dmr/about/employees.html.
  • If you are exhibiting any flu-like or viral symptoms, we thank you in advance for NOT entering our facilities for the safety and wellness of others.
  • For information on Maine's response to COVID-19, visit the Maine CDC's website at https://bit.ly/2U1Iy1a.
March 26, 2020 UPDATE on Maine's Elver Fishery:  After ensuring protocols are in place to protect fishermen, dealers and communities from the spread of COVID-19, the Maine Department of Marine Resources will open the elver season at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 30, 2020. Under the authority established by Governor Janet Mills’ March 15 Civil Emergency Proclamation, licensed elver harvesters may fish for and sell the quota of another licensed harvester. Dealers have also agreed to limit transactions significantly by only buying 1 pound or more of elvers. (March 20, 2020  Due to public health concerns associated with COVID-19, the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) has announced the closure of Maine's elver fishery, which had been scheduled to start Sunday, March 22, 2020. The closure, done through emergency rulemaking, will be for a minimum of two weeks and will be reassessed at that time. The announcement of the emergency regulation can be found on the DMR’s website.) Other Operational Changes
  • DMR is postponing all Aquaculture hearings and scoping sessions scheduled through May 1. Applicants and other stakeholders affected by this measure will receive updates as the situation evolves.
  • DMR is postponing all aquaculture pre-application meetings through April 1. After that time, DMR will re-evaluate scheduling pre-application meetings. Applicants interested in scheduling a pre-application meeting should contact Angel Wilson at Wilson@maine.govor 207-350-7902.
  • Applicants cannot schedule scoping sessions through May 1.
For industry members who need to apply for or renew a license or order tags, and can only do so on paper, there are applications and order forms available in the entryway of the Augusta office at 32 Blossom Lane in Augusta. There is also a drop box at the Augusta office where items can be left for DMR, including license applications and order forms.   PLEASE NOTE: NO CASH WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THIS TIME, HOWEVER CREDIT CARDS, MONEY ORDERS, OR CHECKS ARE ACCEPTED FORMS OF PAYMENT.
  • However, DMR strongly urges industry members to submit applications, order tags, upload documents, report landings, etc. via DMR’s online system, LEEDS at maine-dmr-leeds-prod.pegacloud.com/
  • If using LEEDS is not possible, DMR also encourages everyone to download documents from the department's licensing web page at maine.gov/dmr/commercial-fishing/licenses/index.html and to submit them by mail to the address indicated on the document.
  • Please visit our website for more updated information or to download applications, gov/dmr.
  • Limited licensing staff will still be working to assist with licensing issues over the phone, but in order to limit contact as recommended by CDC, staff will not be available for face to face conversations.
  • Option 1) DMR's Licensing Division can be reached by phone at 207-624-6550.
  • Option 2) Documents may be faxed to the Licensing Division at 207-287-4474 or 207-624-6024.  Staff will be available to assist with any questions or concerns.
Rockland (OPEN)
Update From Peninsula Grocery Providers Tradewinds - New store hours starting April 5th, 7:00 am – 7:00 pm, with 7:00 – 8:00 am for 55+ only. There are Purell wipes available to clean your hands and cart at both entrances. For updated information:  374-5137. Blue Hill Coop - Hours are Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm. The Coop provides gloves in their entrance for shoppers who would like them. In addition to Café Curbside Pickup there is also a new Remote Basket program. Fill out a quick form on the website, give us your shopping list, and we’ll shop for you. Pay over the phone and pick up at the curb. Find out more at www.bluehill.coop/remote-basket. The Coop is also regularly updating their customers via their Facebook and Website pages or by calling 374-2165. Farm Drop and Peninsula Provisions will continue to offer Home Delivery and Curb Side Pickup of local farm products and regular grocery items. Both of these services are run by Cullen Schneider, out of Fairwinds Florist. To make an order with Farm Drop: bh.farmdrop.us. To make an order with Peninsula Provisions please call Cullen at 374-5621. Sandy’s Blue Hill Café – Thursday – Monday, 8:00 – 2:00. Curbside take-out for breakfast & lunch, frozen prepared meals and coffee/expresso drinks. Infection-control protocols are in effect. Castine Historical Society: Castine House and Garden Tour rescheduled to July 2021. All of this information is as of 4pm on 3/30 and is subject to change, please check with these businesses for up to date information.
Blue Hill (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
Blue Hill Public Library will be closed until further notice. The decision to reopen will be reassessed as new information and recommendations become available.
  • The bookdrop will remain open for the duration—returns will always be accepted. If you have an oversized item not suitable for the bookdrop, call ahead and staff will meet you at the door.
  • All current due dates for library materials will be extended and no overdue fines will be assessed during this time period.
  • Has your library card lapsed or have you not yet gotten one? Normally you need to sign up in person, but for the duration of this closure, to provide access to digital materials, local year-round and part-time residents can sign up by phone.
  • Our staff will still be working and will be here to help in any ways we can. Please keep in mind that you can still call or e-mail us with your reference questions. Also, digital services (e-books, e-audiobooks, etc.) remain available from our website. The library’s WiFi will also remain available on the exterior 24/7. To contact the Blue Hill Public Library: 374-5515 or bhpl.net.
Belfast (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
Waterfall Arts in Belfast is Temporarily Closed: The galleries and office at Waterfall Arts will be closed until April 27th in response to the CDC guidelines and in alignment with the local school board RSU # 71 concerning the spread of COVID-19. All Waterfall Arts classes, events, workshops, youth programming and drop-in open studios will be suspended for the time being. Staff will reach out to already-registered students to process refunds or communicate rescheduled dates. Note: If you are receiving private lessons from studio tenants, please contact them directly for any schedule changes or cancellations. FMI: waterfallarts.org.
Castine (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
Witherlee Memorial Library Remains Closed Until Further Notice. Please keep books and movies until the library re-opens. Books have been renewed until mid-April. Please do not use the book drop at this time. Out of an abundance of caution, we cannot offer home delivery or pick-up at this time. We are very sorry. Our website provides a variety of digital reading and information resources and is updated regularly.  Please check out our Facebook page which has lots of alternative resources for your education and entertainment pleasure.  We can answer your reference questions by phone, 326-4375, or email: afr@witherle.lib.me.us (Anne Romans) or irene@witherle.lib.me.us (Irene Hall).  If you have a suggestion for our online resources please contact us! Children's News from Irene: I have been very busy posting lots of fun reading, viewing and drawing opportunities on our Facebook page. Tours of museums, zoos, story time from space!  How fun!
Blue Hill (Meals, Meals To-Go)
Harbor House Café in Blue Hill Offers Meals: Pick-Up or Delivery It’s Kathy from The Harbor House. We want your help to get the word out to the public and our elderly customers. Although we are closed to the public following CDC recommendation, we are preparing food for pick-up or delivery. We are offering casseroles, quiche, soups, chowders and many more items, the weekly menu is on the Harbor House Cafe FB page or we can email one. We will deliver in the Blue Hill area or you can pick up.
We have many elderly customers we are so concerned about. We have a small fund we are using to help feed the elderly facing financial hardship. We are also asking those purchasing if they would like to add a few dollars extra for this fund. We ask for a two day notice for dinners. Open 7:00 - 2:00, check for current hours. Ways to reach the Harbor House Café in Blue Hill: 207-374-7027, theharborhouseofbluehill@gmail.com, or on FB, The harbor house cafe
Camden (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
 TEMPOARILY CLOSED   The Camden Public Library will be closed temporarily. At this time, the intention is to resume normal operations on Wednesday, April 8th. Due dates have been extended to April 15, please DO NOT RETURN materials to the Drop Box. Many regular Library programs are being offered on-line or on Facebook. The Cloud Library: Explore thousands of e-books and audiobook titles that can be accessed on iPhone/iPad, Android device, PC, or Mac. The collection has been added to in recognition of the very high demand.  Stream Films: Over 30,000 independent, international, classic, or documentary films including The Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, and PBS are available via on-demand steaming. For updates, info, and on-line services: 236-3440 or librarycamden.org.
Rockland (CANCELLED)
CANCELLED   The 54th Annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race, which was originally scheduled for April 18, 2020. "It's a difficult event to postpone and reschedule since the water level in the stream continually drops throughout the spring, along with the resources needed to safely run the event." FMI: (207) 992-4490 or tracy.willette@bangormaine.gov.
Rockland (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) will be closed to the public through April 30, 2020. During the closure period, you can explore the many online resources, exhibitions and videos available 24/7, and get up to date info on what’s happening: cmcanow.org.
Belfast (Lunch for Kids)
The Game Loft is providing free grab-and-go lunches to any child from 12:00 noon to 2:00. Lunches will include a sandwich, fruit and vegetables. Children do not need to be Game Loft members to receive this service. The Game Loft is closed for regular programming, but while schools are closed due to the current covid-19 precautions, free lunches will be served to all children who come to the 78A Main Street, Belfast location. Meal are free for the kids, but your financial support is appreciated. At this time the Game Loft cannot accept community donations of food but financial contributions can be made through the website, thegameloft.org, or by sending a check to The Game Loft, 78A Main Street, Belfast, ME 04915. Please put on the memo line: Feed the hungry. FMI: thegameloft.org.
Winter Harbor (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED   Schoodic Arts for All’s Hammond Hall in Blue Hill will temporarily close until April 15th. FMI: schoodicartsforall.org. The Winter Harbor Music Festival will live stream the Flute and Piano Recital scheduled for Friday, April 3rd, at 7:00, without an audience. The link to the live stream on their Facebook page is: facebook.com/search/top/q?=winter%20harbor%20festival.
Unity (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners (MOFGA) offices in Unity are closed to the public, and staff are working remotely until further notice. MOFGA events through April 1st are postponed or canceled. To keep up to date or for more info: mofga.org.
Bar Harbor (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  The Jesup Library in Bar Harbor is currently closed to the public. Fees and overdues are waived at this time. Please keep your items at home until the Library reopens.  On-line services including the Maine Downloadable Library through CloudLibrary and access to the databases through the Digital Maine Library remain available. For links: jesuplibrary.org. The public wifi is still on and there is no password to access it. If there is any problem with your library card or if you would like to sign up for a library card during this time contact Laura at ledwards@jesuplibrary.org. Reference services are available by phone at 207-288-4245 or by email at info@jesuplibrary.org. The library will open as soon as it is safe to do so.
Bucksport (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  The Alamo Theatre in Bucksport is closed until further notice. Visitors and customers are not allowed into the building including the Archives. Please call ahead if you have business to conduct. FMI: Facebook, 469-0924, oldfilm.org.  
Bangor (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  The Challenger Learning Center of Maine in Bangor is currently closed to visitors. All public programs and k-12 field trips have been cancelled through April 24, 2020. Check the website regularly for updates on our normal operations status. FMI, questions or concerns: contact@astronaut.org, 990-2900, or astronaut.org.
Bangor (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED  The Bangor Public Library is closed to the public at least through Friday, May 15, 2020. All due dates will be extended til then, no overdue charges. Any change to those plans will be posted on the website,  social media, and on the atrium entrance to the Library. FMI: bangorpubliclibrary.org.
Blue Hill (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED  Peninsula Free Health Clinic in Blue Hill regretfully announces that the clinic will be closed at least through April due to staff and equipment shortages for handling infectious disease patients. For updates, please see the web site at peninsulafreehealth.org or on Facebook at Peninsula Free Health.
Belfast (CANCELLED)
CANCELED    Weekly Jam Session: open to everyone at any playing level.  We usually play fiddle tunes from the New England contra dance tradition, the traditional music of French and Atlantic Canada, English country dance, Irish jigs and reels, old-timey music and the occasional song. Sundays, 6:00 – 8:00, Waterfall Arts, 256 High St, Belfast. FMI: belfastfiddlers@gmail.com.

Mon, April 6th

Rockland (Live Streaming)
Maine Parishes Announce Holy Week Live-Streaming Schedules: Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, April 5, and continues through Easter Sunday, April 12.  A list of livestreamed Masses and liturgies at Maine parishes during Holy Week is listed at portlanddiocese.org/HolyWeekLiveStreaming. This webpage will be updated frequently as additional parishes submit schedules and when changes are made to schedules.
Rockland (UPDATE)
Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber Member Updates (as of 3/30/20) Blue Hill Co-op- Store hours have been reduced effective Wednesday, March 18th. The new hours are Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm. The coop provides gloves in their entrance for shoppers who would like them. In addition to our Café Curbside Pickup we are also offering a new Remote Basket program. Fill out a quick form on our website, give us your shopping list, and we’ll shop for you. Pay over the phone and pick up at the curb. Find out more at www.bluehill.coop/remote-basket. The Coop is also regularly updating their customers via their Facebook and Website pages or by calling 374-2165. Lambert Coffin, Attorneys- While their office is closed to public traffic due to COVID-19, they are available by phone and e-mail, with all employees working remotely. Email Amy at avisentin@lambertcoffin.com or call direct to 374-4460. Documents may be left in the dropbox next to their office door inside the building. For updates please visit the Lambert Coffin website: https://www.lambertcoffin.com/ Mainescape- Mainescape is open wed - Sat for phone orders and outside  pickup only. Pet food, Bird seed, seeds, soils and supplies, houseplants, etc. Pansies and primroses and spring flowering bulbs are coming next week to help lift peoples’ spirits! Blue Hill Heritage Trust- Free Trail Guides are still available outside of our office in a tote, as well as outside the Compass Rose Bookstore in the Book Boat, and Island Heritage Trust's Office. We would like to share Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife's recomendations for how to practice safe Social Distancing while enjoying the outdoors in public spaces. Tradewinds - New store hours starting April 5th: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm, with 7:00 – 8:00 am for 55+ only. Sandy’s Blue Hill Café – Thursday – Monday, 8:00 – 2:00. Curbside take-out for breakfast & lunch, frozen prepared meals and coffee/expresso drinks. Infection-control protocols are in effect. Castine Historical Society: Castine House and Garden Tour rescheduled to July 2021. Broadband Survey- Mission Broadband has offered a quick survey to collect data on some of the impacts of this current COVID-19 is having on all aspects of our broadband network.  They put together a survey to try to capture the end users perspective that might help guide efforts to improve broadband across the state.   The survey focuses on a few key items during this crisis, the influx of at home usages from families staying at home.  Its designed to highlight the gaps in coverage, inadequate coverage and social-economic factors. Please take a moment to fill out the survey, and then please share it widely in your virtual networks.   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ME_SD_BB_Impact
Rockland (Educational Resource)
Chewonki: Nature-Based Education Resources for Families at Home. Continue (or start!) your child's nature-based education at home with our new Chewonki at Home resource page. Find lessons, activities, and links to daily living streaming events with our wildlife educators, outdoor educators, and farm team... Get all the info at chewonki.org.
Rockland (now on FACEBOOK, now on YOUTUBE)
Now on FACEBOOK and YOUTUBE - Camden Library's Miss Amy’s Story Times and Crafts. Story times will be posted every weekday morning and craft ideas every weekday afternoon to help keep little minds and hands engaged. For more info and a list of all the videos currently available go to librarycamden.org. Questions? 236-3440 or librarycamden.org.
Rockland (now on FACEBOOK)
New on FACEBOOK – Bicentennial Program: Maine Mondays. Julia will read selections from books about Maine’s history. Check the Camden Library website for details on the books to be read from in this live-streamed read-aloud series. Mondays, 11:00, on Facebook. FMI: 236-3440 or librarycamden.org.
Brooklin (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED     Friend Memorial Public Library Building in Brooklinis closed to the public until at least May 1. Reevaluating then based on Governor's recommendations. The eCollection is available for free use. If you need a free library card to use our eBook and eAudio collection just call or email. We will be checking our email and voice mail regularly.  207-359-2276, annmargaret@friend.lib.me.us, or friend.lib.me.us.
Bar Harbor (CANCELLED)
CANCELED   The Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor has canceled the upcoming Abbe Museum Indian Market (AMIM), scheduled for May 15-17, 2020. This annual event will return the weekend of May 14 - 16, 2021. The Abbe Museum is formulating ways to support Native artists during this time and will have further announcements forthcoming on their website and social media pages. You can also find resources to help artists through the National Endowment for the Arts and state/regional arts organizations. FMI: abbemuseum.org.
Augusta (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED  The Maine State Library in Augusta is temporarily closed until April 15, 2020. In response to COVID-19 pandemic, the Maine State Library will close to the public through April 15, 2020, at which time a decision to open to the public can be reassessed. During this time, staff will continue to report to work and will accept requests and answer queries via phone (207) 287-5600, email and via our website www.maine.gov/msl/. Many resources are available online via Digital Maine Library along with ebooks, and audio books from the Download Library. The Talking Books and Books By Mail (contingent upon available titles) Programs will continue as long as there is no disruption to the US postal service. Library Development Staff will continue to support Maine’s libraries and librarians remotely during this difficult and uncertain time. The Maine State Library has suspended Interlibrary Loan and Van Delivery Services until March 30, 2020. At that time, we will reassess the current COVID-19 impact on library closures in the state to determine if the service should be restored. FMI: (207) 287-5600, or maine.gov/msl/.
Rockland (NOTICE)
Bangor Issues Emergency Regulation with Prohibitions on Businesses March 22, 2020   In response to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, the City of Bangor has issued updated emergency regulation with prohibitions on businesses. The regulation states that no auditorium, stadium, arena, large conference room, meeting hall, theater, gymnasium, fitness center, private club, movie theater, museum, dance club, music venue, adult entertainment facility, casino, gymnasium, fitness center, yoga studio, or indoor cycling studio is allowed to be open while the city's state of emergency remains in effect. Bars, restaurants, and dine-in facilities must also remain closed to dine-in traffic, but can continue to operate in delivery or "take-out" fashion as long as customers do not enter the business, and transfers of food or other product takes place outside the business. In addition, no other establishment of any kind that sells or provides goods or services are allowed to remain open during the state of emergency, except for establishments that provide necessary goods and services. A complete list of these businesses is available in the emergency regulation. For more information, read the official emergency regulation at bangormaine.gov.
Rockland (UPDATE)
Maine Farmers' Markets: The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry understands that during this Covid-19 Pandemic, producers and consumers alike want to know where to access fresh, safe foods. Given the recent exemption by Governor Janet Mills of businesses that provide essential services including agriculture and groceries from the statewide prohibition on gatherings of more than 10 people, the Department advises farmers’ markets to determine on a case-by-case basis whether to remain open. The Department recognizes that an outdoor farmers’ market or a wellspaced indoor market both involve a larger physical footprint allowing for a broader degree of interaction than a typical public gathering. The Department recognizes that farmers’ markets are important food sources for many Mainers, including those living in rural areas and those using federal food benefits. For those markets that opt to remain open, we strongly urge taking steps to facilitate social distancing, providing hand sanitizer/washing stations for shoppers and vendors, and cease all food sampling. In this rapidly evolving situation, farmers’ market members should stay alert for emerging guidance from the Maine CDC. To the extent that farmers’ markets remain open, we caution everyone involved to practice excellent personal hygiene and to stay home if unwell. For up-to-date info on specific Markets and more info: The Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets at mffm.org, 207-370-1524 or director@mffm.org.
Rockland (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
Community Law Foundation offices are closed and staff is working remotely. All in-person events are cancelled through the end of April. Stay tuned for more information on program updates, virtual gatherings, and events. For the latest info: clf.org.
Rockland (Appointment, Phone, Website)
The Maine Department of Marine Resources (maine.gov/dmr) announces that in order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, access to all Maine DMR facilities in Augusta, West Boothbay Harbor, Bangor, Lamoine, Jonesboro, and Rockland will be by appointment only.
  • Contact information for DMR staff can be found at: gov/dmr/about/employees.html.
  • If you are exhibiting any flu-like or viral symptoms, we thank you in advance for NOT entering our facilities for the safety and wellness of others.
  • For information on Maine's response to COVID-19, visit the Maine CDC's website at https://bit.ly/2U1Iy1a.
March 26, 2020 UPDATE on Maine's Elver Fishery:  After ensuring protocols are in place to protect fishermen, dealers and communities from the spread of COVID-19, the Maine Department of Marine Resources will open the elver season at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 30, 2020. Under the authority established by Governor Janet Mills’ March 15 Civil Emergency Proclamation, licensed elver harvesters may fish for and sell the quota of another licensed harvester. Dealers have also agreed to limit transactions significantly by only buying 1 pound or more of elvers. (March 20, 2020  Due to public health concerns associated with COVID-19, the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) has announced the closure of Maine's elver fishery, which had been scheduled to start Sunday, March 22, 2020. The closure, done through emergency rulemaking, will be for a minimum of two weeks and will be reassessed at that time. The announcement of the emergency regulation can be found on the DMR’s website.) Other Operational Changes
  • DMR is postponing all Aquaculture hearings and scoping sessions scheduled through May 1. Applicants and other stakeholders affected by this measure will receive updates as the situation evolves.
  • DMR is postponing all aquaculture pre-application meetings through April 1. After that time, DMR will re-evaluate scheduling pre-application meetings. Applicants interested in scheduling a pre-application meeting should contact Angel Wilson at Wilson@maine.govor 207-350-7902.
  • Applicants cannot schedule scoping sessions through May 1.
For industry members who need to apply for or renew a license or order tags, and can only do so on paper, there are applications and order forms available in the entryway of the Augusta office at 32 Blossom Lane in Augusta. There is also a drop box at the Augusta office where items can be left for DMR, including license applications and order forms.   PLEASE NOTE: NO CASH WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THIS TIME, HOWEVER CREDIT CARDS, MONEY ORDERS, OR CHECKS ARE ACCEPTED FORMS OF PAYMENT.
  • However, DMR strongly urges industry members to submit applications, order tags, upload documents, report landings, etc. via DMR’s online system, LEEDS at maine-dmr-leeds-prod.pegacloud.com/
  • If using LEEDS is not possible, DMR also encourages everyone to download documents from the department's licensing web page at maine.gov/dmr/commercial-fishing/licenses/index.html and to submit them by mail to the address indicated on the document.
  • Please visit our website for more updated information or to download applications, gov/dmr.
  • Limited licensing staff will still be working to assist with licensing issues over the phone, but in order to limit contact as recommended by CDC, staff will not be available for face to face conversations.
  • Option 1) DMR's Licensing Division can be reached by phone at 207-624-6550.
  • Option 2) Documents may be faxed to the Licensing Division at 207-287-4474 or 207-624-6024.  Staff will be available to assist with any questions or concerns.
Rockland (OPEN)
Update From Peninsula Grocery Providers Tradewinds - New store hours starting April 5th, 7:00 am – 7:00 pm, with 7:00 – 8:00 am for 55+ only. There are Purell wipes available to clean your hands and cart at both entrances. For updated information:  374-5137. Blue Hill Coop - Hours are Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm. The Coop provides gloves in their entrance for shoppers who would like them. In addition to Café Curbside Pickup there is also a new Remote Basket program. Fill out a quick form on the website, give us your shopping list, and we’ll shop for you. Pay over the phone and pick up at the curb. Find out more at www.bluehill.coop/remote-basket. The Coop is also regularly updating their customers via their Facebook and Website pages or by calling 374-2165. Farm Drop and Peninsula Provisions will continue to offer Home Delivery and Curb Side Pickup of local farm products and regular grocery items. Both of these services are run by Cullen Schneider, out of Fairwinds Florist. To make an order with Farm Drop: bh.farmdrop.us. To make an order with Peninsula Provisions please call Cullen at 374-5621. Sandy’s Blue Hill Café – Thursday – Monday, 8:00 – 2:00. Curbside take-out for breakfast & lunch, frozen prepared meals and coffee/expresso drinks. Infection-control protocols are in effect. Castine Historical Society: Castine House and Garden Tour rescheduled to July 2021. All of this information is as of 4pm on 3/30 and is subject to change, please check with these businesses for up to date information.
Blue Hill (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
Blue Hill Public Library will be closed until further notice. The decision to reopen will be reassessed as new information and recommendations become available.
  • The bookdrop will remain open for the duration—returns will always be accepted. If you have an oversized item not suitable for the bookdrop, call ahead and staff will meet you at the door.
  • All current due dates for library materials will be extended and no overdue fines will be assessed during this time period.
  • Has your library card lapsed or have you not yet gotten one? Normally you need to sign up in person, but for the duration of this closure, to provide access to digital materials, local year-round and part-time residents can sign up by phone.
  • Our staff will still be working and will be here to help in any ways we can. Please keep in mind that you can still call or e-mail us with your reference questions. Also, digital services (e-books, e-audiobooks, etc.) remain available from our website. The library’s WiFi will also remain available on the exterior 24/7. To contact the Blue Hill Public Library: 374-5515 or bhpl.net.
Belfast (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
Waterfall Arts in Belfast is Temporarily Closed: The galleries and office at Waterfall Arts will be closed until April 27th in response to the CDC guidelines and in alignment with the local school board RSU # 71 concerning the spread of COVID-19. All Waterfall Arts classes, events, workshops, youth programming and drop-in open studios will be suspended for the time being. Staff will reach out to already-registered students to process refunds or communicate rescheduled dates. Note: If you are receiving private lessons from studio tenants, please contact them directly for any schedule changes or cancellations. FMI: waterfallarts.org.
Castine (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
Witherlee Memorial Library Remains Closed Until Further Notice. Please keep books and movies until the library re-opens. Books have been renewed until mid-April. Please do not use the book drop at this time. Out of an abundance of caution, we cannot offer home delivery or pick-up at this time. We are very sorry. Our website provides a variety of digital reading and information resources and is updated regularly.  Please check out our Facebook page which has lots of alternative resources for your education and entertainment pleasure.  We can answer your reference questions by phone, 326-4375, or email: afr@witherle.lib.me.us (Anne Romans) or irene@witherle.lib.me.us (Irene Hall).  If you have a suggestion for our online resources please contact us! Children's News from Irene: I have been very busy posting lots of fun reading, viewing and drawing opportunities on our Facebook page. Tours of museums, zoos, story time from space!  How fun!
Blue Hill (Meals, Meals To-Go)
Harbor House Café in Blue Hill Offers Meals: Pick-Up or Delivery It’s Kathy from The Harbor House. We want your help to get the word out to the public and our elderly customers. Although we are closed to the public following CDC recommendation, we are preparing food for pick-up or delivery. We are offering casseroles, quiche, soups, chowders and many more items, the weekly menu is on the Harbor House Cafe FB page or we can email one. We will deliver in the Blue Hill area or you can pick up.
We have many elderly customers we are so concerned about. We have a small fund we are using to help feed the elderly facing financial hardship. We are also asking those purchasing if they would like to add a few dollars extra for this fund. We ask for a two day notice for dinners. Open 7:00 - 2:00, check for current hours. Ways to reach the Harbor House Café in Blue Hill: 207-374-7027, theharborhouseofbluehill@gmail.com, or on FB, The harbor house cafe
Camden (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
 TEMPOARILY CLOSED   The Camden Public Library will be closed temporarily. At this time, the intention is to resume normal operations on Wednesday, April 8th. Due dates have been extended to April 15, please DO NOT RETURN materials to the Drop Box. Many regular Library programs are being offered on-line or on Facebook. The Cloud Library: Explore thousands of e-books and audiobook titles that can be accessed on iPhone/iPad, Android device, PC, or Mac. The collection has been added to in recognition of the very high demand.  Stream Films: Over 30,000 independent, international, classic, or documentary films including The Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, and PBS are available via on-demand steaming. For updates, info, and on-line services: 236-3440 or librarycamden.org.
Rockland (CANCELLED)
CANCELLED   The 54th Annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race, which was originally scheduled for April 18, 2020. "It's a difficult event to postpone and reschedule since the water level in the stream continually drops throughout the spring, along with the resources needed to safely run the event." FMI: (207) 992-4490 or tracy.willette@bangormaine.gov.
Rockland (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) will be closed to the public through April 30, 2020. During the closure period, you can explore the many online resources, exhibitions and videos available 24/7, and get up to date info on what’s happening: cmcanow.org.
Belfast (Lunch for Kids)
The Game Loft is providing free grab-and-go lunches to any child from 12:00 noon to 2:00. Lunches will include a sandwich, fruit and vegetables. Children do not need to be Game Loft members to receive this service. The Game Loft is closed for regular programming, but while schools are closed due to the current covid-19 precautions, free lunches will be served to all children who come to the 78A Main Street, Belfast location. Meal are free for the kids, but your financial support is appreciated. At this time the Game Loft cannot accept community donations of food but financial contributions can be made through the website, thegameloft.org, or by sending a check to The Game Loft, 78A Main Street, Belfast, ME 04915. Please put on the memo line: Feed the hungry. FMI: thegameloft.org.
Winter Harbor (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED   Schoodic Arts for All’s Hammond Hall in Blue Hill will temporarily close until April 15th. FMI: schoodicartsforall.org. The Winter Harbor Music Festival will live stream the Flute and Piano Recital scheduled for Friday, April 3rd, at 7:00, without an audience. The link to the live stream on their Facebook page is: facebook.com/search/top/q?=winter%20harbor%20festival.
Unity (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners (MOFGA) offices in Unity are closed to the public, and staff are working remotely until further notice. MOFGA events through April 1st are postponed or canceled. To keep up to date or for more info: mofga.org.
Bar Harbor (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  The Jesup Library in Bar Harbor is currently closed to the public. Fees and overdues are waived at this time. Please keep your items at home until the Library reopens.  On-line services including the Maine Downloadable Library through CloudLibrary and access to the databases through the Digital Maine Library remain available. For links: jesuplibrary.org. The public wifi is still on and there is no password to access it. If there is any problem with your library card or if you would like to sign up for a library card during this time contact Laura at ledwards@jesuplibrary.org. Reference services are available by phone at 207-288-4245 or by email at info@jesuplibrary.org. The library will open as soon as it is safe to do so.
Bucksport (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  The Alamo Theatre in Bucksport is closed until further notice. Visitors and customers are not allowed into the building including the Archives. Please call ahead if you have business to conduct. FMI: Facebook, 469-0924, oldfilm.org.  
Bangor (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  The Challenger Learning Center of Maine in Bangor is currently closed to visitors. All public programs and k-12 field trips have been cancelled through April 24, 2020. Check the website regularly for updates on our normal operations status. FMI, questions or concerns: contact@astronaut.org, 990-2900, or astronaut.org.
Bangor (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED  The Bangor Public Library is closed to the public at least through Friday, May 15, 2020. All due dates will be extended til then, no overdue charges. Any change to those plans will be posted on the website,  social media, and on the atrium entrance to the Library. FMI: bangorpubliclibrary.org.
Blue Hill (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED  Peninsula Free Health Clinic in Blue Hill regretfully announces that the clinic will be closed at least through April due to staff and equipment shortages for handling infectious disease patients. For updates, please see the web site at peninsulafreehealth.org or on Facebook at Peninsula Free Health.
Blue Hill (CANCELLED)
CANCELED  Peninsula Free Health Clinic provides free medical care for uninsured patients.  Hours are: on the second and fourth Saturdays, 9:00 – 12:00 noon; and on the first and third Mondays, 3:00 – 6:00. Walk in, or by appointment, located at 26 Hinckley Ridge Road, Blue Hill. Call 374-5585 or message us on Facebook at Peninsula Free Health.
Ellsworth (CANCELLED)
CANCELLED     EarthSong Singing Gathering is a group for all singers.  Studies show that activism is an antidote to anxiety about local and global issues. Learn environmental and justice songs by ear, and sing at rallies and protests. Meet in Ellsworth and Blue Hill alternating Mondays. 5:30 - 6:30, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 121 Bucksport Rd, Ellsworth. FMI: Haydeesf@myfaipoint.net.
Camden (CANCELLED)
CANCELLED    Puzzle Club: Puzzle-lovers of all ages are welcome to join. Gather, socialize, and work on puzzle projects together. Meets every Monday, 4:00 - 5:00, at the Camden Public Library, 55 Main St. FMI: 236-3440 or librarycamden.org.
Belfast (CANCELLED)
CANCELLED     Scottish Country Dance Classes in Belfast -  Dance to lively jigs, reels and  stately strathspeys. Come with or without a partner. Technique and figures are taught. Mondays, 7:30 to 9:30, at the American Legion Hall, 143 Church St, Belfast. FMI:  gkoyanagi20@gmail.com.  Please email first if road conditions are questionable.

