As colder months approach, Maine housing advocates seek new resources

Oct 7, 2020
Maine homeless agencies are stockpiling food, opening temporary shelters and more to meet the need.
A team from the Landing Place, an organization for at-risk youth, prepares bags of food and other supplies for families in Maine's midcoast region.
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A flower shop in Maine roots for newly arrived refugees

Dec 13, 2019
In Cynthia Anderson's "Home Now," Somalis and Congolese transform a former mill town. At a flower shop there, wariness turns to warmth.
Jamilo Maalim, on the phone, with her daughter Aaliyah and friend Binto at Mogadishu Store in Lewiston.
Amy Toensing

What Maine's "elder boom" means for the rest of the country

It could be a preview of a caregiver shortage to come.
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Schools struggle to address rising student homelessness

May 7, 2019
More than 1.3 million students were identified as homeless nationwide in 2017, according to federal data.
More than 1.3 million students were identified as homeless nationwide in 2017, according to federal data.
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Full-time school nurses in short supply

Mar 11, 2019
According to a recent study, fewer than 40 percent of schools employ a full-time nurse.
Nurse Maxine Pare inside her office at Etna-Dixmont Elementary School in Etna, Maine.
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Maine voters will decide on a universal home care initiative for seniors funded by a tax on higher income earners

Nov 1, 2018
As the U.S. population over age 65 grows, so will demand for long-term care. Maine voters will consider a possible solution at the ballot box on Nov. 6: universal home care. But should it be paid for by taxing high…
Jessica Browne prepares a plate of French toast for her mom, who works on a puzzle in their kitchen.
 
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Maine’s university system tries to help with an impending labor shortage

Dec 20, 2017
The schools are sharing resources to train more people for jobs.
Freshman Phillip Parent lines up metal weights in an introductory physics class at the University of Maine at Machias. The class is part of a partnership between the state’s universities.
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Could work-based learning help rural towns prepare students for a new economy close to home?

Aug 14, 2017
One small fishing town in Maine is trying something new to help the next generation gain valuable work skills: a new charter school focused on the idea of work-based learning — designed to put students into the community and expose…
Sixth-grader Easton Dundore shovels mulch used to grow vegetables inside a student-designed hoop house at the Harpswell Coastal Academy in Harpswell, Maine.
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Bicycle classes help Maine refugees get around town

Jul 12, 2016
Classes teach how to repair and maintain bicycles for those who can't yet drive.
Papy David Musongela (right) works on his bike with instructor Ainsley Judge (left). 
Caroline Losneck

The high-priced taste of Maine shrimp

Feb 17, 2016
Some fishermen are catching the coveted seafood in the name of science.
Maine shrimp are unloaded from a trawler, the De Dee Mae II, as part of a limited catch for research.
Caroline Losneck