Bangor Daily News: New tool allows parents to track coronavirus at Maine schools

Bangor Daily News: New tool allows parents to track coronavirus at Maine schools. “Designed to help parents track the coronavirus, the dashboard lists private and public schools that have less than five cases of COVID-19. For schools with more than five, it keeps count of the number of cases, also listing schools associated with outbreaks, Maine Department of Education officials said Tuesday.”

News Center Maine: 400+ Baileyville mill workers tested for COVID-19 after cases found among out-of-state contractors

News Center Maine: 400+ Baileyville mill workers tested for COVID-19 after cases found among out-of-state contractors . “More than 400 employees at the Woodland Pulp mill in Baileyville are being tested for COVID-19 after at least seven out-of-state contractors tested positive for the virus. Mill officials were notified of the positive cases Tuesday after the workers from a New York company were among at least 600 subcontractors brought in for routine maintenance to the facility last week.”

SeaCoastOnline: UMaine marine geologist archives change in Maine landscapes

SeaCoastOnline: UMaine marine geologist archives change in Maine landscapes. “Every year since 1982, Joseph Kelley captured photos of the fastest deteriorating portion of Maine’s coast, located in Camp Ellis, for use in his work as a state marine geologist, and research and teaching at the University of Maine. Later this fall, the public will have the opportunity to view decades of geologic transformation captured in the images taken of the Saco-area shoreline, as well as thousands of others depicting dramatic changes in Maine’s coastal vistas.”

News Center Maine: Maine Dept. of Education launches online learning platform ‘MOOSE’ for teachers, students, and families

News Center Maine: Maine Dept. of Education launches online learning platform ‘MOOSE’ for teachers, students, and families. “MOOSE features an online library of asynchronous, interdisciplinary, project-based modules aligned to the Maine Learning Results for grades PK-12. Over the summer, more than 200 Maine educators from across the state developed nearly 100 modules to populate the first quarter of content.” It’s not geo-restricted; I wandered around and looked at modules for a few minutes.

Bangor Daily News: All Maine schools get the green light to reopen full time

Bangor Daily News: All Maine schools get the green light to reopen full time. “School districts in all of Maine’s 16 counties have the green light to reopen full time for all students, based on new information from the state. But state education officials expect most districts to combine in-person with remote learning when they reopen this fall.”

New York Times: For Maine Lobstermen, a Perfect Storm Threatens the Summer Season

New York Times: For Maine Lobstermen, a Perfect Storm Threatens the Summer Season. “With the Fourth of July holiday around the corner, Mr. [Mike] Hutchings and his fellow lobstermen were supposed to be gearing up for a major payday as out-of-staters, cruise ships, warmer weather and bounties of lobsters, having just molted their shells and been lured into the thousands of traps anchored on the rocky bottom of Maine’s coastal waters, came together in a seasonal windfall. But like many businesses across the country, the Maine lobster industry, which makes up the bulk of the fishing revenue the state brings in every year, is being battered by the coronavirus, which has crushed the tourism trade that Mr. Hutchings and his fellow fishermen rely on for a living.”

State of Maine: Maine State Archives offers grants for preservation of archival collections

State of Maine: Maine State Archives offers grants for preservation of archival collections. “Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap and the Maine State Archives today launched the New Century Community Grant Program for the preservation of archival collections. This grant program will provide resources for collecting institutions throughout Maine to care for and improve access to their archival collections. Funding for the grant program comes from the Maine State Cultural Affairs Council and the Maine State Archives.”

News Center Maine: New website helps Mainers support minority-owned businesses

News Center Maine: New website helps Mainers support minority-owned businesses. “One way people can show support for the movement for equality is to support Maine’s diverse business owners. To help you find those businesses there’s a new website called Black Owned Maine. The site already includes a wide variety of businesses, from barbershops and beauty salons to law offices.”

BDN Politics: Advocates want Maine to form task force combating racial disparity in virus cases

BDN Politics: Advocates want Maine to form task force combating racial disparity in virus cases. “Black Mainers accounted for 20 percent of the cases in which racial data is disclosed as of Wednesday’s data from the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, while they represent only 1.6 percent of the state’s population, in an increase from the past week. White Mainers make up 75 percent of cases while comprising 94.6 percent of the population.”

Bangor Daily News: New campaign helps Maine residents plan local outdoor adventures this summer

Bangor Daily News: New campaign helps Maine residents plan local outdoor adventures this summer. “The new website… offers listings of local guides, public lands and camping options, as well as discounts on guided trips, rentals and outdoor gear, featuring local businesses that have committed to COVID-19 prevention checklists. The website also provides updated tips and resources for safely exploring the Maine outdoors.”

WABI (Maine): New website aims to help teachers and families find online learning resources

WABI (Maine): New website aims to help teachers and families find online learning resources. “Rural Aspirations Project held a launch party Thursday afternoon for their new site ‘Community Learning For ME.’ It’s designed to help teachers, parents, and organizations find resources for online learning. It can suit the needs of Pre-K through grade 12.”

Penobscot Bay Pilot: New website launched supporting teachers, families in community-based learning

Penobscot Bay Pilot: New website launched supporting teachers, families in community-based learning. “Rural Aspirations, in collaboration with many other cross-sector organizations, has developed a tool for teachers and families to support and highlight community-based learning opportunities in Maine.”

State of Maine: Governor Mills Launches New Online Resource Outlining Ways Mainers Can Help Mainers During COVID-19 Pandemic

State of Maine: Governor Mills Launches New Online Resource Outlining Ways Mainers Can Help Mainers During COVID-19 Pandemic. “In response to the extraordinary generosity of Maine people, businesses, and organizations looking to help during these challenging times, Governor Janet Mills today launched a new online resource, coronavirus.maine.gov/mainehelps, to outline ways in which Maine people can support efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.”

UMaine News: New online Maine farm products and pick-up directory available

UMaine News: New online Maine farm products and pick-up directory available. “A new online Maine farm product and pick-up directory is now available. The directory provides information on available local farm products and alternative pick-up options developed by farmers statewide to accommodate the recommended social distancing in light of COVID-19.”