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Seniors

Baby boomers, sleeplessness and the zombie apocalypse

I predict the zombie apocalypse, when it happens, will be the result of sleeplessness. Think about it. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has already declared sleeplessness a public health epidemic, reporting in 2013 that while adults need seven to nine hours of sleep a night, one out of three …

Roxanne Jones

Boomer Haiku
12:33 pm Friday, May 26, 2017

Bangor

Free therapy that really works

Life is largely a matter of what gets thrown at you and how you respond to it. My best advice is to learn how to duck. If you’re anything like me, you tend to take what life throws at you directly on the chin. Mr. Miyagi said it in Karate …

Jim LaPierre

Recovery Rocks
12:28 pm Friday, May 26, 2017

Portland

Enjoy some weekly raindrops and sunrays with the kid-friendly Rain or Shine Hiking Club

The sun is throwing a temper tantrum. On my way to today’s hike with the Royal River Conservation Trust’s Rain or Shine Club, large luscious raindrops splattered against my windshield. When my year-old daughter and I arrived, the sun peaked its head out from behind a cloud just long enough …

Hailee Morin

Maine Mommy Musings
11:48 am Friday, May 26, 2017

Homestead

Plan the perfect summer party with these recipes

Spend less time planning your summer party and more time enjoying it with this list of recipes that are perfect for barbecues, picnics, graduations or family reunions.

Kaylie Reese

Maine Course
9:46 am Friday, May 26, 2017

Outdoors

Farm Camps: Learning Sustainability, Hands-On

Camps in Maine boast an enormous range of activities for kids of all ages. One subset of those camps are farm camps, where kids learn first-hand about the day-to-day activities that make a farm tick. From the 622-acre property of Wolfe’s Neck Farm to a small demonstration farm at Farm …

Kristine Millard

Summer in Maine: Kids, Camps, Community
9:25 am Friday, May 26, 2017

Homestead

5 strange but fascinating facts about your backyard chickens

I do spend quite a bit of my time reading research about chickens and telling stories to anyone who will listen about chicken behaviors I observe. Maybe I’m a little bit obsessed with chickens, but they are fascinating.

Crystal Sands

Pajamas, Books, and Chickens
9:13 am Friday, May 26, 2017

Outdoors

Annika Rod & Fly changes locations, remains in Brewer

Back in October, longtime fly fisher Don Corey celebrated the opening of his fly shop, Annika Rod & Fly, in a downtown Brewer storefront that had formerly held a barber shop. At the time, Corey said he had enough inventory in storage to fill the tiny 160-square-foot space twice over, …

John Holyoke

Out There
8:46 am Friday, May 26, 2017

Politics

What’s next for ranked-choice voting in Maine?

Good morning from Augusta, where the implementation of ranked-choice voting hangs in limbo. The system, which election reform advocates have called a “better way to vote,” could be headed back to voters or could die at the hands of the Legislature, depending on what happens with two 11th-hour bills allowed …

Christopher Cousins

State & Capitol
7:49 am Friday, May 26, 2017

Business

There’s a 50 percent chance you’ll be grilling this weekend

About half of Americans plan to gather around a grill sometime over the three-day weekend, according to the Portland-based Digital Research Group.

Darren Fishell

Widgets and Digits
7:40 am Friday, May 26, 2017

Downeast

Remembering that small boy inside every fisherman

I remember a particular time of year when I was a young boy growing up in Pennsylvania. The house I lived in was on the outskirts of the city close to a large park. In that park was a stream, much smaller than it’s namesake, the Lehigh River; this stream …

RJ Heller

Life Downeast
7:16 am Friday, May 26, 2017

Seniors

Save time by ignoring these household hints

I’ve tried all of these and share my personal experiences here so you won’t repeat my mistakes.

John Branning

Facts Optional
7:00 am Friday, May 26, 2017

Sports

How to lose weight with whole dairy foods

You know that fat free dairy – cheese and milk – that you buy because it’s got fewer calories and helps you to lose weight? Well, maybe you should know more about what you’re drinking and eating, and weight loss science. Skim milk (fat free milk) is a byproduct of …

Jackie Conn

See You Lighter
6:51 am Friday, May 26, 2017

Politics

Don’t be silly, let’s get things done in Augusta

Tuesday’s advisory opinion by Maine’s top justices that, effectively, ranked-choice voting was unconstitutional brought several reactions. Some people offered “told you so.” Others cheered the ruling on policy grounds. Some of the proposal’s proponents accepted the decision and declared a movement for a constitutional amendment. And, yes, we saw some provocative …

Michael Cianchette

He Said It Right
5:30 am Friday, May 26, 2017

Good news! Only half of our moose calves died this winter

State moose biologist Lee Kantar says that only half of the moose calves he studied this past winter died, something that is apparently considered to be good news. Associated Press reporter Patrick Whittle interviewed Lee and published a news story about this in mid-May. I have asked DIF&W for a …

George Smith

George's Outdoor News
5:00 am Friday, May 26, 2017

Sports

UFC President Dana White talks McGregor vs Mayweather, UFC 212 and the Celtics

UFC President Dana White joined Mark Paulette and Sterling Pingree to discuss UFC 212, his favorite Mike Tyson story and his thoughts on the Celtics playoff run. Dana also broke the news that he was on his way to Los Angeles to meet with Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor to …

Sterling Pingree

The Drive
4:04 am Friday, May 26, 2017

Business

Small Business Growing Pains

A successful business is every entrepreneur’s dream. However, growth often comes with challenges that may put a strain on the business. In this article, we examine some of the most common growing business pains small businesses encounter. We will also look at innovative solutions to counter these challenges. Recruitment An …

Adam Richards

Opportunity Knocks
4:46 pm Thursday, May 25, 2017

Portland

Your guide to Memorial Day in Portland

Good evening from the BDN Portland office on Congress Street. Tonight we’ve got your line up of memorial day weekend fun; the banks of Stephen King’s river give a reporter the chills; and residents want to pay for the mayor’s aide. What we’re talking about Memorable weekend on tap — …

Jake Bleiberg

BDN Portland
4:35 pm Thursday, May 25, 2017

Sports

Can anyone challenge undefeated Penobscot Valley for ‘D’ North softball title?

  With their 8-1 victory over defending two-time Class D North champion Stearns of Millinocket on Tuesday, the undefeated Howlers of Penobscot Valley High School firmly entrenched themselves as the team to beat in the division. Freshman pitcher Leine McKechnie fired a three-hitter with 13 strikeouts for the 12-0 Howlers, …

Larry Mahoney

Extra Bases
2:24 pm Thursday, May 25, 2017

Bangor

5 Things To Do This Weekend, May 26-28: Kicking it off with a bang

1. What’s good in the hood, people? It’s the unofficial kickoff to summer this weekend — even though it technically doesn’t start for a few more weeks — and most of us get a three day weekend, so bring on the fun times, y’all. Friday night in Bangor, take your …

Emily Burnham

Culture Shock
1:28 pm Thursday, May 25, 2017

Event

New campground gives Milo more to boast about

I am thrilled when others from “away” recognize the privilege of living here, as well. It makes my heart happy to see families and business owners relocating to be here, in Piscataquis County. When this happens, it creates a stir in the atmosphere – new life, new excitement, new possibilities.

Denise Buzzelli

A Peek into Piscataquis
8:45 am Thursday, May 25, 2017