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Aroostook Outdoor News: 4.28.17 edition

  In this edition: 1) ‘Tis the season for the first canoe and kayak race of the year in Houlton. 2) Walk or run to support Autism in Presque Isle, Multiple Sclerosis in Island Falls, and organ donation in Houlton. 3) Sign the kids up for outdoor adventures in Caribou. …

Mark Shea

9:48 am Friday, April 28, 2017


Empty analysis and flawed statistics: MPA struggling to grasp impact of Question 2

He strikes again. Mike Tipping, the communications director of the Maine People’s Alliance (MPA), may be the king of tweeting with minimal context. On April 24, Tipping sounded off in response to a tweet by a WMTW political reporter asking viewers how much annual income one must earn to be …

Jacob Posik

Top Shelf Gripe
9:05 am Friday, April 28, 2017


54 things I never thought I’d say

One recent Sunday, a friend asked if I’d seen a certain skit on SNL the night before. I heard myself reply, “No, I can’t stay up that late, but I’ll check it out online.” Then I thought: OMG, did I really just say that? Have I turned into an old …

Roxanne Jones

Boomer Haiku
8:53 am Friday, April 28, 2017


Play it Again, Uncle Sam

Early in 2001, Alan Greenspan, the 20-year chairman of the Federal Reserve, worried publicly about future federal surpluses so large they would wipe out the national debt, pour billions into the economy, and strangle private markets. So he proposed a tax cut as “a pre-emptive smoothing of the glide path …

James G. Blaine

8:42 am Friday, April 28, 2017


Maine bids to rename Columbus Day, Clean Election system falter

Good morning from Augusta. What’s in a name? A lot, as history has shown. What we call things has a lot to do with the development of public perception. It’s no accident that President Barack Obama’s administration called his health care bill the Affordable Care Act and that the campaign …

Christopher Cousins

State & Capitol
8:29 am Friday, April 28, 2017


Don’t destroy your dandelions: Do these things instead

Think of the bees and what’s good for the planet and let those dandelions grow free in your yard this year. They’re coming soon to a yard or field near you!

Crystal Sands

Pajamas, Books, and Chickens
7:46 am Friday, April 28, 2017


David Rockefeller’s will leaves art, millions of dollars and an island in Maine

Several Maine organizations will benefit as a result of provisions in Rockefeller’s will, Forbes reported last week.

Bill Trotter

Going Coastal
7:30 am Friday, April 28, 2017


Biannual Drug Take Back event today and Saturday, April 28 and 29, 2017 – anonymous and free

The biannual Drug Take Back event is happening again this Friday [today] and Saturday, April 28th and 29th at the Airport Mall on Union Street, Bangor. Representative from the Bangor Police Department and Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office will be there Friday starting at 7:00 a.m., and again on Saturday from …

Amy Kenney

7:09 am Friday, April 28, 2017


5 Ways to shift your mindset about dieting

Spring is here and it will soon be summer. Maybe you’ve been through multiple seasonal weight loss efforts only to end in disappointment and failure every time. Your disappointment and failure isn’t a sign that weighing less will never be a reality for you. It’s a sign that you need …

Jackie Conn

See You Lighter
6:43 am Friday, April 28, 2017


Let’s stay on the path to prosperity

At the end of March, there were 20,976 unemployed people in our state. Want to guess the last time we saw that few Mainers looking for work? February. Of 1989. That was during the tenure of Maine’s last GOP governor, Jock McKernan. The corollary to that is true as well. …

Michael Cianchette

He Said It Right
5:30 am Friday, April 28, 2017

Can Maine Bring Back Lost Anglers?

I’ve been told that the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is undertaking a project to figure out how to get nonresident anglers who no longer come here to fish to return to Maine. I suggested that they check out an August 2011 study that includes recommendations to do just …

George Smith

George's Outdoor News
5:00 am Friday, April 28, 2017


Must See TV: Chris Sale is can’t miss viewing

By Sterling Pingree In the mid-90’s, NBC called their programming “Must See TV”. One could hardly argue if you just did a deep dive through these promos on YouTube as I did last night. They had monolithic shows like  Seinfeld, Friends and ER. NBC was where it was at in …

Sterling Pingree

The Drive
4:11 am Friday, April 28, 2017


Taking Care of Your Skin/Body — When Stress Wreaks Havoc On It

With summer just around the corner, you may want to protect your skin from the sun’s rays. But, what if some of your skin issues are coming from within? If you’re feeling more stressed that usual because of work and personal commitments, a lingering thought process or worry or something …

Adam Richards

Opportunity Knocks
3:26 am Friday, April 28, 2017


Whatever time zone we settle on, you still can’t bring dogs to these taprooms.

Good evening from the BDN Portland office on Congress Street. Tonight the state ethics commission eyes $4.2 million of questionable money; Maine considers ditching Daylight Saving Time; and we hear the sweet sound of a concertina. What we’re talking about The moneymen behind the York County casino push — Today …

Jake Bleiberg

BDN Portland
4:38 pm Thursday, April 27, 2017


This ‘ice carousel’ covered in snowmobiles may be the most quintessentially Maine thing ever recorded

Welcome to The County, where the engineering is sound and the beer is cold.

Samuel Shepherd

4:29 pm Thursday, April 27, 2017


Bucksport softball seeking another title run

There is one thing you can count on during the high school softball season: Bucksport High School challenging for a state championship. Coach Mike Carrier’s Golden Bucks have won four Class C North championships and three state titles over the last five years. Madison beat the Bucks 3-1 in last …

Larry Mahoney

Extra Bases
12:59 pm Thursday, April 27, 2017


5 Things To Do This Weekend, April 28-30: A little madness in the spring

1. My big daytime plans this weekend are to go out and purchase lots of flowers and hanging baskets and make the house look pretty. Where are your favorite greenhouses in the greater Bangor area? I know where I usually go, but I want to hear from you. On this …

Emily Burnham

Culture Shock
12:53 pm Thursday, April 27, 2017


From tasty water to the ‘lowest depths of misery,’ celebrities have mixed feelings on Maine

When famous people visit Vacationland, they don’t always leave happy. In 2012, Louis C.K. said that he was in the “lowest depths of misery” in Portland, Maine. Cat Stevens was detained for suspected terrorist activity in Bangor on a flight to England in 2004. (It just so happened to be …

Samuel Shepherd

12:23 pm Thursday, April 27, 2017


Salmon Burger with Lemon Dill Aioli

Burgers could possibly be one of the most supreme categories of food ever! As it rains and rains this week, I am anxiously awaiting the day that I can start up the grill for the first time this season. I have every intention of consuming more red meat this summer …

Bethany Mathieu

Sweet Potato Kitchen
11:56 am Thursday, April 27, 2017


Time for fighting’s over. Instead, let’s embrace Maine’s national monument

In not-too-unexpected news, it appears that President Donald Trump (with potential help from Maine Gov. Paul LePage) will take a second look at the formation of recent national monuments. The fear of some in Maine, though there’s no evidence that this is the case: Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, …

John Holyoke

Out There
11:33 am Thursday, April 27, 2017


Maine high school named among top 10 in STEM high schools, top 20 overall

After contentiously being left out of the 2015 rankings and outside of the top ten in two categories in 2016, Maine School of Science and Mathematics (MSSM) came roaring back in this year’s U.S. News and World Report Best High School Rankings.

Samuel Shepherd

10:58 am Thursday, April 27, 2017