Black Life in Maine


Having lived in Maine since 2002, moving to Maine from a large city will most likely be a jolt to your system but you can survive it. That said, Maine's current governor has made it clear that he does not see people of color as full Mainers and assumes the majority us to be miscreants coming to destroy the good people of Maine.

Maine does not have a geographic community where you will find people of color , we are found all over the state though most of us tend to be in larger cities such as Portland or Lewiston. If you are considering a move to Maine, I would strongly encourage you to spend some time here before loading up the moving truck.

Practical Stuff- Hair

If I had a buck for every email I have ever seen asking about Black hair salons in Maine, I might actually be able to afford a vacation. In Southern Maine, there are two known Black salons that I have had experiences with.

Blended Beauty-Westbrook, ME (207) 591-5900 My suggestion is see Trish, she has amazing braiding skills and does locs as well as relaxers. I haven't seen her in over a year but if she is still there, I highly recommend her. Nope, they don't have a website.

Toni's Touch- Portland, ME (207) 747-4885 I highly recommend Tonya. She is a hair goddess and I don't say that lightly. 

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98 thoughts on “Black Life in Maine

  1. Hello (: I am a black women from the Bahamas living in maine now 3 months with my maine home grown husband. It is reallly difficult to find blogs, forums Or to connect with other people of colour here, so I thank you for sharing, I also think that we as black people can do soooo much more here in maine and I am willing to step up!

    Blessing from the one true God.
    Cleo

    • I live in Dallas and it’s pretty bland here but we have more black folks…lol.. But most of the blacks in Dallas live in Oakliff or South Dallas. I live in North Dallas and I rarely see black people. There are a few but they are not very social. I miss Memphis!

      • That’s a lie… its definitely divided in Dallas. But to say that you don’t see black people in North Dallas is like saying that you cant see the sky. This is first hand Texas ignorance.

    • Hello Cloe, thank you for the response, I live in a little town in the Mountains named Lake Arrowhead, here in California. Believe it or not I get stared at here lol. I love living in nature and wide open spaces. If you would like look me up on Facebook, I’d like to connect with other African-American People before I make that move to Maine. My Email address is akitawilliams@gmail.com

    • Quite honestly, Cleo, it must be hard to bear!! I am white & moved to Maine & am wondering where the people of color are.!! My background in social work dealt with diversity. Here is very strange! God Bless you & happiness to you!

  2. Hi BGIM, saw you on Melissa’s show. Your interview has put the state of Maine on the map, it is one of those states you hear very little of. I’m delighted that you are happy in Maine and I’ll visit your blog to keep up with you. Black girl in TN.

  3. Hi BGIM. Saw you on Melissa today and came right over to check you out. I have subscribed to your blog. Supporting you in Chicago!

  4. I live in Dallas and today I saw you on the Melissa Harris Perry show! I have thought about creating a blog just for blacks who are curious how it is for us in various places in the U.S. What we experience, where we hang out, the racial atmosphere. It would be a pretty neat blog to do. Just to get different perspectives. Here in Dallas most of the blacks live in South Dallas. I live in North Dallas and per the Census my neighborhood has 0% blacks..lol.. I guess they overlooked me but it does account for why I seldom see “any” blacks. It is quite boring. Bland in Dallas. Dallas is very conservative. There is racism here especially in the private sector. Most blacks choose to work for lower pay for the government than take their chance in the private sector. Dallas is also very racially segregated. Not many cultural activities for anyone, especially blacks. Blacks here are friendly but have a zero sense of community. They don’t understand it. They’ve never lived anywhere with a strong sense of community.

    I appreciate you for creating this blog! Keep up the good work 🙂

    • A couple of my cousins once lived in Dallas. They were not there too long. I don’t have a good or ‘safe’ feeling when I think of Dallas; or Texas in general. I’m not sure what that’s all about. I bummed around in San Antonio for a few days but that’s about it.

    • My names Wayne. I’ve been in Dallas going on 5 months. Huge mistake. I moved from Delaware leaving a career searching for something better. I have family here that aren’t family at all. I regret the move. But , how does the saying go? You can’t cry over spilt milk. I need to be back on the Eastcoast. I’m thinking New Hampshire. I looked into Maine but the low income comment made me back off. Im originally from Providence ,R.I . Friends constantly tell me horror stories from there an the all have to do with lack of jobs an the economy. I’d appreciate some input or suggestions you have for a single 42 year old black male. I just wanna go to work , come home an live a lonely but peaceful life.

