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Old 01-06-2008, 04:47 PM
 
Location: :0)1 CORINTHIANS,13*"KYRIE, ELEISON!"*"CHRISTE, ELEISON" KYRIE, ELEISON!"0)
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WELCOME!!


Welcome to the City Data & Maine Forums!

I am not in New England yet, so I cannot answer any of your questions, but I

am sure that the regulars in Maine will chime in soon

GOOD LUCK with your future moves! Maine is AMAZING, and the people even

better!!!

Countrylv22



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My husband and I will be moving to Maine in June. We are both doctors. He will be working in Bangor, and I will be working in Waterville. Ideally, we would like to live somewhere in between the two places. We are both "city folks" and would prefer more populated areas, close to shopping, movies / theater (I understand that Maine is a rural state). Any suggestions? Thanks.
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Old 01-06-2008, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Westbrook Maine
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Default Moving to Maine?

Hi there-
Since you are both Doctors and want to be in the City, have you looked into the Portland Area? This is the largest city in Maine(population of approx. 70,000) and offers you the things that you are looking for, plus a 2 hour drive to Boston.
I grew up in Orono, 8 miles north of Bangor so know the areas you are looking at, and between the two, the towns are pretty rural, yes. After living in California for years relocated into Portland 12 years ago
I would imagine with Maine Medical and Mercy Hospitals there would be opportunities for you professionally and to get you closer to "city life", if that is even an option.
Best of Luck
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Old 01-06-2008, 09:06 PM
 
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What are you looking for? City? Ocean? Small town?
We're not interested in living in a large city. My wife is a school teacher and she doesn't want our kids to go to a huge school. It would be cool to be within a short(less than 2 hours)drive from the ocean but we want to live in an area that is large enough that it is self-sustainable. It's got to have a hospital also because I am graduating from nurse anesthesia school in a few more months and I will generally need to be within 20 minutes from the hospital.
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Old 01-06-2008, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Corinth, ME
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thank you! know NE has winter, too! My people are from that general neck of the prarie... (Missouri Valley, IA, Omaha area and one lived in Valentine NE where I spent many a HOT summer! (but at least it was dry... <g>

We are looking at used ones, of about that vintage...
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I don't live in Maine. I live in NEbraska and want to live in Maine. I Have a 2001 subaru forester. I bought it 3 yrs old and love it. We have only needed to do routine maintence. It gets around great in the snow. I work night and the rodes are rarely cleared when I get off work and have had no trouble getting around. although the most snow I have seen in 1 shot is 8 inches. but very happy
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Old 01-07-2008, 06:44 AM
 
Location: Waldo County
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We're not interested in living in a large city. My wife is a school teacher and she doesn't want our kids to go to a huge school. It would be cool to be within a short(less than 2 hours)drive from the ocean but we want to live in an area that is large enough that it is self-sustainable. It's got to have a hospital also because I am graduating from nurse anesthesia school in a few more months and I will generally need to be within 20 minutes from the hospital.
Where you live will be determined by where you can get a job. There are relatively few hospitals in Maine, considering the geographic size of the state. Hospitals develop as a function of population.

My guess is that you will end up either in the greater Portland, Waterville, or Bangor areas. My further guess is that you may work at several hospitals and have several different "commutes" depending on demand and other staffing considerations. Example, if you work at St. Joseph's Hospital in Bangor, you might end up with some work in either Blue Hill, or Ellsworth, or even Machias.

As far as "huge schools" are concerned, Maine is undergoing a very major state wide school redistricting process....read: WAR. The governor's proposal is to radically shrink the number of school districts in the state so that the people of the State of Maine can afford to have schools for their children, instead of school buildings and school administrators with little or no education of students taking place.

In the end, most people will find their children being a part of a 2500 or larger school population district, and will probably be going to school in the next town or further by bus.

Don't plan on a "neighborhood" school, because the small towns of Maine cannot longer afford the enormous, unfunded mandates pushed up their noses by the Maine Department of Eduction. These unfunded mandates are driving up the cost of local education (AND the local property tax rates) to the point that the big political cry is to find a method of tax relief. The governor's solution is to make very large school districts.
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Old 01-07-2008, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Maine
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As far as "huge schools" are concerned, Maine is undergoing a very major state wide school redistricting process....read: WAR. The governor's proposal is to radically shrink the number of school districts in the state so that the people of the State of Maine can afford to have schools for their children, instead of school buildings and school administrators with little or no education of students taking place.
Do you really consider Maine's children to be uneducated? And if so, what are you doing to improve the situation?
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Old 01-07-2008, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Corinth, ME
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Do you really consider Maine's children to be uneducated? And if so, what are you doing to improve the situation?
Well I taught mine at home and would do it again! There is nothing quite like being able to capture those "learning moments" when ever they happen... and following the thread of their interests, tying everything in.... schools can not do that.

Honestly, I think the best education might well have been in a one-room schoolhouse, because the little kids were exposed to the stuff the big kids were learning all the time. Mine were motivated to learn to cypher because they wanted to do algebra, 'cause their big sis did!

I would gladly volunteer in a small school.. even though I am a granny... but in the big ones -- though they may need it more -- I would feel too disconnected.

Guess I'll have to find a 4H club to work with...
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Old 01-07-2008, 09:50 PM
 
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My husband and I will be moving to Maine in June. We are both doctors. He will be working in Bangor, and I will be working in Waterville. Ideally, we would like to live somewhere in between the two places. We are both "city folks" and would prefer more populated areas, close to shopping, movies / theater (I understand that Maine is a rural state). Any suggestions? Thanks.
the town of newport, would be close to halfway between waterville and bangor, its a decent town, with smaller towns all around, nice wide open areas,
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Old 01-07-2008, 10:10 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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My husband and I will be moving to Maine in June. We are both doctors. He will be working in Bangor, and I will be working in Waterville. Ideally, we would like to live somewhere in between the two places. We are both "city folks" and would prefer more populated areas, close to shopping, movies / theater (I understand that Maine is a rural state). Any suggestions? Thanks.
Betwixt Bangor and Waterville are many lovely areas. I am sure that you will enjoy your stay.

Maine as a whole is under going changes in the effort to tighten the belt of over-spending school districts. All is not lost, the world is not ending, everything will be fine. The governor has decided to try to shrink the number of executive administrators and not the schools, nor curriculum. Regardless of what some may tell you.

Welcome to Maine.
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Old 01-08-2008, 06:36 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I live in Atlanta and grew up and left Brewer maine in 97. ***sigh****

I recently visited Bangor for leaf season in October. If I could reloate I would take one of those large old homes near Broadway (the ones the lumber barons built) and fully restore it. Being doctors live In Bangor for the historic culture and fly to Boston once a month for a theater wekeend.

Bangor will out you an hour away from great costal haunts as well as Baxter state park. Good luck!!!
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