WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR HOME TOWN
Accommodations range from quaint bed-and-breakfast inns to economy, extended-stay motels to lakefront resorts. Even with some 1,500+ hotel/motel, inn, and resort sites in western Maine, it is advisable to make advance reservations. For a list of area accommodations, visit your local chamber of commerce.
Utility services are provided by both private companies and governmental agencies. Subscribe in person or by phone.
TELEPHONE & CELL PHONE SERVICE
FairPoint New England, Oxford Networks, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon provide telephone service to customers in most of western Maine. Time Warner Cable provides digital telephone service. Visit each company's site to learn whether or not a deposit is required.
FairPoint Communications 866-984-4001
Oxford Networks www.oxfordnetworks.com 800-520-9911 491 Lisbon St. Lewiston
Time Warner Cable of New England 800-833-2253
Some municipalities provide garbage disposal in the Our Town area while some areas depend on private garbage collection services.
THESE DEPARTMENTS CAN ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT GARBAGE COLLECTION SERVICES:
Hebron, Town Office, Town Office, 351 Paris Rd., 966-3284
Lewiston, Public Works, 103 Adams Ave., 513-3003
Norway, Solid Waste, 22 Brown, 743-8518
Oxford, Transfer Station, Smith Rd., 539-4376
Paris, Transfer Station, 743-8518
STEPS TO OBTAINING A MAINE DRIVER'S LICENSE
How do I convert my out-of-state driver's license? You cannot transfer your previous license directly. You need to fill out the Maine license forms at a BMV branch office, take a vision screening, and pay the license fee. If your previous license was current, you do not need to take a road or written test. BMV Branch Office Locations - http://www.maine.gov/sos/bmv/locations/index.html
Rapid Renewal is the online service that allows you to renew your driver's license or Maine ID card or purchase a replacement driver's license or ID card at any time, day or night. Any Maine licensed driver with an active digital license, digital motorcycle license or digital motor driven cycle restricted license and any holder of a digital Maine ID card can use this service. This service is not available for commercial driver license holders. Fees can be found online at http://www.maine.gov/sos/bmv/licenses/renewal.html
STEPS TO MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRATION AND OBTAINING LICENSE PLATES
Rapid Renewal is an online service that makes it possible for you to renew your motor vehicle registration and to pay your local excise tax in one simple transaction. You should receive your new registration certificate and stickers within 7 business days. If your registration will expire within 7 days, and you are planning to travel out-of-state with your vehicle, you may wish to renew your registration in person at your municipal office. Re-registrations may also be processed at a motor vehicle branch office, after payment of excise tax has been made at your municipality.
The Rapid Renewal service for registration renewal of excise-taxable vehicles is available only to registrants who live in a participating municipality. To find out if your town or city is part of the program, please view the list of municipalities. Non-excise-taxable trailers may be renewed online for all municipalities.
Registrations for both passenger and commercial vehicles can be renewed online. However, island use, emergency/coach, vehicles over 12,000 pounds GVW, apportioned, special mobile equipment, tractors, municipal and state vehicles must be renewed in person.
THE RULES OF MAINE ROADS -- TRAFFIC REGULATIONS
Maine uses a point system to penalize traffic law violators, with each traffic violation carrying an assigned number of points. When the total reaches a maximum of 12, the driver's license is suspended.
In Maine, if you are stopped for operating under the influence and a test shows that you have an alcohol concentration of 0.08 grams or more of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood or 210 liters of breath, you may lose your driving privilege. In addition, for all administrative suspensions (there are some refusal exceptions) you may be required to complete a driver education evaluation program.
Maine law requires that the headlights of all motor vehicles operating on a public way must be illuminated whenever the vehicle’s windshield wipers are in constant use. This requirement is in addition to that requiring headlight illumination if operating at night or whenever, due to weather conditions, vehicles or persons cannot be seen for a distance of 1,000 feet ahead.
Maine law requires all passengers and drivers to wear a seat belt when traveling in a vehicle on Maine’s roadways. Drivers of all ages should only transport as many passengers as there are seat belts in their vehicle.
Maine’s Child Passenger Safety law is one of the strongest in the country. The law requires that:
• Children who weigh less than 40 lbs. ride in a child safety seat;
• Children who weigh at least 40 lbs., but less than 80 lbs. and less than 8 yrs. old, ride in a federally approved child restraint system;
• Children who are more than 8 yrs. old and less than 18 yrs. old and more than 4 feet 9 inches in height should be properly secured in a safety belt and;
• Children who are less than 18 yrs. old and at least 8 yrs old and more than 4 feet 9 inches in height is properly secured in a seat belt
• Children under 12 yrs. old and who weighs less than 100 lbs. is properly secured in the back seat of the vehicle, if possible.
