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    October 11, 2012

    Politics and the facts

    “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” — Henry Adams, historian and teacher (1838-1918). I offer the above quote because I like teachers, nothing more, nothing less. I’m not quite as fond of politicians, but politicians, like teachers, also influence our culture as well as us individually. Collectively, they are the leaders that choose the path to take us down as a society. …

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    October 6, 2012

    View from the schools

    This is the first of several columns I hope to write about public education in general and Regional School Unit 13 schools in particular. As the new superintendent, I have the privilege of working with many fine educators, support staff, parents, community and board members as we strive to assure successful outcomes for all of our 2,100 students. RSU 13 employs more than 400 staff, all working for the one common …

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    September 13, 2012

    Excellence Always

    Dear members of our community:Since I arrived at Pen Bay Healthcare a short seven months ago, I’ve spent a lot of time in the community listening and gathering input. I appreciate the thoughtful perspectives and critical insights you’ve shared with me. It is clear to me now, as it is to so many of you, that we must make significant changes throughout Pen Bay in order to succeed and thrive in our mission to care …

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    August 16, 2012

    Oceanside West focuses on academic improvement

    The failure rates at Oceanside West High School have received some attention in the news recently.I certainly appreciate the interest and the editorial has raised some important questions.In this response, I will try to answer some of those questions. It is important to note that the failure rate for students in their first year of high school is not a new issue. It is one of the reasons that RSU 13 decided to …

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    August 3, 2012

    Take it outside

    Summer is here and the weather is great! Now is the time to take it outside! Here’s some advice from the folks at Let’s Go 5-2-1-0! about why it is so good for you and your kids to get outside, along with some ideas on what to do.With so much technology, it can be hard to pull ourselves away from indoor attractions like computers, TVs and video games. As a result, we miss out on the exciting and beautiful world …

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    July 27, 2012

    Governor should act like a leader, not a bully

    OK, that’s it! As my late father used to say, it’s time to zip your lips. It is time to stop the name-calling. Stop the bully posturing. Start acting like a governor. I have been a Maine resident since the days of Gov. James Longley. I’ve been through Govs. Brennan, McKernan, King and Baldacci. I have written about all of the above and the way they governed, or tried to govern, this great state. Never once did I …

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    July 6, 2012

    Enjoy yoga, safely

    Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual discipline, originating in ancient India, that involves a series of stretching, posing and breathing exercises. When done correctly and in moderation, yoga can provide excellent conditioning and exercise; reduce stress; maintain joint and musculoskeletal health; and in some individuals, relieve joint or muscle pain.However, some of the more strenuous and complicated poses …

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    July 6, 2012

    Just itchin’ to get better

    For a long time, I earned my keep as a reporter by paying extremely close attention to details. Seven years out of the news business, and I still notice details all around me, large and small. I even warn my students that if they are thinking about skipping school, they better find a place to hide and stay there. If they decide to venture out and about in town, there is a better than even chance I will see them. …

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    July 2, 2012

    Point — counterpoint: Voting in Waldoboro

    Support for traditional town meeting, By Rebecca Maxwell I think voting should be done by open town meeting so that if there are questions people can ask them, and get their answers right then and there. You can have all the public hearings that you want and you still don’t get out a great number of people. There will be handful of people. Public hearings to me have kind of gone by the wayside. Going in behind …

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    June 21, 2012

    Go for the gusto, but be happy

    It was almost 3 a.m. A hypnotist had just completed his act and the audience was still laughing about the antics of some of their friends. It was time for ice cream sundaes and then the drawing for all manner of prizes. Then the lights would come on and we adults would bid farewell to these boys and girls who only six or seven hours earlier had stood in the halls at Oceanside High School as “almost graduates.” …

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