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Monday, July 1, 2013: Lockman, immigration and state changes

Lockman strikes again The bankruptcy of right wing rhetoric in Maine is evident in Republican Rep. Lawrence Lockman’s June 25 BDN OpEd piece, “Pass the 60 day ‘cooling off’ period; don’t raise taxes.” He must hope no one takes him seriously enough to read closely what he writes: “Liberalism measures …
FAMILY TIES

The Highlander a keepsake for those of Scottish heritage

When I was browsing a magazine rack recently, the word “Tantallon” caught my eye. I found myself purchasing the May-June issue of The Highlander: The Magazine of Scottish Heritage to read Neil Gunn’s “The Douglas Stronghold of Tantallon Castle” to learn more about the ruins of the medieval castle on …
SARAH SMILEY
Sarah Smiley

Week alone means babies are growing up

I knew this would happen. Indeed, in a column last year, I told you that it would happen. My youngest son, Lindell, went into kindergarten in September as a baby, and he came out in June a little boy. Despite knowing everything I do about little boys and the first …
Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones perform on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury music festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset, June 29, 2013.

Rolling Stones set stage alight in Glastonbury debut

PILTON, England — The Rolling Stones lived up to their reputation as one of the greatest rock’n’roll bands when they played to more than 100,000 revellers on Saturday during their first performance at Glastonbury, the world’s best-known music festival. Despite an average age of 69, the four band members strutted, …
VIDEO
A cyclist uses the sidewalk during the Martin's Point Bridge construction on Route 1 between Falmouth and Portland on Wednesday. An altercation between a motorist and a cyclist has raised awareness of the hazardous conditions of using the popular commuter route.

Sharing the road: Recent Portland run-in and Hanover fatality test thin line between bicyclists and motorists in Maine

Bicyclist James Riley has pedaled thousands of miles, endured innumerable falls as a mountain bike racer and survived two collisions with cars. But he never worried until now. On June 3, Riley was riding home from work in Brunswick when he was bullied on the narrow Martin’s …

Sports briefs for June 30, 2013

Cavs’ forward Speights opts out of contract Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Mareese Speights opted out of the final year of his contract on Sunday electing to become an unrestricted free agent. The 6-10, 255-pound Speights was obtained in a midseason deal with the Memphis Grizzlies and averaged 10.2 points and …

My dad’s a bully. How do I show him I’m not a little girl anymore?

Dear Carolyn: I am a 19-year-old college student who is home for the summer. At my father’s insistence, I found a menial summer job at a fast-food joint. I had been offered a summer research position in my field of study, but my parents did not allow me to take …
Jesse Brown-Collins of Damariscotta and Christine Leonard of Boothbay Harbor seek a ride from Bangor to Limestone in August 1997.

Capturing Phish fans through the years

Are you a Phish follower? The BDN is looking for you.
Adam Hansen of Bangor listen as local officials make remarks during the opening of the Bangor Pride Festival in West Market Square on Saturday.

Bangor Pride Festival attendees celebrate and ‘Keep up the Momentum’

The Bangor Pride Festival this week was full of celebration as Maine’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community joined their allies in the upbeat event, made even more special by the recent downfall of the Defense of Marriage Act on Wednesday. In addition, Friday was the 44th …
A Maine Marine Patrol vehicle returns to the Kennebunkport River from the Atlantic Ocean in Kennebunkport in this file photo.

Maine to crack down on drinking and boating this weekend

GARDINER | The Maine Marine Patrol, the Maine Warden Service, and the U.S. Coast Guard are joining forces this weekend to raise awareness on a national campaign called, “Operation Dry Water.” The focus of the campaign is to get boaters who are operating while under the influence off Maine’s …
GOOD BIRDING
Birders might spot a hard-to-find bay-breasted warbler near historic Pittston Farm.

Pittston Farm a birding gem

No, I’m not going to give away all my secrets, but I will give you this one: Historic Pittston Farm. I’ve just returned from guiding another three-day tour of the Seboomook Lake area above Moosehead and I was reminded again of why this is such an incredible place. Birders know …
Furt, which bills itself as "a befuzzling eruption of laughter in a box," is the most complicated. It might also be the most fun, in part because there really aren't any rules - you have to figure it out as you play. The only thing that's clear is that players are racing to be the first into the mouth of a fiery volcano.

Parents at Play: Hilarious games to turn teens from bored to board

When it comes to games, little kids are pretty easy to please — they’re willing to try just about anything, and it doesn’t take a lot of arm twisting or bribery to get them to cooperate with family game night. Tweens and teens, though, are a different story. They spend …
From the community

I-95 Classic Drive and Car Show to benefit Camp CaPella

BREWER, BANGOR and DEDHAM, Maine – The I-95 Classic Drive and Car Show gets going at 9 a.m.  Saturday, June 29, at Maine Oxy, 131 Robertson Blvd. in Brewer, and will benefit Camp CaPella.  All donations collected from these activities will be matched dollar-for-dollar by this year’s LaVerdiere Matching Funds Challenge grant. Meanwhile …

12 elementary schools and communities recognized for their aspiring work

Twelve Maine elementary schools have been recognized for their leadership in building early aspirations in education. These 12 schools were recognized by Maine College Circle and the Perloff Foundation, two nonprofits who have been supporting aspirations in Maine elementary and middle schools since 1992. “These schools, their parents, and their …
OTHER VOICES
U.S. Supreme Court Justices Chief Justice (from left) John Roberts, Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan

Gay couples celebrate, Scalia grumbles and marriage wins

It didn’t take long for the Supreme Court’s historic decision affirming same-sex marriage to be dismissed as “legalistic argle-bargle.” It’s right there on Page 22 of Justice Antonin Scalia’s dissent, which shows that the debate is far from over. Leave it to others — such as President Obama, the hundreds …
James "Whitey" Bulger

Line between ‘cops and robbers’ blurs in Bulger trial

BOSTON — Some of accused mobster James “Whitey” Bulger’s closest allies should have been his biggest enemies — the FBI agents who cooked him dinner and tipped him off about investigations into his Winter Hill crime gang in the 1970s and 1980s. Jurors in Bulger’s murder and racketeering trial will …

Bisson teams with Catholic Charities and commits resources until all victims are settled in permanent housin

LEWISTON | Bisson Moving & Storage has committed to continuing support for the families and individuals displaced by the Lewiston fires, “until every one of those affected is settled in permanent housing,” said Keith Koehler, Vice President of Quality & Business Development at Bisson. Over a month after fires …

Planning Commission and Consultant Complete Blue Hill Bay Needs Assessment

Following 18 months of research and input from conservation and planning specialists, fishermen, businesses, and residents, Hancock County Planning Commission and its consultant, Barbara S. Arter Associates, are pleased to announce the completion of the Blue Hill Bay Needs Assessment. This report is a preliminary study of the environmental, economic, …

Sports briefs for June 28, 2013

Conner named Academic All-American ORONO | University of Maine track and field standout Corey Conner has been selected for the Capital One Academic All-America Division I Track & Field/Cross Country third team, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced Thursday. Conner, a nursing major from West Townsend, Mass., …
MAINE SKIES

Bear constellation myth thought to date back at least 14,000 years

A young reader asked how many constellations there are and which is the oldest. The International Astronomical Union today recognizes 88 official constellations although in the past there were well over a hundred. The oldest is hard to designate as many, such as Pisces, were known back to classical Greek …