The full text of the law can be found at http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/statutes/29-a/title29-asec2081.html
More information about these services can be found on the Bureau of Motor Vehicles site at maine.gov.
Farmington Village 778-4777
Farmington Falls 778-0853
Jay Village 897-3214
Mt. Blue 639-5306
North Jay 645-2812
West Paris 674-2174
ELECTRICITY AND GAS
Central Maine Power 800-750-4000
Unitil Gas 866-933-3821
Recycling saves money, creates jobs, and protects the environment.
When you recycle products and packaging, you provide materials that can be used by manufacturers to make new products.
Recycled materials cost manufacturers less than virgin materials.
Also, less energy is needed to make new products using recycled materials instead of virgin materials, further reducing production costs.
As we recycle more products, new jobs are created to collect, transport and process this waste into commodity materials that can be used by manufacturers.
Using recycled materials also decreases the demand for new raw materials, reducing negative environmental impacts of mining and extraction.
Recycling products in Maine include:
Computers and Televisions
Household Hazardous Waste including mercury-containing products and batteries
FMI, visit the Bureau of Remediation & Waste Management at www.maine.gov
EMERGENCY RELATED PHONE NUMBERS
When you call 911 from a cellular telephone it may not go to your local police/fire/medical dispatch center, so it is critical that you know where you are, including the town where the emergency is occurring so the emergency communications center can process and respond to your call quickly and effectively.
Important things to remember when reporting any incident to 911:
1. Remain calm and speak clearly,
2. Answer questions patiently and as completely as possible,
3. Understand that there is a reason for every question asked,
4. Never hang up on 911.
When you call 911 you will hear "911" or "911, what's your emergency?" or "911, what is the location of your emergency?" Ideally, you should tell the person answering the telephone what and where the emergency is, for example, "My house is on fire at (STREET & TOWN)" or "There's someone breaking into my home at (STREET ADDRESS & TOWN)" or "There's a car accident at (STREET & TOWN)." The best and quickest way to get a response to your emergency is to patiently answer all questions asked. It can be difficult to be patient during an emergency, but remaining as calm as possible and answering questions clearly will enable help to get there much faster. When seconds count, calmness helps.
Even though your location and telephone may display on the Enhanced 911, or E-911, system, you will be asked to verify these two crucial pieces of information. The incident may be occurring at some place other than your location and the system is not foolproof. Ensuring the correct address is obtained will ensure emergency units get to the scene of the emergency as quickly as possible.
If you called 911 by mistake, don't hang up. Speak with the person answering the call and answer their questions. All 911 hang-up calls are called back, and if there is no answer further action may be taken.
For the D/deaf, late-deafened or hard-of-hearing, use your TTY device or the "Maine Relay Service."
DIAL 911 FOR ALL FIRE AND POLICE EMERGENCIES
OTHER EMERGENCY NUMBERS
Alcoholics Anonymous 24-hour Hotline 800-737-6237 or 207-774-4335
Child Abuse 24-hour Hotline 800-452-1999 (Voice) or 800-963-9490 (TTY)
Maine Statewide Crisis 888-568-1112 (Voice/TTY)
Poison Control Center 800-222-1222 (Voice) or 877-299-4447 (TTY)
This is not an all-inclusive list of emergency numbers and these phone numbers are subject to change. The Maine Department of Health and Human Services provides a list of emergency services and phone numbers at www.maine.gov
CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE, VISITOR SERVICES AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTS
Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce
Bridgton Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce
Franklin County Chamber of Commerce
Greater Franklin Development Corp. 778-5887
Jay-Livermore-Livermore Falls Chamber
Kennebec Valley Chamber
Kennebec Valley Council of Governments 453-4258
Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce
Rangeley Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce
Sebago Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce
Western Maine Economic Development 739-6545
Western Mountains Alliance 778-3885
Western Maine Economic Development
Alcoholics Anonymous, in Maine, 24 Hour Hotline 800-737-6237 or 207-774-4335. During business hours, your call will be taken by a member of Alcoholics Anonymous who knows exactly what you are going through and can give you all the information you need. At night, reach a well qualified answering service, who can give meeting information, or put you in touch with a recovering alcoholic, in your area, who will speak with you about your problem. There are over 700 meetings in Maine and southern New Brunswick every week. To find a meeting near you, visit www.csoaamaine.org
Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice, 15 Strawberry Ave., Lewiston, 800-482-7412; www.ahch.org, provides needed comprehensive health and health-related services which help people remain safely and independently in their homes and communities. Volunteer opportunities are plentiful for in-home visiting volunteers and hospice volunteers (training required).
