The Maine CDC is following the directive of national health experts in suggesting that vaccinated and non-vaccinated people in counties with the highest rate of COVID cases resume wearing masks in indoor settings. In Maine, that means residents of York and Piscataquis counties. It’s not a requirement, but health officials encourage residents to protect themselves and others with face coverings and by getting vaccinated, if they haven’t.  

A Sanford woman will not be charged after over 50 animals were seized from her home, due to unhealthy conditions, including: horses; chickens; pigs; dogs; cats; geckos; rats; and a bearded dragon. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry reports the animals have been relocated to southern Maine shelters, where they will eventually be put up for adoption. The woman is also banned from owning animals for life.  

Hannaford has issued a recall on some of its deli products, after McCormick seasonings issued their own recall on products that Hannaford used in its baking process. McCormick’s Perfect Pinch Italian seasoning is used in several of Hannaford’s baked goods, including the Classic Garlic Focaccia and Classic Focaccia breads. Find more information about affected products at Hannaford dot com.  

Versant Power has donated $20,000 to the Eastern Area Agency on Aging for its new Durgin Center, that’s due to open in the Fall. Programs at the facility in Brewer will offer wellness classes, enrichment activities, and social opportunities, and will act as the hub for Meals on Wheels.  

Home cooks are needed to prepare meals for cancer patients through the Beth C. Wright Cancer Center in Ellsworth. Volunteers would cook the meals in their own homes, with the cost of the ingredients covered by the program and volunteer drivers delivering the food once a week. 

Downtown Bangor will feature Native American Artwork during its First Friday event on August 6th. Artwork will be featured throughout downtown Bangor businesses, and there will be family friendly activities like an outdoor dance demonstration, a story slam, kids art activity and more. 

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