News stories about Gardiner, Maine

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Families, Kids, and Gardiner Schools

The Best Towns in Maine for Young Families - Gardiner ranked in the top ten Maine towns for raising a family, based on schools, affordability, and prosperity.  NerdWallet Finance, November 17th, 2013

Gardiner art program to provide opportunities for high schoolers - An after school art program for Gardiner Area High School students is being run by University of Maine at Augusta students at Johnson Hall. Kennebec Journal, October 31st, 2013

OUR OPINION: Thumbs up,thumbs down - THUMBS UP to Regional School Unit 11 in Gardiner, for taking the lead in a program that will bring new two-way radios to every school in Kennebec County within six months. Kennebec Journal, October 11th, 2013

Businesses, Entrepreneurs, and Economic Development

Gardiner City Council OKs tax incentive policy for hotels, elevators - Gardiner councilors approved the policy Wednesday night with the hope that it will lead to significant downtown investment that wouldn’t otherwise happen. Kennebec Journal, December 19th, 2013

TRAVELIN’ MAINE(RS): Water Street Cafe - Famous Maine chef Walter Loeman (Walter’, Profetto’s) is cooking at Gardiner’s Water Street Cafe — and we bet you don’t even know it!  Kennebec Journal, November 28th, 2013

Gardiner wants to be local food center - City officials and local food advocates hope to turn the community into a hub for locally grown and produced food products. Kennebec Journal, November 20th, 2013

Gardiner's A1 Diner hits another milestone- The A1, made famous by "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" with Guy Fierei and Travel + Leisure's "America's Best 25 Diners" celebrates its 25th Anniversary.  Kennebec Journal, October 14th, 2013

Gardiner small businesses benefit from wellness program - Thanks to a federal grant, small businesses are in the midst of developing workplace wellness plans to encourage and help their employees live healthier lifestyles.  Kennebec Journal, October 12th, 2013

TRAVELIN' MAINE(RS): Lisa's Legit Burritos will put a smile on your face - Whether you are looking for a fast takeout lunch or craving light Mexican food, we think we’ve found just the place. Kennebec Journal, September 7th, 2013


Gardiner steakhouse hosts latke festival - On the fourth day of Hanukkah, latkes — potato pancakes fried in hot oil — graced a special afternoon buffet at Gardiner's fifth annual latke festival. Kennebec Journal, December 1st, 2013

Swine & Stein set for Oct. 12 in Gardiner - Gardiner's fourth annual Oktoberfest street party featured Maine brews, pulled pork and sausages, a "grow local" section, and activities including a chicken fling, pumpkin carving for children, and Maine's 2nd Annual Rock Paper Scissors Championship. Sorcha with Jo Sorrel, The Ghost of Paul Revere, The Oktoberfest German Band, The Calypso Soldiers, and The Business all performed.  Don't miss it next year! Kennebec Journal, October 10th, 2013

New director sets big goals for Gardiner performing arts center - The nonprofit performing arts organization hired Mike Miclon — best known as the founder of the popular and eclectic Oddfellow Theater in Buckfield — with the hope he would energize the theater and expand its offerings. Kennebec Journal, August 15th, 2013

Walking the Beat brings live musicians to local Gardiner businesses - The free event, called Walking the Beat, will feature musicians playing in nine downtown businesses. For the last hour, there will be a group jam in the public park next to Johnson Hall.  Kennebec Journal, August 15th, 2013

Gardiner: A Heart & Soul Community

Gardiner community planning project ending soon - City and project leaders hope the community can use the skills and information learned during the two-year, grant-funded project to move the city forward. Kennebec Journal, December 27th, 2013

Gardiner gazebo construction underway - The city designated more than $8,000 from its bicentennial fund for the gazebo, and the Rotary Club of Gardiner has received two grants totaling $11,000. The Rotary Club is heading fundraising efforts. Kennebec Journal, November 7th, 2013

Leaders sought for Gardiner comprehensive plan - The two-year community planning project aimed at developing a new comprehensive plan for the city will take its first steps toward action with workshops to review the ideas. Kennebec Journal, October 17th, 2013

Gardiner committee wants public's input on comprehensive plan - The public will have the chance to comment on major portions of the draft of the comprehensive plan at 6 p.m. Thursday at a public forum in the Gardiner Area High School cafeteria. Kennebec Journal, September 25th, 2013

Gardiner upgrades website, releases free mobile apps - The city recently unveiled a new website design and a mobile app, both designed to provide better access to information and to allow residents to file complaints more easily. Kennebec Journal, September 8th, 2013