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In Maine, You May Be Disappointed With Our Headlines...No Murders, Drive By Shootings....

    

Whenever traveling, as I watch the news waiting for kids to get out of the shower, I am amazed at the Local Northern Maine Youth Car Racing Sporting With Stock/Superstock Derby Cars.headlines of murder, drive by gang violence, theft on a large scale and tragic events at schools.

You expect the amazing twenty car pile ups due to the traffic of a city, but the violence you see on the tube and read about on line, in the local city newspapers makes me feel sad, slightly sick. Not used to that one right after another coverage of events. 

     In today's local edition of the Bangor Daily News there are lots of community events, friendlier happier news coverage. But for the darker, but tamer set of uglier headlines here is what I scan eating wheaties with my two eyeballs..."Houlton Maine woman hits tree in single car crash", "Boy rides bike into side of pickup in Eastport Maine", "Fire from light damages Milo Maine Methodist church."  "Amity Maine man and son hit moose, both wearing seat belts and are okay but moose killed at scene." That's the best I can do digging up tragic, crime filled headlines boys and girls, ladies and gentlemen.

You have to wonder if the news is dire, the crimes horrendous day after day, do the readers/viewers get "tone deaf" or "numbed" by the severity of the headlines and the crimes themselves?

Does it make you the citizen bitter, hardened, more pro gun control or militant, defensive and shopping for a new concealed taser for you and your loved ones? Doesn't protecting yourself and your family, business from crime waste energy, money and give you less of a sense of safety, freedom, peace in where you live? Does your home where you live have triple locks, a security system? Or like most Mainers, would you have no clue where your house door key is? And the car keys are always, always left in the ignition when parked in the yard, or while you shop at the local grocery? Or with heavily covered crime news areas is it assumed it is like this all across America and around the world?
Do you think there is no escaping it, that like a cancer, you live with in fear with it? Doesn't fear make you old before your time, make you nervous, anxious and affect your quality of life? Is it worth it?

Maine is the 4th lowest crime state and Aroostook County is half that state figure again. Less people, a friendly less desperate population translates into folks that volunteer and work hard to make their area shine, safe, and a happy place to make a living, raise a family. If you like to read about and live among folks that are involved in daily violent crimes, you won't be very happy in Maine. We are family oriented, spend our weekends volunteering for youth events, not heisting a bank, stealing a car, or making other negative headlines in the local newspapers/television newcasts.

Maine REALTOR Andrew Mooers - Maine, No Crime, More Blue Sky, Fewer But Friendlier People.

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Comment balloon 32 commentsAndrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 • June 23 2009 10:00AM

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I guess hunting season aside there is not a lot of shooting going on where you are. It is a beautiful state I agree with you . Have a great day

Posted by Charlie Ragonesi, Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros (AllMountainRealty.com) about 11 years ago

I think there is indeed a certain numbness to violence when we hear so much of it.  Still, when it happens in unexpected places, it gives us a shudder...

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) about 11 years ago

Andrew glad to hear that but it gets cold enough where I'm at and I know it gets a lot colder where your at so I'll stay here thank you very much.. We had a cop arrested yesterday for shooting a gun in city limits off duty you know what a idiot that cost him his job, wish our headlines read like yours.

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) about 11 years ago

You live in a beautiful place. Not  disappointed at all to hear of no major crime. It is encouraging.

Posted by John Combs (Alan Deblat Real Estate Corp.) about 11 years ago

My niece is headed up to Maine day after tomorrow for camp (Camp Wawenock)- what a beautiful place Maine is.

Posted by Laurie Mindnich about 11 years ago

Hey James. We get an average winter temperature of 19. We don't hibernate and love to snowsled, ice fish, play pond or lake hockey and ski ski ski. This neighbor of mine like other kids plays outside and looks really cold doesn't he? Sure beats kids planted on a couch, eating a large bag of chips fifteen minutes before supper huh?

maine youth winter playing

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) about 11 years ago

I think there are many beautiful places with less or no crime statistics day in and day out. But in major population centers, I guess it comes with the turf. Have a son in Washington DC who I do not feel unsafe with as we walk to dinner around the Georgetown area, a daughter in Boston that is the same sense of safety after the walking out of Fenway Park when the Red Sox come from behind in the eighth to beat the Yankees and their evil empire (kidding...well sort of). Now Miami late at night...not so much.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) about 11 years ago

Yep chips sounds good to me but then at my age just waking up it's going to be a good day.. No disrespect meant I just don't care for cold weather and if I had my way the coldest would be about 50 and the warmest would be 80 to 85 when I was younger 19 degrees was good but not now..

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) about 11 years ago

I hear you James. I can not do the humidity of a Miami but no snow shovel there or need for winter wiper blades.  I look at it that in the winter, the bugs aren't bad and if you are cold, you are not dressed right. I'll ship you a few pounds of new snow when it lands around Christmas!

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) about 11 years ago

Good to be in Maine I guess. I can leave my door open where I live.

Posted by Chuck Carstensen, Minnesota Real Estate Expert (RE/MAX Results) about 11 years ago

Maine is a beautiful state. Only thing I don't like is that it is so cold.

Posted by Linda Tremblay, Associate Broker - Bucks County, PA Real Estate Services (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc, PA License #AB065488) about 11 years ago

Is the snow gone yet? LOL... Houlton is beautiful and the fishing on East Grand is great!

Posted by Thomas D (TMD Technology) about 11 years ago

Are you saying that crime stops at the New Hampshire border? Apparently that new complex in Warren is empty.

