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Live & Work in Maine

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With Maine’s unemployment rate falling – it’s now 3.2% - Maine companies are having a hard time finding qualified employees.  There’s now a concerted effort to recruit more young people to move to Maine and build their careers and lives here.  Last month, some companies event took to the road, taking a bus to Boston to recruit potential employees! 

Guests: Ed McKersie - Founder and President of Pro Search, Inc., Founder and President of LiveandWorkinMaine LLC, a state wide initiative launched in November 2015 to increase awareness of career opportunities here in Maine.

Auction of Historic Lobster Wharf Could Change Life on This Maine Island

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Tranzon Auction / via Bangor Daily News

HARPSWELL, Maine — The first true sign of spring arrived Tuesday on Bailey Island, as temperatures hovered around 60 degrees and lobstermen painted buoys and repaired traps near Cook’s Lobster & Ale House, just over the historic Cribstone Bridge at the tip of Harpswell.

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LINCOLNVILLE, Maine — The drummer for the jam band Phish is running for office in his hometown in Maine.

Jon Fishman obtained the necessary paperwork and returned his nominating petitions this week in hopes of getting on the June ballot to run for the Board of Selectmen in Lincolnville. He’s one of several candidates vying for a pair of open seats on the board.

Fishman and his wife have five children and have lived in the seaside town for the past decade. The family lives on a farm.

Courtesy University of Maine at Augusta

BANGOR, Maine - After a little more than a year on the job, James Conneely, president of the University of Maine Augusta, is resigning.

"Chancellor Page - he has accepted that resignation," says University of Maine System spokesman Dan Demeritt.

Demeritt says he cannot comment further on the reasons behind Conneely's resignation, other than to say that Conneely stepped down for "professional" reasons.

STRIVE U

This month, seven young adults with developmental disabilities are opening their mailboxes and finding out that they’ve been accepted to STRIVE U, a first-of-its-kind postsecondary education and training program based in South Portland.

"Adulting" Skills

Apr 12, 2017
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There is a growing effort to offer instruction in basic life skills – often to young people who have gaps in their knowledge of how to navigate the adult world, from managing personal finances to cooking & cleaning to writing letters. Sometimes those who are older need help with skills as well. “Adulting” schools and classes are surfacing to address these needs.
 
Guests: Rachel Weinstein, Co-founder of The Adulting School and psychotherapist in Portland
Stacy Stewart, Coordinator of Career Services at University of Southern Maine

Matching School, Teaching, Makes a Difference

Apr 11, 2017

Every student has specific and personal learning needs. Some students prefer one-on-one attention, some work better as a whole class. Some work better in a quiet environment, while others prefer to have it more hectic. Unlike most students, I got to choose what high school I would go to, and I picked the one with the teaching style that would best match how I learn.

I also chose Oceanside because of the friends I have made who attend this school, and because I've grown up in the RSU 13 district. In January, the eighth graders from Saint George shadowed us to determine where they wanted to go to school, and that has helped me become more aware of my own school environment.

Students who live in Saint George, my town, have a choice of five high schools: Oceanside, Camden, Watershed, Lincoln Academy, and Medomak. When the students shadowed us, they got to take a look into what freshman classes look like for us at Oceanside. Having a choice of high schools opens up to students specific creative processes, and gives them control over what and how they will be able to learn. And having someone to answer questions and introduce them to teachers was both beneficial for them and for me. I got to see what type of students they were, and they got to see what Oceanside has to offer for them to learn.

Maine's First District Congresswoman Chellie Pingree joins us to discuss the latest news out of Washington.

Karen Vance / Associated Press, via Waterville Humane Society

WATERVILLE, Maine - A dog that was pardoned from a death sentence by Maine Gov. Paul LePage is getting its day in court.
 
A hearing on the case involving Dakota the Alaskan husky is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon at Waterville District Court.
 
The dog was ordered to be put down after getting loose and killing a neighbor's pug last year. But a new family adopted Dakota not knowing it had been sentenced to death.
 

/ Courtesy Maine Department of Public Safety

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine State Police say a small plane made an emergency landing on Interstate 295 south in Bowdoinham just after 10 a.m. Tuesday. 

Police say the pilot,  John Gayley, of Bowdoin, had facial injuries and was taken to Maine Medical Center. His passenger, Rodney Voisene, also of Bowdoin, sustained a minor arm injury and was taken to a local hospital to be checked. 

Hackers Steal Patients’ Personal Data From Bangor Mental Health Practice

Apr 11, 2017
Gabor Degre / Bangor Daily News

BANGOR, Maine — A local psychiatric practice is investigating the illegal hacking of patient records and possible sale of its clients’ confidential information to an anonymous bidder.

SURRY, Maine - A Maine land trust says it has purchased more than 2,000 acres of forested land in Surry for preservation.
 
The Blue Hill Heritage Trust says it will manage the property as a community forest for recreation, wildlife habitat protection and restoration and forest education. It will be known as Surry Forest.
 
The land was purchased for $650,000.
 

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree

Apr 11, 2017
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Maine’s First Congressional Congresswoman joins us to discuss the latest news out of our nation’s capital.

Guest: Chellie Pingree was first elected to Congress in 2008. From 2003 to 2007, Congresswoman Pingree served as the National President and CEO of Common Cause.

PORTLAND, Maine — The lawmaker who introduced a bill designed to restrict wild foraging for food in Maine says he will call for the bill to not pass.

Republican Sen. Thomas Saviello made a proposal to prohibit foraging food without getting permission from a property owner. The proposal’s up for a potential committee vote on Tuesday.

Saviello says he’ll call for the Committee On Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to vote against passage of the bill. He says Maine state law already covers the subject of getting permission before using someone else’s land.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's judicial branch is looking into reports that court officers were clapping as a Somali asylum seeker was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents last Thursday.

Judicial branch spokeswoman Mary Ann Lynch says it's an ongoing personnel matter, so she can't comment on what happened, and how the branch might respond.

"If that kind of conduct occurred, it is clearly not appropriate," Lynch says. "We expect that all employees will treat everyone who comes to Maine courts with respect."

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