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Hunger and Obesity: What’s The Connection?

 Hunger and Obesity: What’s The Connection?

Part two of a series on hunger in Maine.

In America there is an assumption that with girth comes wealth and that people who are food insecure or malnourished are also automatically thin. Let’s remember that food insecurity means lacking reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. Read more ...

Machias' artist of the month to be honored at reception

MACHIAS, Maine -- Whiting watercolorist Carol Grochmal will be the March Artist of the Month at the Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce Gallery. A reception with the artist will be held on Friday, March 7, from 5-8 p.m.

Grochmal said she has "been painting watercolors forever. My favorite subjects are old buildings, but that often changes. Painting brings me such enjoyment."

Grochmal has studied with Susan Pecora of western Massachusetts and Ellie Carbone in Washington County. She has also participated in art classes through Sunrise Senior College.

The Chamber is located at 11 Main Street, Machias, and Grochmal's work will be exhibited throughout the month of March.

Third annual Hancock County Food Drive kicks off March 1

The Third Annual Hancock County Food Drive kicks off March 1 and it couldn’t happen at a better time. More than 44 percent of Hancock County children qualified for reduced school lunches in 2013 but hunger doesn’t go away at the end of the school day.  Those children often go to bed hungry and spend the weekend that way. Fifteen percent of all Maine households lack access to nutritious food.  During the winter that number goes even higher as Mainers struggle to pay for heating their homes. The prolonged periods of frigid temperatures, rising fuel prices and the number of storms have combined to make it even more difficult this year. That creates an extra strain on local food pantries and community meal sites which have seen their numbers swell in recent months.