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25 things to do this fall — festivals, foliage and fun | Bangor Daily News

As you bid goodbye to summer — so long flip flops, air conditioner and iced beverages on the patio — you say hello to an even more fleetingly beautiful part of the year. The crispness in the air arrived last week, and the leaves have just barely begun to change color.

Summer may look pretty fantastic after four months of winter, but autumn feels just lovely after four months of summer. Enjoy it while you can by trying any of the 25 things to do this fall that we’ve assembled for you.

Click for more on the story by Emily Burnham in the Bangor Daily News.

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Nemitz: Revolutionary idea triumphs over skeptics | Portland Press Herald

The e-mail landed recently in the inbox of former Maine Gov. Angus King.

It came from Jeff Mao, the state’s director of learning technology policy. He wrote to tell King that two old computers from Maine’s school laptop program – an iBook G3 from 2002 and a G4 circa 2006 – had just been “enthusiastically” accepted by the Maine State Museum as part of its permanent collection.

“I think this means we’ve all officially made history!” wrote Mao.

Indeed.

Ten years ago at this time, a task force appointed by King had just begun to get its collective head around what was a radical concept in public education: Provide each student and teacher from seventh grade on up with their own laptop computer and – voila! – watch Maine’s horizons expand.

Thanks to a $50 million surplus in the state’s general fund, the money was there.

Still, it was by no means an easy sell. the time the dust settled, the Legislature agreed only to fund laptops for seventh- and eighth-graders and deal with the high schools another day.

“I remember one legislator telling me at the time, ‘In my district, I’ve never seen an issue that stirred up this much controversy – on both sides,’” King said with a chuckle last week. “He said this is abortion, gay rights and clear-cutting, all rolled into one.”

Click for the rest of this column by Bill Nemitz in the Portland Press Herald.

‘Enjoyed the dullest fourth . . . that I ever knew’ | The Kennebec Journal, Augusta, ME

‘Enjoyed the dullest fourth . . . that I ever knew’ | The Kennebec Journal, Augusta, ME.

Maine tree award to be renamed for warden | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Maine tree award to be renamed for warden | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Code lays out ethics for Maine’s lawmakers | Portland Press Herald

Code lays out ethics for state’s lawmakers | Portland Press Herald.