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Stories & Photos by Clayton Hoyle Someone might consider me lucky to be able to have gotten not only one but two Volvo 2...
11/25/2020
Kärlek Till Min Volvo

Stories & Photos by Clayton Hoyle Someone might consider me lucky to be able to have gotten not only one but two Volvo 240’s both at different times for only 300 dollars per car. The Sedan got me safely through a rather serious car accident that could have gone a lot different in a car that didn’t have the strength that a 240 has, with its boxy design and heavy metal....

https://thesmccbeacon.wordpress.com/2020/11/25/karlek-till-min-volvo/

Stories & Photos by Clayton Hoyle Someone might consider me lucky to be able to have gotten not only one but two Volvo 240’s both at different times for only 300 dollars per car. The Sedan got …

By Jake Doolittle There’s nothing like walking into a packed venue, hearing the chatter before the artist comes on, and ...
11/25/2020
An Angle on Love

By Jake Doolittle There’s nothing like walking into a packed venue, hearing the chatter before the artist comes on, and strolling up to the stage. It’s not work. Sure, this is to benefit my career, but it’s different. Imagine going to a concert for free, being face to face with the artist, and creating art for them. There’s no better feeling....

https://thesmccbeacon.wordpress.com/2020/11/25/an-angle-on-love/

By Jake Doolittle There’s nothing like walking into a packed venue, hearing the chatter before the artist comes on, and strolling up to the stage. It’s not work. Sure, this is to benefit my career,…

by Tim Randall The sixth issue of The SMCC Beacon looks at love through its many different forms. Our past issues featur...
11/25/2020
The Write Kind of Love

by Tim Randall The sixth issue of The SMCC Beacon looks at love through its many different forms. Our past issues featured a striking cover; this time we wanted to give feeling and form to the translations of love through a typographic poster. We also showcase the seven different Greek words for love at the top of each section in our paper to emphasize that we love in many different ways....

https://thesmccbeacon.wordpress.com/2020/11/25/the-write-kind-of-love/

by Tim Randall The sixth issue of The SMCC Beacon looks at love through its many different forms. Our past issues featured a striking cover; this time we wanted to give feeling and form to the tran…

or, How to Stomach Love by Addie Blais, contributor Food has always been one of the best ways to lift someone's spirits....
11/24/2020
Healthy Helpings

or, How to Stomach Love by Addie Blais, contributor Food has always been one of the best ways to lift someone's spirits. In some cases when we go through break ups there’s nothing more comforting than spooning ice cream out of a gallon carton or even gathering around a table with our loved ones to celebrate thanks, or just simply enjoying some of our favorite comfort foods from a long day at work....

https://thesmccbeacon.wordpress.com/2020/11/24/healthy-helpings/

or, How to Stomach Love by Addie Blais, contributor  Food has always been one of the best ways to lift someone’s spirits. In some cases when we go through break ups there’s nothing more …

Reader Loves Story on Coping Skills  I was looking for an article on the Beacon that I could personally relate to. I saw...
11/24/2020
Letter to the Editor

Reader Loves Story on Coping Skills I was looking for an article on the Beacon that I could personally relate to. I saw the title of your article Peace in the Panic and it caught my eye. In your first paragraph you had talked about going to the hospital because you felt that you were having a heart attack. Girl I am so happy I am not the only one....

https://thesmccbeacon.wordpress.com/2020/11/24/letter-to-the-editor-6/

Reader Loves Story on Coping Skills I was looking for an article on the Beacon that I could personally relate to. I saw the title of your article Peace in the Panic and it caught my eye. In your f…

by Katherine Compton Thirty-two year old Rebecca Thompson grew up in a small home in Steep Falls, Maine where life wasn’...
11/24/2020
Tough Love & Tender Mercy

by Katherine Compton Thirty-two year old Rebecca Thompson grew up in a small home in Steep Falls, Maine where life wasn’t always what it should have been. Having grown up around multiple addicts and a lot of poor choices, Rebecca has grown to be a truly remarkable person and has made the best out of many situations that she calls her life....

https://thesmccbeacon.wordpress.com/2020/11/24/tough-love-tender-mercy/

by Katherine Compton Thirty-two year old Rebecca Thompson grew up in a small home in Steep Falls, Maine where life wasn’t always what it should have been. Having grown up around multiple addicts an…

by Alexandra Griffin  A heart stamp and photo taken by Alexandra Griffin Ah, the things we do for love. Sometimes when w...
11/23/2020
Seeking out love as a shy person

by Alexandra Griffin A heart stamp and photo taken by Alexandra Griffin Ah, the things we do for love. Sometimes when we are into someone or even meet someone interesting on the street, we get a little crazy. Okay, a lot crazy! I have had a lot of funny and embarrassing moments with the opposite sex. I have tried so hard not to be awkward about, but it always ends with me being a total spaz....

