Idea Starter: “Get to Know Your Trails Walk Series”

The South Portland, ME, Land Trust sponsors a “Get to Know Your Trails” walk series, designed to help participants experience and learn the history of highlighted trails in the City.

The next walk is scheduled for Friday, 31 March (beginning at 9:00 AM), at the Trout Brook Nature Preserve.  This walk is “geared toward the whole family, from infants to grandparents (well-behaved dogs included).” The walk is considered to be fairly easy (lasting no longer than one hour) and will take place on dirt trails.

Background information:

South Portland Land Trust

Facebook: South Portland Land Trust

City of South Portland

Wikipedia: South Portland, Maine

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New England Municipal Government News Headlines

Recent news stories related to municipal government in New England (and issues being faced on the local level) include these articles:

CT: Burrville Volunteer Fire Department in Torrington plans to close (The Register Citizen)

ME: More Maine schools are opting for later morning starts (Bangor Daily News)

MA: Boston officials push to allocate less parking for new apartment buildings (The Boston Globe)

NH: Entertainment district at Rochester Fairgrounds still on the table (New Hampshire Union Leader)

RI: Residents who use on-street parking could be affected by new road-sweeping plan (The Times)

VT: How towns can create affordable housing (The Valley Reporter)

National: Brooklyn’s ‘Neighborhood Innovation Lab’ Targets Quality of Life, Tech Jobs (GovTech: Digital Communities)

Background information:

City of Torrington, CT

City of Boston, MA

City of Rochester, NH

City of Pawtucket, RI

Mad River Valley Planning District, VT

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Reflection Starter

“By always taking out and never putting in, the bottom is soon reached.” – Spanish Proverb

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Idea Starter: Top Dog Contest

As part of its effort to encourage residents to license their dogs, the Lebanon, NH, City Clerk’s Office hosts a contest for Lebanon’s Top Dog. The contest is open to all dog owners whose dogs are registered in the City.

For more information about this initiative, please visit:

City of Lebanon: Top Dog Contest 2017

Background information:

City of Lebanon

Wikipedia: Lebanon, New Hampshire

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New England Municipal Government News Headlines

Recent news stories related to municipal government in New England (and issues being faced on the local level) include these articles:

CT: Wallingford to expand uptown parking lot (Record-Journal)

ME: Data says towns would save $1 million by using county recycling (Boothbay Register)

MA: Court: Portions of LaSalette Shrine can be taxed by Attleboro (The Sun-Chronicle)

NH: Keene fire chief sends letter to towns about future of ambulance service (The Keene Sentinel)

RI: ACLU has issues with school social media policy (Warwick Beacon)

VT: Plan for recyclables, organic waste finalized (The Brattleboro Reformer)

National: Laguna Beach isn’t ready to ease parking rules (The Daily Pilot)

Background information:

Town of Wallingford, CT

City of Attleboro, MA

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court: Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette Inc. v. Board of Assessors of Attleboro (SJC 12021) (March 22, 2017)

City of Keene, NH

Warwick, RI, Public Schools

City of Warwick, RI

Town of Brattleboro, VT

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Reflection Starter from Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“The time for action is now. It’s never too late to do something.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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Senior Services Idea Starter: Health Fair

The North Andover, MA, Senior Center is sponsoring a “Spring Into Action” Health Fair on Monday, 27 March (9:00 AM-2:00 PM).

Planned activities, among others, include special keynote guest speakers (preregistration required), five-minute chair massages, free blood pressure service, haircut advice, information about Elder Community Services and Community Safety Services.

Background information:

North Andover Senior Center / Elder Services

Town of North Andover

Wikipedia: North Andover, Massachusetts

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