Maine Trust Project: Amanda Huotari, Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting

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When physical comedian Amanda Huotari was about 10 years old, in her hometown of South Paris, she saw an ordinary man transform himself.

 

You could argue that this man – the late master mime artist Tony Montanaro – was anything but ordinary. But, alone on the stage, dressed totally in white, without props, there was nothing to suggest what was about to happen.

 

Before Amanda’s young and amazed eyes, and without uttering a word or sound, he morphed from human-ness to rooster-ness.

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Maine Trust Project: Joe Reagan, Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting

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To say that trust is crucial in combat situations is an understatement.

 

Joe Reagan was just 22 when he arrived in Afghanistan for his first tour there. He was in a place that was unlike anything he had experienced before. 

 

Over the course of 16 months, the platoon’s casualty rate exceeded 100 percent, and every member of the platoon was awarded the Purple Heart, sometimes more than once. 

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Maine Trust Project: Myron Beasley, Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting

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When Myron Beasley moved to Maine to take a position teaching African American studies and American cultural studies at Bates College in Lewiston, he was determined to reach beyond the borders of the Bates campus to make connections with people in his new community.

 

As someone who has lived in and traveled to many places across the globe, he knows how to create community wherever he is. Dinner parties are his go-to community-builder.

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Maine Trust Project: Marie Harnois, Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting

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Four years ago – during the “coldest December ever” – Marie Harnois found herself doing something she couldn’t have imagined before: installing hoses to collect sap from sugar maple trees. She’d been looking for an opportunity to make a change, and boy, she got it.

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Maine Trust Project: Joe Black, Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting

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Joe Black is a man living his dream. With a light in his eyes, a quick smile and a sense of humor that invites you in, he stocks shelves and engages customers at Renys department store on Front Street in Bath. He’s been doing his dream job for more than 20 years and says it’s the perfect job for him. “I’m a firm believer that there are different kinds of dreams.” 

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Maine Trust Project: Mike Douglas, Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting

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Mike Douglas has contracts with the robins around his home. He knows that if he were to head directly toward a robin, it would call out an alarm, letting all other animals in the woods know that he was there. And then they’d all hide from him. But he doesn’t want them to hide. So he builds relationships with the robins based on mutual trust.

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Maine Trust Project: Mary Betterley, Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting

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Every day, 83-year-old Mary Betterley and her border terrier Raymond, aka, The Mayor, walk down the hill from their condo in Damariscotta to Main Street. Having lived in town for 40 years, Mary is greeting or greeted all along her way by most of those who are out and about. Trust, for Mary, is a default position – she trusts unless given a reason not to.

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