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Coffee, hoop, beer

on Sept. 10, 2014, at 7:23 p.m.
Rock City Cafe, Rockland. A group of hoop enthusiasts are in town for a workshop. Beth Lavinder, up from Saxapahaw, North Carolina (yes that is a great name for a town!), will be the instructor. Saxapahaw is just outside of Carrboro, one of the earliest mecca’s for hooping. Today I …

Coffee, hoop, beer

on Sept. 10, 2014, at 7:23 p.m.
Rock City Cafe, Rockland. A group of hoop enthusiasts are in town for a workshop. Beth Lavinder, up from Saxapahaw, North Carolina (yes that is a great name for a town!), will be the instructor. Saxapahaw is just outside of Carrboro, one of the earliest mecca’s for hooping. Today I …
URBAN EYE (blog)

Breakfast will never be the same when you try this perfect protein-packed all-in-one meal in Portland

on Sept. 10, 2014, at 4:09 p.m.
The English have the plowman’s lunch. A meat, cheese, bread and pickle spread served at a pub with a pint. It’s a hardy meal designed to power farmhands through an afternoon toiling in the fields. In Portland, we now have the birdhouse breakfast — a savory corn muffin studded with sausage …
Meghan Ireland, 7, and her dog Tanner, who "rehabilitated" Meghan from her fear of canines.

Hampden ‘dog whisperer’ applies passion, teaching skills to help daughter overcome fear of canines

By Robin Clifford Wood on Sept. 09, 2014, at 4:31 p.m.
Some theorize that the domestication of dogs goes back 32,000 years. That idea won’t surprise lifetime dog owners, but for mother and educator Julie Ireland, the special bond between dogs and humans was a recent revelation, and it has changed her life. “You should meet Julie Ireland,” a friend of …

Summer’s not over yet!

on Sept. 08, 2014, at 6:57 p.m.
Gallery openings for week of Sept 8-14 Emery Community Arts Center, University of Maine at Farmington                 Hydrologic: Making sense with water - Art and science connecting on behalf of our most important element   Sept 12, 5-7    111 South St, Farmington, Maine ‘Hydrologic’ …

Five ways being a mom changed me that I didn’t expect

on Sept. 08, 2014, at 7:43 a.m.
HOUSE GUEST: Five Ways Being A Mom Changed Me Click To Tweet Powered By CoSchedule HOUSE GUEST: Pattie Reaves from AFTER THE COUCH! I am so pleased to introduce a local favorite at the Bangor Daily News, Pattie Reaves from After the Couch, a blog that documents are journey toward living a …

Favorite deals of the week.

on Sept. 07, 2014, at 10:21 p.m.
3 of my favorite deals last week were free or very close to it!  My favorite kind!  I hope you all got the wipes and diaper deal from Amazon!  Thru August 17th, if you opened a free 30 day trial account at Amazon Mom, you got 50% off, plus a $2 online …

Parenting post separation — when another family is involved

By Marguerite Kelly on Sept. 07, 2014, at 1:14 p.m.
Q. My husband moved out of the house six months ago, started dating someone hot and heavy and even took her family on vacation. That is not the worst of it, however. He has also been forcing his girlfriend and her kids on my children who are only 13, 10 …
Sarah Smiley

Chirping fire alarm tests patience

By Sarah Smiley on Sept. 07, 2014, at 11:09 a.m.
I knew this day eventually would come, but I always thought it would be while Dustin was on deployment. Every morning while Dustin was away, I’d wake up and stare at the faint, blinking light on the fire alarm fixed to the highest point of the vaulted ceiling above our …
Erin Donovan

Feeling the summertime sadness

By Erin Donovan on Sept. 07, 2014, at 10:11 a.m.
I’m a real darling of summer. You wouldn’t know it to glimpse my skin, which remains as translucent in August as it does in February, or to take stock of my beach attire, which is decidedly “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.” Alas, I am. I love summer, and summer loves me. …

