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EXIT Oceanside Realty opens new location in Wells

From EXIT Realty

WELLS – Michael Wohl, Regional Owner of EXIT Realty New England recently announced the new Wells location of EXIT Oceanside Realty, under the direction of Rick and Pam Coyne, as an EXIT Realty franchisee.

“Rick and Pam have not only recognized the value of everything EXIT Realty has to offer but they have instilled these values in all of their real estate agents; the EXIT Formula, state-of-the-art technology, in-depth training, and more.  They wanted a location that would allow each agent a more comfortable workspace allowing them to thrive,” said Wohl. 

Rick and Pam Coyne recently moved their Wells office of EXIT Oceanside Realty to a new location at 913 Post Road, Unit E, in Wells.

In making the decision to relocate EXIT Oceanside Realty to 913 Post Road, Unit E, in Wells, the Coynes realized that most real estate companies focus on the numbers and not the individual.  “At EXIT Realty, we believe that working first to strengthen each agent makes the team more productive and successful. We don’t believe more is better, we believe better is better. EXIT Realty has the best real estate business model to support this philosophy,” he said. Coyne is a passionate leader, teacher and coach. He will place much of his focus on mentoring and training his team. 

“We are very excited to contribute even more to our community and assist residents with their real estate needs,” said Pam Coyne. “At EXIT Realty we are committed to our customers’ satisfaction.”  

Rick and Pam Coyne, and EXIT Oceanside Realty, continue to donate their time and resources to various organizations in the Wells community, along with serving twice as President of the Wells Rotary Club.

EXIT Oceanside Realty also sponsored the EXIT Realty Little League team this year and is looking forward to expanding their contributions within the greater Wells community. 

EXIT Oceanside Realty is part of EXIT Realty New England’s growing family of independently owned and operated franchise brokerages. For more information about this brokerage, please visit

Guild Fine Craft Show in Scarborough Sept. 18-19

From Maine Crafts

SCARBOROUGH – the Guild Fine Craft Show in Scarborough returns for its eleventh season with a fully outdoor show on the expansive grounds of Ketcha Outdoors at 336 Black Point Road in Scarborough.

The show will take place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 18-19.

The show was founded and produced by the Maine Crafts Guild for the past decade. In 2020, the Guild became part of the Maine Crafts Association, continuing the programs, events and initiatives previously offered by the separate organizations.

The intent of the shows, as it was under Maine Crafts Guild management, is to present a professional craft show where the public is invited to engage with exhibitors to collect and learn about the highest quality crafts made by Maine’s dedicated, talented and experienced artists, each who have creatine beautiful objects for everyday use and special occasions.

Ketcha Outdoors offers 107 acres of beautiful fields and forest that features an extensive collection of trails that are open to the public and eventually connect to the abutting 90 acre Scarborough Land Trust Libby Farm trail. 

Show Director Lizz Berry of the Maine Crafts Association said, “This outdoor show at Ketcha Outdoors is special in that one can make a whole day of exploring nature and shopping for fine craft handmade in Maine; with many designs inspired by its natural beauty.”

Attendees will collect, learn and gather with fellow craft collectors, supporters and artists. The show features 25 fine craft artists exhibiting handmade jewelry, ceramics, glass, fiber, paper, stone and more. 

Admission is $5 and those under 18 may attend free of charge.

The show is open Saturday, Sept. 18n from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday. Sept. 19, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

More information about Maine Crafts Association can be found at

The Maine Crafts Association is a non-profit with a mission to support craft artists by providing educational, marketing and retail opportunities and a vision to strengthen individual craft artists, Maine communities, local economies, and the visitor experience by making Maine a national crafts destination.

This summer camp is a family passion

By Nathan Tsukroff

RAYMOND – Summer camp is fun and educational. And for the Slovenski family, it’s a family passion.

After attending summer camps where their parents worked, the Slovenski brothers and sisters went on to become counselors, trustees and directors in Maine summer camps.

And then one of the brothers, Peter, who lives in Brunswick, opened a summer camp in Raymond.

Camp Hawthorne on the west side of Panther Pond in Raymond was closing, so Peter worked out a deal with the Plummer family to take over the camp in 2010, renaming it Slovenski Camps. The property is part of what used to be the Plummer family farm that was developed more than 200 years ago.

The story of camping goes back a generation, starting with parents Walter and Ruth.

