AUGUSTA — A truck full of free food will serve as a temporary food pantry in the parking lot next to Lithgow Library today.

The Food Mobile will be brought to the corner of Oak and State streets by the Augusta Food Bank and Good Shepherd Food Bank.

The Food Mobile will allow the banks to distribute food directly to those in need, according to a news release. Anyone is eligible to receive the food.

People coming for food are asked to bring bags or boxes. The Food Mobile will be at the site from 10 a.m. to noon today.

Items typically given out include meat, dairy products, bread, fresh produce, canned goods and snacks.

Winthrop library closed for cleanup

WINTHROP — The C. M. Bailey Public Library will be closed today and Saturday for asbestos abatement and flood damage repairs to both floors.

The main floor in the Bowdoin Street library will reopen on Monday, but the downstairs children’s area will remain closed until further notice, according to Richard Fortin, library director.

A broken exterior pipe caused flooding in the bathrooms over the weekend.

Monmouth electionpapers soon available

MONMOUTH — Deputy Town Clerk Kim Dalton said nomination papers for municipal elections will be available during normal business hours beginning Thursday at the town office.

The papers must be returned by April 26 with 25 resident signatures to be included on the ballot for the June town meeting.

This year’s openings include three- and one-year terms on the board of selectmen and three-year terms on both the Regional School Unit 2 Board of Directors and Cumston Library Trustees.

The term of Selectman Harold Jones expires this year. The one-year vacancy was created when Selectman Colleen Fournier resigned from the board last month.

James Grandahl’s position on the Regional School Unit 2 board expires this year as does Nancy Ludewig’s seat on the Cumston Library Trustees.

Junior firefighters to get new pagers

MONMOUTH — The town’s junior firefighters will soon get new pagers thanks to a grant from the Stephen & Tabitha King Foundation.

Fire Chief Daniel Roy said the department will use the $2,500 grant to buy pagers for each of the department’s 10 junior firefighters. Roy said the juniors spearheaded the effort to secure the grant.

The young firefighters had sought $4,000 to buy pagers similar to those used by regular volunteers, which cost about $400 each, Roy said. The department was able to find a different model pager for about half the cost.

The junior firefighters, ages 14 to 18, respond to emergencies to serve as support for the regular volunteers. Junior firefighters have relied on the station alarm, which is sounded for each emergency, or personal scanners, to know when they are needed, Roy said. The young firefighters now will be paged to emergencies, just as the regular volunteers are.

Senate candidatesinvited to event

WISCASSET — Democratic candidates running for U.S. Senate have been invited to speak at the Lincoln County Democratic Committee’s monthly meeting on Wednesday.

Candidates will take part in question and answer sessions with attendees.

The meeting is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. in the 911 Room behind the Lincoln County Courthouse, with access from U.S. Route 1.

Updated information will become available on Monday at

Compiled from staff reports

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