Category Archives: Maine News

Cancer fundraiser and Maine entrepreneur publishes a memoir amid his own diagnosis

PORTLAND – Ken Janson, the president of Nimlok Maine, and a fundraising volunteer for Mary’s Walk and the Maine Cancer Foundation for nearly two decades never envisioned himself as an author, but after battling cancer for more than two years, he decided to tell his story. His new book, “Charting a Course Against Cancer,” chronicles […]

Mary’s Walk and the Kerrymen 5K – 21 years and running!

SACO – Winter is finally settling in throughout the state and as runners and walkers contemplate when the roads and trails will once again be ice and snow free, the organizers of Mary’s Walk and The Kerrymen 5K have sent out a gentle reminder to save the date, to dream of warmer spring days. This […]

Cutting the cord – More than a New Year’s resolution

SACO – I might be a little late to the party, but for the past year or so, I’ve been wondering why we still had two nondescript black boxes in our house connecting the televisions to the somewhat-dated world of cable television. Each time I visited one of my children, I noticed they embraced a far more disconnected existence. […]

Maine Marathon Training – using the Beach to Beacon to test my training program

T his week I’ll be participating in my 19th Beach to Beacon road race. That alone makes me shake my head and wonder about a few things, but here I am ready to head to Cape Elizabeth with approximately 7,000 other runners and participate in a race that at the same time is one part circus, one […]

Maine Marathon Training Week Five – Volunteering and solving the cube root of a 5K run.

This week I’d like to focus on two parts of my training that seem especially helpful at this a stage of the game. As a teacher who recently saw his students for the last time, I now find myself worrying a bit less about my day-to-day schedule and more about the few projects I’d like […]

Maine Marathon Training – Week Two – The Lido Shuffle and a little bit more.

Te The training schedule that I am using (a combination of advice from Jeff Galloway and Jenny Hadfield) called for an 8-mile run at the end of the second. My week was as busy as ever at school, but I managed to complete my shorter runs, and I even did some hiking with my students […]

Making educational institutions safe again – Arming school teachers, administrators, and the staff is not the answer.

The last few days I have watched and read the stories about the aftermath of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. I’ve read as students, school employees, parents, and politicians have struggled to find the right way to express their frustration and come up with a reasonable and effective solution. At a listening session at […]

A Maine teacher’s perspective on school shootings, gun control, and student activists

Like many of my colleagues, I watched in horror as a mentally unstable 19-year-old walked into a Florida high school opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle, an AR-15. By the time he left the building, hiding in plain sight with fleeing students and teachers, 17 people were fatally wounded. Now, one week later, like most […]

Mary’s Walk and the Kerrymen 5K – 20 years of hope, healing, and a dream for a better future.

For the past two decades, a small number of people have met regularly in Saco to plan a charity walk and run to commemorate the life of Mary Kerry Libby. Together they have created Mary’s Walk and the Kerrymen 5K road race and along the way, they changed the springtime landscape of their hometown.