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Teaching in the year of Covid-19

by Jeanne Marquis Covid-19 has created unprecedented times in our schools, full of challenges for parents, students and teachers alike. I had the opportunity to interview one of our local seasoned teachers, Ron Maxwell, a science teacher with China Middle School, who gave a frank look into what it is like to teach during this […]

China residents discuss Causeway improvements at hearing

Causeway construction in China to last through mid-November by Jeanne Marquis The completion of the Phase II Causeway Road bridge will provide a more walkable, accessible and family friendly area for residents and visitors. As with any renovation project, this one comes with a degree of inconvenience and mess, but this project also has generated […]

Local businesses adapted creatively in Covid

by Jeanne Marquis Maine Made Marketplace, an online store featuring Maine’s artwork and hand crafted products, grew out of necessity when, due to the pandemic, regional arts shows were cancelled. It was the brainchild of Travis and Lindsay Hill, who are leathersmiths of Hashtag Leatherworks. In the Spring of 2020, the Hills saw art shows […]

Somerset Public Health’s forum on rural opioid crisis held in Palmyra

by Jeanne Marquis Somerset Public Health hosted a forum on Rural Communities Opioid Response on February 5, at the Palmyra Community Center. One of the early questions from their audience of concerned citizens summed up the obstacles to addiction recovery in rural Maine: “By the time somebody realizes they need help, they’ve probably lost their […]

Opioid Crisis Response: A plan of compassion, connection and communities

by Jeani Marquis The Maine Opioid Response Strategic Action Plan has five focus areas – Leadership, Prevention, Overdose Rescue, Treatment and Recovery – all leading to one goal. That goal is to reduce the negative health and economic impacts of substance-use disorder (SUD) and opioid-use disorder (OUD) on individuals, families and communities in Maine. The […]

Navigating the onslaught of disinformation

by Jeanne Marquis We are now bombarded with more disinformation than ever before. Intentional misinformation can impact our day-to-day decisions we make about parenting, nutrition, finances and healthcare – anything in our lives in which we need to make informed decisions. Disinformation is not exclusive to politics and it is not a new phenomenon. It’s […]