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Testosterone Replacement Therapy in Falmouth, ME

As men age, they experience both positive and negative changes. Many middle-aged men learn to let the little things go and focus on family and friendship. They develop new hobbies and reach their peak earning potential. On the flip side, many men undergo unexpected hormonal changes around this same age. That's a hard pill to swallow for a lot of males, but contrary to common belief, having low testosterone isn't reserved for elderly men.

Studies show that around 55% of males suffer from low testosterone. For many, that drop-off happens in their 40s and 50s. But the truth is that testosterone levels can start to decline as early as age 30, leading to various physical and emotional changes such as decreased energy, increased aches and pains, and even sexual performance issues.

If you're a man experiencing symptoms of low testosterone - like ED or erectile dysfunction - you may feel embarrassed, depressed, or like all hope is lost. Fortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. Male health clinics like Med Matrix offer advanced, FDA-approved treatments like testosterone replacement therapy in Falmouth, ME, to help restore your hormone levels. When your hormones are balanced, it's almost like everything clicks back into place without having to take pills or suffer through surgery.

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Did you know that testosterone is the foundation of all male performance? It's the reason why, in your early 20s, you could have a fun night out on the town and wake up the next morning ready to hit the basketball court. It's the reason why you feel the drive to succeed and find a mate.

Unfortunately, testosterone levels start to decline around the age of 35 (and sometimes sooner, depending on various factors). Past that age, your T levels drop even more. 40% of men over 45 have sub-optimal levels, which can have a negative effect on things like your:

  • Energy Levels
  • Libido
  • Workout Recovery
  • Focus
  • Body Fat
  • Strength
  • Ability to Build Muscle
  • More

Many men approaching middle age aren't even aware that their testosterone levels are dropping. Other males simply don't care and begrudgingly accept the new, uninteresting life that looms in front of them. Today, however, more and more men are ditching that mindset and reclaiming their lives with testosterone replacement therapy in Falmouth, ME.

How Does TRT Work?

One of the most common questions we get at Med Matrix is, "What does TRT do?" Testosterone replacement therapy does what its name implies: It's a science-backed therapy that replaces low testosterone levels in men. The main objective of going on a TRT regimen is to improve your life and wellbeing by balancing your hormones. Also referred to as androgen replacement therapy, TRT helps many men deal with and overcome the debilitating side effects of low T.

Testosterone Replacement Therapy works by giving your body the testosterone it needs to function properly. Without healthy levels of testosterone, the male body can't maintain the natural processes necessary for overall health. In fact, men with low testosterone levels are more prone to serious health problems such as type-2 diabetes and even heart disease.

Until their testosterone levels are restored to normal, most men suffer until they find a solution. That's where TRT comes into play. With balanced hormones, the body can finally begin to heal, causing most symptoms of low testosterone to diminish greatly.

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Med Matrix Does TRT Right

Unlike some male health clinics, doctors from Med Matrix approach TRT in the right way. We provide custom plans and helpful tools that change as your body does. Patients choose our testosterone replacement therapy programs because they are:

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Personalized

When you trust Med Matrix with your TRT plan, you never have to worry about working with inexperienced practitioners or "professionals" who don't have your best interests at heart. Instead, you'll gain access to hormone and peptide protocols based on your biology and goals, delivered by experienced medical doctors. We never prescribe TRT based on someone who matches your height, weight, and age. We conduct advanced testing and craft your plan based on you, not someone else.

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Results-Driven

Doctors from our male health center in Falmouth make it a point to stay in touch and analyze how your TRT regimen is going. From cutting-edge diagnostics to deep clinical expertise, get the science-backed tools and support you need to reach your peak - and stay there.

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Safe, Easy, & Non-Invasive

Getting on testosterone replacement therapy in Falmouth, ME, is safe and easy when you work with Med Matrix. You don't have to worry about surgery or long recovery times. Once we get to know you, your body, and your goals with TRT, the only thing you have to focus on is living your best life.

