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Despite heavy rain, much of Maine still considered to be in severe drought

All this rainfall still doesn’t mean that the drought is over.
Jodi Clayton, owner of One Lupine Fiber Arts, demonstrates the use of a spinning wheel on Monday at her shop in Bangor.
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The art of spinning: How and why people are taking to the wheel to spin their own yarn

“There is a lot of just muscle memory and coordination, and then once you get it, [spinning] shifts into something that is incredibly soothing and meditative and tranquil and lovely.”
Hampden Academy beekeepers show off some of this year's honey crop.
THE BEE WHISPERER

New beekeepers hold the key to the future of honeybees

Numbers of honeybee colonies have declined and they are harder to keep alive than they used to be.
Caitlin Shetterly, author of &quotModified: GMOs and the Threat to Our Food, Our Land, Our Future."
POLL QUESTION

Maine journalist in search of answers takes deep look at GMOs, pesticides and American agriculture

Caitlin Shetterly’s unusual diagnosis — that she possibly had developed an allergy to genetically modified corn — led her to start asking questions. She wanted to find out what exactly genetically modified organisms are and whether they can make people sick.
A woodstove burns at Evergreen Home and Hearth in Brewer Monday. The American Lung Association of the Northeast is sponsoring a woodstove changeout in select western Maine towns, which provides qualifying homeowners with a $1,000 voucher to replace their non-EPA certified woodstove with an EPA certified woodstove.
POLL QUESTION

Wood stove changeout program highlights importance of updating your home’s hearth

If your stove equipment is not up to snuff, it could be emitting an excessive amount of particulate matter that can have negative effects on people’s lung health.
Melissa Huston, the director of philantropy for Northern Maine, stops at the Good Shepherd Food Bank Hampden warehouse in this August 2016 file photo.
POLL QUESTION

Can the burgeoning local food movement save Mainers from hunger?

“We are the ninth hungriest state in the nation — Maine is heading in the wrong direction.”
A sign for The Red Barn shows the restaurant is holding a fundraiser in this November 2015 file photo. Restaurant owner Laura Benedict works to help others, and she has raised millions for good causes.
Homestead

Despite hardships, Maine restaurant owner strives to help others, raise money for charity

Laura Benedict has turned the joint she affectionately calls “a chicken shack” into a charitable powerhouse, raising more than $2 million for good causes.
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Video showcases Maine teenager living ‘off grid’ in tiny house