2021 Disabled Veterans Controlled Moose Hunt

Applications Now Available

On March 1st, the Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services (MBVS) will begin accepting applications for the 2021 Disabled Veterans Controlled Moose Hunt held in Aroostook County.

Since the program’s inception in 2010, MBVS has partnered with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife (IF&W) and Smoldering Lake Outfitters to issue hunting permits and essential equipment to participating veterans. The hunt, which is entirely free for selected veterans, costs roughly $50,000 to administer. Costs associated with the hunt include guiding services, essential adaptive equipment, meat processing, travel and lodging.

Unlike the regular IF&W moose lottery, the Disabled Veterans Controlled Moose Lottery is limited to only those veterans with a disability rating of at least 50%. Each hunter is required to team up with a registered Maine Guide who has specific training for the hunt, and if a veteran has ever tagged a moose through the program, that veteran is ineligible to hunt again. 

Applications will be accepted starting March 1st and must be submitted to the Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services by 4:00PM on Friday, April 30th.  Applications can be downloaded from the Bureau’s website.

Completed applications can then be uploaded directly to the Bureau's "Document Upload" page.

 Results of the lottery will be posted no earlier than Friday, May 28th. 

For more information about the Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services and the Disabled Veterans Controlled Moose Hunt, please visit: http://maine.gov/veterans/ or call 207-430-6035.

Honoring Their Service: Stories of Fort Fairfield High School Class of 1967 Military Veterans


The Fort Fairfield High School Class of 1967 is pleased to announce the publication of its new book honoring the 45 military veterans from the class.

Honoring Their Service contains the individual stories of 45 military veterans, twenty three of whom served in Vietnam. Read about their paths to becoming a part of the US military, their training, their duties, and their service locations. Also, learn about the impact that their military experiences had on their lives. 

The book includes:

• Maps, tables, photos, and narrative commentary explaining the experiences of these veterans and how the Vietnam Era of the Cold War shaped their young lives

• Details of the impact of PTSD and Agent Orange

• An overview history of Fort Fairfield, its potato industry and the school system that influenced their lives

• 20 pages of images of Fort Fairfield as it was during the 1950s and 60s.

• Altogether 347 pages of stories and history with over 500 images,
64% of them in color!

This book is a limited edition printing, so don’t miss your opportunity to own or buy one for a loved one or friend.

Proceeds of all book sales will be dedicated for the perpetual care of the memorial garden at VFW Post 6187 in Fort Fairfield.

Book orders will be filled in the order that they are received.
Mail completed form and check to:

FFHS Class of 1967
107 Hanson Lake Road
Mapleton, ME 04757


Cemetery Update

This past January, the United States Congress passed the Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020.  The new law authorizes VA to inscribe, if feasible and upon request through the VA, dependent decedent information on a Veteran’s government-furnished gravesite marker for placement in a private cemetery.

  Up until this law was enacted, spouses or eligible children’s information was not included by the VA on veteran’s markers placed at civilian cemeteries. 

This section shall apply with 
respect to an individual who passes on or after October 1, 2019.

Lethal Means Safety for Suicide Prevention


Increasing the time and distance between someone with suicidal intent and lethal means can reduce suicide risk. Implementing Lethal Means Safety (LMS) is an essential strategy to keep patients safe, and the VA has released a relatively new website to help those with questions regarding these safety practices.

What IS Lethal Means Safety?

Why recommend Lethal Means Safety?
Who should practice Lethal Means Safety?
How should providers support patients in making these safety decisions?

Please visit the Lethal Means Safety & Suicide Prevention site today to learn more about LMS.

Damariscotta-Newcastle Rotary Club
Grant Opportunity

The Damariscotta-Newcastle Rotary Club is offering Training or Tool Grants to people who live or work in Lincoln County and seek financial help to acquire or upgrade skills or tools to advance in one’s chosen vocation.  

A Grant may be awarded for either:

     1. A skills training program that may lead to a license, certification or associate degree; or
     2. The purchase of tools and equipment needed for vocational work.

A Grant can cover up to 90% of the cost of tuition/fees or tools, and are normally paid to the program sponsor upon proof of acceptance into the training program; or, paid to the vendor upon the submission of a tool purchase order or receipts.  Applicants may be of any age and must meet all requirements for their desired training program.

Application Procedure:

You may submit an application for a Training or Tool Grant at any time throughout the year, but it should be at least eight weeks in advance of the training program’s start date. 

Submitted applications are reviewed monthly.  

To apply, fill out a Training or Tool Grant Application form and submit by email or mail:

    Training Grants Committee
Rotary Club of Damariscotta-Newcastle
P.O. Box 565 Damariscotta, ME 04543


**Application is below**




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