POLAND SPRING 100% NATURAL SPRING WATER PRESENTS: “Calling 207: Mainers Helping Mainers”

Poland Spring,Northern Penobscot Activities Council, Good Neighbor Grant

POLAND SPRING, MAINE – For more than 170 years, Poland Spring® Natural Spring Water has been part of the fabric of Maine, not only as one of the state’s most iconic brands, but also as a responsible steward of Maine’s natural resources. A true community partner, Poland Spring is active in the communities where its employees live and the business operates a bottling facility or load station, or where it sources its spring water. Philanthropic support of local projects always has been and continues to be a priority for Poland Spring.

With the launch of “Calling 207: Mainers Helping Mainers,” Poland Spring is now widening that effort to other communities across Maine and is looking to the state’s citizens to help find and select special activities, known as 207Acts. A 207Act is something that lends a helping hand to a community project and could include such projects as repainting a building, planting a garden or organizing a food drive.

How can someone nominate a 207Act? It can be done online at PolandSpring.com/calling207 where Mainers will find guidelines and dates for nominations and voting, or in person at summer events around the state wherever you find the Poland Spring Hydration Station. Look for the Hydration Station (a self-contained mobile trailer where people can fill up their reusable bottles with Poland Spring water—and enjoy flights of Poland Spring sparkling water flavors) and you’ll also find Calling 207 ballots. Once a 207Act is posted to the Calling 207 website, anyone can vote for that act.

In each of three periods this summer, five acts with the most votes will be reviewed by a panel of judges, who will then select two acts from each voting period between now and August 31, 2018. During the three periods, six projects ultimately will be chosen and be carried out between July 23 and October 13, 2018.

Qualifying 207Acts:

  • Must not take more than eight hours to complete
  • Must be able to be completed by October 31, 2018
  • Carry a maximum budget of $5,000

Upcoming locations for the Hydration Station throughout the summer will be posted to the Poland Spring Facebook page. 

About Poland Spring

Established in 1845, Poland Spring® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water has invested in Maine and created jobs using an abundant, renewable resource. The company, a division of Nestlé Waters North America Inc., operates three Maine bottling plants in Poland, Hollis and Kingfield. The Kingfield facility, which officially opened in January 2009, represents an initial $60 million investment and ninety jobs in rural western Maine. In the Spring of 2017, the Kingfield facility added an additional bottling line representing a $25 million investment. Poland Spring maintains spring sources in Fryeburg, Poland, Dallas Plantation, Poland Spring, Pierce Pond Township, Kingfield, Denmark and Hollis, Maine. Poland Spring also:

  • Employs nearly 900 full-time and seasonal workers across Maine, contributing nearly $49 million to the economy in annual payroll;
  • Spends over $135 million directly with other Maine companies each year; and
  • Invested over $7 million in community giving since 2000 to support schools, local non-profits, fire and rescue, environmental conservation, and many other local and statewide causes.

 

Poland Spring Gives $150,000 Good Neighbor Grant to Organization Dedicated to Underserved Youth and Elderly in Greater Lincoln Area

Poland Spring,Northern Penobscot Activities Council, Good Neighbor Grant

Northern Penobscot Activities Council to receive $50K

from Poland Spring each year for three years

POLAND SPRING, Maine – In keeping with its commitment to serve the communities in which it operates, Poland Spring® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water is donating $150,000 to support a Lincoln-based service organization, the Northern Penobscot Activities Council (NPAC).

Founded in late 2017, NPAC’s mission is to be an umbrella service organization that serves the greater Lincoln area. The newly formed organization will develop programs, services, and activities with an emphasis on outreach to youth and elderly residents, populations that are currently underserved. While an early emphasis will be placed on youth and elderly, NPAC plans to examine the needs facing all sectors of its community and plans to develop additional programs, as needed.

“We are committed to helping the people and communities across Maine where we do business,” said Heather Printup, Community Relations Manager for Poland Spring. “As new members of the greater Lincoln community, we want to show our support for the residents in the region, especially those who are currently underserved. We are impressed by NPAC’s mission and believe that our contributions will help make a big difference to the people who need the services NPAC will provide.”

