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International Talk Like a Pirate Day

By Samantha Cote on Aug. 27, 2014, at 1:43 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 19, 2014 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Location: Winslow Public Library, 136 Halifax St, Winslow, Maine For more information: 2078721978; Ahoy, mateys! It’s time for International Talk Like a Pirate Day! September 19 2:30-5 PM Visit our pirate den for games, crafts and walk the plank if …
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International Dot Day

By Samantha Cote on Aug. 27, 2014, at 1:39 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 15, 2014 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Location: Winslow Public Library, 136 Halifax St, Winslow, ME Maine For more information: 2078721978; International Dot Day Think you’re not creative? Think again! Join the Winslow Public Library in celebrating Dot Day on Monday, September 15. Inspired by Peter H. …
A man walks around a pile of seaweed on Long Sands Beach on Tuesday morning.

Foul-smelling seaweed piles up on York beach, overwhelms town officials and tourists

By Susan Morse, The York Weekly on Aug. 27, 2014, at 1:39 p.m.
YORK, Maine — The town’s parks and recreation department is doing all it can to rid Long Sands Beach of an invasive seaweed, but it remains a stinky nuisance for beachgoers and residents. “This week, we’re inundated with seaweed,” Mike Sullivan, director of the town’s parks and recreation department, said. …

Another Year in the Books

on Aug. 27, 2014, at 1:33 p.m.
Guest post by Kelsey Johns The tents are packed away and many of the performers are on their way to the next stage. The American Folk Festival has wrapped up a thirteenth year and is declaring it to be a success! The Waterfront began to attract a gathering late Friday …
Photo from 2001 Blue Hill Fair

Blue Hill Fair starts Thursday

By Jeanne Luetjen on Aug. 27, 2014, at 1:29 p.m.
At more than 100-years-old, the Blue Hill Fair is an end of summer tradition for many people throughout the state of Maine. Held every year over Labor Day weekend, the festival has something for everyone, from rides to food to animal exhibits. Here are some of the many sights of …
Reconstruction by Maine's First Ship of the Virginia, a pinnace built more than 400 years ago at the short-lived Popham Colony, is taking longer than had been hoped. It is now expected to be complete in 2016 or 2017.

Construction of 1608 Popham Colony ship replica stalled by sluggish fundraising

By Alex Lear on Aug. 27, 2014, at 12:04 p.m.
BATH, Maine — The pinnace Virginia has faced challenges both times it’s been built. First was the harsh winter of 1607-1608, when the vessel — the first European ship built in New England — was constructed at the short-lived Popham Colony on the shores of the Kennebec River. Second is …

Spaghetti Fra Diavolo

on Aug. 27, 2014, at 12 p.m.
The translation of “Fra Diavolo” is “brother devil”, and it refers to the heat in the sauce from the red pepper flakes. Despite it’s fancy name, this is actually quite a simple recipe. I have an affinity for a very simple yet flavorful sauce. Although the sauce is spicy, it …
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Your Favorite Hump Day Pick Me Up

on Aug. 27, 2014, at 10:11 a.m.
It’s a Wednesday morning. You walk to work, get out of your car and think how much you dread going into the office today. The week is halfway over, and all you wanted to do when you got up was hit the snooze button and go back to bed. But …

Lovely Lobster Pasta with Mascarpone and Peas. Yes Please!

on Aug. 27, 2014, at 10 a.m.
Several summers ago I was on a mission to find quick and easy lobster recipes to add to my repertoire. I sometimes find it hard to stray beyond the basics because steamed lobster, lobster rolls and lobster Newburg taste so mind-blowingly good. But a month long vacation in Cutler, with …
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Five Things Vets Can Do to Better Transition to Civilian Life

By JT Ripton on Aug. 27, 2014, at 9:46 a.m.
Coming home is the moment every service man or woman most looks forward to. When that moment comes, veterans often find the drastic changes jarring. Here are a few things vets can do ease the transition to civilian life. 1. Seek Employment to Establish Familiarity People benefit from stability in …
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Guest Artist Julie H. Rose Exhibits Fiber Works at Aarhus Gallery in September

