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The following are some of the exclusive stories you will find:


A new generation of veterans is coming home. They are returning from wars where soldiers had a fraction of a second to decide if a person was a friend or foe. They are returning from wars where convoys sped through unfamiliar streets: the brown paper bag in the road could be trash or an improvised explosive device. They are returning from wars with these experiences, and others that most cannot imagine. And some soldiers are returning home with post-traumatic stress disorder — a change to the body after extreme stress — and traumatic brain injury.

Meet Brandon Sodergren, a 25-year-old Marine from Waldoboro, who has returned from tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. His passion is to raise awareness of PTSD and traumatic brain injury, the silent wounds.


Clam diggers along the Maine coast are working with environmental advocacy groups to learn more about how runoff from inland sources combines with atmospheric pollution and sewage discharge, to increase the hazards of ocean acidification.


Columnist Erin Domareki has a lot of anxieties, including crashing in a plane and getting chewed to bits by sharks. It’s a common trait shared by many mothers, and she just wishes she and her husband could get a will together. But he is much more relaxed about life, in general. That does not console her. “Where there’s a will, there’s two smarter people than us.”


Paul Putnam’s territorial range while growing up in the 1930s and 1940s in Camden was pretty well defined: “Sometimes mother had to call me in because it was more fun to be outdoors. For those cases it was my responsibility to be close enough to be heard when she called me for supper. Before that time I might be anywhere in Millville, from Bishop’s Store on Washington Street to Shirt Tail Point, or from up Thomas Street on the Cobb Road to the side of Mount Battie.” But, boy, did he have some adventures. Read about them in his Essays of a Camden Native.


Columnist Barbara F. Dyer has been getting a lot of phone calls lately. A lot. And they have been scammers looking for easy money. But this senior citizen knows how to handle them.








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