Entries by Jeanne Marquis

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 […]

No bounds too challenging; his odds were poor at best

by Jeanne Marquis The brilliant morning sun glistened off the water when the congregation gathered at the lake shore across the road after Sunday service on August 4. Seth Fowles was baptized by full immersion in China Lake by Pastor Ron Morrell and celebrated by the congregation of China Baptist Church. China Baptist Church has […]

Second Saturdays Litter Clean-Up begins July 13

You’ve probably seen Richard Dillenbeck, longtime summer resident of China, Maine; diligently picking up litter along Route 202. He’s been doing this for years on his daily hikes. His passionate crusade against roadside trash inspired a group of citizens to devise an organized campaign to combat the litter problem on the roadsides surrounding China Lake […]