Sen. Ingwersen announces December constituent office hours event in Biddeford

AUGUSTA – Sen. Henry Ingwersen, D-Arundel, will hold December constituent office hours event for residents of Senate District 32. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 9 at Elements: Books Coffee Beer in Biddeford.

“Not only am I preparing for this year’s holiday season, I’m also preparing for the upcoming legislative session in January,” said Sen. Ingwersen. “Office hours are integral to my preparations. I hope you will join me at Elements in Biddeford to share your thoughts and concerns about the issues that matter most to you. I look forward to meeting and hearing from you on Dec. 9.”

Public office hours provide residents a chance to meet with their representatives, share ideas, ask questions and get help with state government services. To provide specific questions or topics ahead of the event, or schedule a private conversation, contact Sen. Ingwersen at or his legislative office at (207) 287-1515.

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Incoming Saco Mayor Jodi MacPhail has mayoral Facebook page to focus on her positions and priorities.

The “Saco Mayor Jodi MacPhail” page will be a place where residents and non residents alike can get information while also highlighting local events and public information.


While only one part of the new mayor’s strategy to directly reach out to Saco citizen’s, which will also include participation in the city’s newsletter, press releases and coordination with local and area news coverage and more, this represents an important step in making sure residents are a direct part of the process.

This page will also be used to announce mayor’s hours, which will be held in the mayor’s office in City Hall, which will be coming soon.

“Residents should always feel free to reach out to me with their thoughts and concerns, and this will give citizens an opportunity to do just that.” MacPhail said.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to open new Office and Visitor Center in Kennebunk

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service began work on a multipurpose center in Kennebunk on Oct. 23 that will serve as a focal point for connecting people to nature in southern Coastal Maine and celebrating the life and work of Rachel Carson.

When remodeling of the existing building and construction of a new visitor services wing is complete, the 11,666-square-foot facility will house the offices and visitor center for the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge and the Gulf of Maine Coastal Program.


The building, located at 188 Brown St. in Kennebunk, will provide office space for approximately 15 full-time permanent employees who manage the Refuge and engage in conservation projects with partners throughout southern Maine. An exhibit hall and trails will be accessible, and a multipurpose room will be equipped to welcome groups of up to 45 persons for environmental education programs and other events.

“I’m looking forward to working more closely with the team at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge and being co-located at the multipurpose center will provide our respective programs a great opportunity to advance our shared conservation goals,” said Chris Meaney, project leader for the Gulf of Maine Coastal Program.

Karl Stromayer, refuge manager for Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, said that refuge staff “are really excited to be moving forward with construction. This facility is going to be a wonderful resource to better support both refuge and coastal program staff and to connect people to the natural beauty and wildlife habitats here in southern Coastal Maine.” The facility was designed according to the Council on Environmental Quality’s Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings. The environmentally friendly and energy efficient building will also be bird-friendly as part of the Service’s efforts to prevent bird-window collisions at its facilities.

The visitor center will feature exhibits showcasing the conservation efforts conducted by the Refuge and the Gulf of Maine Coastal Program and the life and contributions of Rachel Carson. The facility was designed by Oak Point Associates of Biddeford, and construction will be implemented by Benchmark Construction of Westbrook. The new facility is expected to open to the public in spring or summer 2026.

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