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Portland

Seasickness has an evil twin

For the first time in several years, after a few days at home, I was landsick. That’s right; I was not seasick while on the boat, I was landsick walking on shore afterward.

Matt Garand

A Life Aboard
9:59 am Saturday, May 27, 2017

Food

Hey Maine voters – you’re about to get the shaft

The fate of Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) almost certainly will be determined this week by the state legislature, and it’s not looking good. At least not for the 53% of you who voted for it last November.

Ned White

Journeys Over a Hot Stove
8:51 am Saturday, May 27, 2017

Portland

This is a must have for seafood and beautiful views this summer

Last time I reviewed Scales on Commercial St. was right after they opened. I was impressed by their food, but slightly underwhelmed by their value. Much like many of the newer restaurants in Portland, especially those in the high-rent, waterfront area, Scales was pricy, and I left with mixed feelings …

Peter Blanchette

Peter Peter Portland Eater at BDN
7:00 am Saturday, May 27, 2017

Portland

This is a must have for seafood and beautiful views this summer

This is a must have for seafood and beautiful views this summerLast time I reviewed Scales on Commercial St. was right after they opened. I was impressed by their food, but slightly underwhelmed by their value. Much like many of the newer restaurants in Portland, especially those in the high-rent, …

Peter Blanchette

Peter Peter Portland Eater at BDN
7:00 am Saturday, May 27, 2017

Portland

A Maine baseball team is going to hand out dolls of a U.S. Senator

Revered former Maine U.S. Senator Margaret Chase Smith now has something in common with a man named Mookie.

Troy R. Bennett

BDN Portland
7:00 am Saturday, May 27, 2017

Opinion

Federal, state budget battles focus on cutting taxes, key programs

Big budget battles are under way now. In Maine, the Legislature struggles toward a bipartisan compromise, essential for adopting a state budget, with the central issues being tax cuts for the wealthy and education spending. In Washington, President Trump’s new budget proposal focuses on tax cuts for the wealthy and …

Gordon L. Weil

Notes from a Corner of the Country
6:30 am Saturday, May 27, 2017

Sports

Strides in Green: “The Progression” of the Boston Celtics

By Sterling Pingree The 2016-17 Boston Celtics season has come to a close and with all of the potential that this off season could have for the Causeway Street Crew, next year this team could look very different than the one we just spent 6 weeks watching in playoff games. …

Sterling Pingree

The Drive
4:24 am Saturday, May 27, 2017

Portland

17 Prisoners Released

Good evening from the BDN Portland office on Congress Street. Tonight: released prisoners, a $16 million park proposal, and coffee milk in Biddeford. What we’re talking about LePage releases 17 prisoners under conditional commutations — BDN Portland reporter Jake Blieberg reports that Gov. Paul Lepage on Friday commuted, with conditions, …

Bill Trotter

BDN Portland
6:40 pm Friday, May 26, 2017

Opinion

Serving those who served to celebrate Memorial Day weekend

I am channeling my usual Memorial Day weekend grief into a volunteer opportunity.

Patricia Callahan

Mainely Thoughts
6:37 pm Friday, May 26, 2017

Outdoors

Jupiter mysteries and a Beehive with the Moon

If you think you know Jupiter, think again!  The first science results are in from NASA’s Juno spacecraft, currently in orbit around our solar system’s largest planet.  Incredible new cloud features, magnificent aurorae with a connection to Io, and a stronger than expected magnetic field with anomalies are just the …

Shawn Laatsch

Eye on Maine Skies!
5:14 pm Friday, May 26, 2017

Portland

Maine coffee milk company rockets across New England

It’s called Rocket Fuel for a reason. A few slugs of Carson Lynch’s potion, made with dark roast coffee, caramelized sugar and Maine dairy, delivers lift off. Since hitting the market nine years ago, Rocket Fuel has steadily powered its way across New England. “Coffee milk is a New England tradition, …

Kathleen Pierce

Urban Eye
3:21 pm Friday, May 26, 2017

Aroostook

Aroostook Outdoor News: 5.26.17 edition

  In this edition: 1) A historic walking tour in Presque Isle. 2) Ice fishing (yes, ice fishing) in Forest City. 3) Running events to honor veterans in Houlton. Plus lots more!   Events: Saturday, May 27 Presque Isle Historical Society Guided Historic Downtown Walking Tour, Presque Isle. 10:00 a.m.-Noon. …

Mark Shea

offugo...
2:18 pm Friday, May 26, 2017

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