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Why southern Mainers should quit celebrating the national monument

It’s no secret to Mainers that there is a regional divide between the northern and southern parts of the state. To most Mainers, the term “two Maines” is a familiar phrase- those in the south are generally perceived by those in the north as elitist, arrogant liberals, and those in …

Chris Shorr

Fighting the Tides
2:31 am Thursday, August 25, 2016


How can we encourage teachers to stay in the profession?

Teachers are by and large an intensely devoted group of professionals. When the calendar turns to August we start focusing on curriculum planning and on ideas for improving our practice in the coming year. We read, we connect with colleagues locally, and we use technology to brainstorm with teachers all …

Kathreen Harrison

Rethinking Education
12:20 am Thursday, August 25, 2016


After a plague of hornworms, the benediction of a tomato sandwich

This seems like a banner year for all the plants we harvest for food. “Everything is just going gangbusters,” said my neighbor Karen this morning, when she came over to take some of the ripe peaches that are threatening to break the limbs off the little tree in our side …

Meg Haskell

Living it Forward
9:43 pm Wednesday, August 24, 2016


The mayor’s proposed rental regulations could hit legal roadblocks, experts say

But some legal experts have concerns about whether a number of the measures would stand a constitutional test and be enforceable.

Dan MacLeod

BDN Portland
6:45 pm Wednesday, August 24, 2016


In July, Clinton outraised Trump fivefold in Maine

Democrat Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign had its biggest Maine fundraising haul yet in July as Republican Donald Trump’s fundraising grew slightly, at about one-fifth of Clinton’s draw. The latest fundraising figures reflect a slower acceleration in fundraising for the Trump campaign in Maine, but they also skew toward showing larger donors. …

Darren Fishell

State & Capitol
5:02 pm Wednesday, August 24, 2016


So You Say You Want To Teach, Eh?

I think it is safe to say that most adults in the professional world fantasize about making a radical career change at one point or another.  Teachers might actually be the winners in the category of career-changing fantasies, but today’s post is about the opposite.  I want to talk about …

James Tatum Gale

The Unrealized Maine Classroom
4:45 pm Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Thompson’s Point first restaurant opens

Reams of locals and vacationers careered into Thompson’s Point Wednesday for the opening of Big J’s Chicken Shack. From the freshly mounted subway tiles, to the boxes of sauced wings, plates of waffles and chicken, and grilled chicken sandwiches topped with bacon and cheese, the new restaurant from Portland’s tastemaker …

Kathleen Pierce

Urban Eye
4:44 pm Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Paul LePage’s daughter among new hires by the Trump campaign

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has added two staffers in Maine as it continues to build out its ground game in the run-up to the Nov. 8 election. The Republican’s campaign announced Wednesday that it has hired Leland Graves of Bangor as its deputy state director for Maine and Lauren LePage …

Christopher Cousins

State & Capitol
4:14 pm Wednesday, August 24, 2016


The right one at the right time: the beauty of bookish fate

Certain books come to you only when they are meant to, when you are ready to receive whichever message they carry within their pages. However these books appear, they show up at a time when you need them most. That’s one of the most magical things about books. It’s as …

Shannon Bowring

Twice Sold Tales
4:06 pm Wednesday, August 24, 2016


The Pants Policy (and other house rules)

In the spirit of summer, my boys have spent some time chilling in just their diapers. Then one day, things took an unfortunate (and messy) turn. Having been put to bed in just a diaper, at some point in the night, Abel realized the freedom that comes with the ability …

Diana Dionne

Now You Have Two!
3:12 pm Wednesday, August 24, 2016


The great north sham

Well it is finally happening. With the time ticking away on President Barack Obama’s term in office, it was only a matter of time before it happened. Roxanne Quimby has now transferred more than 87,000 acres of land to the federal government, which was followed in short order by a …

Matthew Gagnon

Pine Tree Politics
3:01 pm Wednesday, August 24, 2016


To my friends in the North Woods: please don’t worry

I haven’t written about the now-happening North Woods national monument before, which is perhaps odd for a Maine outdoors blogger. My excuse is that it was such a hot topic and I could see the arguments of both sides so clearly that I just sort of stood on the issue …

Cherie Galyean

The Scraped-Up Kid
12:43 pm Wednesday, August 24, 2016


What Lucas St. Clair has to say about the national monument

My memories of the Maine North Woods come in unique, distinct moments. Watching a pair of loons nurture a fuzzy chick; the sun setting in brilliant colors over a freshwater lake, the slippery silhouette of a fish as it leaps out of the water after a fly. As part of …

Erika Zambello

Birding Maine
12:27 pm Wednesday, August 24, 2016


New monument a gift to the nation, worth the wait

Twenty-two years ago, many Mainers — most Mainers, I’d wager — were shocked to hear that a Massachusetts-based group had cast an eye northward and decided to save us from ourselves. For many who grew up here, RESTORE: The North Woods was cast as evil; the mere fact that the …

John Holyoke

Out There
12:09 pm Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Maine’s historic moment with the North Woods Monument

The North Woods saga has reached the end that Roxanne Quimby had hoped for. Despite persistent protest from Mainers, the controversial businesswoman has officially transferred her land deeds for 87,000 acres of land to the federal government. President Barack Obama has also officially made North Woods a National Monument. Why …

Chris Dixon

Undercover Porcupine
11:52 am Wednesday, August 24, 2016


New music including Jagwar Ma, Formation, CEO and Julia Jacklin on this week’s West Of The Fields podcast

I premiered new music from Banks, Phantogram and Crystal Castles on this week’s show, while the retro alternative set featured selected tracks from Pitchfork’s newly released 200 Best Songs of the 1970s list.

Travis Gass

West of The Fields
10:47 am Wednesday, August 24, 2016


No compromise reached in meeting between Munjoy Hill residents and developer

“We did ask [the developer] point blank if removal of the top story, the sixth story, was negotiable, but he didn’t really comment on that.”

Jake Bleiberg

BDN Portland
10:23 am Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Celebrate the national park service tomorrow… from anywhere!

Tomorrow is the big day! Tomorrow marks the official 100th birthday of the National Park Service and to encourage everyone to celebrate all 412 national parks are free to visit for the next four days (August 25-28). I think that the best way to join in the celebration tomorrow is to go …

Jlynn Frazier

Wild for Adventure
10:22 am Wednesday, August 24, 2016