The Maine CDC reports 21 new cases of COVID-19 statewide and 49 more people who have recovered. There are currently 465 active cases in the state. An outbreak of 4 cases of COVID-19 at the American Legion post in Sanford has been traced to a wedding reception that was held there.

This year’s Hire-a-Vet campaign has gone virtual, with an online hiring fair from 1 to 4 p.m. on September 15th. More than 200 employers are expected to take part, with a goal of finding employment for at least 100 Maine veterans. Find more information on the Maine Career Center website.

Maine’s finance commissioner announced, this week, a plan to bridge a half-billion dollar revenue shortfall, a result of the economic impact of the pandemic. Commissioner Kirsten Figueroa says the plan would use a combination of federal funding, liquor sales, tax receipts, and cost reductions to help bridge the gap.

Most of the Tradewinds locations have been sold to Energy North, out of Massachusetts, which vows to continue the family’s Pumped up to Fight Cancer initiative. As of 2019, owners Chuck and Belinda Lawrence have contributed a million dollars by donating a penny for every gallon of gas sold. The Lawrences will continue to own the Blue Hill and Calais supermarkets and will sell all the others.

Wednesday afternoon, the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor held its first public event since the onset of the pandemic in March. Folks brought their blankets and folding chairs to the front lawn for an evening of musical performances. The staff spray-painted circles on the grass to ensure patrons were social distancing and masks were required.

Registration is open for another week for the Swinging for Parkinson’s Charity Golf Scramble, coming up on Monday, September 21st. Proceeds from the event, that will take place at the Penobscot Valley Country Club in Orono will benefit the Maine Parkinson Society. 

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