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Sophomores at Telstar High School in Bethel on Monday brainstorm questions they'll ask community members about how they define community. From left, Selina Creelman, 15, of Bethel; Stephanie Geyer, 17, of Bethel; Georgia Piawlock, 15, of Bryant Pond; and Alexis Sing, 16, of Bryant Pond.
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These students from Bethel are trying to define their place in rural Maine

“I feel like the future of rural communities is the kids who are in the classroom right now.”
Home foreclosure starts at state-chartered banks continued to drop below 2008 levels last year, dropping to less than half the number started in 2011, when foreclosures peaked.

Foreclosures by Maine banks have dropped to pre-recession levels

“Foreclosure activity at Maine’s state-chartered institutions has steadily declined over the past five years and has reached pre-recessionary levels,” at those banks, according to Lloyd LaFountain, superintendent of the bureau.
Rudi Scheiber-Kurtz, the newest president of XPX New England. Created in 2006, XPX NE is a nonprofit community for private market business owners and their advisors in the northeast.

XPX New England Elects New Chapter President

CES, Inc. announces new hires

Many people in the vicinity of the Happytown Road believe the road connects families that are interested in a homesteading lifestyle. They have formed friendships and a new kind of community that is loosely connected by the rural road. The Happytown Road, only partially paved, starts near Dedham and goes through Orland and Ellsworth.

Happytown Road community brings rural Mainers together

Happytown Road is home to farmers, homesteaders, teachers, homeschoolers, musicians, carpenters and even a librarian. For these folks, living in rural Maine is not synonymous with living in seclusion or isolation.

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Aric Rogers, Ph.D., studies the mechanisms of aging at the MDI Biological Laboratory in Bar Harbor.

Can a really strict diet prolong your ‘health span’?

A discovery, published recently in the peer-reviewed journal Aging Cell, raises the possibility of developing therapeutic drugs that stave off aging and prolong the “health span” in humans — without the unpleasant and potentially risky constraints of severe dietary restriction.
A sign on a sales rack of an energy bar in a 7-Eleven in New York on Sunday, July 27, 2014, promotes the convenience store's acceptance of the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).

States push to keep people from buying junk food with food stamps

A recent study that found that 23 cents of every food stamp dollar is used to buy junk food has reignited a long-standing debate on whether the government should allow people to use food stamps to buy unhealthy food.
A plaque on the bridge over the St. Croix River between St. Stephen, New Brunswick and Calais, Maine marks the international boundary line.

Maine border life goes on under Trump

“I haven’t noticed any sort of change or awkwardness” since Trump’s inauguration, Christopher Yockey said.
Narcan sprayers like the sample shown here are available for free through four Bangor medical centers as part of a plan to prevent fatal overdoses on opioids.

Free Narcan kits moving slowly but still likely saving lives

Four local medical centers offering free prescription Narcan for people at risk of opioid overdose are seeing that the lifesaving kits aren’t moving as fast as anticipated. But those that have been distributed are probably helping to save lives, officials said.
Geoff and Nancy Ragsdale

To help Maine seniors ‘age in place,’ it takes two villages

There are many models for making communities age-friendly, but Bowdoinham and Richmond have found a way to work with existing organizations.
Gov. Paul LePage addresses the chamber during the 2017 State of the State address at the State House in Augusta, Feb. 7, 2017.

Thanks mostly to LePage, Maine has a record $1 billion in the bank

An improving economy and rigid fiscal discipline under Republican Gov. Paul LePage have contributed to an all-time record for Maine state government: more than $1 billion in its cash pool.
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