'Tell me a story' Instagram 201 workshop

KENNEBUNK — What's your story? Keep up in the ever-advancing world of social media and learn about Instagram and Facebook "stories" at this new free workshop starting at 8 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at the Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce.

Alison Graham of Life in the Ali and Boston Beer Company will be leading this Instagram 201 seminar to explain the difference between a "post" and a "story" and best practices for businesses. Rounding out the panel, Alaina LeBlanc Tridente and Cyndi Smith will also speak on best practices in administration and photography. Participants should already have a Facebook and Instragram account and some basic understanding of the different platforms.

The workshop will be held upstairs at the chamber office at 8 a.m. Following the classroom-style presentation, at 9 a.m., participants are invited to walk around downtown Kennebunk with Graham and put their skills to practice. At 4 p.m., Graham will lead a field trip to do the same things around Kennebunkport's Dock Square and Kennebunk's Lower Village. All segments are free and open to the public with RSVP.

For information on Ali Graham, check out her Instagram accounts, aligrams3 and samueladamsct. For information on the chamber, check out GoKennebunks on both Instragam and Facebook. For information on the chamber, visit GoKennebunks.com.

What makes Kennebunk great? What could make it better?

KENNEBUNK — Do you experience transportation challenges living in Kennebunk? Are there enough sidewalks in town? Are you worried about climate change or housing costs?

The town wants to hear from you.

Join for coffee and refreshments from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19 on the third floor of Town Hall (Room 300) and share your thoughts and ideas about the town. All ages are welcome and no topic is off-limits.

If you can't make it on Saturday, stay tuned for an evening open house date in February or visit the Community Voice page at www.kennebunkmaine.us and share your thoughts there.

Hobbs named to Legislature’s environmental policy panel

AUGUSTA — State Rep. Daniel Hobbs, D-Wells, will serve as a member of the Legislature’s Environment and Natural Resources Committee.

“Shoreline communities like Wells will be immensely impacted by our planet’s changing climate,” said Hobbs. “I look forward to collaborating with my colleagues on the committee to protect Maine’s fragile environment, including the Wells saltmarsh and the ecosystem behind it. This work will also protect the economic sectors that depend on our natural resources. It is critical that we collaborate with partners throughout Maine and New England to limit carbon emissions. None of us can tackle this crisis alone.”

The committee oversees state policy relating to air and water quality, natural resource protection, development laws, shoreland zoning, sustainable growth, biomass, the management and disposal of hazardous wastes, hydropower and dams, mining, the Department of Environmental Protection, and returnable containers.

Hobbs is serving his first term in the Maine House. He represents part of Wells.

A complete list of legislative committees and their newly appointed members can be found at http://legislature.maine.gov/house/house/Committees.

Sen. Woodsome re-appointed to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee

AUGUSTA — Sen. David Woodsome (R-York) has again been tapped to serve on the Legislature’s Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee. Woodsome served as chair of the committee during the 127th and 128th Legislatures.

The jurisdiction of the Energy, Utilities, and Technology Committee includes energy resources, the electric industry, the natural gas industry, the telecommunications industry, E-9-1-1, water and sewer utilities, the Public Utilities Commission, the Office of the Public Advocate and the Efficiency Maine Trust.

“It’s a privilege to once again be appointed to serve on this important committee,” said Woodsome. “I am very proud of the work we accomplished over the last few sessions. While we addressed and made progress on complex issues, we have to continue to explore all avenues of incorporating new ideas and technology to move Maine forward.

“The high cost of energy in Maine is a stranglehold on our economy. It makes it difficult to recruit new employers to our state, and businesses have cited it as a key factor time and time again as they reduced the size of their workforce or relocated elsewhere. I look forward to working with my colleagues on solutions to stabilize the cost of energy in Maine. We can’t afford to be uncompetitive any longer.”

Sen. Foley to serve on two Legislative committees

AUGUSTA — Sen. Robert Foley (R-York) has been appointed to serve on the Environment and Natural Resources Committee and the Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee during the 129th Legislature.

Foley is currently serving his first term in the Maine Senate after serving two consecutive terms representing District 7 in the Maine House of Representatives. While serving in the House, Foley served on the defunct Insurance and Financial Services Committee.

“One of the top issues I heard as I went door-to-door last year was that folks are having trouble finding affordable health coverage,” Foley said. “I look forward to using my 40 years of experience within the insurance industry to find financially-responsible solutions to bring the cost down for all Mainers. Regardless of party affiliation, I know we can all agree that affordable health insurance should be within reach for all Maine families looking for coverage.

“I also look forward to serving on the Environment and Natural Resources Committee. Clean air, clean water and pristine wilderness sets Maine apart and is part of the reason we are known as ‘vacationland.' Our environmental health plays a big role in Maine’s economy and the high quality of life here. I am glad to have the opportunity to serve on this important committee.”

Prior to serving in the Legislature, Foley served on the Board of Environmental Protection as chair.

Foley represents District 34 which includes Acton, Kennebunk, Lebanon, North Berwick, Wells and part of Berwick.