Category: Trueline Spotlight

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Trueline Spotlight: Finding Acceptance in Rejection

Reading Time: 4 minutes When Kirk Dyson moved to Portland, Maine in 2013, to take a job as a journalism intern for the Portland Pirates hockey team (who have since moved and been replaced by the Maine Mariners) he thought he had it made. With his family’s support, he left Delaware County, Pennsylvania after college to chase his dream…

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Trueline Spotlight: Making the Move from Stage Leaps to Law

Reading Time: 4 minutes Growing up in Fryeburg, Maine, Emily Holden found herself in a world where her neighbors were her relatives and almost everyone was an entrepreneur working out of their home—be it as a hairdresser, a seamstress making costumes for opera, or in her father’s case, an attorney. Holden joked that her first “legal” job was at…

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jody robbins

Trueline Spotlight: Going, Going, Gonzo

Reading Time: 4 minutes Whether the life details of Jody Robbins seep out through his creative writing—or through thousands of articles published over more than two decades—he’s got a knack for finding a captive audience. Growing up in Hardinsburg, Kentucky, his early days filled harvesting tobacco and hauling hay, Robbins found his love of literature on his family’s bookshelf….

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Trueline Spotlight: A Snapshot of Success

Reading Time: 4 minutes It’s a corner of the world known by the Iroquois as “Ska-na-wis,” or “Long Swamp.” It was the home of a legendary band of horse thieves known as the Loomis Gang, who stole steeds throughout Oneida County. In 1875 it was known as the “Hops Capital of the World.” George Eastman, father of the Kodak…

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Trueline Spotlight: Appreciating Cultural Diversity, Whether Near or Far

Reading Time: 3 minutes Zachary Brann remembers his fateful post-graduate trip to Portland in 2015. The University of Maine Orono graduate rolled into town, his pockets empty, having laid all his money down on an apartment. He was banking on the prospect of landing a job with a guy named Haj. With a kiss for good luck from his…

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Trueline Spotlight: Expect the Unexpected

Reading Time: 4 minutes When Halloween came to Trueline last fall, the workday was punctuated by the click-clack of high heels echoing down the hallway, worn by a man wearing Buffalo plaid and wielding an axe. That “lumberjack” happened to be the new writer David Harry, a Monty Python aficionado, avid gardener and former reporter. And like the song…

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Trueline Spotlight: The Art of Awareness

Reading Time: 4 minutes Living amidst the restrictions of COVID-19, Trueline Content Coordinator Liz Fallon has had plenty of time for introspection. With relatable themes of isolation and forces out of her control, Fallon, a Long Island native, has had time to reflect on her days as a college freshman. Back then, she studied in Tralee in southwestern Ireland—a…

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Trueline Spotlight: “No one will outwork me.”

Reading Time: 5 minutes Many people at Trueline know Victor Martins as a chart-topping salesman, a devoted family man, a sports aficionado with a competitive personality—whether he’s on or off the court in a pick-up game of basketball with his coworkers. But where does THE drive come from? What many don’t know about this integral Trueliner, who joined the…

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Trueline Spotlight: A Home Away From Home

Reading Time: 4 minutes The first time Gavin O’Connor left Dix Hills, a small Long Island town about an hour from New York City, it was mainly for a change of scenery—and to further his education. At Baltimore’s Loyola University, O’Connor got plenty of both: four years in a diverse and dynamic city; and a marketing degree he knew…

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Trueline Spotlight: Riding Her Own Story

Reading Time: 6 minutes At the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, a group of collegiate U.S. hockey players did the unthinkable, beating the mighty Soviet Union—a team that had trounced the Americans 10-3 in exhibition play just weeks before—in what would forever be known as The Miracle on Ice. Many remember exactly where they were when…

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