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At Oak Hill, Phys Ed Has Set The Bar For New Education Standards

In Oak Hill High School’s efforts to implement new, proficiency-based graduation requirements, one department is held up as a prime example of what this new kind of education should look like. It’s not math, English or science — but physical education.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - 100 years ago, a WWI cargo ship carrying munitions to France exploded in Halifax Harbor, killing almost 2000 people, destroying a Micmac village, and flattening buildings for half a square mile. Today, a 53-foot Nova Scotia white spruce is wending its way through "the Boston states" to the city itself, in honor of those who came to help Nova Scotia's capital recover from the worst disaster in its history.

 BANGOR, Maine (AP) - Maine agriculture officials say they have reached an agreement with United Farmer Veterans of Maine to promote agricultural products grown by the state's veterans.

Lobster Catch Might be Less this Year

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ Members of the lobster industry say Maine's lobster haul might be less this year, and prices have drifted downward for both lobstermen and consumers.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - MaineCare is no longer providing payments to a Lewiston oral surgeon who's fighting to keep his license in the face of allegations of incompetence and a lack of professionalism.

EAST KINGSTON, N.H. (AP) _ Fire officials in East Kingston, New Hampshire say no one was hurt when an Amtrak train hit a car that was stuck on the train tracks.

Drought Means Another Tough Year For Maine Bees

Nov 18, 2017
Julia Bayly / Bangor Daily News

Phil Gaven at The Honey Exchange in Portland found himself getting less honey from some beekeepers than in past years thanks to the drought that hit parts of Maine this year.

“We are well stocked for the holiday season,” Gaven said. “But the drought definitely impacted honey flows in pockets around the state.”

One of America's most coveted dining experiences is a 40-seat restaurant in a converted grist-mill in the rural village of Freedom, Maine.

Chef Erin French, who is self-taught, opened the Lost Kitchen in her hometown of Freedom without much of a plan. She loved the space, and at first thought she would make English muffins and offer brunch, not convinced that the village of just over 700 people could become a dinner destination.

Students at the Fourteenth Street School in Bangor hosted U.S. Sen. Susan Collins Friday during a special ceremony recognizing the school’s recent designation as a National Blue Ribbon School.

Collins presented the school and students with a copy of her Congressional Record Statement honoring the school’s ongoing academic excellence. She said Fourteenth Street, one of three Maine schools to receive the award, was among 342 schools nationally to achieve Blue Ribbon recognition.

The latest statistics on child labor are in — and they're not encouraging.

An estimated 152 million children around the globe are doing work that prevents them from getting an education or that's harmful to their health. That's almost 1 in 10 children worldwide.

The figures, which cover 2016, were released this week in a report by the United Nations' International Labour Organization.

Here are eight more takeaways:

Maine’s unemployment rate fell slightly in October, to 3.5 percent. That’s down from 3.7 percent in September and 3.9 percent a year ago, state labor officials say.

Unemployment remains historically low in Maine, with the rate at or below 4 percent for 25 consecutive months, officials say.  During 2017, the number of individuals unemployed in Maine has fallen by 2,200, to 25,000.

Unemployment also remains low in other states throughout the New England region, ranging from a low of 2.7 percent in New Hampshire to a high of 4.5 in Connecticut.

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