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    August 9, 2020

    Cal Thomas: The trouble with Joe Biden’s VP choices

    Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden appears to have painted himself into a corner with his promise to select a woman — and apparently from the candidates on his short list, an African-American woman — to be his running mate. While it is just the latest example of his party’s tribalism in which externals, such as […]

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    August 9, 2020

    Emanuel Pariser: To make online learning work, broadband is only half the battle

    In rural Maine, where people often live far from neighbors and friends, the COVID-19 pandemic has layered in new kinds of isolation. The impact on school children has been tough: the daily structure, social interaction and intellectual stimulation they get from school was upended overnight. While Maine has given a “green light” to re-open schools, […]

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    August 9, 2020

    Eugenia Last, Capricorn: Don’t let an incident ruin your day

    CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Adelaide Kane, 30; Anna Kendrick, 35; Gillian Anderson, 52; Hoda Kotb, 56. Happy Birthday: Show your strengths. Apply your skills to the things you enjoy doing most. Question what you are doing with your life and what you can do to achieve peace of mind and the happiness you desire. […]

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    August 9, 2020

    Amy Hinojosa: Diabetes reform brings needed relief to seniors, but more action needed

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently took an important step toward addressing one of the worst public health crises of our time. No, not COVID-19, but a disease that chronically affects millions of Americans — diabetes. A new policy, announced last week, will dramatically reduce seniors’ out-of-pocket insulin costs. Diabetes remains one of […]

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    August 9, 2020

    James Howaniec: Bringing Shakespeare to the banks of the Androscoggin

    Back in the summer of 1979, I was 20 years old and skinny, and was studying Shakespeare and Victorian history at Cambridge University in England. We used to take the one-hour train ride into London to watch some of the greatest actors in the world, including Glenda Jackson as Cleopatra at the Aldwych Theatre, and […]

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    August 9, 2020

    Dear Abby: She refuses to return engagement ring

    DEAR ABBY: Five months ago, after eight years, my fiancee terminated our relationship. I still have very strong feelings for her, although she ghosted me and won’t communicate with me. We agreed from the outset that should the relationship end, the ring (or value thereof) would be returned to me. I have sent numerous emails […]

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    August 8, 2020

    USDA offers annual installment deferral option for borrowers

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — To assist Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) borrowers experiencing financial hardship from the pandemic and other challenges in production agriculture, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is offering a one-time annual installment payment deferral option. No fees or prepayment penalties apply for borrowers who choose this FSFL loan flexibility option. Eligible borrowers can […]

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    August 8, 2020

    Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition gains grant

    WILTON — The Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition (MPAC) has announced that it has been named a recipient of an unrestricted $20,000 grant from the Maine Health Access Foundation. MPAC works to make positive changes in Maine prisons and helps families and returning citizens with reintegration into society. It partners with the Maine State Prison Chapter […]

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    August 8, 2020

    Yard sale to benefit service dog’s surgery

    AUBURN — Auburn resident Pam Whittier has the same heart disease, cardiomyopathy, that her Dad passed away from in 2015. Her service dog, Diamond, is able to tell family members when Whittier’s heart rhythm is “off,” which is extremely important due to her being a cardiac arrest survivor with an implanted cardiac defibrillator. Diamond continues […]

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    August 8, 2020

    Community meals to run August 8

    Masonic group offering pick-up meal WILTON — The Masonic group at the Harland M. Harnden Masonic Hall, 70 Bryant Road, East Wilton, will be offering a meal for pickup from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, at the lodge, or members will home deliver a meal in the Farmington/Wilton area. The menu will include […]

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