https://thesmccbeacon.wordpress.com/2020/11/23/seeking-out-love-as-a-shy-person/

by Alexandra Griffin A heart stamp and photo taken by Alexandra Griffin Ah, the things we do for love. Sometimes when we are into someone or even meet someone interesting on the street, we get a l…

by Connie Clarkson Joe Millay- “Earth is love” Morgen Williams- “love is something that can be the most difficult but be...
11/23/2020
How Do You Define Love?

by Connie Clarkson Joe Millay- “Earth is love” Morgen Williams- “love is something that can be the most difficult but beautiful thing at the same time. it takes soul searching and even a long time to find for it to be true.” Kayla Phakati- “love is a weird feeling, it can be great, sad, calm, raging and depressive, it’s made a lot of beautiful unions over the decades and it has taken lives of some people.”...

https://thesmccbeacon.wordpress.com/2020/11/23/how-do-you-define-love/

by Connie Clarkson  Joe Millay- “Earth is love” Morgen Williams- “love is something that can be the most difficult but beautiful thing at the same time.  it takes soul searching and even …

by Connie Clarkson "Cooking is all about people. Food is maybe the only universal thing that really has the power to bri...
11/23/2020
Food for Thought

by Connie Clarkson "Cooking is all about people. Food is maybe the only universal thing that really has the power to bring everyone together. No matter what culture, everywhere around the world, people eat together." Guy Fieri Food is something that brings people together. Food is a connection to the people we love and know, it can also be a connection to people we don’t know....

https://thesmccbeacon.wordpress.com/2020/11/23/food-for-thought/

by Connie Clarkson “Cooking is all about people. Food is maybe the only universal thing that really has the power to bring everyone together. No matter what culture, everywhere around the wor…

by Connie Clarkson For this issue, I decided to reach out to any fellow Seawolves and ask if they had any wonderful love...
11/23/2020
Love Letters That Lasted

by Connie Clarkson For this issue, I decided to reach out to any fellow Seawolves and ask if they had any wonderful love stories of their own, either from their own life, their parents, grandparents, or friends. It turns out that I got a few replies…. Forrest and Suzanne, It All Started with Coffee. My grandpa was in the Navy many years ago when he was young....

https://thesmccbeacon.wordpress.com/2020/11/23/love-letters-that-lasted/

by Connie Clarkson    For this issue, I decided to reach out to any fellow Seawolves and ask if they had any wonderful love stories of their own, either from their own life, their pa…

by Connie Clarkson        Josie with some grey, but still kickin.. My dad surprised my mom with a puppy when my mom was ...
11/23/2020
The Simple Love Of Dogs

by Connie Clarkson Josie with some grey, but still kickin.. My dad surprised my mom with a puppy when my mom was pregnant with my second older brother, Robin. Then I was born, Hondo was a golden labrador retriever. Hondo was like many other dogs, he barked at the mailman, ran all over the house, peed in places he wasn’t supposed to, and sneaked food off the table....

https://thesmccbeacon.wordpress.com/2020/11/23/the-simple-love-of-dogs/

by Connie Clarkson Josie with some grey, but still kickin.. My dad surprised my mom with a puppy when my mom was pregnant with my second older brother, Robin. Then I was born, Hondo was a go…

Pictured here my Brother Zach in 2017 at Messalonskee High School by Clayton Hoyle Dunn’s Camps in the early summer. The...
11/17/2020
Buoyed by an Angel

Pictured here my Brother Zach in 2017 at Messalonskee High School by Clayton Hoyle Dunn’s Camps in the early summer. The glistening, glassy still water of Whitney and Hogan Ponds. The sandy, western Maine beach, and the scaly, Norway pines that provided shade from the sunny weather. This family getaway stays with me in vivid images, even when I am not there....

https://thesmccbeacon.wordpress.com/2020/11/17/buoyed-by-an-angel/

Pictured here my Brother Zach in 2017 at Messalonskee High School by Clayton Hoyle Dunn’s Camps in the early summer. The glistening, glassy still water of Whitney and Hogan Ponds. The sandy, wester…

by Alexandra Griffin  Daniel Andrews built the church that people were accusing people of being witches. This is a paint...
11/12/2020
Be Witched

by Alexandra Griffin Daniel Andrews built the church that people were accusing people of being witches. This is a painting of the church. Cited by: I have been called a witch before but I never actually thought I was related to one. Let me explain. I just recently found out that my cousin, Susan Polumbo, has been doing genealogical research on something that her father started and a cousin started on her father’s side....

