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Here are the biggest takeaways from last night’s roundtable on race relations in Portland

By Dan MacLeod on July 21, 2016, at 6:45 p.m.
One hour is barely enough time to scratch the surface on race in the United States, but there were a few valuable insights.

From Our Files, July 20

By Rachel Southworth on July 21, 2016, at 3:37 p.m.
From Our Files Valley happenings since 1957 50 Years Ago – July 21, 1966 Poles removed on Main Street — Workers of the Fort Kent Telephone Company are pulling out old telephone poles like teeth on Fort Kent’s Main Street. Existing telephone cables are on Maine Public Service posts located …

Watch: Canadian Immigration to Maine, 1850-1940

By James Myall on July 21, 2016, at 2:13 p.m.
Where do Maine’s Franco-Americans live?  That’s a question that’s at once both easy and difficult to answer.  The easy answer recalls large population centers well-known for their Franco-American communities – Lewiston, Biddeford, Waterville, Sanford, Augusta, Old Town, and places in the Saint John River Valley like Fort Kent, Madawaska, and …
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This is how to build a DIY cedar strip canoe

By Jim Clem on July 21, 2016, at 2:05 p.m.
This is how to build your own cedar strip canoe.

K of C announces lotto winner

on July 19, 2016, at 5:41 p.m.
FORT KENT, Maine – The Fort Kent Knights of Columbus have announced the winner of their ongoing lotto fundraiser for the week of July 11-17, 2016. The week’s Super 50 Lotto winner is Debbie Davenport of Fort Kent. Davenport won a total of $520.

Mike Pence supports bill that threatens school lunch quality

By Kathreen Harrison on July 17, 2016, at 12:45 a.m.
Donald Trump’s Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence favors passage of a bill that would make it harder for poor children in the USA to receive school lunches and would allow all children in school to make nutritionally questionable decisions. The bill, sponsored by U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN), and known …

Man, 82, says he was stabbed and thrown down stairs in western Maine

By CBS 13 on July 14, 2016, at 8:02 a.m.
The victim told officers a man broke into a second-story window.

Sports briefs for July 14, 2016

on July 14, 2016, at 6:14 a.m.
Morrill’s Benjamin scores PASS win SCARBOROUGH, Maine – Travis Benjamin of Morrill nailed down his first Pro All Stars Series North Super Late Model victory of the season Tuesday night at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway’s Southern Maine Chrysler Dodge Jeep 150. It was Benjamin’s first victory with the Petit Motorsports …
Campfire photo credit Ken Youngquist

6 traditional ways to build a better campfire

By Ken Youngquist, author at Survivaltek, special to the BDN on July 12, 2016, at 1:21 p.m.
How many ways can you build a campfire? About as many ways as you can cook using them.
Team Sky rider Luke Rowe sprays sun screen on his neck as he cycles during the sixth stage Thursday from Arpajon-sur-Cere to Montauban, France.

Cavendish overtakes Hinault with 29th stage win at Tour de France

By Julien Pretot, Reuters on July 07, 2016, at 6:31 p.m.
MONTAUBAN, France — Mark Cavendish cemented his status as the Tour de France’s greatest sprinter when he claimed his 29th stage victory in the race in Thursday’s sixth leg. The 142nd triumph of his professional career put the Briton in outright second place on the list of all-time Tour stage …

Sports briefs for July 6, 2016

By The Sports Xchange on July 07, 2016, at 6:04 a.m.
5th Clark Noonan tournament on tap BANGOR | Twenty teams made up mostly of current or former college players will participate in the 5th Annual Clark Noonan Memorial Basketball Tournament this weekend at Bangor High School’s Red Barry Gym. Pool play with four pools of five teams each is …

