Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Maine Delegation, Governor Mills Announce Lifeline for Maine’s Lobster Industry Secured in Government Funding Package

The regulatory pause was authored by Sens. Collins, King and Reps. Pingree, Golden and supported by Governor Mills

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King, Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden, and Governor Janet Mills announced that they were successful in securing a regulatory pause for Maine’s lobster industry in the omnibus appropriations bill that is expected to pass the Senate and House this week.

“Maine’s lobstermen and women have long demonstrated their commitment to maintaining and protecting a sustainable fishery in the Gulf of Maine. They have invested in countless precautionary measures to protect right whales, including removing more than 30,000 miles of

Mike O’Neill, CEO of MedicaSoft has been chosen as a winner of the “Healthcare Leader of the Year Awards 2022”

Mike O'Neill of MedicaSoft wins Healthcare Leader of the Year Award 2022

Mike O'Neill of MedicaSoft wins Healthcare Leader of the Year Award 2022

The American College of Healthcare Trustees awards Mike O’Neill as the "2022 Healthcare Board Leader"

“Providing security to patient records is a concern for medical professionals and patients alike, Mr. O’Neill’s work with MedicaSoft is improving the data transfer,” said Dr. Levien, President and CEO”
— “Healthcare belongs to all of us.”

HOULTON, MAINE, UNITED STATES, December 20, 2022 / -- This week, the American College of Healthcare Trustees (ACHT) went through submissions to their annual Healthcare Leader of the Year Award series in the categories of Inventor, Physician Leader, Healthcare Board Leader, Healthcare Executive Leader, Patient Advocate, and Program Director.

Mike O’Neill, CEO of MedicaSoft has

Monday, December 19, 2022

D&J Mechanical, LLC Expands Heat Pump Installation Service to Rockwood, Kokadjo, and Lily Bay

Dover-Foxcroft Heat Pump Installation Company Logo

Dover-Foxcroft Heat Pump Installation Company Logo

D&J Mechanical, LLC Company Truck for Heat Pump Services

D&J Mechanical, LLC Company Truck for Heat Pump Services

D&J Mechanical, LLC Company Trailer for Heat Pump Services

D&J Mechanical, LLC Company Trailer for Heat Pump Services

Efficiency Maine Residential Registered Vendor: D&J Mechanical, LLC

Efficiency Maine Residential Registered Vendor: D&J Mechanical, LLC

Homeowners and business owners in Rockwood, Kokadjo, and Lily Bay, Maine can rely on D&J Mechanical, LLC for trusted heat pump installation services.

We're proud to bring our heat pump installation service to Rockwood, Kokadjo, and Lily Bay. We only deal with the very best equipment, including Mitsubishi mini-splits.”
— Dan Hartford

ROCKWOOD, MAINE, UNITED STATES, December 19, 2022 / -- Respected local company D&J Mechanical, LLC announces the expansion of its heat pump installation service to towns near Greenville, Maine including

Friday, December 16, 2022

Governor Mills Thanks Senate President Jackson, Speaker Talbot Ross for Work to Advance Emergency Energy Relief Plan

As Legislature considers energy relief, Governor takes executive action to deliver heating aid to low-income, older Maine people 

Governor Janet Mills issued the following statement in response to Senate President Troy Jackson and House Speaker Rachel Talbot Ross temporarily appointing an Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee for the

Strategies for the Snowy Season

lynx in snow

How do you plan to spend the winter? Will you hunker down with some hot cocoa by the woodstove, get outside for some active snowy adventures, or head south until the warmth of spring returns?

Just like people, wildlife uses several strategies to make it through the cold

See a bird, report a bird! It's that easy

Northern Cardinal

Any bird observed in Maine between December 14, 2022 and March 15, 2023, will help us complete the five-year Maine Bird Atlas project.

You don’t need to be a birding expert to provide valuable observations to this citizen science project. Every bird sighting helps, even the birds in your backyard or at your feeder. 


Sharing your sightings is easy!

