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These before and after photos show the effect losing a combined 187 pounds has had on Fort Kent couple Marla and Lenny Landry.

‘It’s a lifestyle change’: Fort Kent couple loses nearly 200 pounds

By Julia Bayly on May 28, 2015, at 3:08 p.m.
My friend Marla Jandreau Landry can’t wait for the carnival to come to town. “I want to ride a carnival ride,” she told me a week or so ago. “It’s been years since I could because I did not fit in them.” For years Marla dealt …

The end of Appomattox Road: paying the ultimate sacrifice

on May 27, 2015, at 7:29 p.m.
  So close, yet so far: Some Maine soldiers who witnessed the literal dawn of peace at Appomattox Court House on Palm Sunday, April 9, 1865 did not see its sunset. Their blood, along with that shed by many other Union soldiers that day, was the price to end the …

Full Belly Deli reopens as Rosen’s in Westbrook

on May 27, 2015, at 9:03 a.m.
Squeals of delight and mile-high corned beef sandwiches sailed through the air. The holiday weekend was over, but on Tuesday when Rosen’s Deli opened for the first time, the celebration had just begun. The long-awaited reinvention of Portland’s dearly departed Full Belly Deli opened in its new location by the …

Thriving: Arnie Matriculates

on May 27, 2015, at 12:04 a.m.
A chapter from The Arnie Chronicles, the semi-fictional biography of oldster Joshua Bateman Arnold. By Dave Riley “How about a movie this afternoon?” I asked Mrs. R. one day last week. “This is Thursday. You always play golf with Arnie on Thursday. What gives?” “Can’t play. He’s got a class.” …
Sarah Smiley

‘Thanking the troops’ didn’t happen for shunned Vietnam veterans

By Sarah Smiley on May 26, 2015, at 7:39 a.m.
Today’s military homecomings are grand events. They are celebrated in person and then again on videos shared on social media and the Internet. They receive positive attention on national television. Troops are greeted at airports with handshakes and, sometimes, prepaid calling cards to get in touch with loved ones. Seemingly …

Longliner concept hooked state agency for $2 million in 1980s

By Emmet Meara on May 25, 2015, at 8:49 a.m.
I cannot remember which Rockland city councilor it was. In exasperation, he said, “All you have to do is to show up with a suit and shiny shoes and you can get money out of anyone in Maine.” A Harvard degree never hurts. Snelling Brainard was one of those. The …
Wayne E. Reilly

Knights of the road headed for Bangor each spring

By Wayne E. Reilly on May 24, 2015, at 10 a.m.
Sorting out the deserving from the undeserving poor was a major pastime a century ago, especially when it came to the penniless men who drifted into Bangor and many other cities claiming to be looking for work. In a city flush with money and jobs, which category you fit into …
One of the illustrations that will appear in the book, "Believe in Miracles," a collaboration by Joyce Pomeroy, owner/operator of the Last Stop Horse Rescue; Susan Mullaney, director of marketing and communications for the University of Maine Alumni Association; and artist Deb Lindsay.

Stories from Last Stop Horse Rescue to become a book

By Robin Clifford Wood on May 23, 2015, at 12:50 p.m.
From a small farm in remote Prentiss, one woman’s gentle devotion to animals is reverberating in widening circles of hope across the state and beyond, benefiting multiple species, including humans. The first part of my report on the Last Stop Horse Rescue introduced the extraordinary relationship between owner Joyce Pomeroy …

It’s the unofficial start of summer! I’m freezing!

on May 23, 2015, at 10:27 a.m.
So here in Maine this weekend kicks off the unofficial start of summer.  Usually by now we’ve got tan marks from our flip-flops, have the kids red, white and blue outfits laid out for the Memorial Day parade, have the weekends barbecue menu all planned out and have sunscreen and …
Roxanne Moore Saucier

