Jennifer Mitchell

News Producer

Jennifer Mitchell studied Music, English and Anthropology at Oberlin College and Conservatory in Ohio. She has worked as News Director for Peninsula Public Radio in Homer, Alaska, and served as news producer in Bangor for Maine Public Radio in 2004. Most recently, she spent four years working in South Africa as a producer, as well as classical music presenter in Cape Town.

Jennifer is a fan of open source computing, and music of all types, including old Victrola tunes, Jazz, Folk, World, Goth and Metal. When not on the air, she can be found researching 19th century social history. Her idea of a good time is several hours in a dank basement looking at old patent applications, newspaper archives, and original recipes for intriguing Victorian delights such as sheep's head soup and shadow potatoes.

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Maine
11:42 am
Sun August 31, 2014

Police Searching for Missing Oxford County Girl

Credit Maine State Police photo

Maine State Police are searching for a teen who has been missing since Saturday morning.

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Maine
6:37 am
Sun August 31, 2014

New England Growers Predict Decent Apple Season

Emily Holmes of Maine-ly Apples in Dixmont inspects a bough of Paula Reds, an early Macintosh variety. It's just one of 40 different varieties of apple grown on the farm.
Credit Jennifer Mitchell

  Apple growers across Northern New England say they probably won't see last year's volume across all varieties, but they're expecting a decent crop as the season kicks off with early cultivars.

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Maine
6:57 am
Sat August 30, 2014

Maine Meats Company Issues Beef Recall

Credit Michael C. Berch

GREENE, Maine_ A Maine meat company based in Greene is recalling about 25,192 pounds of improperly processed beef products which were sold in several stores throughout Southern Maine.

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Maine
6:27 am
Sat August 30, 2014

Maine Hiker Dies in NH

 THOMPSON AND MESERVE'S PURCHASE, N.H. (AP) _ Authorities say a Maine hiker has died after suffering a medical emergency while climbing New Hampshire's Mount Jefferson.     The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says 63-year-old Gregory Larson was stricken Friday afternoon near the summit of the 5,712-foot mountain.

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Education
3:12 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Skowhegan Among School Districts in Federal Program Offering Free Meals to All Students

Jean Dickey (left) and Iva Godin serve pizza to students at Skowhegan Area High School, where this year the school is providing all student meals, free of charge, as part of a new USDA program designed to fight childhood hunger in the nation's poorest com
Jennifer Mitchell MPBN

SKOWHEGAN, Maine — In Maine this week, tens of thousands of school children are headed back to class. And many of those kids may be getting on the morning bus with an empty stomach. By some estimates, nearly one in four Maine children live in homes where the food supply is uncertain, and educators in some of Maine's poorest communities are looking to a new federal program that offers free lunch and free breakfast to all students, regardless of income.

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Maine
8:21 am
Sun August 24, 2014

Alley Removed Over Alleged Abuse

Famed Jonesport-Beals High School basketball coach, Ordman Alley, who was recently removed from the Maine  Sports Hall of Fame without explanation, was apparently removed after two allegations of sexual abuse surfaced.  That's according to a report in the Bangor Daily News.

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Maine
1:35 pm
Sat August 23, 2014

American Folk Festival to Wrap Up Sunday

Thousands of people are in Bangor for the American Folk Festival, a three day celebration of world culture.
Credit Jennifer Mitchell

 The celebration of music, arts, crafts, and folk life continues today with performances live from three stages on the Bangor Waterfront.

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Maine
6:54 am
Sat August 23, 2014

Nova Scotia Seeking Money for Nova Star

The Nova Star ferry began running in May, with ridership slow in its first weeks. The service is scheduled to continue running until early November.
Credit Tom Porter

  The State of Maine will soon be asked to chip in to support the new Nova Star ferry service between Portland, Maine and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

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Dockside Veterinary - Video
5:15 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

For Maine's Island-Dwelling Pets, a Floating Vet Clinic

Dr. Margaret Shively treats a cat on board her floating veterinary clinic, the F/V Seakeeper.
Credit Nick Woodward / MPBN

For most people, a trip to the vet is as simple as snapping on a leash or popping a cat into a crate, and driving to the clinic. But if you live on an island? Things aren't quite that simple. A basic exam can eat up a whole day - or more - depending on the ferry schedule and the weather. But one vet is trying to ease that burden by taking to the seas with her floating clinic.

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Side Trips
6:03 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Side Trips: Fort Fairfield Block House Preserves Era of Conflict in Northern Maine

The Fort Fairfield Block House.
Credit Nick Woodward / MPBN

FORT FAIRFIELD, Maine - There are lots of reasons to take a trip to Aroostook County: pretty scenery, poutine - and a side trip to Canada is just minutes away. But for some history buffs, the town of Fort Fairfield is an essential stop for its role in an old border dispute that flared up in the late 1830's. At the center of that conflict stood the town's block house fort. While the original structure was mostly dismantled, the old fort was rebuilt and restored to its original appearance about 40 years ago. It now serves as a museum, detailing two centuries of life along the border.  

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