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Vote NO on 1 - Protect Maine Equality! [Nov. 3rd, 2009|01:11 pm]
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Marriage equality is on the ballot in Maine today and the race will be close, every vote counts. Please get out to the polls and take friends and family with you. It is essential to vote No on question 1 to keep marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples.

All couples deserve equal rights under the law, the right to the nearly 1,800 benefits that come with marriage equality that helps families file tax returns, visit loved ones in the hospital among other important family decisions. Let's keep Maine values strong and vote to preserve equality for all Mainer's.


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Vote tomorrow!!! [Nov. 2nd, 2009|07:55 pm]
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Don't forget to vote tomorrow!
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(no subject) [Oct. 26th, 2009|11:25 pm]
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We've got less than 10 days left before Nov. 3rd!!!! It's more important now more than ever to sign up and volunteer. And vote!!! And once you've done all that, get your friends and family to do that to. This race is ridiculously close. The latest official poll that's come out has us at 48-48 with 4 undecided. So basically, this is going to be decided by a handful of votes and by whoever can get out the vote the most.

Let's make history.
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(no subject) [Oct. 14th, 2009|06:31 pm]
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There's less than 20 days left before the big vote on wether or not Maine will repeal the same sex marriage law it passed in May!!!
Please show your support for marriage equality.
If you're in Maine, please please please vote early, volunteer, or donate!!!
If you're not in Maine, please just tell people about the issue. The more attention we get, the better.
Please check out the No On One website to see how you can help.

Gah! There's less than 20 days left!!!

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I'm teachin' a workshop! [Aug. 10th, 2009|03:52 pm]
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Check it out!


Polymer Clay: Beginner's Workshop
Saturday November 14th, 9am - 5pm

Polymer Clay Beginner's WorkshopJoin instructors Connie Pelkey of Constance Pelkey Designs & Theresa Chioffi of Dragon Fire Designs for a full day of learning about artist grade polymer clay, a very approachable and versatile medium.

In the morning we will learn the basics of polymer clay – conditioning, mixing colors (the Skinner blend), creating simple canes, baking and finishing techniques, basic tool use and care, storage options, the differences in brand names, and fun tips and tricks will be discussed! Polymer Clay Beginner's Workshop

After a bag lunch, you will split into groups to work closer with the instructors and “get your hands dirty”! Whether you have dabbled with this medium or never touched it, you will successfully complete a small project of your choice to take home!

Join us for a day of Fun and new Friends!

$50 includes supplies

Instructor: Connie Pelkey, Augusta, ME
Connie makes wearable art and more! This includes bags, accessories, art beads, boxes, scarfs, functional and fun sculpture and just about anything else she takes a fancy to! From design to construction, ahe does her best work and hopes that it shows in her items. She's happy to answer any and all questions related to her work. See more of Connie's work here: http://constancepelkeydesigns.blogspot.com/

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Marriage Wins in Senate: 21 to 14 [May. 1st, 2009|07:47 am]
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What's the difference between marriages, civil unions and domestic partnerships? Do they offer the same rights and protections? Read on to find out.

Domestic partnerships
Domestic partnerships are the lowest level of relationship recognition, and the rights and responsibilities they convey vary drastically from state to state. The protections and benefits of domestic partnerships are typically minimal, and are not recognized if the couple travels outside their home state.

In 1999 California Governor Grey Davis signed a domestic partner bill, making California the first state to legally recognize same-sex relationships (the District of Columbia passed a domestic partner bill in 1992, but it was blocked from taking effect until 2002). Until its landmark decision on marriage in 2008, California provided benefits and protections to same-sex couples exclusively through its domestic partner laws; now, same-sex couples in California may choose to register as domestic partners, or to get married.

Today, a handful of states - including Maine - recognize domestic partnerships in some form. In some states, this is largely a symbolic recognition. In other states, registering as domestic partners provides a limited set of protections and responsibilities. Some employers, but not all, offer domestic partner health care benefits. Many domestic partners must take exhaustive (and expensive) legal steps to protect themselves and their families. Even then, they can still face serious financial, legal and social challenges, especially as they age, retire, purchase property, raise children and seek medical treatment.