Step 1: Go outside OR watch for birds in your yard from the comfort of your home

Step 2: Take note of:

  • What species you see
  • When (day and estimate of time)
  • Where you see it


  • How many individuals of a species you see at any one time

Step 3: Create an account at

Step 4: Log into your account at and click “Submit.” Follow the prompts to enter your observations.

It’s that easy!  Thank you for sharing your sighting and participating in this project to help guide Maine's future bird conservation efforts.


MaineDOT Enhances Efforts to Recruit More Snowfighters

AUGUSTA - The Maine Department of Transportation is enhancing its efforts to hire more snowfighters as the height of the winter season approaches.

The department will be increasing hiring ads on social media in the coming weeks and months in an effort to improve staffing levels. This is in addition to increased pay stipends, competitive benefits, and on-the-job training that

Inauguration of Governor Janet T. Mills to Occur on Wednesday, January 4, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. in Augusta

Inaugural Celebration to be held on Thursday, January 5, 2023

The Inauguration of Governor Janet T. Mills will take place on Wednesday, January 4, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. at the Augusta Civic Center in Augusta.

The Maine Constitution prescribes that the inauguration of the governor occurs

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Governor Mills Recognizes 2022 Recipients of the Governor’s Award for Business Excellence

December 12, 2022

During a ceremony held today at The Blaine House, Governor Janet Mills presented four Maine businesses with her Governor’s Award for Business Excellence.

Since 1991, the annual award has recognized and celebrated Maine businesses with a high level of commitment to their community and employees, as well as exemplary performance in the manufacturing or service profession.

“This year’s award recipients are creating innovative new technologies, strengthening our rural communities, creating new opportunities in our heritage industries, and helping

Literary Titan Award Winning Sci-FI Author & Rising Star J.S. Morang‘s New Book Release: The Atlantis Paradox (11.26.22)

Science fiction space opera book read

The Atlantis Paradox

Literary Titan Award Winner Jeremy Morang releases Vol.2 in the acclaimed science fiction/space opera series The Guardian War Chronicles: The Atlantis Paradox.

I knew when I was quite young, seven…eight years old…I wanted to write in some capacity. I want to write books. I want to create something from literally, nothing. Manifesting thought into existence.”
— Jeremy Morang

RANDOLPH, MAINE, USA, December 12, 2022 / -- When Amanda Fielder encountered Charre RaeAsha, the Truckstop One mystic, she never could have believed she’d become responsible for the future of the known universe. Forced to abide by the Oracle vision, she’ll make decisions which she believes is for the greater good and the survival of the human race.

“The timeline is broken, and it needs to

Two Maine Students Selected for United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP)

The Maine Department of Education (DOE) is pleased to announce that Natalie Emmerson, a student at Morse High School, in Bath, and Shawn Jiminez, a student at Gardiner Area High School, in Gardiner, were both selected for the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP). They will each be attending USSYP’s Washington Week in Washington, D.C. during

Governor Mills Announces $2.25 Million Investment to Strengthen Health Care Workforce in Rural Communities

Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan initiative – matched with other Federal funding – will expand training and career opportunities for doctors, nurses, social workers, and other health professionals

Governor Janet Mills announced today the award of $2.25 million to strengthen Maine’s health care workforce by expanding training opportunities for health care professionals in rural communities and establishing a new system to match people to those opportunities. 

“Rural Maine is my home. I care deeply about the people who live there, and I

Blue Marble Geographics, Developers of the Geographic Calculator, Joins The Open Group OSDU™ Forum

Geographic Calculator® is a powerful geodetic software for accurate coordinate conversion, datum transformation, and file translation.

We’re pleased to join The Open Group OSDU Forum and look forward to making our staff and software even more available to the energy industry through this collaboration.”
— Patrick Cunningham, CEO of Blue Marble Geographics

HALLOWELL, ME, UNITED STATES, December 13, 2022 / -- Blue Marble Geographics® ( is pleased to announce that it has officially joined The Open Group OSDU Forum.

