BOWERBANK — Officials for the town of Bowerbank are pleased to announce that they have been awarded a safety enhancement grant by the Maine Municipal Association Workers Compensation Fund in the amount of $2,000.

The Ed MacDonald Safety Enhancement Grants and Scholarship Grants provide financial  assistance to members of the MMA Workers Compensation Fund to purchase safety equipment or services to assist in reducing the frequency and severity of workplace  injuries. The grant programs are designed to prevent injuries and improve workplace  safety for Maine employees. The reduction in employee injuries also benefits the  taxpayers by lessening lost hours at work, cost of claims and potential overtime expenses  for employees who might have to fill in for injured co-workers.

The Maine Municipal Association has been awarding safety grants to members of the  Workers’ Compensation fund since 1999.The Ed MacDonald Safety Enhancement  Grants and Scholarships are an example of a successful partnership that has been  preventing workplace injuries by bestowing more than $5 million in the funding of 4,034 Safety Enhancement Grants and 491 Scholarship Grants. Together we are building safe  communities.

For more information about Maine Municipal Association Risk Management Service  programs, including Safety Enhancement Grant eligibility and applications, please visit  www.memun.org and click on the Risk Management Services link or call 1-800-590- 5583.

Interested in becoming a certified basketball official in the greater Eastern Maine area?  IAABO Board 111 will be offering virtual classes beginning Sunday, October 4th at a time to be determined.  The cost of course is $50.00, which includes virtual course of study, rulebook, mechanic manual and electronic workbook materials.   If interested please contact Wayne Prescott via email at [email protected] or phone (207) 341-1595.  Becoming a sports official is a great way to stay connected to a game you love, and allows you to get paid while you exercise.

So our student athletes can continue to have positive experiences through athletics please consider becoming a basketball referee.