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What a Teacher Knows Keeps Children Learning

Mar 14, 2018

In my desk drawer there are snacks. There are over 250 books on my shelves, and wooden letters on the windowsill that are supposed to say “READ” and “TEACH” but often say “THE CAT,” “KITTEN,” or if someone is feeling really snarky, “CHEAT.”

I coined ‘High Five Friday’ in November after, at the bell one Friday morning, a student came to my desk and asked for “one good one” to take with her before she left. Sometimes their hands and arms are so tangled around books and binders I might get an elbow, a foot, or yes, at times a forehead -- but everyone gets a high five from me -- a hand to guide them through the weekend. 

A snowstorm that dumped up to 2 feet of snow on Maine has forced postponements of many, but not all, student demonstrations demanding school safety.

But more than 200 students gathered Wednesday outside Yarmouth High School to hold a moment of silence for the victims in Parkland, Fla., and to rally against gun violence.

Sage Watterson said every student in America "goes to school with a bundle of fear tucked into their backpack." She said people should not invoke the nation's founding fathers "to mop up the blood on library carpets and cafeteria floors."

The health of Maine's counties are ranked in a new national report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Cumberland County is the healthiest, while Washington County was found to be the least healthy.

Senior program officer Tara Oakman says the Cumberland County ranks well below the national average in one key health indicator: poverty. She says, though, that there's still room for improvement.

School Security in Maine

Mar 14, 2018
Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

In the wake of the Parkland school shootings, Maine has seen several school security scares. What kind of safety measures are in place in schools across Maine, and how have administrators, teachers, students and parents reacted to the heightened call for more security?

LEWISTON, Maine - A climate scientist who filed a whistleblower complaint against President Donald Trump's interior secretary and later resigned is speaking at a Maine college.
Joel Clement was a leading official in climate change policy in the U.S. Department of the Interior before he was demoted. He is scheduled to speak at Bates College's Olin Arts Center Concert Hall on Wednesday night.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

As we reported Monday, students in the Bangor area are planning school walkouts Wednesday to urge lawmakers to make schools safe from gun violence.  Students at other Maine schools are also planning to join in the national walkout to demand tighter gun control laws. They are seen as a way of preventing future school shootings, like the one in Parkland, Florida last month.

Tasha Hipple is a student at Casco Bay High School in Portland and is one of the organizers of student walkouts in the Portland area. She spoke with Maine Public Radio's Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

Days before planned walkouts at thousands of schools across the country, students in the Bangor area say they want lawmakers to take action to prevent school shootings.

Tax season is upon us. We’ll get answers to your tax questions as well as discuss strategies for retirement saving, credit card debt and other personal finance matters.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

The manager of an Auburn IHOP wants customers to know that everyone can expect to be treated with respect in his restaurant and no one will ever have to pay upfront for a meal. 

"And we're trying to let everybody know that we're not racist," says Melvin Escobar. "We treat everybody the same and basically we're here to serve you and give you the best experience ever."

Melvin Escobar, a native of Guatemala, says he has suspended a server for one week without pay after he learned that she had asked a group of black teenagers to pay for their meals upfront.

MOOSE RIVER, Maine - A foundation is donating a historic hunting lodge near the Canadian border to a college in Maine.
Unity College says the 7,500-square-foot Sky Lodge and more than 150 acres of land are donations from the Couri Foundation. The college says the facility includes 16 buildings and is located in tiny Moose River, north of Jackman.

Maine is bracing for its third nor’easter in less than two weeks.

National Weather Service meteorologist Bob Marine in Gray says snow moves across the state from south to north beginning late Monday, arriving over all areas by Tuesday morning.

“And will become heavy at times during the day Tuesday and into Tuesday night,” he says.

Marine says there could be light snow and snow showers into Wednesday, with accumulations 12-18 inches by Wednesday morning.

What are the different kinds of boundaries that affect us as a society? We explore the topic of boundaries, inspired by a current exhibit at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. “Boundaries” is a recent collaborative project between poet Richard Blanco and contemporary landscape photographer Jacob Bond Hessler. Blanco’s poems and Hessler’s photographs together investigate the visible and invisible boundaries of race, gender, class and ethnicity, among others.

Donald Collins, Father of Sen. Susan Collins, Dies At 92

Mar 12, 2018
Phil Bosse / Bangor Daily News

Donald F. Collins, father of Maine’s senior senator and a fixture of the Pine Tree State’s political scene in his own right, died Saturday night. He was 92.

Collins, a Republican from Caribou, served five terms in the Maine House and Senate between 1970 and 1992, and as the mayor of the city of Caribou. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Patricia Collins, and their six children, including U.S. Sen. Susan Collins.

HINCKLEY, Maine - Maine farmers are holding a meeting dedicated to all things involving munching on grass.
The Maine Grass Farmers Network is holding its annual grazing conference on Friday. The event is taking place at the Kennebec Valley Community College in Hinckley.
The farmers network says the keynote address will be provided by Jeremy Engh, owner of Lakota Ranch in Remington, Virginia. Cornell Cooperative Extension agricultural marketing specialist Matt LeRoux will also discuss the profitable marketing of meat.

SOUTH BRISTOL, Maine - Police in Maine say a woman shot and wounded her husband over the weekend.
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office says the 39-year-old South Bristol woman faces domestic violence and aggravated assault charges. The woman's husband has been released from the hospital following the shooting Friday night.
Authorities say the husband suffered injuries that were not life-threatening. The sheriff's office said Sunday that the woman shot her husband with a handgun during a domestic dispute at their home.