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County Differences by Age

Map: Percent Under 18 by County, 2009

The distribution of people by age varies among the sixteen counties. Census reports for 2009 show young people under 18 years of age form a greater portion of the populations in western and southern counties.  Three mid-coast counties (Lincoln, Knox … Continue reading

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County Health Rankings 2011

Map: County Health Rankings for Maine 2011

The following health data and map are from the County Health Rankings web site, which states “The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is collaborating with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute to develop these Rankings for each state’s counties.”  See … Continue reading

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County Health Rankings 2013

County health rankings for 2011, with a state map and data charts, are reported in an earlier article.  The two complement each other. Numbers under each category indicate the rank among Maine counties  in 2013, with “1” being the healthiest … Continue reading

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Craig, Minnie

Minnie D. Davenport was born in Phillips on November 4, 1883, the daughter of Marshall and Aura (Prescott) Davenport. Following high school graduation in Phillips, Minnie attended Farmington State Normal School and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. … Continue reading

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Crime

Violent Crime by Month 1994-2011

Major crime in Maine has decreased from 30.8 offenses per 1,000 population in 1998 to 27.5 in 2011. However, since 2004 the rate has increased slightly. See how Maine ranks among states on crime rates. The Maine Department of Public … Continue reading

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Crime, Murder

Murderer-Victim Relationship 1995-2004

Rate/100000 Year Murders Maine U.S. 1980 32 2.8 10.2 1981 36 3.2 9.8 1982 24 2.1 9.1 1983 24 2.1 8.3 1984 20 1.7 7.9 1985 28 2.4 7.9 1986 22 1.9 8.6 1987 30 2.5 8.3 1988 37 3.1 … Continue reading

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Crime, Rape

Rape Reported and Arrests 1991-2013

Reported rape increased from an average of 294 in 1991-1995 to 376 in 2009-2013. Looking at trends, from 1980 to 2010 (see Index Crimes) the number of reported rapes varied widely through an annual range of 145 to nearly 400. … Continue reading

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Crime, Weapons

Use of Guns Violent Acts 2005-2009

The use of weapons in crimes and other violent acts varies with the acts involved. However, the proportion used in particular types (murder, robbery, etc.) has remained relatively constant in recent years. The reporting categories of “hands, fists, feet” dominate … Continue reading

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Crimes, Index

Murders 1980-2013

As the graphs below indicate, both violent and non-violent crime have been decreasing in frequency since 1980, with a slight increase since 2005. The number of crimes in 2013, compared to the 1980 figures, declined 22% for violent offenses and … Continue reading

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Crimes, Notorious

Maine has had its share of notorious crimes, such as the 2003 mass poisoning in New Sweden. The Brady Gang was responsible for another. Its career ended in Bangor on October 12, 1937. Here is an excerpt from the Federal … Continue reading

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Crosby, Cornelia

Cornelia "Fly Rod" Crosby (Maine State Museum)

Cornelia “Fly Rod” Crosby (1854-1946) was born in Phillips on November 10, 1854. As a recent account of her life is subtitled, she was “The Woman Who Marketed Maine.” After her father died and then her brother, she lived with … Continue reading

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Cultural Resources

Pejepscot Historical Society on Park Row in Brunswick (2002)

Cultural resources in Maine range from the many community institutions to larger institutions with statewide or broader significance. This page contains a brief summary. Acton Shapleigh HS Albany Township History Allagash HS Alexander – Crawford HS Andover HS Androscoggin HS … Continue reading

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Cumberland County Health Ratings

Cumberland County Error Margin National Benchmark* Maine Rank (of 16) Health Outcomes 3 Mortality 3 Premature death 5,742 5,415-6,069 5,564 6,575 Morbidity 4 Poor or fair health 11% 10-12% 10% 13% Poor physical health days 3.1 2.9-3.3 2.6 3.6 Poor … Continue reading

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Cyr, Marguerite

Marguerite-Blanch Thibodeau Cyr (1738-1810), a healer, midwife, and pioneer, was part of the migration from the French settlements of Acadia to Madawaska Territory on the south side of the St. John River Valley in the State of Maine. She was … Continue reading

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Day, Holman

Publications Up in Maine: Stories of Yankee Life Told in Verse (1900; his first book of poems)* The Legend of Frenche’s Isle (1900) An Edict in Modern Acadia (1901) Pine Tree Ballads: Rhymed Stories of Unplaned Human Natur’ Up in … Continue reading

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Dearborn, Henry

(1751-1829) began a practice of medicine in 1772 in New Hampshire.  Later he was inspired to join the fight for independence from Britain, and took part in the Battle of Bunker Hill. In the late 1700’s Dearborn (also spelled Dearbourn) … Continue reading

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Death, Causes of

Chart: Causes of Death U.S. 2005

In 2005 twelve causes accounted for 80% of all deaths in the United States; thirteen accounted for 80% of all deaths in Maine. In both, heart disease and cancer alone caused nearly half of all deaths; stroke, lower respiratory diseases … Continue reading

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Dempsey, Deborah Doane

was the first female to graduate from Maine Maritime Academy. Born and raised in Connecticut, she went to the University of Vermont where she worked for a yacht delivery company. Later she decided to further her education at the Maine … Continue reading

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Dix, Dorothea

Dorothea Dix Park

was born on April 4, 1802 in Hampden. A park in her honor was created in that town. She was the first child of three born to Joseph Dix and Mary Bigelow Dix. Her grandfather, Elijah Dix, owned land in … Continue reading

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Dow, Neal

Neal Dow (Maine State Museum)

(1804-1897) was born in Portland on March 20, 1804. He was educated by his Quaker parents in the principles of temperance, industry, and thrift and attended the Friends Academy in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Instead of college, he entered his father’s … Continue reading

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