The Poland Spring donation will be made in $50,000 increments annually over three years. Since 2000, Poland Spring has donated more than $7 million in Good Neighbor Grants to communities across Maine. Some of the organizations that have benefitted from Poland Spring’s Good Neighbor Grants include the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, 4-H Camp & Learning Center at Bryant Pond, Camp Susan Curtis in Stoneham, and the Franklin County Animal Shelter in Farmington.

###

About Poland Spring

Established in 1845, Poland Spring® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water has invested in Maine and created jobs using an abundant, renewable resource. The company, a division of Nestlé Waters North America Inc., operates three Maine bottling plants in Poland, Hollis and Kingfield. The Kingfield facility, which officially opened in January 2009, represents an initial $60 million investment and ninety jobs in rural western Maine. In the Spring of 2017, the Kingfield facility added an additional bottling line representing a $25 million investment. Poland Spring maintains eight spring sources across the state: Poland Spring (Poland Spring, ME), Evergreen Spring (Fryeburg, ME), Garden Spring (Poland, ME), White Cedar Spring (Dallas Plantation, ME), Spruce Spring (Pierce Pond Township, ME), Bradbury Spring (Kingfield, ME), Cold Spring (Denmark, ME) and Clear Spring (Hollis, ME).

 

 

Talk with Maine’s next governor about how you would end the opioid crisis, at BDN-hosted event


For immediate release

5:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 18
Bangor Arts Exchange ballroom
193 Exchange St., Bangor, ME 04401

Register by clicking here

Contact:

Kimberly Merrifield, 990-8021, kmerrifield@bangordailynews.com  

Erin Rhoda, 990-8204, erhoda@bangordailynews.com

 

Bangor, MAINE — All four gubernatorial candidates will gather with members of the public at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 18, to discuss what’s most important to do next to address the opioid epidemic.

At the One Life Project: Public Priorities event, independents Alan Caron and Terry Hayes, Democrat Janet Mills, and Republican Shawn Moody will listen to and talk with attendees in small groups as they work together to select what both the Bangor region and Maine as a whole should consider the top priorities for preventing more overdose deaths.

The candidates will then speak before the entire audience about what they have learned and what they would do as governor to address the opioid crisis.

The event at the Bangor Arts Exchange ballroom starts at 5:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. It is free, but people should register here to ensure a seat:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/one-life-public-priorities-tickets-46814114276.

Parking is available at the Camden National Bank parking lot at 80 Exchange St. and First National Bank at 145 Exchange St. Immediate on-street parking is unavailable due to construction.

At the event, attendees will discuss with their table a number of specific policies and initiatives that have been proposed to help save lives. They will then vote for the solutions that they think are most important and urgent.

By the end of the night, participants will have selected their top priority for changes in the Bangor region and their top priority in terms of state policy. The evening will be moderated by Felicia Knight, president of the Knight Canney Group.

This is the third One Life Project event, which was inspired by Garrett Brown, a young man from Augusta, who let the Bangor Daily News chronicle his life for two-and-a-half years. He died in November 2015 after overdosing on heroin.

Thank you to our event sponsors: Penobscot Community Health Care, Penquis, and St. Joseph Healthcare, a member of Covenant Health. Thank you also to our table sponsors: The City of Bangor and Vacationland Inns.

Camp POSTCARD Celebrates 25 Years of helping Maine 5th & 6th graders enjoy a free week of summer camp

Camp POSTCARD, Camp POSTCARD Maine, Volunteers of America Northern New England, Maine Sheriffs Association, D.A.R.E.

June 15-22, 2018 at Agassiz Village in Poland

BRUNSWICK, ME. June 14, 2018 –Friday, June 15, marks the opening of Volunteers of America’s 25th year of Camp POSTCARD, a free week-long sleepover summer camp for Maine 5th and 6th graders — helping them make new friends, learn life skills, and build relationships with law enforcement.

Camp is held every year, in June, on the grounds of Agassiz Village in Poland, Maine, and is staffed by law enforcement, criminal justice professionals, and first responders who volunteer their time at Camp POSTCARD. They are joined by other community volunteers, as well as personnel from Volunteers of America Northern New England.

