Monthly Archives: January 2010

A Somewhat Brief History of Moxie

As the nation’s first mass-marketed soft drink, Moxie was ahead of its time. While Dr. Thompson was the drink’s originator, no one was more directly responsible for its amazing popularity during the first two decades of the 20th century than Frank Archer, Moxie’s marketing genius. Continue reading

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The Scourge of Narcissism

There is a narcissistic plague making its way across our nation. The American spirit of the golden rule and concern for our neighbor has been replaced by a mentality driven by what’s in it for me. One of the most … Continue reading

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Maine Arts Commission Seeks to Build Capacity in Maine’s Cultural Communities

Beautiful Sebasco Harbor Resort was the setting for a recent forum sponsored by the Maine Arts Commission. The purpose was to celebrate the accomplishments of the Discovery Research program and to discuss the next steps for grant making. The forum also provided an overview of the Community Arts Development program—a new project that emphasizes capacity building for local arts organizations in Maine.

Craig Dreeszen, PhD, of Dreeszen & Associates, facilitated the forum, which encouraged public input and discussion about what worked with the Discovery Research program and what could be improved in funding various community arts programs. As Keith Ludden, community arts & traditional arts associate, explained, “With any changes in programming, we try to involve the public and gather input.”
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Preserving Ties to the Past: Native Artisan Revives Tribal Basketmaking

We live in a world that is growing more and more impersonal; a world that forgets its past at the peril of losing a connection with the bedrock of where it came from. Continue reading

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Middle-skill jobs still comprise half of all Maine work

The conventional wisdom regarding post-secondary education and career preparation has emphasized high-skills/ degree-specific programs rather than technical skills development leading to a post-secondary degree, or certification. This has created a perception that the labor market is comprised of only low-skilled … Continue reading

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Hyde School family weekends. Reinforcing values

Last month, Hyde School held its Spring Family Weekend. This weekend is the highlight of the local boarding school’s spring calendar. Bringing families to the campus for an intense three day flurry of meetings, activities, sporting events and performing arts … Continue reading

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Taking Stock and Moving Forward in 2006

A personal inventory is a great place to start in accessing skills and abilities The alarm’s chatter rips you from your world of dreams and comfort. Rolling over, you hit snooze and lie there, bringing your day into focus. Does … Continue reading

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Building a network to the future

Education is a key component in any region’s economic future. The skills necessary for success in the workplace require greater sophistication than ever before. While there was a time, not too long ago, when a post-secondary education wasn’t essential that … Continue reading

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Ensuring a healthy future for all of Maine’s children

On Feb. 15, the Maine Children’s Alliance released its Kids Count Data Book to the public with a press conference at the State House. This annual report offers Mainers a “snapshot’ of children’s health, statewide. This yearly progress report provides … Continue reading

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