Friday, October 12, 2018

Where Can I Find Impartial Information on the Upcoming Election?

Brendon Bass directs us to several sites voters can go to for impartial help as we prepare for the election in November.

The Maine Chapter of the League of Women Voters website is a wealth of information. Their Voter Guide includes easy to follow instructions, including how to get an absentee ballot and help at the voting booth. It also includes an easily understandable explanation of Ranked Choice Voting. And it includes brief descriptions of each party's priorities (Democratic, Green, Libertarian and Republican) and each candidate's positions and experience. (
The League also has a presentation on ranked choice voting and is willing to arrange to have someone present it; contact them at lwvme.org.)
 
For another simple, short explanation of ranked choice voting, go to How does ranked choice voting work? 


A nationwide source is votesmart.org. There one can choose Vote Easy, enter your zipcode and see a yard-full of campaign signs. Clicking on a candidate gets you a chart of the candidate's expressed or inferred views on specific issues you may be interested in. Political Galaxy on the VoteSmart site gets you to a candidate's votes, campaign contributions, speeches, etc. Brendon Bass says VoteSmart is "committed to getting voters to as much information as it can without taking a position on any. News organizations, even government offices I think, respect this source."


Free Tech Help at Telstar on Thursday Afternoons

Once again a Telstar High School student is volunteering to provide free tech help to the community. To take advantage of this opportunity bring your phone or tablet and your questions to the Adult Ed office on Thursday afternoons at 2:30. It's always a good idea to call ahead (207 824-2136 ext. 1340).

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Brown Bag Lunch Discussion: Why Buy Local?

"Why should we buy local products?" This is the topic of Western Mountains Senior College’s next Brown Bag Lunch discussion to be held on Thursday, October 18 from 12:30 - 2:00 pm in the Greenwood Town Hall (on Route 26 in Locke Mills).

Bonnie Pooley, who will host the event, is looking forward to having a freewheeling discussion about what a vibrant local economy looks like. Some participants from the Greenwood Farmers Market will attend. Products from all of the participants will be available for sale. Here’s a sampling of what they will bring:

  • Velvet Hollow Sugar Works: gluten-free baked goods, granola, mixes prepared in their dedicated gluten-free commercial kitchen, maple syrup and honey.
  • Michelle Shutty: fresh roasted, organic, fair-trade Columbian, Sumatran, and Decaf Peruvian coffee.
  • Krazy K Soap: natural soaps using only high-quality ingredients, Bryant Pond Spring water, goat, oat or coconut milks, and essential oils for fragrance.
  • Laurie Bailey: goat cheese
  • Anna Sysko: baked goods

This event is free and open to the public. Bring a bag lunch and join the discussion. For more information and to RSVP: ewooley@myfairpoint.net, 562-1089.