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Trip to Israel: On the northern border with Syria and Lebanon

We talk about Syria like it’s still a nation state. Talking with military intelligence experts along the northern Israeli border with Lebanon and Syria, it becomes clear that’s not the case. Rebel fighters, the Islamic State, Kurds and Turkey – along with the Assad regime and its affiliated groups, which …

David Farmer

David Farmer
7:06 am Sunday, February 26, 2017


Grow a healthier and tastier garden this year organically

Say you’re going to have an organic garden this year.  Are there ‘organic’ seeds and should you buy them? There are organic seeds and buying organic seedlings guarantees your seeds will not be treated with neonicotinoid pesticides. You might have heard of these chemical pesticides that are sucked in by …

Bill Baker

Speaking Organically
7:46 pm Saturday, February 25, 2017


When The Inevitable Becomes Reality

When the inevitable becomes reality Although for years, deep in my gut I knew this day would come, I hoped, fought and prayed differently. Although I prepared myself for this time and this process, it still feels sureal. I knew we would lose her, for years I knew this. But …

Jana Grant

Swim, Bike & Motivate
2:12 pm Saturday, February 25, 2017


It is sap season, why not make birch syrup, too?

Making birch syrup has been on my to-do list for years. I am fond of birch-flavored beverages and am out there tapping maple trees each year as winter turns to spring. Birch sap runs right after maple sap is finishing. It just seemed like a natural fit. I really wanted …

Karen O. Zimmermann

Maine Morsels
9:48 am Saturday, February 25, 2017


A Bite Sized Guide To Maine Restaurant Week 2017

I can almost remember it like it was yesterday. When I first heard about Maine Restaurant Week, I couldn’t believe it. Here was a whole week, dedicated to the restaurant scene in Maine. I first started this blog when I was a senior in college at USM, when I was …

Sarah Gelber

The (207) Foodie
9:18 am Saturday, February 25, 2017


These Oscar predictions are guaranteed to be 100-percent correct

And the award for “Most Tedious Program” goes to…

John Branning

Facts Optional
8:10 am Saturday, February 25, 2017

Maine’s hunting and other laws are complex, often amusing, and sometimes confusing

It takes 462 pages to give us all of Maine’s laws governing hunting, fishing, trapping, and other outdoor fun. I just finished reading through the law book and found some very interesting things that I will share with you. But first, it’s what I didn’t find that puzzled me. Last …

George Smith

George's Outdoor News
7:35 am Saturday, February 25, 2017


The difficulty of being Susan Collins — alone in the middle

Sen. Susan Collins is considered a moderate Republican.  That can make life difficult. First, the “moderate” part.  She comes from a Maine Republican tradition that, while supporting the business community, also has focused on good but limited government.  Often in the past, Maine Republicans were associated with environmental protection. A …

Gordon L. Weil

Notes from a Corner of the Country
7:01 am Saturday, February 25, 2017


Bao Bao Dumpling House – Dumplings like you read about

When Bao Bao opened a couple years ago on Spring St., I was pretty excited. I love dumplings, and knowing that the owner’s other restaurant was winning high marks from just about everyone, I thought the dumpling house would be a steady draw in the area. Like many new restaurants, …

Peter Blanchette

Peter Peter Portland Eater at BDN
6:23 am Saturday, February 25, 2017


Trip to Israel: Dinner and a song

Prior to a week in Israel, you could count the number of truly kosher meals I’ve had on one hand and maybe a nose. Not that many. The food we shared in Israel was amazing and the amount was legion. In most cases, meals were served family style and in …

David Farmer

David Farmer
6:17 am Saturday, February 25, 2017