Chasing Maine: The Cultural Ambassador

Chasing Maine: The Cultural Ambassador

Messan Jordan Benissan is both a music teacher at Colby College and the owner of the Mé Lon Togo restaurant in Camden. Born and raised in Togo, West Africa, he uses music and food to enhance cultural awareness in his circle of students, friends and customers. Chasing...
The rise of angels during a hellish year

The rise of angels during a hellish year

The angel appeared on the cold Camden sidewalk. Chef Jordan Benissan stood outside his restaurant after another dismal night of business. As COVID-19 infections surged, customers disappeared. Benissan’s staff had shrunk to himself and a dishwasher. He worried about...
Maine enters recession in wake of virus

Maine enters recession in wake of virus

The recession arrived not as a slow and predictable financial decline, but as a cliff. Economists agree that Maine is experiencing an “unprecedented” economic downturn due to the coronavirus pandemic that has forced businesses to close and massive, rapid layoffs of...