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The Place That Holds My Heart

Whenever I get a chance to make it back home to Sebec I jump at the opportunity. This past weekend I needed to head up to finish the new seats in my square stern canoe and install a new trailer plug and hitch onto my truck. These small items are …

Jon Peterson

Fishing Poles And Adventures
6:08 pm Thursday, March 30, 2017


Saco company could be building world’s largest kegerator

Good evening from the BDN Portland office on Congress Street. Tonight: flying axes; a box of beer; and the governor releases a hound. What we’re talking about Box o’ beer — “Laura Zajac has a deadline at beer o’clock,” BDN’s Darren Fishell writes. By June the Zajac’s Saco company “has …

Jake Bleiberg

BDN Portland
5:45 pm Thursday, March 30, 2017

Ice Fishing Season Extended?

From what I can gather on my Twitter feed..the scuttlebutt is that ice fishing was just extended by two weeks here in Maine.  Like I said it’s from Twitter so take it as it is.  Has anybody heard anything about this?


Maine Matters
4:53 pm Thursday, March 30, 2017


Is it ok for a married man to have dinner with a woman who is not his wife?

Watch Dear Liz get stumped by a question that is causing heated debate. Then chime in with your hot take.

Sarah Cottrell

Dear Liz
4:04 pm Thursday, March 30, 2017


A cafe devoted to crepes is now open in Portland’s Public Market House

The vibe at Cafe Crepe at high noon on a Thursday is like a buzzy school cafeteria. Backpack-clad students dig into S’more crepes filled with chocolate, marshmallows and Graham crackers and chat giddily. Office workers cool their heels at stools, eagerly awaiting the Billy Goat: herbed goat cheese, roasted red …

Kathleen Pierce

Urban Eye
2:02 pm Thursday, March 30, 2017


L.L. Bean joins forces with Portland-based advertisers VIA Agency

Maine-based retailer L.L. Bean cut ties with advertising agency Erwin Penland of South Carolina and announced in a news release Wednesday that The VIA Agency of Maine would be their advertising. VIA was selected after a rigorous review process, according to L.L. Bean. “We need a partner who not only possesses creative and …

Samuel Shepherd

1:10 pm Thursday, March 30, 2017


5 Things To Do This Weekend, March 31-April 2: Can’t sleep, clowns will eat me?

1. I’m still recovering from that “IT” teaser trailer that went up earlier this week. Seriously. It’s bad enough that I already live in Derry, a.k.a. Bangor. Now we have to deal with water and sewer work mere feet from where I work every day. I’m just saying. If I …

Emily Burnham

Culture Shock
12:34 pm Thursday, March 30, 2017


Relishing the final days afield with a trusted dog

During one of several quiet moments late last week, Jim Fahey trampled down the crusty, noisy snow, trying to establish a patch of fluffy white upon which to stand and wait for elusive snowshoe hares. An early spring snow fell, dampening coats and chilling fingers, and Fahey, a part-time guide …

John Holyoke

Out There
12:03 pm Thursday, March 30, 2017


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 themself 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