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Alfond Foundation gives major grant to St. Joseph’s College to expand its nursing program

St. Joseph’s College plans to expand its nursing program and create a Center for Nursing Excellence. It just got a major boost from the Harold Alfond Foundation.

Diane Atwood

Catching Health
9:19 pm Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Everything You Know In Your Heart Is Wrong

Everything you know in your heart is wrong. That’s what I tell myself before I develop an opinion about something, because if my “heart” is the only place I seem to “know” it, then my “knowing” is based on emotion, hope, or a hunch, and not evidence. When I fail …

James Tatum Gale

The Unrealized Republic
7:43 pm Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Senator Angus King sides with neoconservatives against Chelsea Manning commutation

For a few years now, the debate over leaking secrets has been heavy in American politics. It first began with the actions of an Army Private First Class by the name of Bradley Manning, who leaked classified information and video footage exposing potential war crimes. Manning’s capture led to treatment …

Chris Dixon

Undercover Porcupine
7:39 pm Wednesday, January 18, 2017


A New Dam Day Dawns At Upper Dam

Seventy-two days, as I write this, until Opening Day of the 2017 fishing season. But in Maine, especially in the northern reaches, only fools rush in to fish on April 1, when there’s usually plenty of snow and ice on the shores and banks. I won’t cast a line onto …

Nick Mills

The Virtual Angler
6:47 pm Wednesday, January 18, 2017


The fate of a $60 million school bond could come down to one vote

Tonight: A bomb threat briefly closed down a Portland Jewish community center; Obama pardoned a southern Maine woman; and we try to predict how a contentious political issue will play out.

Dan MacLeod

BDN Portland
6:44 pm Wednesday, January 18, 2017


10 Times Housewife Plus caused a stir on Scary Mommy

BDN blogger, Housewife Plus, is a popular voice on Scary Mommy. Here is a sample collection of her opinions that caused quite a stir among readers and left scorch marks in the comment sections.

Sarah Cottrell

Housewife Plus
3:03 pm Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Is there a new ‘Bangor Mom’ eagle in town?

Just a few days after a female bald eagle known as “Bangor Mom” died of lead poisoning, another eagle has been sighted at its nest

Aislinn Sarnacki

Act Out with Aislinn
2:50 pm Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Lauren LePage passed over for Waterville City Council seat

Lauren LePage, daughter of Gov. Paul LePage, was passed over Tuesday night for a seat on the Waterville City Council, where her father began his political career. Waterville City Clerk Patti Dubois said four people expressed interest in the vacant seat, one of whom withdrew his name before Tuesday night’s …

Christopher Cousins

State & Capitol
2:34 pm Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Machias senior tops 1,000 points while expanding his game

Machias Memorial High School senior James Mersereau was honored Monday evening after scoring his 1,000th career point during the Bulldogs’ 66-27 victory over Calais. But it’s another phase of the game where the four-year varsity starter has made perhaps even more of an impact in helping coach Jim Getchell’s club …

Ernie Clark

Fast Breaks
2:19 pm Wednesday, January 18, 2017


A. Sherrod Blakely breaks down the Celtics and Isaiah Thomas recent hot streak.

The Celtics have seemingly righted the ship and are playing good basketball, Isaiah Thomas is a major part of that success. A. Sherrod Blakely of Comcast Sports Net New England joined Jim Churchill and Aaron Jackson to discuss the Celtics improving record and Thomas’s rising stock.     Catch The …

Sterling Pingree

The Drive
2:03 pm Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Democrats think Trump’s outsiders are inferior to Obama’s outsiders

Some think that, somehow, understanding and connecting with established order provides you a better understanding of how to lead that department. I think it shackles you to the status quo.

Matthew Gagnon

Pine Tree Politics
1:36 pm Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Messalonskee Lake trees good for snowmobile safety, but not a universal cure

Earlier this week I saw a newspaper report that caught my eye. Ice anglers on Messalonskee Lake in Oakland had “planted” 15 discarded Christmas trees on the lake, marking the ice as unsafe in hopes of making sure that snowmobilers don’t drive into the open water closer to shore. That’s …

John Holyoke

Out There
1:29 pm Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Here’s some pictures in the snow

Eddie Walsh of Portland’s Parks and Recreation Department clears the white stiff from City Hall Plaza on Wednesday. Walsh said laughingly that he was, “One of the city’s finest snow fighters.”