https://thesmccbeacon.wordpress.com/2020/11/12/be-witched/

by Alexandra Griffin Daniel Andrews built the church that people were accusing people of being witches. This is a painting of the church. Cited by: I have been called a witch before but I never ac…

By Connie Clarkson, Sam Jacobs and Clayton Hoyle Southern Maine Community College is known to be the cheapest college in...
11/11/2020
Old Settlers Cemetery A Hidden Backstory

By Connie Clarkson, Sam Jacobs and Clayton Hoyle Southern Maine Community College is known to be the cheapest college in Maine, with the ocean right next to it, but the campus actually is filled with historical landmarks such as The Old Settler’s Cemetery, also known as the Thrasher Cemetery; the oldest public known burial ground in South Portland. The cemetery has been around since 1658 and was the burial ground for soldiers from the Portland Harbor Forts, such as Fort Preble, Fort Scammell, Fort McKinley, and Fort Gorges....

https://thesmccbeacon.wordpress.com/2020/11/11/old-settlers-cemetery-a-hidden-backstory/

By Connie Clarkson, Sam Jacobs and Clayton Hoyle    Southern Maine Community College is known to be the cheapest college in Maine, with the ocean right next to it, but the campus act…

by Connie Clarkson Let’s talk about death. You’ve probably heard that death is not the end or is the beginning of someth...
11/11/2020
A Theory of Afterlife

by Connie Clarkson Let’s talk about death. You’ve probably heard that death is not the end or is the beginning of something larger than ourselves, in some form most of us believe that. Given that we’ve just come off the month of October, a month we dedicate to the notion of death, pumpkins, candy, scary encounters with ghosts, witches, warlocks, and ax murderers....

https://thesmccbeacon.wordpress.com/2020/11/11/a-theory-of-afterlife/

by Connie Clarkson Let’s talk about death. You’ve probably heard that death is not the end or is the beginning of something larger than ourselves, in some form most of us believe that. Given that w…

By Sam Jacobs The current health crisis has taken lives, strained relationships, and even challenged our beliefs. In add...
11/11/2020
Life Savings on Life Support

By Sam Jacobs The current health crisis has taken lives, strained relationships, and even challenged our beliefs. In addition, the Coronavirus has taken a toll on our wallets and pocketbooks. Many american bank accounts are struggling to stay alive. Alexis Reynolds, a former student at Southern Maine Community College, was working at Smitty’s, the movie theater in Windham, when they responded to the national crisis by playing old movies so fewer people would go....

https://thesmccbeacon.wordpress.com/2020/11/11/life-savings-on-life-support/

By Sam Jacobs The current health crisis has taken lives, strained relationships, and even challenged our beliefs. In addition, the Coronavirus has taken a toll on our wallets and pocketbooks. Many …

by Anna DesLauriers While things like medication, eating well, and exercising are known for helping to maintain or impro...
11/06/2020
Crystalize Your Thoughts

by Anna DesLauriers While things like medication, eating well, and exercising are known for helping to maintain or improve our general health, Eastern practices have been around for many years and have many benefits. Meditation and yoga have become popular in Western culture, but crystals and herbs can help our health as well. Each crystal has distinctive properties, and can be focused on physical ailments, or mental and emotional issues. [ 345 more words ]

https://thesmccbeacon.wordpress.com/2020/11/06/crystalize-your-thoughts/

by Anna DesLauriers While things like medication, eating well, and exercising are known for helping to maintain or improve our general health, Eastern practices have been around for many years and …

by Krista Nadeau Breathlessness, racing heart, sweaty palms— it was a heart attack, for sure. After a call to 911, the a...
11/03/2020
Peace in the Panic

by Krista Nadeau Breathlessness, racing heart, sweaty palms— it was a heart attack, for sure. After a call to 911, the ambulance came. Dean, the EMT, was very calm. I left my house on a stretcher heading for the hospital. “I think I’m okay now,” I said, halfway to Maine Medical Center. “We have to proceed to the hospital,” he said. [ 523 more words ]

https://thesmccbeacon.wordpress.com/2020/11/03/peace-in-the-panic/

by Krista Nadeau  Breathlessness, racing heart, sweaty palms— it was a heart attack, for sure. After a call to 911, the ambulance came. Dean, the EMT, was very calm. I left my house on a stret…

by Krista Nadeau Life has been perfect. That is something very few, if any, people can say. Life certainly doesn’t alway...
11/03/2020
Emotional Agility

by Krista Nadeau Life has been perfect. That is something very few, if any, people can say. Life certainly doesn’t always go as planned, but it does equip us with many feelings as we navigate its meandering journey. Happiness, sadness, anger, joy, frustration, grief... and on and on the list goes. Sometimes, response to these feelings and experiences is based on how we have been taught to respond or not respond. [ 847 more words ]

https://thesmccbeacon.wordpress.com/2020/11/03/emotional-agility/

by Krista Nadeau  Life has been perfect. That is something very few, if any, people can say. Life certainly doesn’t always go as planned, but it does equip us with many feelings as we navigate…

