Bates, Colby roll out fall semester plans; 85,000 COVID-19 tests planned

Bates, Colby roll out fall semester plans; 85,000 COVID-19 tests plannedBates, Colby roll out fall semester plans; 85,000 COVID-19 tests planned.

Both colleges are preparing for the fall semester by staggering the arrival of students on campus, changing dining procedures and other precautions. Testing will be a component too, and Colby is planning an especially rigorous program.

Recovery committee urges immediate action to save Maine’s economy.

Camden, Freeport try bringing people, business outdoors.

MaineHealth will buy power produced at 10 Maine solar farms.

Maine job training, arts organizations receive $850K in response to crisis.

Golden introduces ‘new PPP’ bill with longer-term support for small businesses.

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UMaine System unveils plan for return to campuses this fall.

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Insider Notebook: Landry/French celebrates 10 years; FirstPark to announce broker.

The Scarborough construction company, founded by Denis Landry and Keven French on the receding wave of the Great Recession, has forged partnerships and built major projects. An Oakland technology and commerce park will soon announce a broker to sell the campus.

Developers say collaboration, flexibility have kept things moving during pandemic.

Successful real estate development during a pandemic relies heavily on collaboration among partners and being flexible, those on a Maine Real Estate and Development Association panel agreed Tuesday.

Foodie tour operator pivots to outdoor history walks across Maine.

After a decade of providing culinary tours that depend on going inside eateries and retail shops, Maine Foodie Tours has pivoted to outdoor history walks. The change follows others in the culinary industry.

Portland industrial software startup appoints board to guide strategic direction.

HighByte Inc., a Portland startup creating industrial operations software, appointed to its board of directors Cambium Enterprises CEO Betsy Peters and Kepware founder Corson Ellis.

UMaine System, JAX, ConvenientMD partner to provide COVID-19 testing.

Under the partnership, ConvenientMD will administer tests at each campus, gather samples and report results. JAX will conduct scientific PCR analysis of the samples, looking for molecular signatures from the virus that causes COVID-19.

Fate is unclear for high-profile national governors conference in Portland.

The city was scheduled as the site of the National Governors Association Summer Meeting in August. Five weeks out, there’s no word on how the event — which typically draws thousands of visitors — will take place in the midst of the pandemic.

Nonprofit lists Scarborough office building for $2.5M.

The Southern Maine Agency on Aging has listed its two-story headquarters building on Route 1 with The Boulos Co., which reports strong interest in the property.

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You don’t have to leave your home to enjoy time off from work; that’s the familiar concept of a “staycation,” which caught on years ago.

But these days, few Mainers are leaving home anyway, even for work.

The Wolf Cove Inn , in Poland, is combining the two trends and marketing what co-owner Roy Forsberg calls a “workcation.”

The workcation Forsberg is selling encourages guests to bring their home office to the inn , leveraging its amenities along with business necessities like high-speed internet.

“Yes, you can work at home,” he said. “But every once in a while, why not put in for a change of scenery?”

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Bar Harbor-Nova Scotia CAT ferry cancels rest of season.

After a decade-long hiatus, Bay Ferries had planned to resume running the CAT ferry service between Bar Harbor and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, last Friday. But the 2020 season is now canceled because of the pandemic.

UMaine System trustees OK budget as shared accreditation becomes official.

By a vote of 13-1, the University of Maine System board of trustees conditionally approved a fiscal year 2021 budget that does not include any COVID-19 related tuition or fee increases.

Portland cracks down on COVID-rule scofflaws, Old Port businesses.

Crowds of Portland tavern-goers on Friday sparked a wave of criticism on social media, and a stern warning from the city. It comes as some other states begin closing bars and restaurants in response to a second wave of COVID-19 infection.

Two Maine startups get into national cleantech accelerator program.

It’s been some time since any Maine companies gained admission to the Cleantech Northeast Open, according to Martin Grohman of E2Tech, which helped with the applications. The two startups join 45 others in the 2020 program.

Harpswell realty firm franchises with global brand.

A Harpswell real estate firm that focuses on oceanfront properties expects to reach a national, and even global, market through its franchise deal with a global brand headquartered in Hamburg, Germany.

Bob’s Clam Hut, a Kittery institution, is changing hands.

Bob’s Clam Hut, a Kittery institution for 64 years, is due to change hands this week. The buyer is First Serve Hospitality Group.

How Maine’s small businesses can turn crisis into opportunity.

Even with Maine’s economy starting a recovery, small business owners will face short- and long-term challenges. A Maine PR professional offers some suggestions about how to make sense of what’s ahead.

UMaine System trustees to consider tuition hike, but not because of COVID-19.

The $560 million spending plan will raise tuition slightly to keep pace with inflation, but does not include increases in tuition or fees as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

BIW and striking union exchange jabs over further contract talks.

Bath Iron Works and the machinists union representing about 4,300 workers have traded letters over contract negotiations, but neither appears to be planning a return to the bargaining table.

Maine consumers say social distancing, health precautions in business matter.

A statewide survey conducted earlier this month found that as many as 65% of Maine consumers factor social distancing and the use of protective face masks into their business patronage decisions.

Safety message is key to opening Maine tourism economy, subcommittee says.

A subcommittee of the state’s Economic Recovery Committee says that the fact the tourism industry wants to open safely is an important message to get out as they push to alter the required quarantine for out-of-state visitors.

Pandemic boosts Maine BMV’s online Rapid Renewal vehicle registration program.

Towns and cities have been signing up with the Rapid Renewal online vehicle registration at the rate of about a dozen a year since it started in 2001, but participation has surged since March.

One Longfellow Square in Portland sets new fundraising goal of $175K.

The Portland nonprofit arts venue increased its goal and announced a challenge match from “a friend of OLS” who promised to match all donations up to $20,000.

Maine hospitals, doctors seek $120M in pandemic relief.

In a letter to Gov. Janet Mills, the Maine Hospital Association seeks $100 million while the Maine Medical Association wants $20 million.

Theaters, bowling alleys poised to reopen, but quarantine stays in place.

Bowling alleys, movie theaters, spas, massage therapists, outdoor amusement parks and summer camps can reopen July 1. But state officials said the 14-day quarantine for most out-of-state visitors and outdoor-only service for bars will stay for now.

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