      • I have family in Dallas, Garland TX to be exact it’s an ok place to visit but I wouldn’t want to live there. I understand living amongst family but still feeling like you’re by yourself. Sometimes you have to step out in faith try something new. I am considering moving to Maine, and appreciate all the information posted here.

      • TX is a great state however because the DFW area is so spread out it is difficult to stay connected with family and close friends who live in DFW but a different areas. My suggestion is you have a church in Dallas see if there is a singles ministry. Also try meetup groups close by. Try to tough it out because you will get a bang for your buck here bc the cost of living is phenomenal.

      • Hi Wayne, I can’t even begin to tell you how CORRECT you are about Dallas and Texas in general. I relocated to Dallas from the East Coast in 2010 and Ive been trying ever since to get back. In 2011 I moved to Austin then left to try NC the dirty south is a NO-NO…..no decent work turned around 8 weeks later and landed a job immediately in San Marcos that town is to small and to many college kids so back to Austin where I sit wishing and longing for the East I thought about NH or VT as well. I forgot to mention after 30 days in Dallas I knew it was a gargantuan mistake. When you’ve lived in multiple cities you can feel the vibe of a place extremely quick.
        I’ve lived in CT FL MD D.C. and now TX 🙁

      • Hi it seem many black males in particular have limited sense of culture and community
        I’m in Dover North nj there very few black people but other group will speak but, lonesome here no black church even

  5. Very cool blog! I only went to Maine once, back in the early 90’s as part of a college tour…. it was so beautiful, but people did look at me like I was an alien from well… not Maine. Coming from a Georgia high school where my brother and I were the whole black population, I didn’t feel the same hatred for being the only one, more like curiosity. People had questions, and wanted to ask them, but were too polite to ask a complete stranger… I couldn’t blame ’em. They had no idea when they’d have the opportunity to ask a black person something again. I have heard such great things about Maine as an adult, as far as how nice the people can be, and I can’t wait to take my kids for a vacation. *BGIM fan* 🙂

    • Curiosity . . . hmmm. I think it’s strange that anyone in America would be staring at a Black person. After all, Blacks have been in this country for over 500 years! Granted, I could understand this brand of curiosity towards a Black person in, say, the Russian Urals. A Black person might be inclined to visit there. Maine sounds like a good state; but, I wouldn’t waste too much time trying to make the Caucasians there feel ultra-comfortable with deeper skin tones. That’s a losing game. Blacks need to feel comfortable being themselves.

      • I think the “curiosity” Mainers feel about people of color has very much to do with how selective the media is in representing people who are not white. The lack of exposure the average Mainer has to people of color is almost comical, I myself have been mistaken for two other mixed-race ladies on multiple occasions. The two ladies I’m mistaken for? One has ten years and 25lbs on me, and the other is fours years my junior, has a half-shaved head and is 5″ taller than me. That people can’t tell us apart blows my mind… but I guess they’re not looking that closely. The sad thing is my actions ultimately don’t just reflect my development as a person, but will impact how every person who looks like me is judged and treated. It can be very challenging to be oneself when one doesn’t fit the box in which the community would like them to stay.

  6. I live in a semi-rural town in Northern Massachusetts. It’s not easy, but I really enjoy the quiet, clean air and all the space to have my garden and chickens. I’ve been toying around with the idea of having a Vlog, to document what life is like here. I have struggled with making friends, but ironically, when I surrendered and accepted that my husband, daughter, garden and pets would have to be enough (for now), people started comng around.

  7. I live in northern Maine, Farmingdale to be exact. My family and I moved here almost a year ago. We really enjoy our lives here, The school that our children attend is very good. I work in the Augusta area and I love my job. We travel every 2 weeks to Toni’s Touch for my husband and sons to get a hair cut. I am originally from Missouri but lived in Garland, Texas for 4 years before moving to Maine. The only thing that i miss is attending church. I haven’t found an African American congregation around here yet.

    • Hi Lisa how was the move from Texas? I wrote a note above to Wayne, about Tx,
      Do you miss Texas I’m in Austin and have been for 5 years and every year I ask myself why am I here.

  8. I recently moved to Salida, CO with my husband from the Denver area. The area is absolutely beautiful. It is surrounded with 14,000 ft mountains and the Arkansas River. However, there are very few African Americans here. Most conversations start with “And so, are you visiting?” “Where are you staying?” It is very sad to live in the 21st century and know that African Americans are not thought to be able to live anywhere.

