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Shannon Gilliam, 48, of West Bath talks about trying for nearly a decade to find appropriate and effective mental health care for her son Brandan Gilliam,  who suffers from bipolar disorder, recently in West Bath.

How the system failed a Maine family, landing a mentally ill son in jail

As elected leaders, medical professionals and the media debate how to deal with Maine’s opiate addiction and mental health crises, Shannon Gilliam lives amid the fallout of a system that’s failed her son.
A man dives into the cool water of the Atlantic Ocean in Northport Tuesday early afternoon.

Hot weather in Maine predicted to last into August

Officials at the National Weather Service in Caribou said Wednesday that a warming trend that began in June has continued into July, and the outlook for August calls for the above-average temperatures to stick around.
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The Portland area is pretty stoned, statistically speaking

Cumberland County residents consume marijuana considerably more often, and are much less worried about its health effects, than the average American.

Rangeley incident leaves one person dead, two injured

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A man is dead and two others injured after a confrontation at a home early Thursday morning.
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Maine man survives 60-foot fall from tree

“He barely missed falling onto the owner’s walkway, which was made out of flat stones,” Mark Carrothers said. “It was very close.”
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Kay Beal smiles and sings along while listing to a customized selection of music on her iPod on Tuesday in the common area at Narraguagus Bay Health Care in Milbrige. Beal is involved in the Music and Memory program aimed at tapping into the memories of people with dementia.
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How music is improving life for dementia sufferers in Maine

There are 40 facilities in Maine in the process of bringing the program on board thanks to a national effort to reduce the use of antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes and some grant funding.

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On a recent evening, just before the sky began transforming into shades of reds, oranges, purples and pinks, my kids and I stopped at Broadway Park …

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