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Healthcare gap leaves some Florida residents uninsured

About 800,000 Floridians fall into the “coverage gap,” the consequence of a crack in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) created by a 2012 Supreme Court ruling. The gap is a health care no-man’s land for those who fall into it, and the fall can be fatal. Written for the Panama City News Herald in May 2016.

New church brings together the lost under umbrella of faith

Using addicts, recovering addicts, the young and the broken meet at Nu Cafe every Tuesday to find God under the direction of Corey Bowser, 26, who was once homeless on the city streets. He asks the question “How would this generation feel if they knew God wasn’t mad at them?” Written July 2015 for The Gardner News.

Shoppers on the hunt at Riettas

Every Sunday, hundreds of vendors flock to Riettas Flea Market in Hubbardston. At $30 a table, some are looking to clean out their basements, others are hobbyists and then there are the established dealers who show up every week looking to make money. The shoppers just want the best deal. Written July 2015 for The Gardner News.

The Makers: Gardner Baker Heather O’Toole is not settling for the ordinary

Boring cupcakes are a bit of a pet peeve for Heather O’Toole, the baker behind My Sweet Escape Treats. Working out her kitchen she make unique and  gourmet cupcakes  — funky monkey, raspberry lime ricky, Mexican hot chocolate, margarita – from scratch. Written July 2015 for The Gardner News.

“I couldn’t save my son”

On Feb. 10, Joyce Fletcher woke up to a pounding on the door. It was still dark out, too early for good news.
“I came down the stairs, and I saw a police car, and I just lost it because I knew. I knew,” she said. Her son, her baby, had died of a heroin overdose. Written October 2014 in The Gardner News.

Sap to Syrup at Sunset Farms

At 6:30 a.m., the first rays of sunlight have lit up Sunset View Farm, and the birds have just begun their early morning song. This is when Chuck Tarleton starts his workday during sugaring season. Trudging from his house to the sugaring shack at 159 Gardner Road, he starts a small fire in the evaporator that transforms sap into maple syrup. Written April 2014 in The Gardner News.

Reeling fishermen

Commercial fishermen have a greater interest in conservation than anybody else. There very livelihood depends on there being another fish to catch.  This story looks at how the regulations effect the fishermen in the Gulf of Maine. Written in April 2013 for my thesis.

The Cave Diggers: Meet the people who dig holes for fun

Digging out a cave is not everyone’s idea of a good time, but for this motley crew there is no better way to spend a Saturday. Written for class in April 2013.

Worthington family bonds over trained steers

A father daughter activity, the Mason family has been training steers for years in Worthington, Mass. Written for the Daily Hampshire Gazette in August 2012.

The Beginning to the End of Salmon Restoration

After decades of trying to restore the Atlantic Salmon to the Connecticut River, tensions run high as the failing programs is on the verge of shutting down. Written in December of 2011 for class.

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