Steven Slovenski chats with his mother, Ruth, outside the healthcare facility named in her honor at the Slovenski Camps, a summer camp for children in grades 3-11 on Panther Pond in Raymond. Ruth Slovenski was school nurse in the Lewiston and Lisbon school districts, and spent summers as a summer camp nurse in the Lakes Region area. (Tsukroff photo)

Walter Slovenski was raised in western Pennsylvania and attended Syracuse University after serving several years as a Seabee in the Pacific theater during World War II. He met Ruth, a nursing student at Syracuse School of Nursing, and they were married in 1949. Slovenski went on to earn a master’s degree at New York University and coached both basketball track at Oneonta State College in New York for two years, where their oldest son, Steven, was born.

The family moved to Lewiston in 1952 for Walter to take on the role of head track coach and assistant football coach at Bates College.

The other Slovenski children – Susan, Peter, Paul, Sally, and Patti – were born in Lewiston, where Ruth worked as a school nurse in first the Lewiston and then the Lisbon school districts.

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Maine celebrates with bicentennial parade

By Nathan Tsukroff

AUBURN/LEWISTON – It’s official! Maine is now 200 years old, and citizens have finally celebrated this milestone, although a year late.

After being rescheduled twice due to the pandemic, the Maine Bicentennial Parade, presented by Poland Spring, wound its way through Auburn and Lewiston on Saturday as Mainers celebrated the state’s transition from a territory of Massachusetts to the 23rd state.

The state was created under the Missouri Compromise of 1820, which allowed Maine to join the Union as a free state, with Missouri entering a year later as a slave state to preserve the numerical balance between free and slave states.

Governor Jane Mills (D) led the parade as the Grand Marshall, followed by a string of floats and marching bands.

Mills rode in a 3-D printed boat created at the University of Maine. The float was followed by Mainers protesting her recent mandate that all healthcare workers must be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 1.

Also in the parade were several local bands, clowns, unicyclists, and veterans groups.

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First one-man show in photography

From JohnDesignX

GORHAM – After living and photographing scenes in Maine for over 20 years, John Tiedje of Gorham is having his first ever one-man show.

Tiedje’s work will be displayed at the Stier Gallery in the Thomas Memorial Library in Cape Elizabeth during September.

The show will feature black and white photos of local scenes such as snow scenes, coastal, old barns, landscapes and more.

Tiedje has exhibited in local, state and national shows. He has won Photographer’s Forum, Best of Photography, and an Award of Excellence.

Black and white photographs by John Tiedje of Gorham will be on display during September in his first ever one-man show, at the Thomas Memorial Library in Cape Elizabeth. (Photos by John Tiedje)

The Thomas Memorial Library is at 6 Scott Dyer Rd, Cape Elizabeth.

Tiedje works under the name JohnDesignX as both a photographer and graphic artist. Learn more at

Photography exhibition at Baxter Library

From Portland Camera Club

GORHAM – Baxter Memorial Library will host a photographic exhibition in September and October of work by American and Russian artists.

The Bridges of Friendship photographic cultural exchange between the Portland Camera Club of Maine and the Spolokhi Photo Club from Archangel, Russia, wjll provide Mainers with a juried show of outstanding work from both countries.

An opening reception will be take place from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 16, for guests to learn more about the Bridges of Friendship Exchange.

The exhibit can be viewed online at

Grants will help with transport of older Mainers

From Maine CF

ELLSWORTH & PORTLAND – The Maine Charity Foundation Fund of the Maine Community Foundation is accepting grant proposals from nonprofit organizations that support community-based transportation programs.

These are programs that help maintain social connections among older Mainers, and grants of up to $10,000 are available.

“Nearly a third of older people in Maine live in communities without access to public transportation,” said Director of Grantmaking Laura Lee. “For older people, especially those in rural areas, lack of transportation can result in missed medical appointments, malnutrition, and social isolation – all significant threats to good health and quality of life.”

The deadline for applications is Sept. 15.

For complete guidelines, application and a list of 2020 grants, visit

Last year’s grantees included Catholic Charities Maine, Portland, to maintain and expand SEARCH, a companionship and transportation program for older adults, into unserved rural areas to reduce social isolation and improve connection to community

Also receiving a grant last year was Island Connections, Bar Harbor, to help cover fundraising losses and support free transportation for older people and people with disabilities on Mount Desert Island and surrounding islands

And People Plus, Brunswick, received a grant to help cover fundraising losses for expansion and increased capacity for growing Volunteer Transportation Network serving 566 homebound older adults in Brunswick region with rides, shopping, groceries/prescriptions.

If you have questions about this fund, please contact Director of Grantmaking Laura Lee at (207) 761-2440 or

Headquartered in Ellsworth, with additional personnel in Portland, Dover-Foxcroft, Mars Hill and Rockport, the Maine Community Foundation works with donors and other partners to provide strong investments, personalized service, local expertise, and strategic giving to improve the quality of life for all Maine people.

