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GOOD BIRDING
Kirtland’'s warbler

The insanity of hardcore birders revealed

By Bob Duchesne, Special to the BDN on May 26, 2016, at 1:28 p.m.
Good Birding: Hardcore birders are insane. Naturally, I speak from personal experience.
JULIA BAYLY
Julia Bayly.

You too can experience the joys of ‘flaner’

By Julia Bayly on May 26, 2016, at 12:19 p.m.
If there was a category for flaner in the Olympics, Julie and I would be gold medal contenders.
CADENCE: A VETERAN'S VOICE

I Remember Captain Donald Cook

on May 26, 2016, at 12:38 a.m.
If you have never been to the Vietnam Memorial in our nation’s capitol, I highly recommend you go.  If at all possible, go in the spring when the cherry blossoms are blooming.  The contrast of black granite against soft white and pink is worth seeing. The Wall, as it is …
URBAN EYE

Goodbye Margaritas, hello ‘adult milk shakes’ and burgers

on May 25, 2016, at 6:35 p.m.
BRGR Bar is expected to open on Brown Street in late August.
MAINE AT WAR

Gaines Mill: Part II — The 2nd Maine defends Boatswain’s Creek

on May 25, 2016, at 10:53 a.m.
  As the sun rose east of Richmond, Virginia on Friday, June 27, 1862, Charles W. Roberts knew that his 2nd Maine Infantry boys were “in” for it. The previous day, Colonel Roberts and the 2nd Maine had listened for hours as Confederate troops attacked Union soldiers entrenched along Beaver …
MAINE AT WAR

Gaines Mill: the 2nd Maine defends Boatswain’s Creek

on May 25, 2016, at 10:53 a.m.
  As the sun rose east of Richmond, Virginia on Friday, June 27, 1862, Charles W. Roberts knew that his 2nd Maine Infantry boys were “in” for it. The previous day, Colonel Roberts and the 2nd Maine had listened for hours as Confederate troops attacked Union soldiers entrenched along Beaver …
CADENCE: A VETERAN'S VOICE

I Remember Joshua Chamberlain

on May 24, 2016, at 10:32 p.m.
Maine’s native son Joshua Chamberlain is hands-down our state’s best known Veteran.  However, the reason why I remember him on this Memorial Day isn’t for his impressive record of military achievements. Most know him for his leadership of the 20th Maine atop Little Round Top during the Battle of Gettysburg. …
SARAH SMILEY
Sarah Smiley

Why it’s time to abandon the phrase ‘all-volunteer military’

By Sarah Smiley on May 24, 2016, at 2:21 p.m.
Sarah Smiley: The military has been uncharacteristically progressive with its phrasing and recruiting tactics, and now it has purchased a generation of “volunteer” recruits who want what they were promised.
CADENCE: A VETERAN'S VOICE

I Remember MSgt Evander “Andy” Andrews

on May 23, 2016, at 9:34 p.m.
I did not know Master Sergeant Evander “Andy” Andrews, but I remember learning about his death.  It probably stuck with me because we had a few basic things in common. We were both from Maine.  That seems like a simple thing, but in a nation of over 300 million people …
EMMET MEARA
A white-footed mouse

I am battling mice straight out of a Stephen King story

By Emmet Meara on May 23, 2016, at 12:03 p.m.
Emmet Meara: I am at wit’s end, which has become a short trip, indeed. The only thing I can think of, other than napalm, is to revert to a better mouse trap. What would Stephen King do?
WAYNE E. REILLY
Wayne E. Reilly

Police nab college men looking for a taste of hobo life

By Wayne E. Reilly on May 22, 2016, at 9:42 a.m.
Warm weather meant hoboes would soon be riding the rails into eastern and northern Maine a century ago. But not all the hoboes were for real like those described by Jack London.
CADENCE: A VETERAN'S VOICE

Proper Memorial Day Etiquette

on May 21, 2016, at 11:18 p.m.
I dread the arrival of Memorial Day for a rather petty reason.  Every year some well-intentioned friend or family member will post a remembrance piece on Facebook, which is a good thing.  But then they go ahead and tag all the Veterans in their life, including yours truly. While I appreciate …
URBAN EYE

New Portland co-working space features free beer and events

on May 20, 2016, at 4:17 p.m.
  A Portland native is building a new co-working facility with concierge-style amenities in a spacious former garage downtown. Cloudport opens in mid-July on the corner of Federal and India streets as a “multi-space” co-working facility. Beyond wifi and desks, members will have access to a boardroom, training room and full-fledged …
URBAN EYE

Retail block made of shipping containers planned for Portland

on May 19, 2016, at 4:15 p.m.
  At the corner of Washington Ave and Marion Street a new phase in Portland retail is in the works. Two years ago developer Jed Harris bought a rundown, two-family house with the intent to shake things up. He’s demolishing the structure this month to make way for a new take on …
KATHRYN OLMSTEAD
Kathryn Olmstead

Looking back while still trying to downsize many years after retiring

By Kathryn Olmstead on May 19, 2016, at 7:37 a.m.
When I retired from teaching and “deaning,” I gave myself a year to downsize. That was almost seven years ago and evidence of my effort is barely visible.
MAINE AT WAR

Gaines Mill: Part I — “The nearest run thing you ever saw”

on May 18, 2016, at 5 p.m.
  Looking from Maine in 2016 to Virginia in 1862, we cannot appreciate how, in the words of Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, in speaking about Waterloo, the Battle of Gaines Mill was “the nearest run thing you ever saw in your life, by God!” George Brinton McClellan had split …
MAINE AT WAR

Gaines Mill: “the nearest run thing you ever saw”

on May 18, 2016, at 5 p.m.
  Looking from Maine in 2016 to Virginia in 1862, we cannot appreciate how, in the words of Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, in speaking about Waterloo, the Battle of Gaines Mill was “the nearest run thing you ever saw in your life, by God!” George Brinton McClellan had split …
URBAN EYE

Like coffee and records? Subscribe here

on May 18, 2016, at 9:47 a.m.
If you’ve visited Tandem Coffee Roasters in Portland, you know the owners have a thing for records. “Coffee is very social and music is very social,” said Kathleen Pratt, co-owner of the East Bayside cafe and Congress Street bakery, where you’re likely to hear everything from the Beach Boys’ “Endless …
MAINE AT WAR

Gaines Mill — the 2nd Maine defends the creek bank

on May 17, 2016, at 5 p.m.
As the sun rose east of Richmond, Virginia on Friday, June 27, 1862, Charles W. Roberts knew that his 2nd Maine Infantry boys were “in” for it. The previous day, Colonel Roberts and the 2nd Maine had listened for hours as Confederate troops attacked Union soldiers entrenched along Beaver Dam …
SARAH SMILEY
Sarah Smiley

Celebrating military wives

By Sarah Smiley on May 17, 2016, at 12:05 p.m.
Sarah Smiley: As society searches for strong female role models, there are few more logical picks. From the time I was a baby, even when I didn’t know it, military wives have always been mine.