Orono Bog Boardwalk opens for the summer

By Aislinn Sarnacki on June 29, 2015, at 10:36 a.m.
The Orono Bog Boardwalk opened for its thirteenth season at 7 a.m. this today — Monday, June 29. The grand opening celebration included a ceremony in memory of Bill Glanz, a University of Maine professor and Boardwalk bird tour leader who passed away last year, according to a press release about …

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Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria, right, is tagged out at third base by the Boston Red Sox's Pablo Sandoval in the eighth inning at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Friday night. The Red Sox won, 4-3, in 10 innings.

Holt’s 10th-inning hit lifts Red Sox past Rays

By Greg Auman, The Sports Xchange on June 26, 2015, at 11:05 p.m.
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida — The Boston Red Sox needed extra innings but edged the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 on Friday night, getting a 10th-inning RBI single from second baseman Brock Holt at Tropicana Field. Holt’s single brought home center fielder Mookie Betts, who led off the inning with a double …

Conquering Eagle Rock

By Angela Arno on June 26, 2015, at 8:34 a.m.
This blog post was respectfully submitted by guest blogger Skye Hinkley, Moosehead Lake Visitor Center Manager.  Thanks, Skye! Today, I write to you tired yet triumphant, as I was able to hike to Eagle Rock, a hike that I had never done in our amazing Moosehead Lake Region and had been eager …

Featured Food: Scarlet Runner Beans

By Sam Adels on June 25, 2015, at 8:27 a.m.
Beans Thoreau tried to “make the earth say beans instead of grass,” by growing beans during his experiment living in the woods near Walden, Massachusetts. He proved a better philosopher than farmer. He detested the drudgery of hoeing his large, unfenced bean field and eventually traded most of his bean harvest away and …

In national park debate, where’s the honey?

By Patricia Callahan on June 24, 2015, at 2:14 p.m.
“I was inspired by the bees, the way they all worked together,” she said. “I thought, ‘Oh, what good little communists they are. Well, except for that queen in there.’” — Roxanne Quimby Over the past several days, I’ve been doing research on Quimby’s national park and recreation area proposal. When …

Maine kid’s ‘words of wisdom’ go viral on the Internet

By Seth Koenig on June 24, 2015, at 7:11 a.m.
The three current videos posted on the “Little Peters’ Words of Wisdom” YouTube channel — all posted there within the last month — have attracted a total of more than 600,000 views. And that total doesn’t count the nearly 200,000 who have watched “Little Peters” videos on the YouTube page …

No, you don’t need an app that tells you when a fish has taken the bait

By Dan MacLeod on June 23, 2015, at 3:49 p.m.
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By Sam Adels on June 22, 2015, at 8:03 a.m.
Transplant (v) 1. trans. To remove (a plant) from one place or soil and plant it in another. Also fig.  2. To convey or remove from one place to another; to transport; esp. to bring (people, a colony, etc.) from one country to settle in another.  3. intr. †a. (for refl.) …
Jordan Spieth (right) leans on caddie Michael Greller on the 18th green in the final round of the 2015 U.S. Open golf tournament at Chambers Bay in University Place, Washington. Spieth won after Dustin Johnson three-putted the 18th green.

Spieth wins U.S. Open after Johnson 3-putts final hole

By Derek Harper, The Sports Xchange on June 21, 2015, at 10:53 p.m.
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington — American Jordan Spieth birdied the final hole to win the 2015 U.S. Open on Sunday and become the youngest winner of the event since Bobby Jones in 1923 after Dustin Johnson three-putted from inside of 13 feet on the 72nd hole. Spieth, who won The Masters …

Chasing away the weather blues

By Jennifer Hooper on June 19, 2015, at 6:04 p.m.
Since purchasing my bike about a month ago, there’s been rain, fog, or ominous clouds on 20 out of 31 of those days.

Big sky in the north woods

By Brian Feulner on June 18, 2015, at 3:20 p.m.

What Brought You Joy Today?

By Diane Atwood on June 17, 2015, at 9:58 a.m.
The sight and scent of lilacs in my backyard last for such a short time but bring me immense joy. We have a lilac bush that we bought years ago as a tiny plant from the McLaughlin Garden in South Paris, Maine. The flowers are pink and this year, they were …

How many elected officials does it take to change a lightbulb?

By Amy Fried on June 16, 2015, at 3:46 p.m.
Some of us have an affection for corny jokes, like the ones about changing a lightbulb, or describing some good news and some bad news. One goes, “How many psychologists does it take to change a lightbulb? Only one, but the lightbulb has to really want to change.” Maine policymakers …

1-minute hike: Asticou Azalea Garden in Northeast Harbor

By Aislinn Sarnacki on June 16, 2015, at 11:26 a.m.
Difficulty: Easy. The footpaths through the 3-acre garden are smooth and travel over mostly even terrain. The trickiest part of the trail network is a set of stepping stones that cross a stream, but you don’t have to use them; There are two wide wooden bridges nearby that you can …
Paul and Cindy Levasseur (left) have decided to move out of state after the lack of support services for their high-functioning autistic son, Michael (right), 19. The only support the state has provided in two years is for Michael to be placed in a low-functioning adult day program.

Lack of services for adult son with autism prompts Carmel family’s move out of Maine

By Dawn Gagnon on June 15, 2015, at 5:53 a.m.
Michael Levasseur is 19 years old and has a high school diploma. He has held a part-time job stocking shelves at a local supermarket and volunteered at the Maine Discovery Museum in Bangor, his parents, Cynthia and Paul Levasseur, said. He is also autistic and requires supervision. …
Let me be clear: Bears are majestic and peaceful creatures. Don't just attack one because you're scared of it.

This is why fighting a bear is sometimes your only option

By Dan MacLeod on June 14, 2015, at 1:01 a.m.
A couple months ago, we posted six tips from a state bear biologist on avoiding a confrontation with a black bear in Maine. One of those tips: When all else fails, the best way to come out unscathed in the rare case that one attacks is to fight the bear. …
Cubans attend a game between Cuba's national soccer team and New York Cosmos soccer team in Havana June 2, 2015.

As Angus King pushes for trade with Cuba, this timeline shows the last 55 years of ups and downs

By Erin Rhoda on June 12, 2015, at 2:28 p.m.
It’s been more than 50 years since the U.S. severed diplomatic ties with Cuba. Now, Sen. Angus King and Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, would like to lift the trade embargo with the country just 90 miles off Florida’s coast. The two have introduced a bill that would allow the private …
U.S. Sen. Angus King

Sen. Angus King trying to free up money to guard against cyber attacks

By Bill Bartel, The Virginian-Pilot on June 11, 2015, at 6:31 a.m.
Last week’s revelation that foreign hackers compromised the personnel records of at least 4 million federal employees has U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Angus King warning that sequester-related budget cuts are hurting the government’s ability to fend off such attacks. The Senate Intelligence Committee members also said Wednesday that the …
Matt McClintock of Athens, a former standout at Madison High School, earned Division I All-America honors in the 10,000 meters with a seventh-place finish Wednesday night at the NCAA championships in Eugene, Oregon.

Maine runner earns All-America honors in NCAA 10,000 meters

By Pete Warner on June 10, 2015, at 11:30 p.m.
Former Madison High School star Matt McClintock is an All-America again. Competing for Purdue University, the junior from Athens finished seventh in the 10,000 meters on Wednesday night at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. McClintock finished seventh with a time …
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