Category: Local Conditions

Following Record COVID-19 Cases, Governor Mills Announces New Face Covering Executive Order

November 5, 2020 Face coverings must now be worn in public settings regardless of how far apart you are from other people On the day Maine recorded 183 new cases of COVID-19, the highest single-day increase since the beginning of the pandemic, Governor Janet Mills announced an Executive Order requiring Maine people to wear face coverings in public settings, regardless of the ability to maintain physical distance. The new order strengthens an earlier one stating that face coverings must be worn only when physical...

2020 AKEMA Hazard Mitigation Plan

It’s Hazard Mitigation time and we would like for you to attend one of our three Kick-Off Meetings. These meetings will be held by Zoom on: Thursday, November 12th @ 9:00am Thursday, November 12th @ 6:00pm Saturday, November 14th @ 10:00am Please plan on attending one of these to help get the AKEMA Hazard Mitigation Plan in gear. All three of these are the same, so you only need to attend one. Please let me know what time is good...

FLU VACCINE: Is it time for one?

Now’s the time to get your flu shot. The flu shot is covered for people with Medicare from providers that accept Medicare or your Medicare plan. You can safely get a flu vaccine at your doctor’s office, pharmacy, or other local provider.  The flu can be very serious for people who are 65 years and older. A flu shot is your best protection from getting and spreading the virus. Getting the shot can help you stay healthy and, if you do...

Aroostook County Dry Wells

During this time of severe drought, some folks may be experiencing wells going dry.  It is not a good idea to dump water into wells for a number of reasons, a few of which are that the water would simply leak out into the surrounding ground, and what didn’t might actually contaminate the well.  Citizens who may be experiencing low water levels in wells are also encouraged to take the following steps: Avoid filling wells by a water hauler or...

Drought Task Force Meets: Drought Conditions Improve with Above Average Rainfall!

October/30/2020 – AUGUSTA, MAINE – Maine’s Drought Task Force met virtually Thursday to discuss the drought conditions across the state. Since the Task Force met two weeks ago, conditions have improved across much of the state, with northern Maine close to coming out of drought status and the remainder of the state moving to moderately dry conditions. “October is historically our wettest month of the year and it really came through,” said Donald Dumont of the National Weather Service. The...