See also: Domestic Partnerships in Maine

Civil unions
Four states recognize civil unions: Vermont, Connecticut, New Jersey and New Hampshire.

Civil unions may not be recognized outside the state in which they are performed - which means that if a couple faces a medical emergency while traveling, one partner may not be permitted to make decisions for the other. Employers may or may not offer health insurance for parties in a civil union.

While the protections and benefits of a civil union are greater than those of a domestic partnership, they still fall short of providing the hundreds of protections automatically conveyed by civil marriage. Like those in domestic partnerships, civil union couples must take additional legal steps to provide greater protections for themselves and their children, though no amount of supplementary paperwork can provide all the benefits of civil marriage.

For many families, the greatest harm of civil unions is the "separate and unequal" status they convey. The Supreme Court of Connecticut decided in 2008 that it is unconstitutional to force same-sex couples into "separate and unequal" status by offering civil unions but blocking them from civil marriage.

See also: "Separate and Not Equal" (New York Times, Dec. 20, 2008)

Two states recognize marriage for same-sex couples: Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Civil marriage automatically confers hundreds of rights and responsibilities on couples, and provides critical protections for their families. While gay and lesbian families can protect themselves in limited ways by constructing wills, health care proxies and co-parent adoptions, alone or in addition to domestic partnerships or civil unions, this does not come close to emulating the automatic protections and peace of mind that only marriage can give. People simply cannot contract their way into changing hundreds of laws that affect survivorship rights, worker’s compensation dependency protection or the tax system.

Beyond specific legal protections, marriage confers the intangible benefit of recognition as a family. The word itself is an important protection. Marriage is arguably this nation’s most important civic institution; excluding same-sex couples from marriage marks them and their children as unworthy— and that can’t be remedied with piecemeal legal arrangements.

Religious institutions are not required to perform marriages, though a growing number of faith communities welcome same-sex couples, and there are clergy members who are happy to perform same-sex weddings.

There is no residency requirement for marriage in Massachusetts. In July 2008 a majority of Massachusetts lawmakers voted to repeal a 1913 law that had been revived by then-Governor Mitt Romney in 2004. This ancient law, which was created to prevent interracial marriage, said that couples whose marriages would be "void" in their home states could not marry in Massachusetts. Governor Duval Patrick signed the repeal, eliminating the barrier to out-of-state same-sex couples marrying in Massachusetts. However, as in California, these marriages may not be recognized by other state and local governments. For more about marriage in Massachusetts, and a comprehensive library of information and resources, visit the Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) marriage page.

Same-sex couples from other states will also be able to marry in Connecticut. Details about Connecticut's October 2008 decision are still forthcoming; for the latest news and information, please visit Love Makes a Family.

Marriage Wins in Senate: 21 to 14
Today the Senate voted 21 to 14 in favor of the marriage bill without amendment. The bill now goes to the House, which is expected to vote early next week. Please contact your Senator immediately to thank them for supporting fairness for gay and lesbian families. read more »
Marriage Supporters Testify
Maine's public hearing on marriage equality was an amazing event, with over 3,000 supporters all clad in red. Testimony lasted over 11 hours, with people from all walks of life speaking in support of marriage for gay and lesbian families. See the extraordinary testimony at: www.youtube.com/user/EqualityMaine. read more »
Maine Marriage Bill Co-Sponsors
64 Maine legislators signed on as co-sponsors of the marriage bill. See if your representatives are on the list. read more »
Full Text of the Marriage Bill
See how the marriage bill would change Maine law, and track its status as it moves through the state legislature. read more »

Maine Marriage Central
Get the facts about Maine's marriage equality bill and find out how you can make a difference. read more »
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Mainely sunny, with a chance of awesome [Mar. 12th, 2009|10:31 pm]
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Hi. My name's Tim, and I'm an alcoh...uh... Australian. I'm trying to collect an American from every state, kinda like Pokemon, to be my friend. I find you guys interesting.

And I'm a pretty awesome guy, so there's your incentive.

