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KATHRYN OLMSTEAD
Dixie Shaw, director of hunger and relief services for Catholic Charities Maine, takes a break from planting Farm for ME crops in Caribou last spring.

Program for feeding those food insecure in Aroostook reaps national attention

By Kathryn Olmstead on Feb. 23, 2017, at 3:32 p.m.
Dixie Shaw has a vision for feeding the hungry in Aroostook County, and her success has received national attention.
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Popular midcoast chef lands in Portland

on Feb. 22, 2017, at 9:31 a.m.
After 25 years in business, Kerry Altiero of Cafe Miranda in Rockland is now expanding into the Portland market.
SARAH SMILEY
Sarah Smiley

Postpartum depression always hit on Day 3

By Sarah Smiley on Feb. 21, 2017, at 1:48 p.m.
Postpartum depression can have many different factors — some of them physical and hormonal and some of them circumstantial. Often, all of these collide in a perfect storm.
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The old Asylum nightclub is now called Aura and it’s huge

on Feb. 17, 2017, at 3:16 p.m.
The graffiti mural wall off Free Street was destroyed to make way for the improved stage, but owners have hired the same artist to create a new one.
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Closed since November, Taco Trio reopens in South Portland

on Feb. 16, 2017, at 4:09 p.m.
But its Forest Avenue location in Portland will not reopen.
JULIA BAYLY

Got grammar? You better have a good editor

By Julia Bayly on Feb. 16, 2017, at 11:57 a.m.
We get down on our knees on a regular basis to give thanks to all copy editors.
SARAH SMILEY
Sarah Smiley

Family vacations might be overrated

By Sarah Smiley on Feb. 14, 2017, at 2:33 p.m.
When I sense an end to the days of packing everyone into the car for a family weekend, the days when no one had the idea nor the means to fight us on it, I regret all the trips we haven’t taken.

Careless comment upset the weather gods

By Emmet Meara on Feb. 13, 2017, at 11:31 a.m.
It’s all my fault. I’m sorry.
WAYNE E. REILLY
Wayne E. Reilly

German U-boat sent Bangor merchant schooner to sea bottom a century ago

By Wayne E. Reilly on Feb. 12, 2017, at 11:55 a.m.
Several American ships would be sunk by German U-boats before the U.S. decided it was time to fight. One of them was the Lyman M. Law, a four-masted wooden schooner with a Maine cargo and a crew mostly from around Penobscot Bay and Bangor.
KATHRYN OLMSTEAD
Fort Fairfield is home to a new nonprofit organization dedicated to helping women and girls, like this Nubra Valley youngster, in a remote mountain region in the northern tip of India.

How a group in Maine is helping girls, women in Himalayas

By Kathryn Olmstead on Feb. 09, 2017, at 11:57 a.m.
Fort Fairfield is home to a new nonprofit organization dedicated to helping women and girls in a remote mountain region in the northern tip of India.
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Comedian Lewis Black says Portland brunch spot is best in country

on Feb. 08, 2017, at 12:03 p.m.
The wait there on weekends is already at least an hour, even in February.
SARAH SMILEY
Sarah Smiley

Give Melania Trump a break

By Sarah Smiley on Feb. 07, 2017, at 3 p.m.
Why are we expecting Melania Trump to fill a role just because her husband was elected into a corresponding one?
EMMET MEARA
Emmet Meara

Those old sneakers in the closet could be worth a fortune

By Emmet Meara on Feb. 06, 2017, at 2:50 p.m.
If you think your old baseball cards were a lost fortune, wait till you hear about the price for old sneakers. The RESALE market is worth another billion (with a b). You might have a fortune under your bed.
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Here’s the lineup for Portland’s newest music festival

on Feb. 03, 2017, at 10:52 a.m.
We told you about this cool Thompson’s Point event back in November. Now tickets are on sale, bands have been announced and the beer lineup is hard to beat.
JULIA BAYLY

Calling all cyclists: Roadkill counters needed

By Julia Bayly on Feb. 02, 2017, at 12:48 p.m.
The study wants cyclists to document sightings of animal roadkill spotted on rides.
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Munjoy Hill native turns abandoned building into an ‘anti big box store’

on Feb. 02, 2017, at 5:30 a.m.
On the surface it seems there are no shortages of places to pick up fresh food in Portland. But native Joe Fournier, who grew up on Munjoy Hill, begs to differ.
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Munjoy Hill native turns abandoned building into an ‘anti big box store’

on Feb. 02, 2017, at 5:30 a.m.
On the surface it seems there are no shortages of places to pick up fresh food in Portland. But native Joe Fournier, who grew up on Munjoy Hill, begs to differ.
SARAH SMILEY
Sarah Smiley

It’s not about the hair (face, weight, clothes)

By Sarah Smiley on Jan. 31, 2017, at 5:18 p.m.
Over the years, I’ve learned that my female critics and male critics attack different things.
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New Portland festival celebrating local food scheduled for the summer

on Jan. 31, 2017, at 11:54 a.m.
“This is not in any way for tourists,” said Eric Holstein, Fork Food Lab co-owner. “It’s local, local, local.”
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Inside a Portland chef’s newest restaurant on Sunday River

on Jan. 30, 2017, at 2:24 p.m.