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Tuesday September 23, 2014

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    The Franco-American Blog - Monday Sep 22, 2014 | 10:00 am

    Franco-American attitudes on ethnic discrimination are changing- survey report

    Franco-Americans experienced discrimination in the past related to stereotypes. In the recent past, Franco-Americans have been criticized about speaking French with a particular accent or for finding English a challenging language to learn.  Also, Franco-Americans were the victims of discrimination for being largely Roman Catholics and because of stereotypes related to their immigrant working class social status.  These stereotypes were challenged by heroes within the culture. One of those heroes […]

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    The Franco-American Blog - Friday Sep 19, 2014 | 9:29 am

    French-Canadian most common names with roots in Perche region of France

    In a list of the 15 most common French-Canadian family names, at least eight can be traced to origins in the Perche region in western France. Daniel Gagné, a history enthusiast from Montreal, described his family’s connection to Perche, in a power point report on research about French colonial emigration, during a program to the Gagné-Bellavance Rassemblement, on September 13 in Wells-Ogunquit, Maine. In fact, the Gagnon and Gagné names are […]

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    The Maine Forecast - Friday Sep 19, 2014 | 8:39 am

    Dry Weather Weekend Ahead Is Mostly Good News

    This is turning out to be a very dry month. So far Portland has received less than half an inch of rain and over half of that fell back on the 6th of the month, two weeks ago. For some parts of New England, if there isn’t much more rain this month, this will be one of the driest Septembers in over 5 decades. High pressure weather systems often bring […]

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    The Maine Forecast - Wednesday Sep 17, 2014 | 5:53 am

    Sunshine Continues To Be The Dominant Weather Feature

    A cool, but bright morning is underway across the region with temperatures in the 40s for many. There are some 30s on the map, however these are the exception not the rule. There are no advisories for any frost today. The weather for the next 5days looks absolutely fantastic with most days having abundant sunshine. Temperatures are going to be seasonably mild today and tomorrow ahead of a cold front […]

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  • Harmless Error - Tuesday Sep 16, 2014 | 1:18 pm

    Posse Comitatus? How a military investigation set a child pornographer free

    The Posse Comitatus Act is an 1878 federal law that prohibits the military from doing domestic law enforcement. The act doesn’t come up that much and defendants seldom actually win because of it. That’s why I was surprised to see the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision in United States v. Dreyer. The court found a Posse Comitatus violation and tossed out the child pornography that sent Michael Dreyer to prison for 18 […]

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  • Harmless Error - Monday Sep 15, 2014 | 1:56 pm

    Interesting items: Haitian sex abuse defamation, executing the innocent

    Two completely unrelated stories caught my attention today. The first draws a strange connection between a Haitian orphanage, clergy sex abuse and a Maine man with an axe to grind. The second considers what a federal judge might do if faced with an innocent man condemned to die. An orphanage in Haiti and a defamation suit in Maine Scott Dolan wrote an interesting piece for this paper discussing a defamation […]

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    The Franco-American Blog - Monday Sep 15, 2014 | 10:07 am

    Rassemblement Association Gagné-Bellavance in Wells-Ogunquit

    La foi, la langue, la culture avec beaucoup de musique! French and English was heard spoken, almost as though the two were one language, while family members enjoyed learning about the Franco-Americans of Maine and the history of the Gagné-Bellavance family tree, at la Rassemblement (gathering or rally) of the Association Gagné-Bellavance, during the weekend of September 13-14, 2014, in Wells-Ogunquit. Attendees certainly  experienced a beautiful weekend to learn about Franco-Americans […]

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  • Harmless Error - Friday Sep 12, 2014 | 11:17 am

    Steve Robinson might have committed a felony by recording that conference call

    Steve Robinson, a blogger for the conservative “The Maine Wire” might be in trouble. He secretly recorded a conference call between liberal groups planning a reaction to anti-Mike Michaud adds. The Attorney General is now investigating the situation for possible criminal prosecution. Though Robinson initially claimed that he got the recording from a source, he has since admitted that he made the recording himself. Obviously, Robinson was not invited to participate […]

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    The Maine Forecast - Friday Sep 12, 2014 | 8:48 am

    Southern Maine Could See Aurora Borealis/Northern Lights Tonight

    Back in the summer of 1982 I woke up about 50 campers to see the Aurora Borealis display in Bridgton, Maine. That summer was the first time I personally ever saw the display and some of those kids still talk about that night 32 years later. The Aurora Borealis, the northern lights, the words conjure a mental picture of some of the earth’s most dazzling natural phenomena. There’s a mystery […]

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