Any takers?
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What kind of crack are they smoking? [Feb. 27th, 2009|07:05 am]
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This may only be of interest to Mainahs.

The Department of Transportation at the Augusta City Council meeting last night proposed putting in up to 5 additional rotaries (traffic circles) in Augusta. Major rant ahead because DOT is Smoking CrackCollapse )
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The Top Ten New Year's Resolutions for Mainers! [Oct. 3rd, 2005|08:47 pm]
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Hi all! How is everyone doing today?

In celebration of the great state of Maine and the new year of 2009, I wrote this essay called "Top Ten New Year's Resolutions for Mainers." I would appreciate if anyone would take a look at it and let me know what you think. I love to write, and I love to get responses on what I write. I'm not sure where else to post this, because I think only people from Maine would know what I am talking about. :)  So if you could read my (short) essay and let me know  what you think, if you like it or not, that would be great! Thanks! It's meant to be a humor piece.

The essay is located at
and please let me know what you think!

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Dick Aubie, owner of PJ'S bar in Augusta [Dec. 23rd, 2008|01:55 pm]
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I'm passing this info along....

Hello everyone,

The church service for Dick is Saturday the 27th at 11:00 AM at St. Augustine's church on Sand Hill in Augusta.  Let all the rest of our friends and family know. 

The date (January 16th 2009) has been set aside for a benefit show, dedicated to Dick and Ann Aubie,  will be held at PJ's, (Papa Joe's)  Water St. Augusta, ME . Please get the word around. 

If anyone would like to participate in the show also, let me know.  Thanks.
(AKA) Nene

.·:*¨¨*:·Constance Pelkey Designs.·:*¨¨*:·.
Polymer Clay, Fine Silver, Fiber Arts
Jewelry & Accessories - Art for you and your home!
Augusta, Maine - 207.333.1145
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calling all writers... [Aug. 7th, 2008|12:48 am]
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[Current Location |Maine, of course!]
[mood |artistic]

Hi everyone...

I'm just interested if there are any authors (published or not) on here. I'm writing a novel of my own and would really enjoy being able to talk to somebody (or many somebodies :) ) who have similar interests.

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vote for maine [Feb. 22nd, 2008|06:12 pm]
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My brother is nominating Maine in a video contest on YouTube, but he needs votes for Maine to win.

Here's all you have to do to vote:

1) visit youtube.com/wheresyours

2) click the "Vote" tab

3) in the little search box, type "Happyjoel"

4) click on the little "thumbs up."

The song is great and the video is funny.
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Maine poly Clay Guild meeting [Sep. 27th, 2007|11:12 am]
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I'm very excited to pass along Linda's announcement for the Guild meeting!!! This is so exciting to begin building an active group of polymer clay artists in the state! We can do so many exciting things with this group!

PLEASE try to attend! I'd be happy to carpool with anyone and try to facilitate any other car pool groups. Please contact me privately about that. (ConniePelkey@gmail.com - or call me!)

Quarterly Guild meeting:

The next meeting of the guild will be on Saturday, October 20th from 10:00am to 2:00pm in Lincolnville. Please RSVP to Linda ( linda@ljmdesigns.com) who will also provide directions.

Please come prepared to talk about a Maine clay conference for fall of 2008. We would also like to do a quilt block swap. Your ideas are necessary to make the guild work for all of Maine's clay artist.

Linda Muth, founding member
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Park ave or woodfords corner area. [Aug. 19th, 2007|09:11 pm]
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Just wondering if anyone has any experience living on either Park Ave. or the Woodford's corner areas of Portland. I guess because of the proximity to the park it kind of sketches me out, or seems like a lot of weird activity goes on at night. Just wondering what the general area is like?

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Car Smash Fundraiser on 7/4 in Winslow [Jul. 2nd, 2007|07:00 am]
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Cross-posted to: anothermaine, mainecommunity, and theothermaine

Posted on behalf of Boy Scout Troop 433 of Winslow:

What: Benefit Car Smash Fundraiser!
Where: Winslow VIP Parking Lot, corner of Bay St. and Halifax St., across from Fort Halifax Park.
When: July 4 after the parade (roughly noontime) until 9pm
Benefit for: Boy Scout Troop 433 to send scouts to summer camp.