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Joining Med Matrix's testosterone replacement therapy program is as easy as 1-2-3

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Complete our hormone test and body composition scan so we can track your progress.

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During your consultation, we'll get to know you better, go over your bloodwork, and learn more about your needs and goals as it relates to TRT. This consultation can take place via telehealth or from our male health clinic in South Falmouth - the choice is up to you.

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Med Matrix offers competitive hormone pricing and access to other cutting-edge treatments such as peptides and stem cells.

Here are the 5 Biggest Benefits of Going on TRT in Falmouth, ME

Up to this point, we've talked a bunch about how beneficial TRT can be for men who have declining testosterone levels. But you may be wondering how TRT specifically benefits you and your body. Here are just a few of the biggest benefits of starting testosterone replacement therapy at Med Matrix.

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Higher Levels of Energy

The effects of TRT are not immediate and may not be noticeable at first. However, typically, psychological improvements can be felt within three to four weeks of starting treatment. Most individuals experience reduced fatigue, improved sleep, and an overall feeling of being more rested after about a month of treatment. By this time, you may also notice increased motivation to engage in physical activities, which are crucial for your wellbeing and quality of life.

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Better Sex Life

If there's one thing that men hate most about having low testosterone, it's that their ability to perform in the bedroom becomes compromised. In fact, diminished sexual function, including low sex drive and erectile dysfunction, is one of the most common reasons why men seek treatment for low T. That's for good reason: Recent research shows a strong correlation between libido and testosterone levels.

Fortunately, testosterone replacement therapy in Falmouth, ME, can enhance healthy sexual relations with your spouse or partner. Increased testosterone levels in men often lead to increased sexual activity. At Med Matrix, many of our patients report having a higher sex drive within the first three to four weeks of treatment. Many men also reported having stronger and longer-lasting erections.

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More Mental Clarity and Focus

Testosterone has a significant impact on cognitive performance, including memory, concentration, and reasoning. When testosterone levels are low, mental function can suffer. When you begin TRT, the heavy cloud that has been hanging over you can start to dissipate. Mental focus, cognition, and memory show signs of improvement after the first few weeks of treatment. Feelings of depression and sudden mood swings start to subside within three to six weeks. By 18 to 30 weeks, you will notice a significant improvement in self-confidence and mental clarity, as well as an inner strength that is more prepared to face life's challenges.

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Normalized Blood Sugar Levels

When experiencing hypogonadism, your insulin sensitivity may be compromised, leading to fluctuations in blood sugar levels and an elevated risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Testosterone replacement therapy boosts your insulin sensitivity, enabling your body to efficiently absorb glucose from your blood after a meal.

Typically, significant improvements in blood glucose levels and insulin sensitivity are observed after about three months, with the full effect manifesting after a year. Also, remember this: TRT has been shown to increase your motivation. The tiniest spark of motivation can propel you to become more physically active, further boosting your insulin sensitivity.

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Healthy Red Blood Cell Count

Your body produces red blood cells through a process called erythropoiesis. When you suffer from hypogonadism (low T), red blood cell production can slow, leading to anemia. Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) can help improve red blood cell count, reduce fatigue, and stabilize blood pressure. Results may vary based on age and dosage, but improvements are typically noticeable after three months, with peak benefits at nine to 12 months.

We should note that some TRT patients have higher hematocrit levels than normal (>51%) and need to donate blood regularly as a result. That's why it's important to work with seasoned male health doctors - like those at Med Matrix - when you're considering TRT in Falmouth, ME.

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Build Bigger Muscles

Who doesn't want a great physique? Diet, rest, and exercise are crucial for success. However, when your testosterone levels drop below the normal range, your strength decreases, your body mass decreases, and your once-unstoppable endurance diminishes. Testosterone plays a key role in improving these areas.

Do You Have These Symptoms of Low Testosterone?

