Blogs and Columns


Support of local residents for Acadian Congress was priceless

By Roxanne Saucier, Special to the BDN on Jan. 25, 2015, at 12:17 p.m.
World Acadian Congress 2014 spent two years recruiting families to hold more than 120 reunions during a two-week period last August in northern Maine, northwest New Brunswick and the Temiscouata region of Quebec. The effort was wonderfully inclusive, with publicity making it plain that family gatherings did not have to …

Listen To Your Mother Show BANGOR announces auditions!

on Jan. 24, 2015, at 6:54 p.m.
Everyone has a story about motherhood, and we want to hear it! Are you a mom, non-mom, man, woman, son, daughter, young, or old? Do you have stories about motherhood that you want to share? THIS IS YOUR CHANCE! Email us at to get your audition spot NOW! We are looking …
Sarah Smiley

My husband doesn’t let anyone win

By Sarah Smiley, Special to the BDN on Jan. 24, 2015, at 5:16 p.m.
My husband Dustin is one of the most competitive people I know. We’ve known each other since I was first born, but I only really came to understand Dustin’s competitive nature when we were newlyweds. We were living in a small one-bedroom apartment and because we did not have children …
Erin Donovan

After reading article about girl dating her father, I was glad mine lives far away

By Erin Donovan, Special to the BDN on Jan. 24, 2015, at 5:01 p.m.
Most days it feels a very regrettable thing that my father lives on the other side of the country. Here I sit in Maine, marooned by distance and circumstances, while he and my mom are basted by the sun of Arizona. There is always a calamity for me to deal …

Beach hopping – Costa Rica style!

on Jan. 23, 2015, at 9:20 p.m.
Endless Summer OK gang, before I take off to points south I’m going to leave you with a sure fire vacation plan for this year or next. Notice the heading? Endless summer. That’s right! This plan is guaranteed to make you forget there ever was a winter, for sure man!! Book …
Julia Bayly.

Does snow make us happier?

By Julia Bayly on Jan. 22, 2015, at 4:54 p.m.
FORT KENT | Can snow make you a happier person? The folks at Huffington Post sure think so, and in a recent online article, “ 8 Ways Snow Makes You a Happier Person,” they outline exactly how it can, and should, brighten all of our lives. Now, I like …

Not Without My Father: One Woman’s Walk of the 444-Mile Natchez Trace by Andra Watkins

on Jan. 21, 2015, at 10:31 p.m.
BOOK REVIEW: Andra Watkins’ Not Without My Father Click To Tweet Powered By CoSchedule In this age of self-publishing, a sea of blogs, and social media glut it can be difficult to find a writer with a fresh voice that draws the reader in and inspires a genuine feeling of …

Mayhem and murder in Georgia

on Jan. 21, 2015, at 6 p.m.
Joining the 8th Maine Infantry Regiment took Enoch Robbins of Swanville to some popular tourist haunts along the Southeast coast. And a brutal murder in Georgia opened a door to a long-sought promotion. From Cyndi Dalton of Northport comes a tale of interracial love (and possibly sex), a jealous lover, …
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Blow dry bar opens in the Old Port

on Jan. 21, 2015, at 8 a.m.
Having a bad hair day? Come February there will be no excuses in Portland when Lush Blow Dry Bar opens on Exchange Street. The popular blow dry bar trend, popping up in Connecticut, New York and Boston, has finally reached Maine. And with hat head season in full swing, the timing …
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Blow dry bar opens in the Old Port

on Jan. 21, 2015, at 8 a.m.
Having a bad hair day? Come February Portlanders will have no excuses when Lush Blow Dry Bar opens on Exchange Street. The popular blow dry bar trend, popping up in Connecticut, New York and Boston, has finally reached Maine. And with hat head season in full swing, the timing is primo. …

Surfs up!

