Driving the States of Maine

Taking U.S. 1 the length of Maine reveals the shifting nature of the state’s character, from lobster shacks and antiques stores to vast forests and a lost French colony.

#maine, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #road-trips, #travel-and-vacations, #u-s-route-1

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Outbreak of Poisonous Browntail Moth Caterpillars Plagues Maine

The caterpillars, known as browntail moths, have tiny hairs that can cause skin rashes and even breathing issues for some people.

#browntail-moths, #butterflies-and-moths, #cape-cod-mass, #caterpillars, #invasive-species, #maine, #poisoning-and-poisons, #waterville-me

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Something Weird on the Beach Was Staining Their Feet. But What?

Dozens of people in Maine and New Hampshire complained that the sand had turned the soles of their feet black. Now the mystery is solved.

#beaches, #flies, #maine, #new-hampshire

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6 U.S. Destinations for a Remote-Working Vacation

As workers prepare to return to the office in coming months, here are six towns and cities to consider squeezing in a working vacation or two.

#airbnb, #arizona, #auburn-ny, #brunswick-me, #california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #diamond-head-oahu-hawaii, #finger-lakes-region-ny, #food, #hawaii, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #ithaca-ny, #kansas, #maine, #names-geographical, #petaluma-calif, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #restaurants, #rivers, #shawnee-kan, #sonoma-county-calif, #sonoran-desert, #telecommuting, #topeka-kan, #travel-and-vacations, #tucson-ariz, #watkins-glen-ny, #wines

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The Hunt for Clarity About van Gogh’s Last Days Leads to Maine

Experts are examining a watercolor found in an antiques shop that may be a rare work by Edmund Walpole Brooke, who painted with van Gogh during his final months.

#arles-france, #art, #japan, #maine, #osaka-university, #tsukasa-kodera, #van-gogh-vincent

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2 Maine Students Win National Awards for Cursive Writing

Although cursive handwriting “is a dying field,” as one teacher said, it has made a comeback in some schools, including one in Maine where two students won awards this month.

#contests-and-prizes, #handwriting, #maine, #reading-and-writing-skills-education, #trubek-anne-r-1966

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College Accounts at Birth: State Efforts Raise New Hopes

Creating and seeding accounts for every newborn is found to have an impact on aspirations as well as savings.

#529-savings-plans, #children-and-childhood, #colleges-and-universities, #education, #harold-alfond-foundation, #income-inequality, #maine, #oklahoma, #parenting, #savings, #seed-for-oklahoma-kids

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Arcadia steps in to Texas’ startup energy market with the acquisition of Real Simple Energy

On the third greatest television show of all time (sorry Rolling Stone), one of Texas’ most famous fictional football players once said, “When all the scared rats are leaving a sinking market, that’s when a real entrepreneur steps in — a true visionary.”

If that’s the case, then the startup renewable energy retail reseller Arcadia may be a true visionary. Even as energy startups servicing customers throughout the great state of Texas are forced to throw in the towel, the Washington-based, consumer-focused renewable energy power provider (based on renewable energy certificates purchased on the open market), is making an acquisition to enter the Texas market.

The company is buying Real Simple Energy, which not only marks the company’s availability in all 50 states, but gives Real Simple Energy customers access to both wind and solar power generating projects. The company said it  will leverage Real Simple Energy’s platform and expertise to secure the best rates for members, monitor for better savings, and provide a smarter yet simpler energy experience.

“Recent events in the Texas market prove that customers shouldn’t be exposed to wholesale or variable rates, and want an energy advocate to protect them,” said Kiran Bhatraju, CEO and Founder of Arcadia. “Both Arcadia and Real Simple Energy recognize the challenges Texas homeowners and renters have historically faced in the energy buying process, and we remain committed to removing these confusing barriers.”

Texans have consistently paid more for power than consumers that buy their energy from regulated market participants thanks to the state’s disastrously deregulated power markets. The combined companies are pitching fixed rate contracts to Texas consumers that won’t be vulnerable to bill spikes, but will offer average savings above the flat rates regulated utilities offer.

