February 11, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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Responding to an article last week in the Portland Press Herald, Lynn Harvey, director of the Blaine House, wants people to know the governor isn't living large.

Harvey said LePage hosts dinners for military families, potential state investors and others. Last week, 70 to 80 people who help military families attended a Blaine House tea. Private groups are sometimes asked to help defray the cost.

She said LePage views the Blaine House not as the governor's mansion but as the "people's house," with more than 6,000 people coming through last year.

There's no love lost between LePage and newspaper reporters. He has repeatedly attacked newspaper coverage of his administration as biased.

OXFORD

Oxford Casino looks to hire cards and table game staff

The Oxford Casino is looking for people who are interested in becoming blackjack dealers and running roulette, craps and other casino table games.

The casino is holding a recruitment event at Lewiston's Career Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday in hopes of getting a large number of applicants interested in becoming card dealers and table game operators.

Casino officials said they're hoping to attract 75 people to attend the casino's six-week training classes in anticipation of a busy summer season. The casino said it will consider people interested in working either full time or part time.

 

Two communities to get sustainable growth help

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says two communities in Maine will receive technical assistance to pursue sustainable growth that encourages local economic development while safeguarding people's health and the environment.

Portland and Brunswick are among 43 communities in 27 states across the country chosen to receive the assistance through the EPA's Blocks for Sustainable Communities program.

EPA staff and national experts will conduct one- or two-day workshops focusing on the specific sustainability goal each community chose in their initial application to EPA.

Some of the tools offered this year include projects called a Green Building Toolkit, Land Use Strategies to Protect Water Quality, and Using Smart Growth to Produce Economic and Fiscal Health.

 

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