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Insulation day

After a long, long hiatus, I was finally able to get some work done on the house Monday. After buying the Roxul insulation last month, my Dad and I got a good portion of it put up. The rafters of the house are two feet apart and the insulation is …

Laura Reed

Laura's House Journey
6:46 pm Tuesday, February 21, 2017


Police chief slams body cam advocates for ‘politicizing’ shooting

Good evening from the BDN Portland office on Congress Street. Tonight the police chief gets political; a story that would make most humans cry; and for crying out loud, please let the NBA trade deadline be over so I can stop obsessing over every Isaiah Thomas tweet. What we’re talking …

Dan MacLeod

BDN Portland
6:45 pm Tuesday, February 21, 2017


Winterfest in the Dooryard; downtown Bangor festival brings community together

Here it is! The first official post where I would like to start off by explaining the title of my blog. “Company in the Dooryard” comes from a joke from an old family friend, a line that describes his feelings when friends and neighbors would unexpectedly show up at his …

Rebecca Reisman

Company in the Dooryard
6:40 pm Tuesday, February 21, 2017


What it means to be a grateful alcoholic

Just about a year ago, I had a guest blogger who happens to be a nurse in Maine. She published two honest pieces as an active alcoholic who struggled long and hard to get sober and embrace recovery. What a difference a year makes! Here’s her latest essay: Grateful I’ve …

Jim LaPierre

Recovery Rocks
5:57 pm Tuesday, February 21, 2017


New music including Lana Del Rey, Maggie Rogers, Little Dragon and Health on this week’s West Of The Fields podcast

I debuted new tracks from The Shins, Mew and Muna on the show this week, while the retro alternative set focused on music from the year 2002.

Travis Gass

West of The Fields
4:39 pm Tuesday, February 21, 2017


Is it safe to kiss your kids if you have a cold sore?

How safe is it to kiss your kids on the face if you’ve ever had a cold sore? One mom finds out.

Sarah Cottrell

Housewife Plus
4:27 pm Tuesday, February 21, 2017


Improve Health Care for the Average American by Helping Local Farmers while killing SNAP and Switching to Food Distribution Centers

“I eat whatever I want, Junk food included.” –Vanessa Marcil Yeah, you can eat what you want, but not if the government is paying for it. That is my opinion though and I am entitled to have it. I don’t believe people who are receiving SNAP benefits should be able …

Zakia Thiesen

From Military to Civilian Life
2:13 pm Tuesday, February 21, 2017


Banana Blueberry Coffee Cake

On a whim, I bought a few lottery tickets over the weekend. It was an out-of-the-ordinary moment for me. Unless the jackpot reaches gargantuan levels, I never buy them. But this time, it was just for fun. Buying the tickets, a slogan for the New York State Lottery popped into …

Sarah Walker Caron

Maine Course
2:00 pm Tuesday, February 21, 2017


1-minute hike: Flying Mountain and Valley Cove in Acadia National Park

Difficulty: Easy to moderate. From the parking lot, the climb to the top of Flying Mountain (284 feet above sea level) is just 0.3 mile. The trail is mostly a gentle slope with a few moderately steep sections near the summit. You can lengthen the hike by continuing past the …

Aislinn Sarnacki

Act Out with Aislinn
2:00 pm Tuesday, February 21, 2017


Easton enjoying first trip to Bangor in 26 years

The Easton High School girls knew what they accomplished was rare and special and they poked a little fun at it on their warm-up shirts. The Bears qualified for the Class D North Tournament in Bangor for the first time since 1991 so the back of their warm-up shirts read …

Larry Mahoney

Fast Breaks
1:27 pm Tuesday, February 21, 2017


Wilderness Sled Dog Race, Greenville, Maine, in pictures

  My wife Holly and I were present for our first wilderness sled dog race on Saturday February 4th despite my having worked the night before we made it in time for the pre-game show where both dogs and humans posed for pictures while putting on their harnesses and trying …

Eric Leif Johnsen

The Junction
12:11 pm Tuesday, February 21, 2017


How Glory Boarding can improve your confidence

Positive self-talk can have massive impact on our lives, our confidence, the way we feel and our overall well-being.

