|With squeeze on credit, microlending blossoms|
The New York Times - 7/29/2010.By Kristina Shevory – Amanda Keppert is convinced that she would have lost Mandy’s Korner, her hot dog stand in San Jose, Calif., if she had not received a type of loan that is more common in the third world than in the United States.
|Bread is focus of conference, fair|
Kennebec Journal - 7/28/2010.By Doug Harlow – Skowhegan: The fourth annual Kneading Conference is set to open Thursday with two days of lectures, workshops and hands-on demonstrations on the life of bread, from grain to grist mill to kitchen table. The conference, and the second annual Maine Artisan Bread Fair on Saturday, are at the Skowhegan State Fairgrounds, off U.S. Route 201, north of downtown Skowhegan, said organizer Amber Lambke of Skowhegan.
|Experts want junk taken off food stamp menu|
Bangor Daily News - 7/28/2010.By Meg Haskell – Four billion dollars. That’s how much Americans spend in food stamp dollars each year to buy sugar-sweetened, carbonated soft drinks. In Maine, it translates to about $2 million a year. Imagine, says Maine pediatric dentist and public health advocate Jonathan Shenkin, how much healthful food could be purchased with those dollars.
|Maine: where the wild blueberries are|
The Atlantic - 7/28/2010.By Corby Kummer – Along with unrestrained lobster gluttony, when on Down East summer visits I eat the pellet-sized wild blueberries that are equally emblematic of the State O' Maine, as the brand of bathrobes and pajamas is still called (though the factory and outlet where we would stock up annually, heading north out of Rockland, is now an office development).