    Thanks for this blog…

  9. Lisa B- welcome! My family and I also live in Farmingdale- born and raised in the area.

    My 6 y.o. daughter is biracial, and is having difficulties with her self-identity. (The only family she knows is white.). I am trying to teach her to be proud of her uniqueness. Unfortunately, she continues to say she wants light skin like me and straight hair like mine. I’d love to find a peer group for her, or even a mentor for her. Any suggestions on how I can help her?

  10. I’m theyck man think in of moving to maine from the crazy life of fl the people here are very
    Un thankful for what they have they seem to think the world owes them when the world owes them nothing and they all are moody and mean in Florida they just don’t know how good they got it And they are very very selfish quick to anger so I was thinking of moving up to Maine haven to be exact I’ve been doing a lot of research on it it looks like a place you can grow mentally and be happy and it just looks very peaceful from what I see and read it is peaceful what I would like to know how’s the cost of living and are there available jobs up there at least in the fishing industry

    • I know it’s been years but I have been in Maine for almost five months and it is a great plae to be. To answer your question jobs are here especially in the fishing industry. Maine is the lobster state of America so when it comes to fishing you are more than likely to get jobs year round,

  11. “Maine is not a state plagued with a racist past” I beg to differ. The KKK claimed to have held their first “daylight” public march in Milo, Maine in 1923, and was quite active (albeit mostly targeting Catholics and immigrants) around Maine in the 1920’s.

    From the Maine Memory website which has photos and artifacts:

    “Despite the Klan’s lack of overtly violent acts, the groups it targeted — non-Protestants, immigrants, African-Americans — certainly were aware of the group’s presence because of the public parades and gatherings.

    Klan supporters in Portland bought an estate in 1923 and added a 4,000-seat auditorium and a 1,600-seat dining room. Ten thousand people attended a Klan initiation ceremony in August 1923.”

    https://www.mainememory.net/sitebuilder/site/783/slideshow/427/display?format=list&prev_object_id=1192&prev_object=page&slide_num=1

  12. How is employment there in Maine? I have a BS in Human Services/Addictions. I have always wondered if people of color lived there. because you only see pictures of white people, lol. Seriously thinking of moving there.

  13. I just moved here from Louisiana. I feel like a white elephant not only am I black I’m overweight and I have a heavy southern accent. Thanks for posting this blog I was looking for an African braiding salon.

    • Hey I have been in Maine for 4 months now and it’s been great. I know an hair dresser, her name is Oliveen her number (207) 332-8127 is she is Antigian and she does only black hair in Portland Maine. You can tell her Janeille sent you. She doesnt do braid though but can send u to someone that does.

      • Jay,
        Thanks for the lead. Is Oliveen still in business? I did leave her a message as I’m semi-desperate to find a hairdresser since I moved here three months ago.

    • @Samantha Smith…you know what’s interesting? You have the same name as one of Maine’s icons! There was a little girl named Samantha Smith (she was white) and she was from Manchester, Maine.
      She became famous for her pleas to have world peace in a letter to Russia. From what I’ve heard, she was a sweet kid. Sadly she died in a plane crash in 1985.
      But there is a statue of her in Northern Maine and she is still beloved by Mainers who are old enough to remember her. Sorry, just thought you might enjoy that bit of trivia. 🙂

  14. Hey. My name is Sheree and I’m visiting Maine from New York City. I’m looking to find something to do as this is my last night here. What do you recommend? By the way I’m a black woman if that makes any difference. Lol

  15. I am a true Maine red neck and proud of it.I am not a hater …if anything was bullied because I grew up on a farm, smelled like a farm ,and a red head..not a good combo.I don’t want to sound disrespectful but would love to know the secret of how to be a happy,loving,honorable woman that embraces her curves, enjoys life and doesn’t feed into the bull shit that other people or clothes designers tell us we should look like.I hope you understand what I am saying. I need your input please.

