LD 791 Funding Information

Maine Government Contacts for LD 791 Funding

Governor Mills Office:


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Appropriations Committee:

Senator Margaret Rotundo of Androscoggin- Chair

D – Senate District 21

Email: Margaret.Rotundo@legislature.maine.gov

Senator Richard Bennett of Oxford

R – Senate District 18

Email: Richard.Bennett@Legislature.Maine.gov

Senator Jill Duson of Cumberland

D – Senate District 27

Email: Jill.Duson@Legislature.Maine.gov

Representative Melanie Sachs of Freeport- Chair

D – House District 102

Email: Melanie.Sachs@Legislature.Maine.gov

Representative Mark Blier of Buxton

R – House District 138

Email: Mark.Blier@Legislature.Maine.gov

Representative Nathan Carlow of Buxton

R – House District 137

Email: Nathan.Carlow@Legislature.Maine.gov

Representative Benjamin Collings of Portland

D – House District 114

Email: Benjamin.Collings@Legislature.Maine.gov

Representative Jack Ducharme of Madison

R – House District 71

Email: John.Ducharme@Legislature.Maine.gov

Representative Jessica Fay of Raymond

D – House District 86

Email: Jessica.Fay@Legislature.Maine.gov

Representative Drew Gattine of Westbrook

D – House District 126

Email: Andrew.Gattine@legislature.maine.gov

Representative Ann Matlack of St. George

D – House District 43

Email: Ann.Matlack@Legislature.Maine.gov

Representative Rebecca Millett of Cape Elizabeth

D – House District 123

Email: Rebecca.Millett@legislature.maine.gov

Representative Sawin Millett of Waterford

R – House District 81

Email: Sawin.Millett@legislature.maine.gov

Mandy Connor  Committee Clerk

Office of Fiscal and Program Review
5 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
Phone: 287-1635, Email: mandy.connor@legislature.maine.gov

Justin Purvis  Committee Clerk

Office of Fiscal and Program Review
5 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
Phone: 287-1635, Email: AFA@legislature.maine.gov

Maureen Dawson  OFPR Analyst

Office of Fiscal and Program Review
5 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
Phone: 287-1635, Email: Maureen.Dawson@legislature.maine.gov



Draft Letter to use if you would like to send to any of the above State Offices:

Dear _,

Thank you for the important and challenging work you are doing.  As you begin the new year, I ask you to please fund LD 791 – An Act to Support the Maintenance of Historic Fort George in Castine. This bill will fund Historic Sites that are owned by the state but have been underfunded or not funded at all.

Fort George, in Castine, is an absolute jewel. Built by the British during the Revolutionary War in 1779, Fort George is the best-preserved example of a British built earthwork fortification in all North America. Castine was the site of The Penobscot Expedition, a critical battle during the Revolutionary War. The Fort has the potential to draw many tourists who travel to see Revolutionary War Sites, bringing revenue to Castine and other Maine communities.

At one time Castine received funds from the state for grounds maintenance. These funds were discontinued under a previous administration, and we have found it more and more difficult to care for this important structure using best historic preservation practices. In addition, there are currently safety hazards that must be remediated before we seek to promote tourism.

A few years ago, several entities in the town of Castine applied for and received a grant to plan for the preservation and interpretation of Fort George.  We began the work with a study to assess our needs; now we need your assistance to make the Fort a key part of Maine’s Revolutionary War story and a huge tourism draw.  We would be happy to send you a copy of this document.

LD 791 funding will allow us to

  • make the Fort safe for visitors,
  • invest in interpretive signage and
  • create a plan to incorporate the Fort more fully into our historic tours and events.

This is the perfect time to invest in a Revolutionary War Fort with the upcoming Celebration of America’s 250th Anniversary and the American Revolution. This is the perfect time to feature Fort George as a major tourism draw.

The people of Castine are proud of our history, the role our town played in both the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, as well as our strong history of shipbuilding. We work hard to promote our history and the history of Maine to residents and visitors. We, in Castine, and the 19 other towns with unfunded historic sites, are looking to you to fully fund LD 791. We cannot do the work on our own – please help us!

We invite you to visit Castine and to tour Fort George. We can show you the safety issues and our plans for interpretive signage. We would be honored to give you a tour and to thank you personally for your assistance.

Again, thank you for the difficult work you are doing and for your consideration in this matter.



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Saturday, December 9
  • Family Movie Night: The Snowman Saturday, December 9  4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Emerson Hall, 67 Court St, Castine, ME 04421, USA

    The Castine Arts Association and the Witherle Memorial Library will sponsor a Family Movie Night at 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 9 at Emerson Hall.

    The event will include a double feature, The Snowman and The Snowman and the Snowdog, both based on Raymond Briggs’ 1978 picture book, The Snowman. Both tales are told through animation and music scored by Howard Blake. The movies have no words except for the central song, ``Walking in the Air.’’ The orchestral score is performed by the Sinfonia of London.

    Admission is free. The Adams School 8th grade class will sell concessions at the event. Proceeds will support the annual class trip.

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Monday, December 11
  • Curbside Trash Pick-up Monday, December 11  7:30 am - 8:30 am
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  • Witherle Fiber Arts Group Monday, December 11  10:00 am - 12:00 pm Witherle Memorial Libray

    FMI: Nick Berry 326-4375

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  • Castine Shawl Knitting Ministry Monday, December 11  1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Trinitarian Congregational Parish

    The ministry meets in the vestry of the Trinitarian Congregational Parish of Castine on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month from 1 - 3 pm.


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Tuesday, December 12
  • CHPC Mtg Tuesday, December 12  4:00 pm - 5:00 pm 67 Court St, Castine, ME 04421, USA


    • No applications submitted.
    • Review Historic Preservation Ordinance.


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Thursday, December 14
  • Fire Station Public Engagement Thursday, December 14  6:00 pm - 8:30 pm 67 Court St, Castine, ME 04421, USA

    Thursday, 12/14 from 6 - 8:30PM in Emerson Hall.
    It will be held for discussions on the location for a new Castine Fire Station with members from Olver Associates, Port City Architecture, Sevee & Mahar Engineering, Geologist Peter Garrett PhD and the Castine Fire Department leadership will be in attendance.

    Andrew Hamilton J.D. to be Facilitator for the meeting.

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Monday, December 18
  • Curbside Trash Pick-up Monday, December 18  7:30 am - 8:30 am
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  • Witherle Fiber Arts Group Monday, December 18  10:00 am - 12:00 pm Witherle Memorial Libray

    FMI: Nick Berry 326-4375

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  • Selectboard/Assessors & Overseers of the Poor Mtg Monday, December 18  4:00 pm - 5:00 pm 67 Court St, Castine, ME 04421, USA
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Tuesday, December 19
  • Curbside Recycling Pick-up Tuesday, December 19  7:30 am - 8:30 am
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Thursday, December 21
  • Planning Board Mtg Thursday, December 21  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm 67 Court St, Castine, ME 04421, USA

    To review thefollowing application(s): 

    1) SAMIR Investments/Kip & Judith Oberting, 6 DyceHead Rd, M17 L04, demolish existing 4-bedroom/1 apt structure & construct a2-bedroom/2bath replacement structure.

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