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For more than a year, a half-dozen organizations have relied on federal money to provide coaching and care coordination, psychiatric treatment and peer-to-peer mentoring to young adults.  On Aug. 23, those organizations received a letter from the Maine Department of Health and Human Services announcing all funding will cease Sept. 30.

With no explanation, Maine rejects scarce funds for young people with mental illness

By Matthew Stone on Sept. 08, 2016, at 11:02 a.m.
“To refuse these dollars makes no sense, especially because other states are using these dollars and using them well,” said Arabella Perez who previously led one of the organizations involved in the federally funded initiative. “We just don’t understand the decision behind this.”
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Portland Police Officer Mark Keller said his department stages sting operations targeting johns a few times a year. He'd like to see more, but resources, manpower and expertise are in short supply.

Maine police know sex trafficking is here, yet many still fail to fight it

By Danielle McLean on Sept. 08, 2016, at 6:17 a.m.
“Our range of what we can do is very limited,” said one police officer. “We’re losing.”
Vapor floats into the air last month above the Woodland Pulp and St. Croix Tissue mill in Baileyville, Maine, where construction workers were nearing completion of the installation of two new tissue machines that have led to the creation of 80 new jobs at the mill. The second machine began production earlier this month, mill officials have said.

Woodland pulp mill expansion ‘a great source of happiness’ for Baileyville

By Bill Trotter on Sept. 05, 2016, at 6:36 a.m.
This faded mill town perched on the American side of the St. Croix River is actually one of Maine’s lucky ones: It still has a mill.
Rolls of paper towels stand on a folding table in front of where a new St. Croix Tissue sign later was ceremonially unveiled Wednesday at the Woodland Pulp building in Baileyville.

80 paper industry jobs created in Down East mill expansion

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 31, 2016, at 5:41 p.m.
“There is still a bright future for the forest products industry right here in the great state of Maine.”

Cherryfield church to hold chicken pot pie supper

on Aug. 31, 2016, at 10:32 a.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Location: Cherryfield Congregational Church, River Road, Cherryfield, Maine CHERRYFIELD, Maine — Chicken pot pie supper will be served at 5:30 p.m. with doors opening at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 14, at Cherryfield Congregational Church Fellowship Hall, River Road. Prices are $9; …
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Manslaughter defendant arrested during drug bust

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 30, 2016, at 3:50 p.m.
A Harrington man facing a charge of manslaughter in a man’s overdose death is behind bars again following another drug bust.

Man struck, killed walking along road in Indian Township

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 29, 2016, at 5:22 p.m.
Anthony S. Dana, 27, was hit by a 2001 Chevrolet Impala about 3:30 a.m. Sunday, Chief Alexander Nicholas said Monday.

Firefighters respond to fire on Main Street in Machias

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 29, 2016, at 1:34 p.m.
The fire was reported shortly after 12:30 p.m. and was under control shortly after 1 p.m.
Marine harvesters dig for clams or worms in the tidal flats between Trenton and Mount Desert Island. People who work in the intertidal zone next to Acadia National Park say park officials recently have been cracking down on their activities after decades of letting them work without hassle.

Worm diggers, other marine harvesters decry Acadia enforcement on tidal flats

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 25, 2016, at 5:04 p.m.
As the National Park Service expands its reach on the Schoodic Peninsula, the ripple effects are causing alarm in the intertidal zone around Acadia National Park.

UMaine at Machias again among most LGBTQ-friendly campuses in nation

By Andrew Theen, The Oregonian on Aug. 22, 2016, at 1:22 p.m.
The University of Maine at Machias was among the top 30 LGBTQ friendly campuses in the U.S., according to the nonprofit Campus Pride. The university received a similar honor last year as well.
Chuck Gould rakes blueberries on Aug. 12 at one of the Passamaquoddy Wild Blueberry Company fields in Township 19 in Washington County.

Micmacs find fellowship — and good money — on Maine blueberry barrens

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 19, 2016, at 9:55 a.m.
“It’s the tradition itself, and also the opportunity to live together and work together with family and friends.”
Kim Wagaman, a behavioral therapist, takes Dustin Strasser, 19, left, to visit Evan Roth, 12, whom he helps mentor.

We want to know: Have you ever been a mentor or mentee?

By Adanya Lustig on Aug. 18, 2016, at 11:12 a.m.
We want to know about how some people uplift the lives of others, even when they don’t have to.
A right whale that was entangled was freed after a long-running, five-hour rescue on Saturday in the Bay of Fundy.

Tangled whale rescued in Bay of Fundy

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 15, 2016, at 2:59 p.m.
The whale had line wrapped multiple times around its head, back and flippers.

Mars Hill woman dead after crashing car into Harrington house

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 11, 2016, at 7:08 p.m.
A Mars Hill woman died late Tuesday night after crashing her Toyota sports car into a house in Harrington.

‘Gi-Normous’ yard sale at Cherryfield church

on Aug. 11, 2016, at 10:22 a.m.
Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Cherryfield Congregational Church, River Road, Cherryfield, Maine CHERRYFIELD, Maine — A “Gi-Normous” yard sale will be held 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at Cherryfield Congregational Church, River Road, to benefit Lamb House, an emergency family shelter from fire or storm, …
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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.
More than 20 elderly and handicapped tenants who lived in the St. Croix Apartments in Calais when this photo was taken in February have been relocated after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued a notice of default to the landlord, for “failure to maintain the property in decent, safe and sanitary condition.”

Poor living conditions forced 26 elderly, disabled tenants to move, but now they have new homes

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 10, 2016, at 2:04 p.m.
The living situation for the tenants was so bad that a group of them have filed a civil lawsuit against the property owner that is pending at Calais District Court.
LIFE DOWNEAST

Adding a little Downeast Zip to the Morning Coffee

on Aug. 09, 2016, at 4:39 p.m.
One by one the fishermen arrive. With no sound, perhaps a nod, they quietly take their seats. A cup of coffee arrives shortly after, silently and without any prompting. Then another fisherman enters, quickly followed by two more. Nods in greeting are exchanged with no words spoken, as this is …

American Legion Post 9 has far-reaching influence in Machias community

on Aug. 09, 2016, at 12:19 p.m.
By Karen Wood, American Legion Post 9 Auxiliary president MACHIAS, Maine — American Legion Post 9 reaches out to the community through several of its programs and public events. The Legion directs beano at Machias Nursing Homes each week, but also helps residents out with necessities like glasses, hearing aids, walkers, wheelchairs …
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Over the last several years, the number of public health nurses has been cut in half.

Maine has sliced the ranks of nurses who prevent outbreaks, help drug-affected babies

By Matthew Stone on Aug. 09, 2016, at 6:28 a.m.
The LePage administration, which has not publicized the cuts, had the money to fill the positions.