Tue, April 7th

Rockland (Live Streaming)
Maine Parishes Announce Holy Week Live-Streaming Schedules: Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, April 5, and continues through Easter Sunday, April 12.  A list of livestreamed Masses and liturgies at Maine parishes during Holy Week is listed at portlanddiocese.org/HolyWeekLiveStreaming. This webpage will be updated frequently as additional parishes submit schedules and when changes are made to schedules.
Rockland (UPDATE)
Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber Member Updates (as of 3/30/20) Blue Hill Co-op- Store hours have been reduced effective Wednesday, March 18th. The new hours are Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm. The coop provides gloves in their entrance for shoppers who would like them. In addition to our Café Curbside Pickup we are also offering a new Remote Basket program. Fill out a quick form on our website, give us your shopping list, and we’ll shop for you. Pay over the phone and pick up at the curb. Find out more at www.bluehill.coop/remote-basket. The Coop is also regularly updating their customers via their Facebook and Website pages or by calling 374-2165. Lambert Coffin, Attorneys- While their office is closed to public traffic due to COVID-19, they are available by phone and e-mail, with all employees working remotely. Email Amy at avisentin@lambertcoffin.com or call direct to 374-4460. Documents may be left in the dropbox next to their office door inside the building. For updates please visit the Lambert Coffin website: https://www.lambertcoffin.com/ Mainescape- Mainescape is open wed - Sat for phone orders and outside  pickup only. Pet food, Bird seed, seeds, soils and supplies, houseplants, etc. Pansies and primroses and spring flowering bulbs are coming next week to help lift peoples’ spirits! Blue Hill Heritage Trust- Free Trail Guides are still available outside of our office in a tote, as well as outside the Compass Rose Bookstore in the Book Boat, and Island Heritage Trust's Office. We would like to share Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife's recomendations for how to practice safe Social Distancing while enjoying the outdoors in public spaces. Tradewinds - New store hours starting April 5th: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm, with 7:00 – 8:00 am for 55+ only. Sandy’s Blue Hill Café – Thursday – Monday, 8:00 – 2:00. Curbside take-out for breakfast & lunch, frozen prepared meals and coffee/expresso drinks. Infection-control protocols are in effect. Castine Historical Society: Castine House and Garden Tour rescheduled to July 2021. Broadband Survey- Mission Broadband has offered a quick survey to collect data on some of the impacts of this current COVID-19 is having on all aspects of our broadband network.  They put together a survey to try to capture the end users perspective that might help guide efforts to improve broadband across the state.   The survey focuses on a few key items during this crisis, the influx of at home usages from families staying at home.  Its designed to highlight the gaps in coverage, inadequate coverage and social-economic factors. Please take a moment to fill out the survey, and then please share it widely in your virtual networks.   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ME_SD_BB_Impact
Rockland (Educational Resource)
Chewonki: Nature-Based Education Resources for Families at Home. Continue (or start!) your child's nature-based education at home with our new Chewonki at Home resource page. Find lessons, activities, and links to daily living streaming events with our wildlife educators, outdoor educators, and farm team... Get all the info at chewonki.org.
Rockland (now on FACEBOOK, now on YOUTUBE)
Now on FACEBOOK and YOUTUBE - Camden Library's Miss Amy’s Story Times and Crafts. Story times will be posted every weekday morning and craft ideas every weekday afternoon to help keep little minds and hands engaged. For more info and a list of all the videos currently available go to librarycamden.org. Questions? 236-3440 or librarycamden.org.
Brooklin (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED     Friend Memorial Public Library Building in Brooklinis closed to the public until at least May 1. Reevaluating then based on Governor's recommendations. The eCollection is available for free use. If you need a free library card to use our eBook and eAudio collection just call or email. We will be checking our email and voice mail regularly.  207-359-2276, annmargaret@friend.lib.me.us, or friend.lib.me.us.
Bar Harbor (CANCELLED)
CANCELED   The Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor has canceled the upcoming Abbe Museum Indian Market (AMIM), scheduled for May 15-17, 2020. This annual event will return the weekend of May 14 - 16, 2021. The Abbe Museum is formulating ways to support Native artists during this time and will have further announcements forthcoming on their website and social media pages. You can also find resources to help artists through the National Endowment for the Arts and state/regional arts organizations. FMI: abbemuseum.org.
Augusta (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED  The Maine State Library in Augusta is temporarily closed until April 15, 2020. In response to COVID-19 pandemic, the Maine State Library will close to the public through April 15, 2020, at which time a decision to open to the public can be reassessed. During this time, staff will continue to report to work and will accept requests and answer queries via phone (207) 287-5600, email and via our website www.maine.gov/msl/. Many resources are available online via Digital Maine Library along with ebooks, and audio books from the Download Library. The Talking Books and Books By Mail (contingent upon available titles) Programs will continue as long as there is no disruption to the US postal service. Library Development Staff will continue to support Maine’s libraries and librarians remotely during this difficult and uncertain time. The Maine State Library has suspended Interlibrary Loan and Van Delivery Services until March 30, 2020. At that time, we will reassess the current COVID-19 impact on library closures in the state to determine if the service should be restored. FMI: (207) 287-5600, or maine.gov/msl/.
Rockland (NOTICE)
Bangor Issues Emergency Regulation with Prohibitions on Businesses March 22, 2020   In response to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, the City of Bangor has issued updated emergency regulation with prohibitions on businesses. The regulation states that no auditorium, stadium, arena, large conference room, meeting hall, theater, gymnasium, fitness center, private club, movie theater, museum, dance club, music venue, adult entertainment facility, casino, gymnasium, fitness center, yoga studio, or indoor cycling studio is allowed to be open while the city's state of emergency remains in effect. Bars, restaurants, and dine-in facilities must also remain closed to dine-in traffic, but can continue to operate in delivery or "take-out" fashion as long as customers do not enter the business, and transfers of food or other product takes place outside the business. In addition, no other establishment of any kind that sells or provides goods or services are allowed to remain open during the state of emergency, except for establishments that provide necessary goods and services. A complete list of these businesses is available in the emergency regulation. For more information, read the official emergency regulation at bangormaine.gov.
Rockland (UPDATE)
Maine Farmers' Markets: The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry understands that during this Covid-19 Pandemic, producers and consumers alike want to know where to access fresh, safe foods. Given the recent exemption by Governor Janet Mills of businesses that provide essential services including agriculture and groceries from the statewide prohibition on gatherings of more than 10 people, the Department advises farmers’ markets to determine on a case-by-case basis whether to remain open. The Department recognizes that an outdoor farmers’ market or a wellspaced indoor market both involve a larger physical footprint allowing for a broader degree of interaction than a typical public gathering. The Department recognizes that farmers’ markets are important food sources for many Mainers, including those living in rural areas and those using federal food benefits. For those markets that opt to remain open, we strongly urge taking steps to facilitate social distancing, providing hand sanitizer/washing stations for shoppers and vendors, and cease all food sampling. In this rapidly evolving situation, farmers’ market members should stay alert for emerging guidance from the Maine CDC. To the extent that farmers’ markets remain open, we caution everyone involved to practice excellent personal hygiene and to stay home if unwell. For up-to-date info on specific Markets and more info: The Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets at mffm.org, 207-370-1524 or director@mffm.org.
Rockland (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
Community Law Foundation offices are closed and staff is working remotely. All in-person events are cancelled through the end of April. Stay tuned for more information on program updates, virtual gatherings, and events. For the latest info: clf.org.
Rockland (Appointment, Phone, Website)
The Maine Department of Marine Resources (maine.gov/dmr) announces that in order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, access to all Maine DMR facilities in Augusta, West Boothbay Harbor, Bangor, Lamoine, Jonesboro, and Rockland will be by appointment only.
  • Contact information for DMR staff can be found at: gov/dmr/about/employees.html.
  • If you are exhibiting any flu-like or viral symptoms, we thank you in advance for NOT entering our facilities for the safety and wellness of others.
  • For information on Maine's response to COVID-19, visit the Maine CDC's website at https://bit.ly/2U1Iy1a.
March 26, 2020 UPDATE on Maine's Elver Fishery:  After ensuring protocols are in place to protect fishermen, dealers and communities from the spread of COVID-19, the Maine Department of Marine Resources will open the elver season at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 30, 2020. Under the authority established by Governor Janet Mills’ March 15 Civil Emergency Proclamation, licensed elver harvesters may fish for and sell the quota of another licensed harvester. Dealers have also agreed to limit transactions significantly by only buying 1 pound or more of elvers. (March 20, 2020  Due to public health concerns associated with COVID-19, the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) has announced the closure of Maine's elver fishery, which had been scheduled to start Sunday, March 22, 2020. The closure, done through emergency rulemaking, will be for a minimum of two weeks and will be reassessed at that time. The announcement of the emergency regulation can be found on the DMR’s website.) Other Operational Changes
  • DMR is postponing all Aquaculture hearings and scoping sessions scheduled through May 1. Applicants and other stakeholders affected by this measure will receive updates as the situation evolves.
  • DMR is postponing all aquaculture pre-application meetings through April 1. After that time, DMR will re-evaluate scheduling pre-application meetings. Applicants interested in scheduling a pre-application meeting should contact Angel Wilson at Wilson@maine.govor 207-350-7902.
  • Applicants cannot schedule scoping sessions through May 1.
For industry members who need to apply for or renew a license or order tags, and can only do so on paper, there are applications and order forms available in the entryway of the Augusta office at 32 Blossom Lane in Augusta. There is also a drop box at the Augusta office where items can be left for DMR, including license applications and order forms.   PLEASE NOTE: NO CASH WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THIS TIME, HOWEVER CREDIT CARDS, MONEY ORDERS, OR CHECKS ARE ACCEPTED FORMS OF PAYMENT.
  • However, DMR strongly urges industry members to submit applications, order tags, upload documents, report landings, etc. via DMR’s online system, LEEDS at maine-dmr-leeds-prod.pegacloud.com/
  • If using LEEDS is not possible, DMR also encourages everyone to download documents from the department's licensing web page at maine.gov/dmr/commercial-fishing/licenses/index.html and to submit them by mail to the address indicated on the document.
  • Please visit our website for more updated information or to download applications, gov/dmr.
  • Limited licensing staff will still be working to assist with licensing issues over the phone, but in order to limit contact as recommended by CDC, staff will not be available for face to face conversations.
  • Option 1) DMR's Licensing Division can be reached by phone at 207-624-6550.
  • Option 2) Documents may be faxed to the Licensing Division at 207-287-4474 or 207-624-6024.  Staff will be available to assist with any questions or concerns.
Rockland (OPEN)
Update From Peninsula Grocery Providers Tradewinds - New store hours starting April 5th, 7:00 am – 7:00 pm, with 7:00 – 8:00 am for 55+ only. There are Purell wipes available to clean your hands and cart at both entrances. For updated information:  374-5137. Blue Hill Coop - Hours are Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm. The Coop provides gloves in their entrance for shoppers who would like them. In addition to Café Curbside Pickup there is also a new Remote Basket program. Fill out a quick form on the website, give us your shopping list, and we’ll shop for you. Pay over the phone and pick up at the curb. Find out more at www.bluehill.coop/remote-basket. The Coop is also regularly updating their customers via their Facebook and Website pages or by calling 374-2165. Farm Drop and Peninsula Provisions will continue to offer Home Delivery and Curb Side Pickup of local farm products and regular grocery items. Both of these services are run by Cullen Schneider, out of Fairwinds Florist. To make an order with Farm Drop: bh.farmdrop.us. To make an order with Peninsula Provisions please call Cullen at 374-5621. Sandy’s Blue Hill Café – Thursday – Monday, 8:00 – 2:00. Curbside take-out for breakfast & lunch, frozen prepared meals and coffee/expresso drinks. Infection-control protocols are in effect. Castine Historical Society: Castine House and Garden Tour rescheduled to July 2021. All of this information is as of 4pm on 3/30 and is subject to change, please check with these businesses for up to date information.
Blue Hill (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
Blue Hill Public Library will be closed until further notice. The decision to reopen will be reassessed as new information and recommendations become available.
  • The bookdrop will remain open for the duration—returns will always be accepted. If you have an oversized item not suitable for the bookdrop, call ahead and staff will meet you at the door.
  • All current due dates for library materials will be extended and no overdue fines will be assessed during this time period.
  • Has your library card lapsed or have you not yet gotten one? Normally you need to sign up in person, but for the duration of this closure, to provide access to digital materials, local year-round and part-time residents can sign up by phone.
  • Our staff will still be working and will be here to help in any ways we can. Please keep in mind that you can still call or e-mail us with your reference questions. Also, digital services (e-books, e-audiobooks, etc.) remain available from our website. The library’s WiFi will also remain available on the exterior 24/7. To contact the Blue Hill Public Library: 374-5515 or bhpl.net.
Belfast (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
Waterfall Arts in Belfast is Temporarily Closed: The galleries and office at Waterfall Arts will be closed until April 27th in response to the CDC guidelines and in alignment with the local school board RSU # 71 concerning the spread of COVID-19. All Waterfall Arts classes, events, workshops, youth programming and drop-in open studios will be suspended for the time being. Staff will reach out to already-registered students to process refunds or communicate rescheduled dates. Note: If you are receiving private lessons from studio tenants, please contact them directly for any schedule changes or cancellations. FMI: waterfallarts.org.
Castine (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
Witherlee Memorial Library Remains Closed Until Further Notice. Please keep books and movies until the library re-opens. Books have been renewed until mid-April. Please do not use the book drop at this time. Out of an abundance of caution, we cannot offer home delivery or pick-up at this time. We are very sorry. Our website provides a variety of digital reading and information resources and is updated regularly.  Please check out our Facebook page which has lots of alternative resources for your education and entertainment pleasure.  We can answer your reference questions by phone, 326-4375, or email: afr@witherle.lib.me.us (Anne Romans) or irene@witherle.lib.me.us (Irene Hall).  If you have a suggestion for our online resources please contact us! Children's News from Irene: I have been very busy posting lots of fun reading, viewing and drawing opportunities on our Facebook page. Tours of museums, zoos, story time from space!  How fun!
Blue Hill (Meals, Meals To-Go)
Harbor House Café in Blue Hill Offers Meals: Pick-Up or Delivery It’s Kathy from The Harbor House. We want your help to get the word out to the public and our elderly customers. Although we are closed to the public following CDC recommendation, we are preparing food for pick-up or delivery. We are offering casseroles, quiche, soups, chowders and many more items, the weekly menu is on the Harbor House Cafe FB page or we can email one. We will deliver in the Blue Hill area or you can pick up.
We have many elderly customers we are so concerned about. We have a small fund we are using to help feed the elderly facing financial hardship. We are also asking those purchasing if they would like to add a few dollars extra for this fund. We ask for a two day notice for dinners. Open 7:00 - 2:00, check for current hours. Ways to reach the Harbor House Café in Blue Hill: 207-374-7027, theharborhouseofbluehill@gmail.com, or on FB, The harbor house cafe
Camden (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
 TEMPOARILY CLOSED   The Camden Public Library will be closed temporarily. At this time, the intention is to resume normal operations on Wednesday, April 8th. Due dates have been extended to April 15, please DO NOT RETURN materials to the Drop Box. Many regular Library programs are being offered on-line or on Facebook. The Cloud Library: Explore thousands of e-books and audiobook titles that can be accessed on iPhone/iPad, Android device, PC, or Mac. The collection has been added to in recognition of the very high demand.  Stream Films: Over 30,000 independent, international, classic, or documentary films including The Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, and PBS are available via on-demand steaming. For updates, info, and on-line services: 236-3440 or librarycamden.org.
Rockland (CANCELLED)
CANCELLED   The 54th Annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race, which was originally scheduled for April 18, 2020. "It's a difficult event to postpone and reschedule since the water level in the stream continually drops throughout the spring, along with the resources needed to safely run the event." FMI: (207) 992-4490 or tracy.willette@bangormaine.gov.
Rockland (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) will be closed to the public through April 30, 2020. During the closure period, you can explore the many online resources, exhibitions and videos available 24/7, and get up to date info on what’s happening: cmcanow.org.
Belfast (Lunch for Kids)
The Game Loft is providing free grab-and-go lunches to any child from 12:00 noon to 2:00. Lunches will include a sandwich, fruit and vegetables. Children do not need to be Game Loft members to receive this service. The Game Loft is closed for regular programming, but while schools are closed due to the current covid-19 precautions, free lunches will be served to all children who come to the 78A Main Street, Belfast location. Meal are free for the kids, but your financial support is appreciated. At this time the Game Loft cannot accept community donations of food but financial contributions can be made through the website, thegameloft.org, or by sending a check to The Game Loft, 78A Main Street, Belfast, ME 04915. Please put on the memo line: Feed the hungry. FMI: thegameloft.org.
Winter Harbor (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED   Schoodic Arts for All’s Hammond Hall in Blue Hill will temporarily close until April 15th. FMI: schoodicartsforall.org. The Winter Harbor Music Festival will live stream the Flute and Piano Recital scheduled for Friday, April 3rd, at 7:00, without an audience. The link to the live stream on their Facebook page is: facebook.com/search/top/q?=winter%20harbor%20festival.
Unity (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners (MOFGA) offices in Unity are closed to the public, and staff are working remotely until further notice. MOFGA events through April 1st are postponed or canceled. To keep up to date or for more info: mofga.org.
Bar Harbor (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  The Jesup Library in Bar Harbor is currently closed to the public. Fees and overdues are waived at this time. Please keep your items at home until the Library reopens.  On-line services including the Maine Downloadable Library through CloudLibrary and access to the databases through the Digital Maine Library remain available. For links: jesuplibrary.org. The public wifi is still on and there is no password to access it. If there is any problem with your library card or if you would like to sign up for a library card during this time contact Laura at ledwards@jesuplibrary.org. Reference services are available by phone at 207-288-4245 or by email at info@jesuplibrary.org. The library will open as soon as it is safe to do so.
Bucksport (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  The Alamo Theatre in Bucksport is closed until further notice. Visitors and customers are not allowed into the building including the Archives. Please call ahead if you have business to conduct. FMI: Facebook, 469-0924, oldfilm.org.  
Bangor (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  The Challenger Learning Center of Maine in Bangor is currently closed to visitors. All public programs and k-12 field trips have been cancelled through April 24, 2020. Check the website regularly for updates on our normal operations status. FMI, questions or concerns: contact@astronaut.org, 990-2900, or astronaut.org.
Bangor (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED  The Bangor Public Library is closed to the public at least through Friday, May 15, 2020. All due dates will be extended til then, no overdue charges. Any change to those plans will be posted on the website,  social media, and on the atrium entrance to the Library. FMI: bangorpubliclibrary.org.
Blue Hill (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED  Peninsula Free Health Clinic in Blue Hill regretfully announces that the clinic will be closed at least through April due to staff and equipment shortages for handling infectious disease patients. For updates, please see the web site at peninsulafreehealth.org or on Facebook at Peninsula Free Health.
Camden (CANCELLED)
CANCELLED Leer y Charlar: Spanish language reading and conversation group. Meets on second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, 1:00 - 3:00, at the Camden Public Library. FMI: librarycamden.org.
Ellsworth (CANCELLED)
CANCELLED   Tuesday Night Old-Time Jam hosted by musician Mathias Kamin. All are welcome to play along or watch.  Bring your acoustic instruments: fiddle, banjo, guitar, upright bass, mandolin, dulcimer, and dobro players invited! Weekly, every Tuesday, 6:00 - 8:00, Fogtown Brewing Company, 25 Pine Street, Ellsworth. Schedule subject to change. FMI: 207-370-0845 or fogtownbrewing.com.

Wed, April 8th

Rockland (Live Streaming)
Maine Parishes Announce Holy Week Live-Streaming Schedules: Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, April 5, and continues through Easter Sunday, April 12.  A list of livestreamed Masses and liturgies at Maine parishes during Holy Week is listed at portlanddiocese.org/HolyWeekLiveStreaming. This webpage will be updated frequently as additional parishes submit schedules and when changes are made to schedules.
Orono (POSTPONED)
POSTPONED     The Choir of Man is coming to the Collins Center for the Arts on Wednesday, April 8, at 7 p.m. Tickets and details at collinscenterforthearts.com.
Rockland (UPDATE)
Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber Member Updates (as of 3/30/20) Blue Hill Co-op- Store hours have been reduced effective Wednesday, March 18th. The new hours are Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm. The coop provides gloves in their entrance for shoppers who would like them. In addition to our Café Curbside Pickup we are also offering a new Remote Basket program. Fill out a quick form on our website, give us your shopping list, and we’ll shop for you. Pay over the phone and pick up at the curb. Find out more at www.bluehill.coop/remote-basket. The Coop is also regularly updating their customers via their Facebook and Website pages or by calling 374-2165. Lambert Coffin, Attorneys- While their office is closed to public traffic due to COVID-19, they are available by phone and e-mail, with all employees working remotely. Email Amy at avisentin@lambertcoffin.com or call direct to 374-4460. Documents may be left in the dropbox next to their office door inside the building. For updates please visit the Lambert Coffin website: https://www.lambertcoffin.com/ Mainescape- Mainescape is open wed - Sat for phone orders and outside  pickup only. Pet food, Bird seed, seeds, soils and supplies, houseplants, etc. Pansies and primroses and spring flowering bulbs are coming next week to help lift peoples’ spirits! Blue Hill Heritage Trust- Free Trail Guides are still available outside of our office in a tote, as well as outside the Compass Rose Bookstore in the Book Boat, and Island Heritage Trust's Office. We would like to share Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife's recomendations for how to practice safe Social Distancing while enjoying the outdoors in public spaces. Tradewinds - New store hours starting April 5th: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm, with 7:00 – 8:00 am for 55+ only. Sandy’s Blue Hill Café – Thursday – Monday, 8:00 – 2:00. Curbside take-out for breakfast & lunch, frozen prepared meals and coffee/expresso drinks. Infection-control protocols are in effect. Castine Historical Society: Castine House and Garden Tour rescheduled to July 2021. Broadband Survey- Mission Broadband has offered a quick survey to collect data on some of the impacts of this current COVID-19 is having on all aspects of our broadband network.  They put together a survey to try to capture the end users perspective that might help guide efforts to improve broadband across the state.   The survey focuses on a few key items during this crisis, the influx of at home usages from families staying at home.  Its designed to highlight the gaps in coverage, inadequate coverage and social-economic factors. Please take a moment to fill out the survey, and then please share it widely in your virtual networks.   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ME_SD_BB_Impact
Rockland (Educational Resource)
Chewonki: Nature-Based Education Resources for Families at Home. Continue (or start!) your child's nature-based education at home with our new Chewonki at Home resource page. Find lessons, activities, and links to daily living streaming events with our wildlife educators, outdoor educators, and farm team... Get all the info at chewonki.org.
Rockland (now on FACEBOOK, now on YOUTUBE)
Now on FACEBOOK and YOUTUBE - Camden Library's Miss Amy’s Story Times and Crafts. Story times will be posted every weekday morning and craft ideas every weekday afternoon to help keep little minds and hands engaged. For more info and a list of all the videos currently available go to librarycamden.org. Questions? 236-3440 or librarycamden.org.
Brooklin (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED     Friend Memorial Public Library Building in Brooklinis closed to the public until at least May 1. Reevaluating then based on Governor's recommendations. The eCollection is available for free use. If you need a free library card to use our eBook and eAudio collection just call or email. We will be checking our email and voice mail regularly.  207-359-2276, annmargaret@friend.lib.me.us, or friend.lib.me.us.
Rockland (Kids' Activities)
KidsSongs Shows live-streamed on the Magical Bridge Facebook page, 3:00, Wednesdays, April 1st, April 8th and April 15th. While we're all house-bound, let's sing together! If you would like to join me, Nancy, and sing along, I'll be singing from KidsSongs on April 1st, KidsSongs 3 & 4 on April 8th, and Jim Along Jo on April 15th. The chords and lyrics are on my website, www.nancycassidymusic.com.
Bar Harbor (CANCELLED)
CANCELED   The Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor has canceled the upcoming Abbe Museum Indian Market (AMIM), scheduled for May 15-17, 2020. This annual event will return the weekend of May 14 - 16, 2021. The Abbe Museum is formulating ways to support Native artists during this time and will have further announcements forthcoming on their website and social media pages. You can also find resources to help artists through the National Endowment for the Arts and state/regional arts organizations. FMI: abbemuseum.org.
Augusta (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED  The Maine State Library in Augusta is temporarily closed until April 15, 2020. In response to COVID-19 pandemic, the Maine State Library will close to the public through April 15, 2020, at which time a decision to open to the public can be reassessed. During this time, staff will continue to report to work and will accept requests and answer queries via phone (207) 287-5600, email and via our website www.maine.gov/msl/. Many resources are available online via Digital Maine Library along with ebooks, and audio books from the Download Library. The Talking Books and Books By Mail (contingent upon available titles) Programs will continue as long as there is no disruption to the US postal service. Library Development Staff will continue to support Maine’s libraries and librarians remotely during this difficult and uncertain time. The Maine State Library has suspended Interlibrary Loan and Van Delivery Services until March 30, 2020. At that time, we will reassess the current COVID-19 impact on library closures in the state to determine if the service should be restored. FMI: (207) 287-5600, or maine.gov/msl/.
Rockland (NOTICE)
Bangor Issues Emergency Regulation with Prohibitions on Businesses March 22, 2020   In response to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, the City of Bangor has issued updated emergency regulation with prohibitions on businesses. The regulation states that no auditorium, stadium, arena, large conference room, meeting hall, theater, gymnasium, fitness center, private club, movie theater, museum, dance club, music venue, adult entertainment facility, casino, gymnasium, fitness center, yoga studio, or indoor cycling studio is allowed to be open while the city's state of emergency remains in effect. Bars, restaurants, and dine-in facilities must also remain closed to dine-in traffic, but can continue to operate in delivery or "take-out" fashion as long as customers do not enter the business, and transfers of food or other product takes place outside the business. In addition, no other establishment of any kind that sells or provides goods or services are allowed to remain open during the state of emergency, except for establishments that provide necessary goods and services. A complete list of these businesses is available in the emergency regulation. For more information, read the official emergency regulation at bangormaine.gov.
Rockland (UPDATE)
Maine Farmers' Markets: The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry understands that during this Covid-19 Pandemic, producers and consumers alike want to know where to access fresh, safe foods. Given the recent exemption by Governor Janet Mills of businesses that provide essential services including agriculture and groceries from the statewide prohibition on gatherings of more than 10 people, the Department advises farmers’ markets to determine on a case-by-case basis whether to remain open. The Department recognizes that an outdoor farmers’ market or a wellspaced indoor market both involve a larger physical footprint allowing for a broader degree of interaction than a typical public gathering. The Department recognizes that farmers’ markets are important food sources for many Mainers, including those living in rural areas and those using federal food benefits. For those markets that opt to remain open, we strongly urge taking steps to facilitate social distancing, providing hand sanitizer/washing stations for shoppers and vendors, and cease all food sampling. In this rapidly evolving situation, farmers’ market members should stay alert for emerging guidance from the Maine CDC. To the extent that farmers’ markets remain open, we caution everyone involved to practice excellent personal hygiene and to stay home if unwell. For up-to-date info on specific Markets and more info: The Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets at mffm.org, 207-370-1524 or director@mffm.org.
Rockland (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
Community Law Foundation offices are closed and staff is working remotely. All in-person events are cancelled through the end of April. Stay tuned for more information on program updates, virtual gatherings, and events. For the latest info: clf.org.
Rockland (Appointment, Phone, Website)
The Maine Department of Marine Resources (maine.gov/dmr) announces that in order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, access to all Maine DMR facilities in Augusta, West Boothbay Harbor, Bangor, Lamoine, Jonesboro, and Rockland will be by appointment only.
  • Contact information for DMR staff can be found at: gov/dmr/about/employees.html.
  • If you are exhibiting any flu-like or viral symptoms, we thank you in advance for NOT entering our facilities for the safety and wellness of others.
  • For information on Maine's response to COVID-19, visit the Maine CDC's website at https://bit.ly/2U1Iy1a.
March 26, 2020 UPDATE on Maine's Elver Fishery:  After ensuring protocols are in place to protect fishermen, dealers and communities from the spread of COVID-19, the Maine Department of Marine Resources will open the elver season at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 30, 2020. Under the authority established by Governor Janet Mills’ March 15 Civil Emergency Proclamation, licensed elver harvesters may fish for and sell the quota of another licensed harvester. Dealers have also agreed to limit transactions significantly by only buying 1 pound or more of elvers. (March 20, 2020  Due to public health concerns associated with COVID-19, the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) has announced the closure of Maine's elver fishery, which had been scheduled to start Sunday, March 22, 2020. The closure, done through emergency rulemaking, will be for a minimum of two weeks and will be reassessed at that time. The announcement of the emergency regulation can be found on the DMR’s website.) Other Operational Changes
  • DMR is postponing all Aquaculture hearings and scoping sessions scheduled through May 1. Applicants and other stakeholders affected by this measure will receive updates as the situation evolves.
  • DMR is postponing all aquaculture pre-application meetings through April 1. After that time, DMR will re-evaluate scheduling pre-application meetings. Applicants interested in scheduling a pre-application meeting should contact Angel Wilson at Wilson@maine.govor 207-350-7902.
  • Applicants cannot schedule scoping sessions through May 1.
For industry members who need to apply for or renew a license or order tags, and can only do so on paper, there are applications and order forms available in the entryway of the Augusta office at 32 Blossom Lane in Augusta. There is also a drop box at the Augusta office where items can be left for DMR, including license applications and order forms.   PLEASE NOTE: NO CASH WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THIS TIME, HOWEVER CREDIT CARDS, MONEY ORDERS, OR CHECKS ARE ACCEPTED FORMS OF PAYMENT.
  • However, DMR strongly urges industry members to submit applications, order tags, upload documents, report landings, etc. via DMR’s online system, LEEDS at maine-dmr-leeds-prod.pegacloud.com/
  • If using LEEDS is not possible, DMR also encourages everyone to download documents from the department's licensing web page at maine.gov/dmr/commercial-fishing/licenses/index.html and to submit them by mail to the address indicated on the document.
  • Please visit our website for more updated information or to download applications, gov/dmr.
  • Limited licensing staff will still be working to assist with licensing issues over the phone, but in order to limit contact as recommended by CDC, staff will not be available for face to face conversations.
  • Option 1) DMR's Licensing Division can be reached by phone at 207-624-6550.
  • Option 2) Documents may be faxed to the Licensing Division at 207-287-4474 or 207-624-6024.  Staff will be available to assist with any questions or concerns.
Rockland (OPEN)
Update From Peninsula Grocery Providers Tradewinds - New store hours starting April 5th, 7:00 am – 7:00 pm, with 7:00 – 8:00 am for 55+ only. There are Purell wipes available to clean your hands and cart at both entrances. For updated information:  374-5137. Blue Hill Coop - Hours are Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm. The Coop provides gloves in their entrance for shoppers who would like them. In addition to Café Curbside Pickup there is also a new Remote Basket program. Fill out a quick form on the website, give us your shopping list, and we’ll shop for you. Pay over the phone and pick up at the curb. Find out more at www.bluehill.coop/remote-basket. The Coop is also regularly updating their customers via their Facebook and Website pages or by calling 374-2165. Farm Drop and Peninsula Provisions will continue to offer Home Delivery and Curb Side Pickup of local farm products and regular grocery items. Both of these services are run by Cullen Schneider, out of Fairwinds Florist. To make an order with Farm Drop: bh.farmdrop.us. To make an order with Peninsula Provisions please call Cullen at 374-5621. Sandy’s Blue Hill Café – Thursday – Monday, 8:00 – 2:00. Curbside take-out for breakfast & lunch, frozen prepared meals and coffee/expresso drinks. Infection-control protocols are in effect. Castine Historical Society: Castine House and Garden Tour rescheduled to July 2021. All of this information is as of 4pm on 3/30 and is subject to change, please check with these businesses for up to date information.
Blue Hill (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
Blue Hill Public Library will be closed until further notice. The decision to reopen will be reassessed as new information and recommendations become available.
  • The bookdrop will remain open for the duration—returns will always be accepted. If you have an oversized item not suitable for the bookdrop, call ahead and staff will meet you at the door.
  • All current due dates for library materials will be extended and no overdue fines will be assessed during this time period.
  • Has your library card lapsed or have you not yet gotten one? Normally you need to sign up in person, but for the duration of this closure, to provide access to digital materials, local year-round and part-time residents can sign up by phone.
  • Our staff will still be working and will be here to help in any ways we can. Please keep in mind that you can still call or e-mail us with your reference questions. Also, digital services (e-books, e-audiobooks, etc.) remain available from our website. The library’s WiFi will also remain available on the exterior 24/7. To contact the Blue Hill Public Library: 374-5515 or bhpl.net.
Belfast (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
Waterfall Arts in Belfast is Temporarily Closed: The galleries and office at Waterfall Arts will be closed until April 27th in response to the CDC guidelines and in alignment with the local school board RSU # 71 concerning the spread of COVID-19. All Waterfall Arts classes, events, workshops, youth programming and drop-in open studios will be suspended for the time being. Staff will reach out to already-registered students to process refunds or communicate rescheduled dates. Note: If you are receiving private lessons from studio tenants, please contact them directly for any schedule changes or cancellations. FMI: waterfallarts.org.
Castine (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
Witherlee Memorial Library Remains Closed Until Further Notice. Please keep books and movies until the library re-opens. Books have been renewed until mid-April. Please do not use the book drop at this time. Out of an abundance of caution, we cannot offer home delivery or pick-up at this time. We are very sorry. Our website provides a variety of digital reading and information resources and is updated regularly.  Please check out our Facebook page which has lots of alternative resources for your education and entertainment pleasure.  We can answer your reference questions by phone, 326-4375, or email: afr@witherle.lib.me.us (Anne Romans) or irene@witherle.lib.me.us (Irene Hall).  If you have a suggestion for our online resources please contact us! Children's News from Irene: I have been very busy posting lots of fun reading, viewing and drawing opportunities on our Facebook page. Tours of museums, zoos, story time from space!  How fun!
Blue Hill (Meals, Meals To-Go)
Harbor House Café in Blue Hill Offers Meals: Pick-Up or Delivery It’s Kathy from The Harbor House. We want your help to get the word out to the public and our elderly customers. Although we are closed to the public following CDC recommendation, we are preparing food for pick-up or delivery. We are offering casseroles, quiche, soups, chowders and many more items, the weekly menu is on the Harbor House Cafe FB page or we can email one. We will deliver in the Blue Hill area or you can pick up.
We have many elderly customers we are so concerned about. We have a small fund we are using to help feed the elderly facing financial hardship. We are also asking those purchasing if they would like to add a few dollars extra for this fund. We ask for a two day notice for dinners. Open 7:00 - 2:00, check for current hours. Ways to reach the Harbor House Café in Blue Hill: 207-374-7027, theharborhouseofbluehill@gmail.com, or on FB, The harbor house cafe
Camden (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
 TEMPOARILY CLOSED   The Camden Public Library will be closed temporarily. At this time, the intention is to resume normal operations on Wednesday, April 8th. Due dates have been extended to April 15, please DO NOT RETURN materials to the Drop Box. Many regular Library programs are being offered on-line or on Facebook. The Cloud Library: Explore thousands of e-books and audiobook titles that can be accessed on iPhone/iPad, Android device, PC, or Mac. The collection has been added to in recognition of the very high demand.  Stream Films: Over 30,000 independent, international, classic, or documentary films including The Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, and PBS are available via on-demand steaming. For updates, info, and on-line services: 236-3440 or librarycamden.org.
Rockland (CANCELLED)
CANCELLED   The 54th Annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race, which was originally scheduled for April 18, 2020. "It's a difficult event to postpone and reschedule since the water level in the stream continually drops throughout the spring, along with the resources needed to safely run the event." FMI: (207) 992-4490 or tracy.willette@bangormaine.gov.
Ellsworth (TAKE-OUT ONLY)
TAKE-OUT ONLY  The Welcome Table Free Community Meal is offered every Wednesday at the First Congregational Church in Ellsworth, 2 Church St, across from the Ellsworth City Hall, 3:00 - 6:00. Starting on Wednesday, March 18th, the meal will be available by take-out only. FMI: krowholla@gmail.com.
Rockland (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) will be closed to the public through April 30, 2020. During the closure period, you can explore the many online resources, exhibitions and videos available 24/7, and get up to date info on what’s happening: cmcanow.org.
Belfast (Lunch for Kids)
The Game Loft is providing free grab-and-go lunches to any child from 12:00 noon to 2:00. Lunches will include a sandwich, fruit and vegetables. Children do not need to be Game Loft members to receive this service. The Game Loft is closed for regular programming, but while schools are closed due to the current covid-19 precautions, free lunches will be served to all children who come to the 78A Main Street, Belfast location. Meal are free for the kids, but your financial support is appreciated. At this time the Game Loft cannot accept community donations of food but financial contributions can be made through the website, thegameloft.org, or by sending a check to The Game Loft, 78A Main Street, Belfast, ME 04915. Please put on the memo line: Feed the hungry. FMI: thegameloft.org.
Winter Harbor (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED   Schoodic Arts for All’s Hammond Hall in Blue Hill will temporarily close until April 15th. FMI: schoodicartsforall.org. The Winter Harbor Music Festival will live stream the Flute and Piano Recital scheduled for Friday, April 3rd, at 7:00, without an audience. The link to the live stream on their Facebook page is: facebook.com/search/top/q?=winter%20harbor%20festival.
Unity (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners (MOFGA) offices in Unity are closed to the public, and staff are working remotely until further notice. MOFGA events through April 1st are postponed or canceled. To keep up to date or for more info: mofga.org.
Bar Harbor (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  The Jesup Library in Bar Harbor is currently closed to the public. Fees and overdues are waived at this time. Please keep your items at home until the Library reopens.  On-line services including the Maine Downloadable Library through CloudLibrary and access to the databases through the Digital Maine Library remain available. For links: jesuplibrary.org. The public wifi is still on and there is no password to access it. If there is any problem with your library card or if you would like to sign up for a library card during this time contact Laura at ledwards@jesuplibrary.org. Reference services are available by phone at 207-288-4245 or by email at info@jesuplibrary.org. The library will open as soon as it is safe to do so.
Bucksport (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  The Alamo Theatre in Bucksport is closed until further notice. Visitors and customers are not allowed into the building including the Archives. Please call ahead if you have business to conduct. FMI: Facebook, 469-0924, oldfilm.org.  
Bangor (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  The Challenger Learning Center of Maine in Bangor is currently closed to visitors. All public programs and k-12 field trips have been cancelled through April 24, 2020. Check the website regularly for updates on our normal operations status. FMI, questions or concerns: contact@astronaut.org, 990-2900, or astronaut.org.
Bangor (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED  The Bangor Public Library is closed to the public at least through Friday, May 15, 2020. All due dates will be extended til then, no overdue charges. Any change to those plans will be posted on the website,  social media, and on the atrium entrance to the Library. FMI: bangorpubliclibrary.org.
Blue Hill (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED  Peninsula Free Health Clinic in Blue Hill regretfully announces that the clinic will be closed at least through April due to staff and equipment shortages for handling infectious disease patients. For updates, please see the web site at peninsulafreehealth.org or on Facebook at Peninsula Free Health.
Blue Hill (CANCELLED)
CANCELLED    Great Decisions Foreign Policy Discussion Group: Wednesdays, February 26 to April 15, 6:00 - 8:00, at the Blue Hill Public Library. Free, registration required: bhpl.net or 374-5515.
Union (CANCELLED)
CANCELED     Weekly Story Time for Families. Chloe Keller is a internationally recognized theater director and  Union native. She'll read a wide variety of picture books, and welcomes children to share in the joyful experience of listening to stories with their families. Wednesdays through May 27, 11:00 - 11:45, at the Vose Library in Union. FMI: voselibrary.org.
Blue Hill (CANCELLED)
CANCELED      The Downeast Friends of Jazz Gathering is a monthly session for instrumentalists and singers, all are welcome. It's on the second Wednesday of each month, 7:00 – 9:00, at the Bagaduce Music Performance Hall, 49 South Street, Blue Hill.  FMI and announcements, sign up for email notices at downeastsounds@gmail.com.
Camden (now Emailing)
Now EMAILING: Creative Art & Journaling. If you would like to receive weekly ideas related to this group’s creative art and journaling projects via email, contact Amy Hand at: alhand@librarycamden.org.. FMI: 236-3440 or librarycamden.org.
Blue Hill (CANCELLED)
CANCELLED   Scottish Country Dance Classes in Blue Hill -  Dance to lively jigs, reels and  stately strathspeys. Come with or without a partner. Technique and figures are taught. Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8:30, Halcyon Grange, Rt 15, North Blue Hill. FMI: Mike at 348-9308 or mjlittle2318@hotmail.com. CALL to confirm if road conditions questionable.  