By AarhusGallery on Aug. 27, 2014, at 8:52 a.m.
Aarhus Gallery is pleased to have Julie H. Rose of Belfast as their guest artist for the month of September. The show runs from September 2 through the 28th with an opening reception on Friday September 5th, 5-8pm. Julie has had a varied artistic career thus far, but working with …
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Everyday Pottery Studio Open House & Garden Tour

By Mary Trotochaud on Aug. 27, 2014, at 7:50 a.m.
Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Location: Everyday Pottery Studio, 103 Northport Rd, Belmont, Maine For more information: 207-342-2251; Everyday Pottery Studio will be holding it’s annual Studio Open House and Garden Tour on Saturday and Sunday, August …
Author Barbar Hurd listens during a discussion at a prose writing conference sponsored by the Cobscook Community Learning Center on Campobello Island recently. Hurd served on the faculty and taught short creative nonfiction and essays.

Down East center focusing more on literary arts

By Tim Cox on Aug. 27, 2014, at 7:47 a.m.
TRESCOTT, Maine — The Cobscook Community Learning Center is putting more focus on the writing arts and in the process is stepping out more into the literary limelight. The nonprofit center, which also operates a community high school program, recently wrapped up its second annual prose conference and this weekend …

Bangor’s Grace Church to cease operations, including day care

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 26, 2014, at 9:42 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Leaders of Grace Church issued a statement Tuesday announcing plans to cease operations, including its day care, because of decreased membership that has in turn resulted in a loss of charitable income. “It is with great regret that the board of directors has resolved to close Grace …

Buttermilk Biscuits with Honey Butter

on Aug. 26, 2014, at 7:21 p.m.
Tender buttermilk biscuits are heavenly spread with sweet homemade honey butter. You won’t be able to eat just one! Growing up, my grandmother and I would often head to Newtown, Connecticut, to visit cousins, drop by the family plot at the cemetery and pick up baked goods from the local …
Solitude on the Maine coast in the summer.

Loving our Maine summer, despite the rats in the pantry

By Robin Clifford Wood on Aug. 26, 2014, at 6:09 p.m.
I have never worried much about those little scratchings and scurryings that I occasionally hear from my bed on a summer night. It’s all part of the peaceful soundtrack of summer in Maine. “There goes some cute furry thing, living its little life,” I think to myself, smiling. Last week, …

Composting the Remains of a Garden Season

on Aug. 26, 2014, at 5:50 p.m.
September begins the busiest composting season. Through the autumn months, one of our compost bins fills to overflowing with discarded plant material from every part of the garden, while the contents of other bins are harvested for autumn mulching of garden beds. It begins when the first chilly nights finish …
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Orono Community Theatre, Ten Bucks Theatre double auditions

By JulieLisnet50 on Aug. 26, 2014, at 4:41 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: Keith Anderson Community House, 19 Bennoch Rd., Orono, ME For more information: 207 884-1030; Orono Community Theatre and Ten Bucks Theatre Announce Upcoming Double Auditions! For: Turn of the Screw By …

An Opportunity to Get Rid of Hazardous Wastes for Free

on Aug. 26, 2014, at 3:35 p.m.
If you are helping your parents clean out the shed or settling an estate and come across banned or unusable pesticides, Maine is offering a chance to dispose of them legally and without cost just in time for fall clean up. From  the website: The issue Homeowners and farmers …
Co-owner Kathleen Pratt (left) coaxes a smile from son Claude for a Tandem Coffee team photo at their new Congress Street location in Portland on Monday. With Pratt is (from left) co-owner Will Pratt, managing partner Vien Dobui and baking manager Briana Holt.

‘Hi-Fi, not WiFi:’ In this old filling station, coffee and pie comes with a 1950s vibe

By Kathleen Pierce on Aug. 26, 2014, at 2:21 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — “Brakes and shocks, our specialty.” These words emblazoned across the front entrance of 742 Congress Street will take on a new meaning this week, when Tandem Coffee and Bakery opens in this long-defunct gas station. With expertly prepared espresso paired with blueberry, nectarine and apricot pies cooling …
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