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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 Stevens of Brewer, Alex McKenney and Casey Sudbeck of Hampden Academy or Jarod Norcross Plourde and …

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


On Manchester

My heart bleeds for those people who, finding refuge in music, were killed and maimed. My mind immediately goes to our beautiful, excitable little girl who is a huge fan of pop music generally. She easily could have been one of the kids who died, had it taken place in …

Alex Steed

10:52 am Tuesday, May 23, 2017


Asparagus and Smoked Salmon: What a Pair

Asparagus springs up daily in the garden this time of year, as welcome a sight as any I can think of. We indulge in it now while we can and while I never weary of plain asparagus lightly sautéed in olive oil, or roasted in the oven, or steamed and …

Sandy Oliver

Taste Buds
9:30 am Tuesday, May 23, 2017


LePage doesn’t like newspapers. But he vetoed a bill hurting newspapers

Good morning from Augusta, where a heavier flow of bills moving to the floors of the legislative chambers means more vetoes from the all-time champion in that statistic, Gov. Paul LePage. The House of Representatives will vote on whether to override another five vetoes today, including one of a bill …

Michael Shepherd

State & Capitol
8:47 am Tuesday, May 23, 2017


9 ways why summer supports your weight related goals

We had a little taste of summer heat last week and if you’re like me it left you saying, “give me more.” I love summer for a lot of reasons including longer days and the warm weather. Summer presents some unique challenges to losing weight. Things like excessive heat and …

Jackie Conn

See You Lighter
7:10 am Tuesday, May 23, 2017


Sleepless in Saco, a trio of coffee shops open this summer

Can she do for Saco what she did for Knightville? “There is nobody like us around here. We want to become a destination,” says Jeannie Dunnigan, the rollerskating owner of Cia in South Portland who is opening a second cafe in downtown Saco in June. The energetic entrepreneur and her …

Kathleen Pierce

Urban Eye
6:09 am Tuesday, May 23, 2017


How the town of Gorham intends to become the happiest, healthiest community in Maine

The happiest, healthiest town in Maine? That’s what’s in the works for Gorham. Learn how the initiative got started and how the town hopes to reach its goal.

Diane Atwood

Catching Health
6:00 am Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Lots of killed bills this session, from Spearfishing to Sunday hunting

As usual, most of the nearly 2000 bills introduced this legislative session have been killed or will be soon, including lots of fish and wildlife bills. Here are some of the more interesting bills that got nowhere. All the Sunday hunting bills failed. One of the more interesting would have …

George Smith

George's Outdoor News
5:00 am Tuesday, May 23, 2017


Jackson 5: Why you shouldn’t panic about the Red Sox

By Aaron Jackson   With the Red Sox floating at or around .500 on the season, fans and players are starting to get a little antsy to see their team perform up to the potential most believe exists. While some writers and fans have begun calling for John Farrell’s head, …

Sterling Pingree

The Drive
4:38 am Tuesday, May 23, 2017


A Jewish Take on the Confederate Statue Removals

I can imagine what seeing images of the Confederacy embraced and exalted by individuals and communities might feel like to someone who does have enslavement in their family history.

Courtney Naliboff

The Frozen Chosen
9:06 pm Monday, May 22, 2017


Mayor calls for charter review, councilors sigh

Good evening from the BDN Portland office on Congress Street. Tonight the mayor won’t veto the budget; this coffee is on nitro; and a new community group pushes a rent control referendum. What we’re talking about Mayor doesn’t veto budget — On Monday, Mayor Ethan Strimling said he wouldn’t follow …

Jake Bleiberg

BDN Portland
5:43 pm Monday, May 22, 2017


Four baby squirrels with tails tangled together rescued by Bangor men

When it comes to weird wildlife sightings, Andrew Day of Bangor now has one for the books — four baby squirrels tangled together by their tails, and they were in danger. Yesterday, on May 21, Day was visiting his parents’ house in Bangor when he looked out the window and something caught …

Aislinn Sarnacki

Act Out with Aislinn
5:15 pm Monday, May 22, 2017


Best Ever Homemade Flour Tortillas

The versatility of a well-made flour tortilla astounds me. Additionally, the effort-to-payoff ratio is highly satisfying during the summer months when finding time for cooking can be a challenge. Lately, I have made a habit of whipping up a batch of these tortillas every week for meals-on-the-fly, and I have …

Bethany Mathieu

Sweet Potato Kitchen
1:02 pm Monday, May 22, 2017


I am winning the epic mind battle that is widowhood

  The mind is an amazing thing. It’s not an actual organ like the brain is, but it can control how so many organs function. It defines our humanity, and how we react to life. It is the keeper of all of our emotions and life experiences. And yet, it …

Julie Harris

When Life Gives You Curves
12:39 pm Monday, May 22, 2017


Breaking a nail is a big deal for dogs (Oreo is out of commission)

So apparently, splitting a nail is a painful and debilitating injury for dogs. It’s also a fairly common injury, and getting it taken care of can cost a pretty penny. I learned all this last weekend, when my dog Oreo went outside to go to the bathroom in the morning …

Aislinn Sarnacki

Act Out with Aislinn
12:31 pm Monday, May 22, 2017