Articles by Sam Hill

(Front, left to right) Mason Strunk, Perrin Davidson, Finnegan Woodruff, (back, left to right) Samantha Pierce and Lena Rich met at the Maine Acoustic Festival last year and have been playing together around the state since. On Sunday they performed a set for children at the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital.

‘It takes more than medicine to heal a child’: Student musicians play bluegrass for young Maine patients

By Sam Hill on Aug. 18, 2014, at 11:49 a.m.
PORTLAND | Patients at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital got a taste of bluegrass tunes on Sunday from a group of high school students who wanted to give back to the community. The seven-member band Group Play Gathering played an hourlong set of acoustic tunes in the central atrium …
David Flanagan

Resource center for program that aids older students leaving USM for Illinois university

By Sam Hill on Aug. 15, 2014, at 1:32 p.m.
PORTLAND | The Bernard Osher Foundation, which provides post-secondary scholarship funding to colleges and universities across the nation, will soon be moving its National Resource Center from the University of Southern Maine to Northwestern University in Illinois. “In response to the pending retirement of the NRC founding executive director …
June Ackerman (left) tears up as she reads to the audience the details surrounding the 2010 death of Aiyana Jones, a 7-year-old girl who was shot and killed during a police raid in Detroit, on Thursday in Portland.

Portland joins nation in mourning slain Missouri teenager

By Sam Hill on Aug. 15, 2014, at 10:35 a.m.
More than 50 people gathered Thursday night in Monument Square as part of a nationwide mourning of victims of police brutality, including Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black man fatally shot in Missouri last weekend and whose death sparked violent protests. “The time for change is upon us,” …
Nimer Farhood, 19, of Portland raises a Palestinian flag into the air as he stands above the crowd gathered in Monument Square.

Portland rally for peace leads to verbal clash between supporters of Israel, Palestinians

By Sam Hill on July 18, 2014, at 7:15 p.m.
A crowd of about 80 gathered in Monument Square on Friday to speak out about the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, as Israel moved ahead with a ground offensive and casualties continue to rise. “We want peace, but we know there will never …
Kevin Roche, the general manager and CEO of the non-profit waste management company ecomaine, spoke Thursday at a waste management panel hosted by E2Tech on the importance of waste reduction in the state.

‘We’re a throwaway society’: Reining in Maine’s waste-management costs depends on consumers, experts say

By Sam Hill on June 26, 2014, at 2:29 p.m.
PORTLAND | A quarter century after committing to compost or recycle half the waste produced in the state, Maine remains far short of that goal. In 1989, the Maine Legislature enacted a policy establishing a goal to recycle or compost 50 percent of the state’s municipal solid waste annually. …
Pallbearers rode atop a firetruck with the casket during the procession.

Fallen firefighter Michael Kucsma remembered as an enthusiastic leader, perfectionist and rum-lover

By Sam Hill on June 21, 2014, at 2:39 p.m.
PORTLAND | A section of Cumberland Avenue was closed to traffic Saturday as family members, friends and co-workers of recently deceased firefighter Michael Kucsma gathered to celebrate his life. Kucsma, 43, died June 16 of a heart attack while scuba diving. “I think Mike would be slightly annoyed today …
Sawin Millett speaks to a luncheon audience hosted Thursday by the conservative Maine Heritage Policy Center.

Sawin Millett’s lesson after 55 years in government: Budget makers should focus on next generation, not next election

By Sam Hill on June 20, 2014, at 3:34 p.m.
PORTLAND | After nearly 55 years of public service at all levels of government in Maine, Sawin Millett has some advice: the state shouldn’t spend money it doesn’t have. “I don’t think a lot of legislators connect … when you borrow money, you do have an obligation to pay …
Chris Hedges, a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist, described capitalism as an evil force that will sacrifice generations of Americans for short-term profit.

Chris Hedges criticizes capitalism, ‘faux-liberals’ like Obama during Portland talk

By Sam Hill on June 17, 2014, at 9:18 a.m.
Chris Hedges, a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist, spoke out against the forces of capitalism on Monday night during Peace Action Maine’s annual Peace Gathering. Hedges said that from an early age he had a “hatred for rich authority figures,” having relatives who were active on Wall Street. He …
Members of Pride Portland kicked off their 10-day celebration of Portland's LGBTQ community with a rally and press conference at Portland City Hall on Friday evening.

Pride Portland a 10-day celebration of LGBTQ community, equality in Maine

By Sam Hill on June 14, 2014, at 2:21 p.m.
The city of Portland is hosting its first 10-day festival to celebrate the LGBTQ community and equality in Maine. Organizers of Pride Portland kicked off festivities with a rally and press conference at Portland City Hall. The group was able to raise more than $40,000 dollars over …
Portland Mayor Michael Brennan (left) presented five-time former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield (right) a key to the city this afternoon. Holyfield will be a special guest at the All Star Boxing Event at the Portland Expo Center tomorrow night.

Former heavyweight champ Evander Holyfield helps promote Portland boxing revival

By Sam Hill on June 13, 2014, at 7:41 p.m.
Evander Holyfield, a five-time world heavyweight boxing champion, accepted a key to Maine’s largest city from Portland Mayor Michael Brennan on Friday. Holyfield is visiting Portland as the special guest of the All Star Boxing Event to be held at the Portland Expo Center on Saturday night. …
Sen. Angus King

King expects ‘major battle’ over implementing Obama’s new climate change rules

By Sam Hill on June 06, 2014, at 3:15 p.m.
PORTLAND | U.S. Sen. Angus King told a crowd of about 150 people Friday at a forum hosted by the Natural Resources Council of Maine that he expects a political firestorm in Congress over President Barack Obama’s new call for power plants to reduce emissions. On Monday, the U.S. …
(Left to right) Chief Academic Officer for Portland schools David Galin and school board member Marnie Morrione explained on Tuesday that the draft of new graduation requirements was still being worked on and that the board was still looking for feedback from the community.

‘The world doesn’t need everyone in college’: parents blast draft Portland graduation policy at feedback forum

By Sam Hill on June 04, 2014, at 2:50 p.m.
Only two people from the community attended the Portland school board’s first public hearing Tuesday to solicit feedback on proposed changes to high school graduation requirements. Both of them criticized the policy draft, which would require that students apply to college, a vocational program or the military …