Blogs and Columns


Maine distillery trail opens

on Aug. 12, 2016, at 8:41 a.m.
  Look out breweries, here come Maine distilleries. There are 70 of you, and only a dozen spirit makers, but they are gaining fast. From Gouldsboro to York, 12 craft distilleries are laying down the shot glasses to give us a taste of what brewers have known for years: Mainers have …
Arctic terns win the gold medal for longest migration. Some terns may fly 56,000 miles yearly.

Swim deep, fly fast: Birds do some incredible things

By Bob Duchesne, Special to the BDN on Aug. 11, 2016, at 2:12 p.m.
Maine’s Bird Olympics are upon us, and it is time to award the gold medals.

Haaku Skeths!!

on Aug. 11, 2016, at 1:13 p.m.
Joshua Buck (shown here), his brothers, uncles and father, constructed the grain cleaner for their barley malting operation using many recycled materials from wood mills.

Belfast brewer among those supporting malted barley operation in The County

By Kathryn Olmstead on Aug. 11, 2016, at 12:26 p.m.
“We’re extremely proud to be working with this county company.”

The origin of the phrase “seeing the elephant”

on Aug. 10, 2016, at 5 p.m.
Throughout the Civil War, soldiers on both sides often referred to their first experience in combat as “seeing the elephant.” A novice soldier would express his desire to “see the elephant,” effectively wishing himself to be baptized by hostile fire so he could become a veteran. Then he could write …

Happy hour makes a comeback

on Aug. 10, 2016, at 12:48 p.m.
Happy Hour isn’t just about getting buzzed. A good one transforms the day from ASAP to TBD. For years Portland insiders have known that David’s in Monument Square makes it happen. This generous timezone, a relaxing three hours, seems to stop the clock, or at least slow it way down. …
People walk around the Bangor State Fair at Bass Park in Bangor, July 30, 2016.

Finally lucky at the state fair

By Sarah Smiley on Aug. 09, 2016, at 4:57 p.m.
Each year we try it again, and each year we learn more hard lessons. Except for the year when we finally got lucky.

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 …