Story & Photo by Krista Nadeau Complementary and alternative medical practices are finding their way into Western medici...
11/03/2020
Have You Heard About Ear Seeding?

Story & Photo by Krista Nadeau Complementary and alternative medical practices are finding their way into Western medicine as people seek a more holistic approach to healthcare. Complementary medicine consists of therapeutic and diagnostic approaches used in conjunction with conventional medicine, although it is not taught in the field of western medicine. Alternative medicine is typically used in place of conventional medicine to treat illness. [ 496 more words ]

https://thesmccbeacon.wordpress.com/2020/11/03/have-you-heard-about-ear-seeding/

Story & Photo by Krista Nadeau  Complementary and alternative medical practices are finding their way into Western medicine as people seek a more holistic approach to healthcare. Complemen…

Story & Photo by Krista Nadeau One of the keys to good health is good food. The question is whether we have access to th...
11/03/2020
Show What You Grow

Story & Photo by Krista Nadeau One of the keys to good health is good food. The question is whether we have access to this good food—most will say they do if they eat vegetables and fruits. But our food is not the same nutritionally as it was even a decade ago. By the time we, the consumer, buy our produce at a local store, it has traveled a great distance. [ 337 more words ]

https://thesmccbeacon.wordpress.com/2020/11/03/show-what-you-grow/

Story & Photo by Krista Nadeau  One of the keys to good health is good food. The question is whether we have access to this good food—most will say they do if they eat vegetables and fruit…

by Tim Randall Zachary John Harder, a former student at Southern Maine Community College, passed away unexpectedly on Se...
11/03/2020
In Memory of Our Friend Zach

by Tim Randall Zachary John Harder, a former student at Southern Maine Community College, passed away unexpectedly on September 18, 2020, while biking on an autumn day in Maine. Zach graduated from SMCC with an Associate Degree of Applied Science in 2019 and was working for the Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, and Marine Resources Committees of Maine in this year of his passing. [ 201 more words ]

https://thesmccbeacon.wordpress.com/2020/10/14/in-memory-of-our-friend-zach/

by Tim Randall Zachary John Harder, a former student at Southern Maine Community College, passed away unexpectedly on September 18, 2020, while biking on an autumn day in Maine. Zach graduated from…

Pictured above: Armando Cresta's grill with some wings and beef (courtesy photo) by Clayton Hoyle It was a cool, early O...
11/02/2020
Steak-Out: Story of a Lost Flame

Pictured above: Armando Cresta's grill with some wings and beef (courtesy photo) by Clayton Hoyle It was a cool, early October evening. Armando Cresta and his friends were chilling and grilling some wings in the SMCC parking lot. “After a night of cooking chicken wings we kept the grill out so it could cool down,” he said. Cresta had gotten up early the next day for class and after that, he had a tattoo appointment. [ 384 more words ]

https://thesmccbeacon.wordpress.com/2020/11/02/steak-out-story-of-a-lost-flame/

Pictured above: Armando Cresta’s grill with some wings and beef (courtesy photo) by Clayton Hoyle It was a cool, early October evening. Armando Cresta and his friends were chilling and grilli…

"The first few times I was introduced to the sport disc golf, I was ready to spend the rest of my life playing and striv...
11/01/2020
Disc Golf: A Whole in One

"The first few times I was introduced to the sport disc golf, I was ready to spend the rest of my life playing and striving to become better at it. The feeling I have when I drive the disc off the tee-pad, launching it down the fairway and into the basket is one of those particular highs that everyone in the sport craves. Whether it’s a beautiful drive that sails down the fairway and parks you next to the basket or that super smooth, long distanced putt that you just nailed. Those “feel good” feelings bring so much happiness."

By Tim Randall from the article "Disc Golf: A Whole In One"

https://thesmccbeacon.wordpress.com/2020/10/28/disc-golf-a-whole-in-one/

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by Tim Randall The first few times I was introduced to the sport disc golf, I was ready to spend the rest of my life playing and striving to become better at it. The feeling I have when I drive the…

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