Thu, April 9th

Rockland (Live Streaming)
Maine Parishes Announce Holy Week Live-Streaming Schedules: Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, April 5, and continues through Easter Sunday, April 12.  A list of livestreamed Masses and liturgies at Maine parishes during Holy Week is listed at portlanddiocese.org/HolyWeekLiveStreaming. This webpage will be updated frequently as additional parishes submit schedules and when changes are made to schedules.
Orono (CANCELLED)
CANCELED      Llama Llama Live is coming to the Collins Center for the Arts on Thursday, April 9 at 6 p.m. Tickets and details at collinscenterforthearts.com.
Rockland (UPDATE)
Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber Member Updates (as of 3/30/20) Blue Hill Co-op- Store hours have been reduced effective Wednesday, March 18th. The new hours are Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm. The coop provides gloves in their entrance for shoppers who would like them. In addition to our Café Curbside Pickup we are also offering a new Remote Basket program. Fill out a quick form on our website, give us your shopping list, and we’ll shop for you. Pay over the phone and pick up at the curb. Find out more at www.bluehill.coop/remote-basket. The Coop is also regularly updating their customers via their Facebook and Website pages or by calling 374-2165. Lambert Coffin, Attorneys- While their office is closed to public traffic due to COVID-19, they are available by phone and e-mail, with all employees working remotely. Email Amy at avisentin@lambertcoffin.com or call direct to 374-4460. Documents may be left in the dropbox next to their office door inside the building. For updates please visit the Lambert Coffin website: https://www.lambertcoffin.com/ Mainescape- Mainescape is open wed - Sat for phone orders and outside  pickup only. Pet food, Bird seed, seeds, soils and supplies, houseplants, etc. Pansies and primroses and spring flowering bulbs are coming next week to help lift peoples’ spirits! Blue Hill Heritage Trust- Free Trail Guides are still available outside of our office in a tote, as well as outside the Compass Rose Bookstore in the Book Boat, and Island Heritage Trust's Office. We would like to share Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife's recomendations for how to practice safe Social Distancing while enjoying the outdoors in public spaces. Tradewinds - New store hours starting April 5th: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm, with 7:00 – 8:00 am for 55+ only. Sandy’s Blue Hill Café – Thursday – Monday, 8:00 – 2:00. Curbside take-out for breakfast & lunch, frozen prepared meals and coffee/expresso drinks. Infection-control protocols are in effect. Castine Historical Society: Castine House and Garden Tour rescheduled to July 2021. Broadband Survey- Mission Broadband has offered a quick survey to collect data on some of the impacts of this current COVID-19 is having on all aspects of our broadband network.  They put together a survey to try to capture the end users perspective that might help guide efforts to improve broadband across the state.   The survey focuses on a few key items during this crisis, the influx of at home usages from families staying at home.  Its designed to highlight the gaps in coverage, inadequate coverage and social-economic factors. Please take a moment to fill out the survey, and then please share it widely in your virtual networks.   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ME_SD_BB_Impact
Rockland (Educational Resource)
Chewonki: Nature-Based Education Resources for Families at Home. Continue (or start!) your child's nature-based education at home with our new Chewonki at Home resource page. Find lessons, activities, and links to daily living streaming events with our wildlife educators, outdoor educators, and farm team... Get all the info at chewonki.org.
Rockland (now on FACEBOOK, now on YOUTUBE)
Now on FACEBOOK and YOUTUBE - Camden Library's Miss Amy’s Story Times and Crafts. Story times will be posted every weekday morning and craft ideas every weekday afternoon to help keep little minds and hands engaged. For more info and a list of all the videos currently available go to librarycamden.org. Questions? 236-3440 or librarycamden.org.
Brooklin (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED     Friend Memorial Public Library Building in Brooklinis closed to the public until at least May 1. Reevaluating then based on Governor's recommendations. The eCollection is available for free use. If you need a free library card to use our eBook and eAudio collection just call or email. We will be checking our email and voice mail regularly.  207-359-2276, annmargaret@friend.lib.me.us, or friend.lib.me.us.
Bar Harbor (CANCELLED)
CANCELED   The Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor has canceled the upcoming Abbe Museum Indian Market (AMIM), scheduled for May 15-17, 2020. This annual event will return the weekend of May 14 - 16, 2021. The Abbe Museum is formulating ways to support Native artists during this time and will have further announcements forthcoming on their website and social media pages. You can also find resources to help artists through the National Endowment for the Arts and state/regional arts organizations. FMI: abbemuseum.org.
Augusta (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED  The Maine State Library in Augusta is temporarily closed until April 15, 2020. In response to COVID-19 pandemic, the Maine State Library will close to the public through April 15, 2020, at which time a decision to open to the public can be reassessed. During this time, staff will continue to report to work and will accept requests and answer queries via phone (207) 287-5600, email and via our website www.maine.gov/msl/. Many resources are available online via Digital Maine Library along with ebooks, and audio books from the Download Library. The Talking Books and Books By Mail (contingent upon available titles) Programs will continue as long as there is no disruption to the US postal service. Library Development Staff will continue to support Maine’s libraries and librarians remotely during this difficult and uncertain time. The Maine State Library has suspended Interlibrary Loan and Van Delivery Services until March 30, 2020. At that time, we will reassess the current COVID-19 impact on library closures in the state to determine if the service should be restored. FMI: (207) 287-5600, or maine.gov/msl/.
Rockland (NOTICE)
Bangor Issues Emergency Regulation with Prohibitions on Businesses March 22, 2020   In response to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, the City of Bangor has issued updated emergency regulation with prohibitions on businesses. The regulation states that no auditorium, stadium, arena, large conference room, meeting hall, theater, gymnasium, fitness center, private club, movie theater, museum, dance club, music venue, adult entertainment facility, casino, gymnasium, fitness center, yoga studio, or indoor cycling studio is allowed to be open while the city's state of emergency remains in effect. Bars, restaurants, and dine-in facilities must also remain closed to dine-in traffic, but can continue to operate in delivery or "take-out" fashion as long as customers do not enter the business, and transfers of food or other product takes place outside the business. In addition, no other establishment of any kind that sells or provides goods or services are allowed to remain open during the state of emergency, except for establishments that provide necessary goods and services. A complete list of these businesses is available in the emergency regulation. For more information, read the official emergency regulation at bangormaine.gov.
Rockland (UPDATE)
Maine Farmers' Markets: The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry understands that during this Covid-19 Pandemic, producers and consumers alike want to know where to access fresh, safe foods. Given the recent exemption by Governor Janet Mills of businesses that provide essential services including agriculture and groceries from the statewide prohibition on gatherings of more than 10 people, the Department advises farmers’ markets to determine on a case-by-case basis whether to remain open. The Department recognizes that an outdoor farmers’ market or a wellspaced indoor market both involve a larger physical footprint allowing for a broader degree of interaction than a typical public gathering. The Department recognizes that farmers’ markets are important food sources for many Mainers, including those living in rural areas and those using federal food benefits. For those markets that opt to remain open, we strongly urge taking steps to facilitate social distancing, providing hand sanitizer/washing stations for shoppers and vendors, and cease all food sampling. In this rapidly evolving situation, farmers’ market members should stay alert for emerging guidance from the Maine CDC. To the extent that farmers’ markets remain open, we caution everyone involved to practice excellent personal hygiene and to stay home if unwell. For up-to-date info on specific Markets and more info: The Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets at mffm.org, 207-370-1524 or director@mffm.org.
Rockland (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
Community Law Foundation offices are closed and staff is working remotely. All in-person events are cancelled through the end of April. Stay tuned for more information on program updates, virtual gatherings, and events. For the latest info: clf.org.
Rockland (Appointment, Phone, Website)
The Maine Department of Marine Resources (maine.gov/dmr) announces that in order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, access to all Maine DMR facilities in Augusta, West Boothbay Harbor, Bangor, Lamoine, Jonesboro, and Rockland will be by appointment only.
  • Contact information for DMR staff can be found at: gov/dmr/about/employees.html.
  • If you are exhibiting any flu-like or viral symptoms, we thank you in advance for NOT entering our facilities for the safety and wellness of others.
  • For information on Maine's response to COVID-19, visit the Maine CDC's website at https://bit.ly/2U1Iy1a.
March 26, 2020 UPDATE on Maine's Elver Fishery:  After ensuring protocols are in place to protect fishermen, dealers and communities from the spread of COVID-19, the Maine Department of Marine Resources will open the elver season at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 30, 2020. Under the authority established by Governor Janet Mills’ March 15 Civil Emergency Proclamation, licensed elver harvesters may fish for and sell the quota of another licensed harvester. Dealers have also agreed to limit transactions significantly by only buying 1 pound or more of elvers. (March 20, 2020  Due to public health concerns associated with COVID-19, the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) has announced the closure of Maine's elver fishery, which had been scheduled to start Sunday, March 22, 2020. The closure, done through emergency rulemaking, will be for a minimum of two weeks and will be reassessed at that time. The announcement of the emergency regulation can be found on the DMR’s website.) Other Operational Changes
  • DMR is postponing all Aquaculture hearings and scoping sessions scheduled through May 1. Applicants and other stakeholders affected by this measure will receive updates as the situation evolves.
  • DMR is postponing all aquaculture pre-application meetings through April 1. After that time, DMR will re-evaluate scheduling pre-application meetings. Applicants interested in scheduling a pre-application meeting should contact Angel Wilson at Wilson@maine.govor 207-350-7902.
  • Applicants cannot schedule scoping sessions through May 1.
For industry members who need to apply for or renew a license or order tags, and can only do so on paper, there are applications and order forms available in the entryway of the Augusta office at 32 Blossom Lane in Augusta. There is also a drop box at the Augusta office where items can be left for DMR, including license applications and order forms.   PLEASE NOTE: NO CASH WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THIS TIME, HOWEVER CREDIT CARDS, MONEY ORDERS, OR CHECKS ARE ACCEPTED FORMS OF PAYMENT.
  • However, DMR strongly urges industry members to submit applications, order tags, upload documents, report landings, etc. via DMR’s online system, LEEDS at maine-dmr-leeds-prod.pegacloud.com/
  • If using LEEDS is not possible, DMR also encourages everyone to download documents from the department's licensing web page at maine.gov/dmr/commercial-fishing/licenses/index.html and to submit them by mail to the address indicated on the document.
  • Please visit our website for more updated information or to download applications, gov/dmr.
  • Limited licensing staff will still be working to assist with licensing issues over the phone, but in order to limit contact as recommended by CDC, staff will not be available for face to face conversations.
  • Option 1) DMR's Licensing Division can be reached by phone at 207-624-6550.
  • Option 2) Documents may be faxed to the Licensing Division at 207-287-4474 or 207-624-6024.  Staff will be available to assist with any questions or concerns.
Rockland (OPEN)
Update From Peninsula Grocery Providers Tradewinds - New store hours starting April 5th, 7:00 am – 7:00 pm, with 7:00 – 8:00 am for 55+ only. There are Purell wipes available to clean your hands and cart at both entrances. For updated information:  374-5137. Blue Hill Coop - Hours are Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm. The Coop provides gloves in their entrance for shoppers who would like them. In addition to Café Curbside Pickup there is also a new Remote Basket program. Fill out a quick form on the website, give us your shopping list, and we’ll shop for you. Pay over the phone and pick up at the curb. Find out more at www.bluehill.coop/remote-basket. The Coop is also regularly updating their customers via their Facebook and Website pages or by calling 374-2165. Farm Drop and Peninsula Provisions will continue to offer Home Delivery and Curb Side Pickup of local farm products and regular grocery items. Both of these services are run by Cullen Schneider, out of Fairwinds Florist. To make an order with Farm Drop: bh.farmdrop.us. To make an order with Peninsula Provisions please call Cullen at 374-5621. Sandy’s Blue Hill Café – Thursday – Monday, 8:00 – 2:00. Curbside take-out for breakfast & lunch, frozen prepared meals and coffee/expresso drinks. Infection-control protocols are in effect. Castine Historical Society: Castine House and Garden Tour rescheduled to July 2021. All of this information is as of 4pm on 3/30 and is subject to change, please check with these businesses for up to date information.
Blue Hill (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
Blue Hill Public Library will be closed until further notice. The decision to reopen will be reassessed as new information and recommendations become available.
  • The bookdrop will remain open for the duration—returns will always be accepted. If you have an oversized item not suitable for the bookdrop, call ahead and staff will meet you at the door.
  • All current due dates for library materials will be extended and no overdue fines will be assessed during this time period.
  • Has your library card lapsed or have you not yet gotten one? Normally you need to sign up in person, but for the duration of this closure, to provide access to digital materials, local year-round and part-time residents can sign up by phone.
  • Our staff will still be working and will be here to help in any ways we can. Please keep in mind that you can still call or e-mail us with your reference questions. Also, digital services (e-books, e-audiobooks, etc.) remain available from our website. The library’s WiFi will also remain available on the exterior 24/7. To contact the Blue Hill Public Library: 374-5515 or bhpl.net.
Belfast (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
Waterfall Arts in Belfast is Temporarily Closed: The galleries and office at Waterfall Arts will be closed until April 27th in response to the CDC guidelines and in alignment with the local school board RSU # 71 concerning the spread of COVID-19. All Waterfall Arts classes, events, workshops, youth programming and drop-in open studios will be suspended for the time being. Staff will reach out to already-registered students to process refunds or communicate rescheduled dates. Note: If you are receiving private lessons from studio tenants, please contact them directly for any schedule changes or cancellations. FMI: waterfallarts.org.
Castine (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
Witherlee Memorial Library Remains Closed Until Further Notice. Please keep books and movies until the library re-opens. Books have been renewed until mid-April. Please do not use the book drop at this time. Out of an abundance of caution, we cannot offer home delivery or pick-up at this time. We are very sorry. Our website provides a variety of digital reading and information resources and is updated regularly.  Please check out our Facebook page which has lots of alternative resources for your education and entertainment pleasure.  We can answer your reference questions by phone, 326-4375, or email: afr@witherle.lib.me.us (Anne Romans) or irene@witherle.lib.me.us (Irene Hall).  If you have a suggestion for our online resources please contact us! Children's News from Irene: I have been very busy posting lots of fun reading, viewing and drawing opportunities on our Facebook page. Tours of museums, zoos, story time from space!  How fun!
Blue Hill (Meals, Meals To-Go)
Harbor House Café in Blue Hill Offers Meals: Pick-Up or Delivery It’s Kathy from The Harbor House. We want your help to get the word out to the public and our elderly customers. Although we are closed to the public following CDC recommendation, we are preparing food for pick-up or delivery. We are offering casseroles, quiche, soups, chowders and many more items, the weekly menu is on the Harbor House Cafe FB page or we can email one. We will deliver in the Blue Hill area or you can pick up.
We have many elderly customers we are so concerned about. We have a small fund we are using to help feed the elderly facing financial hardship. We are also asking those purchasing if they would like to add a few dollars extra for this fund. We ask for a two day notice for dinners. Open 7:00 - 2:00, check for current hours. Ways to reach the Harbor House Café in Blue Hill: 207-374-7027, theharborhouseofbluehill@gmail.com, or on FB, The harbor house cafe
Rockland (CANCELLED)
CANCELLED   The 54th Annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race, which was originally scheduled for April 18, 2020. "It's a difficult event to postpone and reschedule since the water level in the stream continually drops throughout the spring, along with the resources needed to safely run the event." FMI: (207) 992-4490 or tracy.willette@bangormaine.gov.
Rockland (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) will be closed to the public through April 30, 2020. During the closure period, you can explore the many online resources, exhibitions and videos available 24/7, and get up to date info on what’s happening: cmcanow.org.
Belfast (Lunch for Kids)
The Game Loft is providing free grab-and-go lunches to any child from 12:00 noon to 2:00. Lunches will include a sandwich, fruit and vegetables. Children do not need to be Game Loft members to receive this service. The Game Loft is closed for regular programming, but while schools are closed due to the current covid-19 precautions, free lunches will be served to all children who come to the 78A Main Street, Belfast location. Meal are free for the kids, but your financial support is appreciated. At this time the Game Loft cannot accept community donations of food but financial contributions can be made through the website, thegameloft.org, or by sending a check to The Game Loft, 78A Main Street, Belfast, ME 04915. Please put on the memo line: Feed the hungry. FMI: thegameloft.org.
Winter Harbor (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED   Schoodic Arts for All’s Hammond Hall in Blue Hill will temporarily close until April 15th. FMI: schoodicartsforall.org. The Winter Harbor Music Festival will live stream the Flute and Piano Recital scheduled for Friday, April 3rd, at 7:00, without an audience. The link to the live stream on their Facebook page is: facebook.com/search/top/q?=winter%20harbor%20festival.
Unity (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners (MOFGA) offices in Unity are closed to the public, and staff are working remotely until further notice. MOFGA events through April 1st are postponed or canceled. To keep up to date or for more info: mofga.org.
Bar Harbor (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  The Jesup Library in Bar Harbor is currently closed to the public. Fees and overdues are waived at this time. Please keep your items at home until the Library reopens.  On-line services including the Maine Downloadable Library through CloudLibrary and access to the databases through the Digital Maine Library remain available. For links: jesuplibrary.org. The public wifi is still on and there is no password to access it. If there is any problem with your library card or if you would like to sign up for a library card during this time contact Laura at ledwards@jesuplibrary.org. Reference services are available by phone at 207-288-4245 or by email at info@jesuplibrary.org. The library will open as soon as it is safe to do so.
Bucksport (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  The Alamo Theatre in Bucksport is closed until further notice. Visitors and customers are not allowed into the building including the Archives. Please call ahead if you have business to conduct. FMI: Facebook, 469-0924, oldfilm.org.  
Bangor (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  The Challenger Learning Center of Maine in Bangor is currently closed to visitors. All public programs and k-12 field trips have been cancelled through April 24, 2020. Check the website regularly for updates on our normal operations status. FMI, questions or concerns: contact@astronaut.org, 990-2900, or astronaut.org.
Bangor (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED  The Bangor Public Library is closed to the public at least through Friday, May 15, 2020. All due dates will be extended til then, no overdue charges. Any change to those plans will be posted on the website,  social media, and on the atrium entrance to the Library. FMI: bangorpubliclibrary.org.
Blue Hill (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED  Peninsula Free Health Clinic in Blue Hill regretfully announces that the clinic will be closed at least through April due to staff and equipment shortages for handling infectious disease patients. For updates, please see the web site at peninsulafreehealth.org or on Facebook at Peninsula Free Health.
Surry (CANCELLED)
CANCELED      Life Drawing: Ellsworth Art offers figure drawing every Thursday, 10:00 – 12:00 noon, at the Surry Gatherings, 1208 Surry Rd, Surry. Interested? FMI: ellsworthart.com or text (207) 385-1661.
Camden (CANCELLED)
CANCELLED   Leer y Charlar: Spanish language reading and conversation group. Meets on second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, 1:00 - 3:00, at the Camden Public Library. FMI: librarycamden.org.

