Maine History newsclips….

Maine Irish Heritage Center reopens
The Maine Irish Heritage Center, shut down in 2006 after a 1 1/2-ton bell crashed from its tower, has reopened now that it’s been renovated.

$400,000 Budgeted for Maine Lighthouses Cared for by the American Lighthouse Foundation
The American Lighthouse Foundation announced today that U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) have secured $400,000 in federal funding in the fiscal year 2009 Transportation-HUD spending bill as reported by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The bill will now go to the full Senate for its consideration.

Last One Dollar Lighthouses For This Year
Two lighthouses in Maine are the last two this year to be offered to non-profits and municipalities for one dollar under the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act (NHLPA) of 2000. The Ram Island Ledge Lighthouse in Casco Bay, Portland (Not to be confused with Ram Island in Boothbay Harbor) and Baker Island Lighthouse near Islesford are up for grabs.

Historical society receives $5,000 for handicap work
The Dead River Area Historical Society has received a $5,000 grant from an anonymous charitable foundation to help complete work to create a handicap accessible entrance to its balcony exhibits.

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