“The deregulated energy industry, especially in Texas, has underserved customers and as a result, most customers overpay for electricity and receive poor customer service. Using technology, we are helping customers realize the promise of deregulation and always get the best fixed rates available,” said Trent Crow, CEO of Real Simple Energy, in a statement. “As industry veterans, joining forces with Arcadia will allow us to get better deals for customers and enhance our customer experience.  We manage 100% of the energy experience and become a customer’s independent agent and advocate so they never have to worry about their electricity bill again.”

The deal is Arcadia’s first acquisition and follows the company’s launch of a community solar program all the way across the country in the great state of Maine.

#ceo, #electricity, #energy, #energy-industry, #entrepreneur, #fundings-exits, #maine, #renewable-energy, #startups, #tc, #texas, #washington

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When There’s No Heat: ‘You Need Wood, You Get Wood’

Community wood banks, like food banks, help people in need. Climate change is shaping their role.

#environment, #food-banks-and-pantries, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heating, #maine, #new-england-states-us, #unemployment, #volunteers-and-community-service, #weather, #winter-season, #wood-and-wood-products

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The Art and Education of Owling

To search for an owl is to dance with nature in real time.

#birds, #maine, #owls

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Instagram Showcases ‘Cheap Old Houses’

Instagram and fans of painstaking renovations have given new life to homes with some history, especially if they’re affordable.

#connecticut, #hgtv, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #maine, #massachusetts, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #social-media

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Revisiting the Unseen Corners of the World

During a year with limited travel possibilities, our World Through a Lens series offered Times readers a weekly escape. Here are some of the highlights.

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Time Won’t Let Me Wait That Long

An encounter at a clock-repair shop offered a lesson about life in 2020.

#conundrum-book, #maine, #watches-and-clocks

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Nor’easter Knocks Out Power to More Than 200,000 in New England

More than 110,000 customers in Maine alone lost electricity after a nor’easter brought high winds and heavy snow.

#connecticut, #maine, #massachusetts, #new-england-states-us, #new-hampshire, #noreaster, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #snow-and-snowstorms, #weather, #wind

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The Democrats Went All Out Against Susan Collins. Rural Maine Grimaced.

The $180 million Senate contest, a political scientist said, “was like being a local in Woodstock in 1969: When it first started, it was exciting and fun, but by the end, it was muddy and dirty.”

#collins-susan-m, #elections-senate, #gideon-sara-1971, #maine, #political-advertising

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26 Americans on Their Hopes for the Next Four Years

We asked voters about their hopes for the next four years — regardless of the occupant in the White House.

#atlanta-ga, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #maine, #omaha-neb, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #texas, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #voting-and-voters

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Portland, Maine passes referendum banning facial surveillance

As we’re currently shifting through all of the national and local votes from last night’s elections, here’s a small but important victory for privacy advocates out of Portland, Maine . Per the Bangor Daily News, the city passed “Referendum Question B,” designed to curb government and police use of facial recognition technology.

According to the initiative:

An Act to Ban Facial Surveillance by Public Officials in Portland will ban the city of Portland and its departments and officials from using or authorizing the use of any facial surveillance software on any groups or member of the public, and provides a right to members of the public to sue if facial surveillance data is illegally gathered and/or used.

It’s one of four progressive measures that passed last night in the city. Other successful measures include a $15/hour minimum wage and a cap on rent increases. It also joins other recent local ordinances. Other cities to pass similar legislation include San Francisco, Boston and the other Portland, which offered a pretty sweeping ban back in September.

Meanwhile, earlier this week, an arrest was made in Washington, DC using facial recognition. The individual was reportedly identified using an image found on Twitter.

#2020-election, #apps, #facial-recognition, #maine, #portland, #privacy

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What $1.25 Million Buys You in Maine, Texas and New York

A waterfront retreat on 76 acres in mid-coast Maine, a custom-designed home in Houston and an 1871 house by McKim Mead & White in Piermont.

