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PARKS AND RECREATION DIRECTOR


The Town of Fort Fairfield has an exciting full-time job opportunity for the position of Parks and Recreation Director. Applicants must enjoy working with people of all ages in a wide variety of sporting and other recreational activities

Duties include, but are not limited to, planning, organizing, supervising, promoting, maintaining, and evaluating the municipal recreation programs and activities.

It is preferred that applicants possess three years of experience in a recreation leadership role. Academic training in recreation is desired. Coaching experience and general swimming pool maintenance, including the handling of chemicals is also desired.

This position offers a great benefits package that includes: health insurance, retirement plan, paid holidays, vacation and sick time. Salary is to be determined based on experience and education.

If you have the skills, motivation and experience for this position, application and resume should be sent to: Town of Fort Fairfield, ATTN: Personnel Director, 18 Community Center Drive, Fort Fairfield, Maine 04742. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

Applications may be obtained from the Fort Fairfield Clerk’s Office, 18 Community Center Drive or website (www.fortfairfield.org)

The Town of Fort Fairfield is an equal opportunity employer.

For Immediate Release

January 23, 2018

Hegemann Named Festival Director

Fort Fairfield native, Meg McLaughlin Hegemann has been named as the new director of the Maine Potato Blossom Festival.

Hegemann has experience planning a variety of events, as well as a deep love for the potato industry and the festival that celebrates it.meg 350 “Working the fields gave me a connection to the land here such that no other place felt like home.” After decades in Missouri, Meg and her husband, Brad, moved to Fort Fairfield in June 2016.

As director, Hegemann will work with existing volunteers and recruit new ones to facilitate the week long event. “The Festival doesn't just celebrate the town of Fort Fairfield, it celebrates an industry that in many ways defines the County. It takes cooperation from a lot of people and places to make it happen. I look forward to working together to make the 2018 Festival one of the best.”

The 2018 Maine Potato Blossom Festival will take place July 14 – 22 with the parade on Saturday, July 21. To sponsor an event or volunteer, contact Hegemann at mpbf@fortfairfield.org.
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                 Like many rural communities, the Town of Fort Fairfield has limited connectivity to the Internet, once you stray from the more urban sections of downtown.  Many rural residents and businesses struggle to find reliable, fast Internet service, which impacts their ability to work from home, connect with friends and family, or communicate effectively with others.   And like many rural communities, Fort Fairfield has limited resources with which to improve this situation without investments made by private Internet Service Providers and other partners.

                This fall, the Town conducted a door-to-door Internet Access Survey, which provided insights on existing Internet infrastructure and service.  Survey results have already been provided to companies interested in upgrading the community’s connectivity, and to the ConnectME Authority, a component of state government charged with helping to facilitate improvements in Maine’s broadband service.

                Upon learning about Fort Fairfield’s efforts, the James W. Sewall Company reached out to the Town with an offer of help.  Sewall, which has been helping corporate and municipal clients with engineering needs for more than 135 years, has offered to conduct a Broadband Feasibility Study for the town, free of charge.  The study will look at the current telecommunications infrastructure, provide the Town with valuable information about options to improve Internet access and speeds, and position it to seek partnerships and funding to improve broadband access throughout the community.

                “This is a great opportunity for Sewall to use its resources and industry expertise to assist the people of Fort Fairfield,” said Brian Lippold, Sewall’s Director of Broadband and Telecom Consulting.  “There is a growing realization among Maine communities that fast, reliable Internet access may not reach them as quickly as they would like, or reach everyone in their community.  By conducting a feasibility study, we can help municipalities better understand their assets and options moving forward.”

                The study, which will take nearly four months to complete, will look at every broadband option  currently being deployed in the community and provide a detailed analysis of the challenges and opportunities available to address the issue.

                “We just do not have the population and business base for most Internet service providers to make the necessary investments to improve connectivity in a community as large and spread-out as ours,” stated Jim Risner, Fort Fairfield Town Manager.  “We appreciate this generous offer from Sewall to partner with us in conducting a feasibility study, building on the project which we started, and providing us more data to make a well-informed decision as we work to improve our broadband access.”

                The feasibility study will assess and map current Internet infrastructure and access within the community, look at options to address substandard broadband connectivity and their associated costs, and provide the town with information to help chart a course to faster and more reliable Internet access.  As part of this process, all residents and businesses in the community will be encouraged to take part in an in-depth Internet survey and public meetings about broadband connectivity to be conducted early in 2016.

                Founded in 1880, Sewall is an international consulting organization specializing in natural resources, energy, and infrastructure. The company’s diverse portfolio is based on 135 years' experience in surveying, forestry consulting, and civil engineering; 65 years' in remote sensing; and 30 years' in GIS and other geospatial services.  www.sewall.com

                For more information, please contact Tim Goff at (207) 472-3802; Email: tgoff@fortfairfield.org,  or Brian Lippold at (207) 233-2976; Email: Brian.lippold@sewall.com

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