Come smash the scoutmaster's (my brother's) "Antique Auto" 1978 Buick Electra Limited with a sledgehammer and send scouts to camp! This vehicle has a curb weight of 3.5 tons, so it should take all day for folks to crush it flat!

At noon they are selling the four tires to be slashed for $5 each.
They are selling each window to be smashed for $5 each.
After that it is 2 hits for $1 or 12 hits for $5.
All proceeds will be used to help send scouts of Troop 433 to summer camp (currently roughly $250 per scout for a week of camp).

Safety. All participants must have closed toed shoes and wear all safety equipment provided by Troop 433 to participate. All Participants under the age of 18 years old MUST be accompanied by at least one blood parent or legal guardian. All Participants MUST sign a Liability release waiver to participate. You participate at your own risk.

Many of you will be in Winslow for their festivities on the 4th, so why not help-out the scouts also!

Posted for my brother at his request.
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hiking with dogs [Jun. 25th, 2007|01:33 pm]
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Do most places in the state let you take dogs on the public hiking trails? If not, what are some dog-friendly hiking spots? it's been a looong time since I've gone hiking in Maine and I don't remember the rules at all.

(x-posted a little)
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Hope you didn't have reservations in Houlton this weekend! [May. 24th, 2007|08:47 pm]
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Work related trip yesterday into today to Presque Isle. On the drive south, had to detour in Houlton because part of the Shiretown Motor Inn was burning to the ground.

Lots of thick smoke visible for several miles before you got to Houlton. When I got back around the detour and on US Route 1 again south of the motor inn complex, I could see it was the front building of the complex that had burned to the ground. Governor's Restaurant appeared to be untouched.

Crossposted to other Maine-related communities
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Point Sebago??? [May. 14th, 2007|10:47 am]
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We're suppose to go to pt sebago and as of now we're booked for june 17th for a few nights.  Should we worry about the black flies. We all hate bugs w/a passion. DARN it, decisions!!!!!!!

Anyone know how buggy that area is (pt sebago/casco maine?) Obviously it's a lake and woodsy area, if you had to guess, when would the best time to go be? HELP.


anyone been? i'd love to hear more about it.

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Vacation in Maine [Apr. 24th, 2007|03:58 pm]
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Hi,  I'm planning on taking a vacation in Maine this July.  We are planning on renting a car and driving up the coast to take in some scenery and visit some lighthouses.  I wondered if anyone had any suggestions or must see sites.


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usm communications program. [Apr. 20th, 2007|11:51 pm]
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Has anyone graduated from or currently enrolled in the Communications program at USM? I'm debating on going in the fall (if I even get accepted/into that particular program)
I heard from one person that it isn't the best because of overcrowding in the classes, not enough faculty, high demand for seats in higher level classes, etc.
Just wondering what your experiences were/are. Is it a hard program to get accepted to? (I was accepted to Fitchburg State College in Ma. as a film major a few years ago, but wasn't accepted to that program right away as there was a wait...didn't know if it was the same sort of thing)
I'd be a transfer student with over a 100 credits. Not sure how many would actually transfer in, though. Also, I'd probably want to focus on media writing, so if you have any knowledge of that, it'd be great to hear about.

Thanks in advance,


probably x-posted.
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Happy Birthday [Mar. 15th, 2007|07:38 am]
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[mood |amusedamused]

to the State of Maine. 187 years old today.

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Slates in Hallowell is burning! [Feb. 25th, 2007|03:22 pm]
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Slates in Hallowell is burning!  

I just watched the roof cave in as I was trying to get back out of town after stopping at the fish market for Maine shrimp.

I was diverted onto Second Street as I was coming into town from Augusta, I saw thick black smoke downtown and as I got closer, thought it was The Slates Bakery building - as I came back out after getting my shrimp, I saw that it was indeed the restaurant.

What a shame....

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Augusta and Lewiston [Feb. 1st, 2007|09:43 pm]
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Hello! I've been a member of the Maine communities for awhile but haven't posted anything.

