Articles by Erin Rhoda


30,737 hours: What people give to end violence in Maine

By Erin Rhoda on Dec. 17, 2014, at 7:29 a.m.
Domestic violence resource agencies in Maine would not exist in their current forms today without the time donated by volunteers.
Aaron is a volunteer at Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance.

‘I just felt I should do something’: Mainers come together to help abuse victims

on Dec. 17, 2014, at 6 a.m.
Learn what they did — and how you can help, too.
From the community
A custom piece from The Stray Arrow Jewelry, made by Portland artist Stasia Salvucci.

Tell us what you love about your Maine culture

By Erin Rhoda on Dec. 10, 2014, at 2:14 p.m.
What do you love about your Maine? The BDN wants to know. As part of a Maine Focus and University of Maine Humanities Center project to celebrate Maine’s sense of place, we want you to submit a digital postcard of “My Maine Culture” — an image and some text. By …
A Texas man was airlifted off Katahdin Mountain on July 1, 2013, after a large rock fell on him, injuring his upper and lower body.

What if Maine actually met its biggest challenges head on? Here’s a chance to have a say

on Dec. 09, 2014, at 12:57 p.m.
We’re asking you to get the conversation going about Maine’s economic future.
Maine Focus (blog)
ORONO, MAINE -- 07/16/14 -- Medomak Valley students try to keep a ball in the air during a team building exercise as part of the bridge program Wednesday at the Recreation and Fitness Center at UMaine.

Here are ways to help Maine prosper. What do you support?

on Dec. 09, 2014, at 7:01 a.m.
How would you create jobs and a vibrant Maine economy? Here’s your chance to have a say.

Tell us what you love about your Maine culture

on Nov. 21, 2014, at 7:27 a.m.
We want to make the arts and humanities come alive by sharing and discussing what matters to us about where we live. We need your ideas.
Erin Rhoda

29 of your ideas on how Maine can help people with addiction

on Oct. 17, 2014, at 10:53 a.m.
We asked what Maine can do to help people experiencing addiction. You responded.

What it takes to get clean: Stories of recovery

By Erin Rhoda on Oct. 09, 2014, at 12:30 a.m.
We often think of addiction in broad terms — as statistics, as a brain disease, as a driver of crime. But what can we learn when we hear directly from those experiencing — and overcoming — addiction?

How to build a software company. (Psst, the Internet doesn’t care how old you are)

on Oct. 03, 2014, at 9:06 a.m.
Elizabeth Chabe started her first company at age 9 in Machias. Now she’s teaching Mainers the skills to start the companies of the future — online.

13 ways to predict whether a domestic violence offender will assault again

on Sept. 12, 2014, at 9:26 a.m.
If police had used this new method of determining risk, it’s likely Randy Iles would not have been released on bail, and he would have been unable to kill Arlene May.

The quirks of Maine’s prescription monitoring program, from an ER doc’s perspective

on Aug. 15, 2014, at 10:21 a.m.
Dr. Charles Pattavina became chief of the Department of Emergency Medicine at St. Joseph Hospital 6½ years ago. He hadn’t been at the Bangor facility more than a couple weeks when a man sent by the Maine office of substance abuse knocked on his door to talk about why he …

Is Maine ready to help prisoners released early? Has it ever been?

on Aug. 01, 2014, at 9:59 a.m.
Starting Nov. 1, 2015, it’s possible that as many as 200 Maine inmates convicted of drug-related crimes will become eligible over time for an earlier release, under a likely change in federal sentencing guidelines. That means a greater number of federal prisoners could be returning to their homes, families and …
Erin Rhoda

Should Maine invite more refugees?

on July 18, 2014, at 11:41 a.m.
As Maine confronts a future with fewer residents and, therefore, dwindling economic prospects, there is one small but regular source of new arrivals.

5 years at UMaine: 1 expulsion, 8 suspensions, 62 reports of violence

on June 27, 2014, at 5:02 p.m.
Reports of sexual assault have increased at the University of Maine in Orono: There were fewer than 10 per year until 2013 when there were more than 30. That’s probably a good thing; universities should want more people coming forward to seek help. But what about the response to those …

Does UMaine hold students accountable for sexual assaults on campus?

on June 27, 2014, at 9:57 a.m.
A look at the punishments handed down to University of Maine students for sexual assault.

An undeniable error at the VA, and hope that a wrong will be made right

on June 16, 2014, at 9:25 a.m.
There is still work to do to ensure military survivors of sexual assault can successfully maneuver the VA claims process.

Why one Maine man is grateful for prisoner swaps: The Germans had his parents

on June 13, 2014, at 9:34 a.m.
Tyler H. Thompson tells the story of his father, a diplomat, and mother who were taken prisoner by Germans during World War II.

Three groundbreaking Maine entrepreneurs share how they did it

on June 06, 2014, at 9:57 a.m.
Three Maine entrepreneurs discuss how they overcame the challenges of launching a startup.

How this Maine woman could revolutionize travel for older, rural Mainers

on May 09, 2014, at 9:28 a.m.
What do seniors do if they live in a rural area and have to see a doctor, visit family or buy groceries? Will they get behind the wheel when they shouldn’t? If Katherine Freund achieves her dream, a car will come to them.
Erin Rhoda

How living with a rapist could also mean living with a killer

on April 25, 2014, at 9:35 a.m.
People may appear at first to be victims solely of domestic violence. But they are also at great risk of having been sexually assaulted, and advocates, medical professionals and the courts need to know to ask.
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