Why an old train station in Greenville has a roof shaped like a witch’s hat

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A hundred years ago, trains passed through the town of Greenville on a nearly hourly basis, shuttling both passengers and Maine-made cargo like lumber, shoes, furniture and slate quarried in nearby Monson to and from destinations north to south.

Those trains left decades ago, however, and though the rail lines in large part remain and freight service continues, the train stations that dotted the landscape between Maine and Montreal have almost all either been demolished or left to decay.

The Greenville Depot hasn’t met the same fate, though, thanks to the efforts of local community members who have raised money and worked to restore the

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NAYA Family Center has a vision of abundance for Native community garden in Portland

When harvesting sweetgrass, you thank the plant by offering tobacco, or even a bit of your hair. You cut it at the base, just below where the stalks turn purple. You only take what you need, and leave the rest for others. This is how you honor and respect the plant, ensuring its sustainability for years to come.

That is what Mick Rose, community garden volunteer at the Native American Youth and Family Center, tells the Native community members at NAYA’s recent U-Pick event.

“This whole thing,” says Rose, as they gesture to the garden, “is about learning and sharing with each other.”

Every Monday and Saturday in September, Native people and the public were invited to pick their own fresh greens, herbs and veggies. NAYA’s “market garden” provided everything from kale, lettuce, arugula and collard greens to basil, dill and parsley, as well as zucchini, cucumbers, tomatillos, beans,

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Homewood community garden offers residents access to fresh food amid growing grocery costs

At the Sankofa Community Garden at the intersection of Susquehanna Street and North Brushton Avenue in Homewood, bright garden beds decorate the space and offer a variety of vegetables, including peppers, zucchini, and cucumbers.

Vikki Jones, the owner of Sankofa, sits at the center of the lot, surrounded by grandchildren and garden volunteers. Jones has made the garden not only an important part of Homewood but also her own family.

I have two students who’ve been with me for two and three years. I have two new students that are very enthusiastic. I have grandchildren and my intern, and I’ve instilled in my family the importance of this,” said Jones. “So when no one’s here, we’re here.”

She’s describing the mission and collaborative nature of the garden. As food prices skyrocket due to disruptions in the global supply chain and the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Jones said

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