Red Barn fundraiser deadline set

The Red Barn and the Red Barn Cares Foundation are accepting applications online for fall fundraisers at the Augusta restaurant. Applicants must apply online even if they have previously inquired by phone, mail or email, according to a press release from the restaurant. The application period will be open until 9 p.m., Sept. 22.

The organization’s Board of Directors will announce the beneficiaries by Sept. 31 online at and on the Red Barn and the Red Barn Cares Foundation pages on Facebook.

The Red Barn has helped raise more than $800,000 for community members and charitable organizations, according to the release. The Red Barn Cares Foundation was incorporated last January to help sustain and grow owner Laura Benedict’s dream to help the community that has supported the Red Barn for more than 37 years.

Colby graduates bring RI craft brew to Maine

Four Colby College graduates who 15 years ago started the Newport Storm Brewery in Rhode Island are now “bringing it back to the place it all began,” according to a press release from the company.

Rhode Island’s first microbrewery, Newport Storm, will now be distributing its craft beer in Maine in a partnership with VacationLand Distributors of Portland. The brewery produces more than 50 distinctive brews based on the winning recipe of keeping things small, local, unique and sustainable, according to the release. Their brews include a variety of year-round and limited release offerings, according to the release.

Brewery co-founder and brewmaster Derek Luke said in the release that “After 15 years, it is really exciting to have my beer available in the state I spent the first 22 years of my life in. My parents are still in Scarborough in the same house I grew up in and I’m looking forward to bringing Newport Storm to Maine where I first learned to brew.”

Distribution throughout Maine is set for the beginning of September.

Komen Maine awards six community grants

Komen Maine, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure statewide affiliate, has announced that grants totaling $200,000 have been awarded to six Maine-based organizations committed to breast cancer research, screening and treatment.

Knowledge to Save Your Life, a program in coordination with MaineGeneral Medical Center, that supports women in Maine with breast education and screening for Kennebec and Somerset counties, was one of the recipients, according to a press release from Komen Maine.

Other recipients are Breast Health Educational Outreach, as part of Fish River Rural Health in Aroostook County; CMMC Breast Oncology Patient Navigator, a program of Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston; Commit2Care, a collaborative program of Maine Coast Memorial Hospital and Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center in Hancock and Washington counties; Ride to Wellness, a partnership between Penquis Lynx Transportation and Eastern Maine Medical Center’s CancerCare of Maine to eliminate transportation as a barrier to women seeking breast cancer treatment in Penobscot and Piscataquis counties; Support Service Fund, a product of the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition, which provides financial assistance for unmet breast health and cancer needs to underserved, low-income, and under and uninsured women statewide.

“We’re so pleased to award these grants to organizations committed to providing breast health education, screening and treatment here in Maine and helping women in Maine,” said Victoria Abbott, Komen Maine’s acting executive director. “It’s all about coming together to battle breast cancer together.”

In addition to the $200,000 in grants, Komen Maine invested $114,000 in breast cancer research through the Susan G. Komen Grants Program this year, according to the release.

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