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Who foots the bill for traveling with kids after a divorce?

Traveling with kids after a divorce? You may be surprised by who has to pay for it.

Sarah Cottrell

Dear Liz
10:25 am Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Bangor

Eric Church set for September concert in Bangor; Trey Anastasio set for Portland

Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion on Tuesday announced one more concert for its 2017 season: country superstar Eric Church, who will perform on Saturday, Sept. 23. Tickets for the early fall concert will go on sale on Friday, June 9 via Ticketmaster. Also recently announced for September is Phish frontman Trey Anastasio …

Emily Burnham

Culture Shock
9:59 am Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Food

Chicken with Shallots: Another Way with Popular Poultry

  Chicken is such useful stuff, susceptible to so many ways of preparing it. It has its own flavor but it takes on so many more without dominating. And none of us has to chase a bundle of feathers around a yard, kill, scald, pluck and gut as folks did …

Sandy Oliver

Taste Buds
9:37 am Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Food

Nigerian wings! And a reconsideration of “trailer trash”

Delicious and tasty chicken wings with Nigerian spices! And some thoughts on the derogatory term “trailer trash,” and people we’ve known who defy the stereotype. (They’re also in three of my four novels as significant characters).

Ned White

Journeys Over a Hot Stove
9:22 am Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Politics

LePage rips GOP state senator over prison closure dispute

Gov. Paul LePage claimed Tuesday that members of the Legislature are reneging on a deal regarding the closure of the Downeast Correctional Facility in Machiasport, but didn’t provide many details. Noting that state government sends more aid to Washington County than it receives in revenue from Down East, LePage said …

Christopher Cousins

State & Capitol
8:58 am Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Opinion

Old White Men Clapping

When Harvard president Drew Faust recently told the 50th reunion class of 1967 that “this fall’s freshman class will be the first majority minority class in the college’s history,” the audience applauded. The incoming freshmen will look very different from those who arrived in the fall of 1963, when black …

James G. Blaine

Perspectives
8:32 am Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Business

It’s an Open Book Test

I said earlier that if there’s some discussion I keep having with my boss, specifically if it’s a positive one, I should share. This article is a bit of a twist on that. When my last boss and I discussed our success, he said it wasn’t that we were doing …

James Tinker

The Day Job
8:00 am Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Black flies and deer ticks end turkey hunting for me

I paid $10/hour to hunt turkeys this year. Linda and I were enjoying a birding adventure in Arizona for the first two weeks of Maine’s spring turkey season, so I missed that. And my schedule was very busy when we returned. But I did get my 10-year-old grandson, Vishal, out …

George Smith

George's Outdoor News
5:00 am Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Business

Ways to keep employees happy

All employers want to foster a positive environment that will breed the best morale and work ethic. Even a drill sergeant wants to instill a sense of confidence and positive energy into his troops, despite the seemingly tough love approach to his orders. When it comes to an office or …

Adam Richards

Opportunity Knocks
12:21 am Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Sports

Why you should never exercise to lose weight

You can lose weight without any exercise whatsoever. It’s true and moreover, you shouldn’t exercise to lose weight. You might think I’m wrong. You know how unhealthy it is not to exercise. You firmly believe people who professes to hate exercise can find some kind of physical activity that’s fun. They can …

Jackie Conn

See You Lighter
8:18 pm Monday, May 29, 2017

Health

After suffering an aneurysm in her brain, Amy Paquette finally got her life back again

One in 50 people in the U.S. has a brain aneurysm, including Amy Paquette. She shares her story of recovery to give hope and encouragement to others.

Diane Atwood

Catching Health
7:58 pm Monday, May 29, 2017

Portland

Sometimes the simplest Memorial Day celebrations are the best.

ARUNDEL – Memorial Day means a variety of distinct and often contrasting events to people across the state and across the country. For some of the residents of Arundel, Maine, the Sunday before Memorial Day begins not with a parade, not with a barbecue, or even with the promise of …

David Arenstam

My Secret Maine
2:43 pm Monday, May 29, 2017

Outdoors

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
12:37 pm Monday, May 29, 2017

Homestead

My first (and LAST day) as an emergency dispatch operator

“This blog post is fiction and the events described did not happen. Please enjoy.” Sunday, May 28 was the first day of my new job as an emergency dispatch operator for the Bangor area. As it turned out, I would only take one call. But the guy must have been …

Doug Alley

Ah The Things I've Done!
11:05 am Monday, May 29, 2017

Portland

The Portland mayor who gave the order to shoot into a crowd

Later, while Dow and the militia were enjoying their crackers, a doctor came in and asked Dow if he knew a man lay dead outside.

Troy R. Bennett

BDN Portland
7:00 am Monday, May 29, 2017

Politics

Portland needs a strong mayor

In 2010, Portland voters were asked whether they wanted an elected mayor. Voters said yes — they wanted a chief executive accountable to voters. But so far, that’s not what we’ve gotten. Right now, the most powerful person in Portland government is the city manager, Jon Jennings. The city manager …

Lance Dutson

Lance Dutson
5:30 am Monday, May 29, 2017

Politics

Portland’s government by ambiguity and conflict isn’t what residents voted for

Portland voters said they wanted a chief executive accountable to voters. But so far, that’s not what we’ve gotten.

Lance Dutson

Lance Dutson
5:30 am Monday, May 29, 2017

Claybrook Mountain Lodge is the place for birds, trout, and more

For the third year in a row, Linda and I spent a May weekend at Claybrook Mountain Lodge in Lexington, Plantation, where owners Greg and Pat Drummond offer birding weekends. Greg and our mutual friend Ron Joseph are our birding guides and do a superb job, identifying 100 species this …

George Smith

George's Outdoor News
5:00 am Monday, May 29, 2017

Sports

Biggest Race Weekend of the Year

What a busy weekend of motorsports events! Whew, I think I will need a few days to recover and I wasn’t racing!

Tom Hale

Up North Motorsports
1:53 am Monday, May 29, 2017

Food

Why a Young Man Should Serve

Pride. Character. Betterment. A few of the reasons Aimée McDuff of Brunswick gave his friend Philias Morin for his enlistment in the US Army in the fall of 1917.  McDuff, a Franco-American, enlisted in the Engineer Corps, but transferred to the Medical Corps where his ability to speak French was highly valued. …

James Myall

Parlez-Vous American?
6:16 pm Sunday, May 28, 2017

Opinion

A solution for ranked-choice voting issue after the supreme court decision

Voters could be faced with choices that simply renew the ranked-choice voting debate.

Gordon L. Weil

Notes from a Corner of the Country
10:51 am Sunday, May 28, 2017