BANGOR — The City Clerk’s office will be moving to the Cross Insurance Center Monday to Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. starting Tuesday, Oct. 13. Regular City Clerk services such as business licenses, marriage licenses, birth certificates and voter registration will continue to be offered in-person during regular hours.

The City Clerk’s Cross Insurance Center location will stay open until 5:30 p.m. each day for early in-person voting. Early voting closes at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30. This will allow for the city to follow physical distancing guidelines while continuing to provide in-person City Clerk services.

“As a city we continue to prepare and take proactive steps for what we anticipate to be high voter turnout for this election,” said Bangor City Manager Cathy Conlow. “This move gives us more room for people to physically distance and stay safe while utilizing important City services like voter registration and early voting.”

With the City Clerk’s office moving to the larger space, the Treasury Department for the City will relocate back to City Hall, effective Tuesday, Oct. 13. Hours for the City’s Treasury Department will be Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. All Treasury Department services such as vehicle registrations, property tax payments, and sewer/stormwater payments will once again be offered in-person at City Hall.

Many of the in-person services are also offered on the City of Bangor website at

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Editor’s note: This part of a series of profiles on cannabis brokers, in which Insurance Journal explores why and how these folks got into the business, the ups and downs of insuring cannabis, as well as a few tips for those interested in a little professional development.

Mark S. Sawyer, senior vice president and cannabis practice leader at Cross Insurance, has been in the insurance business for 30 years.

He started out in the 1980s with Aon as an account manager and worked his way up to opening his own agency, Sawyer & Sawyer Insurance Agency Inc., which was eventually merged into Corcoran & Havlin.

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But he believes one of his best decisions in all that time was to get into cannabis.

Sawyer developed the cannabis practice for Cross Insurance in 2012 to handle business from the Massachusetts medical use program, and later recreational use.

Sawyer spoke with Insurance Journal about his experience as a cannabis broker.

Insurance Journal: Why did you get in the cannabis and insurance space?

Sawyer: One of my co-workers was an early stage investor in a group. We took my background working with startup, life sciences and medical and formed a basic cannabis program from what was available back in 2012.

When we started, we had five carriers and two program options for clients. We now have around 20 carrier options.

IJ: Has this been a good financial decision so far?

Sawyer: Our cannabis practice is the leading risk and insurance team in New England and our client base is significant. In light of the many hours put in on research, education, product development and direct client services, it was a good financial decision. It took quite a bit of work initially, and now we have a very strong process and knowledge to

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, the area’s largest healthcare insurance provider, will return to the Affordable Care Act marketplace next year after leaving it in 2018.

The insurer lost more than $100 million on its exchange plans from 2014 to 2017, calling the losses “unsustainable” when it announced in May 2017 that it was dropping out of the ACA, commonly known as Obamacare.

Blue KC had struggled to make more money on the exchange than it paid in claims. But the marketplace is more stable in 2020 and there is new need in the scores of people who have lost their jobs and health coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic, said company officials who announced the comeback on Tuesday.

When the company left, “we really felt like the level of uncertainty and the lack of clarity in that market was just really at an all-time high,” said Jenny Housley, Blue KC senior vice president and chief marketing officer. “And it just made it really difficult for us to plan. So for us, then, given the losses, it made sense to exit.

“We promised … to reassess that decision every year. So we never stopped looking at it. We didn’t want to leave the market. We just had to make a very difficult decision. So we reassessed every year, as promised, and that was a continual process as part of our business operations every year.

“Over the last couple of years we’ve seen premiums in the ACA market stabilize, seem to be at some pretty sustainable levels. So we felt like it was becoming more of an option for us to reconsider entry back into the market.”

The Kansas City region had 87,500 people unemployed in July, compared to 126,000 in April, the highest month of unemployment since the

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Busking has dropped his time significantly from his personal record last year, moving him up to the third position on the team. ART HADDAWAY/Owasso Reporter

Ian Busking’s time on the track this year has been nothing but impressive.

The Owasso junior has dropped his time significantly from his personal record last year, moving him up to the third position on the team.

“He’s one of our best runners,” cross country head coach Blake Collins said. “He takes that initiative all the time to try to figure out how to be better at what he’s doing and help the team.”

Busking, who shifted his PR from 19:01 to 17:52, said he has be intentional about monitoring his daily regiments and maintaining healthy eating habits to achieve his goal of reaching better overall times.

“A lot of it, it has been through the amount of sleep I’ve been getting and everything that I’ve ate, and I’ve drank a lot more water,” Busking said, “and you just have to put so much more time into it, and actually commit to the sport if you want to see that improvement.”

The 16-year-old sprinter has been running for Owasso Public Schools since seventh grade. While his focus has been centered toward leading his team on the track, the collaboration he also brings to the group is a top priority.

“Probably my favorite thing about running is the team aspect,” he said. “I love everyone here, it’s just such a great team culture, and we all just get along together.”

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