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Town of New Gloucester

385 Intervale Road, New Gloucester, ME 04260

(207) 926-4126 (phone) / (207) 926-4136 (fax)

Town of Poland

1231 Maine Street, Poland, ME 04274

(207) 998-4601 (phone) / (207) 998-2002 (fax)


Biennial Budget Update

With only a fraction of legislative joint standing committee report backs pertaining to the biennial budget completed, lawmakers are scheduled to return to the Augusta Civic Center next Tuesday, March 30, to vote on the final two-year financial plan.

Stay tuned for more information...


Maine State Archives Launches Online Catalog Portal

The Maine State Archives has launched its first-ever catalog of its holdings via the online ArchivesSpace portal at

For the first time in the Maine State Archives' 56-year history, researchers can now search through the bureaus listing of collections online to see if the Archives is the right resource for their purposes before contacting an archivist to access the actual documents.

The launch of the Maine State Archives’ ArchivesSpace portal is the product of five years of work, recently accelerated by the inventory necessitated by the ongoing extraction of holdings from the Cultural Building during building repairs.

The new ArchivesSpace catalog makes the Archives more accessible than ever before by listing the full scope of holdings, and it serves as an important electronic resource for staff as well.

Only about half the state archives across the country have completed this type of public-facing indexing.  ArchivesSpace is a nonprofit organization created by archivists, hosting finding aids for subscribers on the cloud.

The Maine State Archives maintains approximately 100 million pages of official State records considered to be permanently valuable, such as bills introduced in the Legislature, Governor’s Executive Council reports, election returns, deeds, maps, and military records through World War I.  In addition, the bureau’s Records Management section is the custodian of all State records that must be retained for certain statutory periods.

The Maine State Archives is a treasure trove of information about our state’s history.  Students are now able to access remarkable primary source documents from the classroom or their living rooms for research and learning.


Tax Check Off – Maine Children’s Cancer Research Fund

New for 2021:  Mainers will be given the option to donate to the Maine Children’s Cancer Research Fund on their Maine State income tax forms.  If you are a Maine taxpayer, you can download your Schedule CP Form to check off a donation or let your tax preparer know you would like to support the Fund.

Here is the individual income tax form required for Charitable Contributions and Purchase of Park Passes.


Reminder:  Maine Maple Sunday is Sunday, March 28, 2021

Last year, the Maine Maple Producers Association (MMPA) and its members were forced to postpone the industry's largest event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  One year later, Association members are prepared to host Maine Maple Sunday® at sugarhouses across the State on March 27-28.  Participating sugarhouses are taking steps to follow CDC guidelines and prepare their facilities and staff to welcome guests safely on site.

Maine Maple Sunday weekend attracts thousands of visitors annually to sugar shacks throughout the State.  In previous years, more than 100 sugarhouses have participated from Aroostook County to York County.

The MMPA represents more than 250 of the 450 producers licensed to sell maple products in Maine.  Producers range from small artisan producers to bulk syrup providers that serve major grocery store chains, foodservice distributors, retailers, and international markets.  Many producers have product for sale direct to consumers throughout the year.

The State makes more than 575,000 gallons of syrup annually, generating more than $27 million for the Maine economy and supporting more than 560 full-time and part-time jobs that generate more than $17.3 million in wages.

For more details, please click here.