Fri, April 10th

Rockland (Live Streaming)
Maine Parishes Announce Holy Week Live-Streaming Schedules: Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, April 5, and continues through Easter Sunday, April 12.  A list of livestreamed Masses and liturgies at Maine parishes during Holy Week is listed at portlanddiocese.org/HolyWeekLiveStreaming. This webpage will be updated frequently as additional parishes submit schedules and when changes are made to schedules.
Rockland (UPDATE)
Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber Member Updates (as of 3/30/20) Blue Hill Co-op- Store hours have been reduced effective Wednesday, March 18th. The new hours are Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm. The coop provides gloves in their entrance for shoppers who would like them. In addition to our Café Curbside Pickup we are also offering a new Remote Basket program. Fill out a quick form on our website, give us your shopping list, and we’ll shop for you. Pay over the phone and pick up at the curb. Find out more at www.bluehill.coop/remote-basket. The Coop is also regularly updating their customers via their Facebook and Website pages or by calling 374-2165. Lambert Coffin, Attorneys- While their office is closed to public traffic due to COVID-19, they are available by phone and e-mail, with all employees working remotely. Email Amy at avisentin@lambertcoffin.com or call direct to 374-4460. Documents may be left in the dropbox next to their office door inside the building. For updates please visit the Lambert Coffin website: https://www.lambertcoffin.com/ Mainescape- Mainescape is open wed - Sat for phone orders and outside  pickup only. Pet food, Bird seed, seeds, soils and supplies, houseplants, etc. Pansies and primroses and spring flowering bulbs are coming next week to help lift peoples’ spirits! Blue Hill Heritage Trust- Free Trail Guides are still available outside of our office in a tote, as well as outside the Compass Rose Bookstore in the Book Boat, and Island Heritage Trust's Office. We would like to share Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife's recomendations for how to practice safe Social Distancing while enjoying the outdoors in public spaces. Tradewinds - New store hours starting April 5th: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm, with 7:00 – 8:00 am for 55+ only. Sandy’s Blue Hill Café – Thursday – Monday, 8:00 – 2:00. Curbside take-out for breakfast & lunch, frozen prepared meals and coffee/expresso drinks. Infection-control protocols are in effect. Castine Historical Society: Castine House and Garden Tour rescheduled to July 2021. Broadband Survey- Mission Broadband has offered a quick survey to collect data on some of the impacts of this current COVID-19 is having on all aspects of our broadband network.  They put together a survey to try to capture the end users perspective that might help guide efforts to improve broadband across the state.   The survey focuses on a few key items during this crisis, the influx of at home usages from families staying at home.  Its designed to highlight the gaps in coverage, inadequate coverage and social-economic factors. Please take a moment to fill out the survey, and then please share it widely in your virtual networks.   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ME_SD_BB_Impact
Rockland (Educational Resource)
Chewonki: Nature-Based Education Resources for Families at Home. Continue (or start!) your child's nature-based education at home with our new Chewonki at Home resource page. Find lessons, activities, and links to daily living streaming events with our wildlife educators, outdoor educators, and farm team... Get all the info at chewonki.org.
Rockland (now on FACEBOOK, now on YOUTUBE)
Now on FACEBOOK and YOUTUBE - Camden Library's Miss Amy’s Story Times and Crafts. Story times will be posted every weekday morning and craft ideas every weekday afternoon to help keep little minds and hands engaged. For more info and a list of all the videos currently available go to librarycamden.org. Questions? 236-3440 or librarycamden.org.
Brooklin (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED     Friend Memorial Public Library Building in Brooklinis closed to the public until at least May 1. Reevaluating then based on Governor's recommendations. The eCollection is available for free use. If you need a free library card to use our eBook and eAudio collection just call or email. We will be checking our email and voice mail regularly.  207-359-2276, annmargaret@friend.lib.me.us, or friend.lib.me.us.
Bar Harbor (CANCELLED)
CANCELED   The Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor has canceled the upcoming Abbe Museum Indian Market (AMIM), scheduled for May 15-17, 2020. This annual event will return the weekend of May 14 - 16, 2021. The Abbe Museum is formulating ways to support Native artists during this time and will have further announcements forthcoming on their website and social media pages. You can also find resources to help artists through the National Endowment for the Arts and state/regional arts organizations. FMI: abbemuseum.org.
Augusta (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED  The Maine State Library in Augusta is temporarily closed until April 15, 2020. In response to COVID-19 pandemic, the Maine State Library will close to the public through April 15, 2020, at which time a decision to open to the public can be reassessed. During this time, staff will continue to report to work and will accept requests and answer queries via phone (207) 287-5600, email and via our website www.maine.gov/msl/. Many resources are available online via Digital Maine Library along with ebooks, and audio books from the Download Library. The Talking Books and Books By Mail (contingent upon available titles) Programs will continue as long as there is no disruption to the US postal service. Library Development Staff will continue to support Maine’s libraries and librarians remotely during this difficult and uncertain time. The Maine State Library has suspended Interlibrary Loan and Van Delivery Services until March 30, 2020. At that time, we will reassess the current COVID-19 impact on library closures in the state to determine if the service should be restored. FMI: (207) 287-5600, or maine.gov/msl/.
Rockland (NOTICE)
Bangor Issues Emergency Regulation with Prohibitions on Businesses March 22, 2020   In response to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, the City of Bangor has issued updated emergency regulation with prohibitions on businesses. The regulation states that no auditorium, stadium, arena, large conference room, meeting hall, theater, gymnasium, fitness center, private club, movie theater, museum, dance club, music venue, adult entertainment facility, casino, gymnasium, fitness center, yoga studio, or indoor cycling studio is allowed to be open while the city's state of emergency remains in effect. Bars, restaurants, and dine-in facilities must also remain closed to dine-in traffic, but can continue to operate in delivery or "take-out" fashion as long as customers do not enter the business, and transfers of food or other product takes place outside the business. In addition, no other establishment of any kind that sells or provides goods or services are allowed to remain open during the state of emergency, except for establishments that provide necessary goods and services. A complete list of these businesses is available in the emergency regulation. For more information, read the official emergency regulation at bangormaine.gov.
Rockland (UPDATE)
Maine Farmers' Markets: The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry understands that during this Covid-19 Pandemic, producers and consumers alike want to know where to access fresh, safe foods. Given the recent exemption by Governor Janet Mills of businesses that provide essential services including agriculture and groceries from the statewide prohibition on gatherings of more than 10 people, the Department advises farmers’ markets to determine on a case-by-case basis whether to remain open. The Department recognizes that an outdoor farmers’ market or a wellspaced indoor market both involve a larger physical footprint allowing for a broader degree of interaction than a typical public gathering. The Department recognizes that farmers’ markets are important food sources for many Mainers, including those living in rural areas and those using federal food benefits. For those markets that opt to remain open, we strongly urge taking steps to facilitate social distancing, providing hand sanitizer/washing stations for shoppers and vendors, and cease all food sampling. In this rapidly evolving situation, farmers’ market members should stay alert for emerging guidance from the Maine CDC. To the extent that farmers’ markets remain open, we caution everyone involved to practice excellent personal hygiene and to stay home if unwell. For up-to-date info on specific Markets and more info: The Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets at mffm.org, 207-370-1524 or director@mffm.org.
Rockland (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
Community Law Foundation offices are closed and staff is working remotely. All in-person events are cancelled through the end of April. Stay tuned for more information on program updates, virtual gatherings, and events. For the latest info: clf.org.
Rockland (Appointment, Phone, Website)
The Maine Department of Marine Resources (maine.gov/dmr) announces that in order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, access to all Maine DMR facilities in Augusta, West Boothbay Harbor, Bangor, Lamoine, Jonesboro, and Rockland will be by appointment only.
  • Contact information for DMR staff can be found at: gov/dmr/about/employees.html.
  • If you are exhibiting any flu-like or viral symptoms, we thank you in advance for NOT entering our facilities for the safety and wellness of others.
  • For information on Maine's response to COVID-19, visit the Maine CDC's website at https://bit.ly/2U1Iy1a.
March 26, 2020 UPDATE on Maine's Elver Fishery:  After ensuring protocols are in place to protect fishermen, dealers and communities from the spread of COVID-19, the Maine Department of Marine Resources will open the elver season at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 30, 2020. Under the authority established by Governor Janet Mills’ March 15 Civil Emergency Proclamation, licensed elver harvesters may fish for and sell the quota of another licensed harvester. Dealers have also agreed to limit transactions significantly by only buying 1 pound or more of elvers. (March 20, 2020  Due to public health concerns associated with COVID-19, the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) has announced the closure of Maine's elver fishery, which had been scheduled to start Sunday, March 22, 2020. The closure, done through emergency rulemaking, will be for a minimum of two weeks and will be reassessed at that time. The announcement of the emergency regulation can be found on the DMR’s website.) Other Operational Changes
  • DMR is postponing all Aquaculture hearings and scoping sessions scheduled through May 1. Applicants and other stakeholders affected by this measure will receive updates as the situation evolves.
  • DMR is postponing all aquaculture pre-application meetings through April 1. After that time, DMR will re-evaluate scheduling pre-application meetings. Applicants interested in scheduling a pre-application meeting should contact Angel Wilson at Wilson@maine.govor 207-350-7902.
  • Applicants cannot schedule scoping sessions through May 1.
For industry members who need to apply for or renew a license or order tags, and can only do so on paper, there are applications and order forms available in the entryway of the Augusta office at 32 Blossom Lane in Augusta. There is also a drop box at the Augusta office where items can be left for DMR, including license applications and order forms.   PLEASE NOTE: NO CASH WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THIS TIME, HOWEVER CREDIT CARDS, MONEY ORDERS, OR CHECKS ARE ACCEPTED FORMS OF PAYMENT.
  • However, DMR strongly urges industry members to submit applications, order tags, upload documents, report landings, etc. via DMR’s online system, LEEDS at maine-dmr-leeds-prod.pegacloud.com/
  • If using LEEDS is not possible, DMR also encourages everyone to download documents from the department's licensing web page at maine.gov/dmr/commercial-fishing/licenses/index.html and to submit them by mail to the address indicated on the document.
  • Please visit our website for more updated information or to download applications, gov/dmr.
  • Limited licensing staff will still be working to assist with licensing issues over the phone, but in order to limit contact as recommended by CDC, staff will not be available for face to face conversations.
  • Option 1) DMR's Licensing Division can be reached by phone at 207-624-6550.
  • Option 2) Documents may be faxed to the Licensing Division at 207-287-4474 or 207-624-6024.  Staff will be available to assist with any questions or concerns.
Rockland (OPEN)
Update From Peninsula Grocery Providers Tradewinds - New store hours starting April 5th, 7:00 am – 7:00 pm, with 7:00 – 8:00 am for 55+ only. There are Purell wipes available to clean your hands and cart at both entrances. For updated information:  374-5137. Blue Hill Coop - Hours are Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm. The Coop provides gloves in their entrance for shoppers who would like them. In addition to Café Curbside Pickup there is also a new Remote Basket program. Fill out a quick form on the website, give us your shopping list, and we’ll shop for you. Pay over the phone and pick up at the curb. Find out more at www.bluehill.coop/remote-basket. The Coop is also regularly updating their customers via their Facebook and Website pages or by calling 374-2165. Farm Drop and Peninsula Provisions will continue to offer Home Delivery and Curb Side Pickup of local farm products and regular grocery items. Both of these services are run by Cullen Schneider, out of Fairwinds Florist. To make an order with Farm Drop: bh.farmdrop.us. To make an order with Peninsula Provisions please call Cullen at 374-5621. Sandy’s Blue Hill Café – Thursday – Monday, 8:00 – 2:00. Curbside take-out for breakfast & lunch, frozen prepared meals and coffee/expresso drinks. Infection-control protocols are in effect. Castine Historical Society: Castine House and Garden Tour rescheduled to July 2021. All of this information is as of 4pm on 3/30 and is subject to change, please check with these businesses for up to date information.
Blue Hill (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
Blue Hill Public Library will be closed until further notice. The decision to reopen will be reassessed as new information and recommendations become available.
  • The bookdrop will remain open for the duration—returns will always be accepted. If you have an oversized item not suitable for the bookdrop, call ahead and staff will meet you at the door.
  • All current due dates for library materials will be extended and no overdue fines will be assessed during this time period.
  • Has your library card lapsed or have you not yet gotten one? Normally you need to sign up in person, but for the duration of this closure, to provide access to digital materials, local year-round and part-time residents can sign up by phone.
  • Our staff will still be working and will be here to help in any ways we can. Please keep in mind that you can still call or e-mail us with your reference questions. Also, digital services (e-books, e-audiobooks, etc.) remain available from our website. The library’s WiFi will also remain available on the exterior 24/7. To contact the Blue Hill Public Library: 374-5515 or bhpl.net.
Belfast (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
Waterfall Arts in Belfast is Temporarily Closed: The galleries and office at Waterfall Arts will be closed until April 27th in response to the CDC guidelines and in alignment with the local school board RSU # 71 concerning the spread of COVID-19. All Waterfall Arts classes, events, workshops, youth programming and drop-in open studios will be suspended for the time being. Staff will reach out to already-registered students to process refunds or communicate rescheduled dates. Note: If you are receiving private lessons from studio tenants, please contact them directly for any schedule changes or cancellations. FMI: waterfallarts.org.
Castine (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
Witherlee Memorial Library Remains Closed Until Further Notice. Please keep books and movies until the library re-opens. Books have been renewed until mid-April. Please do not use the book drop at this time. Out of an abundance of caution, we cannot offer home delivery or pick-up at this time. We are very sorry. Our website provides a variety of digital reading and information resources and is updated regularly.  Please check out our Facebook page which has lots of alternative resources for your education and entertainment pleasure.  We can answer your reference questions by phone, 326-4375, or email: afr@witherle.lib.me.us (Anne Romans) or irene@witherle.lib.me.us (Irene Hall).  If you have a suggestion for our online resources please contact us! Children's News from Irene: I have been very busy posting lots of fun reading, viewing and drawing opportunities on our Facebook page. Tours of museums, zoos, story time from space!  How fun!
Blue Hill (Meals, Meals To-Go)
Harbor House Café in Blue Hill Offers Meals: Pick-Up or Delivery It’s Kathy from The Harbor House. We want your help to get the word out to the public and our elderly customers. Although we are closed to the public following CDC recommendation, we are preparing food for pick-up or delivery. We are offering casseroles, quiche, soups, chowders and many more items, the weekly menu is on the Harbor House Cafe FB page or we can email one. We will deliver in the Blue Hill area or you can pick up.
We have many elderly customers we are so concerned about. We have a small fund we are using to help feed the elderly facing financial hardship. We are also asking those purchasing if they would like to add a few dollars extra for this fund. We ask for a two day notice for dinners. Open 7:00 - 2:00, check for current hours. Ways to reach the Harbor House Café in Blue Hill: 207-374-7027, theharborhouseofbluehill@gmail.com, or on FB, The harbor house cafe
Rockland (CANCELLED)
CANCELLED   The 54th Annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race, which was originally scheduled for April 18, 2020. "It's a difficult event to postpone and reschedule since the water level in the stream continually drops throughout the spring, along with the resources needed to safely run the event." FMI: (207) 992-4490 or tracy.willette@bangormaine.gov.
Rockland (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) will be closed to the public through April 30, 2020. During the closure period, you can explore the many online resources, exhibitions and videos available 24/7, and get up to date info on what’s happening: cmcanow.org.
Belfast (Lunch for Kids)
The Game Loft is providing free grab-and-go lunches to any child from 12:00 noon to 2:00. Lunches will include a sandwich, fruit and vegetables. Children do not need to be Game Loft members to receive this service. The Game Loft is closed for regular programming, but while schools are closed due to the current covid-19 precautions, free lunches will be served to all children who come to the 78A Main Street, Belfast location. Meal are free for the kids, but your financial support is appreciated. At this time the Game Loft cannot accept community donations of food but financial contributions can be made through the website, thegameloft.org, or by sending a check to The Game Loft, 78A Main Street, Belfast, ME 04915. Please put on the memo line: Feed the hungry. FMI: thegameloft.org.
Winter Harbor (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED   Schoodic Arts for All’s Hammond Hall in Blue Hill will temporarily close until April 15th. FMI: schoodicartsforall.org. The Winter Harbor Music Festival will live stream the Flute and Piano Recital scheduled for Friday, April 3rd, at 7:00, without an audience. The link to the live stream on their Facebook page is: facebook.com/search/top/q?=winter%20harbor%20festival.
Unity (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners (MOFGA) offices in Unity are closed to the public, and staff are working remotely until further notice. MOFGA events through April 1st are postponed or canceled. To keep up to date or for more info: mofga.org.
Bar Harbor (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  The Jesup Library in Bar Harbor is currently closed to the public. Fees and overdues are waived at this time. Please keep your items at home until the Library reopens.  On-line services including the Maine Downloadable Library through CloudLibrary and access to the databases through the Digital Maine Library remain available. For links: jesuplibrary.org. The public wifi is still on and there is no password to access it. If there is any problem with your library card or if you would like to sign up for a library card during this time contact Laura at ledwards@jesuplibrary.org. Reference services are available by phone at 207-288-4245 or by email at info@jesuplibrary.org. The library will open as soon as it is safe to do so.
Bucksport (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  The Alamo Theatre in Bucksport is closed until further notice. Visitors and customers are not allowed into the building including the Archives. Please call ahead if you have business to conduct. FMI: Facebook, 469-0924, oldfilm.org.  
Bangor (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  The Challenger Learning Center of Maine in Bangor is currently closed to visitors. All public programs and k-12 field trips have been cancelled through April 24, 2020. Check the website regularly for updates on our normal operations status. FMI, questions or concerns: contact@astronaut.org, 990-2900, or astronaut.org.
Bangor (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED  The Bangor Public Library is closed to the public at least through Friday, May 15, 2020. All due dates will be extended til then, no overdue charges. Any change to those plans will be posted on the website,  social media, and on the atrium entrance to the Library. FMI: bangorpubliclibrary.org.
Blue Hill (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED  Peninsula Free Health Clinic in Blue Hill regretfully announces that the clinic will be closed at least through April due to staff and equipment shortages for handling infectious disease patients. For updates, please see the web site at peninsulafreehealth.org or on Facebook at Peninsula Free Health.
Camden (now ONLINE)
Now ONLINE  The Camden Library Chess Club will hold online matches Fridays, 4:00 – 6:00. Members may also challenge other members at any time. Join the club online at lichess.org under the community section, or use the link lichess.org/team/camden-chess-club. For help or more info: Evan Annis: camdenchessclub@gmail.com. to contact the Library: 236-3440 or librarycamden.org.
Castine (CANCELLED)
CANCELED   Home and Away Homeschool Programs: Structured for ages 4 to 14, inspired by the Wilson Museum's worldwide collections, local history, and community educational resources. 2nd Friday of each month, October through April, 10:00 - 1:00, Wilson Museum, Perkins St, Castine. Reservations required. FMI and to reserve: 207-326-9247,  info@wilsonmuseum.org, or wilsonmuseum.org.
Camden (now on FACEBOOK)
Now on FACEBOOK, Explorations: Read-Aloud Group for Adults. Sometimes it’s nice to just sit back and listen to a story. Every Friday Julie will read-aloud selections from a variety of fascinating books, fiction and non-fiction, on Facebook. FMI: librarycamden.org.  

Sat, April 11th

Rockland (Live Streaming)
Maine Parishes Announce Holy Week Live-Streaming Schedules: Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, April 5, and continues through Easter Sunday, April 12.  A list of livestreamed Masses and liturgies at Maine parishes during Holy Week is listed at portlanddiocese.org/HolyWeekLiveStreaming. This webpage will be updated frequently as additional parishes submit schedules and when changes are made to schedules.
Rockland (UPDATE)
Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber Member Updates (as of 3/30/20) Blue Hill Co-op- Store hours have been reduced effective Wednesday, March 18th. The new hours are Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm. The coop provides gloves in their entrance for shoppers who would like them. In addition to our Café Curbside Pickup we are also offering a new Remote Basket program. Fill out a quick form on our website, give us your shopping list, and we’ll shop for you. Pay over the phone and pick up at the curb. Find out more at www.bluehill.coop/remote-basket. The Coop is also regularly updating their customers via their Facebook and Website pages or by calling 374-2165. Lambert Coffin, Attorneys- While their office is closed to public traffic due to COVID-19, they are available by phone and e-mail, with all employees working remotely. Email Amy at avisentin@lambertcoffin.com or call direct to 374-4460. Documents may be left in the dropbox next to their office door inside the building. For updates please visit the Lambert Coffin website: https://www.lambertcoffin.com/ Mainescape- Mainescape is open wed - Sat for phone orders and outside  pickup only. Pet food, Bird seed, seeds, soils and supplies, houseplants, etc. Pansies and primroses and spring flowering bulbs are coming next week to help lift peoples’ spirits! Blue Hill Heritage Trust- Free Trail Guides are still available outside of our office in a tote, as well as outside the Compass Rose Bookstore in the Book Boat, and Island Heritage Trust's Office. We would like to share Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife's recomendations for how to practice safe Social Distancing while enjoying the outdoors in public spaces. Tradewinds - New store hours starting April 5th: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm, with 7:00 – 8:00 am for 55+ only. Sandy’s Blue Hill Café – Thursday – Monday, 8:00 – 2:00. Curbside take-out for breakfast & lunch, frozen prepared meals and coffee/expresso drinks. Infection-control protocols are in effect. Castine Historical Society: Castine House and Garden Tour rescheduled to July 2021. Broadband Survey- Mission Broadband has offered a quick survey to collect data on some of the impacts of this current COVID-19 is having on all aspects of our broadband network.  They put together a survey to try to capture the end users perspective that might help guide efforts to improve broadband across the state.   The survey focuses on a few key items during this crisis, the influx of at home usages from families staying at home.  Its designed to highlight the gaps in coverage, inadequate coverage and social-economic factors. Please take a moment to fill out the survey, and then please share it widely in your virtual networks.   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ME_SD_BB_Impact
Rockland (Educational Resource)
Chewonki: Nature-Based Education Resources for Families at Home. Continue (or start!) your child's nature-based education at home with our new Chewonki at Home resource page. Find lessons, activities, and links to daily living streaming events with our wildlife educators, outdoor educators, and farm team... Get all the info at chewonki.org.
Rockland (now on FACEBOOK, now on YOUTUBE)
Now on FACEBOOK and YOUTUBE - Camden Library's Miss Amy’s Story Times and Crafts. Story times will be posted every weekday morning and craft ideas every weekday afternoon to help keep little minds and hands engaged. For more info and a list of all the videos currently available go to librarycamden.org. Questions? 236-3440 or librarycamden.org.
Brooklin (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED     Friend Memorial Public Library Building in Brooklinis closed to the public until at least May 1. Reevaluating then based on Governor's recommendations. The eCollection is available for free use. If you need a free library card to use our eBook and eAudio collection just call or email. We will be checking our email and voice mail regularly.  207-359-2276, annmargaret@friend.lib.me.us, or friend.lib.me.us.
Bar Harbor (CANCELLED)
CANCELED   The Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor has canceled the upcoming Abbe Museum Indian Market (AMIM), scheduled for May 15-17, 2020. This annual event will return the weekend of May 14 - 16, 2021. The Abbe Museum is formulating ways to support Native artists during this time and will have further announcements forthcoming on their website and social media pages. You can also find resources to help artists through the National Endowment for the Arts and state/regional arts organizations. FMI: abbemuseum.org.
Augusta (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED  The Maine State Library in Augusta is temporarily closed until April 15, 2020. In response to COVID-19 pandemic, the Maine State Library will close to the public through April 15, 2020, at which time a decision to open to the public can be reassessed. During this time, staff will continue to report to work and will accept requests and answer queries via phone (207) 287-5600, email and via our website www.maine.gov/msl/. Many resources are available online via Digital Maine Library along with ebooks, and audio books from the Download Library. The Talking Books and Books By Mail (contingent upon available titles) Programs will continue as long as there is no disruption to the US postal service. Library Development Staff will continue to support Maine’s libraries and librarians remotely during this difficult and uncertain time. The Maine State Library has suspended Interlibrary Loan and Van Delivery Services until March 30, 2020. At that time, we will reassess the current COVID-19 impact on library closures in the state to determine if the service should be restored. FMI: (207) 287-5600, or maine.gov/msl/.
Rockland (NOTICE)
Bangor Issues Emergency Regulation with Prohibitions on Businesses March 22, 2020   In response to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, the City of Bangor has issued updated emergency regulation with prohibitions on businesses. The regulation states that no auditorium, stadium, arena, large conference room, meeting hall, theater, gymnasium, fitness center, private club, movie theater, museum, dance club, music venue, adult entertainment facility, casino, gymnasium, fitness center, yoga studio, or indoor cycling studio is allowed to be open while the city's state of emergency remains in effect. Bars, restaurants, and dine-in facilities must also remain closed to dine-in traffic, but can continue to operate in delivery or "take-out" fashion as long as customers do not enter the business, and transfers of food or other product takes place outside the business. In addition, no other establishment of any kind that sells or provides goods or services are allowed to remain open during the state of emergency, except for establishments that provide necessary goods and services. A complete list of these businesses is available in the emergency regulation. For more information, read the official emergency regulation at bangormaine.gov.
Rockland (UPDATE)
Maine Farmers' Markets: The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry understands that during this Covid-19 Pandemic, producers and consumers alike want to know where to access fresh, safe foods. Given the recent exemption by Governor Janet Mills of businesses that provide essential services including agriculture and groceries from the statewide prohibition on gatherings of more than 10 people, the Department advises farmers’ markets to determine on a case-by-case basis whether to remain open. The Department recognizes that an outdoor farmers’ market or a wellspaced indoor market both involve a larger physical footprint allowing for a broader degree of interaction than a typical public gathering. The Department recognizes that farmers’ markets are important food sources for many Mainers, including those living in rural areas and those using federal food benefits. For those markets that opt to remain open, we strongly urge taking steps to facilitate social distancing, providing hand sanitizer/washing stations for shoppers and vendors, and cease all food sampling. In this rapidly evolving situation, farmers’ market members should stay alert for emerging guidance from the Maine CDC. To the extent that farmers’ markets remain open, we caution everyone involved to practice excellent personal hygiene and to stay home if unwell. For up-to-date info on specific Markets and more info: The Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets at mffm.org, 207-370-1524 or director@mffm.org.
Rockland (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
Community Law Foundation offices are closed and staff is working remotely. All in-person events are cancelled through the end of April. Stay tuned for more information on program updates, virtual gatherings, and events. For the latest info: clf.org.
Rockland (Appointment, Phone, Website)
The Maine Department of Marine Resources (maine.gov/dmr) announces that in order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, access to all Maine DMR facilities in Augusta, West Boothbay Harbor, Bangor, Lamoine, Jonesboro, and Rockland will be by appointment only.
  • Contact information for DMR staff can be found at: gov/dmr/about/employees.html.
  • If you are exhibiting any flu-like or viral symptoms, we thank you in advance for NOT entering our facilities for the safety and wellness of others.
  • For information on Maine's response to COVID-19, visit the Maine CDC's website at https://bit.ly/2U1Iy1a.
March 26, 2020 UPDATE on Maine's Elver Fishery:  After ensuring protocols are in place to protect fishermen, dealers and communities from the spread of COVID-19, the Maine Department of Marine Resources will open the elver season at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 30, 2020. Under the authority established by Governor Janet Mills’ March 15 Civil Emergency Proclamation, licensed elver harvesters may fish for and sell the quota of another licensed harvester. Dealers have also agreed to limit transactions significantly by only buying 1 pound or more of elvers. (March 20, 2020  Due to public health concerns associated with COVID-19, the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) has announced the closure of Maine's elver fishery, which had been scheduled to start Sunday, March 22, 2020. The closure, done through emergency rulemaking, will be for a minimum of two weeks and will be reassessed at that time. The announcement of the emergency regulation can be found on the DMR’s website.) Other Operational Changes
  • DMR is postponing all Aquaculture hearings and scoping sessions scheduled through May 1. Applicants and other stakeholders affected by this measure will receive updates as the situation evolves.
  • DMR is postponing all aquaculture pre-application meetings through April 1. After that time, DMR will re-evaluate scheduling pre-application meetings. Applicants interested in scheduling a pre-application meeting should contact Angel Wilson at Wilson@maine.govor 207-350-7902.
  • Applicants cannot schedule scoping sessions through May 1.
For industry members who need to apply for or renew a license or order tags, and can only do so on paper, there are applications and order forms available in the entryway of the Augusta office at 32 Blossom Lane in Augusta. There is also a drop box at the Augusta office where items can be left for DMR, including license applications and order forms.   PLEASE NOTE: NO CASH WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THIS TIME, HOWEVER CREDIT CARDS, MONEY ORDERS, OR CHECKS ARE ACCEPTED FORMS OF PAYMENT.
  • However, DMR strongly urges industry members to submit applications, order tags, upload documents, report landings, etc. via DMR’s online system, LEEDS at maine-dmr-leeds-prod.pegacloud.com/
  • If using LEEDS is not possible, DMR also encourages everyone to download documents from the department's licensing web page at maine.gov/dmr/commercial-fishing/licenses/index.html and to submit them by mail to the address indicated on the document.
  • Please visit our website for more updated information or to download applications, gov/dmr.
  • Limited licensing staff will still be working to assist with licensing issues over the phone, but in order to limit contact as recommended by CDC, staff will not be available for face to face conversations.
  • Option 1) DMR's Licensing Division can be reached by phone at 207-624-6550.
  • Option 2) Documents may be faxed to the Licensing Division at 207-287-4474 or 207-624-6024.  Staff will be available to assist with any questions or concerns.
Rockland (OPEN)
Update From Peninsula Grocery Providers Tradewinds - New store hours starting April 5th, 7:00 am – 7:00 pm, with 7:00 – 8:00 am for 55+ only. There are Purell wipes available to clean your hands and cart at both entrances. For updated information:  374-5137. Blue Hill Coop - Hours are Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm. The Coop provides gloves in their entrance for shoppers who would like them. In addition to Café Curbside Pickup there is also a new Remote Basket program. Fill out a quick form on the website, give us your shopping list, and we’ll shop for you. Pay over the phone and pick up at the curb. Find out more at www.bluehill.coop/remote-basket. The Coop is also regularly updating their customers via their Facebook and Website pages or by calling 374-2165. Farm Drop and Peninsula Provisions will continue to offer Home Delivery and Curb Side Pickup of local farm products and regular grocery items. Both of these services are run by Cullen Schneider, out of Fairwinds Florist. To make an order with Farm Drop: bh.farmdrop.us. To make an order with Peninsula Provisions please call Cullen at 374-5621. Sandy’s Blue Hill Café – Thursday – Monday, 8:00 – 2:00. Curbside take-out for breakfast & lunch, frozen prepared meals and coffee/expresso drinks. Infection-control protocols are in effect. Castine Historical Society: Castine House and Garden Tour rescheduled to July 2021. All of this information is as of 4pm on 3/30 and is subject to change, please check with these businesses for up to date information.
Blue Hill (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
Blue Hill Public Library will be closed until further notice. The decision to reopen will be reassessed as new information and recommendations become available.
  • The bookdrop will remain open for the duration—returns will always be accepted. If you have an oversized item not suitable for the bookdrop, call ahead and staff will meet you at the door.
  • All current due dates for library materials will be extended and no overdue fines will be assessed during this time period.
  • Has your library card lapsed or have you not yet gotten one? Normally you need to sign up in person, but for the duration of this closure, to provide access to digital materials, local year-round and part-time residents can sign up by phone.
  • Our staff will still be working and will be here to help in any ways we can. Please keep in mind that you can still call or e-mail us with your reference questions. Also, digital services (e-books, e-audiobooks, etc.) remain available from our website. The library’s WiFi will also remain available on the exterior 24/7. To contact the Blue Hill Public Library: 374-5515 or bhpl.net.
Belfast (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
Waterfall Arts in Belfast is Temporarily Closed: The galleries and office at Waterfall Arts will be closed until April 27th in response to the CDC guidelines and in alignment with the local school board RSU # 71 concerning the spread of COVID-19. All Waterfall Arts classes, events, workshops, youth programming and drop-in open studios will be suspended for the time being. Staff will reach out to already-registered students to process refunds or communicate rescheduled dates. Note: If you are receiving private lessons from studio tenants, please contact them directly for any schedule changes or cancellations. FMI: waterfallarts.org.
Castine (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
Witherlee Memorial Library Remains Closed Until Further Notice. Please keep books and movies until the library re-opens. Books have been renewed until mid-April. Please do not use the book drop at this time. Out of an abundance of caution, we cannot offer home delivery or pick-up at this time. We are very sorry. Our website provides a variety of digital reading and information resources and is updated regularly.  Please check out our Facebook page which has lots of alternative resources for your education and entertainment pleasure.  We can answer your reference questions by phone, 326-4375, or email: afr@witherle.lib.me.us (Anne Romans) or irene@witherle.lib.me.us (Irene Hall).  If you have a suggestion for our online resources please contact us! Children's News from Irene: I have been very busy posting lots of fun reading, viewing and drawing opportunities on our Facebook page. Tours of museums, zoos, story time from space!  How fun!
Blue Hill (Meals, Meals To-Go)
Harbor House Café in Blue Hill Offers Meals: Pick-Up or Delivery It’s Kathy from The Harbor House. We want your help to get the word out to the public and our elderly customers. Although we are closed to the public following CDC recommendation, we are preparing food for pick-up or delivery. We are offering casseroles, quiche, soups, chowders and many more items, the weekly menu is on the Harbor House Cafe FB page or we can email one. We will deliver in the Blue Hill area or you can pick up.
We have many elderly customers we are so concerned about. We have a small fund we are using to help feed the elderly facing financial hardship. We are also asking those purchasing if they would like to add a few dollars extra for this fund. We ask for a two day notice for dinners. Open 7:00 - 2:00, check for current hours. Ways to reach the Harbor House Café in Blue Hill: 207-374-7027, theharborhouseofbluehill@gmail.com, or on FB, The harbor house cafe
Rockland (CANCELLED)
CANCELLED   The 54th Annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race, which was originally scheduled for April 18, 2020. "It's a difficult event to postpone and reschedule since the water level in the stream continually drops throughout the spring, along with the resources needed to safely run the event." FMI: (207) 992-4490 or tracy.willette@bangormaine.gov.
Rockland (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) will be closed to the public through April 30, 2020. During the closure period, you can explore the many online resources, exhibitions and videos available 24/7, and get up to date info on what’s happening: cmcanow.org.
Belfast (Lunch for Kids)
The Game Loft is providing free grab-and-go lunches to any child from 12:00 noon to 2:00. Lunches will include a sandwich, fruit and vegetables. Children do not need to be Game Loft members to receive this service. The Game Loft is closed for regular programming, but while schools are closed due to the current covid-19 precautions, free lunches will be served to all children who come to the 78A Main Street, Belfast location. Meal are free for the kids, but your financial support is appreciated. At this time the Game Loft cannot accept community donations of food but financial contributions can be made through the website, thegameloft.org, or by sending a check to The Game Loft, 78A Main Street, Belfast, ME 04915. Please put on the memo line: Feed the hungry. FMI: thegameloft.org.
Winter Harbor (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED   Schoodic Arts for All’s Hammond Hall in Blue Hill will temporarily close until April 15th. FMI: schoodicartsforall.org. The Winter Harbor Music Festival will live stream the Flute and Piano Recital scheduled for Friday, April 3rd, at 7:00, without an audience. The link to the live stream on their Facebook page is: facebook.com/search/top/q?=winter%20harbor%20festival.
Unity (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners (MOFGA) offices in Unity are closed to the public, and staff are working remotely until further notice. MOFGA events through April 1st are postponed or canceled. To keep up to date or for more info: mofga.org.
Bar Harbor (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  The Jesup Library in Bar Harbor is currently closed to the public. Fees and overdues are waived at this time. Please keep your items at home until the Library reopens.  On-line services including the Maine Downloadable Library through CloudLibrary and access to the databases through the Digital Maine Library remain available. For links: jesuplibrary.org. The public wifi is still on and there is no password to access it. If there is any problem with your library card or if you would like to sign up for a library card during this time contact Laura at ledwards@jesuplibrary.org. Reference services are available by phone at 207-288-4245 or by email at info@jesuplibrary.org. The library will open as soon as it is safe to do so.
Bucksport (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  The Alamo Theatre in Bucksport is closed until further notice. Visitors and customers are not allowed into the building including the Archives. Please call ahead if you have business to conduct. FMI: Facebook, 469-0924, oldfilm.org.  
Bangor (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  The Challenger Learning Center of Maine in Bangor is currently closed to visitors. All public programs and k-12 field trips have been cancelled through April 24, 2020. Check the website regularly for updates on our normal operations status. FMI, questions or concerns: contact@astronaut.org, 990-2900, or astronaut.org.
Bangor (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED  The Bangor Public Library is closed to the public at least through Friday, May 15, 2020. All due dates will be extended til then, no overdue charges. Any change to those plans will be posted on the website,  social media, and on the atrium entrance to the Library. FMI: bangorpubliclibrary.org.
Blue Hill (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED  Peninsula Free Health Clinic in Blue Hill regretfully announces that the clinic will be closed at least through April due to staff and equipment shortages for handling infectious disease patients. For updates, please see the web site at peninsulafreehealth.org or on Facebook at Peninsula Free Health.
Bath (Vigil)
Lenten Vigil for Disarmament. Join us to say "No! to the building of weapons of mass destruction in Maine."  We gather in front of the Administration Building at Bath Iron Works, Washington St, Bath, 11:30 - 12:30, on Saturdays through April 11. FMI: Smilin'Trees Disarmament Farm, 763-4062.
Blue Hill (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED   Peninsula Free Health Clinic provides free medical care for uninsured patients.  Hours are: on the second and fourth Saturdays, 9:00 – 12:00 noon; and on the first and third Mondays, 3:00 – 6:00. Walk in, or by appointment, located at 26 Hinckley Ridge Road, Blue Hill. Call 374-5585 or message us on Facebook at Peninsula Free Health.
Brooks (CANCELLED)
CANCELED   Traditional Irish Music and Song Session: Come to play, come to sing, or come to listen! Saturdays, 2:00 – 5:00, at the Marsh River Coop at the corner of Routes 7 and 179 in Brooks. FMI: 323-5042.