    • Hi Wayne, I can’t even begin to tell you how CORRECT you are about Dallas and Texas in general. I relocated to Dallas from the East Coast in 2010 and Ive been trying ever since to get back. In 2011 I moved to Austin then left to try NC the dirty south is a NO-NO…..no decent work turned around 8 weeks later and landed a job immediately in San Marcos that town is to small and to many college kids so back to Austin where I sit wishing and longing for the East I thought about NH or VT as well. I forgot to mention after 30 days in Dallas I knew it was a gargantuan mistake. When you’ve lived in multiple cities you can feel the vibe of a place extremely quick.
      I’ve lived in CT FL MD D.C. and now TX 🙁

    • Hi Michelle, you love your Sweet Meat that’s the curves just eat healthy as much as possible and stay away from the fried junk. 🙂

  16. Just a guy’s two cents… Just start treating yourself with the upmost respect and only think about how your clothes on you will make you feel. Don’t read into all the magazines or keep watching programs that keep putting labels on you. The models are only make up 1% of how the majority of the country looks. Many of them are kids that don’t have curves. They are still developing and they aren’t the norm either. There will always be various different sizes in the human race. You know what, variety is good!! I can’t imagine looking around and everyone look identical. What would be the point if that was the case? Love yourself and let anyone make you feel bad about having beautiful curves. Let the haters hate… Beauty starts within…not outside. Go check out – John Legend – All Of Me. Nice song that speak on this a little…

  17. I found your post because I Googled “are there black people in Maine?” You never see any on the cooking shows, travel shows or anything else. Thank you for blogging about your experience.

  18. Hi!
    I recently moved back to Maine from Atlanta with my 6 year old biracial daughter. She is in a little bit of culture shock- do you know if any opportunities for African American kids to get together?

  19. My family (African American) plans to travel to the Portland Maine for the first time later this year and we are considering the Inn by the Sea. Would you recommend this venue? Thanks and love your blog!

  20. Just a man who recently relocated to ME from Detroit….im a redhead, ive seen life from many angles and have travelled extensively. MAINE seems beautiful, and I enjoy everyones attitude toward eachother. It seems like its just the way life should be… detroit has more issues about race relations. I do wish to see more people of colour here. …maybe my children and possibly my ex wife.

  21. Hello everyone, my name is Alex and I will be moving to Main soon from cali. I am African-American and want to know more about maine.

    • Hello Alex. I am originally from Cali. I moved to Maine from New York about 7 months ago. Maine is okay, it’s relaxed and beautiful. There is not much going on in the area of black culture. There is an AME Church and the NAACP is somewhat active. I have had a hard time linking up with other black people, but I am hoping to change that this year. Don’t be surprised if in certain parts of the city people stare at you, but overall I haven’t had any racial issues.

      • Hi Rashidah, I’ve visited Maine many years ago and skied and reading these blogs really make me want to leave.
        How has the move been? Did work take you there or the scenery?

        • It has been okay. I am looking forward to summer so I can get out and enjoy the city a little more. I moved to Maine for work. Are you currently in Maine?

          • Hello Rasheedah. My name is Ismael and I was just reading your blogs and thought I’d reach out to you. I am moving from Atlanta, Ga; but originally from Newark NJ, and was wondering how far is the nearest Islamic Center near Portland? I’m hearing the same theme with Maine and that it is a nice place to relax and chill.

      • Hello RASHIDAH, nice to speak with you. I am so thankful for this venue.. I am planning on making the move to maone, in the Fall of this year. I want to live in onr of the smaller cities in Maine but am thinking against it for obvious reasons lol.

      • Hi Rashidah, how are you? My name is Lee, I’m planning on travelling to Maine from Hartford CT. I’m looking to explore the Portland area. I’m a black male originally from Jamaica.

        • Hey Lee, how are you? When are you planning to Maine? Other than today’s rain, the weather has been really nice, so its the perfect time to visit. Portland has the most options for things to do compared to the other parts of the state. My email is rashidahwiley@gmail.com, please feel free to contact me.

          • Hello Rashida My name is Derodrian And I’m from Mississippi I’m 35 years old a single black man. And I’m ready for something new in my life. I don’t have any family in Maine. And I might have to find a shelter if I decide to come to Maine. And try to find employment. Do you think I should make this move? And do you have a facebook page?

  22. hi ladies i live in maine. i have been looking for a store that sell full lace wigs and i have not found one in maine.do you ladies know of any stores in maine?i ive in gardiner but im willing to travel to portland if there any stores out there

  23. Would anyone be interested in starting a social group, similar to meet up? This would be a way for us to stay connected. Please let me know your thought!

