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Living

Six beautiful Maine private islands that can be yours in time for summer

Owning a private island in Maine is a dream for a number of people here and abroad.

Samuel Shepherd

#Maine
7:54 am Friday, February 24, 2017

Opinion

It is not too soon to say good bye to Governor LePage.

I have been wrestling with the question of when it might be reasonable to say good bye to Governor LePage.  There is a long history in American government and politics of voters and other politicians stopping their concern about what a national or state Chief Executive may say or do …

Robert Lenna

Take a Breath
7:21 am Friday, February 24, 2017

Politics

Trip to Israel: The Church of the Beatitudes and the Sermon on the Mount

I grew up fairly religious in the Southern Baptist Church. I was the youth minister my senior year of high school, preaching a sermon on the conversion of Saul and his epiphany after being blinded on the road to Damascus. In Acts 9:4 we read: “And he fell to the …

David Farmer

David Farmer
7:02 am Friday, February 24, 2017

Opinion

The Enemies of the People

“I think the press has to fit in somewhere in the mission statement,” wrote a reader about the ongoing series to define a mission statement – or describe a common mythology – that can begin to bind this disparate nation together. He attached this editorial from The Dallas News: “What …

James G. Blaine

Perspectives
6:39 am Friday, February 24, 2017

Sports

How to make your home your weight loss haven

Your environment affects your behavior. It’s been proven multiple times in multiple ways. You can use that to power your healthy lifestyle behavior. Arranging your personal environment – your home – can do a lot to make weight management strategies a normal part of your daily routine. KITCHEN “If you don’t have it, …

Jackie Conn

See You Lighter
6:13 am Friday, February 24, 2017

Politics

It’s time for Augusta to take an econ course in Education

Fewer students, more money. The results? Flat test scores.

Michael Cianchette

He Said It Right
5:57 am Friday, February 24, 2017

Spearfishing for Northern Pike Debated at Legislature

“I want to get the pike out of Sebago Lake. They are reproducing like you wouldn’t believe,” testified Representative Lester Ordway of Standish, who lives on the lake and said he has had to guard his little dog against Eagles, and is now worried about pike whenever the dog jumps …

George Smith

George's Outdoor News
5:00 am Friday, February 24, 2017

Sports

Patriots Free Agency Part 2: Who will return if The Price is Right

By Sterling Pingree It is hard to believe with confetti still seemingly falling from the Houston sky that even in the afterglow of a Lombardi trophy that the Patriots are going to have to make some tough decisions very soon. No days off. We are a little over 2 weeks …

Sterling Pingree

The Drive
4:07 am Friday, February 24, 2017

Opinion

Dear Mary Mayhew: Please have mercy

Please.

Patricia Callahan

Mainely Thoughts
9:36 pm Thursday, February 23, 2017

Portland

‘My transgender daughter’s civil rights aren’t up for debate’

Good evening from the BDN Portland office on Congress Street. Tonight the newsletter is jam-packed with news, views and a few things to do this weekend. What we’re talking about My transgender daughter’s civil rights aren’t up for debate — Emily Wedick, who last year shared the story of how …

Dan MacLeod

BDN Portland
6:45 pm Thursday, February 23, 2017

Seniors

The arrival of the seed catalog signals spring

  I have pretty much given up making New Year’s resolutions. I’m not very good at keeping them, so I wind up feeling guilty and inadequate, which sort of defeats the purpose. But the annual garden resolution is different. That opportunity announces itself each February with the arrival in my …

Meg Haskell

Living it Forward
3:40 pm Thursday, February 23, 2017

Outdoors

The weather’s warm, so shake off your cabin fever at Brewer outdoor show

If you’re in town for some tournament basketball action or are just looking to get out of the house for a bit, you might want to head to Brewer this weekend for what has become a very popular event. The Penobscot Fly Fishers will be staging their annual Cabin Fever …

John Holyoke

Out There
1:00 pm Thursday, February 23, 2017

Bangor

5 Things To Do This Weekend, Feb. 24-26: And the winner is…

1. Friday night in Bangor there’s a plethora of great events to choose from. First off, there’s another edition of Bangor Pecha Kucha, set for 6 p.m. at the Bangor Public Library. Later on, there’s the February edition of Wax On at 58 Main, featuring the dearly departed musical heroes …

Emily Burnham

Culture Shock
9:58 am Thursday, February 23, 2017

Seniors

Retirement readiness and body balance

Preparing your body for retirement may sound like a strange idea. But those who do reap tremendous benefits and find both emotional and physical balance.