Troy R. Bennett

BDN Portland
12:31 pm Wednesday, January 18, 2017


The right man at the right time for governor — Part II

  Thirteen days before his inauguration as Maine’s 29th governor, Israel Washburn Jr. got an inkling of what might happen after he took office: South Carolina bolted the Union, and a low-level national buzz about war suddenly turned serious. And exactly 100 days after Washburn was sworn in at the …

Brian Swartz

Maine at War
12:19 pm Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Our road to a Rockland retirement

Almost everyone knows they need a financial plan for retirement. But a myriad of non-financial retirement planning issues can also be difficult to navigate. Learn how a vacation in Maine and a sea captain’s house changed one couple’s retirement strategy for the better.

Kathryn Avery

Your Countdown to Retirement
12:11 pm Wednesday, January 18, 2017


CIA file labels Margaret Chase Smith ‘thin-skinned.’ James Stewart might have agreed.

Good morning from Augusta, where my attention last night was on rooting out a Maine connection in 12 million pages of declassified documents posted online yesterday by the CIA. The best find? A 1958 file in which the agency smack-talks iconic Maine U.S. Sen. Margaret Chase Smith and mentions the late Republican’s opposition to a …

Michael Shepherd

State & Capitol
9:40 am Wednesday, January 18, 2017


LePage gets history wrong, again. Really wrong.

We can’t allow the governor to obscure his bad policies with outrageous statements on talk radio or at town hall meetings, but we also have to hold him account for the terrible things he says.

David Farmer

David Farmer
9:26 am Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Heritable Traits

Hello from North Haven! As those who know me from college are well aware, I am an inveterate slob when left to my own devices. My personal hygiene is socially acceptable, but my life tends to accumulate around me in piles without another person reminding me, kindly or not, to …

Courtney Naliboff

The Frozen Chosen
9:00 am Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Who is ready to quit your resolution to lose weight

When the calendar flipped from 2016 to 217 there were a lot of people who were eager to start losing weight.   The gyms filled up. The Weight Watchers meetings were jumping with new members. Jenny Craig’s phone lines were tied up with callers. USPS, UPS and FedEx trucks were crammed with …

Jackie Conn

See You Lighter
7:29 am Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Rhetoric of Change and Hope

American history academics spend a lot of time attempting to glean something of interest in Presidential Inaugural Addresses and generally fail.  While there have been a small group of Inaugural Addresses that held substantive value when they were given or historical value now,  generally speaking most are weak in rhetorical …

Robert Lenna

Take a Breath
7:20 am Wednesday, January 18, 2017


“The Steelers are coming, the Steelers are coming!”

By Mark Paulette   It was a bitter winter’s eve when the first shot was fired. “We’ve already given those a******s a day and a half,” bellowed the enemy’s leader to his troops stood waiting to be inspired. Though, unbeknownst to him, his ranks had been infiltrated by 35,000 people …

Sterling Pingree

The Drive
7:07 am Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Resolving disagreement, the art history way

In a post-truth world, art doesn’t lie.

Carol Douglas

Watch Me Paint
6:16 am Wednesday, January 18, 2017


DownEast Tidbit – St. Stephen, New Brunswick

If you have a current passport, St. Stephen is just over the river from Calais, Maine.  It’s a small town.  It’s a little gritty, like most of the rural towns in that area — on both sides of the border.  If you pop over, you’ll find a Tim Horton’s for …

Maria Lamb

Wicked Awesome Maine!
5:59 am Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Snow ends over parts of Maine by mid-day; warnings cancelled

Due to a combination of dry air and lack of storm organization, winter storm warnings have been discontinued over interior southern Maine and the western foothills. Areas under warnings have been converted to winter weather advisories, which are set to expire by noon. The morning commute will be a slick …

Mike Haggett

Pine Tree Weather
5:14 am Wednesday, January 18, 2017