BDN Maine blog network

We bring Maine together with voices from around the state. Pitch your blog idea

Active blogs (208)

Latest blogs

Sports

Bruins avoid arbitration, ink Spooner to deal

By Matthew Cunha The Boston Bruins and forward Ryan Spooner came to a $2.825 million agreement just hours before their arbitration hearing. The original offer for the Bruins 25 year old forward was $2 million. Spooner’s side was asking for a contract with an annual average value around $3.8 million. …

Sterling Pingree

The Drive
4:03 am Thursday, July 27, 2017

Homestead

When the house is the last thing on my mind

  The house has been the last thing on my mind the past week. My Dad was released from the hospital in Boston last Thursday about noon. My parents, my sister, and I headed for Maine, and I could not have been happier.   Saturday and Sunday were rough. Very …

Laura Reed

Laura's House Journey
9:24 pm Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Portland

Rumors of a Marisa Tomei sighting in Maine

Also in tonight’s newsletter, why you can’t trust your vacuum cleaner. And how the delegation reacted to Trump’s latest controversy.

Seth Koenig

BDN Portland
5:06 pm Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Outdoors

11 easy mountain hikes in Maine, part 2

Hiking doesn’t have to be this big daylong undertaking, especially in Maine, where there are hundreds of easy to moderately challenging trails to enjoy. Some of these trails explore small mountains and hills that offer great views. A couple of years ago, I wrote up a list of 11 easy …

Aislinn Sarnacki

Act Out with Aislinn
4:34 pm Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Health

When should you see a doctor for a fever?

A fever usually means your body is fighting an infection. But it can mean something else or can cross a line. Dr. Molly O’Malley tells us when to pay attention.

Diane Atwood

Catching Health
3:34 pm Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Sports

Dan Shaughnessy on the David Price/Dennis Eckersley altercation

Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy reignited the fire storm around the David Price/Dennis Eckersley altercation on an airplane last month. Shaughnessy’s piece is very detailed and well researched. Hear his thoughts on the issue with the Boston Red Sox here as he spoke with Mark Paulette, Jeff Solari and Aaron …

Sterling Pingree

The Drive
2:06 pm Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Medicaid expansion is wrong for Maine

Make no mistake, this referendum is just as destructive and unwise as those you saw on last November’s ballot.

Matthew Gagnon

Pine Tree Politics
1:51 pm Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Portland

These sad songs were making people happy today

One wailed on a plaintive harmonica and sang about his woes. The other fella kept his head down, playing guitar with his hands and a percussion rig with his feet.

Troy R. Bennett

BDN Portland
1:39 pm Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Homestead

Track the total eclipse over Maine on August 21st

Maine will see the solar eclipse, but how much of it? That depends on your zip code.

Sarah Cottrell

Housewife Plus
12:48 pm Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Food

Ondine, new restaurant in Belfast, to feature locally-sourced menu items

Evan Mallett, acclaimed chef and owner of the Black Trumpet restaurant in Portsmouth, N.H., will open his latest restaurant, Ondine Oyster & Wine Bar, in Belfast this Friday. Ondine, named after a mythological elemental water spirit, will feature menu items that showcase an array of locally, sustainably-sourced ingredients, including seafood, meats …

Emily Burnham

The Daily Simmer
11:36 am Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Aroostook

Recipe for Happiness

If happiness is the vehicle, gratitude is the engine. Have you ever noticed that some people can’t seem to be happy, no matter what? Happiness isn’t an event or an occurrence, it’s a choice.  When you start off your day being grateful for the good things in your life, the …

Kara Addington

Resourcefully Yours
9:24 am Wednesday, July 26, 2017

State

How do I get my husband to want me

How do you get the spark back in a marriage once it is gone? Dear Liz and her sassy friends weigh in.

Sarah Cottrell

Dear Liz
9:06 am Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Sports

The scoop on sugar addiction

There is a new evil food and although it’s been around forever and we learned as children to go easy on it and the foods containing it, recently its evil-quotient has blown sky high. I’m talking about sugar You think saturated fat and trans fat is bad for you? Well, if …

Jackie Conn

See You Lighter
8:59 am Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Politics

LePage orders review of forestry tax break he wants to tighten

Gov. Paul LePage issued an executive order on Monday scrutinizing a tax break aimed at preserving commercial woodlots, telling his forestry bureau to reach out to local assessors who administer it and submit a report to his office by December. The Republican governor wants to tighten the Maine Tree Growth Tax program, which …

Michael Shepherd

State & Capitol
8:57 am Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Politics

Hotheads, hot mics and duels: Is there hope for the Republic?

With health care hanging in the balance for millions of people, including 117,000 Mainers, earlier this week we were treated to the musings of a Texas blowhard named Blake Farenthold. Farenthold is a member of Congress from Corpus Christi. He’s a lawyer and talk radio host. He’s been accused of …

David Farmer

David Farmer
5:30 am Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Politics

On hothead, hot mics and duels: Is there hope for the Republic?

What is it about loudmouthed guys and duels?

David Farmer

David Farmer
5:30 am Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Legislature overrides Governor’s veto of Public Lands bill

After several years of intense effort, a bill governing our public lands has been enacted, thanks to votes in the House and Senate to override the Governor’s veto of the bill. Several legislators, including my State Senator Tom Saviello, and our state’s major environmental groups, deserve credit for crafting this …

George Smith

George's Outdoor News
5:00 am Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Sports

The 2017 Patriots: 19o Your Job

By Mark Paulette NFL training camps open across the country this week with all 32 teams sharing a collective goal of hoisting the Lombardi trophy on February 4th in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For many, this is simply a pipe dream. In fact, a very strong case could be made that it’s …

Sterling Pingree

The Drive
4:07 am Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Business

Celebrating Important People In Your Life

Often times we find ourselves in such a hurry that it can be difficult to take a moment to look around and take stock of the meaningful relationships that we have. Birthdays, anniversaries, and other “special” events are a great reminder for us to tell people what they mean to …

Adam Richards

Opportunity Knocks
2:50 am Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Downeast

Lost, now found, a cannon returns home

There are many stories that surface from time to time with regards to something that has been missing for a very long time and then miraculously found. And, no matter the item, it is gratifying when something is put back in its rightful place. The same can now be said …

RJ Heller

Life Downeast
5:30 pm Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Portland

The government’s ‘cheese illuminati’ is secretly trying to stuff your face

Tonight’s edition of The Express evening newsletter is like a stuffed-crust pizza of news.

Seth Koenig

BDN Portland
5:00 pm Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Homestead

Easy Strawberry Sweet Rolls with Lemon Glaze

“You should paint again,” a woman told me recently during a Downtown Bangor Artwalk. I was talking about the small bit of painting I did with my grandmother as a child, remembering the heavy block of paper she preferred to work with — the one that’s still sold today. My …

Sarah Walker Caron

Maine Course
4:43 pm Tuesday, July 25, 2017