Orono Public Works accepts the OPD's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and extends the same invitation to Old Town Public Works, University of Maine Grounds Crew and Facilities Management, and the Orono Water Pollution Control Facility. You have 24hrs!!
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Well, it looks like there was enough interest with the workplace/ school violence safety class. SOOOOOO, on April 5th at 7:00pm we w...ill be hosting that class.

Purpose: To educate the public on basic safety techniques during a workplace or school violence incident.

When: Thursday, April 5th from 7:00pm-9:00pm (may go later if there are lots of questions).

Where: Orono Town Council Chambers (59 Main Street)

Cost: FREE (thank me later)

This is open to anyone in the public (not just Orono). We are hoping to go over some basic safety and medical techniques and then open it up for any questions people have.

We hope to see you there!

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There will be a Board of Assessment Review Meeting on March 20, 2018 at 6PM in Council Chambers. To view the agenda, go to

There will be a Council Organizational Meeting (Swearing In) and Council Workshop on Monday, March 19th at 7:30pm in Council Chambers, 59 Main Street. To view the agenda, go to

Trash and Recycling will happen on the regularly scheduled days. Stay up to date with trash and recycling schedules with Recycle Coach!

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Noon Update! Anybody else feel like a waffle getting drenched in powdered sugar? ENOUGH already! The good news is that this appears to be the last band of heavy snow and we will begin to see conditions improve as the afternoon and evening wear on.

*We're back at full strength and the road crews are doing an EXTRAORDINARY job. Roads are passable but icy under the snow cover. Please be careful if you go out!

*We have started a first pass at priority sidewalks but it is EXTREME...LY slow going. The crews will be out overnight until cleanup is complete.

*The snow is EXCEPTIONALLY heavy and we are seeing power lines and tree limbs sag. Use caution if you are out and about.

*The winter wonderland is ENCHANTING but it means low visibility and lots of heavy machinery out. Please resist the urge to ski/sled/play in the roadways and snowbanks and make sure you aren't parked in the right-of-way. Do have tons of fun in appropriate locations!

*Having run out of E words to yell at you, I will leave you with the picture of my ENDEARING children (guess I had one more) with their "person-sized" snowball. Hope that one melts before May!

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Good snowy morning! Mother Nature is still flexing her muscles out there today. Here's what you need to know in Orono!

* Plow trucks have been out all night but there have been some major equipment breakdowns due to the extremely heavy (both in quantity and quality) snow. We are currently down to one mainline truck and are trying to keep the main roads open. As we bring the repaired trucks back online we will be able to get back into the neighborhoods and side streets. Please... be patient!, the Public Works crew is doing the best they can with the situation.

* The forecast is for the snow to continue throughout the day, heavy at times, and for temperatures to rise. This will create some very slushy roads and hazardous conditions. If you can stay put, please stay put!

* Due to the continued snow, the sidewalks will not be addressed until the snow winds down (hard to clear sidewalks when more snow is plowed on to them). It is very unlikely that the sidewalks will be clear in time for the commute tomorrow. Please consider this when making your plans for tomorrow!!

* Due to the conditions, all non-emergency Town services are closed for the day and will re-open tomorrow.

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Results are in! Congratulations to Sam Kunz, Tom Perry, and Cheryl Robertson!

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We're here until 8:00 PM if you can get to the polls safely! Blizzards during March elections are becoming a tradition!

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Belle A Ryder is with Shelly Crosby.

Another 45 minutes of electionmageddon before we count! Town of Orono

Due to the severity and timing of the anticipated snow storm, the Community Connector bus service announces it will begin operating at 12:15 PM on Wednesday, March 14. City of Bangor staff are closely monitoring weather forecasts that are currently indicating that wind gusts will be 30-40 mph and will result in significant blowing, drifting snow, along with significantly reduced visibilities tomorrow morning. Therefore, to ensure everyone’s safety, bus service will be delayed and begin at 12:15 PM from downtown tomorrow afternoon. City staff will continue to monitor the forecast and will send any/all bus schedule updates to local media and the City’s social media platforms.

All Town operations that are not related to emergency services, storm response, or the municipal election are closing at 2PM today. Polls will remain open until 8:00 PM. Non-emergency operations will resume tomorrow, 03/14 at 10:00 AM.

Don't forget to vote tomorrow at the Annual Municipal Election!

Despite a predicted snowstorm, the Town of Orono will still be hosting it's regular Annual Municipal Election. Polls will open at 7:00AM and close at 8:00PM.

For questions - please call the office at (207) 866-2556. See you then!

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The Orono Town Office, Council Chambers lobby, has a beautiful new display case featuring items from the Orono Historical Society.

When you come to the Council Chambers to VOTE at the March 13th Municipal Election (7AM-8PM), check out the display.

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Green Jobs Forum (Saturday, April 14 th , 12-3pm, Bangor Public Library, Bangor)

UMaine’s Office of Sustainability and UMA-Bangor’s Office of Student life are holding a Green Jobs Forum. If you are looking for a career in the environmental sector, this event is for you! Don’t have a college degree? This isn’t a problem as we will have several employers that offer positions which don’t require a college degree. Employers include: CADMUS, Maine Energy Marketers, One Lupine, and many more! The Bangor Career Center will be there to do resume building. Light and local refreshments will be provided.

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Earth Day Festival (Saturday, April 21 st , 12-2pm, Pickering Square, Bangor)

UMaine’s Office of Sustainability, UMA-Bangor’s Office of Student Life, and Transportation for All are throwing an earth day festival! The festival will be a zero-waste event, and will feature fun yet educational activities for everyone and anyone. Experts in the energy field will be present to teach participants about energy efficiency and clean energy in Maine. Activities include: test-riding an electric vehicle, crafting seed bombs, and eating local treats. The event will be accessible via public transportation and bus ticket reimbursements will be available upon request.

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Park Street Transportation Study
Thursday, March 29, 2018, 6:00pm
Municipal Building, Council Chambers


The Town of Orono will hold the second public meeting for the Park Street Transportation Study on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 6:00 PM in the Town of Orono Council Chambers. The purpose of the meeting is to present the Draft Transportation Improvement Plan in order to gain community feedback on the plan’s recommendations.

The Park Street Draft Transportation Improvement Plan includes short-term and long-range conceptual roadway improvement alternatives and traffic systems management improvement recommendations within the Park Street (Route 2) corridor, from the Orono - Old Town line up to, and including, the approaches of College Avenue.

The Town of Orono Park Street Transportation Study Advisory Committee, consisting of Town staff, the Maine Department of Transportation, the Bangor Area Comprehensive Transportation System, and University of Maine, resident, and business-owner representatives, encourages the public’s input on the draft plan.

You can contact Town Planner, Janna Richards, with any questions at 207-889-6908.

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