VASSALBORO — Selectmen will continue work on recreation program issues and the draft personnel handbook Thursday.

They expect Recreation Director Nicole Wasilewski to join them for another discussion of the recreation program and proposed bylaws for the Recreation Committee.

The new personnel handbook should be ready for final review, after two lengthy discussions at previous meetings.

Also at Thursday’s meeting, at 7 p.m. in the Town Office, the board is scheduled to hold a public hearing before acting on proposed amendments to the town’s General Assistance Ordinance and to consider discontinuing the swap shed at the transfer station.

Best-selling author to speak at UMaine in Augusta

AUGUSTA — T.R. Reid, author of the best-seller “The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper and Fairer Health Care,” is scheduled to speak on health care in America at 7 p.m. Nov. 7 in the University of Maine at Augusta’s Jewett Auditorium.

Reid has become a nationally renowned reporter through his books and articles, documentary films, reporting for the Washington Post, and commentaries on NPR’s “Morning Edition.” After writing “Healing of America” in 2009, he also has become one of the nation’s most influential experts on health care reform.

Several organizations are supporting the event, including the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce and Lithgow Public Library.

The talk is part of UMA’s Forum on the Future, a yearlong public policy speaker series. For more information, call 621-3479 or visit

Volunteers needed for Landowner Appreciation Day clean-up

AUGUSTA — Maine Forest Service forest rangers are asking for help in cleaning up more than 100 illegal dump sites identified on private land around Maine.

Volunteers are needed for Landowner Appreciation Day, which is Saturday.

The Maine Forest Service is committed to supplying trucks and trash bags for the cleanup effort but needs the support of local all-terrain vehicle clubs, snowmobile clubs and concerned volunteers to help load the items.

Refuse at the sites ranges from a single, overturned couch and a few discarded car tires to several pickup truck loads of shingles and mattresses.

To make it easier for volunteers, dozens of maps have been created that show exact dump site locations. Volunteers who live near an illegal dump site may have to spend only a half hour or less to help clean it up.

To volunteer, call 800-750-9777. For more information, visit

Nonprofit Every Day Basics in danger of closing

AUGUSTA — Every Day Basics, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that relies on donations to provide basic needs to people in the Augusta area, is in danger of shutting down.

Volunteers say if they do not get donations of items or cash to purchase needed items, hundreds will go without. Every Day Basics provides basic necessities such as bars of soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, toilet paper, diapers, diaper wipes, laundry detergent, shampoo and feminine hygiene products. It is open the first and third Saturday of every month, 1 to 4 p.m., at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Parish House.

Donations are accepted 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays at the office of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall or by calling 622-2424. Monetary donations may be mailed to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 9 Summer St., Augusta, ME 04330.

The facility manager, the Rev. Rebecca Grant, said the operation has served 1,690 people so far this year.

From staff reports

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