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

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Kimberly Merrifield, 990-8021,  

Erin Rhoda, 990-8204,


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:

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.


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.


  • 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 | 207-615-5968


Principal for a day

The Principal for a Day program is sponsored by the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with Portland Public Schools and for the last five years, it has matched public schools with community leaders and businesses. It promises, “… a firsthand understanding of the complexity, unique character and opportunities available in Portland's schools.”

Saddleback Mountain Foundation Gains New Leadership Team

For Immediate Release

March 19, 2018


Crystal Canney, Executive Director | | 207.615.5968

(Rangeley, Maine) – The Saddleback Mountain Foundation Board of Directors voted in a new President recently. Outgoing President Dr. Peter J. Stein stepped down and Wolfe Tone was voted in as President of the organization.

Dr. Stein said, “It is with great confidence that I am handing over the reins to Wolfe Tone who is the former director of the Maine Trust for Public Land. It has been an honor and a pleasure to work with this board during the initial years of this effort.” Stein will remain as a board member.

Wolfe Tone will be working directly with Executive Director Crystal Canney who was appointed by the board over the summer. Tone said, “I am looking forward to the new direction we hope to be taking this year. I am deeply indebted to the board for its vote of confidence and will be diligent in leaving no stone unturned to maximize our opportunity and role in the future of Saddleback Mountain.”

Executive Director Canney said, “I have every faith and confidence that given Tone’s background, negotiating skills and deep love of the mountain that this is the right move for the organization.”

Carol Millhouse was re-elected as secretary and appointed as treasurer.

Wolfe Tone Bio:

Wolfe’s professional carrier spans the spectrum of private, public, and non-profit sector experiences in land conservation, water quality, and watershed protection, and empowering partnerships; the thread always being a healthier, resilient environment and communities for future generations. Wolfe was the Maine State Director for The Trust for Public Land from 2009 until the spring of 2017.  He started his career with TPL in 2001, first as a project manager in Ohio, and continued in that role after moving to Maine in 2004. Over the course of his time as state director, he oversaw the protection of more than 75,000 acres of community-priority lands and helped raise $50MM in public funding and $7MM in private funding for work in Maine, touching on the lives of thousands of Maine residents.  Shaping his next professional frontier, Wolfe brings to the table extensive experience in conservation real estate, non-profit management, fundraising, and a passion and understanding of the value of connecting people with the land and experiencing our natural environment.

Crystal Canney Bio:

Crystal Canney is co-founder and CEO of the Knight Canney Group. She was the Communications Director for Senator Angus S. King, Jr. who was elected by a wide margin in November of 2012 and was Communications Director in Washington, D.C. After returning to Maine, Crystal accepted a position at the University of New England and was also named the Global Affairs Operations Director. Prior to the King campaign, Canney operated – Canney Communications, a media, and public relations firm in Maine. Among the many services offered were political campaigns, crisis communications and business communications strategy review. Her team has won numerous campaigns on varying referenda issues and by wide margins. Prior to starting Canney Communications, she was the Communications Director for Governor John Baldacci (D) – Maine. Her work involved policy, messaging, and imaging. She was appointed in 2007 to Associate Commissioner of Finance where she oversaw multi-million dollar budgets and a staff of 350 people. The team was tasked with providing human resources, finance and personnel for the largest agencies in state government along with a statewide consolidation of financial services. Prior to that, she was a national award-winning journalist in Maine and Massachusetts. Among her many awards, she received first place in the country from the Annie E. Casey Foundation for her series of reports on impoverished children. She has won numerous Associated Press, Maine Association of Broadcasters awards and was nominated for an Emmy. She was also the first Maine journalist to report live from New York City during 9/11 and she was in New Orleans and Gulfport, Mississippi covering Hurricane Katrina filing report. She has a bachelor’s degree from Emerson College in Boston.

Carol Millhouse Bio:

Carol Millhouse is a semi-retired Family Nurse Practitioner with 45+ years of experience in nursing education, college health services, and primary care.  She holds an MSN from UTexas-El Paso and an Advanced Graduate Studies Certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner from UMaine-Orono.  Carol’s passion for Saddleback began in the early 1990’s when her daughter participated in a ski race there and continued through the years, including her serving as Ski Doc for the Saddleback Ski Patrol and an instructor in the Saddleback Ski School.  Her husband, John, served 9 years on the Saddleback Ski Patrol before joining the Saddleback Ski School as an instructor, also.