Are you used to blasting through your day with productivity and positivity? Have you noticed that you're losing muscle mass and the desire to be with your spouse? Has your partner been complaining that you're too irritable to be around? If you're usually not a curmudgeon, your body is probably trying to tell you something. It could be time to speak with a doctor about testosterone replacement therapy in Falmouth, ME. Keep a running tally of whichever of the following symptoms you notice happening in your life.

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Two words that send shivers down the spines of every man are "erectile dysfunction." Unfortunately, when your T levels are lower than they should be, this is one of the most common symptoms that men must endure. Being unable to get it up isn't just embarrassing - it can be downright depressing and lead to issues with mental health. It's a hard topic to discuss, but a personalized TRT plan from Med Matrix can help.

Decreased energy was once considered a normal part of aging. Nowadays, we know better. Most doctors understand that low energy levels can be linked to low testosterone levels. If you're finding it difficult to engage in activities you used to enjoy, like playing with your kids or going for a workout, it could be a sign of low testosterone. Sure, it's normal to feel tired from time to time. But persistent fatigue and a serious lack of drive might mean something more.

A study from 2011 revealed that men who lose a week's worth of sleep may experience a 15% reduction in testosterone levels. Additional research found that almost 15% of workers get five hours of sleep or less per night. These findings suggest that sleep loss can negatively impact testosterone levels and wellbeing. The big takeaway here is that men who have trouble sleeping often suffer from lower testosterone. If you find yourself exhausted at the end of the day but struggle to sleep through the night, you may be one of those men.

Many people over the age of 50 experience memory loss and lack of concentration. It's a normal part of aging. However, those signs can also mean you have low T. A study from 2006 discovered that males with low testosterone levels performed poorly on cognitive skill tests. This suggests that low testosterone can contribute to reduced cognitive ability. If you can't stay focused on tasks or can't recall words like you used to, have your testosterone levels checked. You could be a prime candidate for TRT.

If you're like millions of other men, coming to grips with hair loss isn't something you want to do. Closely related to hormone imbalances and testosterone decline, hair loss is stressful and embarrassing. It's often related to a derivative of testosterone called DHT. Too much DHT in your body can cause hair follicles to stop production, causing them to die. Because hair located at the front and crown is more sensitive to DHT, it grows slower than other follicles and eventually stops growing altogether. While you can't alter your genes, you can address low testosterone in your body. Whether you're suffering from thinning hair or hair loss across your entire head, TRT and solutions like peptides and stem cells can stop your head from shedding hair.

Gynecomastia, also known as "man boobs," is the enlargement of male breast tissue, often caused by hormonal imbalances and an increase in estrogen. Elevated estrogen levels during andropause, also known as male menopause, usually occur due to a lack of testosterone. If you're a man between 40 and 55 and feel embarrassed about having large breasts, ask your doctor about TRT. When combined with a healthy diet and exercise, it could be the solution to your problem without needing surgery.

Live Life on Your Own Terms with Help from Med Matrix

Just because you're getting older doesn't mean you have to accept a decline in your health and wellbeing. Our male health clinic was founded to give patients like you - men suffering from low T - hope that life can get better. With our doctors and male health practitioners by your side, it's easy to take the first step.

When combined with healthy life choices and regular exercise, TRT in Falmouth, ME, is one of the best ways to turn back the hands of time without going under the knife. If you're looking to bridge the gap between an unsatisfying past and a promising future, it's time to contact our male health clinic.

Men with low T choose Med Matrix because we:

  • Prioritize Custom TRT Prescriptions
  • Get a Full Understanding of Your Needs and Goals
  • Provide Compassionate Care from a Team of Licensed Doctors and Experts
  • Specialize in Affordable Male Health Services

Unlike some TRT clinics, we know that your health and wellness goals are unique. At Med Matrix, you'll never have to worry about a "set it and forget it" approach. We're with you every step of the way. If you're ready to reclaim the best parts of being a man, contact our office and ask about setting up your testosterone replacement therapy consultation today.