I've just accepted a job that will require me to split my time between Augusta (when the state legislature is in session) and Lewiston (when it isn't).

I need to relocate to a place where the commute would be bearable to both cities, and is a relatively decent place to live. Litchfield seems the most central, or Gardiner and Richmond.

I've been in Maine for about six months, living and working in Norway (Oxford Hills). The furthest north I've bothered exploring is the Rumford/Bethel/Grafton Notch areas.

While Norway is a great town, there aren't many people my age (23) here, so weekend life is painfully boring. I'd love to move someplace that has a few more young people!

Any suggestions let me know!

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portland to bath. [Jan. 30th, 2007|08:37 pm]
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So, Mapquest is telling me from Portland to Bath it is approximately 46 minutes. Does this sound about right? I'm from Boston, where to get anywhere that is 36 miles, in the morning traffic, you should probably leave AT LEAST an hour and a half before you have to be there.

Guess I'm just wondering if 45 minutes sounds appropriate or not. I am dealing with mapquest here, so for all I know, the route doesn't exist anymore either.

Thanks in advance!

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(no subject) [Jan. 6th, 2007|02:36 pm]
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does anyone have any experience working either Appletree answering service (i believe in westbrook)
or AutoEurope (portland)

I've seen the ads online for help and my boyfriend was thinking of applying.
Just wondering if anyone worked for them or knew anything about either company.

Also, I went to get a sticker for my car last week and it got rejected (like i figured it would) but two of the things it got rejected for are absolutely ridiculous. Since I just moved to Maine, and don't really know any mechanics, I brought it to my regular in Ma. this weekend. He looked at it and said that two of the problems the mechanic who failed me saw, are completely almost non-existant and really shouldn't have mattered (i'm think it was more along the lines of them wanting business)

ANYWAY, when i bring my car back this week, to get re-inspected, and say it fails AGAIN...what do i do??? Am I allowed to just keep getting reject stickers until they consider everything fixed? I know that Maine just changed their laws about that and stuff, so I can't go to another garage, but I dunno, I mean...I guess it's up to the person inspecting my car.

any insight, is appreciated, like usual.

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Free Christmas Show - The Living Nativity [Dec. 11th, 2006|11:02 pm]
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Little River Baptist Church on Rt. 1 in Belfast, Maine is having a LIVING NATIVITY show on Friday December 15th & again on Saturday December 16th from 6-8pm. Come on down & check it out. Walk through Bethlehem and meet the wise men, see Joseph try to find room at the Inn. Visit the manger and see baby Jesus.

There will be cocoa & cookies & a small gift for all who attend.
We hope you can come and share this special event with us.

For more information call....
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Midnight Mass [Dec. 11th, 2006|04:42 pm]
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Hello All,
I have been in Maine for about 6-8 months, and I am trying to find a nice church that has a beautiful christmas midnight mass. I usually go to my home church but I wont be close at the catholic church. If anyone can tell me a church in portland area, out towards raymond, poland area, that has a pretty midnight mass, at midnight, with candles and signing and that type of stuff I would be soooo happy.

Thanks for letting me know.

Hope everyone has a very happy holiday season.
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Second Central Maine Clayers "Clay Day"!! [Dec. 3rd, 2006|03:53 pm]
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[mood |happyhappy]

I just wanted to remind you all of our second clay day, NEXT Saturday, December 9th from 10AM to 2PM at Dottie's again. (Thanks so much Dottie!!)

We'll be working on caning. I'll bring some of my PolymerCAFE magazines!!

Remember to bring your own lunch and drinks!

Email me for directions!

connie pelkey AT gmail DOT com

(you know how to fix this address)
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(no subject) [Nov. 20th, 2006|08:27 pm]
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I'm dave...moving back up to Maine soon (all the way from Florida!) I was born in Lewiston and moved away at 10...but was up there a year ago, and have decided to come back up!

Looking for new friends to hang with and shxt like that.
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Anyone looking for a job? [Nov. 5th, 2006|11:31 pm]
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This is a cool site for anyone who needs a job. They have a way to let you search for job referrals, not job ads.

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