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    March 2, 2012

    Safe as raw milk

    Two Waldo County towns are set to consider adopting policies that fall broadly under the legally questionable and historically novel definition of "rights-based" rules. The Local Food and Self-Governance Ordinance in Montville and proposed actions in Freedom relating to corporate personhood and water extraction aren't the first of their kind, even in Waldo County, but they come at a potential tipping point for ...

  • Published
    February 2, 2012

    Community braces for arrival of bath salts

    Tim Woitowitz has seen many things in the five years since he launched the youth support group Making Change.But he's never experienced anything as frightening as the day he found himself alone with a man who "wanted to kill someone" after using the drug known as bath salts.Woitowitz, who as part of his role as a Making Change adviser often get calls from young people in crisis due to a substance abuse problem, ...

  • Published
    January 5, 2012

    Game Loft looks ahead with less

    When Spurwink Services, the largest social service organization in Maine, bought the Game Loft in 2009, it was heralded as a good thing for all involved. But financial troubles recently forced the parent company to cut funding to the Belfast-based program by roughly one-third, and while neither party is expressing any regrets about their relationship, the news has left the Game Loft searching for a next move. Unce...

  • Published
    December 15, 2011

    Where does the flu come from and why won’t it go away?

    Over 60 percent of the infectious diseases that affect mankind were transmitted to humans from nonhumans. We constantly come into contact with animal viruses and bacteria in our daily lives. Most of the time they do not bother us at all, but occasionally they do. Animal “germs” become a real danger to humanity not so much when they pass from an animal to a human, but when they are able to take an additional step: ...

  • Published
    April 7, 2010

    Social-service agencies anticipate needing more, getting less

    Facing an uncertain economy, towns are tightening their belts this year, and often the first budget lines on the chopping block are donations to social-service organizations and nonprofits, with some towns dropping the requests from their budget altogether in favor of a voluntary donation approach. While some social-service organizations are reporting returns consistent with past years, others are seeing yet ...

  • Published
    February 11, 2010

    The servicer and the served: One Liberty family tries to ride out the mortgage crisis

    The house that belongs to Meghan and Brett Oathout — built by the husband, and for the past year and a half, a payment away from foreclosure — is situated on a sparsely populated road running parallel to Route 3 in Liberty, connected to the highway by a perpendicular road at either end. On a map the road has the appearance of a railroad siding or a business access road, connected intimately with the primary ...

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