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Salena Sawtelle, a certified nursing assistant at the Stillwater Health Care nursing home in Bangor, talks to Connie Drake before getting her ready for breakfast on Feb. 28

A Maine woman who protects the dying can barely afford to live

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She is one of 24,000 workers whose wages have declined even as demand has grown, and have no clear way of getting ahead.

Charles Dickens did not love Portland

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Dickens called the food “bad and disgusting.” He even complained about the size of the dishes. They were too small.

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Proposal would bar Maine from charging minors with prostitution

“These are the children in our community who need to be supported, not criminalized,” Destie Hohman Sprague of the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault said.

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A history for millennials of the low-tech victories over life’s minor frustrations

It recently occurred to me that in my lifetime we have witnessed the healthy appearance of some remarkably useful little inventions so simple that, when you think about it, the normal reaction is or should be, “Doggone it, why didn’t I think of that? I could now be as rich as Warren Buffett.”


Matt Bell tops off jars of beets with brine at Thirty Acre Farm. Besides traditional sauerkraut, they make a variety of other fermented vegetables and hot sauces. They grow the large majority of the organic vegetables on their farm in Whitefield.

Maine farmer turns fresh produce into funky ferments

“My hope was to just provide nutritious food to people. I think we’re definitely doing that by growing nutritious crops and them giving them further value through the fermentation process.”


Terry McNeil of Eddington grabs a bundle of cloth belts for packing at Highland Belts and Fine Leather Goods of Brewer.

This Brewer factory makes expensive, high-demand leatherware

Adam Sutton is inspired by the fact “that people are willing to help you, that they’re willing to give it what I believe is their best shot. I really believe that my business would be nothing without them.”

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