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John Bragg, president of N.H. Bragg and Sons, reads a book to students at the Head Start Center at Eastern Maine Community College in a 2011 file photo.

Study urges Maine, other states to get more kids into early education

Maine could be doing more to support early childhood education programs aimed at children from birth to age 2 from impoverished families.
Graduates celebrate after switching their tassels over during the University of Maine’s 215th Commencement at Alfond Arena in Orono on May 13. The University of Maine System board of trustees Monday voted Monday to approve the first system-wide tuition hike in in six years.

UMS board approves first system-wide tuition hike in six years

Board also approves new organization, leader at UMPI.
Jackie Robinson has been looking into buying her parents farm, Leaves and Blooms Greenhouses in Dover-Foxcroft. Robinson has been running the farm for seven years, but she is unable to get a loan because of defaulting on her student loan payments. She is working on repaying her $20,000 student loan debt, but at this point she has very few options to keep the farm in the family.

Student debt could cost this Maine family the farm

The 175 acres of forest and farmland that’s home to Leaves and Blooms Greenhouse on Route 15 has been in Jackie Robinson’s family for four generations. But because of the damage that defaulting on her student loan payments has done to Robinson’s credit, it’s uncertain whether the farm will continue in the family for a fifth generation.
Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden is the keynote speaker during commencement ceremonies at Colby College Sunday in Waterville.

Biden urges Colby graduates to pursue and spread dignity

The former vice president’s words thundered across the college’s Mayflower Hill under pristine blue skies and before hundreds of people who came to support the Waterville institution’s 480 newest graduates.

Northern Maine library selected for new NASA-sponsored program

The northern Maine library was among 75 nationwide — and the only one in the state — selected from 5,000 applicants to participate in the NASA@MyLibrary Program.

The Brewer School Department says it needs more than $1 million for new students

The request would be equal to 13.9 percent more than last year’s budget — which the city says raises concerns.

More than 1,900 students receive degrees at UMaine’s 215th commencement

“One, come to terms with the discomfort of pushing your boundaries. Two, define your own version of success. And three, don’t wait — do it now.”