Why student debt is worsening for college grads
WASHINGTON - America’s $1.2 trillion in student debt is having consequences in far-reaching ways.
College dropouts and students who borrowed to attend for-profit colleges are at risk of default. Many Generation X parents — ages 35 to 50 — are still repaying their debt even as their children prepare to enter college and begin a second generation of family debt. Some millennials are delaying marriage and home ownership until their loans become less burdensome.
Holidays their way
This year we will be doing Halloween their way. You know, how the kids want to do it. For the most part. Up until now, most of the creative influence has come from mom and dad, and friends and family. And we’ve had some great hits – The Three Tenors, Three Bears – though I think on the first year I went as “crazy mom of triplets” and simply handed out candy in my bathrobe wearing devil horns. I wish I was joking.
But now they have ideas. They have stories they like and characters they want to emulate and frankly, I’m looking forward to not having to come up with the ideas any longer.
‘Singing For Those at the End of Life’ conference
HALLOWELL - Harbour Singers presents a “Singing For Those at the End of Life” conference on Saturday, Oct. 24, at Maple Hill Farm Conference Center in Hallowell from 8:30 to 4 p.m. The conference will offer an in-depth look at ways to establish or nurture a bedside singing group to comfort and support the ill and dying through song.
Harbour Singers conductor Ellie Rolnick of Biddeford says, “Singing at bedside is a gift to those giving and receiving. We create a sacred space with our presence and our music in hopes that this provides moments of peace and serenity.”
Four leaders in employee wellness earn recognition
AUGUSTA - Four organizations will be receiving statewide recognition at an upcoming conference for their efforts to improve employee health in Maine in 2015.
The Wellness Council of Maine, a program of the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce with statewide representation, will be honoring these individuals/organizations for significant contributions to improving employee wellness in their regions of Maine. They are:
Hollywood Casino goes pink for breast cancer awareness
BANGOR – Hollywood Casino Hotel and Raceway is ramping up efforts to call attention to breast cancer awareness throughout the month of October. Traditionally, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, designed to remind people to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages while encouraging others to do the same.
"Cancer has gotten to the point where it simply affects everyone," said Jose Flores, general manager at Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway. "October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so we are making a concerted effort to remind people to have themselves checked out and to have their loved ones get checked. Pink is a color that everyone associates with breast cancer awareness, so we have turned the outside lights around the building pink which serves as a constant, nightly reminder. If one person decides to have a mammogram because we reminded them to do so and it ends up saving their life, that’s something that we will remember forever."
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