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We should finally have school bonds on the ballot.

Good evening from the BDN Portland office on Congress Street. Tonight the city council will vote on school renovation bonds, likely for the last time; a Muslim woman sues her former employer for religious discrimination; and LePage is once again after Maine’s new national monument. What we’re talking about School …

Jake Bleiberg

BDN Portland
4:51 pm Monday, April 24, 2017


Looking for a Mariner?

If you’re trying to find information on a mariner with a Maine connection-ship, port, etc.-you’ve got to take a look at the Merchant Mariners Muster, provided by the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath. It’s truly amazing! The staff has been searching through thousands of in-house documents-over 6,500 to date-and compiling …

Emily Schroeder

Emily's Genealogy Blog
4:42 pm Monday, April 24, 2017


New Bangor coffee shop aims to tap John Bapst student market

Katie Proctor has a genetic predisposition to coffee — when she was a kid growing up in the 1990s, her father, Kevin, ran a coffee shop in West Market Square in downtown Bangor called the Daily Grind. So it only makes sense that she and her family would return to …

Emily Burnham

The Daily Simmer
3:18 pm Monday, April 24, 2017


High school softball freshmen register impressive debuts

You always remember your first game as a varsity player in high school, especially if you are fortunate enough to start. It may turn out to be a wonderful experience, it may be just OK or it could be one that you chalk up to experience and tell yourself not to …

Larry Mahoney

Extra Bases
2:44 pm Monday, April 24, 2017


The possibilities of mud puddles

I’ve always loved puddles. Not for their mud or water or the usual things puddles can offer, but for their possibilities. They link me very strongly with happy memories from my childhood, and whenever I see one, I long to go find a stick and start playing in it. We …

Julie Harris

When Life Gives You Curves
1:15 pm Monday, April 24, 2017


A Setting Bull with Mars and the Moon

Taurus the Bull is setting shortly after the Sun and this week catch a young crescent Moon with Mars in this fading winter constellation. Taurus is right at the horizon and look for its “V” shaped Hyades right after sunset in the western sky. If you have a telescope, a …

Shawn Laatsch

Eye on Maine Skies!
11:01 am Monday, April 24, 2017


Loving Life on Vacation and at Home

One minute you’re on the list to go backstage at the Imperial Theater, the next you’re muttering in frustration at a sobbing almost-three-year-old as her boots fall off and her package of oyster crackers is lost to the seagulls.

Courtney Naliboff

The Frozen Chosen
10:49 am Monday, April 24, 2017


What is Trending and Why I Could Not Care Less

Trends make money by targeting a specific group and by letting peer pressure do the work for them.  They are the equivalent of a wildfire that starts with that friend or acquaintance showing off her new bracelet. Before you know it, you start seeing them everywhere. Let’s be honest, the …

Kara Addington

Resourcefully Yours
9:05 am Monday, April 24, 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
9:00 am Monday, April 24, 2017


Shorter lifetime limit, pot ban among latest Maine welfare change proposals

Good morning from Augusta, where a mass gathering is expected at the State House for hearings on a number of bills that would make changes to Maine’s social services programs, particularly Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. By our count, there are at least 10 bills related to TANF on today’s …

Michael Shepherd

State & Capitol
8:55 am Monday, April 24, 2017

The country mice travel to Washington, D.C.

We decided to travel to Washington, D.C. for our spring break. It’s a great place, but it turns out, there’s no place like home.

Cherie Galyean

The Scraped-Up Kid
8:26 am Monday, April 24, 2017


Cultivating your life force energy by practicing Qigong

How does the thought of less stress and more vitality sound to you? If you’re yearning for both, you might want to learn the ancient Chinese practice of Qigong.

Diane Atwood

Catching Health
6:00 am Monday, April 24, 2017


Cultivating your life force by practicing Qigong

How does the thought of less stress and more vitality sound to you? If you’re yearning for both, you might want to learn the ancient Chinese practice of Qigong.

Diane Atwood

Catching Health
6:00 am Monday, April 24, 2017


Three good signs the Maine GOP is returning to its pro-business roots

Last week, three great initiatives emerged that could have a positive impact on Maine’s economy and our reputation as a pro-business state. And all three signal a long-awaited and welcome return to free market principles by Republicans in Augusta. The first was the announcement of red-tape cutting measures to help …

Lance Dutson

Lance Dutson
5:22 am Monday, April 24, 2017

Lots of support for expanding brook trout protection

A group of outstanding anglers stepped up to encourage the legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee to expand protection of our native brook trout last Thursday. The public hearing on LD 1136 lasted until 7 pm last Thursday night, and with the exception of the testimony against the bill by …

George Smith

George's Outdoor News
5:00 am Monday, April 24, 2017


Innovative Racer Part II

Stock car racing community is made up of all kinds of personalities. Boisvert epitomizes the self taught successful owner/driver/builder.

Tom Hale

Up North Motorsports
11:23 pm Sunday, April 23, 2017


Can you be in recovery if you use marijuana?

If you answered yes, there’s a new group that might be of interest to you or someone you know.

Patricia Callahan

Mainely Thoughts
9:39 pm Sunday, April 23, 2017


It takes accountability to overcome fear

I just finished watching one of those feel-good videos on Facebook. You know the ones –  somebody does something really incredible while inspirational music plays in the background. Life should be like that – it should have a soundtrack. Whenever you’re doing the right thing – the hard thing, the …

Jim LaPierre

Recovery Rocks
12:37 pm Sunday, April 23, 2017


Nature deals enough violence and aggression to go around

There was a beautiful summer day about ten years ago in a field in Boothbay, Maine, I will never forget as long as I live. It was a big, outdoor party near the ocean, a wedding celebration, and I was a member of the hired entertainment. It was an outdoor …

James Tatum Gale

The Unrealized Republic
11:32 am Sunday, April 23, 2017

Florida Adventures 2017

It’s that time of year once again, spring break,  which means another trip south. Florida is where I want to be for a little fishing therapy before my crazy guide season begins. This year my girlfriend and I  decided to make the trek down together in my “new” convertible.  And …

Kevin McKay

McKay's Fishing Adventures
11:21 am Sunday, April 23, 2017


The March for Science and the fragmentation of the anti-Trump opposition

There is no cooperation between advocacy groups and instead their is an agenda-based battle that confronts all groups, all pulling and pushing for their own self-interests.

Stefano Tijerina

The Glocal
10:02 am Sunday, April 23, 2017


Still time to dress…

Top dress that is. Your garden. If you are anxious to do something in your garden before your perennials begin sprouting or before they grow too much, or if you want to enrich a bed you have planned for a vegetable garden or annual flower garden, you can begin now …

Bill Baker

Speaking Organically
9:48 am Sunday, April 23, 2017


Ways to Make Extra Income Even With a Full-Time Job

Financial stress has been common in most American households in the recent past with most people looking for alternative means to increase their income. While cutting down the costs goes a long way in increasing your savings, it also has a direct impact on your quality of life. Therefore, most …

Adam Richards

Opportunity Knocks
1:07 am Sunday, April 23, 2017