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Lightning cracks through the sky over El Dorado and Amador counties near Sacramento, California, in the early morning  Monday, July 23, 2012.

The odds of getting struck by lightning, how it works, and other facts about this incredible phenomenon in the sky

Lightning is an incredible phenomenon, and it happens a lot. Yesterday, it struck at both ends of the state — in Grande Isle and Portland. So you might want to know a few things about how it works and the risks associated with it. What are the odds of getting …

Why we see one side of the moon

Why can we see only one side of the moon? The answer is gravity. We are all familiar with the effect of the moon’s gravity on the Earth’s ocean tides, but the Earth has an even greater gravitational effect on the moon. “Tidal locking” creates a braking effect on the …
Portland City Hall.

Lightning strikes Portland City Hall, forces evacuation and knocks out elevator

PORTLAND, Maine — A day after a Grand Isle teenager captured lightning striking a nearby church steeple on a video recording that took the state by storm, Portland City Hall got a strike of its own. City spokeswoman Jessica Grondin confirmed Friday that the 100-plus-year-old building got zapped during Thursday night’s …
Capturing a swarm of bees should be done by a beekeeper. Don't spray the hive. Call the Maine State Beekeepers Association.

Save June swarms: Call a beekeeper

June is a month all beekeepers love. Flowers are blooming, and bee colonies are building up strength fast. The queen bee can be laying up to 3,000 eggs per day — that’s more than her own body weight in eggs. As field bees bring in pollen to feed the young …
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Maine Harvest Festival

Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Cross Insurance Center, 515 Main Street, Bangor, Maine For more information: 207- 561-8300; maineharvestfestival.com 5th Annual Maine Harvest Festival Celebrate Farm Fresh on November 14 & 15, 2015, Saturday and Sunday, 10 …
York, Maine -- 07/10/14 -- Elizabeth Fossett plays fetch with her search and rescue dog Kobuk at her home in York, Maine, after the 5-year-old German shepherd discovered a South Portland woman who had been missing.

7 times people got lost in the Maine woods and survived

A Newport couple was rescued from the woods of Piscataquis County Tuesday after separating from a small group of people they had been camping with for Memorial Day weekend. When asked why they’d taken a side trail, Michael Chapman, 40, and Kelli McFarlin, 38, reportedly had wanted a few minutes …
Indianapolis-based artist Karen Irwin will take the Penobscot Theatre Company audience on a musical journey as inspired by her musical idol, Janis Joplin.

Janis Joplin tribute to rock Bangor Opera House

American singer and songwriter Janis Joplin died in 1970, but her musical legacy has lived on for decades through her popular songs like “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Piece of My Heart.” Next week the Penobscot Theatre Company will bring a tribute to Joplin’s music and life to the Bangor …

As tech competition heats up, online shoppers get delivery, payment perks

The battle for online shoppers intensified Thursday as several leading tech giants announced moves to lure consumers into their virtual malls. In the morning, Amazon said members of its Prime program in select cities will now have access to free same-day delivery on certain items, a move that broadens the …

TV Radio schedule for May 30-31, 2015

SATURDAYAUTO RACING NASCAR, XFINITY, 2:30 p.m., FOX-TV; WNZS Veazie (1340 AM) radio NASCAR, Sprint Cup, Practice, 1 p.m., FS1-TV IndyCar, Race 1, 3:30 p.m., ABC-TV BASEBALL, MAJOR LEAGUE BOSTON at TEXAS, 7 p.m., FOX-TV; WZON Bangor 620 AM, WDEA Ellsworth (1370 AM), WHOU Houlton (100.1 FM), WQDY Calais (92.7 FM), …
Sen. Susan Collins

The yeas and nays: How Maine’s congressional representatives voted this week

Here’s a look at how area members of Congress voted over the previous week. Editor’s note: Besides roll call votes, the Senate also took action on legislation by voice vote. The Senate passed the Access to Community Care for Veterans Act, to modify the distance requirement for increasing the availability …

Reynaldo Rey, ‘Friday’ and ‘White Men Can’t Jump’ actor, dies at 75

LOS ANGELES — Reynaldo Rey, a longtime actor who appeared as Red’s father in 1995 hit “Friday,” died Thursday in Los Angeles, his manager confirmed. He was 75. The actor died from complications of a stroke he suffered late last year. Along with his memorable role in “Friday,” Rey is …
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‘Real-time’ nationwide tracker ranks Maine No. 1 in flea and tick activity

PORTLAND, Maine — Health news website WebMD has announced the release of its real-time, interactive map showing flea and tick activity across the country, and Maine has the early-season distinction of having the most active pests of any state in America. The map uses what a WebMD announcement called “proprietary …

Texas seeks presidential disaster declaration after storms kill 21

DALLAS — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott sought a presidential disaster declaration on Friday after severe weather this week killed at least 21 people, caused massive flooding and prompted evacuations. Storms that battered North Texas on Thursday and Friday added more runoff to swollen rivers and prompted hundreds of calls for …
Community

Yard and bake sale at Second Congregational in Brewer

Saturday, June 13, 2015 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Second Congregational Church, 607 Main St., Brewer, Maine BREWER, Maine — A yard sale and bake sale will be held 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, June 13, at Second Congregational Church, 607 Main St. Luncheon Available. This post was contributed by a community member. …
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BBCH and Ronald McDonald House celebrate 20 Years

PORTLAND, Maine — The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center and the Ronald McDonald House are celebrating their 20th anniversary in a partnership that has provided care for children and their families representing every county in Maine, much of New Hampshire and many other states and countries. The Ronald …
Matt McClintock of Athens, pictured competing at the Mt. San Antonio College Relays in April, on Friday night won the 10,000 meters at the NCAA East regional meet in Florida. The junior, a former Madison High School star, has qualified for the NCAA Division I championships June 10-13 at Eugene, Oregon.

Maine runner wins 10,000 meters at NCAA East regional

Distance runner Matt McClintock of Athens continued his outstanding spring season on Thursday night, competing in the NCAA East Preliminary Round outdoor track and field meet at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. The Purdue University junior overcame a field of 47 competitors to win the 10,000 meters with …

1-minute hike: Canada Cliffs and Beech Cliffs in Acadia National Park

BDN reporter Aislinn Sarnacki and hiking buddy Derek Runnells hike the Canada Cliffs and Beech Cliffs trails in Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island on March 22, 2012.

Advertisers ditch TLC’s troubled ’19 Kids and Counting’

LOS ANGELES — Four advertisers pulled out of TLC’s reality show “19 Kids and Counting,” putting pressure on the U.S. cable network to decide the fate of the top-rated program about a Christian family after reports that the eldest son had molested underage girls. Retailers Walgreen Co. and Payless Shoesource …

Nebraska legislature repeals death penalty, overriding governor’s veto

Nebraska became the first Republican-dominated state in more than 40 years to abolish capital punishment as legislators overrode the governor’s veto of a bill repealing the death penalty. The state’s unicameral legislature voted 30-19, the exact number of votes needed to override Republican Governor Pete Ricketts’ veto, to replace capital …

New homebrew competitions being held in June and July

Are you or someone you know a homebrewer? If you are or know someone who is, you might be interested to know that there are two upcoming homebrew competitions: Inaugural Flag Day Homebrew Competition hosted by Atlantic Brewing Company Where: Atlantic Brewing Company When: Flag Day, Sunday, June 14, 2015 …