Patti’s Nov. 5 “Inside New Gloucester” column

The Optimist Club is still seeking charter members to support local youth and join residents that have come onboard so far: (from left) Robin Mullins, Geoff Robbins, Anthony Dahms, Kristin Piccone, Beth Blakeman-Pohl, Sarah Rodriguez, Rick Benoit and Brian Gagnon. If interested, contact George Mathews (far right), president of the Lewiston-Auburn chapter, at or 783-5269. Patti Mikkelsen / For Lakes Region Weekly

Noted educator, journalist to speak on ‘Black History of Maine’


Bob Greene will reveal the hidden history of our state during his talk, “Black History of Maine,” beginning at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 at the New Gloucester Public Library, 379 Intervale Road.

A Portland native, Greene is the eighth generation of his family to be born in Cumberland County. His ancestral roots in Maine stretch back into the 1700s. After graduating from Portland High, Greene went off to college and embarked on a career as a journalist, covering news stories such as airplane crashes, Mississippi River floods and the funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

After retiring, he returned home to Maine, where his genealogical research has led to his deep knowledge about Maine’s Black history. Greene currently teaches a Black History of Maine course at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Southern Maine.

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