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The Coastal Packet

The longtime national journal, Progressive Review, has moved its headquarters from Washington DC to Freeport, Maine, where its editor, Sam Smith, has long ties. This is a local edition dealing with Maine news and progressive politics.

2/11/10

DOWN EAST NOTES

According to a survey by Market Decisions, 11 percent of the state lacks health insurance, with 47% of the uninsured adults having gone without it way for more than five years.

David Carkhuff in the Daily Sun has a list of churches that have been converted to other uses in Portland: Grace restaurant behind City Hall, formerly the Chestnut Street Methodist Church; the Maine Irish Heritage Center on Gray Street, formerly St. Dominic's Catholic Church; and the St. Lawrence Art and Community Center on Munjoy Hill, formerly St. Lawrence Church. . . The building for what is now the Children's Museum of Maine was built as a church and renovated in the 1920s by famous architect John Calvin Stevens to house the chamber of commerce, according to local preservation official Scott Hanson. . . A building on Congress Street that houses Coffee by Design "at its core is a mid-19th century church" . . . And now the Payson Park Evangelical Free church is headed to become condos.

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