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Soggy start to Thanksgiving holiday

on Nov. 27, 2013, at 3:14 p.m.
According to our friends at the weather bureau, Southern Maine may get as much as 4 inches of rain today.    As brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, and family in general try to get home for Thanksgiving, the skies opened up and the wind began to blow. At least …
THE DAIRY DISH (blog)

Maine dairy farmers take on the Big Apple

on Nov. 22, 2013, at 11:55 a.m.
Though New York City is an eclectic conglomeration of people from all walks of life, it’s rare that you will find a dairy farmer there. That wasn’t the case recently though, when more than 80 dairy farmers from New York and New England – all members of the Cabot Creamery …
UNDERCOVER PORCUPINE (blog)
Writer Crash Barry (left) and Frank Rizzo of Bethel light up a joint at the "Yes on 1" headquarters in Portland on Tuesday night after declaring victory in a referendum to legalize recreational use of marijuana in the city.

Is Portland’s marijuana legalization actually legal?

on Nov. 17, 2013, at 8:21 p.m.
Since the City of Portland, Maine defied an act of Congress and moved forward on allowing grown adults to consume what they please, Maine politics has re-entered the debate of marijuana prohibition’s legality. Federal and state statutes clearly state that smoking an herb is illegal, but do these statutes themselves …
MY SECRET MAINE (blog)

Short days, long nights and a last chance for the leaves

on Nov. 10, 2013, at 2:04 p.m.
KENNEBUNK – The election’s over, Monday is Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving is around the corner, and before you know it, the first significant snow of the year will stick around. So here’s a bit of advice from the king of the procrastinators. Pick up the last of the leaves. Rather than …
MY SECRET MAINE (blog)

Saco says goodbye to RSU 23 … What’s next?

on Nov. 07, 2013, at 9:10 a.m.
SACO – OLD ORCHARD BEACH – The election is over and by a margin of 3-1 the citizens in Saco voted to leave RSU 23 and form their own administrative school unit. Here are some of the facts from the election and few interesting observations. Today, there are almost 20,000 …
UNDERCOVER PORCUPINE (blog)

Mike Michaud still has more to reveal

on Nov. 05, 2013, at 10:24 p.m.
Representative Mike Michaud made a huge campaign announcement in his run for Governor. Revealing he is gay, he eliminated doubt as to his sexuality. But to repeat his own question, why does it matter? It doesn’t. The only people Michaud’s sexuality would matter to is social conservatives who are strongly …
MY SECRET MAINE (blog)

Mike Michaud – a courageous man speaks

on Nov. 04, 2013, at 10:26 p.m.
Tomorrow is election day throughout the state and that means it’s one year until we elect our next governor. Yesterday, U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud made a simple announcement and tried to focus next year’s election on the issues and not the personal life of the candidates. Michaud wrote an opinion …

From the Public Landing

on Nov. 04, 2013, at 10:33 a.m.
Philip Conkling writes about issues facing Maine's coastal communities and ecosystems.

Bad Beaver Tales

on Nov. 04, 2013, at 10:10 a.m.
The chronicles of an informative and funny journey building a dream homestead on 400 acres of wilderness in Downeast Maine.
MY SECRET MAINE (blog)

Cue the duckboats … Portland’s connection to a boat ride on the Charles

on Nov. 02, 2013, at 12:49 p.m.
For 86 years they always managed to find a way to lose and now for the third time in a decade, the Boston Red Sox are sitting on top of the baseball world. Who would have believed it? As a teacher who saw many of these players grow and develop …
MY SECRET MAINE (blog)

Sometimes history is just a train ride away

on Oct. 30, 2013, at 1:39 p.m.
For 86 years they couldn’t win the big one. Now, for the third time in the last 10 years the Red Sox are knocking on the door. For those of us who grew up in the greater Boston area and transplanted ourselves to Maine, this time of year we often …
UNDERCOVER PORCUPINE (blog)

Is Shenna Bellows the end of Susan Collins?

on Oct. 27, 2013, at 7:35 p.m.
Senator Susan Collins has been untouchable as a United States Senator since she was first elected. Established politicians in Chellie Pingree and Tom Allen have been unable to succeed against the incumbent. As a three-term Senator who promised to retire after two terms, she obviously is a standard of honesty …
MY SECRET MAINE (blog)

Do we stay or do we go?

on Oct. 25, 2013, at 8:40 p.m.
SACO – Yes or no, up or down, in or out – on election day, the citizens of Saco will vote and decide whether or not they want to remain as part of Regional School Unit 23. For more than a year groups on both sides of the issue have …
THE DAIRY DISH (blog)

Bovine Beauties, Calf Cuties and those other ones

on Oct. 22, 2013, at 1:43 p.m.
One of the perks of my job as communications manager for the Maine Dairy & Nutrition Council is visiting dairy farms all over the state of Maine – from Mapleton to Kittery to Washington County to the backwoods of the Western Mountains. Each one is different and special in its …
MY SECRET MAINE (blog)

Students make music video about drunk driving

on Oct. 17, 2013, at 2:58 p.m.
SACO – Many teenage students spend their high school years trying to figure out the path their life will take. Zac Greaton, a 17-year-old from Saco, has spent that time working as a writer and filmmaker and recently, along with his friend Brandon Aull, he released his latest music video, …
THE DAIRY DISH (blog)

FREE CHEESE! Do I have your attention?

on Oct. 07, 2013, at 1:44 p.m.
   Cheese is one of those foods that I don’t think I have ever heard anyone say, “Yuck, cheese. I hate cheese.” More often I hear people say, “You know what would make that even better? If you added cheese.” Check out Pinterest. People are putting cheese in EVERYTHING – …
Chris is a longtime digital content producer based in Maine. Since 1999, he has been an early adopter and active participant in blogging, podcasting, and social media, and has been guiding small and mid-sized businesses in leveraging video, social media, and digital publishing to the fullest.

Part Time Vagabond

on Oct. 07, 2013, at 10:49 a.m.
From weekend getaways to short-term vacations, Part Time Vagabond will help you get the most from your holidays.
MAINE DIGITAL PRESS (blog)

New “Portland News” Program- Ink and Pine

on Oct. 04, 2013, at 12:14 p.m.
Welcome to the very first episode of “Ink and Pine.”  Ink and Pine is a brand new news program that focuses on Portland and Greater Portland.  Seth Koenig and I, along with Dylan Martin, have been working on this program for a little while now.  I am very excited to …
GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE (blog)

The inmates are in charge of the asylum

on Oct. 04, 2013, at 11:06 a.m.
Not to cast aspersions on all of our elected officials (for, in truth, there are many doing the people’s work) but here’s a message to those highly principled obstructionists responsible for the current U.S. federal government shutdown: Thanks. For nothing. For economic development professionals and for the hundreds of millions …

More Bang(or) for your Buck

on Oct. 01, 2013, at 10:52 a.m.
40 something Mainer living in Bangor with partner and two daughters. Learning to coupon, trying to figure out if 332 bottles of shampoo are really necessary.
 
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