The Open Group ( is leading the development of open, vendor-neutral technology standards and certifications. The OSDU Forum focuses on

Thursday, September 1, 2022

Mills Administration Announces 2022 Specialty Crop Block Grants Program Funding

Augusta, ME - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has announced nearly $560,000 in the Fiscal Year 2022 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) funding to Maine. This USDA grant will help the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry (DACF) fund projects ranging from managing soilborne diseases in potato production through integrated soil improvement to drought stress management for wild blueberry growers.

Augusta, ME - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA)

Governor Mills Celebrates Grand Opening of Newly Converted LP Houlton Mill in New Limerick

$150 million investment already resulting in the manufacture of new siding that will increase company’s consumption of local, sustainably sourced fiber

New Limerick, MAINE – Governor Janet Mills today attended a celebration marking the grand opening of the newly converted LP Building Solutions facility in New Limerick.

LP Houlton recently began manufacturing LP’s flagship siding and trim

‘A Tapestry of Small Moments:’ A Story of Success at the Blueberry Harvest School

In the low bush wild blueberry fields of Washington County, there is important work to be done in the month of August. Families come from throughout the state, the country, and the continent to harvest the blueberries that make their way to grocery store shelves and kitchen refrigerators throughout the country. Once the harvest is done, they pack up and move once again, across school administrative unit (SAU), and sometimes country lines. The Maine Migrant Education Program (MEP) partners with the nonprofit organization Mano

300 Grams of Meth Seized After Traffic Stop

Meth SeizedA traffic stop led to an arrest and more than 300 grams of Methamphetamine seized by Troopers.

On August 24, 2022, at approximately 7:15 P.M., Trooper Jordan Bragan conducted a traffic stop for an inspection violation at mile 175 northbound in Hermon.  After observing several indicators of criminal activity, Trooper Bragan went back to his cruiser and requested a K9 unit. The driver, 29-year-old Patrick Murico, of Lewiston, attempted to throw contraband out of the vehicle. Trooper Bragan witnessed the act and retrieved the contraband which was 300 grams of Methamphetamine.

As a result of this investigation, Murico was charged with class A Trafficking of Methamphetamine.  Murico was also charged with  Unlawful Possession of Schedule Drugs and Trafficking in Prison Contraband.

Under Law Signed by Governor Mills, Average Health Care Premiums for Maine Small Businesses to Drop for First Time Since At Least 2001

Maine successfully reverses trend of increasing health insurance premiums for many small businesses and reduces proposed increase in premiums in individual market as health insurers’ rates are finalized for 2023 plan year

Governor Janet Mills announced today that Maine small businesses will see their first annual average reduction in health insurance premiums since at least 2001.

According to final weighted average rates (PDF) filed by health insurance carriers and approved by the Maine Bureau of Insurance for the 2023 plan

Department of Public Safety raises awareness about new Law aimed to keep Mainers safe

A new law that took effect on August 8, 2022, will help Mainers safely secure their prescription drugs and firearms, and other dangerous weapons. The law which was passed unanimously sponsored by Senator Susan Deschambault, D-Biddeford, and co-sponsored by Representative Richard Pickett, (R) Dixfield establishes the Safe Homes Program. It will educate people on the importance of safe prescription drug and weapons storage. It will also make storage devices more affordable.

Maine has the second highest firearm mortality rate in New England. In

Governor Mills Announces Nearly $2 Million to Expand Substance Use Disorder Treatment in Rural Maine

Federal funding is part of a slate of actions from the Mills Administration this summer and fall to support Maine people with SUD through strengthened Opioid Health Homes, support for parents, and naloxone distribution

Governor Janet Mills announced today a new $1.9 million initiative to expand treatment of substance use disorder (SUD) in rural Maine. The funding can be used by behavioral health providers to invest in start-up costs, such as staff training and development, that will allow them to increase the number of patients they serve in rural areas of the state.

This new initiative complements State funding for renovation and capital