As part of their senior project, University of Maine at Machias students Michelle Grant and Jordyn Knowles launched a local Clothesline Project. It’s a national program that aims to raise awareness of domestic and sexual violence. The seniors held T-shirt making workshops and a domestic violence awareness walk April 12. At the end of the […]
“Why did you stay?” It’s a question that often feels like blame to victims of domestic violence. You might as well be asking, “What’s wrong with you?” What’s wrong is that quite often the perpetrator has set a trap. Understanding why a victim stays in an abusive relationship is lesson No. 1 for understanding the dynamics of domestic violence. […]
How do you connect with older family members and friends? What do you do for fun? We asked you to share your activities and anecdotes as part of the piece “Ending isolation: Here’s a way to connect, protect Maine elders.” Check out these three great responses: — “Volunteering at the theatre…ushering, etc. Many times with a […]
When you read about aging, you’re looking to be informed and inspired.
Three Maine-based innovators will present their business ideas at the free Big Gig pitch-off on Tuesday, Feb. 24. The networking event, with food and a cash bar, will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Richard E. Dyke Center for Family Business at Husson University in Bangor. The local entrepreneurs have already won […]
What became clear after reading through the 147 survey responses — where 130 people answered the question about their concerns about growing older — was that you are not alone in your fears.
It’s always a pleasure to hear how a particular Maine Focus piece prompts someone to do something. You might remember the project we did in mid-January called My Maine Culture where people across the state sent in images and descriptions of what Maine means to them. We published 50 of them. It turns out the project inspired a similar effort […]
There are two big efforts underway to find Maine businesses with innovative practices that support caregivers and aging workers. The point: To spread the word about those local policies, so other business owners and communities can learn the best ways to recruit, retain and engage older employees. In one effort, a work group led by the Maine Council on […]
We’d appreciate your feedback! On Friday, Maine Focus published the first piece in a yearlong series on aging in Maine called Age of Opportunity. The series will highlight people, organizations, towns and businesses that are helping keep older residents safe, healthy and happy. Our first piece told the story of At Home Downeast, a first-of-its-kind […]
We asked for your thoughts on what specific steps should happen to grow Maine’s economy, and you responded. In November, a total of 2,066 people took a Maine Focus survey to give their feedback on which economic development ideas deserve priority. We put forward 20 economic initiatives that have been proposed in one form or another […]