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When bad things happen we can still make choices

Cancer has claimed another life. It wasn’t just cancer. It was pancreatic cancer, which is the particular one that stole life from my husband Jim more than 6 years ago. This death hit close to home; it happened in the tight New England flyball (think dog relay racing) community I …

Julie Harris

When Life Gives You Curves
4:08 pm Monday, February 27, 2017


Scientists at MDI Biological Laboratory discover a tiny molecule that may be able to heal a damaged heart

Heart disease is the leading cause of death around the world. At a research lab on the coast of Maine, scientists have discovered a tiny molecule that shows great promise for damaged hearts.

Diane Atwood

Catching Health
3:57 pm Monday, February 27, 2017


Overcoming retirement existential angst

Contemplating retirement prompts lots of questions including soul-searching, existential, ones. Will your answers lead you to challenge that ageism that baby boomers exacerbated with our “never trust anyone over 30″ mindset? Will you embrace new possibilities and redefine yourself and the meaning of aging? Or, will you just get older?

Kathryn Avery

Your Countdown to Retirement
2:32 pm Monday, February 27, 2017


What do you think of

Welcome to this, my first post! I’ve never been a blogger before, so feel free to pass on some tips if you have experience! Anyhow, let’s see if we can get some comments going. I’d really like to know what you think of Personally, I thought it was just …

Emily Schroeder

Emily's Genealogy Blog
2:29 pm Monday, February 27, 2017


Knowing when to leave

Leaving New Mexico… not as easy as it could’ve been. And some thoughts on those who leave us. Simple advice: don’t stay too long at the fair.

Ned White

Journeys Over a Hot Stove
1:03 pm Monday, February 27, 2017


Ween, Elvis Costello set for June, July concerts at Thompson’s Point in Portland

The State Theatre Presents announced on Monday morning two concerts in its summer 2017 series: cult favorites Ween are set for a Saturday, June 10 show, and Elvis Costello and the Imposters will perform on Monday, July 24. Tickets for both shows go on sale on Friday, March 3 via …

Emily Burnham

Culture Shock
12:51 pm Monday, February 27, 2017


Introducing, Emily’s Genealogy Blog to the BDN blog network

We are excited to welcome a genealogy blog to the BDN blog network!

Sarah Cottrell

Emily's Genealogy Blog
12:42 pm Monday, February 27, 2017


Here are the reasons tourney upsets occur

Many high school basketball tourney fans love to see the big upset, especially when it’s the No 8 team knocking off the No. 1 seed in quarterfinal action. I’ve been on both sides of these upsets. I’ve had my No. 1 team knocked off in the quarterfinals twice and I’ve …

Bob Cimbollek

Off the Rim
11:54 am Monday, February 27, 2017


Icelandic rockers headline Portland music fest that no one can pronounce

Like most bands playing Sunaana, Mammút is on the verge of breaking big in the U.S.

Kathleen Pierce

Urban Eye
11:26 am Monday, February 27, 2017


After nearly 18 years in business, Thistle’s Restaurant in downtown Bangor has closed

About two weeks ago, Thistle’s Restaurant, which for nearly 18 years has served a fusion of Latin American and classic European fare at its Exchange Street location, quietly announced that it was closing its doors. So quietly that, in fact, longtime patrons of the restaurant weren’t sure they were actually …

Emily Burnham

The Daily Simmer
11:16 am Monday, February 27, 2017


Where in the woods am I? Win an L.L.Bean gift card!

