This video is part of the 2020: A Class Dismissed series, a series being spearheaded by Bailey Beltramo of Pine Tree Watch.
Pine Tree Watch is speaking to seniors from as many Maine high schools as possible to tell the story of Maine’s Class of 2020 and how these soon-to-be graduates are dealing with the unexpected developments that come with a pandemic and a disrupted senior year.
From April until the middle of June, Beltramo will speak to seniors from high schools across the state in order to tell the story of Maine’s Class of 2020 and how the students have been impacted by the disruption to their last year of high school.
“With so much focus on the death, despair and financial pain that’s accompanied the spread of the coronavirus, Pine Tree Watch felt it was important to capture the stories of a senior class that has been prematurely dismissed,” the organization, a non-profit news website and product of the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, said.
If you’re a high school senior in Maine, or you know a high school senior in Maine, who would like to participate in this project, contact Pine Tree Watch by clicking here.
This video of Vinalhaven School senior Tim Farrelly was recorded April 16.
To view the rest of the video series, click here.
Tim was interviewed on April 16. On that day, these were the top news stories in Maine:
Maine sees 3 more coronavirus deaths, 26 new confirmed cases (By Eric Russell of the Portland Press Herald)
Mills pauses some evictions as pandemic makes it harder for tenants to pay rent (By Caitlin Andrews of the Bangor Daily News)
Maine jobless claims decline significantly from 30,000-plus last week to 13,421 this week (By Lori Valigra of the Bangor Daily News)
Maine’s jobless could see federal unemployment funds next week, but some will have to wait longer (By Noah Flaherty of Maine Public)
Wex — whose CEO bought and sold thousands of company shares 2 days before prices dropped — announces layoffs, furloughs affecting 5% of workforce (By Glenn Jordan of the Portland Press Herald)
Belfast’s Tall Pines Retirement and Healthcare Community records 25th COVID-19 case (By George Harvey of Pen Bay Pilot)
Coronavirus swept through 4 Maine senior homes, even those with high Medicare scores (By Charles Eichacker of the Bangor Daily News)
Susan Collins, Angus King join presidential task force to reopen economy (By Jessica Piper of the Bangor Daily News)
Union, Bath Iron Works agree to extend contract (From Maine Public)
Maine nursing schools graduate students early so they can fight the pandemic (By Caitlin Andrews of the Bangor Daily News)
Rural counties with many seasonal homes see more coronavirus, study says (By Erin Rhoda of the Bangor Daily News)
Maine licensing boards caution doctors against prescribing unproven COVID-19 drugs (By Eric Russell of the Portland Press Herald)
Portland schools plan to hold in-person high school graduation in August (By Joe Lawlor of the Portland Press Herald)
Maine Supreme Court suspends oral arguments (By Mal Leary of Maine Public)
Maine banks recovering after stimulus checks create online traffic jams (By Renee Cordes of Mainebiz)
Windham business owners offered coronavirus impact loans (By Emily Bader of the Lakes Region Weekly)
To view more of the day’s headlines, browse Pine Tree Watch’s collection of the state’s best coronavirus coverage.
Check out Pine Tree Watch’s interactive data dashboard to explore trends in Maine’s COVID-19 cases by county, age, sex of the afflicted individuals and more in charts updated daily with data from Maine’s CDC.