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Falmouth High football coach resigns in wake of players’ petition

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For 38 years, John Fitzsimmons enjoyed coaching football and, despite being 74, was not ready to stop. But when three-quarters of his returning players at Falmouth High signed a petition supporting his ouster, Fitzsimmons said he knew it was time to leave.

“I love coaching football and I really enjoyed being around the players, but what has changed? The big difference was the player petition,” Fitzsimmons said. “That was what’s different. I honestly thought even though we’d lose some (players) we’d be in really good shape to play and once I saw (the petition), it wasn’t fair for them or for me to stay.”

Fitzsimmons, the Falmouth varsity coach since 2007, submitted his letter of resignation Thursday to Falmouth Schools Superintendent Gretchen McNulty. Since early last season, the veteran coach had been under fire from parents who wanted him to resign.

The player petition presented Tuesday asked the school board to remove Fitzsimmons, citing concerns about player safety and charging that the coach “struggled to prepare us for games.” It was signed by 22 of the 30 players on the 2023 team, including 21 of the 28 who would have been eligible to play in the 2024 season.

Fitzsimmons said he had resisted stepping down earlier because he did not want to buckle to what he viewed as the opinion of a few disgruntled parents.

“Once I saw it was the majority of the players, I feel like I have to respect their wishes,” Fitzsimmons said.

Fitzsimmons said he had met with school administrators on Wednesday and told them then he would need to step aside. His letter of resignation made it official.

McNulty issued a statement thanking “Coach Fitzsimmons for his many years of dedicated service to the football program and his contributions to our community.”

Fitzsimmons has been referred to as “the father of Falmouth football.” Prior to taking over as the varsity coach, Fitzsimmons was Falmouth’s youth football coordinator, then the middle school coach, and the varsity offensive coordinator in 2006. In 16 seasons under Fitzsimmons (excluding the 2020 COVID year when teams played flag football), Falmouth had 11 winning records, 12 playoff appearances, and appeared in three regional finals, losing to Marshwood in the Class B South final in 2015 and 2017 and to Skowhegan in the B North final in 2022 after upsetting No. 1 Cony in the regional semifinal. Each of those years the team that beat Falmouth went on to win the state title.

SAFETY ‘MY HIGHEST PRIORITY’

Last fall, Falmouth went 2-6 after several key players from the 2022 team chose not to return to football. Falmouth had two seniors and four juniors on its 2023 roster and had to forfeit its game against Portland because it had only 19 healthy players that week.

Fitzsimmons’ critics pointed to the forfeit as an example of the coach’s lack of concern for player safety. “Overall, we have lost confidence in Coach Fitzsimmons and know that if we continue to lose more players,” the petition stated, “the few remaining players who stay will be at higher risk of injury.”

Fitzsimmons vehemently rejected those charges.

“Player safety from my first day of coaching to my last day of coaching was always my highest priority,” he said. “The way we structured our practices, we had very limited live contact. I have a long history of being extremely conservative with player safety.”

Parents and players also questioned Fitzsimmons’ game management and portrayed Falmouth’s playbook as outmoded.

“I hated when people were talking about outmoded plays, or antiquated was another phrase I saw,” Fitzsimmons said, noting opposing coaches “would never say that about Falmouth being outdated. We are not outdated.”

While Fitzsimmons’ detractors pushed to have him removed, many former players and parents of former players were coming to his defense.

In a Jan. 6 letter to the Falmouth school board, a group of parents whose sons had formerly played for Fitzsimmons and graduated between 2011 and 2021 emphasized Fitzsimmons’ history of community service.

“It is hard to imagine a better profile and role model for young men playing high school football in the state of Maine,” the letter said.

A group of 44 former players also sent a letter supporting Fitzsimmons to the Falmouth school board. The letter was co-written by Noah Nelson (Class of 2015) and Drew Chamberlain (Class of 2016), both of whom went on to play football at Bowdoin College.

