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Wednesday, 05 August 2015 20:39

Hollywood Casino honors Responsible Gaming Education Week

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BANGOR Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway, Bangor, has taken time to educate its patrons and employees about responsible gaming. In what has become an annual tradition, the week, Aug. 3-7 this year, is theme-driven. The 2015 theme is called 'Get to Know Responsible Gaming' and is intended to replicate a typical successful dating experience, complete with a 'meet the parents' scenario and a Responsible Gaming Dating Game.

'We always have fun with Responsible Gaming Education Week, even though the subject matter is something we take very seriously,' said Jose Flores, general manager, Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway. 'When playing games stops being fun and starts becoming a problem, we want to make sure that both our customers and employees recognize that it's time to stop. This year's theme will once again give us an opportunity to offer responsible gaming education in a way that is not only informative but entertaining.'

ORONO The University of Maine, in partnership with the Maine Technology Institute, is building a startup seed accelerator for Maine entrepreneurs. The pilot program, called Scratchpad Accelerator, starts Aug. 31 in Bangor.

Scratchpad Accelerator will work with up to four high-potential, high-growth entrepreneurial teams to validate their customer base, value proposition and business model. The selected startups will participate at no cost and will each receive $25,000 in seed funding. Participating entrepreneurs will work full time on their businesses, with daily learning sessions, extensive mentor interactions and a push to develop and test hypotheses as frequently as possible to ensure that their companies are moving in the right direction.

AUGUSTA The University of Maine System's award-winning strategic procurement department is preparing to issue a Request for Proposals in August of 2015 for a food service vendor contract for six of system's seven campuses that provided meal plans to 2,766 students in the fall of 2014. Procurement staff and members of the University of Maine System Board of Trustees have been meeting with members of the Maine Food for the UMaine System Coalition over the last several months to consider recommendations on how to make local, sustainably produced foods a priority in the RFP process. The university system anticipates an award announcement in January of 2016 and the signing of a contract in March of 2016.

The University of Maine in Orono, which provided meal plans for 3,809 students in the fall of 2014, has a self-operated dining program and will not be a part of the upcoming RFP. UMaine has a strong commitment to local sourcing and spends 18 percent of its annual food service expenditure budget, approximately $1 million, with Maine-based companies.

Tuesday, 04 August 2015 00:00

Hollywood Casino honors Responsible Gaming Education Week

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BANGOR Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway, Bangor, has taken time to educate its patrons and employees about responsible gaming. In what has become an annual tradition, the week, Aug. 3-7 this year, is theme-driven. The 2015 theme is called 'Get to Know Responsible Gaming' and is intended to replicate a typical successful dating experience, complete with a 'meet the parents' scenario and a Responsible Gaming Dating Game.

'We always have fun with Responsible Gaming Education Week, even though the subject matter is something we take very seriously,' said Jose Flores, general manager, Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway. 'When playing games stops being fun and starts becoming a problem, we want to make sure that both our customers and employees recognize that it's time to stop. This year's theme will once again give us an opportunity to offer responsible gaming education in a way that is not only informative but entertaining.'

Monday, 03 August 2015 23:57

Hot Shots graduation at Penobscot Job Corps

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BANGOR - Forest Rangers and firefighters of the future graduated from a Bangor-based program at Penobscot Job Corps Center.

The Penobscot Job Corps and Maine Forest Service celebrated the fourth class to make it through the Hot Shot program. They now are qualified to help rangers battle blazes here in Maine. Some will complete advanced classes, with the goal of obtaining their 'Red Card,' which would qualify them for national deployment.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015 19:45

People On The Move - (07/29/15)

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UMaine Alumni Association announces leadership changes

ORONONathan 'Nate' Briggs, board chair of the University of Maine Alumni Association (UMAA), has announced that John N. Diamond will become the interim president and executive director of the 107,000-member organization, effective July 1. He replaces Todd D. Saucier, who is leaving UMAA on June 30 to accept a position with United Insurance. Saucier has served as the association's president since 2006.

MACHIAS -- A major infrastructure investment, estimated at $1.5 million, at the University of Maine at Machias will install a new compressed natural gas powered heating system for the campus.

'This project will reduce our carbon footprint, improve our financial picture by reducing our dependence on expensive and price-volatile oil and provide the ability to manage our energy use efficiently and effectively using a higher efficiency fuel,' UMM President Joyce Hedlund said. 'The goal of this project is to create a dual fuel oil/gas solution with oil as a backup in the event of an emergency. Antiquated and inefficient oil burners will be replaced with modern, efficient equipment.'

Monday, 27 July 2015 23:56

Penquis receives grant from Walmart Foundation

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BANGOR - Penquis received a grant from the Walmart Foundation that is helping individuals with a cancer diagnosis access their medical treatment. The grant in the amount of $30,000 is helping to fund the Penquis Access to Cancer Care program, which provides transportation assistance to cancer treatment for individuals living in Penobscot and Piscataquis counties. "For individual living in rural areas the financial burden of traveling to treatment is just one of the barriers to getting the care they need," saidd Marcia Larkin, Lynx Mobility Services director, Penquis.

Access to Cancer Care provides reimbursement per mile to individuals who can drive themselves or to family members or friends who are providing transportation. The program also has trained drivers who will pick the individual up at their home and provide the transportation. "Some individuals are without reliable transportation, don't have anyone to take them to their appointments or, in some cases, just don't feel well enough to drive themselves," said Larkin.

CAMDEN - "We've heard requests from the community to program more concerts into our line-up, and we are happy to say we have some really great ones scheduled' says Kerry Hadley, Camden Opera House manager.

Just announced for Sept. 25 is the long-awaited return of Celtic great Eileen Ivers - she was last here quite a few years ago when concert promoter and now DJ at WERU radio Joel Raymond presented her.

MACHIAS -- As part of the Hanley Center's Undergraduate Leadership Initiative at Portland, University of Maine at Machias student Shannon Olson is conducting key research into public transportation in Washington County and how that affects rural health care.

Olson's summer internship is being sponsored by Mark Green of Washington Hancock Community Agency and Alfred May of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. This is the first time UMM has an intern in the distinguished Hanley Center's program.

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