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Gorham goes gourmet. Cape Elizabeth chef opens MK Kitchen

on April 21, 2015, at 7:24 a.m.
For seven years Mitchell Kaldrovich commuted from Gorham to Cape Elizabeth, where he ran Sea Glass at Inn by the Sea. The ambitious chef, who opened the sustainable seafood restaurant for the swank hotel, started to dream of his own place. “I was buying knives, tools, and filling my garage with …
Sarah Smiley

Son’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ syndrome: Freaky, but kind of normal

By Sarah Smiley on April 21, 2015, at 5:54 a.m.
Our son was 5 years old the first time it happened. It was the middle of the night, and we were sound asleep. I woke to the sound of our front door creaking open. I elbowed Dustin to wake him up. “I think someone just broke in,” I whispered. That’s …

Magazines are taking over my house

By Emmet Meara on April 20, 2015, at 5:46 p.m.
They are everywhere. Sports Illustrated is on the couch. Men’s Journal is on the bed. Vanity Fair is under the bed. The damned New Yorkers are all over the house — even in the car, somehow. I cannot figure out how to get all my magazines while I flee the …

The scars that don’t show. Growing up in an alcoholic family.

on April 20, 2015, at 9:54 a.m.
I had the very great luck of being asked to collaborate on a post by Jim LaPierre, the author of BDN’s Recovery Rocks.  Putting your past out there for others to see is certainly scary, but I also feel that it’s necessary.  I’m very proud of this post and very proud of …

Lilly Pulitzer debut misses the Target.

on April 19, 2015, at 11:26 a.m.
The long awaited (for me, anyway) Lilly Pulitzer For Target collection went live online this morning at 3am.  Apparently the Lilly-hungry hoards pounced all at once, because Target’s website crashed almost immediately, not coming back up until almost 7 this morning. I figured it’s as good an excuse as any to …
Roxanne Moore Saucier

One-page discharge paper outlines World War II service in Europe

By Roxanne Saucier on April 19, 2015, at 10:51 a.m.
My sister, Maureen Moore Taylor, would have made a great reporter. Within 15 minutes of meeting Albert Lockwood last week at an ice cream shop in Guilford, she had the World War II veteran telling her about demolitions work in Belgium and France some 70 years ago. “There aren’t many …
Sarah Smiley

Sarah Smiley column to appear on new day

on April 19, 2015, at 9:06 a.m.
Editor’s Note: Starting this week, Sarah Smiley’s column will be published at every Tuesday and appear on Page B1 of the BDN each Wednesday. Robin Clifford Wood’s biweekly column, Conversations with Maine, will be published online on weekends and appear every other Monday in the BDN’s new Homestead section. …
Julia Bayly

Before there can be spring in northern Maine, there must be mud

By Julia Bayly on April 16, 2015, at 3:47 p.m.
FORT KENT | Ahh, spring in northern Maine: The time when thoughts at Rusty Metal Farm turn to increasing temperatures, baby animals, blooming flowers and all the mud and detritus revealed by the receding snowpack. As pointed out in previous columns and news stories in this paper, it’s been …

Appomattox Road: “We at once charged him with lying” — disbelief on April 9, 1865

on April 15, 2015, at 3:10 p.m.
  John Haley, the scrappy private from Saco, disbelieved the news that “an inveterate newsmonger” delivered to the 17th Maine Infantry Regiment around 10:30 a.m., Palm Sunday, April 9, 1865. Heading ever westward, Haley and his Co. I comrades had tramped, tramped, tramped their weary way west across southern Virginia …

Is Westbrook eating Portland’s lunch?

on April 15, 2015, at 11:49 a.m.
Last winter the beloved Full Belly Deli, a Portland institution for 28 years, closed on Brighton Avenue. The owners, hammered by rising rent and other malign forces, scoured the Old Port for a new location. After weeks of legwork they wound up with bupkis. “The numbers just didn’t work,” said owner …

When We Were Kids: Trolleys

on April 15, 2015, at 12:14 a.m.
  One of the snowballers yelled, “I’ll bet nobody can hit the trolley!” Dumb me — I took him up on it. by Dave Riley Some months ago I complained to Mrs. R that old folks, of which I am one, are too set in their ways.   “They can’t stand …

The time traveling apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

on April 14, 2015, at 7:32 p.m.
My 12 year old is working on an assignment at school.  They have to write about an ancient city.  She had been telling me bits and pieces about it for a few days and then today, this…… Mad:  Mom, I worked a LOT on my story at school,  but today my …
Emmet Meara

Camden recently lost an unforgettable character

By Emmet Meara on April 13, 2015, at 1:35 p.m.
Reader’s Digest used to have a feature called “My Most Unforgettable Character.” C’mon, we all used to read it. I would have nominated Brad Drawbridge for my entry. Brad, who once ran Megunticook Corner Market with his fabulous wife, Susan, passed away April 4. When I bought my first house …

The spirit of Maine at Cook’s Lobster House

on April 13, 2015, at 11:17 a.m.
There is a reason some places reach icon status. And it has nothing to do with Google algorithms or Facebook boosts. Often it has less to do with what’s on the menu than the people behind it. On Bailey Island the icon is Cook’s Lobster House. You can’t get fresher …
Wayne E. Reilly

Bangor mayor tried to close saloons a century ago

By Wayne E. Reilly on April 12, 2015, at 1:34 p.m.
In the years leading up to federal prohibition, a great moral reckoning swept the land as states rushed to jump aboard the prohibition bandwagon. In Bangor, outspoken clergymen and activist club women encouraged a new mayor elected on the independent ticket with no obligations to the city’s “wet” establishment to …
Sarah Smiley

Getting free range will take guts, groups

By Sarah Smiley on April 12, 2015, at 11:22 a.m.
Not many years ago, I wrote in protest of bringing snacks to kids’ soccer games. I said that making cookies for halftime was ruining my weekend, as was being expected to sit on the sidelines during every practice. I can think of 101 things I’d rather be doing than watching …
Jellyfish are seen at the New England Aquarium in Boston in December 2010.

Rediscovering the New England Aquarium

By Nicole Wakelin, on April 11, 2015, at 10:02 a.m.
Boston’s New England Aquarium opened in 1969. That was a year before I was born and three years before my family moved to New Hampshire. I can’t really say when I first visited because it has just always been there as a place to go and look at ocean life. …

Commemorating the 150th at Appomattox Court House — April 9, 2015

on April 10, 2015, at 6:35 p.m.
  The Civil War sesquicentennial officially ends this weekend as the 150th anniversary observances wind down at Appomattox Court House in Southside Virginia. Organizers pulled out all the stops to educate ACH National Historic Park visitors about what happened here in this quaint village exactly 150 years ago. Maine at …

Thrift store score saves me $45.

on April 10, 2015, at 4 p.m.
Remember my recent post about finding the Shark steam mop and being on the lookout for a hand-held Shark steamer?  You do?  That’s why I love you guys, you pay attention to the important things like my shopping needs and ignore the questionable things like my tiny bladder and my love …
Author Patricia T. O’Conner offers great tips on word usage in her book “Woe is I: The Grammarphobe’s Guide to Better English in Plain English.”

Language nerds aren’t necessarily grammar snobs

By Kathryn Olmstead on April 09, 2015, at 12:35 p.m.
Oh, no! After reading my last column on grammar and usage, a dear friend said she worried about speaking correctly in my presence. I love language, but not at the expense of friendship. I might be a language nerd, but I hope I’m not a language snob. And spoken errors …
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