I love going to Maine to ski, hunt, fly fish and ski mobiling. There are still pristine areas such as the west branch of the Penobscott, the golden road, moosehead lake, Cadillac mountain and the scenic view of penobscott bay.

Posted by Richard Pino (RE/Max Advantage Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Linda...I think folks that have not been here think igloos, snowshoes, darkness for six months straight and dog sleds. It's not like that. We have three other seasons...lakeside during summer sunset is not so cold huh? Glimpses of Maine without snow!

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hiking mt katahdin,baxter state park

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) about 11 years ago

Richard with the 4th lowest crime stats...and the northern half of Maine half that state figure again...I think you find most of the folks at Warren did something while drunk and are not serial killers or on the FBI's top 10 wanted. They may be habitual driving under the influence types or have an addiction that keeps them behind bars at the crowbar hotel.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) about 11 years ago

Beautiful state.  I miss the lobster pounds.

Posted by Debbie Sloan (Coldwell Banker United, Realtors® ) about 11 years ago

I like the steamed clams, corn on the cob, a garden salad and something cold to drink with a Maine blueberry pie with a little mountain of vanilla ice cream on it. I had way way too little lunch! Seriously, lakes..without the crowds and area parks with just you and the wildlife, unspoiled is what I like best.

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Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) about 11 years ago

Love the photos...I need to visit your great state sometime!!! I have a REALTOR friend that moved to Texas from Maine a few years ago...I think the only thing he doesn't miss is his snow shovel!!! :o)))  Thanks for sharing!!!

Posted by Jeani Codrey, If you're not learning, you're not living! (The Learning Jeani) about 11 years ago

Beautiful, I have a sister in Westbrook & I just love to go visit there.  I hope you attract many (but not too many) people to Maine!

Posted by Judith Reppert (United Country Countryside Realty) about 11 years ago

Westbrook is on the other end near Portland and you need to grab here and head to Aroostook County...11 people per square mile. Alaska has one per square mile, NJ 1000 p/s/m. People can mess it up I am sad to say. We are far enough north to be in Canada and 1.5 miles from the border so that distance is what insulates us...not isolates with I-95 starting here and heading to Florida.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) about 11 years ago

Nice post today about you maniacs!

Patricia Aulson/Portsmouth nh real estate

Posted by Patricia Aulson, Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes (BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate ) about 11 years ago

Patricia, you are so close you could be one! Red Rover Red Rover, send Patricia right over. Jump ship and move to Maine.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) about 11 years ago

I LLooooove Maine...........so beatuful, gorgeous and lovely people and lifestyle.  Kind of reminds me of  Colorado where I lived after college for a number of years.  I miss the small town gig sometimes.  And we live in Paradise as well. You inspire me to get out and take more pictures.  We live close to mountain preserve where we can hear coyotes at night and owls hooting.  Very cool.

BTW.....blueberry pie and ice cream.....time for a nice walk in th Maine Woods!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!, 602-380-4886 (HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000) about 11 years ago

That's a mighty good thing Andrew!! I've never made it to Maine on vacation, but would like to!!

BTW, I keep wanting to call you Michael (The Office) 

Posted by Dan Magstadt (Paramount Residential Mortgage Group, Inc) about 11 years ago

Had the same problem with the guy on bloopers..not even sure what his name is but get that alot Dan. When you are ready to point the car northeast, I can help give you suggestions on things/places you want to see. One big honking state. The license plate calls it "Vacationland" for a reason.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) about 11 years ago

I do love Maine! I'll take our Jersey Shore beaches any day but....again, Maine is beautiful! Especially love Kennebunkport, Freeport, Rockport and Sugarloaf Mountain.

John

Posted by John Hogan about 11 years ago

Great photos, Andrew. I too live in a small town and love it. The only crime we have here is when the Sr. Graduate and knock down a few mail boxes.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) about 11 years ago

I loved your description of the area, and then I was wowed by your photos.  Great reading, Andrew.

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) about 11 years ago

Andrew - I have a friend who lives in Flordia, that visits Maine often in Summer.  She always tells me how civilized and kind the people of your state are.  Also, you have two of the greatest US Senators in the country, Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe.  If all of the country could be so lucky to have politicians as bright and balanced as those two ladies, we would all be in a much better place!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 11 years ago

Andrew, in your comment #14, you said "I think folks that have not been here think igloos, snowshoes, darkness for six months straight and dog sleds. It's not like that."

Have you really encountered such people???  This sounds more like Alaska, the Yukon, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories, north of 66th latitude or down south in Antarctica (only for the darkness).

I like your new scenic shots of Maine.

Posted by FN LN about 11 years ago

Marc...Often we will have a buyer from eight states away that is contemplating buying a lake home, hobby farm spread and the only hold back is a fellow they work with, or a relative back home that says you are going to freeze to death, you won't like it, why are you moving, etc. I smile and say ask them if they have ever been to Maine. 99% of the time they have not and I say "So this person is an expert on Maine but never been here to see it first hand and has no real basis to go on because of never traveling here right?" Case closed. Anyone who has been to Baxter State Park and hiked Mt Katahdin, or had a lobster at a pound overlooking an ocean harbor or kayaked our 6000 lakes, knows Maine is four seasons of unspoiled beauty and friendly helpful people. I would be a poor person to give a talk or disertation on say Alaska or Toronto. Have never been there and can regurgitate bits and pieces of what I think it could be like but how do I really know without riding the horse? Thanks for stopping in.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) about 11 years ago

Andrew - I grew up in a small town with little crime or violence.  It's sad to see all that we do today, especially when a lot of it happens in our schools. 

Posted by Debbie Summers (Charles Rutenberg Realty ) about 11 years ago

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