    • Hi, I’ll be visiting in August, and I’d love some “know before you come” and help with planning a realistic itinerary. I’m from Brooklyn, New York, and I am big foodie! Some I’m excited to come eat, explore and relax. Any tips are welcome, thanks! My email is: lsjmba@yahoo.com

      • Omg I’m planning the same trip same month..I had some reservations and found this post after I Googled black people in maine..lol seems like Portland is the place to be. I’d love to know a great safe place to stay. Any suggestions anyone?

        • Hello Danielle, I have stayed at the Courtyard near the mall in South Portland, it was pretty safe. There are also some nice hotels downtown and near the airport.

      • I have not started the group because I did not every here a response. If anyone is interested please let me know! I am really looking forward to meeting some new people out here!

    • Hi Rashidah. I would be interested. I just moved to Maine in January and am looking to network with other black professionals.

      • Hello,

        I will be relocating to Maine this summer. We haven’t decided on an area just yet. Because of my job, I have to be within an hour of the airport, so we will most likely end up within an hour of Portland. We found probably the only black realtor in the state. I’m planning a visit late April/early May to find our new home.

  24. Hello All!

    Planning on moving to Maine this Fall. I moved from California to France, and cannot wait to get back to the US. Married, with an infant. Looking to live in South Portland. Interested in any information, meetups with others, etc. Thank you in advance!

  25. Hello Everyone I am so thankful for this forum. I’m in California and thinking about moving to Maine, in the Summer of 2017. I’m a Single Father and would like to connect with you Good People.
    Alex Williams

  26. I am not black. So I understand from the get go that I can’t know things from the black point of view. But I would like to take up for Texas. I LIVE IN Houston…now we Houstonians who are white dont feel comfortable in Dallas…the elite snooty black suit and white shrt with cuffs and links showing is totally different from the Houston vibe. THE BLACKS I see here seem to be happy and successful. I go to the largest Methodist Church in Texas and we have a pretty decent black membership..we’ve also had several black ministers. I SEE YOUNG black men in in all the well attended sports bars and hot spots around town sitting comfortably with their young white friends.. We’ve had two black mayors, and a gay female one. People live where they can afford to live and there are blacks in every neighborhood..I assume they are happy but that’s the part I can’t know.

  27. What about Farmington Maine?
    Considering a job there (in healthcare). It looks like a very small town, less than 0.2% black

    • I would be very cautious about living out outside of the greater Portland area. I spent over a decade in York County which is south of the Portland area and it was a challenge. That said, you might like the area. My best advice is to visit and get a feel of things.

  28. Any updates on the Black hair care scene? We’ve lived here in Scarborough Maine for a little over a year. My husband is mixed race and every haircut he’s gotten around here has been horrible. It’s not just that the haircuts are bad, but the barbers say whatever weird offensive racist thing comes to mind while doing his hair. They keep threatening/begging to shave his hair off completely, because as they’ve said “you can’t do anything with an Afro”.

    • Sarah there is a place called Toni’s Touch where there are barbers and black hairstylist. It’s on Forest Ave. in Portland. They have a gallery on their website and Facebook page.

    • Toni’s Touch on Forest Avenue. I would highly recommend seeing Tonya, she was at another salon and I have followed her to Toni’s. She does excellent work.

  29. Ismael, I am not sure where the Islamic center is. I am Christian, I am pretty sure you can look it up on-line. Best of luck.

  30. I think I have to comment about Becky’s hair.

    First, as I read the post, I was thinking throughout “She is 11, she is 11.”
    That is such an incredibly hard age to deal with all issues of how a girl
    presents herself to the world. Her body is starting to change in so many
    ways. She is more fully aware of the images that the world, and
    particularly her peers, seem to value for young black people, and for
    females. It is a time fraught with pain and expectations.

    I hope I am reading this correctly. Because your daughter, as you
    describe her here, seem to have fully embraced her hair as it is. In
    fact, by loving it long is she not putting it fully out there to the
    world and saying “here I am.”

    Harder for her deal with? No doubt. But a threat to her sense of
    self-worth? Somehow what you described to me was an emerging young woman
    who in fact has embraced herself in a way that we don’t often see at that
    age. If perhaps I’m right–then good for you for raising your child in
    a very challenging time and place to love her hair exactly as it is.