Kathryn Avery

Your Countdown to Retirement
9:13 am Thursday, February 23, 2017

Politics

What Trump’s reversal on federal transgender safeguards means for Maine

Republican President Donald Trump sent ripples of concern through the nation’s LGBT community on Wednesday when his administration revoked federal guidelines that provided anti-discrimination protections for transgender students. The move reverses a previous decree by Democratic President Barack Obama which protected transgender students’ right to use the restroom of their …

Christopher Cousins

State & Capitol
8:14 am Thursday, February 23, 2017

Health

Using medical marijuana in a recipe for Lobster Primavera with Spring Peas and Marscapone

Some people who use medical marijuana would prefer to eat it rather that smoke it. Wellness Connection of Maine has a recipe for Lobster Primavera and some tips.

Diane Atwood

Catching Health
6:00 am Thursday, February 23, 2017

Sports

I say no to a tax on sugary drinks

If somebody wants to lose weight, or doesn’t want to lose weight, whose business is it? It’s not mine and it’s not yours and it’s certainly not the government’s. I think it’s up to an individual to decide if they want to pay to lose weight rather than have a …

Jackie Conn

See You Lighter
5:16 am Thursday, February 23, 2017

Reduction in warden positions alarms legislators

“We need to reduce the department’s size.” That was DIF&W Commissioner Chandler Woodcock’s response to a question asking why he was proposing cuts to the Maine Warden Service’s budget, including a decrease in positions and mileage. Chandler presented his proposed budget recently to members of the legislature’s IFW Committee, and …

George Smith

George's Outdoor News
5:00 am Thursday, February 23, 2017

Sports

NBA Trade Deadline: Why you shouldn’t expect any big moves from Boston

By Matthew Cunha   The NBA trade deadline (Today at 3PM) is fast approaching. Celtics fans everywhere are hoping that by 3, they will have landed a franchise player to help them get over the hump.  Rumors have connected the Celtics to superstars for years the last several years with …

Sterling Pingree

The Drive
4:23 am Thursday, February 23, 2017

Bangor

Art Of Tourney Time!

What is it about this time of year when entire towns come out of the ice fishing shacks, off the snowmobile trails, and head for the “Mecca”? We love to cheer on our teams during the Eastern Maine Basketball Tournaments! But there’s an art to this cold winter ritual that …

Teddi Covell

Color ME
12:26 am Thursday, February 23, 2017

Aroostook

6 Simple Ways to Save Money

I do a lot of different things in order to save money.  Some of those ways take more effort than others, but these are my easy “go to” rules.  They aren’t making me rich, but they are making me richer. 1. Use credit cards, but don’t pay interest. I love …

Kara Addington

Resourcefully Yours
6:57 pm Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Portland

Council says there’s a plan to roll out some body cameras early

Good evening from the BDN Portland office on Congress Street. Let’s get to it. What we’re talking about City Council says $25,000 available for body camera pilot — On Wednesday, City Council members presented the vague sketch of a plan they said has been in the works for more than …

Jake Bleiberg

BDN Portland
6:50 pm Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Politics

Anger, blame, and the myth of evil

I used to have this recurring nightmare, like a monster nightmare, except the “monster” was really a gigantic King Kong sized human baby, hungry, in need of a diaper change, romping through city streets causing havoc. Think of how loud a three month-old baby’s wailing can be, and then imagine …

James Tatum Gale

The Unrealized Republic
6:18 pm Wednesday, February 22, 2017