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Pingree, King: States should reconsider Confederate statues in the U.S. Capitol

Two members of Maine’s congressional delegation said this week that southern states should consider replacing statues of Confederate figures in the U.S. Capitol following last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. The weekend’s events started as a white nationalist protest against removing a statue of Robert E. Lee, a Confederate general during the American Civil War. On …

Michael Shepherd

State & Capitol
10:37 am Friday, August 18, 2017


Backyard chickens: When you can’t have anything nice

I’m convinced one of the best decisions we ever made for our family was getting chickens and starting this whole homesteading thing. Our hens provide us with breakfast every morning and constant entertainment, but they also provide us with a sad back yard.

Crystal Sands

Pajamas, Books, and Chickens
10:24 am Friday, August 18, 2017


First 1-minute hike an eye-opening affair

For the past six years or so, I’ve sat comfortably at my desk and watched an interesting weekly event: My colleague, Aislinn Sarnacki, emerges from the woods, sits down, and documents her latest adventure, composing her very popular 1-Minute Hike feature. How popular? Well, having stood beside Aislinn at plenty …

John Holyoke

Out There
10:04 am Friday, August 18, 2017


New music including Alice Glass, The Preatures, Daughter and Kelela on this week’s West Of The Fields podcast

New tracks from The Horrors, Liam Gallagher, Queens Of The Stone Age and Cut Copy debuted on the show this week, while the retro alternative set rounded up some of the standout songs of the year 1993.

Travis Gass

West of The Fields
9:59 am Friday, August 18, 2017


Aroostook Outdoor News: 8.18.17 edition

In this edition: 1) Ride, run or walk for a cause in Presque Isle, Houlton, Fort Kent and Washburn. 2) History and whoopie pies in Portage Lake. 3) Get wild in Shin Pond. Plus lots more!   Events: Saturday, August 19 PRESQUE ISLE: 2nd Annual United Way of Aroostook Book …

Mark Shea

9:32 am Friday, August 18, 2017


A morally blind President

It took two days, after a measly waffle statement referencing the multiple sides of view on white supremacy, racism and the death of a thirty two year old woman whose message to her fellow Americans was that hatred, bigotry, and racism are not what makes America great,  before the President …

Robert Lenna

Take a Breath
9:07 am Friday, August 18, 2017


Painter’s final works kept hidden in downtown Portland for 77 years

Mostly forgotten Harry Cochrane’s last major works have been hidden in plain sight for the better part of a century.

Troy R. Bennett

BDN Portland
8:05 am Friday, August 18, 2017


A way past the statue standoff: The treason test

If the arguments over statues and names were limited to those who bore arms against America and were not later rehabilitated by service or pardon, a national accord may be in reach.

Michael Cianchette

He Said It Right
5:55 am Friday, August 18, 2017

New book features a lifetime of hunting and fishing stories

My hunting and fishing heritage and experiences have been very important parts of my life, which makes it very exciting to announce the publication of my new book, A Lifetime of Hunting & Fishing, published by North Country Press. Subtitled The Ones That Got Away and the Ones That Didn’t, …

George Smith

George's Outdoor News
5:00 am Friday, August 18, 2017


Devers and Benintendi: The Kids are Alright

By Sterling Pingree It was two years ago today, that the Red Sox hired Dave Dombrowski to be the president of baseball operations (POBO). Some will look at it was the two year anniversary of Ben Cherington being tossed off the back of John Henry’s yacht like he was Big …

Sterling Pingree

The Drive
4:08 am Friday, August 18, 2017


Dear Mr. and Ms. “Blame on ALL Sides”

  Dear Mr. and Ms. “Blame on ALL Sides”, I know this whole week has been exhausting. It’s been exhausting for me too. Everybody I know is tired. And I know you think you’re being totally reasonable. It’s complicated, you say, the important thing is that we remain on friendly …

Rob Korobkin

From Below and to the Left
11:45 pm Thursday, August 17, 2017


Hoping my basketball withdrawal symptoms will improve!

