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Questions answered about Roxanne Quimby and me

I have really enjoyed collaborating with Lucas and his team. They even spent an evening in my Mount Vernon dining room, maps spread out on the table.

Pine Tree State

If Roxanne Quimby continues to buy up land as fast as she is…

Dunk Tank

The recent comments by Roxanne Quimby about Mainers reminded me of dunk tanks used at fairs, events and so forth…

Maine

If you are trying to sell the people of Maine the idea of a state park…the quotes Roxanne Quimby had attributed to her won’t help.

Maine Draft GOP Platform Opposes National Park

Over the last few weeks, the draft proposal for the “new” Maine GOP Party platform statement has raised a few eyebrows, but one of the most remarkable things about the new document is a minor addition from the Mane “Tea Party” backed platform approved in 2010. 5. Oppose all attempts …

Deadline approaches for high school Baxter expedition

The fourth annual Maine Youth Wilderness Program is open for applicants through Feb. 15, a deadline that is fast approaching. All Maine high school sophomores and juniors interested in having an amazing outdoor experience this summer — hurry up and send in your applications. The program, sponsored by the Friends …

What do you think about the new Quimby access plan?

On Monday the BDN shared some big outdoor news: Elliotsville Plantation Inc., the company that oversees Roxanne Quimby’s lands in Maine, has decided to open up access to thousands of acres of northern forest. On 40,000 acres, that means that hunting will be allowed, effective immediately (or, more accurately, as …

LePage corrects radio address after pushback from Stephen King

Paul LePage vs. Stephen King. It’s an irresistible confrontation, right? Judging by all the attention it’s gotten today, I’d say so. It should come as no surprise that Maine’s most famous resident (I’m talking about King here) garners a lot of attention. Everything he writes is a best-seller. Especially when …

Take an advance look at the Katahdin Woods & Waters promotional video

When Lucas St. Clair spoke to a Bangor crowd two weeks ago, he promoted the idea of a national park in Maine, which would be situated on land that had been purchased by his mother, Roxanne Quimby. And while debate over that potential park continues, St. Clair wants people to …

LePage mistakenly goes after Stephen King. King responds.

Gov. LePage has been claiming that people move away to places like Florida because they want to reduce taxes. That flies in the face of the reality that people in cold climates, throughout the United States, no matter their state taxes, have been moving south for the winter. I mean, …
Cynthia Dill, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, pets a puppy while campaigning in Auburn on July Fourth.

Dill brings in $66,000 in second quarter

Democrat Cynthia Dill brought in $66,000 in contributions to her U.S. Senate campaign between April 1 and June 30, according to the latest finance report the campaign has filed with the Federal Election Commission. Dill’s campaign spent almost $47,000 during the reporting period, leaving the organization with $28,000 in cash …

Do we really get the common good through ‘clean’ elections?

Cynthia: Maine’s Clean Election law is on the ropes, with battles raging in the Legislature and referendum questions expected on the ballot. Some lawmakers want to beef up publicly funded candidates’ ability to compete in races while others want outright repeal of the law that was supported overwhelmingly by the …

Why Stephen King needs to wait his turn

On Friday, Maine author Stephen King tweeted that Governor LePage, “needs to man up and apologize.” For anyone who’s had their head under a rock (or buried in a March Madness bracket) for the past several days- King’s remark was in response to false claims made by the governor in …

Maine College of Art adds Sussman to its list of powerful friends

Maine College of Art has been making friends in high places in recent months. In late February, MECA officials and students joined Portland Pirates hockey team CEO Brian Petrovek to celebrate the school’s partnership with the team in developing the Pirates’ 20th anniversary logo. About two weeks ago, MECA leaders …

Wildfire hits the hot spots

We taped three new Wildfire TV shows on June 10 and talked about some hot topics. First up was Representative Mike Shaw, the House Chair of the legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee. We ran through the list of what the committee did and did not do, and my cohost …

Nuisance bears and little beards: Should politics be immune from science?

Mike: Cynthia, the tradition is that people aren’t supposed to wear white after Labor Day. Does that apply to lab coats? Because I want to talk about science. Cynthia: My favorite lab coat is whitish-yellow and I wear it year round, thanks to our lovable dog, Marley. We could talk …

Of tarps and men: “One Blue Tarp” uncovers humor of rural Maine

Christopher Burns Staff Writer   Comedy has the power to delight and excite. A truly great comedy pokes at the foibles and idiosyncrasies of the everyday with honesty and respect for the subject. Travis Baker’s “One Blue Tarp” — running Jan. 30 through Feb. 16 — is no exception.   …

Burt Shavitz of Burt’s Bees shares his photographic past

BANGOR, Maine — Most people know his face from a logo for the popular personal care product line he helped build. But before Burt Shavitz, the face of Burt’s Bees, and his business turned into a global sensation, he was a photographer living and working in New York City in …

Burt Shavitz of Burt’s Bees shares his photographic past

BANGOR, Maine — Most people know his face from a logo for the popular personal care product line he helped build. But before Burt Shavitz, the face of Burt’s Bees, and his business turned into a global sensation, he was a photographer living and working in New York City in …

Who’d a thunk it? Success stories from rural Maine

One of the great things about running a successful business Maine, especially rural Maine, is the “Who’d a thunk it?” factor.  Consider the origins of Burt’s Bees, founded north of Bangor by Roxanne Quimby and Burt Shavitz. Today it’s a billion dollar subsidiary of the Clorox Company. Wyman’s of Maine …