Sun, April 12th

Rockland (Live Streaming)
Maine Parishes Announce Holy Week Live-Streaming Schedules: Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, April 5, and continues through Easter Sunday, April 12.  A list of livestreamed Masses and liturgies at Maine parishes during Holy Week is listed at portlanddiocese.org/HolyWeekLiveStreaming. This webpage will be updated frequently as additional parishes submit schedules and when changes are made to schedules.
Rockland (TAKE-OUT ONLY)
Adas Yoshuron Synagogue will be providing its annual Easter Day Community Dinner at St. Peter’s Church on Easter Sunday, April 12, at 1 p.m. Instead of serving a sit-down dinner, they will be distributing a home-cooked take-out meal for pick-up at St. Peter’s, 11 White Street, Rockland. When waiting in line to receive a meal, people are requested to maintain six feet of distance between themselves and others to comply with health recommendations. For more information contact Adas Yoshuron at 207-594-4523, info@adasyoshurong.org.
Rockland (UPDATE)
Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber Member Updates (as of 3/30/20) Blue Hill Co-op- Store hours have been reduced effective Wednesday, March 18th. The new hours are Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm. The coop provides gloves in their entrance for shoppers who would like them. In addition to our Café Curbside Pickup we are also offering a new Remote Basket program. Fill out a quick form on our website, give us your shopping list, and we’ll shop for you. Pay over the phone and pick up at the curb. Find out more at www.bluehill.coop/remote-basket. The Coop is also regularly updating their customers via their Facebook and Website pages or by calling 374-2165. Lambert Coffin, Attorneys- While their office is closed to public traffic due to COVID-19, they are available by phone and e-mail, with all employees working remotely. Email Amy at avisentin@lambertcoffin.com or call direct to 374-4460. Documents may be left in the dropbox next to their office door inside the building. For updates please visit the Lambert Coffin website: https://www.lambertcoffin.com/ Mainescape- Mainescape is open wed - Sat for phone orders and outside  pickup only. Pet food, Bird seed, seeds, soils and supplies, houseplants, etc. Pansies and primroses and spring flowering bulbs are coming next week to help lift peoples’ spirits! Blue Hill Heritage Trust- Free Trail Guides are still available outside of our office in a tote, as well as outside the Compass Rose Bookstore in the Book Boat, and Island Heritage Trust's Office. We would like to share Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife's recomendations for how to practice safe Social Distancing while enjoying the outdoors in public spaces. Tradewinds - New store hours starting April 5th: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm, with 7:00 – 8:00 am for 55+ only. Sandy’s Blue Hill Café – Thursday – Monday, 8:00 – 2:00. Curbside take-out for breakfast & lunch, frozen prepared meals and coffee/expresso drinks. Infection-control protocols are in effect. Castine Historical Society: Castine House and Garden Tour rescheduled to July 2021. Broadband Survey- Mission Broadband has offered a quick survey to collect data on some of the impacts of this current COVID-19 is having on all aspects of our broadband network.  They put together a survey to try to capture the end users perspective that might help guide efforts to improve broadband across the state.   The survey focuses on a few key items during this crisis, the influx of at home usages from families staying at home.  Its designed to highlight the gaps in coverage, inadequate coverage and social-economic factors. Please take a moment to fill out the survey, and then please share it widely in your virtual networks.   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ME_SD_BB_Impact
Rockland (Educational Resource)
Chewonki: Nature-Based Education Resources for Families at Home. Continue (or start!) your child's nature-based education at home with our new Chewonki at Home resource page. Find lessons, activities, and links to daily living streaming events with our wildlife educators, outdoor educators, and farm team... Get all the info at chewonki.org.
Rockland (now on FACEBOOK, now on YOUTUBE)
Now on FACEBOOK and YOUTUBE - Camden Library's Miss Amy’s Story Times and Crafts. Story times will be posted every weekday morning and craft ideas every weekday afternoon to help keep little minds and hands engaged. For more info and a list of all the videos currently available go to librarycamden.org. Questions? 236-3440 or librarycamden.org.
Brooklin (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED     Friend Memorial Public Library Building in Brooklinis closed to the public until at least May 1. Reevaluating then based on Governor's recommendations. The eCollection is available for free use. If you need a free library card to use our eBook and eAudio collection just call or email. We will be checking our email and voice mail regularly.  207-359-2276, annmargaret@friend.lib.me.us, or friend.lib.me.us.
Bar Harbor (CANCELLED)
CANCELED   The Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor has canceled the upcoming Abbe Museum Indian Market (AMIM), scheduled for May 15-17, 2020. This annual event will return the weekend of May 14 - 16, 2021. The Abbe Museum is formulating ways to support Native artists during this time and will have further announcements forthcoming on their website and social media pages. You can also find resources to help artists through the National Endowment for the Arts and state/regional arts organizations. FMI: abbemuseum.org.
Augusta (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED  The Maine State Library in Augusta is temporarily closed until April 15, 2020. In response to COVID-19 pandemic, the Maine State Library will close to the public through April 15, 2020, at which time a decision to open to the public can be reassessed. During this time, staff will continue to report to work and will accept requests and answer queries via phone (207) 287-5600, email and via our website www.maine.gov/msl/. Many resources are available online via Digital Maine Library along with ebooks, and audio books from the Download Library. The Talking Books and Books By Mail (contingent upon available titles) Programs will continue as long as there is no disruption to the US postal service. Library Development Staff will continue to support Maine’s libraries and librarians remotely during this difficult and uncertain time. The Maine State Library has suspended Interlibrary Loan and Van Delivery Services until March 30, 2020. At that time, we will reassess the current COVID-19 impact on library closures in the state to determine if the service should be restored. FMI: (207) 287-5600, or maine.gov/msl/.
Rockland (NOTICE)
Bangor Issues Emergency Regulation with Prohibitions on Businesses March 22, 2020   In response to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, the City of Bangor has issued updated emergency regulation with prohibitions on businesses. The regulation states that no auditorium, stadium, arena, large conference room, meeting hall, theater, gymnasium, fitness center, private club, movie theater, museum, dance club, music venue, adult entertainment facility, casino, gymnasium, fitness center, yoga studio, or indoor cycling studio is allowed to be open while the city's state of emergency remains in effect. Bars, restaurants, and dine-in facilities must also remain closed to dine-in traffic, but can continue to operate in delivery or "take-out" fashion as long as customers do not enter the business, and transfers of food or other product takes place outside the business. In addition, no other establishment of any kind that sells or provides goods or services are allowed to remain open during the state of emergency, except for establishments that provide necessary goods and services. A complete list of these businesses is available in the emergency regulation. For more information, read the official emergency regulation at bangormaine.gov.
Rockland (UPDATE)
Maine Farmers' Markets: The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry understands that during this Covid-19 Pandemic, producers and consumers alike want to know where to access fresh, safe foods. Given the recent exemption by Governor Janet Mills of businesses that provide essential services including agriculture and groceries from the statewide prohibition on gatherings of more than 10 people, the Department advises farmers’ markets to determine on a case-by-case basis whether to remain open. The Department recognizes that an outdoor farmers’ market or a wellspaced indoor market both involve a larger physical footprint allowing for a broader degree of interaction than a typical public gathering. The Department recognizes that farmers’ markets are important food sources for many Mainers, including those living in rural areas and those using federal food benefits. For those markets that opt to remain open, we strongly urge taking steps to facilitate social distancing, providing hand sanitizer/washing stations for shoppers and vendors, and cease all food sampling. In this rapidly evolving situation, farmers’ market members should stay alert for emerging guidance from the Maine CDC. To the extent that farmers’ markets remain open, we caution everyone involved to practice excellent personal hygiene and to stay home if unwell. For up-to-date info on specific Markets and more info: The Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets at mffm.org, 207-370-1524 or director@mffm.org.
Rockland (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
Community Law Foundation offices are closed and staff is working remotely. All in-person events are cancelled through the end of April. Stay tuned for more information on program updates, virtual gatherings, and events. For the latest info: clf.org.
Rockland (Appointment, Phone, Website)
The Maine Department of Marine Resources (maine.gov/dmr) announces that in order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, access to all Maine DMR facilities in Augusta, West Boothbay Harbor, Bangor, Lamoine, Jonesboro, and Rockland will be by appointment only.
  • Contact information for DMR staff can be found at: gov/dmr/about/employees.html.
  • If you are exhibiting any flu-like or viral symptoms, we thank you in advance for NOT entering our facilities for the safety and wellness of others.
  • For information on Maine's response to COVID-19, visit the Maine CDC's website at https://bit.ly/2U1Iy1a.
March 26, 2020 UPDATE on Maine's Elver Fishery:  After ensuring protocols are in place to protect fishermen, dealers and communities from the spread of COVID-19, the Maine Department of Marine Resources will open the elver season at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 30, 2020. Under the authority established by Governor Janet Mills’ March 15 Civil Emergency Proclamation, licensed elver harvesters may fish for and sell the quota of another licensed harvester. Dealers have also agreed to limit transactions significantly by only buying 1 pound or more of elvers. (March 20, 2020  Due to public health concerns associated with COVID-19, the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) has announced the closure of Maine's elver fishery, which had been scheduled to start Sunday, March 22, 2020. The closure, done through emergency rulemaking, will be for a minimum of two weeks and will be reassessed at that time. The announcement of the emergency regulation can be found on the DMR’s website.) Other Operational Changes
  • DMR is postponing all Aquaculture hearings and scoping sessions scheduled through May 1. Applicants and other stakeholders affected by this measure will receive updates as the situation evolves.
  • DMR is postponing all aquaculture pre-application meetings through April 1. After that time, DMR will re-evaluate scheduling pre-application meetings. Applicants interested in scheduling a pre-application meeting should contact Angel Wilson at Wilson@maine.govor 207-350-7902.
  • Applicants cannot schedule scoping sessions through May 1.
For industry members who need to apply for or renew a license or order tags, and can only do so on paper, there are applications and order forms available in the entryway of the Augusta office at 32 Blossom Lane in Augusta. There is also a drop box at the Augusta office where items can be left for DMR, including license applications and order forms.   PLEASE NOTE: NO CASH WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THIS TIME, HOWEVER CREDIT CARDS, MONEY ORDERS, OR CHECKS ARE ACCEPTED FORMS OF PAYMENT.
  • However, DMR strongly urges industry members to submit applications, order tags, upload documents, report landings, etc. via DMR’s online system, LEEDS at maine-dmr-leeds-prod.pegacloud.com/
  • If using LEEDS is not possible, DMR also encourages everyone to download documents from the department's licensing web page at maine.gov/dmr/commercial-fishing/licenses/index.html and to submit them by mail to the address indicated on the document.
  • Please visit our website for more updated information or to download applications, gov/dmr.
  • Limited licensing staff will still be working to assist with licensing issues over the phone, but in order to limit contact as recommended by CDC, staff will not be available for face to face conversations.
  • Option 1) DMR's Licensing Division can be reached by phone at 207-624-6550.
  • Option 2) Documents may be faxed to the Licensing Division at 207-287-4474 or 207-624-6024.  Staff will be available to assist with any questions or concerns.
Rockland (OPEN)
Update From Peninsula Grocery Providers Tradewinds - New store hours starting April 5th, 7:00 am – 7:00 pm, with 7:00 – 8:00 am for 55+ only. There are Purell wipes available to clean your hands and cart at both entrances. For updated information:  374-5137. Blue Hill Coop - Hours are Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm. The Coop provides gloves in their entrance for shoppers who would like them. In addition to Café Curbside Pickup there is also a new Remote Basket program. Fill out a quick form on the website, give us your shopping list, and we’ll shop for you. Pay over the phone and pick up at the curb. Find out more at www.bluehill.coop/remote-basket. The Coop is also regularly updating their customers via their Facebook and Website pages or by calling 374-2165. Farm Drop and Peninsula Provisions will continue to offer Home Delivery and Curb Side Pickup of local farm products and regular grocery items. Both of these services are run by Cullen Schneider, out of Fairwinds Florist. To make an order with Farm Drop: bh.farmdrop.us. To make an order with Peninsula Provisions please call Cullen at 374-5621. Sandy’s Blue Hill Café – Thursday – Monday, 8:00 – 2:00. Curbside take-out for breakfast & lunch, frozen prepared meals and coffee/expresso drinks. Infection-control protocols are in effect. Castine Historical Society: Castine House and Garden Tour rescheduled to July 2021. All of this information is as of 4pm on 3/30 and is subject to change, please check with these businesses for up to date information.
Blue Hill (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
Blue Hill Public Library will be closed until further notice. The decision to reopen will be reassessed as new information and recommendations become available.
  • The bookdrop will remain open for the duration—returns will always be accepted. If you have an oversized item not suitable for the bookdrop, call ahead and staff will meet you at the door.
  • All current due dates for library materials will be extended and no overdue fines will be assessed during this time period.
  • Has your library card lapsed or have you not yet gotten one? Normally you need to sign up in person, but for the duration of this closure, to provide access to digital materials, local year-round and part-time residents can sign up by phone.
  • Our staff will still be working and will be here to help in any ways we can. Please keep in mind that you can still call or e-mail us with your reference questions. Also, digital services (e-books, e-audiobooks, etc.) remain available from our website. The library’s WiFi will also remain available on the exterior 24/7. To contact the Blue Hill Public Library: 374-5515 or bhpl.net.
Belfast (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
Waterfall Arts in Belfast is Temporarily Closed: The galleries and office at Waterfall Arts will be closed until April 27th in response to the CDC guidelines and in alignment with the local school board RSU # 71 concerning the spread of COVID-19. All Waterfall Arts classes, events, workshops, youth programming and drop-in open studios will be suspended for the time being. Staff will reach out to already-registered students to process refunds or communicate rescheduled dates. Note: If you are receiving private lessons from studio tenants, please contact them directly for any schedule changes or cancellations. FMI: waterfallarts.org.
Castine (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
Witherlee Memorial Library Remains Closed Until Further Notice. Please keep books and movies until the library re-opens. Books have been renewed until mid-April. Please do not use the book drop at this time. Out of an abundance of caution, we cannot offer home delivery or pick-up at this time. We are very sorry. Our website provides a variety of digital reading and information resources and is updated regularly.  Please check out our Facebook page which has lots of alternative resources for your education and entertainment pleasure.  We can answer your reference questions by phone, 326-4375, or email: afr@witherle.lib.me.us (Anne Romans) or irene@witherle.lib.me.us (Irene Hall).  If you have a suggestion for our online resources please contact us! Children's News from Irene: I have been very busy posting lots of fun reading, viewing and drawing opportunities on our Facebook page. Tours of museums, zoos, story time from space!  How fun!
Blue Hill (Meals, Meals To-Go)
Harbor House Café in Blue Hill Offers Meals: Pick-Up or Delivery It’s Kathy from The Harbor House. We want your help to get the word out to the public and our elderly customers. Although we are closed to the public following CDC recommendation, we are preparing food for pick-up or delivery. We are offering casseroles, quiche, soups, chowders and many more items, the weekly menu is on the Harbor House Cafe FB page or we can email one. We will deliver in the Blue Hill area or you can pick up.
We have many elderly customers we are so concerned about. We have a small fund we are using to help feed the elderly facing financial hardship. We are also asking those purchasing if they would like to add a few dollars extra for this fund. We ask for a two day notice for dinners. Open 7:00 - 2:00, check for current hours. Ways to reach the Harbor House Café in Blue Hill: 207-374-7027, theharborhouseofbluehill@gmail.com, or on FB, The harbor house cafe
Rockland (CANCELLED)
CANCELLED   The 54th Annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race, which was originally scheduled for April 18, 2020. "It's a difficult event to postpone and reschedule since the water level in the stream continually drops throughout the spring, along with the resources needed to safely run the event." FMI: (207) 992-4490 or tracy.willette@bangormaine.gov.
Rockland (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) will be closed to the public through April 30, 2020. During the closure period, you can explore the many online resources, exhibitions and videos available 24/7, and get up to date info on what’s happening: cmcanow.org.
Belfast (Lunch for Kids)
The Game Loft is providing free grab-and-go lunches to any child from 12:00 noon to 2:00. Lunches will include a sandwich, fruit and vegetables. Children do not need to be Game Loft members to receive this service. The Game Loft is closed for regular programming, but while schools are closed due to the current covid-19 precautions, free lunches will be served to all children who come to the 78A Main Street, Belfast location. Meal are free for the kids, but your financial support is appreciated. At this time the Game Loft cannot accept community donations of food but financial contributions can be made through the website, thegameloft.org, or by sending a check to The Game Loft, 78A Main Street, Belfast, ME 04915. Please put on the memo line: Feed the hungry. FMI: thegameloft.org.
Winter Harbor (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED   Schoodic Arts for All’s Hammond Hall in Blue Hill will temporarily close until April 15th. FMI: schoodicartsforall.org. The Winter Harbor Music Festival will live stream the Flute and Piano Recital scheduled for Friday, April 3rd, at 7:00, without an audience. The link to the live stream on their Facebook page is: facebook.com/search/top/q?=winter%20harbor%20festival.
Unity (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners (MOFGA) offices in Unity are closed to the public, and staff are working remotely until further notice. MOFGA events through April 1st are postponed or canceled. To keep up to date or for more info: mofga.org.
Bar Harbor (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  The Jesup Library in Bar Harbor is currently closed to the public. Fees and overdues are waived at this time. Please keep your items at home until the Library reopens.  On-line services including the Maine Downloadable Library through CloudLibrary and access to the databases through the Digital Maine Library remain available. For links: jesuplibrary.org. The public wifi is still on and there is no password to access it. If there is any problem with your library card or if you would like to sign up for a library card during this time contact Laura at ledwards@jesuplibrary.org. Reference services are available by phone at 207-288-4245 or by email at info@jesuplibrary.org. The library will open as soon as it is safe to do so.
Bucksport (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  The Alamo Theatre in Bucksport is closed until further notice. Visitors and customers are not allowed into the building including the Archives. Please call ahead if you have business to conduct. FMI: Facebook, 469-0924, oldfilm.org.  
Bangor (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  The Challenger Learning Center of Maine in Bangor is currently closed to visitors. All public programs and k-12 field trips have been cancelled through April 24, 2020. Check the website regularly for updates on our normal operations status. FMI, questions or concerns: contact@astronaut.org, 990-2900, or astronaut.org.
Bangor (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED  The Bangor Public Library is closed to the public at least through Friday, May 15, 2020. All due dates will be extended til then, no overdue charges. Any change to those plans will be posted on the website,  social media, and on the atrium entrance to the Library. FMI: bangorpubliclibrary.org.
Blue Hill (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED  Peninsula Free Health Clinic in Blue Hill regretfully announces that the clinic will be closed at least through April due to staff and equipment shortages for handling infectious disease patients. For updates, please see the web site at peninsulafreehealth.org or on Facebook at Peninsula Free Health.
Camden (CANCELLED)
CANCELLED    Cyber Sunday: a one-on-one, 30-45 minute appointment with our Technology Coordinator. Bring your device and your questions — we'll do our best to answer them! Sign up on the library's website in advance, and let us know what you’d like to discuss. Every second Sunday of every month, 1:00 - 5:00, at the Camden Public Library. FMI: librarycamden.org.
Belfast (CANCELLED)
CANCELED    Weekly Jam Session: open to everyone at any playing level.  We usually play fiddle tunes from the New England contra dance tradition, the traditional music of French and Atlantic Canada, English country dance, Irish jigs and reels, old-timey music and the occasional song. Sundays, 6:00 – 8:00, Waterfall Arts, 256 High St, Belfast. FMI: belfastfiddlers@gmail.com.

