Articles by Erin Rhoda

Donna Pickard of Far Point Farm in Steuben may have to stretch her own meals, but she will give away her food to someone who needs it.

A simple change could give Maine’s hungry, rural people more food

on Dec. 23, 2016, at 6:38 a.m.
The first in-depth look of its kind shows that 59 percent of people are using food pantries more this year than last.
Steve Sherman, the first assessor in Oxbow Plantation, led his community through the process of deorganizing, culminating in a final town vote Nov. 8. He’s pictured on his Christmas tree farm in Oxbow on Nov. 7.

How the decline of Maine’s rural places changes the people left behind

on Nov. 29, 2016, at 6:01 a.m.
Three people grapple with the decline of the communities that made them.
Left: Lines of potato barrels, families and old cars in the fields were commons sights back in the middle of the 20th Century. Fort Kent photographer Velma Daigle captured it all with her camera on 35mm color slides. The photo is courtesy of the Fort Kent Historical Society. Right, Terry Theriault exits his delimber while working off the Golden Road in this July 2015 file photo by Ashley L. Conti.

How did your small Maine town shape you?

By Erin Rhoda on Nov. 01, 2016, at 2:48 p.m.
We’d like to hear from you about your experience growing up in small-town Franklin, Somerset, Piscataquis, upper Penobscot, Aroostook, Washington or Hancock counties. How did your hometown shape who you are today, and what has changed in your hometown throughout the years?
Matthew Braun leads the Biddeford chapter of Young People in Recovery.

As a teen this man felt so alone. How his school could have helped.

on Sept. 29, 2016, at 6:12 a.m.
Principals want to better support students’ mental health, but they need the tools — and guidance themselves.

Before addiction there’s a child

on Sept. 23, 2016, at 12:31 p.m.
A look at preventing one of the largest public health problems of this time.

I survived swimming with Wessie, the giant missing snake

on Sept. 11, 2016, at 11:01 a.m.
It turned out my dog, Ernest, had concerns of his own.

When Maine wasn’t looking, more babies began to die

By Adanya Lustig and Erin Rhoda on Aug. 17, 2016, at 6:18 a.m.
This state is the only one to see a higher infant mortality rate in this decade than the last. A panel charged with tracking the deaths is unable to do its work.
Maine Families served 2,393 families with 2,644 children in all counties in state fiscal year 2014.

How Maine quietly handed off financial oversight of a $23M program for infants

By Erin Rhoda on Aug. 11, 2016, at 6:16 a.m.
The circumstances raise questions about transparency and accountability.

Website lists the ‘most famous historic houses’ in each state. Here’s Maine’s

on June 26, 2016, at 7:55 a.m.
It’s probably not just one of this state’s, but the nation’s, most well-known historic homes.

Duck of Justice joins call to end the opiate epidemic — with his usual flair

on June 25, 2016, at 8:36 p.m.
Learn how you, too, can participate in the campaign to end prejudice against people with substance use disorders and contribute to local solutions

Men find treasure in ‘cellar hole somebody told us about’

on June 21, 2016, at 6:26 a.m.
One item appears to be a relic made of silver.
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (C) waves to the crowd as she takes part in the Memorial Day parade with New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo (R) in Chappaqua, New York, U.S. May 30, 2016.

See how politicians’ language has changed over time

By Erin Rhoda on June 01, 2016, at 7:39 a.m.
It appears politicians are speaking in less complex sentences.

Why you should never take a selfie with a seal

on May 29, 2016, at 9:40 a.m.
“There is no selfie stick long enough!” That’s the message coming from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in time for Memorial Day weekend when, if the weather holds, people will flock to beaches and coastlines where they might encounter a baby seal.

Bangor police snap photo of man with a ‘cops suck’ tattoo to spread a message

on May 24, 2016, at 1:18 p.m.
“Could we change the way Russell feels about law enforcement if we treat him with kindness and respect?” writes the Bangor police.
Gwen and Bea make the sheep at Stoneheart Farm in South Paris go round.

Meet the remarkable team players on this Maine sheep farm

By Erin Rhoda on May 18, 2016, at 3:38 p.m.
They’re not your normal farmhands.
Bangor Police Chief Mark Hathaway listens to The Acadia Hospital President Dan Coffey discuss the opiate epidemic during the One Life Project at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Wednesday, May 4.

You told us these 99 ideas to help stop more drug overdose deaths

By Erin Rhoda on May 16, 2016, at 7:01 a.m.
They all come from you.

When was Maine greatest?

on May 07, 2016, at 7:38 a.m.
Or are its best days ahead?

The most hellish places in Maine

on April 29, 2016, at 4:26 p.m.
If that’s hell, let’s go.

How Portlanders are ensuring development won’t destroy this neighborhood’s cool stories

on April 26, 2016, at 7:58 a.m.
“As development shapes our city, how do we honor and not erase what was?”

How can Maine help young people before they develop an addiction?

By Erin Rhoda on April 22, 2016, at 5:17 p.m.
We want your ideas for how to address Maine’s opiate epidemic.