  31. Hello,
    Thank you for blogging about this subject. I’ve been searching for another minority’s take about living here dealing with intolerance. I recently moved to Maine with my wife about 2 months ago from California. I’m a minority (Mexican decent). I’m enjoying the beauty and friendliness of some people here so far, but recently I have been experiencing a lot of prejudice attitude toward me by Caucasians here (a lot of dirty looks when I’m with my Caucasian wife, have had store security called on me for watching my Caucasian niece at Macy’s, rude attitude by many employees at cafes, stores, etc). I’ve also witnessed some rude store employees dealing with black customers. I’m no stranger to this type of disgusting attitude and I’m learning more about the problems plaguing this state (an ignorant governor & a growing drug problem). I understand Maine isn’t a culturally diverse state either, but we are living in 2016 with a President who is a minority. I would say there is a little more prejudice here than where I came from in San Luis Obispo, CA working in law enforcement where I also dealt with other dispicable racist officers. Sad to see how many ignorant people there are here so far.

  32. Bi-racial family here, although not in Maine. Pretty sure my grandparent’s rolled over in their graves the day my husband and I tied the knot.

    I have a lot of worries about the future, how will I be able to raise my children and answer their questions when they ask them? What challenges will they face every day? How can I explain my way through something I have never experienced? How will I comfort them?

    So thank you for your stories. They are a window into a world I don’t know.

    • Your grandparents would roll over in their graves only due to the era in which they were raised. I’m Black and my grandfather was very prejudiced also. He would’ve had a fit about the fact that my youngest daughter is half Latina. But it’s up to us to teach our kids a different way of thinking. I taught my oldest to love without color and I will do the same with my youngest. It’s time to start passing down a legacy of love instead of hate. ❤

  33. Hi, I just moved way up to northern Maine, near Fort Kent. My tiny town (village) has a population of 570 residents. It’s so far away, yet so peaceful and serene. I’ve been up here for about a year now. I was kind of scared at first because I seemed to be the only woman of color within a 50-100 mile radius, lol. But to my surprise, most of the looks I get are because I’m a new face in town and not because of the color of my skin. The folks here have been nothing but cordial once they’ve gotten to know me. So far, I think I’ve seen about 6 Black folks in Fort Kent and more in Presque Isle (the nearest large city). One thing I’ve noticed up here is that folks are proud to be Acadian (French speaking Canadian descendants). I think that’s a really nice cultural touch. The views up here are nothing short of stunning. So I’m glad I chose this place to raise my 9 month old daughter.

  34. Shay! So glad I found this blog! I visited Maine in the mid-80s and just loved it. Now I am planning to come back up to retire and homestead. I will keep your blog close at hand and hope you keep publishing (or posting, or whatever the equivalent isin a blog.) Thanks for the Hair tips! That is something that is VERY hard to explain to folks who have never have to look for a “specialist” when they find a new home or travel….

  35. hello! i’m an international student from Tanzania currently enrolled in a university in Bangor Maine, i really havent seen any female black salons and its frustrating, does anyone know if there are hairstylists who can raid black hair?

  36. Hello. My name is Jackie and I just relocated to Maine in January. I’d love to network with other black professionals. Are there any organizations where I can network with other black professionals?

    Thanks so much.

  37. Hello,

    I just moved to Maine for a contract position and are there any black estheticians in Portland, Auburn, Freeport, and Falmouth areas?

    I want to get my weekly facials, but I know none of these white ladies have dealt with black skin, since there is like .6% population of black s and Africans in Maine.

  38. Hello Black people,
    My name is Rafeal and I am from California. I will be a student at Birthwise, a midwifery school in Bridgton. I too am looking to connect and be in support with other Black people in Maine. If you are down please reply and I will say something to ya. In these times we need each other no matter where we are.

  39. Hello. My name is David Hilton. I’m a 7th grade social studies teacher in Portland. My students are working on public policy topics. One group is trying to understand if racism is still an issue in Maine. I think they would benefit greatly by interviewing a few of the people posting on this site. If you’d be willing to talk to them, please send me a note – hiltoda@portlandschools.org.

    Thank you very much for considering this.

    David Hilton

  40. Hi my name is Shirley McIntosh . I currently live in Florida. I grew up in New Jersey. I’ve lived in Las Vegas NV, PA, TX, MD, DC, VA, TN, and several years in NC. I had considered Maine as a place to retire. Reading this blog I have changed my mine. This country is in a pretty bad way. If the Governor is sounding off – that’s a good sign it’s not a good place for me. Thanks for the info and good luck to you all.

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