#houston-tex, #maine, #orland-maine, #piermont-ny, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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Voting System in Maine Threatens Collins in Final Days of Close Senate Race

The state’s new ranked-choice system could prove dangerous for Senator Susan Collins, who is running for a fifth term against Sara Gideon, a Democrat.

#collins-susan-m, #elections-senate, #gideon-sara-1971, #maine, #savage-lisa, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters

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Woman Who Mailed Threat to Susan Collins Gets 30 Months in Prison

Suzanne Muscara, 38, sent a threatening letter to the senator’s home in 2018 after becoming upset with her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court justice, the authorities said.

#collins-susan-m, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #maine, #muscara-suzanne, #postal-service-us, #senate, #sentences-criminal, #supreme-court-us, #threats-and-threatening-messages, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Susan Collins Hasn’t Changed Much, but Maine Has

Democrats are angry with her. Republicans see her as disloyal to the president. Her old-fashioned politics? “I don’t know if people respond as well to that anymore,” said her G.O.P. predecessor in the Senate.

#collins-susan-m, #conservatism-us-politics, #elections-senate, #gideon-sara-1971, #maine, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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It’s Not Easy Being an Optimist in Maine

We have late-spring storms and high-stakes Senate races. But we also have lobster and Patty Griffin.

#collins-susan-m, #elections-senate, #gideon-sara-1971, #maine, #presidential-election-of-2020, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Leaf Peeping Is Not Canceled: 6 Drives and Hikes to Try This Fall

From the Berkshires to the Rockies, the vibrant colors of fall are popping, and nothing, not even a pandemic, can stop them. Six writers in six states reveal their favorite drives and hikes.

#appalachian-region, #autumn-season, #berkshires-mass, #cuyahoga-valley-national-park-ohio, #denver-colo, #maine, #nashville-tenn, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #road-trips, #travel-and-vacations, #trees-and-shrubs, #west-virginia

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Sara Gideon Is Running Strong Against Susan Collins in Maine

Her opponent, Sara Gideon, is running on her record in the state — but does it matter in a year when all politics is national?

#collins-susan-m, #elections-senate, #gideon-sara-1971, #maine, #senate, #state-legislatures, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Swing Voters and the Supreme Court Vacancy

A court battle is beginning just weeks before Election Day. Here’s what that could mean for the campaigns in key states.

#arizona, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #maine, #north-carolina, #polls-and-public-opinion, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #voting-and-voters

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How China Brought Almost 200 Million Students Back

We’re also rounding up thought-provoking ideas about Covid-era education, and bringing you the latest local updates for K-12 and college.

#atlantic-the-magazine, #axios-media-inc, #boston-mass, #boston-college, #california, #california-state-university, #children-and-childhood, #china, #colleges-and-universities, #communist-party-of-china, #connecticut, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #de-blasio-bill, #e-learning, #education, #education-k-12, #florida-state-university, #football-college, #georgia, #los-angeles-calif, #maine, #massachusetts, #michigan-state-university, #new-york-city, #oregon, #rochester-ny, #shutdowns-institutional, #university-of-kansas, #university-of-michigan, #university-of-texas-at-austin, #washington-state, #wuhan-china, #yglesias-matthew

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One Family Has Delivered the Mail by Boat for 115 Years. Is This the Last?

Since 1905, four generations of Quinns have delivered letters, packages and passengers to the islands of Penobscot Bay. A lost summer could sink the tradition.

#boats-and-boating, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fuller-buckminster, #maine, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #summer-season

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$260,000 Homes in Ohio, Maine and Colorado

A circa-1900 cottage in Columbus, a Second Empire-style house in Calais and a two-bedroom condominium in Denver.

#columbus-ohio, #denver-colo, #maine, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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Swimmer in Maine Is Killed by Great White Shark in Rare Attack

A 63-year-old woman died in the state’s first recorded fatal shark attack, the authorities said. Sharks rarely attack humans but are following seals, their natural prey, north, experts say.

#fish-and-other-marine-life, #international-shark-attack-file, #maine, #marine-resources-department-maine, #sharks

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Susan Rice Wants to Run for Office. Will Her First Campaign Be for V.P.?

