Maine at Work

How planning, muscle and nails can result in happy trails
Reporter Ray Routhier finds that working on Portland Trails can be a backbreaking job.[March 8, 2010]

Sausage-making business links reporter to Franco past
Stuffing hog intestines with ground pork proves to be something of an art form at the Mailhot factory.[March 1, 2010]

Shain's of Maine anything but plain
Ray Routhier finds flavors range from blueberry cheesecake to red raspberry chip and mocha macadamia.[February 22, 2010]

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Maine at Work takes an interactive look at iconic, visible or just plain interesting jobs done by folks in Maine. Reporter Ray Routhier shadows a worker or workers, reports what he sees, and may try his hand at some of the job's duties.

Gordon Chibroski/Staff Photographer
Reporter Ray Routhier learns trail management and small bridge building last week from Jaime Parker, trails manager, and his foreman, Charlie Baldwin, right, as they create a new trail in the Fore River Sanctuary for the season.

If you would like to suggest a job to be explored in this feature, please e-mail Ray at rrouthier@pressherald.com or call him at 791-6454.