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From the monthly archives: April, 2014

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Supporting the Stage

While the Saco River Theatre in Bar Mills was built in 1897 as a Universalist chapel, it found new life as a silent movie house, Maine State Grange hall, and even a venue for lively auctions. For the past 24 years it has been the area’s cultural arts center, hosting concerts, theatrical productions, silent movies, and contra dances. Its resident acting company, The Originals, opened a new season April 25 with a production of “Marvin’s Room,” supported by the Maine Theater Fund. The fund also has provided grants for productions this season by the Freeport Community Players, Midcoast Actors’ Studio, and New Surry Repertory Theatre and Acting School.

Maine Policy Scholars 2014

Early intervention for drug-exposed newborns; efficacy of firearms in Protection from Abuse Orders in Maine; increasing use of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway; sustaining an Atlantic cod fishery; what Maine can do to help students apply to college—these are the topics researched by this year’s graduating class of Maine Policy Scholars. You can read their policy briefs and view photos of their graduation here—and meet  members of the 2014-2015 class.

At right, Maine Policy Scholars class of ’14: Angelina Jackman, University of Maine Presque Isle; Tyler Hadyniak, University of Maine Farmington; Nick Northcott, University of Southern Maine; Henry Norwood, University of Maine; Kale O’Leary, University of Maine Fort Kent. Photo Jeff Pouland

Machias, Creative Community

CCED: The letters stand for Creative Community = Economic Development, a program of the Maine Arts Commission. The community foundation’s Belvedere Fund for Downeast is supporting the commission’s CCED in Machias where the Beehive Collective is restoring three downtown buildings. The collective has been creating additional buzz with its recently completed illustrated map of Mesoamerica. Watch a video of the making of the map here.