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

Maine Trust Project Stephanie Bouchard Pine Tree Watch Myron Beasley Bates College Jill Brady photo

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

Marie Harnois Passamaquoddy Maple Maine Trust Project Stephanie Bouchard Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting Pine Tree Watch

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

Joe Black Renys Bath Maine Trust Project Stephanie Bouchard Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting Pine Tree Watch Jill Brady photo

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

Jill Brady photo Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting Maine Trust Project Stephanie Bouchard Pine Tree Watch


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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Luke Holden's vertical lobster adventure, Island Journal

Luke Holden Luke's Lobster Island Journal Island Institute Stephanie Bouchard

You hear a lot of horror stories associated with Craigslist ads, but this is not one of them. You could say it’s a business success story that has big implications, maybe even revolutionary ones, for Maine’s lobster industry. But maybe it’s best described as—dare we say it?—a whale of a tale.

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Below decks with a schooner chef, Working Waterfront

chef Anna Miller schooner Ladona Stephanie Bouchard

You can hear the laughter before you board the schooner, and the mouth-watering scents of bacon sizzling in butter and right-from-the-oven blueberry muffins nearly make you dizzy as you descend into chef Anna Miller’s domain—the galley of the schooner Ladona.

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Gene ‘editing’ on mice tested in war on ticks: Islands are ideal laboratories for MIT-based study, Working Waterfront



The number of people and pets with Lyme disease increase yearly. Maine is among the top 15 states with the highest rates of the disease. Communities have taken drastic measures, such as culling deer, to reduce ticks and their diseases, but culling deer is controversial. A potential new tool in the fight against tick-borne diseases is being developed by a MIT scientist and his team, but it, too, is not without controversy.

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'Halfway to where somebody's in trouble': cell phones proliferate, but radios are the go-to communication tool on islands, Island Journal

VHF radio Maine islands Stephanie Bouchard Island Journal Island Institute


The closest mainland city (or U.S. Coast Guard station) to Matinicus Island is 23 miles away. Bad weather here has a more serious definition than in the rest of the state. Cell phones only get you so far. That's why most islanders rely on old technology ~ the reliable VHF radio.

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Gender equality in the workplace: what organizations can do right now, Healthcare Financial Management Association/HERe newsletter

Iris Bohnet What Works Gender Equality by Design

Organizations across the United States and around the world are concerned about gender equality in their workforce and leadership teams—and rightly so. And, as numerous studies have shown, it makes good business sense, too. 

Yet, research has shown that the diversity and leadership training programs that organizations spend billions of dollars on do not yield the hoped-for results. Bias—unconscious bias in particular— is still a huge factor. What do organizations do, then, to reduce bias and close the gender gap?

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When it comes to finding a  mentor, don't settle for just one, Healthcare Financial Management Association/HERe newsletter

Wendy Murphy Kathy Kram Strategic Relationships at Work networking mentoring


Decades of research have revealed that having a mentor can be invaluable to enhancing your career. Those who have mentors have greater career success, this research shows, including higher rates of promotion, larger salaries, and more job satisfaction.


Clearly, those who want career success need to find mentors! How do we do that, though?

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Doing it all is possible when you forget what you think you know about work-life balance, Healthcare Financial Management Association/HERe newsletter

Laura Vanderkam I Know How She Does It

When work-life balance is discussed, inevitably women hear messages that equate to, “You can’t have a high-paying leadership career and have a family or personal life.” Many women buy into these messages, and fearing they will have to sacrifice having a family or personal life, they relegate themselves to lower-paying, non-leadership careers. But there’s a secret many women don’t know: Having a leadership role and a family/personal life is doable.

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Maine's first environmental reporter found 'lost' public lands, The Working Waterfront

Bob Cummings Maine environmental reporter
Bob Cummings at his Bath Times desk. (Courtesy Brenda Cummings)

The story that would become reporter Bob Cummings’ legacy didn’t set his world on fire when White Nichols walked into the Bath Times office in the early 1960s with a story tip.

Nichols—a Wiscasset resident who had “drifted out of the habit of earning a living,” as Cummings would later describe it—told Cummings about the state’s “lost” public lots.

It would be nearly a decade before Cummings pursued the public lots story, but when he finally did, it would consume him for years and bring upon his head both accolades and vilification.

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Pretty wood, pretty tones—Peter Gallant builds violins with unusual woods, The Working Waterfront

Peter Gallant Maine violin maker nontraditional wood

Peter Gallant didn’t grow up in a musical household but the electrical designer remembers going into music stores and staring at the stringed instruments. There was a variety in how guitars looked, he noticed, but the violins all looked the same. Today, he is shaking up the violin industry not by changing their shape, but by crafting the instruments with nontraditional woods.

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Colors from the sea enliven 'artifact' art, The Working Waterfront

Rick Carney artifact art underwater treasure stained glass art

Nine years ago, a man who had no background or any interest in creating art became an artist. Swimming along the bottom of Wiscasset harbor, 30 feet under water, bottle hunter Rick Carney, his Kevlar gloves digging in the muck, was hit with an idea that would lead him down an unimagined path.

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Book Review: In Carolyn Chute’s new novel, strong plot gets lost amid gimmickry, Maine Sunday Telegram


Whether you agree with author Carolyn Chute’s positions or not, she is recognized as an icon in Maine. She has spent her career giving voice to poor, rural folk and the middle finger to big money, corporations, politicians and a host of other establishments that probably, to some degree, deserve it. Her latest book, “Treat Us Like Dogs and We Will Become Wolves,” does not deviate. The book, however, is a disaster.

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City organ tours pull out all the stops, Portland Press Herald


Picture an organ -- the musical instrument, not a kidney -- in your head. If all you see is a square box with some keyboards, you likely would be astounded by an often overlooked gem in Portland.  

Kotzschmar Organ Portland Press Herald Stephanie Bouchard
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Avast, ye lubbers! Portland Press Herald


Not-so-bloodthirsty buccaneers bring mayhem to Damariscotta for the annual Pirate Rendezvous.

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Down the chute, Portland Press Herald


The U.S. National Toboggan Championships in Camden started small but has picked up speed - not unlike the hundreds of vertically-inclined thrill seekers hoping to be the fastest racers down the 400-foot trough of ice.

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Silliker's passion creates final tribute to wildlife, Maine Sunday Telegram


Bill Silliker, Jr., who died in October at age 56, was known for both his skill as a photographer and his deep respect for the natural world and the creatures inhabiting it.

Bill Silliker Jr. wildlife photograher Maine Sunday Telegram Stephanie Bouchard
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