Anyone living near the University of Maine campus in Orono this morning will hear the outdoor sirens sound for several minutes. Today’s alarm is a test of the system that’s meant to ensure campus safety during emergency situations. Sign up to receive text or email notifications by visiting U Maine dot edu.

The Somerset County Sheriff’s Office is warning folks of a scam that’s based in Palmyra. A woman believed to be in her 40’s is posting ads for the sale of storage units and then meeting the prospective customers in person. Folks responding to the ads have met with the woman who collects the money for the non-existent units and then takes off.

Maine will be receiving nearly six-point-five million dollars to support home visits to pregnant women and parents of young children. The Health Resources and Services Administration says the money will help provide for voluntary care for women and families as they prepare for baby and then as they get used to having an infant in the house.

A Korean War Veteran who is going blind and was living in a rundown, hard to heat farmhouse is getting a whole new dwelling built on the old foundation, through donations from the community and the United Farmer Veterans of Maine. The organization bought Gene Coombs farm and is building a new, safer house, while also using his 10-acre property to raise crops. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help raise the funds and get the project completed before winter.

Southwest Harbor week celebrations begin on Friday.The weekend-long events will include a variety of activities including a wine tasting, craft fair and beer fest, and belt sander races. Find a calendar of events at Acadia Chamber dot com.

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