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URBAN EYE

Portland’s top bartenders share their favorite holiday cocktail recipes

on Dec. 09, 2016, at 11:21 a.m.
Enjoy out on the town, or mix these up at home with a little Bing Crosby.
JULIA BAYLY
Julia Bayly

I regret waiting so long to get breast reduction surgery

By Julia Bayly on Dec. 08, 2016, at 2:44 p.m.
Plastic surgery? That was something only Kardashians and over-the-hill starlets did, right?
SARAH SMILEY
Maine Veterans' Services raises the flag outside the new regional home for state Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Labor offices in South Portland in this January 2015 file photo.

The flag has always been yours and mine

By Sarah Smiley on Dec. 06, 2016, at 5:34 p.m.
“All of you who feel it has left you or that it was ‘taken’ by the ‘other side,’ bring it back. Wear it. Fly it. Post it. But there is no need to ‘take it.’ It was always yours to begin with.”
URBAN EYE

The world wants to know why Portland needs a school to teach millennials how to be adults

on Dec. 05, 2016, at 4:56 p.m.
“We have struck a chord.”

Apologizing to sainted mother for many transgressions

By Emmet Meara on Dec. 05, 2016, at 1:14 p.m.
There were numerous transgressions, including way too many fires.
URBAN EYE

Rising Tide Brewing to expand in East Bayside

on Dec. 02, 2016, at 4:04 p.m.
THE BEE WHISPERER
Hampden Academy beekeepers show off some of this year's honey crop.

New beekeepers hold the key to the future of honeybees

By Peter Cowin on Dec. 01, 2016, at 1:22 p.m.
Numbers of honeybee colonies have declined and they are harder to keep alive than they used to be.
KATHRYN OLMSTEAD
Conductor Daniel Ladner and members of the Caribou Choral Society, including 40-year members Donna Small (back row, third from right) and Mary Lou Nelson (next row down, next to Small), perform in this undated photo.

Caribou choral group celebrates 40 years of singing

By Kathryn Olmstead on Dec. 01, 2016, at 12:12 p.m.
“We must be doing something right,” Daniel Ladner said. “It’s worked through all these years.”
HACKER SKETCH

prison yard semantics

on Dec. 01, 2016, at 11:01 a.m.
URBAN EYE

Two-day music festival planned for Thompson’s Point in March

on Nov. 30, 2016, at 5:48 p.m.
SARAH SMILEY
Sarah Smiley

Yes, family road trips can be fun

By Sarah Smiley on Nov. 29, 2016, at 4:39 p.m.
On road trips, I have 12 hours of listening to my boys’ thoughts, understanding their humor and making memories together.
URBAN EYE

Gritty McDuff’s alumni to open new brewery in Portland

on Nov. 29, 2016, at 4:28 p.m.
Portland’s newest brewery run by two Mainers will be the fifth in this growing beer cluster anchored by Allagash.
URBAN EYE

After 18 years, Portland’s BiBo’s Madd Apple Cafe will close on New Year’s Day

on Nov. 29, 2016, at 10:50 a.m.
The dependable downtown spot near Portland Stage is preparing its last act.
EMMET MEARA

Donations lead to better mashed potato effort

By Emmet Meara on Nov. 28, 2016, at 12:31 p.m.
My next step will be the biggest challenge of all: Gravy.
JULIA BAYLY
Who knew so much personality and joy could come in such a small package? Lil Bean, the rescue senior Chihuahua, brightens the day of anyone she meets.

With dogs, there is a lot of love in small packages

By Julia Bayly on Nov. 24, 2016, at 1:33 p.m.
Julia Bayly: For a week I played, snuggled and became totally smitten with that pint-sized canine.
URBAN EYE

A different take on Black Friday: Shop Local

on Nov. 24, 2016, at 7 a.m.
URBAN EYE

A different take on Black Friday: Shop Local

on Nov. 24, 2016, at 7 a.m.
URBAN EYE

A new Portland restaurant will serve bone broth by the cup

on Nov. 22, 2016, at 5:10 p.m.
bone broth, a heartier soup stock that promotes gut health, will be sold like coffee to go.
SARAH SMILEY
Sarah Smiley

When your little boys grow up

By Sarah Smiley on Nov. 22, 2016, at 1:45 p.m.
Sarah Smiley: In that moment, when my two oldest sons, Ford and Owen, began speaking with different voices and shaving before school, I sensed a seismic shift in our world that my husband had not yet tapped into.
WAYNE E. REILLY
Wayne E. Reilly

Bangor businesses — and crooks — saw big money in junk a century ago

By Wayne E. Reilly on Nov. 20, 2016, at 11:12 a.m.
“Bangor is being well surfeited with junk. It has been junk, junk, junk since the first Monday in May,” a Bangor reporter said in May 1916.