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Health

Every household needs a good broom.

There is something about Earth Day in April that makes me want to wax poetic about an unsung heroine of our household. It’s true, we have become a culture of people who love our gadgets and I will admit to being among them. My iPhone is rarely out of reach …

Bettina Blanchard

Life Simplified
10:54 am Saturday, April 29, 2017

Politics

Spring in Maine is like a Baseball Argument in a Traffic Jam

The only things more tedious than awaiting spring in Maine are: waiting for the umpires to review a replay in a baseball game, and sitting behind the wheel in a line of stalled traffic. Whose bad idea was it to replace an umpire’s eyes with a barrage of camera angles? …

Hank Garfield

Slower Traffic
10:49 am Saturday, April 29, 2017

Sports

Take off fat fast

What would be better than losing weight? Easy, that would be losing weight quickly, but everything we hear about weight loss cautions us that healthy weight loss is a long, slow, tedious process. Does it have to be that way? Well, I guess that depends on your definition of long, …

Jackie Conn

See You Lighter
9:38 am Saturday, April 29, 2017

Day 2 Shenanigans

With more than 900 miles in our rear view mirror, we were ready for a little food wine and some much needed rest. Wilson, NC was our resting place for the night. Day 2, SHORTS! We were able to start the day in shorts and flip flops. Yahoo! After a …

Kevin McKay

McKay's Fishing Adventures
9:33 am Saturday, April 29, 2017

Outdoors

Maine’s 2017 Mud Run Season Schedule

It’s that time again!  Round up your friends and family, toss the lawn chairs in the back of the truck, pack the cooler and head out to watch the mud fly!  Here is a list of Maine’s 2017 mud runs listed by date.  Click here to get a list of …

Angela Quintal-Snowman

Adventures of an Untamed Mainer
9:22 am Saturday, April 29, 2017

Opinion

Call Me a Luddite

Back in January I wondered out loud, Was the Internet a Good Idea?  To my way of thinking the information technology (IT) revolution of the past 25 years has been a mixed blessing.  It both created amazing tools for doing everyday tasks and introduced whole new means of mindless addiction …

Mark W. Anderson

Stirring the Pot
8:32 am Saturday, April 29, 2017

Outdoors

Success

Success really depends on each individual and what you are looking to get out of a situation. Just making it out onto the water can be considered a success to some while others are looking for something else. As a guide success is something that each client or friend that …

Jon Peterson

Fishing Poles And Adventures
7:33 am Saturday, April 29, 2017

Portland

Southern food superstar raises the brunch bar really high

Any restaurant that wins my Restaurant of the Year award has to be an absolute stunner and Hot Suppa was indeed just that when they won my top honors in 2016. Much to my dismay, I hadn’t been back since that dinner, so when I wanted to return, I made …

Peter Blanchette

Peter Peter Portland Eater at BDN
7:00 am Saturday, April 29, 2017

Seniors

The inside scoop on your poop

Eating more dietary fiber can improve your gut microbiome and help with autoimmune disorders like chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, irritablebowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis and many others.

Barbara Groth

Healthier You
7:00 am Saturday, April 29, 2017

Opinion

Is the press biased? Editorial views can influence news coverage

A couple of weeks ago, an election was held to fill a vacancy in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District.  The seat had been held by the Republicans since 1979, and pundits saw this election as a key test of President Trump’s popularity and its effect on GOP candidates. The election could …

Gordon L. Weil

Notes from a Corner of the Country
6:30 am Saturday, April 29, 2017

Living

The day the “huge swan with outstretched wings” landed in Bangor

Bangor International Airport sees a unique clientele when it comes to the aircraft that land on its runways. Even from its early days as Godfrey Field in 1927 through its days as Bangor Army Air Field, then Dow Air Force Base, Bangor International Airport has always had a front row …

Allison Markey

Ceiling and Visibility Unlimited
5:53 am Saturday, April 29, 2017

Fascinating history of log driving, sporting camps, and more

One of the best things about writing my book about Maine Sporting Camps is the connections I’ve made with sporting camp owners and others who value history. One connection came from Bill Geller, who retired in 2010 from the University of Maine at Farmington. Bill wrote, “Your relatively recent book …

George Smith

George's Outdoor News
5:00 am Saturday, April 29, 2017

Business

A lot more Canadian lumber came into Maine last year

Maine imports of Canadian softwood lumber increased about 60 percent last year, in product categories now subject to tariffs of about 20 percent. But the story behind those increasing imports and reaction to the tariffs get complicated fast.