Paige Wilcox

Inspire Healthy Living
9:47 am Tuesday, February 21, 2017


2017 Rise Above Fest set for Bangor Waterfront, expanded to two days, features Korn, Shinedown

Waterfront Concerts announced the return of the Rise Above Fest, a yearly concert featuring metal and modern rock bands and benefiting suicide prevention organization SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education). This year, the show’s fifth year, will be expanded to two full days, July 22 and 23, at the Darling’s …

Emily Burnham

Culture Shock
9:42 am Tuesday, February 21, 2017


LePage floats acting education commissioner for permanent post

Gov. Paul LePage’s office said Tuesday that he has notified a state board that he intends to nominate Acting Education Commissioner Robert Hasson for that permanent position.

Michael Shepherd

State & Capitol
9:33 am Tuesday, February 21, 2017


A progressive group is meeting with Sen. Collins right now, and streaming it live

Members of Mainers for Accountable Leadership, a grassroots organization that grew out of the Indivisible movement following the election of Donald Trump as president, are meeting with Maine Senator Susan Collins right now, and are broadcasting it live on Facebook. The group has been calling for opposition to some of …

Mike Tipping

Mike Tipping
9:16 am Tuesday, February 21, 2017


Why you should know the difference between cardiac arrest and a heart attack

You should know the difference between cardiac arrest and a heart attack. In this podcast, Dr. Brandei Wingard explains and tells us how to protect our hearts.

Diane Atwood

Catching Health
9:12 am Tuesday, February 21, 2017


The long march to block LePage’s new welfare reforms starts today

Room 228 at the State House will be the center of activity today as the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee begins hours and days and weeks of deliberations over Gov. Paul LePage administration’s latest proposals for the Department of Health and Human Services. The committee will gather to hear testimony …

Christopher Cousins

State & Capitol
8:12 am Tuesday, February 21, 2017


It’s About Time

As I sit here thinking deep thoughts and reviewing content, I see a bit of a trend I didn’t expect. Then again, I didn’t expect to be writing a weekly mentorship series either. While I talk about setting goals, communicating, and staying positive, a lot of this seems to be …

Jamie Tinker

The Day Job
8:00 am Tuesday, February 21, 2017


Two Facts and One Big Question About American Health Care

For several years, Republicans in Congress routinely made a show of voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which they pejoratively labeled Obamacare.  Having refused to participate in the crafting of health care reform, they offered no alternative to the ACA.  Nor did they suggest ways to improve the …

Mark W. Anderson

Stirring the Pot
7:39 am Tuesday, February 21, 2017


Every Republican health plan means lousier coverage for fewer people

Republicans’ favored policies have been floated for a long time and would lead to inferior coverage for those who still have it.

Amy Fried

5:52 am Tuesday, February 21, 2017


How to diet like Trump

Not since Bill Clinton left the White House has a U.S. President so fully ignored healthy eating guidelines. Clinton’s diet later caught up to him and he’s made an about face on his eating habits. Donald Trump embraces the Standard American Diet (SAD) and makes no apologies. It’s heavy on …

Jackie Conn

See You Lighter
5:36 am Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Cancer took her breasts away. This tattoo artist helped her accept it.

Modern medical science saved Andrea’s life and put her body back together. But I’m convinced it’s Mary’s art that protects her spirit.

Troy R. Bennett

Bennett There Done That
5:30 am Tuesday, February 21, 2017

We’ve put out the Wildfire

Our TV show Wildfire has been dashed. Simply put, it was fun but too much work for my cohost James Cote and me. Our last show aired in mid-December and featured Tom Brennan of Poland Spring Bottling Company. For 13 years I cohosted Wildfire with my friend Harry Vanderweide, and …

George Smith

George's Outdoor News
5:00 am Tuesday, February 21, 2017