I had to grin about the DownEast.com trivia question for today, especially since I posted the other day about the Maine craft beers I am able to find here in California. Here’s the question.
What was the “Maine Law”?
Maine pioneered the prohibition of alcohol, adopting a ban on the sale of liquor on June 2, 1851. The law became the model for prohibition laws in other states.
AUBURN — Spring and Rich Gouette have three kids, an 11-year-old boy and two young girls. Louise and Brian Johnson have three boys; the oldest is 6. Each family considered adoption last fall, yearning to add to their young broods, but the time didn’t feel right for either. The Gouettes had their house up for sale. Moving invited uncertainty. The Johnsons prayed about adoption, leaving the decision with God. They weren’t yet feeling called.
And then, an earthquake struck Haiti in January.
The sale of their house had fallen through and the Gouettes couldn’t see waiting any longer. They connected with a Haitian orphanage through friends and immediately fell in love with a 9-year-old boy named Augenson. He was the one.
Then came news that he wasn’t alone.
Augenson had brothers, 6-year-old Wisler and 2-year-old Wisly.
“We were just in agony: ‘How do we separate the brothers?’” Spring Gouette said. “I put the word out on Facebook, ‘Here’s the deal …’”
Click on the link for the rest of this story by Kathryn Skelton in the Lewiston Sun Journal.
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