“There were a number of players both before me and after me who had great fond memories of Coach Fitzsimmons and we wanted to let (the school board) know he always put us in the best position to be successful both on the field and off,” Nelson said.

Chamberlain, a co-captain on the 2015 regional finalist team, said the players’ letter was written to counter “disparaging comments” about Fitzsimmons.

“Seeing comments about Coach Fitz putting kids in unsafe positions, or that he didn’t have the best interests of players in mind and that he wasn’t looking to develop kids into young men was really just preposterous to us,” Chamberlain said. “It was such a dichotomy from what we experienced and what was being portrayed.”

HISTORY OF PUBLIC AND MILITARY SERVICE

From 1990 to 2015 Fitzsimmons served as the president of the Maine Community College System. Before that he was the state commissioner of labor under former Gov. John McKernan.

Fitzsimmons resigned as the president of the community college system under pressure from then Gov. Paul LePage. At the time, Fitzsimmons said he was resigning in the best interest of the community college system because LePage had flat-funded it and threatened further funding cuts if Fitzsimmons stayed.

Shortly after he resigned, the Maine Legislature passed a joint resolution honoring Fitzsimmons, a former Marine sergeant who served a tour of duty in the Vietnam War, for his “commitment to the Maine Community College System and for his long and exemplary public service to the State and Nation.”

The presentation of the players’ petition to the school board came after months of requests by parents to administrators asking for Fitzsimmons to be removed. After being rebuffed by Falmouth Athletic Director James Coffey, who this year was also an assistant football coach, and then McNulty, the superintendent, the parent group detailed its concerns to the school board in an executive session on Jan. 8. The school board also supported Fitzsimmons, stating in a Jan. 12 response that they considered the matter closed.

That led to the player petition.

“It’s one thing having a disgruntled group of parents coming at you. It’s another when you realize it’s the players,” Fitzsimmons said.

Before the school’s announcement of his resignation, Fitzsimmons sent a short letter to his players Thursday afternoon, which said in part:

“Every season I stand in front of the players and talk about the importance of team over self. Now it’s time to practice what I preach. Since the majority of players prefer to go in a different direction with coaching leadership, I will step aside.”

Still No Clue What's Being Built on Route One in Falmouth, Maine

It's fun imagining what could be coming.It's funny how the rumors start flying when a bulldozer shows up and something new starts getting built on busy Route One in Falmouth, Maine. I live in Falmouth, so I'm right in the middle of the rumor mill. I've been watching as the construction continues, and I still can't figure out what it could be!It's been a couple of months since that photo was taken and they've made great progress.This is the old Arta Custom Framing on Route One in Falmouth. There hasn't been any activity i...

It's fun imagining what could be coming.

It's funny how the rumors start flying when a bulldozer shows up and something new starts getting built on busy Route One in Falmouth, Maine. I live in Falmouth, so I'm right in the middle of the rumor mill. I've been watching as the construction continues, and I still can't figure out what it could be!

It's been a couple of months since that photo was taken and they've made great progress.

This is the old Arta Custom Framing on Route One in Falmouth. There hasn't been any activity in the area in a while. It's just been dormant. But then, signs of life that something was happening. This photo was in July.

And this photo was from mid-September.

The first rumor when anything happens is Chipotle is coming. I'm pretty sure that's every teenager in the area wishing very hard. That was the rumor, along with Five Guys when it turned out to be a Verizon on Route One in Falmouth.

Nothing against Verizon at all. Hell, I have Verizon and this is a very convenient location - but when you've got your mind set on a burrito or a double patty greasy burger, high-speed Wi-Fi just isn't as satisfying.

So what will replace the old Arta? This place I think was a bank at one point because the old Arta boasted to have a climate-controlled bank safe to keep portraits dry.

