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ORONO Margaret Chase Smith Distinguished Maine Policy Fellow Rep. Ellie Espling will visit the University of Maine on Monday, Jan. 25.

Margaret Chase Smith Distinguished Maine Policy Fellows are prominent individuals with a past or current career as a policymaker in the state. The Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center brings its fellows to campus for a day to teach an undergraduate class, engage faculty about research and public policy, and meet with UMaine administration and graduate students.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016 15:05

2015-2016 Tax tips from the IRS

Written by Wire Reports

Every taxpayer has a set of fundamental rights. The 'Taxpayer Bill of Rights' takes the many existing rights in the tax code and groups them into 10 categories. You should be aware of these rights when you interact with the IRS.

Publication 1, 'Your Rights as a Taxpayer,' highlights a list of your rights and the agency's obligations to protect them. Here is a summary of the Taxpayer Bill of Rights:

1. The Right to Be Informed.

Taxpayers have the right to know what is required to comply with the tax laws. They are entitled to clear explanations of the laws and IRS procedures in all tax forms, instructions, publications, notices and correspondence. They have the right to know about IRS decisions affecting their accounts and clear explanations of the outcomes.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016 14:54

GreenJobs recruiters flock to Unity College

Written by Wire Reports

More than 70 groups will meet job seekers at New England's largest environmental career fair

UNITY More than 70 employers have signed up to recruit the next generation of environmental leaders at the Unity College Environmental Jobs Fair in February.

New England's largest environmental career fair is open to Unity College students and the general job-seeking public.

ORONO The University of Maine Career Center will host the 18th annual UMaine Career Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3 at the New Balance Student Recreation Center.

More than 120 employers from Maine and around the country with job and internship opportunities are expected to exhibit at the fair. Several graduate and professional schools, as well as branches of the military, also will be represented.

BUCKSPORT - Residents of Bucksport are invited to a Community Celebration on Feb. 3, 2016 at Northeast Historic Film's Alamo Theatre from 5 to 7 p.m. as part of the 'Making Headway in Your Community' community engagement process; a follow-up to the Movie Night held at the same location in the fall of 2014, featuring 'Reviving the Freedom Mill.' Community members have selected several projects to highlight, including Wednesday's on Main and Main Street, Wilson Hall, Bucksport Arts Festival and Heart and Soul. The public is invited to this free celebration. A light dinner will be served and a cash bar available.

As part of the evening's celebration, residents will also have the opportunity to discuss how they might continue to build on these successful projects to continue to create a strong future for Bucksport.

FARMINGTON Chris Brinegar, adjunct associate professor in the University of Maine at Farmington Division of Natural Sciences, has been invited to be the keynote speaker for the Biodiversity & Natural Products session of the International Conference on Biosciences and Biotechnology held in Kathmandu, Nepal, Feb. 4-6.

Brinegar's research specialty is plant phylogeography, the study of the geographic distribution of genetic lineages in plant populations. The genetic data resulting from this research can shed light on plant species evolution, assess biodiversity and help identify populations in need of conservation.

BANGOR - Chairman of the Board Tina Hewett-Gordon has announced the names of the industry professionals who will be honored with the Maine Restaurant Association's 2016 annual awards, along the names of industry notables was Bangor's own Geaghan family. Award winners are selected each year by the association's awards committee from nominations submitted by restaurant and allied industry members from across the state. The awardees will be celebrated at the association's Annual Awards Banquet at the end of the March.

In making the announcement Chairman Hewett-Gordon said, 'In Maine's highly-celebrated restaurant scene, it's so important that we, as an association, pause to recognize our own. This year's slate of awardees is reflective of the national and international praise that has only intensified over the past several years for our talented, diverse, innovative and successful foodservice professionals.'

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 09:46

Adjunct nominated for Pushcart Prize

Written by Tim Bissell

MACHIAS- University of Maine at Machias adjunct faculty member Penny Guisinger has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize for her piece "The Sound of Galton's Whistle," which appeared in The Rumpus in June 2015. Considered "the most honorary literary project in America," Pushcart Prizes have been awarded to the best of the worldwide small presses every year since 1976. Guisinger was nominated by Maine writer, and former Pushcart winner, Jennifer Lunden.

"It's really an honor," says Guisinger. "That piece took years to write and revise, and I'm so pleased that it's being recognized like this. It's especially wonderful to have the nomination come from Jennifer Lunden, whose work I respect so much."

Guisinger's essay is her reflection of loss - deeply personal loss on multiple levels - that is told in a straightforward, don't-pity-me fashion, with a distinctive Downeast flavor and piercing honesty. An excerpt illustrates part of her search for her two missing dogs: 'My voice, my sharp whistling, didn't seem to penetrate the forest at all. It seemed to hang up on thick barricade of Maine pine, all branches and needles. The trees were scraggly. White moss hung like untrimmed facial hair from dead branches. Those acres of wild were not about to cough up what I was missing no matter how much I clapped and whistled. It was as if I was using a silent dog whistle a Galton's whistle and nobody was there who could hear it.'

Guisinger lives and writes on the easternmost tip of Maine, and teaches Public Speaking at UMM. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Fourth Genre, River Teeth, Guernica, the Brevity blog, Solstice, Under the Gum Tree and others. Her first book, Postcards from Here, will be released by Vine Leaves Press in 2016. Her second book, "Shift," is in progress. Penny is the founding director of Iota: Short Prose Conference, and a graduate of the Stonecoast MFA Program.

Winners of the prize will be announced in 2016 and included in the annual Pushcart Prize Anthology.

FORT KENT -- The University of Maine at Fort Kent affirmed recently that it continues to purchase energy from Daigle Oil Company, a Maine-based vendor headquartered in Fort Kent with 175 employees throughout Northern Maine. The university's clarifying statement came following the unfortunate news that market forces and unseasonably warm weather have forced Northeast Pellets in Ashland, Maine, to reduce its production of wood pellets.

The University of Maine System issued a competitive solicitation for wood energy at the University of Maine at Fort Kent in the fall of 2014 in compliance with Maine law and as part of an effort to achieve savings, reduce carbon emissions and provide support for the emerging wood pellet industry and the forest products industry.

The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting has named veteran journalist and new media entrepreneur Jack Beaudoin as its new publisher.

Beaudoin, a Brunswick resident, takes over as the new publisher and senior reporter on Jan. 4.

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