TV radio sports schedule for July 6, 2016

on July 05, 2016, at 4:26 p.m.
BASEBALL, MAJOR LEAGUE TEXAS at BOSTON, 7:10 p.m., NESN-TV; WZON Bangor 620 AM, WDEA Ellsworth (1370 AM), WHOU Houlton (100.1 FM), WQDY Calais (92.7 FM), WYBA Rockland (105.5 FM), WKTJ Farmington (99.3 FM), WALZ Machias (95.3 FM), WLOB Portland (1310 AM), WJJB Portland (96.3 FM), WPEI Portland/Saco (95.9 FM) radio …

TV radio sports schedule for July 5, 2016

on July 04, 2016, at 4:14 p.m.
BASEBALL, MAJOR LEAGUE TEXAS at BOSTON, 7:10 p.m., NESN-TV; WZON Bangor 620 AM, WDEA Ellsworth (1370 AM), WHOU Houlton (100.1 FM), WQDY Calais (92.7 FM), WYBA Rockland (105.5 FM), WKTJ Farmington (99.3 FM), WALZ Machias (95.3 FM), WLOB Portland (1310 AM), WJJB Portland (96.3 FM), WPEI Portland/Saco (95.9 FM) radio …

TV radio sports schedule for June 29, 2016

on June 28, 2016, at 3:59 p.m.
BASEBALL, COLLEGE WORLD SERIES ARIZONA vs. COASTAL CAROLINA, Game 3 if necessary, 8 p.m., ESPN-TV; WEZQ-FM, Bangor, (92.9 FM) radio, Internet (929theticket.com) BASEBALL, MAJOR LEAGUE BOSTON at TAMPA BAY, noon, NESN-TV; WZON Bangor 620 AM, WDEA Ellsworth (1370 AM), WHOU Houlton (100.1 FM), WQDY Calais (92.7 FM), WYBA Rockland (105.5 …

Former UMaine track star flexes muscles in “American Ninja Warrior” qualifier

By Ryan McLaughlin on June 28, 2016, at 9:21 a.m.
When I’m not writing for this newspaper, I’m a fitness trainer. So naturally, I’ve become a fan of NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” over the years. Part of me wants to try it once, just to cross it off the “bucket list.” Now, Jesse Labreck has given people throughout Maine even …

Take this moon trivia quiz for a chance to win tickets to ‘Back To The Moon For Good’!

on June 27, 2016, at 10:51 a.m.
You’ll be entered to win four tickets to “Back to the Moon for Good” at the Emera Astronomy Center.

Chaffee 60th Anniversary

on June 27, 2016, at 8 a.m.
OAKLAND – Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Chaffee of Messalonskee Lake in Oakland celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on May 7, 2016, at the Village Inn in Belgrade Lakes with family and extended family. They were married on May 4, 1956, at the Methodist Church, Rutland, Vt. After owning and operating …

Ain’tymology

By John Branning on June 25, 2016, at 5:11 a.m.
Meaning one thing and yet saying another.
Boston's Dustin Pedroia (left) slides home for the game-winning run on a wild pitch thrown by Texas Rangers relief pitcher Matt Bush (right) during Friday's game at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas. The Red Sox scored four times in the ninth to win 8-7.

Red Sox two-out, ninth-inning rally stuns Rangers

By The Sports Xchange on June 25, 2016, at 12:26 a.m.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Boston rallied for four runs with two outs in the ninth inning to stun the Texas Rangers 8-7 at Globe Life Park. The Red Sox trailed 6-0 after starter David Price struggled and were down 7-4 heading to the ninth. But pinch-hitter Sandy Leon doubled with two …

Legion roundup: Penquis rallies past Motor City

on June 23, 2016, at 9:45 p.m.
Penquis rallies past Motor City DOVER-FOXCROFT — A squeeze bunt by Penquis’ Colin Beckett and an errant throw plated Cameron Doak and Chandler Rockwell as Rowell’s Penquis Navigators eked out a 6-5 Zone 1 Senior American Legion baseball victory over Motor City of Bangor on Thursday. Doak led off in …