A variety of events that had been scheduled for upcoming weeks have been canceled or postponed. Information about how to find out about future events or postponement dates is included when it’s been provided to us.
Some town and city governments have also closed their offices, and those are listed as they’re provided to us.
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AARP Foundation Tax-Aide has suspended tax preparation services at all sites until further notice. The program’s website, www.aarpfoundation.org/taxaide and toll-free number 1-888-227-7669, are the best resources for information and updates regarding changes in service availability. Tax-Aide will continue to assess whether some or all sites can re-open during this tax season as regularly scheduled, or during a longer tax season if it is extended.
The Womans’ Literary Union Prom Gown Giveaway scheduled for March 21 and 22 has been postponed. The WLU will reschedule the Prom Gown Giveaway as soon as practical. Until then, Prom gowns can still be donated by calling Kathy Lawrence at 207-795-6134.
CMCC has cancelled the Spring Open House scheduled for April 4.
First Congregational Church of Bridgton has canceled all in-person church-run events and programs, including Jeanette’s Closet, until further notice. External groups that use space in our building for meetings are making their own decisions as to whether to meet. Contact group leaders for information on any cancellations.
The church is using technology to stay connected to each other and the community, including offering worship services streaming online. All are welcome to join from the comfort of their homes and computer screens at 10 a.m. on Sunday. Visit www.bridgtonucc.org/remote-worship/. Remote worship is being hosted via Facebook Live, which can be accessed from our Facebook page @firstcongregationalchurchbridgtonucc. Email the church at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
The Carrabassett Valley Public Library & Community Center will be closed to the public until further notice. Weather permittin, there will be a box or cart outside with books from the used book, and everyone’s welcome to help themselves. WiFi will still be available 24/7.
Town buildings are closed to the public until further notice, including the Town Offices, Durham Fire Station, Eureka Community Center, and the Public Works building. Residents are urged to use online services on the Durham website to conduct town business. Those who can’t access online services contact town staff at Town Office, 207-353-2561; Code Enforcement Officer, 207-376-6558; Fire Department, 207-353-2473; Roads Commissioner, 207-844-1774.
The town is also seeking volunteers for its Neighbor Check Program
Durham is also seeking community members interested in volunteering to help their neighbors during this challenging time. If you would like to volunteer to check on your neighbors or assist in other ways, or if you need help, please contact the Town Office during regular hours.
The Durham Select Board and town staff will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will disseminate information as it develops. Information will be posted on the Durham website nd in the weekly News Blast. The Durham Fire and Rescue Department is still fully functional and taking steps to ensure we continue to provide a rapid and safe response for emergency services requests.- As with all other public buildings Durham, the building is closed to the public. Call the station at 207-353-2473 for non-emergency questions or concerns. Those who require a burn permit, visit wardensreport.com.
The University of Maine Farmington has closed campus buildings to the public. UMF faculty, staff, and students who have key or key-card access to campus buildings will continue to be able to enter, with the exception of Mantor Library, which is closed to all visitors.
For the latest University of Maine System updates that affect students, faculty and staff at all seven UMS campuses, visit the UMS health advisory website.
Franklin Memorial Hospital has implemented temporary visitor restrictions. New guidelines are:
* Visiting hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
* Limit of one visitor per patient for both inpatient and outpatient care. This includes all hospital, ambulatory, clinic appointments, and emergency department visits.
* No visitor under the age of 18 is permitted because children can carry COVID-19 without showing symptoms.
* Care teams will make exceptions for end of life care and will allow two parents or guardians for a pediatric patient.
* The main entrance will serve as the single point of entry at the hospital.
The Jay Town Office is closed to the public. Staff will be present to answer phones and assist residents. Call the Town Office at 207-897-6785 or via email – for addresses visit the town website at www.jay-maine.org or message on the town Facebook page. There will be a drop box in front of the Town Office during business hours, and town officials will work with residents to try to continue to meet their needs.
All other municipal buildings will also be closed to the public .including the Police Department, 207-897-6766; Public Works Garage, 207-897-4920; Transfer Station, 207-897-5552. The Transfer Station will remain open, but town officials are encouraging residents to use curbside pickup rather than the Transfer Station. Single sort recycling will not be accepted at the Transfer Station. Recyclable material should be put out for curbside pickup. The Share Shack will be closed until further notice. Transfer Station employees will not be assisting residents with removing material from their vehicles and will be actively engaging in social distancing.
The Jay-Niles Memorial Library will be closed and is awaiting guidance from the Maine State Library on the handling of materials All fines will be waived and the book drop will be available.
Lewiston Public Library will be closed until April 6, when the situation will be re-evaluated. Any items borrowed from the library should be retained and not returned. Fines will be waived while the library is closed. Inter-library loan has been suspended statewide. Staff are available by phone or email 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to answer questions and help patrons access digital services.
Visit LibraryLA.org to access free services, including:
* Ebooks/E-Audiobooks through Maine’s Download Library
* Language Learning using Mango Languages or Pronunciator
* Tutorials and practice tests for high school and college, career training, and popular computer software such as Excel or Illustrator
* Research databases to support at-home learning for all ages * Streaming films for the entire family through Kanopy.
SeniorsPlus, Western Maine’s designated Area Agency on Aging, will temporarily keep its offices open by appointment only and will no longer make or hold appointments requiring face-to-face interaction with clients. Staff will continue to be available electronically and telephonically.
Programs halted temporarily include social dining; education classes, including Healthy Living for ME workshops; The Fill the Plate Breakfast to benefit Meals on Wheels, which will likely be held in the f
Meals on Wheels will continue with modifications. Clients of Meals on Wheels will be informed of the modifications.
SeniorsPlus will continually re-evaluate the situation as information develops. Visit www.seniorsplus.org for updates as well as its official Facebook and Twitter pages.
The bean supper scheduled for March 28 at New Sharon United Methodist Church is canceled.
The Big Pine Gun Club 12th Annual Knife and Gun Show, scheduled for April 4 and 5 has been canceled.
The Town Office is closed to the public. Visit parismaine.org for online resources and more information.