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'Powered by Girl' community event inaugurates Maine Girls' Academy

The Maine Girls' Academy held its first community evening last week, gathering together educators and activists. The discussion proposed practical ways girls could get involved to change the ways they are misrepresented in media, boardrooms and classrooms.     The monthly program, called “Girls Who Care, Girls Who Lead,” featured Colby College professor Lyn Mikel Brown, an activist and author who has written six books about gender and girlhood. She discussed the relational lives of…

'Big Marijuana' complaints: Yes on 1 campaign rebuts concerns over legalization

On Tuesday, the "Yes on 1: Regulate and Tax Marijuana" campaign rolled out a television ad and prepared for the final five weeks before the Tuesday, Nov. 8 election.Yet nobody expects complete unity on the rocky and uncertain path to a legalization vote. And not just from predictable precincts. Campaign manager David Boyer has encountered not only the conventional opposition to pot legalization — concerns about effects on young people, possible ramifications for crime and other…

Greater Portland Landmarks lauding locals: Awards honor passion

Recipients of the Greater Portland Landmarks 2016 Preservation Awards were scheduled to be honored Wednesday, Sept. 28 at the Maine Irish Heritage Center, one of 12 organizations and people being recognized.     “They have a true faith, to believe it would be possible,” Hilary Basset, executive director of GPL since 2000, said of the heritage center. “The people there are so committed, so enthusiastic, so hardworking. They have a true passion and belief and…

New Roots reaches first fundraising goal for cooperative farm

Four New American farmer-owners, after launching New Roots Cooperative Farm this summer, reached an initial fundraising goal of $10,000, organizers reported last week. New Roots is a 30-acre farm on College Street in Lewiston that is the first New American cooperative farm in Maine, organizers reported.  The four farmer-owners of New Roots — Mohamed Abukar, Batula Ismail, Seynab Ali and Jabril Abdi — are originally from Somalia. For the past 10 years, they have farmed…

Worship without walls: Warehouse Worship takes message of hope to the streets

As the refrains of Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” echoed down Congress Street, the Warehouse Worship team surveyed downtown Portland.  On Saturday, Sept. 17, a Christian ministry that largely operates behind the scenes emerged for a public concert in Monument Square. Some of the music was secular, and all of the outreach was done with a light touch. No fiery sermons. No pleas for money. On Sunday, the same group was part of the…

WikiLeaks and Maine: Political figures discussed in secretly obtained DNC emails

Over the summer, WikiLeaks unleashed infighting and upheaval in the Democratic National Committee, leading to the ouster of Democratic chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. But the site, with its database of secretly acquired emails, also encourages a parlor game of sorts: What do the top Democratic political operatives in the country think of Maine politicians? According to Wikileaks itself, “WikiLeaks is a multi-national media organization and associated library. It was founded by its publisher Julian Assange…

Gorham campus notes increased numbers: Students relish open feel, strong programs

Two and a half years ago, officials fended off rumors that University of Southern Maine was contemplating selling its Gorham campus to bridge a $14 million budget deficit. Today, the budget is balanced, and the Gorham campus is hub to a thriving incoming class. “The Gorham dorms are filled,” said Bob Stein, executive director of public affairs.   USM reported that 1,175 students are housed at the Gorham campus, an increase in residential population. Dan…

Of aliens and 'psychic Sasquatch': Experiencers conference touches on Maine encounters

Maine isn't a bad place to look for extraterrestrial encounters especially if one is in close proximity to the Starborn twins of Oxford. But don't hold your breath for the government to set the record straight on the ET presence. Those were my major takeaways from attending the fifth annual Experiencers Speak conference held at the Fireside Inn in Portland on Friday evening and all day Saturday. In all, there were 10 speakers, three on…

College Guild reaches behind bars: Event in Freeport highlights program that helps inmates

Death Row inmates. Prisoners with no future. Offenders locked up for decades. Around the year 2000, Julie Zimmerman was running a publishing company, when she was approached by a prisoner. "There was a Death Row inmate who reached out to Zimmerman, she discovered this incredible need and has been fulfilling it as a loyal, unpaid volunteer for 15 years," explained Pat Friedman, administrator for College Guild in Maine. On Wednesday, Sept. 7, from 6:30-7:30 p.m.,…

A benefit for Milestone and a ground-breaking female comedy show

Ride or Run for Milestone helps combat opioid crisis Anyone looking to join the fight against Maine's crippling problem of heroin addiction can support a nonprofit group waging the battle on the streets.According to the Maine Attorney General’s office, the overall number of drug overdose deaths in 2015 was 272, which surpassed 2014 as the worst year on record by more than 30 percent.One of the key combatants against heroin, the chief cause of overdoses,…
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