Blogs and Columns

Casa Mexicana will begin lunch and dinner service on Sept. 2, just in time for three days of concerts on the Waterfront.

New taco truck opens on Bangor Waterfront

By Emily Burnham on Sept. 02, 2016, at 9:26 a.m.
A new addition to the lineup of food trucks on the Bangor Waterfront will begin serving up tacos and other Mexican treats on Sept. 2.
Winona Nicola, a member of the Penobscot Nation, has been out in North Dakota to join the Standing Rock Sioux protesting a proposed oil pipeline near tribal lands.

Members of Maine tribes taking part in North Dakota pipeline protest, and we should all care

By Julia Bayly on Sept. 01, 2016, at 4:53 p.m.
Some members of Maine’s indigenous tribes are taking part in a months-long protest to block construction of an oil pipeline near the lands of the Standing Rock Sioux.
Photo of Blink-182 courtesy Blink-182 Facebook.

5 Things To Do This Weekend, Sept. 2-4: Eat, drink and be merry — you have the day off!

By Emily Burnham on Sept. 01, 2016, at 2:29 p.m.

Moose comes ashore on Kennebunkport beach

on Sept. 01, 2016, at 2:09 p.m.
Third Eye Blind, playing Sept. 2 at the Maine State Pier.

Fall touring show roundup for Maine, September-November: From ZZ Top to Zappa

By Emily Burnham on Aug. 31, 2016, at 10:59 a.m.
Six kindergarten pupils were photographed in September 1951 at St. Mary’s parochial school and all seem happy to return after a long summer of play. They are (left to right) Kevin Vickers, Betty-Jo Rogan, Mary-Lu Gibbons, Mary Ann Hessert, Charlene Harris and Ronald Spears.

Back to school, back in the day: Eight old photos of the first day of classes

By Emily Burnham on Aug. 31, 2016, at 10:39 a.m.
Though school in 2016 is a very different beast from school in the 1950s, it’s still a big deal.

Two Sides of Technology – A day in the life of a PM.

on Aug. 30, 2016, at 5:22 p.m.
Sarah Smiley

What happened when I gave up dessert

By Sarah Smiley on Aug. 30, 2016, at 2:01 p.m.
Sarah Smiley: This year I learned I love desserts.
Abercrombie & Fitch cargo shorts.

They’ll have to pry the cargo shorts off my cold, dead behind

By Emmet Meara on Aug. 29, 2016, at 12:10 p.m.
Wayne E. Reilly

A trolley strike closed Bangor’s 112 saloons — at least, temporarily — a century ago

By Wayne E. Reilly on Aug. 28, 2016, at 1:23 p.m.
Few people in Bangor thought a temporary solution to all its drunken mayhem would be a trolley strike.

Toast bar opens in South Portland this fall

on Aug. 27, 2016, at 8:57 a.m.
Red-breasted nuthatch

Nuthatches are everywhere this summer

By Bob Duchesne, Special to the BDN on Aug. 25, 2016, at 3:56 p.m.
Red-breasted nuthatches made an epic number of babies this year.
Veterans line up to salute the approach of a KC-135 tanker, known for mid-air refueling of B-52 bombers, at the former Loring Air Force Base on Aug. 20, when more than 1,200 visitors gathered to honor the base's history at an open house Aug. 19-21.

‘It was possibly the last time we will see those planes over Loring’

By Kathryn Olmstead on Aug. 25, 2016, at 1:56 p.m.
Like hundreds of other former Air Force men and women, they came to the 2016 Loring Air Force Base Open House to remember, to share their stories and to stand at attention saluting the aircraft that made Loring famous within the Strategic Air Command.

Thompson’s Point first restaurant opens

on Aug. 24, 2016, at 4:44 p.m.
Sarah Smiley

To my son, peanut butter is green

By Sarah Smiley on Aug. 23, 2016, at 1:20 p.m.
Sarah Smiley: What else does my son think is green? I wondered. Turns out, quite a bit.
Singer Bonnie Raitt arrives at the 58th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, Feb. 15, 2016.

Sorry, Bonnie Raitt. I’m done dealing with people who talk during concerts.

By Emmet Meara on Aug. 22, 2016, at 12:17 p.m.
I shall spend no more time with the concert blowhards, not even for Raitt. Unless she decides to play on the Cobb Manor deck.
Natasha the cat was more than happy to socialize a bit with the chipmunk she had recently brought into the house in Fort Kent. Meanwhile, Bangor Daily News columnist Julia Bayly scrambled to evict the rodent and place him back into the wild on Rusty Metal Farm.

I tolerate felines, but I will never be a cat person

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 18, 2016, at 3:50 p.m.
There are two kinds of people in the world: Dog people and cat people.

Circle Of Life

on Aug. 16, 2016, at 9:59 p.m.

Hamilton sing-along in Portland

on Aug. 16, 2016, at 3:26 p.m.
Sarah Smiley

That time we thought we had lice

By Sarah Smiley on Aug. 16, 2016, at 2:39 p.m.
The next morning, I woke up to a text from someone else who had been with us that fateful day: “I have lice. Starting the treatment now.”