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The Two Headed Monster (The DNC & THE RNC).

on Aug. 09, 2016, at 11:29 a.m.
“Sen. Collins says she will not vote for Donald Trump”   These days the two headed political monster called the Democratic and Republican Parties, are pretending if the outsider were someone other than Donald Trump, they would probably tolerate, if not outright support him. The problem is there is absolutely …

Summer vacation, take 2.

on Aug. 08, 2016, at 10:21 p.m.
OK, here’s the thing.  Summer vacation?  Haven’t had one yet.  With the whole Hallee going viral thing, we seriously haven’t been able to do a darned thing with the exception of a few hours on the lake for the 4th of July.  Beach?  No.  Vacation away from town?  No.  Grandparents in …
Emmet Meara

Summer party at my place is now known as Hammerfest

By Emmet Meara on Aug. 08, 2016, at 11:16 a.m.
Emmet Meara: It’s been a Cobb Manor tradition for three decades. Apparently, we must have a deck party to celebrate every Maine Lobster Festival.
The flock of Golden Campines on Rusty Metal Farm know there is safety in numbers.

Increased chicken tensions a sign of the times on Rusty Metal Farm

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 04, 2016, at 3:31 p.m.
Whatever chicken chaos is coming, the signs are there.
A beehive frame with honeycomb and honeybees is seen in Germany, April 25, 2016.

How honey comes to be in the early months of summer

By Peter Cowin, Special to the BDN on Aug. 04, 2016, at 1:20 p.m.
Nothing makes new beekeepers happier than harvesting their first honey.
August 2016 Maine Skies

Get ready for the green corn moon

By Clair Wood on Aug. 04, 2016, at 11:32 a.m.
Three evening planets are so intertwined this month that they can be discussed together.

Daring thieves wore the uniform of the 7th Maine

on Aug. 03, 2016, at 5 p.m.
With a nod to Merriam-Webster: Thief theef NounStory continues below advertisement. 1. A person who steals something. 2. Hungry Maine soldiers willing to steal food from anybody at any time. Just as empty-bellied as his 2nd Division soldiers trudging south toward Malvern Hill in the wee hours of Tuesday, July …

OTTO’s sandwich spot Hero folds in Portland

on Aug. 03, 2016, at 12:58 p.m.
Hero today, gone tomorrow. It’s hard out here for a sandwich shop. On Monday, Hero, the months old lunch counter, launched as a joint venture from the owners of OTTO and Empire Chinese Kitchen, abruptly closed leaving downtown Portland office workers, addicted to their rotisserie chicken sandwiches and deluxe soups, wondering where …
Sarah Smiley

Lies people tell you at the lake

By Sarah Smiley on Aug. 02, 2016, at 3:25 p.m.
Summertime means that it is lake time, and when you go to the lake, there are a host of lies people tell you.

Maine wine bar named one of America’s best new restaurants

on Aug. 02, 2016, at 3:15 p.m.
“Drifters Wife effortlessly nails that date-night wine-bar vibe that city dwellers know so well. But what makes it better is that you’re nowhere close to Brooklyn: You’re on the coast of Maine, taking in that salty ocean air.”
A few lobsters can be seen at the University of Maine in Orono in this March 2015 file photo.

Here’s why I have never eaten a lobster

By Emmet Meara on Aug. 01, 2016, at 10:23 a.m.
I have never eaten a lobster in my life. It seems likely that I shall pass from the Earth without tasting one. It all goes back to 129 Perham St. in West Roxbury.
Wayne E. Reilly

Summer of doom and gloom afflicted Bangor a century ago

By Wayne E. Reilly on July 31, 2016, at 12:09 p.m.
“Let somebody be cheerful in this year of gloom,” a reporter concluded in 1916.

After launch, Scales chef exits for smaller venue

on July 30, 2016, at 10:09 a.m.
Exit stage left. The instrumental chef who launched Scales’ creative menu, adding an edge to New England traditional fare, fries his last squid tonight. To fill Mike Smith’s place in this stunning waterfront restaurant, two chefs step up: Frederic Eliot and Travis Olson. Smith leaves the top post at Scales in …

New York Times on Portland: More than food

on July 29, 2016, at 10:30 a.m.
  The cat’s out of the bag. The New York Time’s Travel section shines a light on Maine’s largest city this week, spending 36 jam-packed hours searching for fun from prom to prom. So what can you do in a day and a half in Portland? Eat Holy Donuts, visit the …

Escape from Butt Island

on July 28, 2016, at 4:30 p.m.
Kathryn Olmstead

Rare heart condition causes scare

By Kathryn Olmstead on July 28, 2016, at 2:53 p.m.
My friend was eager to convey the message: “If it does not feel normal for your body, that’s the time to call your doctor.”

Frightened Union casualties watch as their captors approach at Savage Station — Part III

on July 27, 2016, at 5 p.m.
Feverish with typhoid fever, Corp. Harrison Huckins of Co. K, 6th Maine Infantry Regiment, heard the rumors circulating around him by late afternoon on Sunday, June 29, 1862. One patient among the 2,500 to 3,000 sick and wounded Union soldiers confined to hospital tents at the large Federal field-hospital complex …

The ‘only human-powered tour boat’ on the East Coast

on July 27, 2016, at 11:57 a.m.
It’s the ultimate multi-tasking adventure: Get out on the water, sip a beer and tone those glutes. Who needs the gym, the bar, or a swank schooner excursion when Maine BayCycle, the latest cruise offering in Portland Harbor, captures all three in 90 minutes. Run by Peaks Island native Neil …
Sarah Smiley

The small relics we hold on to

By Sarah Smiley on July 26, 2016, at 6:38 p.m.
It’s funny how through each stage of our life, hundreds of moments and memories are filtered down to a few select items.
Emmet Meara

Michael Moore’s latest movie hits Americans where we don’t live

By Emmet Meara on July 25, 2016, at 1:57 p.m.
Moore might be fat and sloppy. He might have a mustard stain on his shirt. He stomps all over his message for two hours, but I think it might be productive to study the lessons of other countries if we truly profess to love our own.