Many people apply to become a Maine Forest Ranger, but very few make it to the point where they can put on the badge.
“It is quite a process,” says four year Maine Forest Ranger Ben Goodwin. “You’ve got to go through a hiring process where it’s you have to pass a physical test from push-ups to sit-ups to sit and reach to a mile and a half run, and then you have to go through a board exam where you’re interviewed by five other Rangers, go through a background check where they call, they stopped by my neighbors where I lived, they called high school buddies, college buddies, then you go through a polygraph test and then you have a final interview with the Colonel, so it was probably an eight month, nine month process.”
The old image of Forest Rangers sitting in a fire tower looking for smoke is a thing of the past.
Rangers do much more than that, but many people don’t know what role they play in our state.
The duties of a Maine Forest Ranger have been the topic of discussion in Augusta recently.
But how many people know what a Forest Ranger actually does?
Game Wardens take care of wildlife in Maine, Forest Rangers like to say they take care of where the wildlife lives.
Bar Harbor is home to a cutting edge medical research facility that’s at the cusp a major breakthrough in cancer treatment.
In Hancock County’s Jackson Lab, an associate professor is working on a treatment method that he says could lead to, “treatment as unique as the individual.”
In April, Governor LePage signed LD 1730 into law.
The act allows courts to void prostitution convictions for victims of human sex trafficking and provides legal and financial help to them.
The arrests of three people in Central Maine, accused of running sex trafficking operations, made headlines around the state.
We’d like to think that sort of thing doesn’t happen in Maine…But these crimes are actually on the rise in our state, and you may be shocked to find out where.
Bangor is home to three opiate addiction treatment clinics. Hundreds come to the Queen City, every day, seeking help through medication and therapy. These plans are both controversial and costly.
In March 20-10 Maine’s unemployment level was at a whopping 9-point-7 percent.
Last October the unemployment rate in our state was 5-point-7 percent, its lowest in five years.
But recent layoffs at the Bangor Daily News, at Lincoln Paper and Tissue, and shutdowns in Millinocket and Bucksport have added more Mainers to the unemployment line.
Last month the state and federal government both released unemployment figures showing a drop in the number of people out of work.
The jobless rate is the lowest its been in five years.
In part one of this special report on early childhood education we showed you the early childhood development model that’s getting rave reviews nationwide. In part two, we take you inside Educare in Waterville for a closer look at that model in action.
Recently released studies have shown that quality pre-kindergarten education may hold the key to a successful future. Currently, 60 percent of Maine school districts offer programs for 4-year-olds. But for the other 40 percent, the reason why they don’t is a familiar story — money.
It’s just another morning commute for many, but for first time travelers, the ferry ride to Vinalhaven may be as beautiful as it is cold.
For most, this trip is strictly business and the start to their work day on the island 12 miles off the coast. It’s a boat ride that’s at least an hour and fifteen minutes on a good day.
As president of the Island Institute in Rockland, Rob Snyder knows all about island living.
“The remarkable thing about the Maine coast is, it’s found itself in the middle of the global real estate market, and so you see a place here where people are increasingly attracted, for lots of reasons. Not only is the environment stunning, but the culture is really remarkable, too,” said Snyder.
It could be argued that Lee St. Hilaire was the best quarterback ever to play high school football in Maine.
He grew up in Winthrop, and put the town on his shoulders as he led the football team to a state title.
There are 140 active granges in Maine.
In October, some of the 5,000 members gathered for their annual state convention in Skowhegan.
This was the 140th session of the Maine State Grange.
At one time, grange halls in Maine were the center of the community.
Farmers and their families gathered for weekly potluck suppers and other events.
But granges have changed in recent years.
Diana de los Santos from the SPCA of Hancock county talks about Hunter. Hunter is a 3yr old fawn shepherd/pittie mix. He was surrendered to the shelter in late March. The family was moving to housing that would not allow a dog his size. He is the life of the party…loves to play. He needs an active household with kids of any age. He does well around little kiddos and big kids too. He would love to take a training class with you. He is smart! And he does have a very imposing “bark” for his size.For more information contact the SPCA in Trenton call 667-8088 or check www.spcahancockcounty.org
Cool Summer Blender Cucumber and Yogurt SoupPrep Time: 15 minutesServings: 4Ingredients:1 large European cucumber, divided4 scallions cut into 1-inch pieces4 cups Fresh Express® Baby Spinach leaves2 cups Dannon® Oikos® Plain Greek Nonfat Yogurt, divided1 cup vegetable stock or broth*1/8 teaspoon McCormick® Chili Powder, or to tasteMcCormick® Sea Salt Grinder, to taste* Add more broth if needed.Directions:1. Cut cucumber into 2-inch chunks and reserve 2 chunks.2. In a blender or food processor, combine cucumber, scallions, spinach, 1 3/4 cups yogurt and vegetable broth:process until smooth. Add chili powder and salt and continue to process.3. Divide soup among 4 chilled bowls and top each with a swirl of reserved yogurt and diced reserved cucumber.4. Serve with Kashi® 7 Grain Pita Crisps.Nutritional Information:Amount per serving: Calories: 90: Protein: 12g: Total Fat: 0gSource: Recipe
People Reclaiming their lives from Mental and Addictive DisordersBy- Dr. David PrescottSeptember is National Recovery Month: National recovery month celebrates people who are recovering from mental and addictive disorders. The concept of recovery, as opposed to diagnosis, focuses on the importance of prevention and treatment of mental health and addictive disorders. Recovery month encourages people with these disorders to begin a journey back to a more productive and meaningful life. Four Key Points About Mental and Addictive Disorders: Mental illnesses are more common than cancer, diabetes, or heart disease. They impact about 1 in 5 people over the age of 18. As our nation promotes recovery from addiction and mental health disorders, four key principles guide our efforts: 1. Behavioral Health is Essential to Overall Health: Almost every model of improving health in the United States includes the notion that behavioral health is part of overall health. Separating the mind from the body makes little practical or theoretical sense. Many emerging models of healthcare (often termed integrated care) provide physical and behavioral healthcare in the same location.2. Prevention works: Most mental illnesses are first evident during adolescence or early adulthood. Prevention and early intervention helps recovery to occur sooner and more fully. Problems such as addiction or schizophrenia can be minimized or avoided if recognized and addressed in their earliest stages. 3. Treatment is Effective: With treatment, 70-90% of people with mental illness experience a decrease in their symptoms and an improved quality of life. Yet, the majority of people with certain mental and addictive disorders never receive treatment or seek treatment only after struggling for months or years. Treatment can involve counseling, structured support, or medications. 4. People Can and Do Recover: From movie stars and professional athletes, to the person down the street, stories of people recovering from mental and addictive disorders are plentiful. Mental illness is not a hopeless lifelong state of being. Recovery is a journey, rather than an event, but the journey has occurred for thousands of people. Why Focus on Recovery? Recovery makes sense for both moral and practical reasons. Four of the ten leading causes of disability (lost years of productive life) in the United States and other developed countries are mental disorders including major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and obsessive compulsive disorder. Helping people to recover from mental illness allows people to regain years of their life that might otherwise be lost. More than two-thirds of people with mental illness in the United States live in the community and lead productive lives. Their stories help guide others whose recovery is just beginning. National Recovery Month Events in Maine4th Annual Walk for Recovery: September 21st Portland (Monument Square 9:00 a.m.) Recovery Rally: Sept. 21 Augusta (Waterfront Park 11:00 a.m.) Recovery and Wellness Resource Fair: Sept. 25 Portland (Preble Street Resource Center 2:00 p.m.) For More Information: www.recoverymonth.gov