The most honest baby sitter checklist you will ever need

on Sept. 06, 2014, at 9 p.m.
The most honest babysitter checklist you will ever need Click To Tweet Powered By CoSchedule I have never hired a babysitter. Occasionally, I will plead insanity and convince my mother-in-law to take my children for a few hours so that I can drag my poor exhausted husband out for a …
Renee Ordway

Powerful images of domestic violence should make us confront the problem

By Renee Ordway on Sept. 05, 2014, at 12:44 p.m.
It appears that seeing actually is believing and today, with video cameras tucked in every nook and cranny of our world, we are seeing a lot. For decades, thousands of advocates around the country have worked tirelessly to reduce domestic violence, to increase criminal penalties for those who commit it, …
URBAN EYE (blog)

Do art and politics mix? Portland gallery invites you to meet the next gov

on Sept. 05, 2014, at 9:41 a.m.
  Andy Verzosa has decided to end his 15 year run at Aucocisco Galleries with an unlikely piece of work: Paul LePage. The governor holds court at the Exchange Street gallery on Sept. 12th for an informal, meet-the-governor forum. “He will be here at 12 noon and I will turn …

Squash blossoms for the everyday table

on Sept. 05, 2014, at 6:42 a.m.
It was late summer, 1979. My husband and I were just getting started with our house painting business in Connecticut. We landed a three story home owned by a very hospitable older Italian woman. She kindly asked us to have lunch in the garden with her. I was impressed by …
This is not your memere's poutine: At the Inn of Acadia in Madawaska, executive chef Samantha Berry has upped the ante on the ubiquitous Quebecois dish of french fries, cheese curds and gravy by morphing it into a gourmet offering of potato wedges, curds, a brandy-pepper sauce and sliced sirloin in a "Poutine au Poivre."

Cyclists, chefs, poets jump on ‘gravy train’ that is poutine

By Julia Bayly on Sept. 04, 2014, at 2:05 p.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — Sooner or later, anyone who bicycles long distances on a regular basis gets asked the same question by non-cyclists: Why do you ride? In response, we recite statistics on the positive relationships between activity levels and fitness; we wax poetic on viewing the world while rolling …

Meet the Heroes of Evergreen Cemetery: Part II

on Sept. 04, 2014, at 7:18 a.m.
  Approximately 1,400 Civil War veterans — I call them “heroes,” if only because they fought to preserve our country — lie buried at Evergreen Cemetery on Stevens Avenue in Portland. On a recent sunny, warm summer’s day, Friends of Evergreen docent Lin Brown introduced me to about 50 of …

Need a gift? Stop in at 136!

on Sept. 03, 2014, at 7:35 a.m.
Martha Kalina, former director of Knox County Human Society, had a vision. If she was going to open a gallery, it was not going to be just any gallery. Her vision paid off. Gifts at 136 in Damariscotta has received quite a bit of attention lately. The gallery won Downeast …

Imago Dei Church – multi-generational, missional, and Anglican – moves into Bangor’s historic ‘Brick’ church

on Sept. 02, 2014, at 8:07 p.m.
Imago Dei Anglican Church has moved from their meeting location at the Kenneth Anderson Community House in Orono to Bangor's historic 'Brick' church located at the corner of Union and Main Street. The first service at this new location is this Sunday, September 7th at 10:00 AM. I've had the pleasure of getting to know some of the men and women that attend and serve at Imago Dei these last few weeks and months, and I am excited for the new spiritual life that they will undoubtedly usher back into this aging landmark.
URBAN EYE (blog)

Another Portland juice bar closes. Why the squeeze?

on Sept. 02, 2014, at 1:26 p.m.
If “open a juice bar in Portland” is on your to-do list this fall, scratch it off with permanent ink. It seems Liquid M2 on Fore Street is the latest casualty in the green drink economy to go belly up this year. This “farm to bar” lounge has been locked …

The annual holiday identity crisis starts now

on Sept. 02, 2014, at 7:37 a.m.
The Annual Holiday Crisis Starts Now Click To Tweet Powered By CoSchedule photo credit: Carol Browne via photopin cc Thank you candy companies for making the concept of time exceedingly more difficult to explain to my child. Just when I thought that teaching my kid to read time on both digital and analog clock …
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