2019 Pioneer Prizes Awarded

The Pioneer Prize, a BHCD-sponsored software development contest for high school-aged teens in the Blue Hill Peninsula, announced its 2019 winners last week.

This year’s winners are Sam Bach, and a team project by Millicent Fleming and Chloe Sheahan. Information on their projects will be posted shortly on the Pioneer Prize website.

The Pioneer Prize seeks to foster software coding skills to expand the learning and earning opportunities for young people in the Blue Hill area. The sponsors expect to offer the Prize again in 2020; details and deadlines will be posted on the Pioneer Prize website when available (most likely later this summer).

Blue Hill Maritime Heritage Festival Sponsored

Blue Hill Community Development will act as fiscal sponsor for a planned celebration of Blue Hill’s maritime heritage, to be conducted as part of the statewide activities planned around Maine’s bicentennial.

Festival planning is off to a rapid start, moving from concept to advanced planning in a matter of weeks.

For more information on the Festival planning and the Festival itself, please visit the Blue Hill Maritime Heritage Festival website.

Roadside Cleanup This Weekend

You have hopefully seen the publicity surrounding this weekend’s “Blue Hill Cares” roadside cleanup this weekend. While a few groups have already started their cleanup and others will do so “off-schedule,” the concerted effort to clean up the last year’s trash will be on Saturday, May 4.

If you’re able to participate, meet at the Blue Hill Consolidated School at 8am for a “quickie” organizational meeting for trash bag distribution, safety briefing and road segment assignments. Here’s a link to the Facebook event page.

Blue Hill Cares (and the cleanup) are sponsored by Blue Hill Community Development, so qualifying contributions for next year’s cleanup may be tax deductible for the donor. If you’re willing to contribute (beyond physically collecting trash), please contact Vaughn Leach to see what’s needed.

Blue Hill Awarded MaineDOT Grant for South St. Sidewalks

Last Friday, Selectman Vaughn Leach announced that Blue Hill has been awarded a $400,000 MaineDOT grant (with another $100,000 to come from local resources) to design and construct sidewalks along approximately 1,800 feet of South Street. The project is currently slated for funding and construction in 2021.

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Bike / Pedestrian Plan (February 2019 Presentation)

At the February Main Street meeting, Bruce Stahnke gave a presentation on the work done over the last three years to develop a Town-wide plan for improving both bicycle and pedestrian access.

For those of you who missed the meeting, or those who attended and would like a copy, click the button below to download a (33MB!) PowerPoint file with his presentation.

The presentation outlines design ideas for Main Street, South Street and trails in the Blue Hill “village” area.

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