June 25, 2020
Dear Friend,

Thank you for how you have rolled with every change life has thrown at us since March. You have adapted to wearing face coverings, staying six feet apart, working from home and to each step of  the State’s plan to reopen the economy . As that plan continues to change, I wanted to make sure you know about the next two steps.
 
Starting this Friday, June 26, the rules around visitors entering Maine will be adjusted. Moving forward, a recent negative COVID-19 test will allow visitors to forgo the 14-day quarantine, and there will be increased symptom checks at places travelers tend to go. This is on top of a change that was made on June 12 to allow residents of New Hampshire and Vermont, where COVID-19 rates are similar to those in Maine, to be exempt from Maine's travel restrictions. These changes will help our economy re-open safely.
 
On July 1, we will move into Stage 3 of the reopening plan. Additional outdoor recreation and personal service businesses will be re-opening. Their public safety  checklists are here . Indoor seating at bars will remain closed, but they are already permitted to open for outdoor service. Large gatherings are still a risk, so no more than 50, keep washing your hands and wearing a face covering when recommended.
As always, please reach out if you have any questions or concerns, or if there is anything I can do to help you. And as the Fourth of July approaches, I hope you and your friends and loved ones find a special way to celebrate.

Sincerely,

Jess Fay
Serving District 66
207-415-4218
VOTING ON JULY 14
Election Day is coming up on July 14. While voting locations will be open, the safest way to vote this year is by voting absentee. You can request your ballot online, and it will be mailed right to your door. It just needs to be returned via mail or to your municipal office by 8pm on Election Day. It’s a quick and easy process that protects you from exposure and limits the number of people our election clerks will be exposed to on July 14. You can  learn more and request your ballot on the Secretary of State’s website .

If you plan to vote in person, you are encouraged to wear your mask and allot more time than usual. You should also check the  Voter Information Lookup Service  before voting to make sure your polling location has not been changed. 

If you plan to vote in person, you are encouraged to wear your mask and allot more time than usual.

TAX DEADLINES ARE COMING UP
Because of COVID-19, state and federal tax deadlines were extended this year, but they are coming right up. Be sure to file your 2019 taxes by July 15, 2020. If you need help filling, CA$H Maine is a great resource. CA$H Maine is a collaboration of organizations across the state that work together to provide free tax preparation and other financial services for Mainers who meet income requirements. For more information and to find out about services in our area, visit   www.cashmaine.org .

RENEW YOUR REGISTRATION
While vehicle registration renewals were placed on hold due to COVID-19, you must now renew that registration. Any vehicle owner that lives in a community where their town office is open is required to have their expired registration renewed by July 11. You can do so  online at this link  or by visiting the municipal office.

UPDATE ON THE RAYMOND SUMMER BACKPACK PROGRAM
  Anyone can stop by Jordan Small Middle School on Tuesdays through the summer and pick up a bag of shelf stable food and a bag of fresh food. The pickup time has changed to 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and coincides with pick up of the new prepared summer meal program   for children.

If you'd like to contribute, you can drop off shelf-stable items anytime during business hours at Raymond Town Office or Public Safety Building.

Volunteers and financial support are still needed to make this program a success. For more information contact Cathy Gosselin at  Covid19@raymondmaine.org  or reach out to me by replying to this message.


LOCAL FOOD RESOURCES
I have been hearing both from people who are worried about having enough food and those who are looking for a way to contribute in this crisis. Not only can our local food pantries help people who might need food assistance, but they are also in need of donations.

POLAND  - Poland Community Church Food Bank, 1208 Maine St., 207-998-7118 or 207-998-4069. Open Wednesdays from 2 - 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

RAYMOND  - Lake Region Baptist Church, 1273 Roosevelt Trail, 207-310-1419. Open on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month from 4-6 p.m.

CASCO  - Casco Village Church, 941 Meadow Rd., 207-627-4282. Open on the fourth Thursday of the month from 2-5 p.m. or by appointment in special circumstances.

CASCO  - Casco Alliance Church, 450 Roosevelt Trail, 207-693-9601. Open on the first Tuesday and third Monday of the month from 6-7 p.m.

Expanded Meals on Wheels eligibility : As a result of COVID-19, the current eligibility requirements for Meals on Wheels are:

  • 60 and older AND homebound due to illness or social distancing.
  • Under 60, on SSDI and having difficulty preparing meals and homebound due to illness or social distancing.
  • Under 60, on SSDI and living with someone who is receiving Meals on Wheels and homebound due to illness and social distancing.

To apply in Raymond and Casco, click  here  or call 1-800-427-7411. To sign up in Poland, call 1-800-427-1241
Municipal Contact Information

Town of Casco - Cascomaine.org - 207-627-4515

Town of Raymond - Raymondmaine.org - 207-655-4742

Town of Poland - Polandtownoffice.org - 207-998-4601