Every day there are new educational and hands-on activities. Mid-week, Wednesday June 20th is “Demo Day” and includes demonstrations of healthy snack making, law enforcement equipment, trained police dogs, wilderness survival skills, fire prevention, a “touch tank” of live marine creatures, an ice cream truck, face painting and more.

Camp POSTCARD, Camp POSTCARD Maine, Volunteers of America Northern New England, Maine Sheriffs Association, D.A.R.E.

Camp POSTCARD is a different kind of camp.

The experience provides a safe environment that stresses appropriate role models, ideals and values. It also allows campers to experience law enforcement in a positive way. Officers too, get to know the kids in their communities better and come away reminded of why they entered their professions: to help improve peoples’ lives.

Who attends Camp POSTCARD?

Law enforcement officers, school resource officers, school personnel and community members identify & recommend children who would benefit from this unique camp experience.

Thanks to community support, there is no charge for any child to attend. Camp POSTCARD is free to all campers. For many kids, it represents his/her first camp experience. It is truly a dream come true, introducing them to many firsts – rock wall climbing, fishing, swimming, kayaking, and team building.

Camp POSTCARD, Camp POSTCARD Maine, Volunteers of America Northern New England, Maine Sheriffs Association, D.A.R.E.All of this is possible due to the support of donors, corporate sponsors, foundation grants, volunteers from law enforcement agencies throughout Maine and numerous in-kind donations of food and supplies from our supporters.

About Volunteers of America Northern New England

Based in Brunswick, Maine, Volunteers of America Northern New England is a regional branch of Volunteers of America, a faith-based organization that has been serving our country’s most vulnerable citizens since 1896. Volunteers of America Northern New England serves the people of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont with the promise to reach out and uplift the human condition and provide opportunities for individual and community involvement. We offer support in the areas of housing, behavioral health, veterans, mediation services, community justice, senior services, youth and families, ministry, Camp POSTCARD, and Cabin in the Woods.

MAINE VOTERS APPROVE YES ON 1 TO PROTECT RANKED CHOICE VOTING

The nation’s first Ranked Choice Voting statewide election also resulted in high voter turnout

For Immediate Release

June 13, 2018

PORTLAND, MAINE — Yesterday, Maine voters approved Question 1 to protect Ranked Choice Voting by an even larger margin than it was initially approved in November 2016. Maine people have fought for three and a half years to have their voices heard. The Committee for Ranked Choice Voting celebrates a long overdue victory for the will of the Maine people, who once again stood strong for Ranked Choice Voting.

Cara McCormick, Campaign Treasurer said, “This has been an epic battle and this latest victory is because of the persistence of the Maine people who believe we can help fix a broken political system. For three years, we have fought for this reform. Together we stood up to the political powers that be and said – enough.”

As reported, high turnout in yesterday’s election is a direct result of Maine voters having the power to rank their choices in the nation’s first Ranked Choice Voting statewide primary election, and also to vote on the People’s Veto to protect the law that voters approved in 2016.

“This is a huge win for the Maine people,” said Kyle Bailey, Campaign Manager. “Maine voters have twice collected signatures and voted for Ranked Choice Voting at the ballot box because they know that our political system isn’t working like it should and we have the power to fix it.”

With the passage of Question 1, Ranked Choice Voting will continue to be used in Maine’s primary elections for Governor, State Senator, State Representative, U.S. Senator, and U.S. Representative, and in the general elections for U.S. Senator and U.S. Representative.

Timeline

  • November 8, 2016: A majority of Maine voters approved Ranked Choice Voting at the ballot box in the second largest referendum vote by the people in our state’s history, and it became enacted law.
  • October 23, 2017: A majority in the Maine Legislature disregarded the will of the people and repealed the people’s Ranked Choice Voting law in a special late-night session.
  • February 2, 2018: Maine people collected more than 80,000 signatures in 88 days to place a People’s Veto on the June 12, 2018, ballot to protect the people’s Ranked Choice Voting law.
  • June 12, 2018: Maine voters will have the opportunity to stand up to the politicians in Augusta and insist on more voice by voting YES ON 1, the People’s Veto to protect Ranked Choice Voting.

Contact: Crystal Canneycrystal@knightcanney.com | 207-615-5968