Letter: Falmouth bus service vital for UMaine Extension

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Our educational programs are thriving at the UMaine Regional Learning Center at Tidewater Farm, with increasing participation by Falmouth and neighboring community residents who are using the METRO bus service to visit our Learning Center.

When we secured the support of the University of Maine System trustees to invest in the property at Tidewater Village, they agreed to do so in part because we would be on a public bus route that would allow us to serve a diverse regional population.

In these economic times we find that individuals are increasingly relying on the METRO to commute to work, grocery shop and visit our center because of the loss of or cost of maintaining a personal vehicle.

I wish you well in your deliberations and hope that supporting public accessibility to our educational programs that help individuals improve their lives will be considered in your decision.

Douglas G. Babkirk, extension educator
UMaine Cooperative Extension