October 8, 2010

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Kennebec Journal Staff

Augusta mayor victim of anti-semitic vandalism

AUGUSTA — Anti-Semitic messages were found last week on a campaign sign of Augusta Mayor Roger Katz.

WGME-TV reported the office of the Maine attorney general is investigating the vandalism, but Attorney General Janet Mills told the Kennebec Journal on Thursday she is unaware of any such investigation. The TV station quoted Katz as saying the vandalism "serves as a reminder that prejudice is still alive" but that it doesn't represent the sentiment of most people in Augusta.

Katz, a Republican, is seeking the Senate District 24 seat being vacated by Senate President Libby Mitchell, D-Vassalboro. He is opposed by Rep. Patsy Crockett, D-Augusta.

Hospital starts policy of buying local food

AUGUSTA — MaineGeneral Medical Center bought 2,800 pounds of produce from 12 local farmers in six weeks as part of its "purchase locally" initiative this summer. In a news release, MaineGeneral said the purchases "represent the first wave of a major initiative."

"That's $4,500 worth of produce in just this short period," said Paul Stein, administrative director of support services.

MaineGeneral said it buys the produce through a partnership with the nonprofit Barrels Community Market, which sells locally produced food in downtown Waterville. Barrels buys the produce from local farmers and acts as a local distributor to sell directly to MaineGeneral.

"We want to set an example for healthy eating in our communities, reduce the amount of emissions by cutting down on the distance food travels and help sustain local farmers and the local economy," Stein said.

Magnolia Sisters concert canceled

WINTHROP — The Magnolia Sisters concert in Winthrop scheduled for Oct. 16 has been canceled.

The Winthrop Education Corp. and the Winthrop Performing Arts Center are offering a full refund for ticket holders. To receive a refund, call 441-1463.

Ticket holders are also being offered the opportunity to swap their tickets for the Jonathan Edwards/Jesse Colin Young performance Nov. 12.

Press group offers journalism workshops

NORTHPORT — The Maine Press Association will present workshops on legal issues, multimedia newsrooms, advertising, and court reporting and writing at its annual fall conference Oct. 16.

The event will be held at Point Lookout. The cost of the workshops is $15 per person and includes a continental breakfast.

The workshops are part of the association's two-day conference, which includes an awards banquet for this year's Better Newspaper Contest winners.

For more information, visit www.mainepress.wordpress.com.

Low-rate military mail deadlline Nov. 12

The recommended mailing date for the most economical postage to arrive at overseas military destinations, including Iraq and Afghanistan, for the holidays, is Nov. 12, the U.S. Postal Service said in a news release.

The Postal Service offers free military care kits designed for military families sending packages overseas. The kits can be ordered by calling (800) 610-8734, or visiting www.usps.com/supportingourtroops.

Gardiner fall cleanup gets under way

GARDINER — The city's fall cleanup began Monday and will continue throughout the month.

For more information about when curbside pickup is scheduled for your street, call City Hall at 582-4200.

Residents can buy color-coded tickets for $25 at City Hall or at www.gardinermaine.com.

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