Darren Fishell

Widgets and Digits
1:00 am Saturday, April 29, 2017

Homestead

This proposed bill is bad for you, your family, your friends, and your town

LD 1505 is bad for you, your family, your friends…and your town. This Bill would take away the rights of the people of Maine to determine how they live and what kind of environment they want for raising their children and pets and having them thrive. LD 1505 is an …

Bill Baker

Speaking Organically
9:19 pm Friday, April 28, 2017

Politics

Everybody Outside:

Everybody Outside: Take Advantage of Nature’s Healing Power Well-being—that magical blend of comfort, health, and happiness—can be an elusive state if you have chronic stress, pain, or disease. But what if you could increase feelings of well-being simply by going for a walk in nature? A growing body of research …

Wellness Connection of Maine

Cannabis Today
8:00 pm Friday, April 28, 2017

Portland

Welcome to Washington Ave. 3.0

Good evening from the BDN Portland office on Congress Street. Tonight Portland’s Washington Avenue oyster, spirits and mystery restaurant are closer to reality; Crash Barry lashes back at Portland mayor re: weed giveaway; and the Portland Museum of Art has gained a Wyeth. What we’re talking about Inside Portland’s new …

Kathleen Pierce

BDN Portland
5:12 pm Friday, April 28, 2017

Sports

Connect With Your Why, Stir Your Soul

Your WHY needs to stir your soul. Your WHY needs to get you up on a rainy day in May to get to the gym when all you want to do is make a fortress out of pillows. Your WHY needs to drive you to order the salad over the fried clams. Your WHY needs to be stronger than anything else.

Paige Wilcox

Inspire Healthy Living
4:21 pm Friday, April 28, 2017

Outdoors

May Day, Maine Day, May the Fourth be with you

The cross-quarter May Day begins our week which is full of astronomical sights. At the end of the week, look for the Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower.  In between, why not check out From Lightsabers to Tricorders on May the 4th at the planetarium, or Hitchhikers Guide to the Universe: Exoplanets …

Shawn Laatsch

Eye on Maine Skies!
4:15 pm Friday, April 28, 2017

Portland

Portland’s new food and drink hub takes shape

The last flowers have been sold at Creighton & Sons; errant petals long swept away. And this spring, a trio of food and drink establishments are gearing up behind the scenes at 123 Washington Avenue. Construction crews are hard at work transforming the former wholesale florist emporium into Portland’s next gustatory nerve …

Kathleen Pierce

Urban Eye
3:49 pm Friday, April 28, 2017

Outdoors

Desert animals and plants, highlights of my southwest vacation

As we drove through the desert of Nevada on April 21, past sage brush, cacti and twisted Joshua trees, a jackrabbit darted across the road ahead. Jagged brown mountains bordered the flat, dry landscape on both sides. And a group of donkeys clustered around a sun-bleached sign on the side of the …

Aislinn Sarnacki

Act Out with Aislinn
3:37 pm Friday, April 28, 2017

Outdoors

Desert animals and plants, highlights of my southwest vacation

As we drove through the desert of Nevada on April 21, past sage brush, cacti and twisted Joshua trees, a jackrabbit darted across the road ahead. Jagged brown mountains bordered the flat, dry landscape on both sides. And a group of donkeys clustered around a sun-bleached sign on the side of the …

Aislinn Sarnacki

Act Out with Aislinn
3:37 pm Friday, April 28, 2017

State

Is collaborative divorce law the same as ‘conscious uncoupling’?

Would you guess that there is actually a none adversarial path for divorce? Seriously, there is, read on to learn more.

Sarah Cottrell

Dear Liz
2:41 pm Friday, April 28, 2017

Opinion

Sen. Libby wants to pull welfare from the political fray

So many discussions default to Republicans saying cut, cut, cut and Democrats saying hold on a second … we don’t really ever have an unbiased conversation about welfare. (Senator Nathan Libby)

Patricia Callahan

Mainely Thoughts
2:26 pm Friday, April 28, 2017

Downeast

One Day in June, Margaretta Days Festival

Imagine a beautiful sunny morning in a small part of the country that remains true to its history and celebrates it every single year. It is June, and the sky is blue and the trees are green. After an early morning breakfast at the American Legion, a small procession makes …

RJ Heller

Life Downeast
1:16 pm Friday, April 28, 2017