Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry: Bureau of Parks and Lands Announces New Outdoor Recreation Investments Map

Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry: Bureau of Parks and Lands Announces New Outdoor Recreation Investments Map. “The map highlights investments in outdoor recreation such as trails, parks, and other projects. 870 [Land and Water Conservation Fund]-assisted outdoor recreation projects included on the map are safeguarded for everyone to enjoy perpetually.”

New-to-me: Northeast Slavery Records Index

New-to-me: the Northeast Slavery Records Index. From the front page: “The Northeast Slavery Records Index (NESRI) is an online searchable compilation of records that identify individual enslaved persons and enslavers in the states of New York, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New Jersey. NESRI indexes census records, slave trade transactions, cemetery records, birth certifications, manumissions, ship inventories, newspaper accounts, private narratives, legal documents and many other sources.”

State of Maine: Maine DHHS Launches Online Resource for Families and Pilots New Tool for Mandated Reporters During Child Abuse Prevention Month

State of Maine: Maine DHHS Launches Online Resource for Families and Pilots New Tool for Mandated Reporters During Child Abuse Prevention Month. “Ensuring that parents and caregivers have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need helps promote the social and emotional well-being of children and prevent child maltreatment within families and communities…. To that end, the DHHS Office of Child and Family Services partnered with other Department Offices and state agencies to develop and launch this month Access Maine, an online guide of programs and resources tailored for families to connect them to services and resources. Access Maine includes information about meeting basic needs, such as nutrition and child care, as well as domestic violence support, mental health and substance use resources, and other programs, complementing Maine’s 211 directory.”

Spectrum Local News: Hard-to-trace social media accounts stir up online debate about Maine energy politics

Spectrum Local News: Hard-to-trace social media accounts stir up online debate about Maine energy politics. “A strange phenomenon can be seen in the replies to almost any social media post about the campaign to replace Maine’s investor-owned electric utilities with a consumer-owned nonprofit. In Twitter threads, Facebook pages and comments on local news articles, a group of at least six self-styled ‘real Mainers’ — their profile pictures showing dogs or lighthouses, with bios such as, ‘Just a girl from Maine!’ or ‘Not from away’ — first appeared online in January and have posted almost exclusively about an early-stage energy policy debate that many might find obscure.”

Penobscot Bay Pilot: New website for affordable, nutritious recipes

Penobscot Bay Pilot: New website for affordable, nutritious recipes. “Good Shepherd Food Bank, Maine’s largest hunger relief organization, is launching… a one-stop online resource to find simple, nutritious, and easy-to-make recipes using everyday ingredients. Created by the Food Bank’s Nutrition and Education team, the site allows users to search through hundreds of recipes to see what they can make with items in their pantries, cupboards and refrigerators. Many of the recipes include ingredients distributed by the Food Bank’s network of over 500 partner agencies.”

WMTW: A new app will help you plan your next snowmobile trip in Maine

WMTW: A new app will help you plan your next snowmobile trip in Maine. “Maine has more than 14,000 miles of groomed snowmobile trails and now there is a new app to help you plan your next trip out on your sled. The SledTRX app has updated trail maps for the entire state along with listings of points of interest like gas stations, restaurants, lodging and sled shops. It is launching for iOS in the app store soon.”

Maine Public Radio: Ellsworth doctor faces license suspension over COVID misinformation allegations

Maine Public Radio: Ellsworth doctor faces license suspension over COVID misinformation allegations . “During a virtual meeting, Maine’s Board of Licensure in Medicine voted unanimously to conduct a further investigation into Dr. Meryl Nass of Ellsworth in response to at least two complaints that she was spreading misinformation about COVID-19. The board also voted to subpoena additional records from Nass and approved suspending her license for 30 days during the investigation, although it also gave the doctor another option.”

WABI: Maine CDC director says to focus on COVID hospitalization numbers

WABI: Maine CDC director says to focus on COVID hospitalization numbers. “Every day the Maine CDC releases loads of data and numbers to the public that help them track the severity of COVID-19 in our state. It is no surprise that some of these numbers are more important than others. This week Dr. Nirav Shah of the Maine CDC offered a little guidance to the public about what numbers they should put more focus on.”

Bangor Daily News: More local farmers relying on social media to help survive the pandemic

Bangor Daily News: More local farmers relying on social media to help survive the pandemic. “Maine farmers aren’t strangers to social media, but the pandemic made the need for a robust and responsive social media presence even clearer for many of them. Farming organizations over the past few years have offered more social media training, and Maine’s farmers have reaped the benefits.”

Central Maine: How Maine lost control of coronavirus and became a national hot spot

Central Maine: How Maine lost control of coronavirus and became a national hot spot. “Maine had the country’s fourth-highest number of new cases per capita over the past week – a daily average of 78 per 100,000 people – a rate more than double the national average. The state also had the second-fastest rate of change – an increase of 148 percent over 14 days – after Connecticut, according to a national tracking database of statistics from state and local health agencies maintained by The New York Times.”

Kennebec Journal: Some hospital workers raise alarms over lack of dedicated COVID-19 paid sick time

Kennebec Journal: Some hospital workers raise alarms over lack of dedicated COVID-19 paid sick time. “If workers get sick with COVID-19 and are unable to come into work, most state and many municipal and private-sector workers get paid COVID-19 sick time so they don’t have to use their regular sick time or vacation time for their time out of work. But some hospital workers in Maine are raising alarms that they are not getting such benefits even as they’re on the frontlines of the pandemic.”