Category Archives: Nonfiction

A semester filled with stories from professional writers

Kate Clark Flora, a former assistant attorney general for the state of Maine and a best-selling mystery and crime writer will be speaking about her work and the writing process at the Mary Weymouth Hyde library at Thornton Academy on Thursday, May 10, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is invited […]

Giving students a chance to speak directly with a writer – one of the best forms of education

Bruce Robert Coffin, a retired detective sergeant from the Portland Police Department and a best-selling mystery and crime writer from Maine will be speaking about his work and the writing process at the Mary Weymouth Hyde library at Thornton Academy on Thursday, March 29, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is […]

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 […]

The Final Run – My second novel begins to take shape.

SACO – This school vacation couldn’t have come at a better time.  Candidly, I have been struggling a bit with my second novel, not with the story, the characters, or the general idea that I’d like to write about, but simply with being able to find the time to put it all together. But with […]

Eric Marston – a teacher whose lessons may last a lifetime

If you’ve read any of my recent stories, you no doubt have seen me write about Mary’s Walk and the Kerrymen 5K road race. Both events are near and dear to me and in an important and significant way, they have helped a community and a number of families heal. What follows is one student’s […]

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.

Preparations for the fall play are nearly complete – Come and see “You Can’t Take It With You!”

By David Arenstam and Lauren Mesley SACO – It must be getting close to opening night. The empty set is nearly ready for the actors to take the stage at the Harry S. Garland Auditorium and the performances of “You Can’t Take it With You!”  This year, the Thornton Academy Players’ fall production of “You […]

Thornton Academy Boys Soccer – their playoff run ends with a 2-1 loss to Portland

The Thornton Academy boys soccer team knew they were in for a tough game, but seemingly it had been that way for the last few weeks. Defense and timely goalkeeping helped them get further in the playoffs than ever before, but on Saturday, October 28, their season and historic playoff run ended with a 2-1 loss to the Portland Bulldogs.