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To the tune of “Yankee Doodle”: The sixteen counties of our state Are Cumberland and Franklin Piscataquis and Kennebec Oxford, Androscoggin Sagadahoc and Somerset Lincoln, Knox and Hancock Waldo, Washington and York Aroostook and Penobscot. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPvdbaE6Qts How do you teach somebody where they come from? "The Sixteen Counties Song" has been taught to elementary school children in Maine since at least the early 1960s. I learned it in during the 1991-1992 school year, at Mabel I. Wilson elementary school, on Tuttle Road in the center...
Andrew Ritchie is a Brooklyn-based tech entrepreneur and standup comedian. He’s also, as of last week, someone who’s set in motion a series of events that might lead to the resignation of Maine’s far-right governor, Paul LePage. Just by asking a question at a town hall meeting, Ritchie got the governor to claim he had a three ring binder full of photos that proved “90 percent” the drug dealers arrested in Maine were black and...
Welcome to a new series we’re calling A Small, Good Thing, which is a reference to the Raymond Carver story and NOT Martha Stewart’s “Good Things.” Anything can be a small, good thing: a song, a sentence in a short story, a scene from a movie, a particular episode of a television show, a side dish at a restaurant—so long as it’s worth celebrating. On a trip to Maine last summer, we happily fulfilled our...
Jewelry designer Aaron Ruff, of Digby and Iona, draws his inspiration from history; at the moment, it's prehistory that interests him. His new collection, Me and My Arrow, is about bows and arrows. (We know, we know, we too were disappointed it wasn’t Harry Nilsson-inspired.) Ruff didn’t start out making jewelry. Raised in Maine, and now working out of Invisible Dog in Boerum Hill, he used to be a furniture maker and carpenter. But...

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