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What’s the most interesting thing you’ve heard this week?

... I love a good conversation. It can expand your mind, bring you closer to someone, and foster understanding. I got to hear a fascinating conversation this week hosted by Maine Public Reporter Ari Snider and Community Engagement Coordinator Miles Brautigam with several young Mainers with backgrounds from Cambodia, Somalia, and Sudan. In conjunction with the Portland Press Herald, we asked a small group what concerns are on their minds this election season and how the current election cycle is working or not for their needs.

The issues I heard discussed included many that are familiar: healthcare, access to housing, concern for unhoused individuals, concern about climate change, and worry that their communities are given facetime during the election season and then less attention if a candidate takes office with their support. Ari will have some great profiles of these individual and themes soon, so keep an eye out for those stories and some great companion photos from our friends at the Portland Press Herald. This coverage and the work of our Maine Public Newsroom is all part of our lead-up to the Nov. 8 election.

That’s a great reason to highlight our online Voter Guide and FAQ’s in this issue. But wait, there’s more! Next week we also have our stories from Washington County as part of our “Climate Driven” series. That brings is halfway through Maine’s 16 counties. This project will take us through to Earth Day in April 2023.

Keep an ear and eye out for these stories!

Till Next Time,
Mark

Mark Simpson, News Director
 

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Do you have a special family recipe you roll out for the holidays? If you responded with a resounding YES, then you should enter Maine Public’s Dash of Maine Cooking Challenge today! Submit a favorite recipe and a photo of your completed dish by MIDNIGHT, Wednesday, December 14 to Maine Public at [email protected]  

Winners will be selected by a celebrity panel including Maine chefs Stephen Corry (Petite Jacqueline and 555 North) and David Turin (David's and David's 388). Two winners will each receive a $250 gift certificate to Now You're Cooking in Bath. A BIG shout out to Central Maine Power for sponsoring our Fall cooking challenge!

 

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