Mon, April 13th

Rockland (UPDATE)
Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber Member Updates (as of 3/30/20) Blue Hill Co-op- Store hours have been reduced effective Wednesday, March 18th. The new hours are Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm. The coop provides gloves in their entrance for shoppers who would like them. In addition to our Café Curbside Pickup we are also offering a new Remote Basket program. Fill out a quick form on our website, give us your shopping list, and we’ll shop for you. Pay over the phone and pick up at the curb. Find out more at www.bluehill.coop/remote-basket. The Coop is also regularly updating their customers via their Facebook and Website pages or by calling 374-2165. Lambert Coffin, Attorneys- While their office is closed to public traffic due to COVID-19, they are available by phone and e-mail, with all employees working remotely. Email Amy at avisentin@lambertcoffin.com or call direct to 374-4460. Documents may be left in the dropbox next to their office door inside the building. For updates please visit the Lambert Coffin website: https://www.lambertcoffin.com/ Mainescape- Mainescape is open wed - Sat for phone orders and outside  pickup only. Pet food, Bird seed, seeds, soils and supplies, houseplants, etc. Pansies and primroses and spring flowering bulbs are coming next week to help lift peoples’ spirits! Blue Hill Heritage Trust- Free Trail Guides are still available outside of our office in a tote, as well as outside the Compass Rose Bookstore in the Book Boat, and Island Heritage Trust's Office. We would like to share Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife's recomendations for how to practice safe Social Distancing while enjoying the outdoors in public spaces. Tradewinds - New store hours starting April 5th: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm, with 7:00 – 8:00 am for 55+ only. Sandy’s Blue Hill Café – Thursday – Monday, 8:00 – 2:00. Curbside take-out for breakfast & lunch, frozen prepared meals and coffee/expresso drinks. Infection-control protocols are in effect. Castine Historical Society: Castine House and Garden Tour rescheduled to July 2021. Broadband Survey- Mission Broadband has offered a quick survey to collect data on some of the impacts of this current COVID-19 is having on all aspects of our broadband network.  They put together a survey to try to capture the end users perspective that might help guide efforts to improve broadband across the state.   The survey focuses on a few key items during this crisis, the influx of at home usages from families staying at home.  Its designed to highlight the gaps in coverage, inadequate coverage and social-economic factors. Please take a moment to fill out the survey, and then please share it widely in your virtual networks.   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ME_SD_BB_Impact
Rockland (Educational Resource)
Chewonki: Nature-Based Education Resources for Families at Home. Continue (or start!) your child's nature-based education at home with our new Chewonki at Home resource page. Find lessons, activities, and links to daily living streaming events with our wildlife educators, outdoor educators, and farm team... Get all the info at chewonki.org.
Rockland (now on FACEBOOK, now on YOUTUBE)
Now on FACEBOOK and YOUTUBE - Camden Library's Miss Amy’s Story Times and Crafts. Story times will be posted every weekday morning and craft ideas every weekday afternoon to help keep little minds and hands engaged. For more info and a list of all the videos currently available go to librarycamden.org. Questions? 236-3440 or librarycamden.org.
Rockland (now on FACEBOOK)
New on FACEBOOK – Bicentennial Program: Maine Mondays. Julia will read selections from books about Maine’s history. Check the Camden Library website for details on the books to be read from in this live-streamed read-aloud series. Mondays, 11:00, on Facebook. FMI: 236-3440 or librarycamden.org.
Brooklin (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED     Friend Memorial Public Library Building in Brooklinis closed to the public until at least May 1. Reevaluating then based on Governor's recommendations. The eCollection is available for free use. If you need a free library card to use our eBook and eAudio collection just call or email. We will be checking our email and voice mail regularly.  207-359-2276, annmargaret@friend.lib.me.us, or friend.lib.me.us.
Bar Harbor (CANCELLED)
CANCELED   The Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor has canceled the upcoming Abbe Museum Indian Market (AMIM), scheduled for May 15-17, 2020. This annual event will return the weekend of May 14 - 16, 2021. The Abbe Museum is formulating ways to support Native artists during this time and will have further announcements forthcoming on their website and social media pages. You can also find resources to help artists through the National Endowment for the Arts and state/regional arts organizations. FMI: abbemuseum.org.
Augusta (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED  The Maine State Library in Augusta is temporarily closed until April 15, 2020. In response to COVID-19 pandemic, the Maine State Library will close to the public through April 15, 2020, at which time a decision to open to the public can be reassessed. During this time, staff will continue to report to work and will accept requests and answer queries via phone (207) 287-5600, email and via our website www.maine.gov/msl/. Many resources are available online via Digital Maine Library along with ebooks, and audio books from the Download Library. The Talking Books and Books By Mail (contingent upon available titles) Programs will continue as long as there is no disruption to the US postal service. Library Development Staff will continue to support Maine’s libraries and librarians remotely during this difficult and uncertain time. The Maine State Library has suspended Interlibrary Loan and Van Delivery Services until March 30, 2020. At that time, we will reassess the current COVID-19 impact on library closures in the state to determine if the service should be restored. FMI: (207) 287-5600, or maine.gov/msl/.
Rockland (NOTICE)
Bangor Issues Emergency Regulation with Prohibitions on Businesses March 22, 2020   In response to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, the City of Bangor has issued updated emergency regulation with prohibitions on businesses. The regulation states that no auditorium, stadium, arena, large conference room, meeting hall, theater, gymnasium, fitness center, private club, movie theater, museum, dance club, music venue, adult entertainment facility, casino, gymnasium, fitness center, yoga studio, or indoor cycling studio is allowed to be open while the city's state of emergency remains in effect. Bars, restaurants, and dine-in facilities must also remain closed to dine-in traffic, but can continue to operate in delivery or "take-out" fashion as long as customers do not enter the business, and transfers of food or other product takes place outside the business. In addition, no other establishment of any kind that sells or provides goods or services are allowed to remain open during the state of emergency, except for establishments that provide necessary goods and services. A complete list of these businesses is available in the emergency regulation. For more information, read the official emergency regulation at bangormaine.gov.
Rockland (UPDATE)
Maine Farmers' Markets: The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry understands that during this Covid-19 Pandemic, producers and consumers alike want to know where to access fresh, safe foods. Given the recent exemption by Governor Janet Mills of businesses that provide essential services including agriculture and groceries from the statewide prohibition on gatherings of more than 10 people, the Department advises farmers’ markets to determine on a case-by-case basis whether to remain open. The Department recognizes that an outdoor farmers’ market or a wellspaced indoor market both involve a larger physical footprint allowing for a broader degree of interaction than a typical public gathering. The Department recognizes that farmers’ markets are important food sources for many Mainers, including those living in rural areas and those using federal food benefits. For those markets that opt to remain open, we strongly urge taking steps to facilitate social distancing, providing hand sanitizer/washing stations for shoppers and vendors, and cease all food sampling. In this rapidly evolving situation, farmers’ market members should stay alert for emerging guidance from the Maine CDC. To the extent that farmers’ markets remain open, we caution everyone involved to practice excellent personal hygiene and to stay home if unwell. For up-to-date info on specific Markets and more info: The Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets at mffm.org, 207-370-1524 or director@mffm.org.
Rockland (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
Community Law Foundation offices are closed and staff is working remotely. All in-person events are cancelled through the end of April. Stay tuned for more information on program updates, virtual gatherings, and events. For the latest info: clf.org.
Rockland (Appointment, Phone, Website)
The Maine Department of Marine Resources (maine.gov/dmr) announces that in order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, access to all Maine DMR facilities in Augusta, West Boothbay Harbor, Bangor, Lamoine, Jonesboro, and Rockland will be by appointment only.
  • Contact information for DMR staff can be found at: gov/dmr/about/employees.html.
  • If you are exhibiting any flu-like or viral symptoms, we thank you in advance for NOT entering our facilities for the safety and wellness of others.
  • For information on Maine's response to COVID-19, visit the Maine CDC's website at https://bit.ly/2U1Iy1a.
March 26, 2020 UPDATE on Maine's Elver Fishery:  After ensuring protocols are in place to protect fishermen, dealers and communities from the spread of COVID-19, the Maine Department of Marine Resources will open the elver season at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 30, 2020. Under the authority established by Governor Janet Mills’ March 15 Civil Emergency Proclamation, licensed elver harvesters may fish for and sell the quota of another licensed harvester. Dealers have also agreed to limit transactions significantly by only buying 1 pound or more of elvers. (March 20, 2020  Due to public health concerns associated with COVID-19, the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) has announced the closure of Maine's elver fishery, which had been scheduled to start Sunday, March 22, 2020. The closure, done through emergency rulemaking, will be for a minimum of two weeks and will be reassessed at that time. The announcement of the emergency regulation can be found on the DMR’s website.) Other Operational Changes
  • DMR is postponing all Aquaculture hearings and scoping sessions scheduled through May 1. Applicants and other stakeholders affected by this measure will receive updates as the situation evolves.
  • DMR is postponing all aquaculture pre-application meetings through April 1. After that time, DMR will re-evaluate scheduling pre-application meetings. Applicants interested in scheduling a pre-application meeting should contact Angel Wilson at Wilson@maine.govor 207-350-7902.
  • Applicants cannot schedule scoping sessions through May 1.
For industry members who need to apply for or renew a license or order tags, and can only do so on paper, there are applications and order forms available in the entryway of the Augusta office at 32 Blossom Lane in Augusta. There is also a drop box at the Augusta office where items can be left for DMR, including license applications and order forms.   PLEASE NOTE: NO CASH WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THIS TIME, HOWEVER CREDIT CARDS, MONEY ORDERS, OR CHECKS ARE ACCEPTED FORMS OF PAYMENT.
  • However, DMR strongly urges industry members to submit applications, order tags, upload documents, report landings, etc. via DMR’s online system, LEEDS at maine-dmr-leeds-prod.pegacloud.com/
  • If using LEEDS is not possible, DMR also encourages everyone to download documents from the department's licensing web page at maine.gov/dmr/commercial-fishing/licenses/index.html and to submit them by mail to the address indicated on the document.
  • Please visit our website for more updated information or to download applications, gov/dmr.
  • Limited licensing staff will still be working to assist with licensing issues over the phone, but in order to limit contact as recommended by CDC, staff will not be available for face to face conversations.
  • Option 1) DMR's Licensing Division can be reached by phone at 207-624-6550.
  • Option 2) Documents may be faxed to the Licensing Division at 207-287-4474 or 207-624-6024.  Staff will be available to assist with any questions or concerns.
Rockland (OPEN)
Update From Peninsula Grocery Providers Tradewinds - New store hours starting April 5th, 7:00 am – 7:00 pm, with 7:00 – 8:00 am for 55+ only. There are Purell wipes available to clean your hands and cart at both entrances. For updated information:  374-5137. Blue Hill Coop - Hours are Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm. The Coop provides gloves in their entrance for shoppers who would like them. In addition to Café Curbside Pickup there is also a new Remote Basket program. Fill out a quick form on the website, give us your shopping list, and we’ll shop for you. Pay over the phone and pick up at the curb. Find out more at www.bluehill.coop/remote-basket. The Coop is also regularly updating their customers via their Facebook and Website pages or by calling 374-2165. Farm Drop and Peninsula Provisions will continue to offer Home Delivery and Curb Side Pickup of local farm products and regular grocery items. Both of these services are run by Cullen Schneider, out of Fairwinds Florist. To make an order with Farm Drop: bh.farmdrop.us. To make an order with Peninsula Provisions please call Cullen at 374-5621. Sandy’s Blue Hill Café – Thursday – Monday, 8:00 – 2:00. Curbside take-out for breakfast & lunch, frozen prepared meals and coffee/expresso drinks. Infection-control protocols are in effect. Castine Historical Society: Castine House and Garden Tour rescheduled to July 2021. All of this information is as of 4pm on 3/30 and is subject to change, please check with these businesses for up to date information.
Blue Hill (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
Blue Hill Public Library will be closed until further notice. The decision to reopen will be reassessed as new information and recommendations become available.
  • The bookdrop will remain open for the duration—returns will always be accepted. If you have an oversized item not suitable for the bookdrop, call ahead and staff will meet you at the door.
  • All current due dates for library materials will be extended and no overdue fines will be assessed during this time period.
  • Has your library card lapsed or have you not yet gotten one? Normally you need to sign up in person, but for the duration of this closure, to provide access to digital materials, local year-round and part-time residents can sign up by phone.
  • Our staff will still be working and will be here to help in any ways we can. Please keep in mind that you can still call or e-mail us with your reference questions. Also, digital services (e-books, e-audiobooks, etc.) remain available from our website. The library’s WiFi will also remain available on the exterior 24/7. To contact the Blue Hill Public Library: 374-5515 or bhpl.net.
Belfast (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
Waterfall Arts in Belfast is Temporarily Closed: The galleries and office at Waterfall Arts will be closed until April 27th in response to the CDC guidelines and in alignment with the local school board RSU # 71 concerning the spread of COVID-19. All Waterfall Arts classes, events, workshops, youth programming and drop-in open studios will be suspended for the time being. Staff will reach out to already-registered students to process refunds or communicate rescheduled dates. Note: If you are receiving private lessons from studio tenants, please contact them directly for any schedule changes or cancellations. FMI: waterfallarts.org.
Castine (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
Witherlee Memorial Library Remains Closed Until Further Notice. Please keep books and movies until the library re-opens. Books have been renewed until mid-April. Please do not use the book drop at this time. Out of an abundance of caution, we cannot offer home delivery or pick-up at this time. We are very sorry. Our website provides a variety of digital reading and information resources and is updated regularly.  Please check out our Facebook page which has lots of alternative resources for your education and entertainment pleasure.  We can answer your reference questions by phone, 326-4375, or email: afr@witherle.lib.me.us (Anne Romans) or irene@witherle.lib.me.us (Irene Hall).  If you have a suggestion for our online resources please contact us! Children's News from Irene: I have been very busy posting lots of fun reading, viewing and drawing opportunities on our Facebook page. Tours of museums, zoos, story time from space!  How fun!
Blue Hill (Meals, Meals To-Go)
Harbor House Café in Blue Hill Offers Meals: Pick-Up or Delivery It’s Kathy from The Harbor House. We want your help to get the word out to the public and our elderly customers. Although we are closed to the public following CDC recommendation, we are preparing food for pick-up or delivery. We are offering casseroles, quiche, soups, chowders and many more items, the weekly menu is on the Harbor House Cafe FB page or we can email one. We will deliver in the Blue Hill area or you can pick up.
We have many elderly customers we are so concerned about. We have a small fund we are using to help feed the elderly facing financial hardship. We are also asking those purchasing if they would like to add a few dollars extra for this fund. We ask for a two day notice for dinners. Open 7:00 - 2:00, check for current hours. Ways to reach the Harbor House Café in Blue Hill: 207-374-7027, theharborhouseofbluehill@gmail.com, or on FB, The harbor house cafe
Rockland (CANCELLED)
CANCELLED   The 54th Annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race, which was originally scheduled for April 18, 2020. "It's a difficult event to postpone and reschedule since the water level in the stream continually drops throughout the spring, along with the resources needed to safely run the event." FMI: (207) 992-4490 or tracy.willette@bangormaine.gov.
Rockland (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) will be closed to the public through April 30, 2020. During the closure period, you can explore the many online resources, exhibitions and videos available 24/7, and get up to date info on what’s happening: cmcanow.org.
Belfast (Lunch for Kids)
The Game Loft is providing free grab-and-go lunches to any child from 12:00 noon to 2:00. Lunches will include a sandwich, fruit and vegetables. Children do not need to be Game Loft members to receive this service. The Game Loft is closed for regular programming, but while schools are closed due to the current covid-19 precautions, free lunches will be served to all children who come to the 78A Main Street, Belfast location. Meal are free for the kids, but your financial support is appreciated. At this time the Game Loft cannot accept community donations of food but financial contributions can be made through the website, thegameloft.org, or by sending a check to The Game Loft, 78A Main Street, Belfast, ME 04915. Please put on the memo line: Feed the hungry. FMI: thegameloft.org.
Winter Harbor (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED   Schoodic Arts for All’s Hammond Hall in Blue Hill will temporarily close until April 15th. FMI: schoodicartsforall.org. The Winter Harbor Music Festival will live stream the Flute and Piano Recital scheduled for Friday, April 3rd, at 7:00, without an audience. The link to the live stream on their Facebook page is: facebook.com/search/top/q?=winter%20harbor%20festival.
Unity (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners (MOFGA) offices in Unity are closed to the public, and staff are working remotely until further notice. MOFGA events through April 1st are postponed or canceled. To keep up to date or for more info: mofga.org.
Bar Harbor (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  The Jesup Library in Bar Harbor is currently closed to the public. Fees and overdues are waived at this time. Please keep your items at home until the Library reopens.  On-line services including the Maine Downloadable Library through CloudLibrary and access to the databases through the Digital Maine Library remain available. For links: jesuplibrary.org. The public wifi is still on and there is no password to access it. If there is any problem with your library card or if you would like to sign up for a library card during this time contact Laura at ledwards@jesuplibrary.org. Reference services are available by phone at 207-288-4245 or by email at info@jesuplibrary.org. The library will open as soon as it is safe to do so.
Bucksport (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  The Alamo Theatre in Bucksport is closed until further notice. Visitors and customers are not allowed into the building including the Archives. Please call ahead if you have business to conduct. FMI: Facebook, 469-0924, oldfilm.org.  
Bangor (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  The Challenger Learning Center of Maine in Bangor is currently closed to visitors. All public programs and k-12 field trips have been cancelled through April 24, 2020. Check the website regularly for updates on our normal operations status. FMI, questions or concerns: contact@astronaut.org, 990-2900, or astronaut.org.
Bangor (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED  The Bangor Public Library is closed to the public at least through Friday, May 15, 2020. All due dates will be extended til then, no overdue charges. Any change to those plans will be posted on the website,  social media, and on the atrium entrance to the Library. FMI: bangorpubliclibrary.org.
Blue Hill (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED  Peninsula Free Health Clinic in Blue Hill regretfully announces that the clinic will be closed at least through April due to staff and equipment shortages for handling infectious disease patients. For updates, please see the web site at peninsulafreehealth.org or on Facebook at Peninsula Free Health.
Camden (CANCELLED)
CANCELLED    Puzzle Club: Puzzle-lovers of all ages are welcome to join. Gather, socialize, and work on puzzle projects together. Meets every Monday, 4:00 - 5:00, at the Camden Public Library, 55 Main St. FMI: 236-3440 or librarycamden.org.
Belfast (CANCELLED)
CANCELLED     Scottish Country Dance Classes in Belfast -  Dance to lively jigs, reels and  stately strathspeys. Come with or without a partner. Technique and figures are taught. Mondays, 7:30 to 9:30, at the American Legion Hall, 143 Church St, Belfast. FMI:  gkoyanagi20@gmail.com.  Please email first if road conditions are questionable.

Tue, April 14th

Rockland (UPDATE)
Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber Member Updates (as of 3/30/20) Blue Hill Co-op- Store hours have been reduced effective Wednesday, March 18th. The new hours are Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm. The coop provides gloves in their entrance for shoppers who would like them. In addition to our Café Curbside Pickup we are also offering a new Remote Basket program. Fill out a quick form on our website, give us your shopping list, and we’ll shop for you. Pay over the phone and pick up at the curb. Find out more at www.bluehill.coop/remote-basket. The Coop is also regularly updating their customers via their Facebook and Website pages or by calling 374-2165. Lambert Coffin, Attorneys- While their office is closed to public traffic due to COVID-19, they are available by phone and e-mail, with all employees working remotely. Email Amy at avisentin@lambertcoffin.com or call direct to 374-4460. Documents may be left in the dropbox next to their office door inside the building. For updates please visit the Lambert Coffin website: https://www.lambertcoffin.com/ Mainescape- Mainescape is open wed - Sat for phone orders and outside  pickup only. Pet food, Bird seed, seeds, soils and supplies, houseplants, etc. Pansies and primroses and spring flowering bulbs are coming next week to help lift peoples’ spirits! Blue Hill Heritage Trust- Free Trail Guides are still available outside of our office in a tote, as well as outside the Compass Rose Bookstore in the Book Boat, and Island Heritage Trust's Office. We would like to share Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife's recomendations for how to practice safe Social Distancing while enjoying the outdoors in public spaces. Tradewinds - New store hours starting April 5th: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm, with 7:00 – 8:00 am for 55+ only. Sandy’s Blue Hill Café – Thursday – Monday, 8:00 – 2:00. Curbside take-out for breakfast & lunch, frozen prepared meals and coffee/expresso drinks. Infection-control protocols are in effect. Castine Historical Society: Castine House and Garden Tour rescheduled to July 2021. Broadband Survey- Mission Broadband has offered a quick survey to collect data on some of the impacts of this current COVID-19 is having on all aspects of our broadband network.  They put together a survey to try to capture the end users perspective that might help guide efforts to improve broadband across the state.   The survey focuses on a few key items during this crisis, the influx of at home usages from families staying at home.  Its designed to highlight the gaps in coverage, inadequate coverage and social-economic factors. Please take a moment to fill out the survey, and then please share it widely in your virtual networks.   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ME_SD_BB_Impact
Rockland (Educational Resource)
Chewonki: Nature-Based Education Resources for Families at Home. Continue (or start!) your child's nature-based education at home with our new Chewonki at Home resource page. Find lessons, activities, and links to daily living streaming events with our wildlife educators, outdoor educators, and farm team... Get all the info at chewonki.org.
Rockland (now on FACEBOOK, now on YOUTUBE)
Now on FACEBOOK and YOUTUBE - Camden Library's Miss Amy’s Story Times and Crafts. Story times will be posted every weekday morning and craft ideas every weekday afternoon to help keep little minds and hands engaged. For more info and a list of all the videos currently available go to librarycamden.org. Questions? 236-3440 or librarycamden.org.
Brooklin (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED     Friend Memorial Public Library Building in Brooklinis closed to the public until at least May 1. Reevaluating then based on Governor's recommendations. The eCollection is available for free use. If you need a free library card to use our eBook and eAudio collection just call or email. We will be checking our email and voice mail regularly.  207-359-2276, annmargaret@friend.lib.me.us, or friend.lib.me.us.
Bar Harbor (CANCELLED)
CANCELED   The Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor has canceled the upcoming Abbe Museum Indian Market (AMIM), scheduled for May 15-17, 2020. This annual event will return the weekend of May 14 - 16, 2021. The Abbe Museum is formulating ways to support Native artists during this time and will have further announcements forthcoming on their website and social media pages. You can also find resources to help artists through the National Endowment for the Arts and state/regional arts organizations. FMI: abbemuseum.org.
Augusta (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED  The Maine State Library in Augusta is temporarily closed until April 15, 2020. In response to COVID-19 pandemic, the Maine State Library will close to the public through April 15, 2020, at which time a decision to open to the public can be reassessed. During this time, staff will continue to report to work and will accept requests and answer queries via phone (207) 287-5600, email and via our website www.maine.gov/msl/. Many resources are available online via Digital Maine Library along with ebooks, and audio books from the Download Library. The Talking Books and Books By Mail (contingent upon available titles) Programs will continue as long as there is no disruption to the US postal service. Library Development Staff will continue to support Maine’s libraries and librarians remotely during this difficult and uncertain time. The Maine State Library has suspended Interlibrary Loan and Van Delivery Services until March 30, 2020. At that time, we will reassess the current COVID-19 impact on library closures in the state to determine if the service should be restored. FMI: (207) 287-5600, or maine.gov/msl/.
Rockland (NOTICE)
Bangor Issues Emergency Regulation with Prohibitions on Businesses March 22, 2020   In response to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, the City of Bangor has issued updated emergency regulation with prohibitions on businesses. The regulation states that no auditorium, stadium, arena, large conference room, meeting hall, theater, gymnasium, fitness center, private club, movie theater, museum, dance club, music venue, adult entertainment facility, casino, gymnasium, fitness center, yoga studio, or indoor cycling studio is allowed to be open while the city's state of emergency remains in effect. Bars, restaurants, and dine-in facilities must also remain closed to dine-in traffic, but can continue to operate in delivery or "take-out" fashion as long as customers do not enter the business, and transfers of food or other product takes place outside the business. In addition, no other establishment of any kind that sells or provides goods or services are allowed to remain open during the state of emergency, except for establishments that provide necessary goods and services. A complete list of these businesses is available in the emergency regulation. For more information, read the official emergency regulation at bangormaine.gov.
Rockland (UPDATE)
Maine Farmers' Markets: The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry understands that during this Covid-19 Pandemic, producers and consumers alike want to know where to access fresh, safe foods. Given the recent exemption by Governor Janet Mills of businesses that provide essential services including agriculture and groceries from the statewide prohibition on gatherings of more than 10 people, the Department advises farmers’ markets to determine on a case-by-case basis whether to remain open. The Department recognizes that an outdoor farmers’ market or a wellspaced indoor market both involve a larger physical footprint allowing for a broader degree of interaction than a typical public gathering. The Department recognizes that farmers’ markets are important food sources for many Mainers, including those living in rural areas and those using federal food benefits. For those markets that opt to remain open, we strongly urge taking steps to facilitate social distancing, providing hand sanitizer/washing stations for shoppers and vendors, and cease all food sampling. In this rapidly evolving situation, farmers’ market members should stay alert for emerging guidance from the Maine CDC. To the extent that farmers’ markets remain open, we caution everyone involved to practice excellent personal hygiene and to stay home if unwell. For up-to-date info on specific Markets and more info: The Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets at mffm.org, 207-370-1524 or director@mffm.org.
Rockland (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
Community Law Foundation offices are closed and staff is working remotely. All in-person events are cancelled through the end of April. Stay tuned for more information on program updates, virtual gatherings, and events. For the latest info: clf.org.
Rockland (Appointment, Phone, Website)
The Maine Department of Marine Resources (maine.gov/dmr) announces that in order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, access to all Maine DMR facilities in Augusta, West Boothbay Harbor, Bangor, Lamoine, Jonesboro, and Rockland will be by appointment only.
  • Contact information for DMR staff can be found at: gov/dmr/about/employees.html.
  • If you are exhibiting any flu-like or viral symptoms, we thank you in advance for NOT entering our facilities for the safety and wellness of others.
  • For information on Maine's response to COVID-19, visit the Maine CDC's website at https://bit.ly/2U1Iy1a.
March 26, 2020 UPDATE on Maine's Elver Fishery:  After ensuring protocols are in place to protect fishermen, dealers and communities from the spread of COVID-19, the Maine Department of Marine Resources will open the elver season at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 30, 2020. Under the authority established by Governor Janet Mills’ March 15 Civil Emergency Proclamation, licensed elver harvesters may fish for and sell the quota of another licensed harvester. Dealers have also agreed to limit transactions significantly by only buying 1 pound or more of elvers. (March 20, 2020  Due to public health concerns associated with COVID-19, the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) has announced the closure of Maine's elver fishery, which had been scheduled to start Sunday, March 22, 2020. The closure, done through emergency rulemaking, will be for a minimum of two weeks and will be reassessed at that time. The announcement of the emergency regulation can be found on the DMR’s website.) Other Operational Changes
  • DMR is postponing all Aquaculture hearings and scoping sessions scheduled through May 1. Applicants and other stakeholders affected by this measure will receive updates as the situation evolves.
  • DMR is postponing all aquaculture pre-application meetings through April 1. After that time, DMR will re-evaluate scheduling pre-application meetings. Applicants interested in scheduling a pre-application meeting should contact Angel Wilson at Wilson@maine.govor 207-350-7902.
  • Applicants cannot schedule scoping sessions through May 1.
For industry members who need to apply for or renew a license or order tags, and can only do so on paper, there are applications and order forms available in the entryway of the Augusta office at 32 Blossom Lane in Augusta. There is also a drop box at the Augusta office where items can be left for DMR, including license applications and order forms.   PLEASE NOTE: NO CASH WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THIS TIME, HOWEVER CREDIT CARDS, MONEY ORDERS, OR CHECKS ARE ACCEPTED FORMS OF PAYMENT.
  • However, DMR strongly urges industry members to submit applications, order tags, upload documents, report landings, etc. via DMR’s online system, LEEDS at maine-dmr-leeds-prod.pegacloud.com/
  • If using LEEDS is not possible, DMR also encourages everyone to download documents from the department's licensing web page at maine.gov/dmr/commercial-fishing/licenses/index.html and to submit them by mail to the address indicated on the document.
  • Please visit our website for more updated information or to download applications, gov/dmr.
  • Limited licensing staff will still be working to assist with licensing issues over the phone, but in order to limit contact as recommended by CDC, staff will not be available for face to face conversations.
  • Option 1) DMR's Licensing Division can be reached by phone at 207-624-6550.
  • Option 2) Documents may be faxed to the Licensing Division at 207-287-4474 or 207-624-6024.  Staff will be available to assist with any questions or concerns.
Rockland (OPEN)
Update From Peninsula Grocery Providers Tradewinds - New store hours starting April 5th, 7:00 am – 7:00 pm, with 7:00 – 8:00 am for 55+ only. There are Purell wipes available to clean your hands and cart at both entrances. For updated information:  374-5137. Blue Hill Coop - Hours are Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm. The Coop provides gloves in their entrance for shoppers who would like them. In addition to Café Curbside Pickup there is also a new Remote Basket program. Fill out a quick form on the website, give us your shopping list, and we’ll shop for you. Pay over the phone and pick up at the curb. Find out more at www.bluehill.coop/remote-basket. The Coop is also regularly updating their customers via their Facebook and Website pages or by calling 374-2165. Farm Drop and Peninsula Provisions will continue to offer Home Delivery and Curb Side Pickup of local farm products and regular grocery items. Both of these services are run by Cullen Schneider, out of Fairwinds Florist. To make an order with Farm Drop: bh.farmdrop.us. To make an order with Peninsula Provisions please call Cullen at 374-5621. Sandy’s Blue Hill Café – Thursday – Monday, 8:00 – 2:00. Curbside take-out for breakfast & lunch, frozen prepared meals and coffee/expresso drinks. Infection-control protocols are in effect. Castine Historical Society: Castine House and Garden Tour rescheduled to July 2021. All of this information is as of 4pm on 3/30 and is subject to change, please check with these businesses for up to date information.
Blue Hill (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
Blue Hill Public Library will be closed until further notice. The decision to reopen will be reassessed as new information and recommendations become available.
  • The bookdrop will remain open for the duration—returns will always be accepted. If you have an oversized item not suitable for the bookdrop, call ahead and staff will meet you at the door.
  • All current due dates for library materials will be extended and no overdue fines will be assessed during this time period.
  • Has your library card lapsed or have you not yet gotten one? Normally you need to sign up in person, but for the duration of this closure, to provide access to digital materials, local year-round and part-time residents can sign up by phone.
  • Our staff will still be working and will be here to help in any ways we can. Please keep in mind that you can still call or e-mail us with your reference questions. Also, digital services (e-books, e-audiobooks, etc.) remain available from our website. The library’s WiFi will also remain available on the exterior 24/7. To contact the Blue Hill Public Library: 374-5515 or bhpl.net.
Belfast (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
Waterfall Arts in Belfast is Temporarily Closed: The galleries and office at Waterfall Arts will be closed until April 27th in response to the CDC guidelines and in alignment with the local school board RSU # 71 concerning the spread of COVID-19. All Waterfall Arts classes, events, workshops, youth programming and drop-in open studios will be suspended for the time being. Staff will reach out to already-registered students to process refunds or communicate rescheduled dates. Note: If you are receiving private lessons from studio tenants, please contact them directly for any schedule changes or cancellations. FMI: waterfallarts.org.
Castine (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
Witherlee Memorial Library Remains Closed Until Further Notice. Please keep books and movies until the library re-opens. Books have been renewed until mid-April. Please do not use the book drop at this time. Out of an abundance of caution, we cannot offer home delivery or pick-up at this time. We are very sorry. Our website provides a variety of digital reading and information resources and is updated regularly.  Please check out our Facebook page which has lots of alternative resources for your education and entertainment pleasure.  We can answer your reference questions by phone, 326-4375, or email: afr@witherle.lib.me.us (Anne Romans) or irene@witherle.lib.me.us (Irene Hall).  If you have a suggestion for our online resources please contact us! Children's News from Irene: I have been very busy posting lots of fun reading, viewing and drawing opportunities on our Facebook page. Tours of museums, zoos, story time from space!  How fun!
Blue Hill (Meals, Meals To-Go)
Harbor House Café in Blue Hill Offers Meals: Pick-Up or Delivery It’s Kathy from The Harbor House. We want your help to get the word out to the public and our elderly customers. Although we are closed to the public following CDC recommendation, we are preparing food for pick-up or delivery. We are offering casseroles, quiche, soups, chowders and many more items, the weekly menu is on the Harbor House Cafe FB page or we can email one. We will deliver in the Blue Hill area or you can pick up.
We have many elderly customers we are so concerned about. We have a small fund we are using to help feed the elderly facing financial hardship. We are also asking those purchasing if they would like to add a few dollars extra for this fund. We ask for a two day notice for dinners. Open 7:00 - 2:00, check for current hours. Ways to reach the Harbor House Café in Blue Hill: 207-374-7027, theharborhouseofbluehill@gmail.com, or on FB, The harbor house cafe
Rockland (CANCELLED)
CANCELLED   The 54th Annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race, which was originally scheduled for April 18, 2020. "It's a difficult event to postpone and reschedule since the water level in the stream continually drops throughout the spring, along with the resources needed to safely run the event." FMI: (207) 992-4490 or tracy.willette@bangormaine.gov.
Rockland (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) will be closed to the public through April 30, 2020. During the closure period, you can explore the many online resources, exhibitions and videos available 24/7, and get up to date info on what’s happening: cmcanow.org.
Belfast (Lunch for Kids)
The Game Loft is providing free grab-and-go lunches to any child from 12:00 noon to 2:00. Lunches will include a sandwich, fruit and vegetables. Children do not need to be Game Loft members to receive this service. The Game Loft is closed for regular programming, but while schools are closed due to the current covid-19 precautions, free lunches will be served to all children who come to the 78A Main Street, Belfast location. Meal are free for the kids, but your financial support is appreciated. At this time the Game Loft cannot accept community donations of food but financial contributions can be made through the website, thegameloft.org, or by sending a check to The Game Loft, 78A Main Street, Belfast, ME 04915. Please put on the memo line: Feed the hungry. FMI: thegameloft.org.
Winter Harbor (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED   Schoodic Arts for All’s Hammond Hall in Blue Hill will temporarily close until April 15th. FMI: schoodicartsforall.org. The Winter Harbor Music Festival will live stream the Flute and Piano Recital scheduled for Friday, April 3rd, at 7:00, without an audience. The link to the live stream on their Facebook page is: facebook.com/search/top/q?=winter%20harbor%20festival.
Unity (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners (MOFGA) offices in Unity are closed to the public, and staff are working remotely until further notice. MOFGA events through April 1st are postponed or canceled. To keep up to date or for more info: mofga.org.
Bar Harbor (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  The Jesup Library in Bar Harbor is currently closed to the public. Fees and overdues are waived at this time. Please keep your items at home until the Library reopens.  On-line services including the Maine Downloadable Library through CloudLibrary and access to the databases through the Digital Maine Library remain available. For links: jesuplibrary.org. The public wifi is still on and there is no password to access it. If there is any problem with your library card or if you would like to sign up for a library card during this time contact Laura at ledwards@jesuplibrary.org. Reference services are available by phone at 207-288-4245 or by email at info@jesuplibrary.org. The library will open as soon as it is safe to do so.
Bucksport (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  The Alamo Theatre in Bucksport is closed until further notice. Visitors and customers are not allowed into the building including the Archives. Please call ahead if you have business to conduct. FMI: Facebook, 469-0924, oldfilm.org.  
Bangor (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  The Challenger Learning Center of Maine in Bangor is currently closed to visitors. All public programs and k-12 field trips have been cancelled through April 24, 2020. Check the website regularly for updates on our normal operations status. FMI, questions or concerns: contact@astronaut.org, 990-2900, or astronaut.org.
Bangor (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED  The Bangor Public Library is closed to the public at least through Friday, May 15, 2020. All due dates will be extended til then, no overdue charges. Any change to those plans will be posted on the website,  social media, and on the atrium entrance to the Library. FMI: bangorpubliclibrary.org.
Blue Hill (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED  Peninsula Free Health Clinic in Blue Hill regretfully announces that the clinic will be closed at least through April due to staff and equipment shortages for handling infectious disease patients. For updates, please see the web site at peninsulafreehealth.org or on Facebook at Peninsula Free Health.
Camden (CANCELLED)
CANCELLED Leer y Charlar: Spanish language reading and conversation group. Meets on second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, 1:00 - 3:00, at the Camden Public Library. FMI: librarycamden.org.
Ellsworth (CANCELLED)
CANCELLED   Tuesday Night Old-Time Jam hosted by musician Mathias Kamin. All are welcome to play along or watch.  Bring your acoustic instruments: fiddle, banjo, guitar, upright bass, mandolin, dulcimer, and dobro players invited! Weekly, every Tuesday, 6:00 - 8:00, Fogtown Brewing Company, 25 Pine Street, Ellsworth. Schedule subject to change. FMI: 207-370-0845 or fogtownbrewing.com.
Camden (CANCELLED)
CANCELLED   Knitting Group: for 6th graders to grandmothers and grandfathers. Bring your own knitting project, or try out something new! Supplies provided. Miss Loraine leads the knitting circle every second Tuesday of the month through June, 4:00 - 5:00, at the Camden Public Library. FMI: 236-3440 or librarycamden.org.

