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Gettysburg Burning

Why was Gettysburg burning? Had Confederate Brig. Gen. John McCausland burned the town down as effectively as he did nearby Chambersburg in late July 1864? Not quite. Smoke still wisped amidst the now ashen undergrowth as I stepped onto the summit of Little Round Top on Wednesday, April 12. Brilliant redbud …

Brian Swartz

Maine at War
9:15 am Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Politics

Maine lawmakers edge closer to tightening ballot question rules

The Maine Legislature started a quiet push on Tuesday to put a constitutional amendment on the 2017 ballot that could rein in the state’s increasingly used — and some say abused — citizen initiative process. It always promised to be one of the big issues facing lawmakers after an election …

Michael Shepherd

State & Capitol
8:58 am Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Opinion

Watching Venezuela

Watching Venezuela disintegrate, I remember a man who many years ago predicted the demise of his country. Ivan Maldonado, who as a high school student in the late 1920s was charged with plotting to overthrow Venezuela’s dictator, sentenced to a chain gang, and later sent into exile – put aboard …

James G. Blaine

Perspectives
8:42 am Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Health

What’s more dangerous, tanning sprays or tanning beds?

Tanning beds are risky, but what about tanning sprays? Pathologist Dr. Katy Linskey gives us the answer.

Diane Atwood

Catching Health
6:00 am Wednesday, April 26, 2017

A Kiwi walk and eel fishing

  It finally stopped raining long enough this past weekend so Kiwi and I could get out for a walk early one morning..I figured the upper end of The Rail Trail would be a good choice as most of our normal hiking paths were sure to be very mucky.. Not …

bayman

Maine Matters
5:34 am Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Politics

LePage tries to steal your land

Not content with taking food away from hungry kids or health care away from the sick and the elderly, Gov. Paul LePage has now set his sights on taking public lands away from everyone.

David Farmer

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

You’ll continue to be nickeled and dimed to hunt in Maine

My second attempt to create an affordable comprehensive hunting license crashed at the legislature yesterday after the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife opposed it. Although it has not yet been scheduled for a work session by the legislature’s IFW Committee, it is very unlikely to win the committee’s support. …

George Smith

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

Sports

Red Sox rival wanted

By Mark Paulette Description: Upstanding, respected organization looking for a rival of equal caliber to spice up life. Requirements: Must contend and be of relevancy in the American League’s Eastern Division. Knowledgeable and passionate fans needed to add to rival atmosphere. Strong dislike of Boston Red Sox preferred, though not …

Sterling Pingree

The Drive
4:04 am Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Portland

Westbrook brothers charged in grocery welfare fraud

Good evening from the BDN Portland office on Congress Street. Tonight welfare fraud charges were brought against Westbrook brothers; we meet the guy who may be Maine’s greatest hero; and the Nova Scotia ferry will run for two additional weeks. What we’re talking about Charges brought in alleged grocery welfare …

Jake Bleiberg

BDN Portland
6:49 pm Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Homestead

The invasion of red-winged blackbirds

I was out in the yard enjoying a brief moment of sunshine during the April showers. My front yard has almost full southern exposure even though I have a lot of trees around me because I am in a little gully. The trees and shrubs thoughtfully planted by previous residents …

Doug Alley

Ah The Things I've Done!
6:06 pm Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Outdoors

cabin fever

It’s been a few month since I last expressed my wintery thoughts on a sheet of white, but if you know anything about the snowmobiling season in Maine, you know that February, March and part of April (if it’s a good snow season) is as good as it gets and …

Denise Duperre

Is It Snowing Yet?
5:14 pm Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Politics

In town hall tirade, Gov. LePage gets fundamental tax facts completely wrong

At a town hall that he held in Fort Kent last night to promote his plan to give a massive new tax break to Maine’s wealthiest 2%, Gov. LePage repeatedly and condescendingly made false claims about how taxes work in Maine. LePage apparently doesn’t understand that the 3% surcharge put …

Mike Tipping

Mike Tipping
4:32 pm Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Living

YouTube video of a man falling into the Saco River is trending, commenters confused

You will usually find the same types of videos on YouTube’s trending page. Last night, there was a video that didn’t seem to fit in.

Samuel Shepherd

#Maine
4:00 pm Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Portland

Five fabulous first-birthday decorations

When people say that your child’s first year will “fly by,” they aren’t joking; a series of winter blizzards transformed my sweet and sleepy baby into a bold and bubbly toddler. To match our little lady’s feisty personality, my husband and I opted for a seasonally appropriate “Spring Fiesta” party …

Hailee Morin

Maine Mommy Musings
3:53 pm Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Homestead

Make Your Money Count and Use Less Plastic

Last year, I took a business development course and the guru wanted us to find our customer’s pain points.  I talked about our Maine Seaweed shampoo bars and how I believed they would appeal to anyone who loved the ocean and is concerned about the plague of plastic.  Our shampoo …

Claire Weinberg

Zero Waste Maine
3:34 pm Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Homestead

Lemon Crumb Muffins

  On the day I quit ballet, leaving the ballet company I’d been so excited to join and giving up my chance at performing all over the country with them, I sobbed uncontrollably. It was impulsive. My mother and grandmother had come to my class — something that was only …

Sarah Walker Caron

Maine Course
1:26 pm Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Outdoors

1-minute hike: Cox Pinnacle in Brunswick

Difficulty: Easy. The trails in the network together make up about 1.25 miles and explore a hill known as Cox Pinnacle. Expect a gradual but steady climb to the top of the hill, and watch your step — the surface of the trail can be uneven with exposed tree roots …

Aislinn Sarnacki

Act Out with Aislinn
12:15 pm Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Living

Pittsburgh hates The Chainsmokers ‘forever’ after a mistake Bangorians can relate to

The Chainsmokers have had a lot of negative press in the past few weeks. With their latest gaff, I don’t think that’s going to change soon.

Samuel Shepherd

#Maine
11:56 am Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Politics

LePage moves ahead with bid to gain Trump’s OK for stricter Medicaid rules

Maine will vote on a citizen’s initiative that would force the state to expand in November and these changes are seen as a way to undercut that effort.

Michael Shepherd

State & Capitol
11:13 am Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Living

Snail-whispering Maine girl appears on NBC’s ‘Little Big Shots’

People must have some pretty weird ideas of what we do in Maine to keep busy amongst the trees. Now, thanks to Steve Harvey and NBC’s Little Big Shots, we’re going to have one more question to field from out-of-staters. US Weekly posted last week about Rhys, a 6-year old from Wells, who …

Samuel Shepherd

#Maine
10:37 am Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Health

Who cares about harm reduction?

Who cares about harm reduction? The short answer is: you should. Harm reduction could protect you and the people you love from serious illness and death. The Harm Reduction Coalition defines harm reduction as “a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use.” …

Alison Webb
Health

Dread growing old? It’s time to get a move on!

Feeling old? Not as strong or agile or flexible as you once were? Take it from me and a couple of experts, get a move on and you’ll feel a whole lot better.

Diane Atwood

Catching Health
9:30 am Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Health

Dread growing old? It’s time to get a move on

Feeling old? Not as strong or agile or flexible as you once were? Take it from me and a couple of experts, get a move on and you’ll feel a whole lot better.

Diane Atwood

Catching Health
9:30 am Tuesday, April 25, 2017