on Jan. 20, 2015, at 8:25 a.m.
Costa Rica Travel, North Pacific Coast, Playa Tamarindo and Playa Grande First up in my Costa Rica travel series is the Tamarindo area on the Pacific North coast. Looking for guaranteed sun and 85-90 degree weather, this is it! Tamarindo is absolutely a surfers paradise. There are at least 30 …
URBAN EYE (blog)

Warming trend: Mega Mediterranean spot opens Wednesday in Portland

on Jan. 19, 2015, at 2:16 p.m.
One of the largest restaurants in the Old Port, Tiqa Grille, is scheduled to open Wednesday at the Courtyard Marriott. The 7,000-square-foot giant serving up Palestinian, Moroccan, Syrian and Grecian fare arrives right on time for those of us not jetting off to an exotic destination this winter. Chef Bryan Dame unveiled …
Wayne E. Reilly

German wireless sought in Maine woods during First World War

By Wayne E. Reilly on Jan. 18, 2015, at 2:23 p.m.
World War I had been going on for only three months when this startling headline appeared in the Bangor Daily News: “GERMAN WIRELESS IN MAINE WOODS? Berlin May Be Getting News Via Meddybemps or Seeboomook.” The lead on the wire story that followed made it clear this was something more …
Sarah Smiley

Knitting myself to peace

By Sarah Smiley on Jan. 18, 2015, at 9:22 a.m.
A year ago, I was struggling with a major episode of anxiety and depression. I’ve dealt with both my whole my life, and I’ve used various methods, some healthier than others, to cope. Last year, however, when my despair came seemingly out of nowhere, I felt like I had drained …
Roxanne Moore Saucier

State library offers program on Scots genealogy

By Roxanne Saucier, Special to the BDN on Jan. 18, 2015, at 9:08 a.m.
It may not be kilt weather here in Maine, but it’s always the season for learning more about Scots ancestry. Join members of the Maine State Library Genealogy Club for a program called “Genealogy in Scotland — The Basics,” at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, at the library across from …
Erin Donovan

While the stars bake, Mainers freeze

By Erin Donovan on Jan. 17, 2015, at 12:59 p.m.
I read in the rags that the Golden Globes were a hotter-than-usual affair, and that was not a nod to the fashions but rather that the stars were shvitzing in their stilettos. The press rolled out shot after shot of celebrities fanning themselves in the ballroom of the Beverly Hills …

Deals and steals of the week.

on Jan. 16, 2015, at 1:28 p.m.
Slowly but surely I’m building the stockpile back up.  After not doing any huge hauls all summer and fall, it feels good to be building it up again.  But for the record, it felt better to live off of it for months at a time and not be running to …

The solitary mom club

on Jan. 16, 2015, at 9:44 a.m.
Are You A Member of the Solitary Mom Club? Click To Tweet Powered By CoSchedule In late 2014 I started blogging about being a stay at home mom. Not because I had some secret to success or a treasure trove of pin worthy tips to share, but because I was …
Perched high on a hill overlooking Madawaska and the surrounding valley, the Four Seasons Lodge, constructed in 2007 with donated materials and volunteer labor, provides a backdrop for a game of ski soccer on Jan. 11.

‘It’s just fantastic’: Volunteer-run Four Seasons in Madawaska offers outdoor activities families can afford

By Kathryn Olmstead on Jan. 15, 2015, at 1:07 p.m.
The temperature hovered around zero degrees outside, but one by one boys and girls ages 4 to 12 arrived at the Four Seasons Lodge in Madawaska on Jan. 3 for their weekly Saturday afternoon ski program. Led by Dawn Bragdon with assistance from local skiers, more than 45 children donned …
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Portland beats out Boston as ‘coziest’ city in the U.S.

on Jan. 15, 2015, at 7:23 a.m.
Is coziness a science? According to Honeywell Heaters, the factors that make a city warm and snug — cafes, flower shops and general ambiance — can be tracked. And Portland leads the pack. Elle Decor jumped on the news this week pointing out that Boston was no. 1 last year. But in …
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