The former national security adviser is on the short list to be Joe Biden’s running mate. She has never been elected to public office, but in 2018 she took a close look at running for Senate — and at her own political strengths and vulnerabilities.

#benghazi-attack-2012, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #collins-susan-m, #elections-senate, #maine, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rice-susan-e, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vice-presidents-and-vice-presidency-us

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Sara Gideon Wins Democratic Nomination in Maine to Challenge Susan Collins

Ms. Gideon, backed by the Senate Democratic campaign arm and outside political groups, had long been the favorite to challenge Senator Collins, the sole remaining New England Republican in Congress.

#collins-susan-m, #democratic-party, #elections-senate, #gideon-sara-1971, #maine, #primaries-and-caucuses, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Primary Elections in Alabama, Texas and Maine: Live Updates

In today’s voting, Jeff Sessions is hoping to win back his old Senate seat in Alabama, and other key races are taking place in Texas and Maine.

#alabama, #collins-susan-m, #elections-house-of-representatives, #elections-senate, #gideon-sara-1971, #maine, #presidential-election-of-2020, #sessions-jefferson-b-iii, #texas, #trump-donald-j, #tuberville-tommy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden vs. Trump 2020 Live Updates: Trump Talks Up Tuberville as Alabama Votes

Jeff Sessions hopes to win back his old Senate seat in Alabama, while primary and runoff elections are taking place in Texas and Maine. Joe Biden is releasing a new clean energy plan.

#alabama, #collins-susan-m, #elections-house-of-representatives, #elections-senate, #gideon-sara-1971, #maine, #presidential-election-of-2020, #sessions-jefferson-b-iii, #texas, #trump-donald-j, #tuberville-tommy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Election Poll Updates in Alabama, Maine and Texas Primary and Runoffs

Jeff Sessions is fighting for his political life in an Alabama race that will signal the strength of President Trump’s hold on his base. And in Maine, the spotlight is on which Democrat will face Susan Collins.

#alabama, #collins-susan-m, #elections-senate, #jones-doug-1954, #maine, #presidential-election-of-2020, #sessions-jefferson-b-iii, #state-legislatures, #texas

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What Time Do Polls Close in Alabama, Maine and Texas?

Jeff Sessions is fighting for his political life in an Alabama race that will signal the strength of President Trump’s hold on his base. And in Maine, the spotlight is on which Democrat will face Susan Collins.

#alabama, #collins-susan-m, #elections-senate, #jones-doug-1954, #maine, #sessions-jefferson-b-iii, #state-legislatures, #texas

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Thinking of Traveling in the U.S.? These States Have Travel Restrictions

A third of states have strict measures in place for visitors, from mandatory testing to quarantine requirements.

#alabama, #alaska, #american-automobile-assn, #automobiles, #boise-idaho, #california, #chicago-ill, #connecticut, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #delaware, #florida, #georgia, #hawaii, #idaho, #illinois, #indiana, #iowa, #kansas, #louisiana, #maine, #massachusetts, #miami-dade-county-fla, #mississippi, #nevada, #new-england-states-us, #north-carolina, #pennsylvania, #rhode-island, #south-carolina, #states-us, #tennessee, #texas, #travel-and-vacations, #travel-warnings, #utah, #vermont, #wisconsin

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Mainers Are ‘Disappointed’ Too, Susan Collins

Maybe we’ve been expecting too much of her all along.

#collins-susan-m, #elections-state-legislature, #maine, #primaries-and-caucuses, #republican-party, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Susan Collins Battles for Survival in Maine

The fourth-term Republican is staring down a better-funded challenger and national headwinds, all while campaigning amid coronavirus restrictions.

#collins-susan-m, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elections-senate, #gideon-sara-1971, #jackman-me, #lubec-me, #maine, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

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For Maine Lobstermen, a Perfect Storm Threatens the Summer Season

The state’s lobster industry, already struggling before the virus, could be crippled as tourism dries up, leaving boatloads of crustaceans and no one to eat them.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fishing-commercial, #international-trade-and-world-market, #lobsters, #maine, #penobscot-bay-me, #summer-season, #trump-donald-j, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

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Two Flags Over Maine (and America)

Flags are not just symbols of a country or a state. Their meaning lies in the consciousness of the person looking at them.