If anyone has the scoop on what's coming, curiosity is killing this cat! A lot is happening on Route One in Falmouth these days. There's a new place Fuego that looks like it's replacing the closed Bueno Loco Mexican Restaurant. But it's stuck. I don't know why the delay (there could be a million reasons) but the sign is up and that's it.

So, whatever is coming to Route One in Falmouth - I hope to give you some business to keep you around.

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Internationally renowned musician James Kennerley named music minister at St. Mary’s Falmouth, ME

Nathan Ferrell, Rector of the Episcopal Church of Saint Mary in Falmouth, Maine, has announced that James Kennerley will serve as the church’s Music Minister beginning in September. Mr. Kennerley is known worldwide as an inspiring and multifaceted musician, working as a keyboardist, singer, conductor, and composer.Working with choirs over the past 17 years in the US, he has garnered praise for his exciting concerts and sensitive liturgical music. As an organist, his artistry is known for thrilling virtuosity, subtlety and finess...

Nathan Ferrell, Rector of the Episcopal Church of Saint Mary in Falmouth, Maine, has announced that James Kennerley will serve as the church’s Music Minister beginning in September. Mr. Kennerley is known worldwide as an inspiring and multifaceted musician, working as a keyboardist, singer, conductor, and composer.

Working with choirs over the past 17 years in the US, he has garnered praise for his exciting concerts and sensitive liturgical music. As an organist, his artistry is known for thrilling virtuosity, subtlety and finesse.

“It is fantastic to be able to work with James,” stated Father Ferrell. “Music has been a vital component of the Anglican tradition since the first day that St. Augustine of Canterbury brought the Gospel to England in 597 AD. With James’ vast talents and creative skill, we will continue to demonstrate the power of the liturgical Christian tradition to change hearts and lives.”

“I’m thrilled the join the inspiring and vibrant community in Falmouth, which will serve as the perfect partnership to my work as Municipal Organist of Portland”, James Kennerley said. “I have loved Maine since my first visit in 2015 and have always admired Saint Mary’s excellent reputation for liturgy and music.”

Appointed as Municipal Organist of Portland in 2017, Mr. Kennerley has been a strong presence in Cumberland County, performing concerts throughout the year at Merrill Auditorium on the historic Kotzschmar Organ.

Based in Boston since 2019, he is looking forward to spending more time with his family in Maine. Mr. Kennerley, a native of the United Kingdom, holds degrees from Cambridge University and The Juilliard School. Working with choirs has been the singular purpose of his career since beginning as a boy chorister at Chelmsford Cathedral, UK, continuing as Organ Scholar at Jesus College, Cambridge then Saint Paul’s Cathedral, London, and serving as Music Director at three influential Episcopal churches in the New York and Connecticut, and most recently at St. Paul’s Choir School and Parish, Harvard Square. His work as a conductor ranges from directing Early Music and performing from the harpsichord, to symphonic repertoire and contemporary music. As a prizewinning organist and composer, Mr. Kennerley is particularly well suited to the incredible music tradition of the Anglican church world.

For more information on Mr. Kennerley’s extensive background, please go to: https://www.jameskennerley.com/

The Episcopal Church of Saint Mary, located at 43 Foreside Road in Falmouth, Maine, and part of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine, seeks to serve Christ in all people with love and compassion. The website is: https://www.smary.org/

Janet Bowne, jmitchellbowne@gmail.com

Falmouth candidates on ballot for school board focus on communication

Editor’s Note: This article is being published this week, in spite of The Forecaster’s traditional policy of not running election stories during the week prior to the election, for fairness. Write-in-candidates Analiese Larson and Emily H. Martin were quoted in a June 3 article announcing their candidacy, but the three candidates on the ballot, previously unopposed, were not given equal time to comment about their own views. The Forecaster does not cover unopposed races.Falmouth residents will elect three school b...

Editor’s Note: This article is being published this week, in spite of The Forecaster’s traditional policy of not running election stories during the week prior to the election, for fairness. Write-in-candidates Analiese Larson and Emily H. Martin were quoted in a June 3 article announcing their candidacy, but the three candidates on the ballot, previously unopposed, were not given equal time to comment about their own views. The Forecaster does not cover unopposed races.

