KVO at 2017 Common Ground Fair

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Common Ground Fair, a “celebration of rural life”, is hosted annually in Unity by Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Association (MOFGA), and has long been a favorite event of mine every third weekend in September. Our state is fortunate to have the opportunity to bring together so many people regarding sustainability, agricultural, environmental and social justice concerns.

Every year there are new offerings and expansion of the simple ideas of coming together for the good of many. Whether one chooses to take one of the trains from either Unity or Thorndike to the Fair, take a tractor, bike, walk or drive, the experience is well worth the trip and the ever present crowds. There are exhibits, merchants, a huge farmers’ market, now 3 “Social and Political Tents”, and all kinds of livestock. The opportunities to learn are endless and it is truly worth a trip every September.

Mainers for HealthCare Kick off “YES ON 2” Campaign

Mainers for Health Care, the coalition that supporting a “Yes” vote on Question 2, officially launched the campaign to expand health care to 70,000 Mainers at events in Bangor and Lewiston.

The following video was recorded by KVO at the launch in Lewiston.

“Question 2 will make Maine’s health care system fairer and strengthen the state’s economy,” said Robyn Merrill, the executive director of Maine Equal Justice Partners and co-chair of the Mainers for Health Care steering committee. “A ‘Yes’ vote will provide health insurance to 70,000 Mainers while also helping hospitals and clinics, particularly in rural parts of the state.”

KVO has endorsed Question 2 and has partnered with the Mainers for Health Care campaign, with community events planned for later this fall in Kennebec County.