I am starting to get more basketball withdrawal symptoms now that the summer high school and AAU basketball is over until the end of September for AAU fall basketball and October lst for D-1 college basketball for the UMaine men’s and women’s teams. My basketball withdrawal symptoms have me anxiously …

Bob Cimbollek

Off the Rim
11:28 pm Thursday, August 17, 2017


Agony is optional: how to stop resisting change

I spend a lot of time with folks who see their lives as endlessly confusing and overwhelming. I offer them the Keep It Simple System (K.I.S.S.). It’s long been the most sensible approach I’ve found to living and it has infinite applications. My favorite K.I.S.S. strategy is to take whatever …

Jim LaPierre

Recovery Rocks
6:14 pm Thursday, August 17, 2017


When another MRI could lead to another diagnosis

A few weeks ago, at my monthly check in with my neurologist, we decided we needed to do one more MRI. I’d recently had some eye symptoms that were concerning. When all of my original neurological symptoms started over five years ago, the first thing my doctors considered was that …

Dawn DeBois

The Battle Within
5:19 pm Thursday, August 17, 2017


Insect poop could ‘solve all of your problems.’ Or maybe one of them.

Also in tonight’s newsletter, the five possible names for Portland’s new pro hockey team and how Maine politicians are continuing to react to the events in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Seth Koenig

BDN Portland
5:05 pm Thursday, August 17, 2017


Taking a LePage from history

This is intended as political satire.

John Branning

Facts Optional
3:41 pm Thursday, August 17, 2017


5 Things To Do This Weekend, Aug. 18-20: I’ve got the blues. Blueberries, that is.

1. Here’s something to make some of you folks in your 30s and older feel even older: the first giant Phish concert in Maine — The Great Went, at the former Loring Air Force Base — was 20 years ago this week. 20. Years. Ago. Let that sink in. Anyway, …

Emily Burnham

Culture Shock
2:35 pm Thursday, August 17, 2017


The Power Of Social Media For A Business

Many businesses know that social media can beneficial to their business. However, most do not understand the power of social media. Most businesses understand that it can help generate more sales for businesses, but the bigger opportunity lies in partnerships, branding, customer loyalty and accelerated marketing. Here are some of …

Adam Richards

Opportunity Knocks
1:48 pm Thursday, August 17, 2017


Table Scraps

Table scraps are “orts” in the crossword world. Most of us hope never to see the word again. Also, Medicare folks can save tons on prescription drugs with a simple phone call. And a brief foray into foods I’ve never heard of…

Ned White

Journeys Over a Hot Stove
9:46 am Thursday, August 17, 2017


There’s more to clams than steamers. Try these recipes

In Maine, summer is the peak of clamming season, but they’re harvested all year long. Steamed and fried may be favorites but we have some different clam recipes.

Diane Atwood

Catching Health
9:04 am Thursday, August 17, 2017


LePage echoes Trump in blaming ‘both sides’ for Virginia violence

After remaining largely silent on the past weekend’s violence in Virginia, Gov. Paul LePage erupted Thursday on the radio. Maine’s Republican governor echoed President Donald Trump’s reaction to the Charlottesville conflict, assigning equal blame to white supremacists and counter-protesters who showed up to oppose a rally against removing a statue …

Christopher Cousins

State & Capitol
8:47 am Thursday, August 17, 2017


He cannot heal us

As entire groups of his former supporters abandon him in waves – business leaders who have pushed for both economic and environmental deregulation, military commanders, a growing number of Republicans in Congress – Donald Trump hunkers down and lashes out. He shows no interest in bringing us together, in healing …

James G. Blaine

8:43 am Thursday, August 17, 2017


Calories on menus is a waste of your money

Part of the Affordable Care Act, affectionately known as Obamacare, and currently in the crosshairs of the sitting president (who he, himself, is politically in the crosshairs of his opposing and his own political parties) is labeling menus with calories. It was supposed to go into effect years ago, but …

Jackie Conn

See You Lighter
7:48 am Thursday, August 17, 2017