Falmouth residents will elect three school board members next week from among three candidates on the ballot and two others who launched a write-in campaign late last month for three seats on the Falmouth School Board.

The candidates are incumbents Jennifer Libby and Matthew Pines, newcomer Alicia Johnson and write-in candidates Analiese Larson and Emily H. Martin. Johnson, Libby and Pines in interviews Tuesday with The Forecaster, discussed the importance of improved communication between the board and its constituents, especially in the wake of the pandemic and recent contentious teacher contract negotiations.

Alicia Johnson

Johnson said one of her biggest priorities is rebuilding trust and communication between parents, teachers and board members following the contract negotiations.

Johnson, who moved to Falmouth with her husband and two children from Oakland, California, last year, has experience working with public schools. In Oakland, she co-founded a group that worked to prioritize funding for public schools over charter schools and she was an advocate for teachers when they went on strike.

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“I ran a strike school so that parents could bring their students to my house and they didn’t have to miss work in order to not cross the picket line in support of the teachers,” Johnson told The Forecaster.

She said she has the ability to work through difficult school board situations without fostering parent and teacher anxiety.

Johnson also believes she will bring a diverse point of view to the school board if elected.

“We are fairly new to the community, so it’s a little bit of an outsider’s perspective,” she said. “I have a diverse family, and I think that’s important.”

Another issue that Johnson feels passionate about, she said, is transparency between teachers and parents. If elected, she hopes to work on how the schools can manage the need for information, transparency and honesty within the school system.

“Falmouth has excellent schools,” Johnson said. “Parents just want to be sure that their children are receiving the best education.”

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Jen Libby

Libby, a lifelong Falmouth resident, middle school teacher in Scarborough and the mother of three, said her decision to run for another term on the school board is anchored in pride for the Falmouth community.

She wants to focus on communication between teachers, parents, the board and the community. Coming out of the pandemic, Libby said, communication needs to be rebuilt and the board needs to elevate teacher, student and family voices.

“We need to get back to looking each other in the eye, having conversations, and actively listening to each other,” she said. “That is going to come through relationship building, trust and authentic communication.”

As an experienced school board member and educator, Libby emphasized that she is well skilled at meeting challenges head on, and is not afraid of having robust or difficult conversations with other people.

“People want to say how they’re feeling, and they don’t feel that there is a mechanism for that,” Libby said. “We need to communicate in a way that encourages trust and compassion.”

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During her time on the Falmouth School Board, Libby said one of the most important lessons she has learned is listening.

“At the end of the meeting, I have developed a practice of finding who I think might be among the most frustrated, or fearful, or upset people or persons in the room, and I go straight to them,” Libby said. “I want to hear more about their position and how they’re feeling, and what they need.”

Matthew Pines

Pines told The Forecaster that one of the biggest issues facing the Falmouth School Board is trying to create a budget that works for everyone in times of rapidly escalating costs and inflation.

The Falmouth budget is one of the best in the state, Pines said, and the district has some of the best teachers in the state.

“Taxpayers are feeling a crunch in a time of inflation,” he said. “Trying to balance those things is really tough.”

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Post pandemic, it will be increasingly important to maintain an open line of communication between the school board, teachers, parents and community members, Pines said. COVID changed so much in schools for students, teachers and parents, and parents now have a different appreciation and insight to their kids’ education, he said.

While it is “difficult” to communicate the complexities of something like a school budget and a teacher contract, Pines said, having more involvement and engagement is imperative.

“I think the Falmouth School Board has done a good job at having more workshops and community forums,” Pines said. “Those things are helpful, but you need to keep having them over and over again and get the whole community involved.”

Pines and his wife and son have lived in Falmouth for 10 years. He also owns and runs the Maine Teen Camp, a summer camp for teenagers.

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