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A Gift to Myself

As I quickly approach my 40th birthday, I want to take a moment to reflect on what I’ve learned so far.  The best way I could fully appreciate my most important lessons was to write a letter to my 13-year-old self.  What would you say? This is what I came …

Kara Addington

Resourcefully Yours
12:34 pm Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Party time: Celebrate my first guidebook with me June 1

My debut hiking guidebook, “Family-Friendly Hikes in Maine,” was released this month by Down East Books in partnership with the BDN, and it’s time to celebrate! The book launch party will be 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 1, at Epic Sports, 6 Central Street in Bangor. The event is free and open …

Aislinn Sarnacki

Act Out with Aislinn
11:14 am Wednesday, May 24, 2017


A descendant seeks her Maine Civil War hero at Poplar Grove National Cemetery

Editor’s note: Dawn Langton of Florida is a great-great granddaughter of Willard Greenleaf Delano, who mustered with the 1st Maine Heavy Artillery Regiment in Bangor in 1863 and died at Petersburg on June 18, 1864. This is the tale of her search for her ancestor’s burial site. By Dawn Langton …

Brian Swartz

Maine at War
11:05 am Wednesday, May 24, 2017


LePage’s push for a statewide teacher contract fails its first test

After voicing tepid openness to negotiating Gov. Paul LePage’s call for a statewide teacher contract, Democrats have drawn a line in the sand that could doom the proposal. Democrats on the Legislature’s Education Committee on Tuesday rejected the bill, which was sponsored by Rep. Matt Pouliot, R-Augusta. The committee votes …

Christopher Cousins

State & Capitol
8:52 am Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Is a daily multivitamin “worth it”?

Do you take a multivitamin every day? Is it necessary? Registered dietitian Andrea Paul gives us her answer.

Diane Atwood

Catching Health
7:31 am Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Lawmakers on dangerous ground when they ignore voters

Voters are getting pummeled in the Legislature. Last year, the stalemate on important issues caused by a hothead of a governor and a divided Legislature led voters to take matters into their own hands. In a crowded November ballot, they passed four of five citizens’ initiatives. Voters said yes to …

David Farmer

David Farmer
5:30 am Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Moose referendum was hard-fought battle

The 1983 referendum initiated by a group trying to stop Maine’s new moose hunting season was contentious and hard-fought. Here’s a look back at it in a Sun Journal news story by reporter Joe O’Connor. Moose-kill Issue Draws Foes Face to Face, October 6, 1983. “Is the Department of Inland …

George Smith

George's Outdoor News
5:00 am Wednesday, May 24, 2017


What now Danny?

By Mark Paulette We New Englanders possess many wonderful characteristics when it comes to our beloved teams. We are passionate and feisty. Salty and sarcastic. And no matter how badly we may get spurned, we always remain faithful and comeback for more. Though if we have one flaw, and I’m …

Sterling Pingree

The Drive
4:04 am Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Considering a Career Change? 5 Things To Go Over First

It’s hard to conceptualize a change in your life as big as the move to a new career. While there are many people who do this every year, it’s hard to see exactly how it will affect your life. Before you make the leap to a new career, take some …

Adam Richards

Opportunity Knocks
6:05 pm Tuesday, May 23, 2017


Cheaper Alternatives to Conventional Problems

It seems that pennies have to be pinched harder than ever these days, with healthcare being no exception. While sitting back and waiting for the government to fix things is probably not going to bear fruit, there are a few ways to reduce the amount you’ll have to spend on …

Adam Richards

Opportunity Knocks
5:57 pm Tuesday, May 23, 2017



Good evening from the BDN Portland office on Congress Street. Tonight the state supreme court rules ranked-choice voting unconstitutional; a judge has ordered local media to hand over recordings related to the Sanborn murder case; and we’re frying crabs. What we’re talking about Ranked-choice voting unconstitutional — Maine’s supreme court …

Jake Bleiberg

BDN Portland
5:54 pm Tuesday, May 23, 2017


WPA Cemetery Plans Online!

As Memorial Day approaches, visions of cemeteries dance through our heads (or at least in mine, as I find more ancestors to bring flowers to…). Many Maine cemeteries have plans originally created courtesy of the Works Progress Administration, which reside at the Maine State Archives. Thanks to that staff and …

Emily Schroeder

Emily's Genealogy Blog
3:39 pm Tuesday, May 23, 2017


Treating addiction with marijuana isn’t that controversial

My attitude is whatever it takes to keep these folks from showing up in body bags at the chief medical examiner’s office.

Patricia Callahan

Mainely Thoughts
3:35 pm Tuesday, May 23, 2017


Oceanside softball coach teaches life lessons in both jobs

Oceanside High School softball coach Rusty Worcester has been a corrections officer for 34 years. He has worked his way up to assistant director of the Bolduc Correctional Facility in Warren. Worcester is in his 17th season as the softball coach at Georges Valley and now Oceanside, the result of a 2012 …

Pete Warner

Extra Bases
2:06 pm Tuesday, May 23, 2017


Salads with Sauteed Radishes

Sometimes being a single parent means accepting that I am imperfect, that the ability to teleport doesn’t exist and that it has to be okay that I cannot do everything. I received a loud and clear reminder of that last week. It was impossible to mistake. My son’s final middle …

Sarah Walker Caron

Maine Course
1:55 pm Tuesday, May 23, 2017


Can I keep my married name if I get divorced?

Are you stuck with your maiden name or can you choose a new one? Can you keep your married name or will you be forced to change your name? Dear Liz has the answers.

Sarah Cottrell

Dear Liz
12:36 pm Tuesday, May 23, 2017


1-minute hike: Acadia Mountain in Acadia National Park

Difficulty: Moderate. Hiking to the summit and back is 2 miles, or you can create a loop hike by continuing past the summit and turning onto the Man O’ War Road for a 3.2-mile hike. Regardless of the route you take, expect a few steep sections of trail that include …

Aislinn Sarnacki

Act Out with Aislinn
12:36 pm Tuesday, May 23, 2017


1-minute hike: Acadia Mountain in Acadia National Park

Difficulty: Moderate. There are a few different hiking routes that will bring you to the summit of Acadia Mountain. Hiking to the summit and back is 2 miles, or you can create a loop hike by continuing past the summit and turning onto the Man O’ War Road for a …

Aislinn Sarnacki

Act Out with Aislinn
12:36 pm Tuesday, May 23, 2017


Pitching depth a key element of ‘A’ North race

The race for Class A North baseball supremacy this spring has been marked by a depth of quality pitching. Whether the tandem is Peter Kemble and Nick Cowperthwaite of Bangor, Jack Corey and Alex Brooks of Brewer, Alex McKenney and Casey Sudbeck of Hampden Academy or Jarod Norcross Plourde and Damien …

Ernie Clark

Extra Bases
11:52 am Tuesday, May 23, 2017


Bangor’s newest coffee shop Wicked Brew opens on Park Street

You almost have to pause for a moment when you step through the door at 173 Park Street. You’ve exited the streets of Bangor and found yourself somewhere far away, where you can slow down, perhaps curl up with a coffee and good book and just take a moment to …

Sarah Walker Caron

The Daily Simmer
11:31 am Tuesday, May 23, 2017


Former Penobscot Theatre actor among drag queens that performed with Katy Perry on SNL

Eagle-eyed fans of performances at the Penobscot Theatre Company may have noticed a former actor with the company among the crowd of drag queens that performed with pop star Katy Perry on “Saturday Night Live” last weekend. Jesse Havea has been seen in several PTC productions, including “A Christmas Carol” …

Emily Burnham

Culture Shock
11:19 am Tuesday, May 23, 2017