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Secretary Carter’s Calls to Service Members on Christmas

Today, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter called service members taking part in U.S. operations around the world to wish them a Merry Christmas, according to Pentagon… 271 more words

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Vallee remembered as 'a real darling'

When singer and movie star Rudy Vallee died in 1986, his remains were shipped to Maine, the state where he was born and raised. His old family home was still owned by family members in Westbrook, and that’s where friends and family gathered to mourn his passing. 421 more words

Americans, Soviets eulogize Samantha Smith

Back in the mid-1980s, a young Maine schoolgirl, Samantha Smith, wrote a letter to Soviet President Yuri Andropov, expressing her worries about a possible war between the USSR and the U.S. 586 more words

Navy to Christen Submarine Illinois

WASHINGTON—The Navy will christen its newest Virginia-class attack submarine Illinois (SSN 786), Saturday, Oct. 10, during an 11 a.m. EDT ceremony at General Dynamics Electric Boat… 500 more words

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Should conservative Christian group participate in high school program about gay awareness?

The more I delve back into the stories I wrote 25 or 35 years ago, the more I find parallels to today’s issues. In this case, the very conservative Christian Civic League of Maine was up in arms about a gay awareness program that was being sponsored by a rural Maine high school. 900 more words

A battle over a church pew

A couple of stories down, I wrote about a court case in Maine’s York County from the 1700s, a story that came to me courtesy of the Maine State Archives. 843 more words