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Kelley Bouchard writes about what’s going on in Maine, with a focus on current events in South Portland, Scarborough and Cape Elizabeth, and an understanding of what’s happening in the rest of the world. Her professional interests include, but are not limited to, politics, housing, immigration, socioeconomics, senior issues, education, health care, history, religion, energy and resource conservation, and the environment. Nothing beats an assignment on Casco Bay on a beautiful summer day, unless it’s covering a group of Mainers traveling to Philadelphia to see Pope Francis celebrate Mass with about a million people. That was pretty amazing. A Maine native and University of Maine graduate, she was a college intern for two summers at the former Lewiston Evening Journal. Before joining the staff of the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram in 1998, she was a reporter for the Ipswich Chronicle, Beverly Times and Salem Evening News in Massachusetts. Favorite pastimes include working in her garden, cooking for family and friends, kayaking at camp, reading just about anything, listening to good music, spending a day at the Montsweag Flea Market, being swept away or turned around by great dramatic, documentary or investigative television, and photographing this most beautiful state.