A young mother from Bristol wrote to the Portland Press Herald Toy Fund, asking for help with providing gifts for her four young children for Christmas.
Her husband worked as a machinist in midcoast Maine, but left his job after 11 years because their health insurance deductible was too high.
He now works as a pipe fitter in Bath.
Unity College specializes in environmental studies and is known as one of the “greenest” schools in the country, so it bothered college officials that the stock portfolio in which the school’s $14.5 million endowment was invested included shares in some of the world’s largest polluters.
Three years ago, the private college in Waldo County joined other institutional and individual investors that have eliminated the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions – particularly Big Oil and coal companies – from their portfolios.
“The college made an ethical decision that we’re going to walk the walk,” said Melik Khoury, Unity’s executive vice president and chief financial officer.
Working with its investment firm, Portland-based Spinnaker Trust, the college developed a new portfolio that largely excluded the 200 businesses identified by climate change activists as the top fossil fuel companies based on their existing reserves.
Karrie Herring considered her 11-foot albino Burmese python an attractive, if unusual pet, fond of affectionately coiling itself around her.
State wildlife officials deemed it a threat to public safety, seized it and destroyed it as one of the many species that are illegal to possess in Maine.
“The really large pythons we just don’t put on the list (of allowed pets),” said Phillip deMaynadier, leader of the reptile, amphibian and invertebrate group at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife.
Season pass holders at Saddleback – some of whom paid up to $2,000 – are confused and angry because there still is no word about whether the Rangeley ski area will open this winter.
Saddleback announced in July that it would close if it could not secure $3 million to replace an aging chairlift.