#flags-emblems-and-insignia, #maine, #ross-betsy, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Shearing Sheep, and Hewing to Tradition, on an Island in Maine

In a remote area of Maine, the Wakeman family maintains the traditions of island shepherding, the cycles of which have been largely unchanged for centuries.

#historic-buildings-and-sites, #islands, #lamb, #maine, #photography, #sheep, #wool-and-woolen-goods

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Scattered to the Winds, College Students Mourn Lost Semester

The unpredictability of life during the pandemic has been hard on everyone, but it has caused particular stress for many college students.

#anxiety-and-stress, #colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #denison-university, #loneliness, #maine, #mental-health-and-disorders, #new-york-university, #shutdowns-institutional

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With the World on Pause, Salamanders Own the Road

Traffic is down, thanks to the pandemic. That’s good news for amphibians looking to migrate safely.

#amphibians, #animal-migration, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #forests-and-forestry, #frogs, #leclair-greg-researcher, #maine, #new-england-states-us, #salamanders, #seasons-and-months, #your-feed-science

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Charter tells court that its no-refund policy helps prevent price increases

A Charter Spectrum service vehicle.

Enlarge / A Charter Spectrum vehicle. (credit: Charter)

Charter is suing Maine to block a new state law that requires prorated refunds when cable customers cancel service mid-month, claiming that the requirement is a form of rate regulation and is preempted by federal law. The preemption question will be at the heart of the case, but Charter also told the court that its no-refund policy prevents its prices from rising even more than they usually do.

“Charter’s decision not to provide a partial-month rebate for cancelling subscribers reflects the fact that Charter’s service is sold on a monthly basis,” the company, which operates Spectrum TV service, said in its complaint against the state government. “It also reduces administrative costs and thus ultimately reduces the upward pressure on rates for Charter’s continuing subscribers.”

Charter further said that its policy minimizes price increases “for continuing subscribers by reducing costs associated with implementing pro-rata rebates for mid-month cancellations.” Charter said that subscribers who cancel in the middle of a monthly billing period can continue to receive the service until the end of the month.

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#charter, #maine, #policy, #spectrum

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‘A Lot of Bad News Out There’: Parenting in a Pandemic

A mother balances coverage of tsunamis, plane crashes, bombings and other tragedies with life at home during a coronavirus lockdown.

#bangkok-thailand, #bangladesh, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #maine, #myanmar, #philippines, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #quarantines, #rohingya-ethnic-group, #typhoon-haiyan-2013

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The Coronavirus Mental Health Crisis Hits Home

A journal of the Plague Year: Week 9.

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #maine, #mental-health-and-disorders, #quarantines

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Protecting the Ones I Love, With Flour, Sausage and Cheese

A journal of the Plague Year: Week 7.

#connecticut, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #italian-food-cuisine, #maine, #middletown-conn, #pizza, #sausages

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Democrats Show Fund-Raising Energy in Key Senate Races

In contests in Kentucky, South Carolina, Kansas, Maine, Colorado and Arizona, Democratic candidates raised more money in the first quarter of 2020 than their Republican opponents.

#bollier-barbara-1958, #campaign-finance, #collins-susan-m, #democratic-party, #elections-senate, #gardner-cory-s, #gideon-sara-1971, #graham-lindsey, #harrison-jaime-r-1976, #hickenlooper-john-w, #kelly-mark-e-1964, #kobach-kris-w, #maine, #mcconnell-mitch, #mcgrath-amy, #mcsally-martha, #republican-party, #roberts-pat, #senate, #south-carolina, #united-states-politics-and-government

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What Are the Songs That Are Helping You Survive?

A journal of the Plague Year: Week 5.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dylan-bob, #maine, #music, #prine-john, #quarantines

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