Wed, April 15th

Rockland (UPDATE)
Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber Member Updates (as of 3/30/20) Blue Hill Co-op- Store hours have been reduced effective Wednesday, March 18th. The new hours are Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm. The coop provides gloves in their entrance for shoppers who would like them. In addition to our Café Curbside Pickup we are also offering a new Remote Basket program. Fill out a quick form on our website, give us your shopping list, and we’ll shop for you. Pay over the phone and pick up at the curb. Find out more at www.bluehill.coop/remote-basket. The Coop is also regularly updating their customers via their Facebook and Website pages or by calling 374-2165. Lambert Coffin, Attorneys- While their office is closed to public traffic due to COVID-19, they are available by phone and e-mail, with all employees working remotely. Email Amy at avisentin@lambertcoffin.com or call direct to 374-4460. Documents may be left in the dropbox next to their office door inside the building. For updates please visit the Lambert Coffin website: https://www.lambertcoffin.com/ Mainescape- Mainescape is open wed - Sat for phone orders and outside  pickup only. Pet food, Bird seed, seeds, soils and supplies, houseplants, etc. Pansies and primroses and spring flowering bulbs are coming next week to help lift peoples’ spirits! Blue Hill Heritage Trust- Free Trail Guides are still available outside of our office in a tote, as well as outside the Compass Rose Bookstore in the Book Boat, and Island Heritage Trust's Office. We would like to share Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife's recomendations for how to practice safe Social Distancing while enjoying the outdoors in public spaces. Tradewinds - New store hours starting April 5th: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm, with 7:00 – 8:00 am for 55+ only. Sandy’s Blue Hill Café – Thursday – Monday, 8:00 – 2:00. Curbside take-out for breakfast & lunch, frozen prepared meals and coffee/expresso drinks. Infection-control protocols are in effect. Castine Historical Society: Castine House and Garden Tour rescheduled to July 2021. Broadband Survey- Mission Broadband has offered a quick survey to collect data on some of the impacts of this current COVID-19 is having on all aspects of our broadband network.  They put together a survey to try to capture the end users perspective that might help guide efforts to improve broadband across the state.   The survey focuses on a few key items during this crisis, the influx of at home usages from families staying at home.  Its designed to highlight the gaps in coverage, inadequate coverage and social-economic factors. Please take a moment to fill out the survey, and then please share it widely in your virtual networks.   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ME_SD_BB_Impact
Rockland (Educational Resource)
Chewonki: Nature-Based Education Resources for Families at Home. Continue (or start!) your child's nature-based education at home with our new Chewonki at Home resource page. Find lessons, activities, and links to daily living streaming events with our wildlife educators, outdoor educators, and farm team... Get all the info at chewonki.org.
Rockland (now on FACEBOOK, now on YOUTUBE)
Now on FACEBOOK and YOUTUBE - Camden Library's Miss Amy’s Story Times and Crafts. Story times will be posted every weekday morning and craft ideas every weekday afternoon to help keep little minds and hands engaged. For more info and a list of all the videos currently available go to librarycamden.org. Questions? 236-3440 or librarycamden.org.
Brooklin (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED     Friend Memorial Public Library Building in Brooklinis closed to the public until at least May 1. Reevaluating then based on Governor's recommendations. The eCollection is available for free use. If you need a free library card to use our eBook and eAudio collection just call or email. We will be checking our email and voice mail regularly.  207-359-2276, annmargaret@friend.lib.me.us, or friend.lib.me.us.
Rockland (Kids' Activities)
KidsSongs Shows live-streamed on the Magical Bridge Facebook page, 3:00, Wednesdays, April 1st, April 8th and April 15th. While we're all house-bound, let's sing together! If you would like to join me, Nancy, and sing along, I'll be singing from KidsSongs on April 1st, KidsSongs 3 & 4 on April 8th, and Jim Along Jo on April 15th. The chords and lyrics are on my website, www.nancycassidymusic.com.
Bar Harbor (CANCELLED)
CANCELED   The Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor has canceled the upcoming Abbe Museum Indian Market (AMIM), scheduled for May 15-17, 2020. This annual event will return the weekend of May 14 - 16, 2021. The Abbe Museum is formulating ways to support Native artists during this time and will have further announcements forthcoming on their website and social media pages. You can also find resources to help artists through the National Endowment for the Arts and state/regional arts organizations. FMI: abbemuseum.org.
Augusta (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED  The Maine State Library in Augusta is temporarily closed until April 15, 2020. In response to COVID-19 pandemic, the Maine State Library will close to the public through April 15, 2020, at which time a decision to open to the public can be reassessed. During this time, staff will continue to report to work and will accept requests and answer queries via phone (207) 287-5600, email and via our website www.maine.gov/msl/. Many resources are available online via Digital Maine Library along with ebooks, and audio books from the Download Library. The Talking Books and Books By Mail (contingent upon available titles) Programs will continue as long as there is no disruption to the US postal service. Library Development Staff will continue to support Maine’s libraries and librarians remotely during this difficult and uncertain time. The Maine State Library has suspended Interlibrary Loan and Van Delivery Services until March 30, 2020. At that time, we will reassess the current COVID-19 impact on library closures in the state to determine if the service should be restored. FMI: (207) 287-5600, or maine.gov/msl/.
Rockland (NOTICE)
Bangor Issues Emergency Regulation with Prohibitions on Businesses March 22, 2020   In response to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, the City of Bangor has issued updated emergency regulation with prohibitions on businesses. The regulation states that no auditorium, stadium, arena, large conference room, meeting hall, theater, gymnasium, fitness center, private club, movie theater, museum, dance club, music venue, adult entertainment facility, casino, gymnasium, fitness center, yoga studio, or indoor cycling studio is allowed to be open while the city's state of emergency remains in effect. Bars, restaurants, and dine-in facilities must also remain closed to dine-in traffic, but can continue to operate in delivery or "take-out" fashion as long as customers do not enter the business, and transfers of food or other product takes place outside the business. In addition, no other establishment of any kind that sells or provides goods or services are allowed to remain open during the state of emergency, except for establishments that provide necessary goods and services. A complete list of these businesses is available in the emergency regulation. For more information, read the official emergency regulation at bangormaine.gov.
Rockland (UPDATE)
Maine Farmers' Markets: The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry understands that during this Covid-19 Pandemic, producers and consumers alike want to know where to access fresh, safe foods. Given the recent exemption by Governor Janet Mills of businesses that provide essential services including agriculture and groceries from the statewide prohibition on gatherings of more than 10 people, the Department advises farmers’ markets to determine on a case-by-case basis whether to remain open. The Department recognizes that an outdoor farmers’ market or a wellspaced indoor market both involve a larger physical footprint allowing for a broader degree of interaction than a typical public gathering. The Department recognizes that farmers’ markets are important food sources for many Mainers, including those living in rural areas and those using federal food benefits. For those markets that opt to remain open, we strongly urge taking steps to facilitate social distancing, providing hand sanitizer/washing stations for shoppers and vendors, and cease all food sampling. In this rapidly evolving situation, farmers’ market members should stay alert for emerging guidance from the Maine CDC. To the extent that farmers’ markets remain open, we caution everyone involved to practice excellent personal hygiene and to stay home if unwell. For up-to-date info on specific Markets and more info: The Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets at mffm.org, 207-370-1524 or director@mffm.org.
Rockland (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
Community Law Foundation offices are closed and staff is working remotely. All in-person events are cancelled through the end of April. Stay tuned for more information on program updates, virtual gatherings, and events. For the latest info: clf.org.
Rockland (Appointment, Phone, Website)
The Maine Department of Marine Resources (maine.gov/dmr) announces that in order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, access to all Maine DMR facilities in Augusta, West Boothbay Harbor, Bangor, Lamoine, Jonesboro, and Rockland will be by appointment only.
  • Contact information for DMR staff can be found at: gov/dmr/about/employees.html.
  • If you are exhibiting any flu-like or viral symptoms, we thank you in advance for NOT entering our facilities for the safety and wellness of others.
  • For information on Maine's response to COVID-19, visit the Maine CDC's website at https://bit.ly/2U1Iy1a.
March 26, 2020 UPDATE on Maine's Elver Fishery:  After ensuring protocols are in place to protect fishermen, dealers and communities from the spread of COVID-19, the Maine Department of Marine Resources will open the elver season at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 30, 2020. Under the authority established by Governor Janet Mills’ March 15 Civil Emergency Proclamation, licensed elver harvesters may fish for and sell the quota of another licensed harvester. Dealers have also agreed to limit transactions significantly by only buying 1 pound or more of elvers. (March 20, 2020  Due to public health concerns associated with COVID-19, the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) has announced the closure of Maine's elver fishery, which had been scheduled to start Sunday, March 22, 2020. The closure, done through emergency rulemaking, will be for a minimum of two weeks and will be reassessed at that time. The announcement of the emergency regulation can be found on the DMR’s website.) Other Operational Changes
  • DMR is postponing all Aquaculture hearings and scoping sessions scheduled through May 1. Applicants and other stakeholders affected by this measure will receive updates as the situation evolves.
  • DMR is postponing all aquaculture pre-application meetings through April 1. After that time, DMR will re-evaluate scheduling pre-application meetings. Applicants interested in scheduling a pre-application meeting should contact Angel Wilson at Wilson@maine.govor 207-350-7902.
  • Applicants cannot schedule scoping sessions through May 1.
For industry members who need to apply for or renew a license or order tags, and can only do so on paper, there are applications and order forms available in the entryway of the Augusta office at 32 Blossom Lane in Augusta. There is also a drop box at the Augusta office where items can be left for DMR, including license applications and order forms.   PLEASE NOTE: NO CASH WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THIS TIME, HOWEVER CREDIT CARDS, MONEY ORDERS, OR CHECKS ARE ACCEPTED FORMS OF PAYMENT.
  • However, DMR strongly urges industry members to submit applications, order tags, upload documents, report landings, etc. via DMR’s online system, LEEDS at maine-dmr-leeds-prod.pegacloud.com/
  • If using LEEDS is not possible, DMR also encourages everyone to download documents from the department's licensing web page at maine.gov/dmr/commercial-fishing/licenses/index.html and to submit them by mail to the address indicated on the document.
  • Please visit our website for more updated information or to download applications, gov/dmr.
  • Limited licensing staff will still be working to assist with licensing issues over the phone, but in order to limit contact as recommended by CDC, staff will not be available for face to face conversations.
  • Option 1) DMR's Licensing Division can be reached by phone at 207-624-6550.
  • Option 2) Documents may be faxed to the Licensing Division at 207-287-4474 or 207-624-6024.  Staff will be available to assist with any questions or concerns.
Rockland (OPEN)
Update From Peninsula Grocery Providers Tradewinds - New store hours starting April 5th, 7:00 am – 7:00 pm, with 7:00 – 8:00 am for 55+ only. There are Purell wipes available to clean your hands and cart at both entrances. For updated information:  374-5137. Blue Hill Coop - Hours are Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm. The Coop provides gloves in their entrance for shoppers who would like them. In addition to Café Curbside Pickup there is also a new Remote Basket program. Fill out a quick form on the website, give us your shopping list, and we’ll shop for you. Pay over the phone and pick up at the curb. Find out more at www.bluehill.coop/remote-basket. The Coop is also regularly updating their customers via their Facebook and Website pages or by calling 374-2165. Farm Drop and Peninsula Provisions will continue to offer Home Delivery and Curb Side Pickup of local farm products and regular grocery items. Both of these services are run by Cullen Schneider, out of Fairwinds Florist. To make an order with Farm Drop: bh.farmdrop.us. To make an order with Peninsula Provisions please call Cullen at 374-5621. Sandy’s Blue Hill Café – Thursday – Monday, 8:00 – 2:00. Curbside take-out for breakfast & lunch, frozen prepared meals and coffee/expresso drinks. Infection-control protocols are in effect. Castine Historical Society: Castine House and Garden Tour rescheduled to July 2021. All of this information is as of 4pm on 3/30 and is subject to change, please check with these businesses for up to date information.
Blue Hill (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
Blue Hill Public Library will be closed until further notice. The decision to reopen will be reassessed as new information and recommendations become available.
  • The bookdrop will remain open for the duration—returns will always be accepted. If you have an oversized item not suitable for the bookdrop, call ahead and staff will meet you at the door.
  • All current due dates for library materials will be extended and no overdue fines will be assessed during this time period.
  • Has your library card lapsed or have you not yet gotten one? Normally you need to sign up in person, but for the duration of this closure, to provide access to digital materials, local year-round and part-time residents can sign up by phone.
  • Our staff will still be working and will be here to help in any ways we can. Please keep in mind that you can still call or e-mail us with your reference questions. Also, digital services (e-books, e-audiobooks, etc.) remain available from our website. The library’s WiFi will also remain available on the exterior 24/7. To contact the Blue Hill Public Library: 374-5515 or bhpl.net.
Belfast (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
Waterfall Arts in Belfast is Temporarily Closed: The galleries and office at Waterfall Arts will be closed until April 27th in response to the CDC guidelines and in alignment with the local school board RSU # 71 concerning the spread of COVID-19. All Waterfall Arts classes, events, workshops, youth programming and drop-in open studios will be suspended for the time being. Staff will reach out to already-registered students to process refunds or communicate rescheduled dates. Note: If you are receiving private lessons from studio tenants, please contact them directly for any schedule changes or cancellations. FMI: waterfallarts.org.
Castine (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
Witherlee Memorial Library Remains Closed Until Further Notice. Please keep books and movies until the library re-opens. Books have been renewed until mid-April. Please do not use the book drop at this time. Out of an abundance of caution, we cannot offer home delivery or pick-up at this time. We are very sorry. Our website provides a variety of digital reading and information resources and is updated regularly.  Please check out our Facebook page which has lots of alternative resources for your education and entertainment pleasure.  We can answer your reference questions by phone, 326-4375, or email: afr@witherle.lib.me.us (Anne Romans) or irene@witherle.lib.me.us (Irene Hall).  If you have a suggestion for our online resources please contact us! Children's News from Irene: I have been very busy posting lots of fun reading, viewing and drawing opportunities on our Facebook page. Tours of museums, zoos, story time from space!  How fun!
Blue Hill (Meals, Meals To-Go)
Harbor House Café in Blue Hill Offers Meals: Pick-Up or Delivery It’s Kathy from The Harbor House. We want your help to get the word out to the public and our elderly customers. Although we are closed to the public following CDC recommendation, we are preparing food for pick-up or delivery. We are offering casseroles, quiche, soups, chowders and many more items, the weekly menu is on the Harbor House Cafe FB page or we can email one. We will deliver in the Blue Hill area or you can pick up.
We have many elderly customers we are so concerned about. We have a small fund we are using to help feed the elderly facing financial hardship. We are also asking those purchasing if they would like to add a few dollars extra for this fund. We ask for a two day notice for dinners. Open 7:00 - 2:00, check for current hours. Ways to reach the Harbor House Café in Blue Hill: 207-374-7027, theharborhouseofbluehill@gmail.com, or on FB, The harbor house cafe
Rockland (CANCELLED)
CANCELLED   The 54th Annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race, which was originally scheduled for April 18, 2020. "It's a difficult event to postpone and reschedule since the water level in the stream continually drops throughout the spring, along with the resources needed to safely run the event." FMI: (207) 992-4490 or tracy.willette@bangormaine.gov.
Ellsworth (TAKE-OUT ONLY)
TAKE-OUT ONLY  The Welcome Table Free Community Meal is offered every Wednesday at the First Congregational Church in Ellsworth, 2 Church St, across from the Ellsworth City Hall, 3:00 - 6:00. Starting on Wednesday, March 18th, the meal will be available by take-out only. FMI: krowholla@gmail.com.
Rockland (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) will be closed to the public through April 30, 2020. During the closure period, you can explore the many online resources, exhibitions and videos available 24/7, and get up to date info on what’s happening: cmcanow.org.
Belfast (Lunch for Kids)
The Game Loft is providing free grab-and-go lunches to any child from 12:00 noon to 2:00. Lunches will include a sandwich, fruit and vegetables. Children do not need to be Game Loft members to receive this service. The Game Loft is closed for regular programming, but while schools are closed due to the current covid-19 precautions, free lunches will be served to all children who come to the 78A Main Street, Belfast location. Meal are free for the kids, but your financial support is appreciated. At this time the Game Loft cannot accept community donations of food but financial contributions can be made through the website, thegameloft.org, or by sending a check to The Game Loft, 78A Main Street, Belfast, ME 04915. Please put on the memo line: Feed the hungry. FMI: thegameloft.org.
Winter Harbor (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED   Schoodic Arts for All’s Hammond Hall in Blue Hill will temporarily close until April 15th. FMI: schoodicartsforall.org. The Winter Harbor Music Festival will live stream the Flute and Piano Recital scheduled for Friday, April 3rd, at 7:00, without an audience. The link to the live stream on their Facebook page is: facebook.com/search/top/q?=winter%20harbor%20festival.
Unity (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners (MOFGA) offices in Unity are closed to the public, and staff are working remotely until further notice. MOFGA events through April 1st are postponed or canceled. To keep up to date or for more info: mofga.org.
Bar Harbor (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  The Jesup Library in Bar Harbor is currently closed to the public. Fees and overdues are waived at this time. Please keep your items at home until the Library reopens.  On-line services including the Maine Downloadable Library through CloudLibrary and access to the databases through the Digital Maine Library remain available. For links: jesuplibrary.org. The public wifi is still on and there is no password to access it. If there is any problem with your library card or if you would like to sign up for a library card during this time contact Laura at ledwards@jesuplibrary.org. Reference services are available by phone at 207-288-4245 or by email at info@jesuplibrary.org. The library will open as soon as it is safe to do so.
Bucksport (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  The Alamo Theatre in Bucksport is closed until further notice. Visitors and customers are not allowed into the building including the Archives. Please call ahead if you have business to conduct. FMI: Facebook, 469-0924, oldfilm.org.  
Bangor (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  The Challenger Learning Center of Maine in Bangor is currently closed to visitors. All public programs and k-12 field trips have been cancelled through April 24, 2020. Check the website regularly for updates on our normal operations status. FMI, questions or concerns: contact@astronaut.org, 990-2900, or astronaut.org.
Bangor (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED  The Bangor Public Library is closed to the public at least through Friday, May 15, 2020. All due dates will be extended til then, no overdue charges. Any change to those plans will be posted on the website,  social media, and on the atrium entrance to the Library. FMI: bangorpubliclibrary.org.
Blue Hill (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED  Peninsula Free Health Clinic in Blue Hill regretfully announces that the clinic will be closed at least through April due to staff and equipment shortages for handling infectious disease patients. For updates, please see the web site at peninsulafreehealth.org or on Facebook at Peninsula Free Health.
Blue Hill (CANCELLED)
CANCELLED    Great Decisions Foreign Policy Discussion Group: Wednesdays, February 26 to April 15, 6:00 - 8:00, at the Blue Hill Public Library. Free, registration required: bhpl.net or 374-5515.
Union (CANCELLED)
CANCELED     Weekly Story Time for Families. Chloe Keller is a internationally recognized theater director and  Union native. She'll read a wide variety of picture books, and welcomes children to share in the joyful experience of listening to stories with their families. Wednesdays through May 27, 11:00 - 11:45, at the Vose Library in Union. FMI: voselibrary.org.
Camden (now Emailing)
Now EMAILING: Creative Art & Journaling. If you would like to receive weekly ideas related to this group’s creative art and journaling projects via email, contact Amy Hand at: alhand@librarycamden.org.. FMI: 236-3440 or librarycamden.org.
Blue Hill (CANCELLED)
CANCELLED   Scottish Country Dance Classes in Blue Hill -  Dance to lively jigs, reels and  stately strathspeys. Come with or without a partner. Technique and figures are taught. Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8:30, Halcyon Grange, Rt 15, North Blue Hill. FMI: Mike at 348-9308 or mjlittle2318@hotmail.com. CALL to confirm if road conditions questionable.  

Thu, April 16th

Rockland (UPDATE)
Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber Member Updates (as of 3/30/20) Blue Hill Co-op- Store hours have been reduced effective Wednesday, March 18th. The new hours are Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm. The coop provides gloves in their entrance for shoppers who would like them. In addition to our Café Curbside Pickup we are also offering a new Remote Basket program. Fill out a quick form on our website, give us your shopping list, and we’ll shop for you. Pay over the phone and pick up at the curb. Find out more at www.bluehill.coop/remote-basket. The Coop is also regularly updating their customers via their Facebook and Website pages or by calling 374-2165. Lambert Coffin, Attorneys- While their office is closed to public traffic due to COVID-19, they are available by phone and e-mail, with all employees working remotely. Email Amy at avisentin@lambertcoffin.com or call direct to 374-4460. Documents may be left in the dropbox next to their office door inside the building. For updates please visit the Lambert Coffin website: https://www.lambertcoffin.com/ Mainescape- Mainescape is open wed - Sat for phone orders and outside  pickup only. Pet food, Bird seed, seeds, soils and supplies, houseplants, etc. Pansies and primroses and spring flowering bulbs are coming next week to help lift peoples’ spirits! Blue Hill Heritage Trust- Free Trail Guides are still available outside of our office in a tote, as well as outside the Compass Rose Bookstore in the Book Boat, and Island Heritage Trust's Office. We would like to share Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife's recomendations for how to practice safe Social Distancing while enjoying the outdoors in public spaces. Tradewinds - New store hours starting April 5th: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm, with 7:00 – 8:00 am for 55+ only. Sandy’s Blue Hill Café – Thursday – Monday, 8:00 – 2:00. Curbside take-out for breakfast & lunch, frozen prepared meals and coffee/expresso drinks. Infection-control protocols are in effect. Castine Historical Society: Castine House and Garden Tour rescheduled to July 2021. Broadband Survey- Mission Broadband has offered a quick survey to collect data on some of the impacts of this current COVID-19 is having on all aspects of our broadband network.  They put together a survey to try to capture the end users perspective that might help guide efforts to improve broadband across the state.   The survey focuses on a few key items during this crisis, the influx of at home usages from families staying at home.  Its designed to highlight the gaps in coverage, inadequate coverage and social-economic factors. Please take a moment to fill out the survey, and then please share it widely in your virtual networks.   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ME_SD_BB_Impact
Rockland (Educational Resource)
Chewonki: Nature-Based Education Resources for Families at Home. Continue (or start!) your child's nature-based education at home with our new Chewonki at Home resource page. Find lessons, activities, and links to daily living streaming events with our wildlife educators, outdoor educators, and farm team... Get all the info at chewonki.org.
Rockland (now on FACEBOOK, now on YOUTUBE)
Now on FACEBOOK and YOUTUBE - Camden Library's Miss Amy’s Story Times and Crafts. Story times will be posted every weekday morning and craft ideas every weekday afternoon to help keep little minds and hands engaged. For more info and a list of all the videos currently available go to librarycamden.org. Questions? 236-3440 or librarycamden.org.
Brooklin (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED     Friend Memorial Public Library Building in Brooklinis closed to the public until at least May 1. Reevaluating then based on Governor's recommendations. The eCollection is available for free use. If you need a free library card to use our eBook and eAudio collection just call or email. We will be checking our email and voice mail regularly.  207-359-2276, annmargaret@friend.lib.me.us, or friend.lib.me.us.
Bar Harbor (CANCELLED)
CANCELED   The Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor has canceled the upcoming Abbe Museum Indian Market (AMIM), scheduled for May 15-17, 2020. This annual event will return the weekend of May 14 - 16, 2021. The Abbe Museum is formulating ways to support Native artists during this time and will have further announcements forthcoming on their website and social media pages. You can also find resources to help artists through the National Endowment for the Arts and state/regional arts organizations. FMI: abbemuseum.org.
Rockland (NOTICE)
Bangor Issues Emergency Regulation with Prohibitions on Businesses March 22, 2020   In response to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, the City of Bangor has issued updated emergency regulation with prohibitions on businesses. The regulation states that no auditorium, stadium, arena, large conference room, meeting hall, theater, gymnasium, fitness center, private club, movie theater, museum, dance club, music venue, adult entertainment facility, casino, gymnasium, fitness center, yoga studio, or indoor cycling studio is allowed to be open while the city's state of emergency remains in effect. Bars, restaurants, and dine-in facilities must also remain closed to dine-in traffic, but can continue to operate in delivery or "take-out" fashion as long as customers do not enter the business, and transfers of food or other product takes place outside the business. In addition, no other establishment of any kind that sells or provides goods or services are allowed to remain open during the state of emergency, except for establishments that provide necessary goods and services. A complete list of these businesses is available in the emergency regulation. For more information, read the official emergency regulation at bangormaine.gov.
Rockland (UPDATE)
Maine Farmers' Markets: The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry understands that during this Covid-19 Pandemic, producers and consumers alike want to know where to access fresh, safe foods. Given the recent exemption by Governor Janet Mills of businesses that provide essential services including agriculture and groceries from the statewide prohibition on gatherings of more than 10 people, the Department advises farmers’ markets to determine on a case-by-case basis whether to remain open. The Department recognizes that an outdoor farmers’ market or a wellspaced indoor market both involve a larger physical footprint allowing for a broader degree of interaction than a typical public gathering. The Department recognizes that farmers’ markets are important food sources for many Mainers, including those living in rural areas and those using federal food benefits. For those markets that opt to remain open, we strongly urge taking steps to facilitate social distancing, providing hand sanitizer/washing stations for shoppers and vendors, and cease all food sampling. In this rapidly evolving situation, farmers’ market members should stay alert for emerging guidance from the Maine CDC. To the extent that farmers’ markets remain open, we caution everyone involved to practice excellent personal hygiene and to stay home if unwell. For up-to-date info on specific Markets and more info: The Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets at mffm.org, 207-370-1524 or director@mffm.org.
Rockland (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
Community Law Foundation offices are closed and staff is working remotely. All in-person events are cancelled through the end of April. Stay tuned for more information on program updates, virtual gatherings, and events. For the latest info: clf.org.
Rockland (Appointment, Phone, Website)
The Maine Department of Marine Resources (maine.gov/dmr) announces that in order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, access to all Maine DMR facilities in Augusta, West Boothbay Harbor, Bangor, Lamoine, Jonesboro, and Rockland will be by appointment only.
  • Contact information for DMR staff can be found at: gov/dmr/about/employees.html.
  • If you are exhibiting any flu-like or viral symptoms, we thank you in advance for NOT entering our facilities for the safety and wellness of others.
  • For information on Maine's response to COVID-19, visit the Maine CDC's website at https://bit.ly/2U1Iy1a.
March 26, 2020 UPDATE on Maine's Elver Fishery:  After ensuring protocols are in place to protect fishermen, dealers and communities from the spread of COVID-19, the Maine Department of Marine Resources will open the elver season at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 30, 2020. Under the authority established by Governor Janet Mills’ March 15 Civil Emergency Proclamation, licensed elver harvesters may fish for and sell the quota of another licensed harvester. Dealers have also agreed to limit transactions significantly by only buying 1 pound or more of elvers. (March 20, 2020  Due to public health concerns associated with COVID-19, the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) has announced the closure of Maine's elver fishery, which had been scheduled to start Sunday, March 22, 2020. The closure, done through emergency rulemaking, will be for a minimum of two weeks and will be reassessed at that time. The announcement of the emergency regulation can be found on the DMR’s website.) Other Operational Changes
  • DMR is postponing all Aquaculture hearings and scoping sessions scheduled through May 1. Applicants and other stakeholders affected by this measure will receive updates as the situation evolves.
  • DMR is postponing all aquaculture pre-application meetings through April 1. After that time, DMR will re-evaluate scheduling pre-application meetings. Applicants interested in scheduling a pre-application meeting should contact Angel Wilson at Wilson@maine.govor 207-350-7902.
  • Applicants cannot schedule scoping sessions through May 1.
For industry members who need to apply for or renew a license or order tags, and can only do so on paper, there are applications and order forms available in the entryway of the Augusta office at 32 Blossom Lane in Augusta. There is also a drop box at the Augusta office where items can be left for DMR, including license applications and order forms.   PLEASE NOTE: NO CASH WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THIS TIME, HOWEVER CREDIT CARDS, MONEY ORDERS, OR CHECKS ARE ACCEPTED FORMS OF PAYMENT.
  • However, DMR strongly urges industry members to submit applications, order tags, upload documents, report landings, etc. via DMR’s online system, LEEDS at maine-dmr-leeds-prod.pegacloud.com/
  • If using LEEDS is not possible, DMR also encourages everyone to download documents from the department's licensing web page at maine.gov/dmr/commercial-fishing/licenses/index.html and to submit them by mail to the address indicated on the document.
  • Please visit our website for more updated information or to download applications, gov/dmr.
  • Limited licensing staff will still be working to assist with licensing issues over the phone, but in order to limit contact as recommended by CDC, staff will not be available for face to face conversations.
  • Option 1) DMR's Licensing Division can be reached by phone at 207-624-6550.
  • Option 2) Documents may be faxed to the Licensing Division at 207-287-4474 or 207-624-6024.  Staff will be available to assist with any questions or concerns.
Rockland (OPEN)
Update From Peninsula Grocery Providers Tradewinds - New store hours starting April 5th, 7:00 am – 7:00 pm, with 7:00 – 8:00 am for 55+ only. There are Purell wipes available to clean your hands and cart at both entrances. For updated information:  374-5137. Blue Hill Coop - Hours are Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm. The Coop provides gloves in their entrance for shoppers who would like them. In addition to Café Curbside Pickup there is also a new Remote Basket program. Fill out a quick form on the website, give us your shopping list, and we’ll shop for you. Pay over the phone and pick up at the curb. Find out more at www.bluehill.coop/remote-basket. The Coop is also regularly updating their customers via their Facebook and Website pages or by calling 374-2165. Farm Drop and Peninsula Provisions will continue to offer Home Delivery and Curb Side Pickup of local farm products and regular grocery items. Both of these services are run by Cullen Schneider, out of Fairwinds Florist. To make an order with Farm Drop: bh.farmdrop.us. To make an order with Peninsula Provisions please call Cullen at 374-5621. Sandy’s Blue Hill Café – Thursday – Monday, 8:00 – 2:00. Curbside take-out for breakfast & lunch, frozen prepared meals and coffee/expresso drinks. Infection-control protocols are in effect. Castine Historical Society: Castine House and Garden Tour rescheduled to July 2021. All of this information is as of 4pm on 3/30 and is subject to change, please check with these businesses for up to date information.
Blue Hill (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
Blue Hill Public Library will be closed until further notice. The decision to reopen will be reassessed as new information and recommendations become available.
  • The bookdrop will remain open for the duration—returns will always be accepted. If you have an oversized item not suitable for the bookdrop, call ahead and staff will meet you at the door.
  • All current due dates for library materials will be extended and no overdue fines will be assessed during this time period.
  • Has your library card lapsed or have you not yet gotten one? Normally you need to sign up in person, but for the duration of this closure, to provide access to digital materials, local year-round and part-time residents can sign up by phone.
  • Our staff will still be working and will be here to help in any ways we can. Please keep in mind that you can still call or e-mail us with your reference questions. Also, digital services (e-books, e-audiobooks, etc.) remain available from our website. The library’s WiFi will also remain available on the exterior 24/7. To contact the Blue Hill Public Library: 374-5515 or bhpl.net.
Belfast (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
Waterfall Arts in Belfast is Temporarily Closed: The galleries and office at Waterfall Arts will be closed until April 27th in response to the CDC guidelines and in alignment with the local school board RSU # 71 concerning the spread of COVID-19. All Waterfall Arts classes, events, workshops, youth programming and drop-in open studios will be suspended for the time being. Staff will reach out to already-registered students to process refunds or communicate rescheduled dates. Note: If you are receiving private lessons from studio tenants, please contact them directly for any schedule changes or cancellations. FMI: waterfallarts.org.
Castine (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
Witherlee Memorial Library Remains Closed Until Further Notice. Please keep books and movies until the library re-opens. Books have been renewed until mid-April. Please do not use the book drop at this time. Out of an abundance of caution, we cannot offer home delivery or pick-up at this time. We are very sorry. Our website provides a variety of digital reading and information resources and is updated regularly.  Please check out our Facebook page which has lots of alternative resources for your education and entertainment pleasure.  We can answer your reference questions by phone, 326-4375, or email: afr@witherle.lib.me.us (Anne Romans) or irene@witherle.lib.me.us (Irene Hall).  If you have a suggestion for our online resources please contact us! Children's News from Irene: I have been very busy posting lots of fun reading, viewing and drawing opportunities on our Facebook page. Tours of museums, zoos, story time from space!  How fun!
Blue Hill (Meals, Meals To-Go)
Harbor House Café in Blue Hill Offers Meals: Pick-Up or Delivery It’s Kathy from The Harbor House. We want your help to get the word out to the public and our elderly customers. Although we are closed to the public following CDC recommendation, we are preparing food for pick-up or delivery. We are offering casseroles, quiche, soups, chowders and many more items, the weekly menu is on the Harbor House Cafe FB page or we can email one. We will deliver in the Blue Hill area or you can pick up.
We have many elderly customers we are so concerned about. We have a small fund we are using to help feed the elderly facing financial hardship. We are also asking those purchasing if they would like to add a few dollars extra for this fund. We ask for a two day notice for dinners. Open 7:00 - 2:00, check for current hours. Ways to reach the Harbor House Café in Blue Hill: 207-374-7027, theharborhouseofbluehill@gmail.com, or on FB, The harbor house cafe
Rockland (CANCELLED)
CANCELLED   The 54th Annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race, which was originally scheduled for April 18, 2020. "It's a difficult event to postpone and reschedule since the water level in the stream continually drops throughout the spring, along with the resources needed to safely run the event." FMI: (207) 992-4490 or tracy.willette@bangormaine.gov.
Rockland (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) will be closed to the public through April 30, 2020. During the closure period, you can explore the many online resources, exhibitions and videos available 24/7, and get up to date info on what’s happening: cmcanow.org.
Belfast (Lunch for Kids)
The Game Loft is providing free grab-and-go lunches to any child from 12:00 noon to 2:00. Lunches will include a sandwich, fruit and vegetables. Children do not need to be Game Loft members to receive this service. The Game Loft is closed for regular programming, but while schools are closed due to the current covid-19 precautions, free lunches will be served to all children who come to the 78A Main Street, Belfast location. Meal are free for the kids, but your financial support is appreciated. At this time the Game Loft cannot accept community donations of food but financial contributions can be made through the website, thegameloft.org, or by sending a check to The Game Loft, 78A Main Street, Belfast, ME 04915. Please put on the memo line: Feed the hungry. FMI: thegameloft.org.
Unity (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners (MOFGA) offices in Unity are closed to the public, and staff are working remotely until further notice. MOFGA events through April 1st are postponed or canceled. To keep up to date or for more info: mofga.org.
Bar Harbor (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  The Jesup Library in Bar Harbor is currently closed to the public. Fees and overdues are waived at this time. Please keep your items at home until the Library reopens.  On-line services including the Maine Downloadable Library through CloudLibrary and access to the databases through the Digital Maine Library remain available. For links: jesuplibrary.org. The public wifi is still on and there is no password to access it. If there is any problem with your library card or if you would like to sign up for a library card during this time contact Laura at ledwards@jesuplibrary.org. Reference services are available by phone at 207-288-4245 or by email at info@jesuplibrary.org. The library will open as soon as it is safe to do so.
Bucksport (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  The Alamo Theatre in Bucksport is closed until further notice. Visitors and customers are not allowed into the building including the Archives. Please call ahead if you have business to conduct. FMI: Facebook, 469-0924, oldfilm.org.  
Bangor (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  The Challenger Learning Center of Maine in Bangor is currently closed to visitors. All public programs and k-12 field trips have been cancelled through April 24, 2020. Check the website regularly for updates on our normal operations status. FMI, questions or concerns: contact@astronaut.org, 990-2900, or astronaut.org.
Bangor (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED  The Bangor Public Library is closed to the public at least through Friday, May 15, 2020. All due dates will be extended til then, no overdue charges. Any change to those plans will be posted on the website,  social media, and on the atrium entrance to the Library. FMI: bangorpubliclibrary.org.
Blue Hill (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED  Peninsula Free Health Clinic in Blue Hill regretfully announces that the clinic will be closed at least through April due to staff and equipment shortages for handling infectious disease patients. For updates, please see the web site at peninsulafreehealth.org or on Facebook at Peninsula Free Health.
Southwest Harbor (CANCELLED)
CANCELED    Southwest Harbor Public Library Tea: Everyone is welcome to enjoy a cup of tea by the Library’s fireplace, nibble on a homemade treat, and enjoy the company of others. Ruth Grierson and friends will provide live music. Third Thursday of the month, 2:00 - 3:30, Southwest Harbor Public Library. FMI: swhplibrary.org.
Surry (CANCELLED)
CANCELED      Life Drawing: Ellsworth Art offers figure drawing every Thursday, 10:00 – 12:00 noon, at the Surry Gatherings, 1208 Surry Rd, Surry. Interested? FMI: ellsworthart.com or text (207) 385-1661.
East Orland (CANCELLED)
CANCELED  WERU Volunteer Orientation: How you can get more involved? Learn what "volunteer powered" means. Volunteer jobs include on-the-air DJs, helping in the Music Library, tabling at events, writing articles, keeping the grounds and building up to snuff, and more. Volunteer Orientation is every third Thursday of the month, 6:00 - 8:00, at the station. FMI: info@weru.org.
Camden (CANCELLED)
CANCELLED   Leer y Charlar: Spanish language reading and conversation group. Meets on second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, 1:00 - 3:00, at the Camden Public Library. FMI: librarycamden.org.

