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New England Moxie Congress brings historic and unique vehicles to the Moxie parade

New England Moxie Congress brings historic and unique vehicles to the Moxie parade

Caption: The famous Moxie horsemobile and other spectacular vehicles will be in the Moxie Festival Parade on Saturday, July 9th courtesy of The Moxie Congress. 

June 13, 2011.  The Moxie Festival Committee is pleased to announce that the New England Moxie Congress (NEMC), celebrating its 20th anniversary with us this year, will again take part in the Saturday Moxie Day parade with their unique aeroplane, cars, and more, including representations of the century-old “Moxie Boy.”

After the parade the vehicles and a variety of NEMC displays can be visited at the Crosman Funeral Home parking lot at 40 Main Street in Lisbon Falls.

The new parade start time is one hour later at 10 am.

Since 1983, The Moxie Festival in Lisbon, Maine has been held on the second weekend in July.  The 2011 Moxie Festival weekend is July 8-10, 2011.  The Festival now includes a three day Pow Wow; Friday night fireworks; a Saturday parade, Festival, and 5K race

Three New Gillig Buses Now in Lewiston-Auburn

Three New Gillig Buses Now in Lewiston-Auburn

The LA community saw a lot more purple this morning, as three 35’ low-floor purple Citylink transit buses hit the streets for the first time!  The heavy-duty 31-passenger Gillig buses were 100% funded by American Reinvestment Recovery Act Funds (ARRA).  They are American made and were manufactured in Hayward, California, to include two wheelchair tie-down locations. 

Pat Christian, General Manager of Western Maine Transportation Services, Inc., said, “These are real heavy-duty transit coaches that will serve the communities well for the next 12 years.” 

The purchase of the buses, valued at $371,406 each, was made possible by the Maine Department of Transportation “piggy backing” on an existing bid awarded to San Mateo, California.  The State of Maine received 13 ARRA funded buses, with Lewiston-Auburn Transit, Bangor, Portland’s METRO, and South Portland benefiting.

“MaineDOT needs to be given a lot of credit for making this purchase

Spring 2011 Walk & Bike to School Events in Your Neighborhood

• Auburn, The Walton School, Walk to School Day, May 5
• Biddeford, Community Bicycle Center, Monthly Walk & Bike to School Wednesdays, starting April 6
• Bridgton, Stevens Brook Elementary School, Walk & Bike to School Day, May 17
• Brunswick, Jordan Acres Elementary School, Monthly Walk & Bike to School Thursdays, starting May 5
• Brunswick, Longfellow Elementary School, Monthly Walk & Bike to School Days, all year
• Bucksport, Miles Lane School, Walk to School Day, May 13
• Calais Elementary School, Walking School Bus, Tuesdays & Thursdays starting April 26
• Camden, Camden-Rockport Middle School, Walk & Bike to School Day, May 18
• Cutler, Bay Ridge Elementary School, Daily Walk & Ride to School Days, June 13 – 17
• Dresden Elementary School, Grades 3 -5 School Bike Trek, May 25
• Eagle Lake Elementary School, Walk & Bike to School Day, May 25
• Falmouth,

Governor's Tea @ the Blaine House in Augusta

Governor's Tea @ the Blaine House in Augusta
On Wednesday, May 4, 2011, Governor Paul Lepage and the United Bikers of Maine will be celebrating Motorcycle Safety and Awareness month. The theme for this year is "Did You See Me". Distracted driving has become a major hazard to motorcyclists but also bicycles, pediatricians and other vehicles.   Lets step up the awareness of distracted drivers and make our highways a safer place to travel.   http://www.ubm-usa.org/  

Alpha One-Adaptive Driving Education Fundraiser

Alpha One-Adaptive Driving Education Fundraiser

Alpha One is launching our first fundraising initiative to enhance our Adaptive Driving Education program and we are looking for your help.

This program is one of our oldest, and has been offering driver evaluation, assistive driving technology consultation and driver education and training since the early ‘80s. The ADE Program has helped hundreds of Maine consumers to become licensed drivers and enjoy the freedom of mobility

Our goal is to lower the overall cost of delivering this valuable service to Maine people who want to get back on the road again, by soliciting support from individuals and businesses who share our desire to help others remain independent.

Donations from foundations and individuals will provide for the purchase and adaptation of a new van and the operation of the program over the next five years.

Hackett Road Bridge to close for beam repairs

Hackett Road Bridge to close for beam repairs

AUBURN—The Hackett Road Bridge, located at mile 76.9 on the Maine Turnpike in Auburn will be closed for nine days from Monday April 25 through Tuesday May 3, 2011.  The bridge closure will allow the contractor to make repairs to bridge beams that were damaged when an over-height load struck the bridge.  T-Buck Construction of Auburn, Maine has the contract to complete the repairs to the bridge between March 28 and May 27, 2011.

Motorists traveling locally will be directed around the project via the South Main Street Bridge, then across Witham Road and finally over Broad Street back to Hackett Road.  

Work crews must remove the damaged beams and replace them with new ones.  Traffic will not be permitted on the bridge while the beams are missing from the structure.  The contractor has placed roadside, electronic message boards on Hackett Road announcing the closure prior to the start of the project. 

Turnpike mainline lane clo

Commute Another Way Week set for May 16-20

Commute Another Way Week set for May 16-20

17th ANNUAL EVENT ASKS 'WHAT'S YOUR MPG'

Commuters who carpool, vanpool, ride transit, bike, walk or telecommute May 16 through 20 can double their miles per gallon – or better. With high gas prices hitting commuters hard in the pocketbook this spring, Commute Another Way Week is urging employers and commuters to work together to raise their MPG – and save a bundle on their daily commute.

“This is the 17th year we’ve held this event, and one thing that never stops drawing people in is the message about how much you can save when you drive alone to work less frequently,” says event organizer Carey Kish of the GO MAINE program.

The purpose of Commute Another Way Week is to let help Maine commuters learn more about carpooling, vanpooling, biking, walking or riding transit, teleworking and other low-cost alternatives to the single-occupant vehicle.