March of Dimes, www.marchofdimes.com. The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. The Maine Chapter awards community grants to provide preconception/prenatal education, support and intervention.
ProtectME-Child Health Center, 782-5437, your resource for Preschool: Providing Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education Services for children birth-five years old. Big Brothers / Big Sisters: Community and Site-based Mentoring programs for children six-18. The Parent Place: Parenting education for teens and adolescent parents. www.childhealthcenter.org/.
Tri-County Mental Health Services, Androscoggin County, 1155 Lisbon Street, Lewiston, 783-9141, 800-787-1155, is an organization committed to providing the people of Maine with excellence in mental health, substance abuse, habilitation and life skills services, respecting consumer rights, personal dignity and maintaining agency financial stability. www.tchms.org/.
Advocates for Children, 57 Birch St., Suite 204, Lewiston, Mailing address: P.O. Box 3316, Auburn, ME 04212, Phone: 783-3990, Fax: 783-9402, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web address: http://www.advocatesforchildren.net/.
American Red Cross of Southern Maine, United Valley Office, 1180 Lisbon Street, Lewiston, Phone: 795-4004, Fax: 795-4037, Web address: http://www.maineredcross.org/index.htm/.
Community Concepts Inc., 17-19 Market Square, South Paris, Phone: 743-7716, Toll free: 800-866-5588, Fax: 743-6513, Email: email@example.com, Web address: http://www.community-concepts.org/.
Good Shepherd Food-Bank, Main Warehouse & Administrative Offices, Mailing Address: PO Box 1807, Auburn, Maine 04211-1807, Phone: 782-3554, FAX: 782-9893, Web address: http://www.gsfb.org/.
Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice, Lewiston Office, 15 Strawberry Avenue, Lewiston, Phone: 777-7740, Fax: 777-7748, Toll-free: 800-482-7412; Hospice House, 236 Stetson Road, Auburn, Phone: 333-6300, Fax: 333-6309, Toll-free: 866-482-7131.
Maine Music Society, 215 Lisbon St., Lewiston, Phone: 782-1403, Fax: 782-8192, Web address: http://www.mainemusicsociety.org/.
The Progress Center, 35 Cottage Street, Norway, Phone: 743-8049, Web address: http://www.progresscentermaine.org/Home.asp/.
R.E.A.C.H., Rape Education and Crisis Hotline, One East Main Street, Suite Two, S. Paris, 24-hour support: 800-871-7741, Office 743-9777, Web address: http://www.reachmaine.org/.
Rockin' T Equine Rescue, 60 Edgecomb Road, Lisbon Falls, Phone: 353-6581, Web address: http://www.rockintequinerescue.com/.
The region's public library systems offer, in addition to book borrowing, movies, electronic books, historical and genealogical materials, music, magazines, newspapers, children and teen programs, and much more.
Bridgton Public Library
1 Church St.
Bridgton, ME 04009
Phone: 207 647-2472
Cary Memorial Library
17 Old Winthrop Road
Wayne, ME 04284
Phone: 207 685-3612
Maine State Library
64 State House Station
230 State Street
Augusta, ME 04333-0064
Bethel, 82 Main St., 824-2668
Bridgton, 6 Elm St., 647-2081
Buckfield, Turner St., 336-2641
Bryant Pond, 1 N. Main St., 665-2827
Canton, 13 Main St., 597-2020
Dixfield, Main St., 562-4931
East Dixfield, 963 US Route 2W, 645-3254
East Wilton, Main St., 645-4542
Farmington, 78A N. Main St., 778-2740
Fryeburg, 91 Main St., 935-2453
Hebron, 339 Paris Rd., 966-2960
Harrison, 5 Front St., 583-4773
Jay, RR 4, 897-4461
Mexico, 5 Riverside Ave., 364-8302
North Jay, 21 E. Dixfield Rd., 645-2910
Norway, 150 Main St., 743-8341
Oxford, 98 Pleasant St., 539-4484
Paris, Tremont St., 743-7959
Peru, 93 Main St., 562-8896
Rumford, 135 Congress St., 364-8681
Sebago, 222 Sebago Rd., 787-2381
South Paris, 13 Park St., 743-6652
West Bethel, 836-2261
West Paris, 238 Main St., 674-2951
Wilton, 454 Main St., 645-2332