Fri, April 17th

Rockland (UPDATE)
Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber Member Updates (as of 3/30/20) Blue Hill Co-op- Store hours have been reduced effective Wednesday, March 18th. The new hours are Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm. The coop provides gloves in their entrance for shoppers who would like them. In addition to our Café Curbside Pickup we are also offering a new Remote Basket program. Fill out a quick form on our website, give us your shopping list, and we’ll shop for you. Pay over the phone and pick up at the curb. Find out more at www.bluehill.coop/remote-basket. The Coop is also regularly updating their customers via their Facebook and Website pages or by calling 374-2165. Lambert Coffin, Attorneys- While their office is closed to public traffic due to COVID-19, they are available by phone and e-mail, with all employees working remotely. Email Amy at avisentin@lambertcoffin.com or call direct to 374-4460. Documents may be left in the dropbox next to their office door inside the building. For updates please visit the Lambert Coffin website: https://www.lambertcoffin.com/ Mainescape- Mainescape is open wed - Sat for phone orders and outside  pickup only. Pet food, Bird seed, seeds, soils and supplies, houseplants, etc. Pansies and primroses and spring flowering bulbs are coming next week to help lift peoples’ spirits! Blue Hill Heritage Trust- Free Trail Guides are still available outside of our office in a tote, as well as outside the Compass Rose Bookstore in the Book Boat, and Island Heritage Trust's Office. We would like to share Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife's recomendations for how to practice safe Social Distancing while enjoying the outdoors in public spaces. Tradewinds - New store hours starting April 5th: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm, with 7:00 – 8:00 am for 55+ only. Sandy’s Blue Hill Café – Thursday – Monday, 8:00 – 2:00. Curbside take-out for breakfast & lunch, frozen prepared meals and coffee/expresso drinks. Infection-control protocols are in effect. Castine Historical Society: Castine House and Garden Tour rescheduled to July 2021. Broadband Survey- Mission Broadband has offered a quick survey to collect data on some of the impacts of this current COVID-19 is having on all aspects of our broadband network.  They put together a survey to try to capture the end users perspective that might help guide efforts to improve broadband across the state.   The survey focuses on a few key items during this crisis, the influx of at home usages from families staying at home.  Its designed to highlight the gaps in coverage, inadequate coverage and social-economic factors. Please take a moment to fill out the survey, and then please share it widely in your virtual networks.   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ME_SD_BB_Impact
Rockland (Educational Resource)
Chewonki: Nature-Based Education Resources for Families at Home. Continue (or start!) your child's nature-based education at home with our new Chewonki at Home resource page. Find lessons, activities, and links to daily living streaming events with our wildlife educators, outdoor educators, and farm team... Get all the info at chewonki.org.
Rockland (now on FACEBOOK, now on YOUTUBE)
Now on FACEBOOK and YOUTUBE - Camden Library's Miss Amy’s Story Times and Crafts. Story times will be posted every weekday morning and craft ideas every weekday afternoon to help keep little minds and hands engaged. For more info and a list of all the videos currently available go to librarycamden.org. Questions? 236-3440 or librarycamden.org.
Brooklin (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED     Friend Memorial Public Library Building in Brooklinis closed to the public until at least May 1. Reevaluating then based on Governor's recommendations. The eCollection is available for free use. If you need a free library card to use our eBook and eAudio collection just call or email. We will be checking our email and voice mail regularly.  207-359-2276, annmargaret@friend.lib.me.us, or friend.lib.me.us.
Bar Harbor (CANCELLED)
CANCELED   The Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor has canceled the upcoming Abbe Museum Indian Market (AMIM), scheduled for May 15-17, 2020. This annual event will return the weekend of May 14 - 16, 2021. The Abbe Museum is formulating ways to support Native artists during this time and will have further announcements forthcoming on their website and social media pages. You can also find resources to help artists through the National Endowment for the Arts and state/regional arts organizations. FMI: abbemuseum.org.
Rockland (NOTICE)
Bangor Issues Emergency Regulation with Prohibitions on Businesses March 22, 2020   In response to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, the City of Bangor has issued updated emergency regulation with prohibitions on businesses. The regulation states that no auditorium, stadium, arena, large conference room, meeting hall, theater, gymnasium, fitness center, private club, movie theater, museum, dance club, music venue, adult entertainment facility, casino, gymnasium, fitness center, yoga studio, or indoor cycling studio is allowed to be open while the city's state of emergency remains in effect. Bars, restaurants, and dine-in facilities must also remain closed to dine-in traffic, but can continue to operate in delivery or "take-out" fashion as long as customers do not enter the business, and transfers of food or other product takes place outside the business. In addition, no other establishment of any kind that sells or provides goods or services are allowed to remain open during the state of emergency, except for establishments that provide necessary goods and services. A complete list of these businesses is available in the emergency regulation. For more information, read the official emergency regulation at bangormaine.gov.
Rockland (UPDATE)
Maine Farmers' Markets: The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry understands that during this Covid-19 Pandemic, producers and consumers alike want to know where to access fresh, safe foods. Given the recent exemption by Governor Janet Mills of businesses that provide essential services including agriculture and groceries from the statewide prohibition on gatherings of more than 10 people, the Department advises farmers’ markets to determine on a case-by-case basis whether to remain open. The Department recognizes that an outdoor farmers’ market or a wellspaced indoor market both involve a larger physical footprint allowing for a broader degree of interaction than a typical public gathering. The Department recognizes that farmers’ markets are important food sources for many Mainers, including those living in rural areas and those using federal food benefits. For those markets that opt to remain open, we strongly urge taking steps to facilitate social distancing, providing hand sanitizer/washing stations for shoppers and vendors, and cease all food sampling. In this rapidly evolving situation, farmers’ market members should stay alert for emerging guidance from the Maine CDC. To the extent that farmers’ markets remain open, we caution everyone involved to practice excellent personal hygiene and to stay home if unwell. For up-to-date info on specific Markets and more info: The Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets at mffm.org, 207-370-1524 or director@mffm.org.
Rockland (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
Community Law Foundation offices are closed and staff is working remotely. All in-person events are cancelled through the end of April. Stay tuned for more information on program updates, virtual gatherings, and events. For the latest info: clf.org.
Rockland (Appointment, Phone, Website)
The Maine Department of Marine Resources (maine.gov/dmr) announces that in order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, access to all Maine DMR facilities in Augusta, West Boothbay Harbor, Bangor, Lamoine, Jonesboro, and Rockland will be by appointment only.
  • Contact information for DMR staff can be found at: gov/dmr/about/employees.html.
  • If you are exhibiting any flu-like or viral symptoms, we thank you in advance for NOT entering our facilities for the safety and wellness of others.
  • For information on Maine's response to COVID-19, visit the Maine CDC's website at https://bit.ly/2U1Iy1a.
March 26, 2020 UPDATE on Maine's Elver Fishery:  After ensuring protocols are in place to protect fishermen, dealers and communities from the spread of COVID-19, the Maine Department of Marine Resources will open the elver season at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 30, 2020. Under the authority established by Governor Janet Mills’ March 15 Civil Emergency Proclamation, licensed elver harvesters may fish for and sell the quota of another licensed harvester. Dealers have also agreed to limit transactions significantly by only buying 1 pound or more of elvers. (March 20, 2020  Due to public health concerns associated with COVID-19, the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) has announced the closure of Maine's elver fishery, which had been scheduled to start Sunday, March 22, 2020. The closure, done through emergency rulemaking, will be for a minimum of two weeks and will be reassessed at that time. The announcement of the emergency regulation can be found on the DMR’s website.) Other Operational Changes
  • DMR is postponing all Aquaculture hearings and scoping sessions scheduled through May 1. Applicants and other stakeholders affected by this measure will receive updates as the situation evolves.
  • DMR is postponing all aquaculture pre-application meetings through April 1. After that time, DMR will re-evaluate scheduling pre-application meetings. Applicants interested in scheduling a pre-application meeting should contact Angel Wilson at Wilson@maine.govor 207-350-7902.
  • Applicants cannot schedule scoping sessions through May 1.
For industry members who need to apply for or renew a license or order tags, and can only do so on paper, there are applications and order forms available in the entryway of the Augusta office at 32 Blossom Lane in Augusta. There is also a drop box at the Augusta office where items can be left for DMR, including license applications and order forms.   PLEASE NOTE: NO CASH WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THIS TIME, HOWEVER CREDIT CARDS, MONEY ORDERS, OR CHECKS ARE ACCEPTED FORMS OF PAYMENT.
  • However, DMR strongly urges industry members to submit applications, order tags, upload documents, report landings, etc. via DMR’s online system, LEEDS at maine-dmr-leeds-prod.pegacloud.com/
  • If using LEEDS is not possible, DMR also encourages everyone to download documents from the department's licensing web page at maine.gov/dmr/commercial-fishing/licenses/index.html and to submit them by mail to the address indicated on the document.
  • Please visit our website for more updated information or to download applications, gov/dmr.
  • Limited licensing staff will still be working to assist with licensing issues over the phone, but in order to limit contact as recommended by CDC, staff will not be available for face to face conversations.
  • Option 1) DMR's Licensing Division can be reached by phone at 207-624-6550.
  • Option 2) Documents may be faxed to the Licensing Division at 207-287-4474 or 207-624-6024.  Staff will be available to assist with any questions or concerns.
Rockland (OPEN)
Update From Peninsula Grocery Providers Tradewinds - New store hours starting April 5th, 7:00 am – 7:00 pm, with 7:00 – 8:00 am for 55+ only. There are Purell wipes available to clean your hands and cart at both entrances. For updated information:  374-5137. Blue Hill Coop - Hours are Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm. The Coop provides gloves in their entrance for shoppers who would like them. In addition to Café Curbside Pickup there is also a new Remote Basket program. Fill out a quick form on the website, give us your shopping list, and we’ll shop for you. Pay over the phone and pick up at the curb. Find out more at www.bluehill.coop/remote-basket. The Coop is also regularly updating their customers via their Facebook and Website pages or by calling 374-2165. Farm Drop and Peninsula Provisions will continue to offer Home Delivery and Curb Side Pickup of local farm products and regular grocery items. Both of these services are run by Cullen Schneider, out of Fairwinds Florist. To make an order with Farm Drop: bh.farmdrop.us. To make an order with Peninsula Provisions please call Cullen at 374-5621. Sandy’s Blue Hill Café – Thursday – Monday, 8:00 – 2:00. Curbside take-out for breakfast & lunch, frozen prepared meals and coffee/expresso drinks. Infection-control protocols are in effect. Castine Historical Society: Castine House and Garden Tour rescheduled to July 2021. All of this information is as of 4pm on 3/30 and is subject to change, please check with these businesses for up to date information.
Blue Hill (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
Blue Hill Public Library will be closed until further notice. The decision to reopen will be reassessed as new information and recommendations become available.
  • The bookdrop will remain open for the duration—returns will always be accepted. If you have an oversized item not suitable for the bookdrop, call ahead and staff will meet you at the door.
  • All current due dates for library materials will be extended and no overdue fines will be assessed during this time period.
  • Has your library card lapsed or have you not yet gotten one? Normally you need to sign up in person, but for the duration of this closure, to provide access to digital materials, local year-round and part-time residents can sign up by phone.
  • Our staff will still be working and will be here to help in any ways we can. Please keep in mind that you can still call or e-mail us with your reference questions. Also, digital services (e-books, e-audiobooks, etc.) remain available from our website. The library’s WiFi will also remain available on the exterior 24/7. To contact the Blue Hill Public Library: 374-5515 or bhpl.net.
Belfast (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
Waterfall Arts in Belfast is Temporarily Closed: The galleries and office at Waterfall Arts will be closed until April 27th in response to the CDC guidelines and in alignment with the local school board RSU # 71 concerning the spread of COVID-19. All Waterfall Arts classes, events, workshops, youth programming and drop-in open studios will be suspended for the time being. Staff will reach out to already-registered students to process refunds or communicate rescheduled dates. Note: If you are receiving private lessons from studio tenants, please contact them directly for any schedule changes or cancellations. FMI: waterfallarts.org.
Castine (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
Witherlee Memorial Library Remains Closed Until Further Notice. Please keep books and movies until the library re-opens. Books have been renewed until mid-April. Please do not use the book drop at this time. Out of an abundance of caution, we cannot offer home delivery or pick-up at this time. We are very sorry. Our website provides a variety of digital reading and information resources and is updated regularly.  Please check out our Facebook page which has lots of alternative resources for your education and entertainment pleasure.  We can answer your reference questions by phone, 326-4375, or email: afr@witherle.lib.me.us (Anne Romans) or irene@witherle.lib.me.us (Irene Hall).  If you have a suggestion for our online resources please contact us! Children's News from Irene: I have been very busy posting lots of fun reading, viewing and drawing opportunities on our Facebook page. Tours of museums, zoos, story time from space!  How fun!
Blue Hill (Meals, Meals To-Go)
Harbor House Café in Blue Hill Offers Meals: Pick-Up or Delivery It’s Kathy from The Harbor House. We want your help to get the word out to the public and our elderly customers. Although we are closed to the public following CDC recommendation, we are preparing food for pick-up or delivery. We are offering casseroles, quiche, soups, chowders and many more items, the weekly menu is on the Harbor House Cafe FB page or we can email one. We will deliver in the Blue Hill area or you can pick up.
We have many elderly customers we are so concerned about. We have a small fund we are using to help feed the elderly facing financial hardship. We are also asking those purchasing if they would like to add a few dollars extra for this fund. We ask for a two day notice for dinners. Open 7:00 - 2:00, check for current hours. Ways to reach the Harbor House Café in Blue Hill: 207-374-7027, theharborhouseofbluehill@gmail.com, or on FB, The harbor house cafe
Rockland (CANCELLED)
CANCELLED   The 54th Annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race, which was originally scheduled for April 18, 2020. "It's a difficult event to postpone and reschedule since the water level in the stream continually drops throughout the spring, along with the resources needed to safely run the event." FMI: (207) 992-4490 or tracy.willette@bangormaine.gov.
Rockland (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) will be closed to the public through April 30, 2020. During the closure period, you can explore the many online resources, exhibitions and videos available 24/7, and get up to date info on what’s happening: cmcanow.org.
Belfast (Lunch for Kids)
The Game Loft is providing free grab-and-go lunches to any child from 12:00 noon to 2:00. Lunches will include a sandwich, fruit and vegetables. Children do not need to be Game Loft members to receive this service. The Game Loft is closed for regular programming, but while schools are closed due to the current covid-19 precautions, free lunches will be served to all children who come to the 78A Main Street, Belfast location. Meal are free for the kids, but your financial support is appreciated. At this time the Game Loft cannot accept community donations of food but financial contributions can be made through the website, thegameloft.org, or by sending a check to The Game Loft, 78A Main Street, Belfast, ME 04915. Please put on the memo line: Feed the hungry. FMI: thegameloft.org.
Unity (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners (MOFGA) offices in Unity are closed to the public, and staff are working remotely until further notice. MOFGA events through April 1st are postponed or canceled. To keep up to date or for more info: mofga.org.
Bar Harbor (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  The Jesup Library in Bar Harbor is currently closed to the public. Fees and overdues are waived at this time. Please keep your items at home until the Library reopens.  On-line services including the Maine Downloadable Library through CloudLibrary and access to the databases through the Digital Maine Library remain available. For links: jesuplibrary.org. The public wifi is still on and there is no password to access it. If there is any problem with your library card or if you would like to sign up for a library card during this time contact Laura at ledwards@jesuplibrary.org. Reference services are available by phone at 207-288-4245 or by email at info@jesuplibrary.org. The library will open as soon as it is safe to do so.
Bucksport (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  The Alamo Theatre in Bucksport is closed until further notice. Visitors and customers are not allowed into the building including the Archives. Please call ahead if you have business to conduct. FMI: Facebook, 469-0924, oldfilm.org.  
Bangor (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  The Challenger Learning Center of Maine in Bangor is currently closed to visitors. All public programs and k-12 field trips have been cancelled through April 24, 2020. Check the website regularly for updates on our normal operations status. FMI, questions or concerns: contact@astronaut.org, 990-2900, or astronaut.org.
Bangor (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED  The Bangor Public Library is closed to the public at least through Friday, May 15, 2020. All due dates will be extended til then, no overdue charges. Any change to those plans will be posted on the website,  social media, and on the atrium entrance to the Library. FMI: bangorpubliclibrary.org.
Blue Hill (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED  Peninsula Free Health Clinic in Blue Hill regretfully announces that the clinic will be closed at least through April due to staff and equipment shortages for handling infectious disease patients. For updates, please see the web site at peninsulafreehealth.org or on Facebook at Peninsula Free Health.
Camden (now ONLINE)
Now ONLINE  The Camden Library Chess Club will hold online matches Fridays, 4:00 – 6:00. Members may also challenge other members at any time. Join the club online at lichess.org under the community section, or use the link lichess.org/team/camden-chess-club. For help or more info: Evan Annis: camdenchessclub@gmail.com. to contact the Library: 236-3440 or librarycamden.org.
Camden (now on FACEBOOK)
Now on FACEBOOK, Explorations: Read-Aloud Group for Adults. Sometimes it’s nice to just sit back and listen to a story. Every Friday Julie will read-aloud selections from a variety of fascinating books, fiction and non-fiction, on Facebook. FMI: librarycamden.org.  

Sat, April 18th

Rockland (UPDATE)
Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber Member Updates (as of 3/30/20) Blue Hill Co-op- Store hours have been reduced effective Wednesday, March 18th. The new hours are Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm. The coop provides gloves in their entrance for shoppers who would like them. In addition to our Café Curbside Pickup we are also offering a new Remote Basket program. Fill out a quick form on our website, give us your shopping list, and we’ll shop for you. Pay over the phone and pick up at the curb. Find out more at www.bluehill.coop/remote-basket. The Coop is also regularly updating their customers via their Facebook and Website pages or by calling 374-2165. Lambert Coffin, Attorneys- While their office is closed to public traffic due to COVID-19, they are available by phone and e-mail, with all employees working remotely. Email Amy at avisentin@lambertcoffin.com or call direct to 374-4460. Documents may be left in the dropbox next to their office door inside the building. For updates please visit the Lambert Coffin website: https://www.lambertcoffin.com/ Mainescape- Mainescape is open wed - Sat for phone orders and outside  pickup only. Pet food, Bird seed, seeds, soils and supplies, houseplants, etc. Pansies and primroses and spring flowering bulbs are coming next week to help lift peoples’ spirits! Blue Hill Heritage Trust- Free Trail Guides are still available outside of our office in a tote, as well as outside the Compass Rose Bookstore in the Book Boat, and Island Heritage Trust's Office. We would like to share Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife's recomendations for how to practice safe Social Distancing while enjoying the outdoors in public spaces. Tradewinds - New store hours starting April 5th: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm, with 7:00 – 8:00 am for 55+ only. Sandy’s Blue Hill Café – Thursday – Monday, 8:00 – 2:00. Curbside take-out for breakfast & lunch, frozen prepared meals and coffee/expresso drinks. Infection-control protocols are in effect. Castine Historical Society: Castine House and Garden Tour rescheduled to July 2021. Broadband Survey- Mission Broadband has offered a quick survey to collect data on some of the impacts of this current COVID-19 is having on all aspects of our broadband network.  They put together a survey to try to capture the end users perspective that might help guide efforts to improve broadband across the state.   The survey focuses on a few key items during this crisis, the influx of at home usages from families staying at home.  Its designed to highlight the gaps in coverage, inadequate coverage and social-economic factors. Please take a moment to fill out the survey, and then please share it widely in your virtual networks.   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ME_SD_BB_Impact
Rockland (Educational Resource)
Chewonki: Nature-Based Education Resources for Families at Home. Continue (or start!) your child's nature-based education at home with our new Chewonki at Home resource page. Find lessons, activities, and links to daily living streaming events with our wildlife educators, outdoor educators, and farm team... Get all the info at chewonki.org.
Rockland (now on FACEBOOK, now on YOUTUBE)
Now on FACEBOOK and YOUTUBE - Camden Library's Miss Amy’s Story Times and Crafts. Story times will be posted every weekday morning and craft ideas every weekday afternoon to help keep little minds and hands engaged. For more info and a list of all the videos currently available go to librarycamden.org. Questions? 236-3440 or librarycamden.org.
Brooklin (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED     Friend Memorial Public Library Building in Brooklinis closed to the public until at least May 1. Reevaluating then based on Governor's recommendations. The eCollection is available for free use. If you need a free library card to use our eBook and eAudio collection just call or email. We will be checking our email and voice mail regularly.  207-359-2276, annmargaret@friend.lib.me.us, or friend.lib.me.us.
Bar Harbor (CANCELLED)
CANCELED   The Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor has canceled the upcoming Abbe Museum Indian Market (AMIM), scheduled for May 15-17, 2020. This annual event will return the weekend of May 14 - 16, 2021. The Abbe Museum is formulating ways to support Native artists during this time and will have further announcements forthcoming on their website and social media pages. You can also find resources to help artists through the National Endowment for the Arts and state/regional arts organizations. FMI: abbemuseum.org.
Rockland (NOTICE)
Bangor Issues Emergency Regulation with Prohibitions on Businesses March 22, 2020   In response to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, the City of Bangor has issued updated emergency regulation with prohibitions on businesses. The regulation states that no auditorium, stadium, arena, large conference room, meeting hall, theater, gymnasium, fitness center, private club, movie theater, museum, dance club, music venue, adult entertainment facility, casino, gymnasium, fitness center, yoga studio, or indoor cycling studio is allowed to be open while the city's state of emergency remains in effect. Bars, restaurants, and dine-in facilities must also remain closed to dine-in traffic, but can continue to operate in delivery or "take-out" fashion as long as customers do not enter the business, and transfers of food or other product takes place outside the business. In addition, no other establishment of any kind that sells or provides goods or services are allowed to remain open during the state of emergency, except for establishments that provide necessary goods and services. A complete list of these businesses is available in the emergency regulation. For more information, read the official emergency regulation at bangormaine.gov.
Rockland (UPDATE)
Maine Farmers' Markets: The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry understands that during this Covid-19 Pandemic, producers and consumers alike want to know where to access fresh, safe foods. Given the recent exemption by Governor Janet Mills of businesses that provide essential services including agriculture and groceries from the statewide prohibition on gatherings of more than 10 people, the Department advises farmers’ markets to determine on a case-by-case basis whether to remain open. The Department recognizes that an outdoor farmers’ market or a wellspaced indoor market both involve a larger physical footprint allowing for a broader degree of interaction than a typical public gathering. The Department recognizes that farmers’ markets are important food sources for many Mainers, including those living in rural areas and those using federal food benefits. For those markets that opt to remain open, we strongly urge taking steps to facilitate social distancing, providing hand sanitizer/washing stations for shoppers and vendors, and cease all food sampling. In this rapidly evolving situation, farmers’ market members should stay alert for emerging guidance from the Maine CDC. To the extent that farmers’ markets remain open, we caution everyone involved to practice excellent personal hygiene and to stay home if unwell. For up-to-date info on specific Markets and more info: The Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets at mffm.org, 207-370-1524 or director@mffm.org.
Rockland (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
Community Law Foundation offices are closed and staff is working remotely. All in-person events are cancelled through the end of April. Stay tuned for more information on program updates, virtual gatherings, and events. For the latest info: clf.org.
Blue Hill (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
Blue Hill Public Library will be closed until further notice. The decision to reopen will be reassessed as new information and recommendations become available.
  • The bookdrop will remain open for the duration—returns will always be accepted. If you have an oversized item not suitable for the bookdrop, call ahead and staff will meet you at the door.
  • All current due dates for library materials will be extended and no overdue fines will be assessed during this time period.
  • Has your library card lapsed or have you not yet gotten one? Normally you need to sign up in person, but for the duration of this closure, to provide access to digital materials, local year-round and part-time residents can sign up by phone.
  • Our staff will still be working and will be here to help in any ways we can. Please keep in mind that you can still call or e-mail us with your reference questions. Also, digital services (e-books, e-audiobooks, etc.) remain available from our website. The library’s WiFi will also remain available on the exterior 24/7. To contact the Blue Hill Public Library: 374-5515 or bhpl.net.
Rockland (CANCELLED)
CANCELLED   The 54th Annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race, which was originally scheduled for April 18, 2020. "It's a difficult event to postpone and reschedule since the water level in the stream continually drops throughout the spring, along with the resources needed to safely run the event." FMI: (207) 992-4490 or tracy.willette@bangormaine.gov.
Rockland (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) will be closed to the public through April 30, 2020. During the closure period, you can explore the many online resources, exhibitions and videos available 24/7, and get up to date info on what’s happening: cmcanow.org.
Belfast (Lunch for Kids)
The Game Loft is providing free grab-and-go lunches to any child from 12:00 noon to 2:00. Lunches will include a sandwich, fruit and vegetables. Children do not need to be Game Loft members to receive this service. The Game Loft is closed for regular programming, but while schools are closed due to the current covid-19 precautions, free lunches will be served to all children who come to the 78A Main Street, Belfast location. Meal are free for the kids, but your financial support is appreciated. At this time the Game Loft cannot accept community donations of food but financial contributions can be made through the website, thegameloft.org, or by sending a check to The Game Loft, 78A Main Street, Belfast, ME 04915. Please put on the memo line: Feed the hungry. FMI: thegameloft.org.
Unity (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners (MOFGA) offices in Unity are closed to the public, and staff are working remotely until further notice. MOFGA events through April 1st are postponed or canceled. To keep up to date or for more info: mofga.org.
Bar Harbor (TEMPOARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  The Jesup Library in Bar Harbor is currently closed to the public. Fees and overdues are waived at this time. Please keep your items at home until the Library reopens.  On-line services including the Maine Downloadable Library through CloudLibrary and access to the databases through the Digital Maine Library remain available. For links: jesuplibrary.org. The public wifi is still on and there is no password to access it. If there is any problem with your library card or if you would like to sign up for a library card during this time contact Laura at ledwards@jesuplibrary.org. Reference services are available by phone at 207-288-4245 or by email at info@jesuplibrary.org. The library will open as soon as it is safe to do so.
Bucksport (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  The Alamo Theatre in Bucksport is closed until further notice. Visitors and customers are not allowed into the building including the Archives. Please call ahead if you have business to conduct. FMI: Facebook, 469-0924, oldfilm.org.  
Bangor (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPOARILY CLOSED  The Challenger Learning Center of Maine in Bangor is currently closed to visitors. All public programs and k-12 field trips have been cancelled through April 24, 2020. Check the website regularly for updates on our normal operations status. FMI, questions or concerns: contact@astronaut.org, 990-2900, or astronaut.org.
Bangor (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED  The Bangor Public Library is closed to the public at least through Friday, May 15, 2020. All due dates will be extended til then, no overdue charges. Any change to those plans will be posted on the website,  social media, and on the atrium entrance to the Library. FMI: bangorpubliclibrary.org.
Blue Hill (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED  Peninsula Free Health Clinic in Blue Hill regretfully announces that the clinic will be closed at least through April due to staff and equipment shortages for handling infectious disease patients. For updates, please see the web site at peninsulafreehealth.org or on Facebook at Peninsula Free Health.
Trenton (CANCELLED)
CANCELED    The Trenton Grange Hall hosts Family-Fun Contradances every month. Join our welcoming community of dancers, the people are friendly and everyone gets to dance.  The third Saturday of the month, 7:00 – 11:00, Trenton Grange Hall, at the intersection of State Route 3 and State Route 230, Trenton. FMI: 667-0260.
Brooks (CANCELLED)
CANCELED   Traditional Irish Music and Song Session: Come to play, come to sing, or come to listen! Saturdays, 2:00 – 5:00, at the Marsh River Coop at the corner of Routes 7 and 179 in Brooks. FMI: 323-5042.