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Mill Town: Reckoning With What Remains By Kerri Arsenault

 

February 11, 2021

Kerri Arsenault grew up in Mexico, Maine, a small town neighboring Rumford. For over 100 years, most townspeople of Rumford worked for the local paper mill, including three generations of Arsenault's own family. The main employment hub for the town and surrounding areas, the mill provided livelihoods for nearly everyone, but also contributed to the destruction of the environment and the decline of the town's economic, physical, and emotional health. The area even earned the nickname "Cancer Valley" because of the number of people there who had been diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma.

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