207,000 US war dead buried in military cemeteries abroad

By Roxanne Saucier on May 22, 2015, at 2:35 p.m.
State Regent Sandy Swallow’s spring newsletter to Maine Daughters of the American Revolution included an item about a U.S. military cemetery in the Netherlands. Families living nearby have taken to heart the 8,301 American war dead buried there and decorate each grave on special days. The Netherlands American Cemetery is …
Dorothy Peterson in 1935

Stately pine on elderly woman’s mind before she died

By Kathryn Olmstead on May 21, 2015, at 11:47 a.m.
I had just packed the last load of stuff into the car before a 10-day trip near the end of April when the phone rang. “Are you the lady who writes for the newspaper?” the caller asked. Our chat was animated, but brief, full of facts and family history. She …

Appomattox Road: “Forever better, Lincoln dead, than Davis living!” — Chamberlain and his men mourn Lincoln

on May 20, 2015, at 5:57 p.m.
  Finally convinced that his vengeance-seeking soldiers would not pillage and rape their way through the hapless post-Confederacy residents of  Farmville, Va., Brig. Gen. Joshua L. Chamberlain joined his men in doing what they really wanted to do: mourning the murdered President Abraham Lincoln. Expressions of mourning were handled differently …

Leisure: Cathy Rigby, Peter Pan, and Herb

on May 20, 2015, at 12:03 a.m.
“As we get older, we tend to put restrictions on ourselves … But I don’t believe that anymore. I still believe that anything is possible, and that’s a very Peter Pan kind of wishful thinking.” by Dave Riley At sixty-four, former Olympic gymnast Cathy Rigby isn’t a geezer but neither …
Sarah Smiley

A teenage success story

By Sarah Smiley on May 19, 2015, at 3:14 p.m.
Two years ago, my memoir, “Dinner with the Smileys,” exposed with painful transparency my difficulty raising a pre-teen boy. I held nothing back when I wrote about Ford’s attitude, his tendency to slam his bedroom door, and all the ways he broke my heart — over and over again. As …

Maine’s caffeine scene perks up

on May 19, 2015, at 8:13 a.m.
After a week in soggy Ireland slurping tepid coffee and so-so tea, it’s great to be back in the land of the bean. Especially this spring in Maine, when so much is shaking. First, there is the Bard Coffee makeover revealed Monday. Portland’s first thridwave shop in the heart of …

Book review: Out from the Underworld by Heather Siegel will leave you captivated

on May 18, 2015, at 8:30 p.m.
BOOK REVIEW: Out from the Underworld by Heather Siegel will leave you captivated Click To Tweet Released in April 2015, Out from the Underworld by Heather Siegel is a captivating memoir that traces the heartbreaking story of how the author and her two siblings survived abandonment, neglect, and abuse. After …

Birthday clearance!

on May 18, 2015, at 5:27 p.m.
Two posts in one day!  Whodathunkit?  I wanted to make sure to post this today since it’s a great deal and I don’t want you to miss it.  Birthday supplies at the Brewer Walmart are on clearance for 75 cents each.  I’m not sure about the Bangor store, I’ll look …

Getting back to the land!

on May 18, 2015, at 11:11 a.m.
So a couple of weeks ago, my wonderful neighbors built us two garden boxes in return for babysitting their pups whenever they go out of town.  They totally didn’t have to do that since the dogs are a delight that get my 12 year old out and terrorizing someone else’s …
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady talks to the media at Gillette Stadium on Jan. 22.

Deflategate overblown by Pats haters

By Emmet Meara on May 18, 2015, at 10:57 a.m.
Tommy, Tommy, Tommy. I bow to no man (woman or child) in my support for the New England (should have been Boston) Patriots. You were not there for the early games at Boston College, Harvard University and Boston University. I was. Gerhard Schwedes was one of their first draft choices. …
Roxanne Moore Saucier

UMaine Haskell clan has Revolutionary ancestry

By Roxanne Saucier on May 17, 2015, at 5:57 a.m.
Genealogy made the front page on May 11 in Judy Harrison’s Bangor Daily News article on Johanna Haskell, who is the fifth generation in her family to graduate from the University of Maine. Edwin James Haskell, her great-great-grandfather, was one of six men in the first graduating class of what …
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