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With less from LIHEAP, more local fundraising for heating assistance
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POWNAL, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Maine will receive less money from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) this year than last year, according to a statement by Senator Olympia Snowe.

This year, Maine will receive $34.9 million in LIHEAP funding, which is $3.1 million dollars less than what the state received last year.

The 2012 funding is down $20 million from the 2010 funding, which was $55.6 million.

"Regrettably, the LIHEAP lifeline has been disproportionately cut over the last few years, but I am encouraged that this funding will protect Mainers from the bitter cold as we approach Thanksgiving and Maine's harsh winter months," said Senator Snowe.

Working with less federal money, more people are organizing local fundraisers for heating assistance funds.

The Bradbury Mountain Arts group is putting on a concert and art series called "Keep ME Warm" over the next four months to raise money for the town heating assistance fund.

The series begins Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. at the Mallett Hall on Hallowell Road.

It will feature three bands, a quilt gallery, and raffle.

"I think it's becoming more and more aware through different communities that they need to kind of step up and different people need to maybe organize some things that will bring extra money in that's not there in LIHEAP right now," said Keep ME Warm organizer Kathy Hogue.

Keep ME Warm will host concert and art events throughout the winter on the following Saturdays: January 12, February 9, and March 9.

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