The prize for this week’s “Where in the Woods” trail ID contest is a $50 gift card to L.L.Bean! A big thank you to Charlie’s for sponsoring this contest and making this awesome prize possible each week! To enter the contest, all you have to do is guess where I …

Aislinn Sarnacki

Act Out with Aislinn
11:07 am Monday, February 27, 2017


Revealing the hidden figures of black history in Acadia National Park

More than 200 years ago, a free African American named Thomas Frazer settled at what is now a picnic area in the Schoodic section of Acadia National Park. He fished, farmed and operated a salt works, and was the first non-Native American resident of the area. It’s a little-known aspect …

Dolores Kong & Dan Ring

Acadia on My Mind
10:20 am Monday, February 27, 2017


New Mainers Speak Up – In French – For Safety Net

  Less than a century since the Maine legislature was engaged in passing laws restricting the use of French in public schools, restricting the ability of French Canadians to naturalize, and imposing literacy tests on voters, French was heard in the halls of the state house.  At least a dozen …

James Myall

Parlez-Vous American?
10:00 am Monday, February 27, 2017

You can almost hear the roar of the tide in this wonderful book

                Jonathon White’s book, Tides, roars in and out like the tides at Lubec. Which is very appropriate, given that the book, subtitled The Science and Spirit of the Ocean, is all about our amazing tides all over the world. White fills his book with fascinating stories about his worldwide …

George Smith

George's Outdoor News
9:12 am Monday, February 27, 2017


LePage on Fox News: Obamacare has been ‘stealing from the American people’

Good morning from Augusta. Gov. Paul LePage started today in the national media spotlight with an appearance on Fox & Friends. LePage has been in Washington for several days meeting with President Donald Trump and Republican governors and leading a discussion about welfare reform at the Conservative Political Action Conference …

Christopher Cousins

State & Capitol
8:58 am Monday, February 27, 2017


Lose weight and keep your life

What are you willing to give up to lose weight? Would you give up living your life the way you like to live it? Donna did. She lost 195 pounds and she lost her lifestyle in the process. Donna friends and family shared similar lifestyle. Their favorite way to have fun …

Jackie Conn

See You Lighter
7:06 am Monday, February 27, 2017


Trip to Israel: The holy city of Jerusalem

Tomes have been written about Jerusalem and the fact that it is home to holy sites for the world’s three great monotheistic religions. The Temple Mount is the third holiest site in Islam and home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock. By tradition, the Dome of …

David Farmer

David Farmer
6:27 am Monday, February 27, 2017


My weird relationship with guns

Our society is predicated on freedom, but there’s a tipping point when freedom for those who want to own guns starts to infringe on the freedoms of those who don’t.

Lance Dutson

Lance Dutson
5:50 am Monday, February 27, 2017


Doctors picket Sen. Collins’ office in support of Affordable Care Act

A group of about fifty protestors stood outside the Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building on Saturday, the home of Maine Senator Susan Collins’ Bangor office, in order to call for the protection of the Affordable Care Act. The size of the crowd isn’t particularly notable, given the frequency and fervency …

Mike Tipping

Mike Tipping
5:30 am Monday, February 27, 2017


When he died, kids paid for his statue with pocket change

School children all over New England collected $17,000 in pennies, nickels and dimes. Their names are in a sealed box, somewhere within the pedestal.

Troy R. Bennett

BDN Portland
5:30 am Monday, February 27, 2017

You can shoot 25 snow geese a day!

You can shoot 25 snow geese a day! That’s one of the most surprising things about the proposed new rules governing hunting of migratory birds in Maine in 2017, just issued by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. A public hearing on all of these rules is scheduled for …

George Smith

George's Outdoor News
5:00 am Monday, February 27, 2017


Busch Wins, Racing Preview, and on Memory Lane

Episode 200 February 26, 2017 200 Episodes Already! I find it difficult to believe this is Episode #200. I want to thank all the folks who read, subscribe, and share the weekly UpNorth Motorsports stories. I am humbled to think that you would join with me on this journey about …

Tom Hale

Up North Motorsports
11:27 pm Sunday, February 26, 2017


Big Screen Movies and Blue Slush: Those Other Milestones

Hello from North Haven! Our February break just ended and my daughter Penrose and I spent four nights of it off island. We spent the first part with my parents and then migrated to Boothbay Harbor and met up with my husband for a few nights with some dear friends. …

Courtney Naliboff

The Frozen Chosen
9:23 pm Sunday, February 26, 2017