July 17, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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The Rangeley Inn will be sold at auction July 25.

The Sun Journal reported that the inn was built in the early 1900s and closed for a few months last year. It reopened in January under a new management firm, which will continue operating the property until a new owner takes over.

The property includes the 36-room inn, 15-room lodge, banquet room, tavern, dining room, 18-bed employee wing and an owner-manager apartment.


Two Maine entities will get EPA grants to clean up sites

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says 11 entities in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire will share about $3.6 million to clean up contaminated former industrial sites for redevelopment.

The agency’s brownfields revolving loan fund is providing loans and subgrants to help clean up the sites. The grants are between $200,000 and $400,000 with an average grant award of $300,000.
Nationally, there are an estimated 450,000 abandoned and contaminated sites.

Recipients include the Southern Maine Regional Planning Commission and Maine Department of Economic and Community Development.


State urges workers to use app to prevent ladder falls

Maine is encouraging workers to use a new cellphone app designed to prevent ladder falls.

Maine’s Department of Labor said Monday that the new app promotes the safe use of ladders by teaching proper use, ladder selection, inspection and positioning.

The Ladder Safety Tool was created by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

The department said it can be useful for workers in construction, where falls are common, as well as health care and retail industries.

The state says there were 114 workers’ compensation claims in Maine last year from ladder fall injuries that caused people to miss at least a day of work.

The app is at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/falls.

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