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Sarah Smiley

One resolution I’m not making in 2017

By Sarah Smiley on Dec. 27, 2016, at 6:29 p.m.
On our drive home from Virginia last year, I announced to everyone in the car, “I’m not eating desserts for a year.”

this is teeotally fine

on Dec. 27, 2016, at 8:30 a.m.

A warm Reuben and warm potato salad please, warden

By Emmet Meara on Dec. 26, 2016, at 11:25 a.m.
“Tell the warden at Maine State Prison: My last meal will be a Reuben and warm German potato salad from Morse’s. And a beer, if you could spare it.”

Portland bakery declared one of the best in the U.S.

on Dec. 23, 2016, at 10:52 a.m.
Musicians and carolers are still a big part of the holidays in Portland, Oregon.

Home for the holidays

By Julia Bayly on Dec. 22, 2016, at 3:43 p.m.

My Christmas shopping solution: Buy everyone scratch tickets

By Emmet Meara on Dec. 19, 2016, at 12:37 p.m.
Look. I have no taste, style or discretion. Merry Christmas, kids.
Wayne E. Reilly

Early winter wrecked roads, emptied Bangor harbor a century ago

By Wayne E. Reilly on Dec. 18, 2016, at 12:58 p.m.
Winter came early to the Queen City of the East a century ago, delivering a devastating one-two punch that made a mess of the primitive country roads, emptied Bangor’s harbor early and sent a Belfast bowling team on a memorable odyssey through a howling blizzard.
Members of The Leisure Village Writers, their facilitator, Martie Pritchard (standing), and supporters pose in Presque Isle for this undated photo.

Collection of stories from older Mainers reveals a ‘gold mine of history’

By Kathryn Olmstead on Dec. 15, 2016, at 2:29 p.m.
“Hearing from one veteran writer after another opened my mind to all kinds of possibilities,” Martie Pritchard said. “At the very least, I knew we had to gather these amazing stories into one volume.”

Portland roastery and distillery team up on a coffee that tastes like whiskey

on Dec. 15, 2016, at 12:42 p.m.
(It doesn’t have any alcohol in it.)
Sarah Smiley

Free health care isn’t really free

By Sarah Smiley on Dec. 13, 2016, at 4:19 p.m.
My dad, Dustin and millions of others like them … did not stumble into “free” health care by chance. It was bought with years of service, sacrifice and separation.

A Portland restaurant is planning to open a Fenway location

on Dec. 12, 2016, at 2:45 p.m.
The owners of Eventide Oyster Co. plan to open a new spot near Fenway Park in Boston.

Fear of broken bones puts damper on free ski offer

By Emmet Meara on Dec. 12, 2016, at 12:44 p.m.
Now that I am old enough to ski for free at the neighborhood Camden Snow Bowl, I am much too old and brittle.

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

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?
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.”

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.

Rising Tide Brewing to expand in East Bayside

on Dec. 02, 2016, at 4:04 p.m.
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.
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.”