To learn more about the foundation, visit

Tickets on sale for Common Ground fair


UNITY – Tickets for the 45th annual Common Ground Country Fair are on sale now for the premier event of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association that will take place on Sept. 24-26 in in Unity.

“We are looking forward to supporting a safe and healthy event in person this year,” said April Boucher, the fair’s director. Boucher added, “In order to facilitate a safe event we are asking all fairgoers to purchase tickets in advance of arriving at the gates to minimize congestion and lines, and so that we can cap attendance at a number that supports social distancing.”

MOFGA’s annual celebration of rural living will continue to offer something for everyone this year, even though many aspects will be a bit different. The events and layout of the fair have been reworked to reduce congestion and long lines, and increased sanitization will be in place. The unique nature of the fair will remain the same in that it will feature hundreds of exhibitors and activities centered around sustainable living, from fiber arts to green building, live music, children’s activities, and organic foods from around Maine.

Adding to the fair’s draw is its setting: MOFGA’s Common Ground Education center, which doubles as the fairgrounds, includes a sustainably managed woodlot as well as organic orchards and demonstration gardens. This landscape provides an ideal backdrop for demonstrations on low-impact forestry, organic farming and gardening, livestock management and other aspects of rural living to take place during the three days of the fair. 

An exciting lineup of keynote speakers — Karen Washington, co-owner and farmer at Rise & Root Farm and co-founder of Black Urban Growers; Amara Ifeji, a 19-year-old climate justice activist; and Stacy Brenner, an organic farmer and Maine State Senator — will address food justice issues, including food security, climate change, land justice and farmworker rights. 

Tickets for the event are now available at MOFGA’s website ( Fairgoers will receive their tickets via email, and can download them to a smart phone or print them out to be scanned at the gate. Fairgoers who do not have access to the internet may purchase tickets over the phone by calling 207-568-6049 during business hours on Wednesdays.

Advance pricing, available until Sept. 22 – adults (18-64) — $14; elders (65+) — $10; youth (13-17) — $10; children (12 and under) — free daily; and persons with disabilities — free daily for them and an attending person.

School groups are free on Friday, Sept. 24.

Volunteers receive free admission for the day of their four-hour volunteer shift, plus an iconic Common Ground Country Fair T-shirt and other benefits.

MOFGA members receive complimentary fair tickets based on membership level.

All tickets must be reserved in advance, including free tickets.

For information about attending the fair, visit 

The vaccine mandate is
. . . complicated

Touching Base

Op-ed by Nathan Tsukroff

In the Maine Republican’s weekly radio address last Friday, this is what we heard:

“This is State Representative Kathleen Dillingham, of Oxford, with the Weekly Republican Radio Address. Recently, the Governor, and her administration, used the Department of Health and Human Services public health emergency issued July 1, 2021, to mandate that all healthcare employers require their employees receive the COVID-19 vaccine, and those employees who do not, will lose their jobs. That is an estimated 10,000 healthcare employees.”

Mandates of any kind can be . . . complicated.

And the recent mandate by Gov. Mills that all healthcare workers must be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 1 adds to the complication.

Let’s look at the facts –

As we found in the State of Maine’s statement on the vaccine mandate, “The State of Maine has long required the immunization of employees of designated health care facilities to reduce the risk of exposure to, and possible transmission of, vaccine-preventable diseases. These immunizations include measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox, hepatitis B, and influenza. This existing rule has been amended to include the COVID-19 vaccine. The organizations to which this requirement applies must ensure that each employee is vaccinated, with this requirement being enforced as a condition of the facilities’ licensure.”

Dillingham’s statement is at odds with the governor’s mandate, since the mandate DOES NOT refer to firings, but rather to licensure of a healthcare facility.

In other words, the governor did not tell healthcare workers to be vaccinated or they would be fired.

However, that doesn’t mean healthcare workers can be secure in their jobs.

Here’s where it starts to get complicated.

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Healthcare workers protest vaccination mandate in Augusta

a Kieltyka standing in front of the capitol building.

 Healthcare workers are concerned will be fired unless they comply with Gov. Mills lat­est mandate requiring them to receive the COVID vaccination by October 1. A peaceful protest was held at the Maine State House in Augusta on August 16. TCT photo by Lillian Baker. More pho­tos and video coverage at twincitytimes.

These 2 photos courtesy of Melissa J Albert photography
ria Kieltyka standing to the left of her
Mother Samantha Kieltyka, who is a nurse.

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