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Elevate your Easter baked beans with three simple ingredients: pork ribs, bacon, and a hotdog, for good measure.

Baked beans are a New England staple at many, if not all holidays. Leaving them out would be like dis-inviting that annoying cousin that talks about themselves way too much and spits the slightest bit on your arm when they laugh. For the sake of tradition, they have to be …

Bethany Mathieu

Sweet Potato Kitchen
9:20 am Thursday, March 30, 2017


More discussion of LePage’s donor land deal

More discussion today about this week’s column and Gov. LePage’s jarring change-of-heart on land conservation programs, coincidentally occurring after a $20,000 donation from a landowner seeking funding from conservation programs.

Lance Dutson

Lance Dutson
9:06 am Thursday, March 30, 2017


Maine ethics watchdog looking at links between offshore firm, casino campaign

Good morning from Augusta, where a remarkable hearing yesterday that illuminated an offshore firm’s influence on the 2017 ballot initiative for a new casino in York County prompted Maine’s ethics watchdog to reach out to the campaign bankrolling the bid about its finances. That scrutiny from the Maine Ethics Commission …

Michael Shepherd

State & Capitol
8:44 am Thursday, March 30, 2017


I hate counting Weight Watchers SmartPoints

Weight Watchers introduced a new program, Beyond the Scale, featuring a food plan, SmartPoints, a year ago. The scientific and medical communities love it. It’s even been approved by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as a way to manage pre diabetes. It steers users towards food choices that are …

Jackie Conn

See You Lighter
6:01 am Thursday, March 30, 2017


A recipe for spring pasta from The Brunswick Tavern

Spring has arrived but you’d never know it here in Maine. We still have snow. This recipe for spring pasta from The Brunswick Tavern should inspire some hope.

Diane Atwood

Catching Health
6:00 am Thursday, March 30, 2017

Divided report issued on bill to allow Amish hunters to wear red

The legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee issued a very divided report on LD 426 to allow Amish hunters to wear red instead of orange. With 7 committee members in favor and 5 opposed, the bill is far from certain of getting through the House and Senate and signed into …

George Smith

George's Outdoor News
5:00 am Thursday, March 30, 2017


Out Like A Lion/ April Fools No Joke

Here we go again.  The forecast remain on track for plowable snow Friday night through Saturday. It unfortunately is not an April fools joke. Timing: Snow develops during the evening Friday. 4PM to 8PM timeframe. Snow will arrive earlier in NH and later Downeast and northern ME. The storm will …

Charlie Lopresti

Check in with Charlie
6:46 pm Wednesday, March 29, 2017


The Patriots’ Super Bowl trophy is visiting Maine. But probably not Portland

Good evening from the BDN Portland office on Congress Street. Here’s what’s up. What we’re talking about The New England Patriots’ Lombardi Trophy is coming to Maine, but there appear to be no plans to stop in Portland, and the players themselves aren’t visiting. In February, the mayors of Portland, …

Dan MacLeod

BDN Portland
6:31 pm Wednesday, March 29, 2017


How financially literate are Mainers?

Is “financial literacy” measured by your ability to read a spreadsheet?

John Branning

Facts Optional
4:54 pm Wednesday, March 29, 2017


Robins In The Backyard, Mud In The Road, Shad Roe For Lunch. Spring Is Here.

I can always tell when the shad are starting to make their spring runs up the rivers of America’s east coast by peering into the cooler at Jess’s Market in Rockland’s south end. If I see a tray of shad roe pairs, I know that spring has arrived and the …

Nick Mills

The Virtual Angler
3:00 pm Wednesday, March 29, 2017

We don’t need certificate of need

Have you ever heard of certificate of need? Neither had I, until a few years ago when I began to learn more about the health policy environment in Maine, and just how backward it has been. Put simply, certificate of need is a regulation that requires healthcare entities to obtain …

Matthew Gagnon

Pine Tree Politics
2:58 pm Wednesday, March 29, 2017


Of Sea and Cloud …Book Review

A lone man rows a skiff out into a fog wrapped harbor. Rowing to his boat, a boat he has fished from for many years, a boat that has served him and his sons well. He is then in the water, at night, drifting out with the tide. Jon Keller’s …

RJ Heller

Life Downeast
2:34 pm Wednesday, March 29, 2017


Is it OK to put more than the 10 items or less in the express lane at the grocery store?

Dear Liz settles an age-old debate once and for all on the topic of loading up too much stuff in the 10 items or less aisle at the grocery store. Read her response to find out if you’re on the right side of civility.

Sarah Cottrell

Dear Liz
2:23 pm Wednesday, March 29, 2017


Podcasting opens a window into our island community

Hello from North Haven! In all our free time (hah!), my husband and I occasionally produce a podcast, 12 Knots. The title is both a symbol of the entanglement one feels in a small community, and the actual speed of our ferry boat. We’re at a production rate of about one …

Courtney Naliboff

The Frozen Chosen
2:09 pm Wednesday, March 29, 2017


New music including Gorillaz, !!!, Bleached and Perfume Genius on this week’s West Of The Fields podcast

New tunes from Goldfrapp, Depeche Mode and Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever debuted on the show this week, while the retro alternative set focused on some Britpop classics from the year 1994.

Travis Gass

West of The Fields
1:41 pm Wednesday, March 29, 2017


The first trailer for the new “IT” movie just dropped, and it’s terrifying

While Stephen King fans are eagerly awaiting a trailer, a clip, photos, ANYTHING from the upcoming film version of “The Dark Tower,” due out July 28, they got a good, scary jump this afternoon, as the first teaser trailer just dropped for the other big King movie coming out this …

Emily Burnham

Culture Shock
12:49 pm Wednesday, March 29, 2017


LePage’s $20,000 donation problem – radio interview

This week’s column about Gov. LePage’s curious about-face on the Land for Maine’s Future program (after receiving a massive donation from the landowner) was the subject of a great discussion on WZON’s Pulse Morning Show today. Click below to listen: More to come on this story also, stay tuned.

Lance Dutson

Lance Dutson
12:28 pm Wednesday, March 29, 2017


Not in my backyard: Lawmakers from all over Maine often decide key local issues

The makeup of legislative committees, based on the whims of party leaders, makes important changes to who decides what in Augusta. Our interactive map helps sort that out.

Darren Fishell

Widgets and Digits
11:25 am Wednesday, March 29, 2017


Knowing when to stay

A thought piece about many things that are right about staying put.

Ned White

Journeys Over a Hot Stove
10:48 am Wednesday, March 29, 2017


Stockton Springs gunner fights J.E.B. Stuart’s best artillery at “Dam-freeze”

Amidst the thunder of the guns, a cool-thinking young artillery officer from Stockton Springs outfought the best horse artillery that J.E.B. Stuart could spare. December 1862 found Stuart’s experienced Confederate cavalry raising havoc with Union convoys traveling along the Telegraph Road in Tidewater Virginia’s Prince William County. Convoys crossed Occoquan …

Brian Swartz

Maine at War
9:41 am Wednesday, March 29, 2017


Lawmakers who oppose new Maine casino hope to grill backers today

Good morning from Augusta, where we’re expecting an intriguing hearing this morning as lawmakers try to get backers of the 2017 ballot initiative for a new casino in York County into a committee room to answer questions. That ballot question is written for the benefit of developer Shawn Scott, a …

Christopher Cousins

State & Capitol
8:16 am Wednesday, March 29, 2017