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Portland

Ireland – To many from Maine, a place that feels like home.

On nearly our last full day in Ireland, we decided to try to visit three treasures. In the morning, we drove to the Cliffs of Moher and braved the sudden and seemingly endless winds that blew ashore from the North Atlantic.
The weren’t more than 50 cars in the parking lot, a very small number for one of the most popular tourist attractions in this part of Ireland, and because of the weather, we decided to try to park closer to the visitor center.

David Arenstam

My Secret Maine
7:32 pm Monday, February 27, 2017

Bangor

Tourney Time Then and Now; Thoughts on Preserving a Maine Tradition

Whenever “tourney time” rolls around, I think back to when I was eight years old. I remember piling into our old Isuzo Trooper and making my first trip with my dad and his friend to the Bangor Auditorium. It was my brother’s senior year in high school and he and …

Rebecca Reisman

Company in the Dooryard
7:29 pm Monday, February 27, 2017

Sports

Sox Broadcaster Dave O’Brien

NESN’s Dave O’Brien visited with us on Downtown to talk about the Red Sox peaceful spring training camp, the leaner, meaner Pablo Sandoval, and he also offered his thoughts on who he thinks will win college basketball’s national championship. Downtown Audio: Dave O’Brien

Rich Kimball

Downtown with Rich Kimball
7:24 pm Monday, February 27, 2017

Portland

What we know about the West End homicide investigation

Good evening from the BDN Portland office on Congress Street. Tonight: we have absolutely no news. Sorry, wait, I have the wrong envelope. Tonight: we have plenty of news. Also, here’s a video of a bat eating a watermelon. What we’re talking about A man was found dead on Chadwick …

Dan MacLeod

BDN Portland
6:45 pm Monday, February 27, 2017

Opinion

Congratulations on your balanced DHHS budget, Commissioner Mayhew

The only problem is, there’s more to being in charge of the best interests of the citizens of a state than just cash pools and balanced books in one department.

Patricia Callahan

Mainely Thoughts
6:13 pm Monday, February 27, 2017

Seniors

When bad things happen we can still make choices

Cancer has claimed another life. It wasn’t just cancer. It was pancreatic cancer, which is the particular one that stole life from my husband Jim more than 6 years ago. This death hit close to home; it happened in the tight New England flyball (think dog relay racing) community I …

Julie Harris

When Life Gives You Curves
4:08 pm Monday, February 27, 2017

Health

Scientists at MDI Biological Laboratory discover a tiny molecule that may be able to heal a damaged heart

Heart disease is the leading cause of death around the world. At a research lab on the coast of Maine, scientists have discovered a tiny molecule that shows great promise for damaged hearts.

Diane Atwood

Catching Health
3:57 pm Monday, February 27, 2017

Outdoors

Homestead chickens: Lessons learned (Part 1)

When my wife Moira and I decided to raise homestead chickens we already had a fair amount of working knowledge. Building on a foundation of experience stemming from keeping backyard chickens for the last few years, we made the next step to raising a full on homestead chicken flock last …

John Floyd

Life on the Ridge
3:22 pm Monday, February 27, 2017

Seniors

Overcoming retirement existential angst

Contemplating retirement prompts lots of questions including soul-searching, existential, ones. Will your answers lead you to challenge that ageism that baby boomers exacerbated with our “never trust anyone over 30″ mindset? Will you embrace new possibilities and redefine yourself and the meaning of aging? Or, will you just get older?

Kathryn Avery

Your Countdown to Retirement
2:32 pm Monday, February 27, 2017

Living

What do you think of Genealogy.com?

Welcome to this, my first post! I’ve never been a blogger before, so feel free to pass on some tips if you have experience! Anyhow, let’s see if we can get some comments going. I’d really like to know what you think of Genealogy.com. Personally, I thought it was just …

Emily Schroeder

Emily's Genealogy Blog
2:29 pm Monday, February 27, 2017

Food

Knowing when to leave

Leaving New Mexico… not as easy as it could’ve been. And some thoughts on those who leave us. Simple advice: don’t stay too long at the fair.

Ned White

Journeys Over a Hot Stove
1:03 pm Monday, February 27, 2017

Bangor

Ween, Elvis Costello set for June, July concerts at Thompson’s Point in Portland

The State Theatre Presents announced on Monday morning two concerts in its summer 2017 series: cult favorites Ween are set for a Saturday, June 10 show, and Elvis Costello and the Imposters will perform on Monday, July 24. Tickets for both shows go on sale on Friday, March 3 via …

Emily Burnham

Culture Shock
12:51 pm Monday, February 27, 2017

Living

Introducing, Emily’s Genealogy Blog to the BDN blog network

We are excited to welcome a genealogy blog to the BDN blog network!

Sarah Cottrell

Emily's Genealogy Blog
12:42 pm Monday, February 27, 2017

Sports

Here are the reasons tourney upsets occur

Many high school basketball tourney fans love to see the big upset, especially when it’s the No 8 team knocking off the No. 1 seed in quarterfinal action. I’ve been on both sides of these upsets. I’ve had my No. 1 team knocked off in the quarterfinals twice and I’ve …

Bob Cimbollek

Off the Rim
11:54 am Monday, February 27, 2017

Portland

Icelandic rockers headline Portland music fest that no one can pronounce

Like most bands playing Sunaana, Mammút is on the verge of breaking big in the U.S.

Kathleen Pierce

Urban Eye
11:26 am Monday, February 27, 2017

Food

After nearly 18 years in business, Thistle’s Restaurant in downtown Bangor has closed

About two weeks ago, Thistle’s Restaurant, which for nearly 18 years has served a fusion of Latin American and classic European fare at its Exchange Street location, quietly announced that it was closing its doors. So quietly that, in fact, longtime patrons of the restaurant weren’t sure they were actually …

Emily Burnham

The Daily Simmer
11:16 am Monday, February 27, 2017

Outdoors

Where in the woods am I? Win an L.L.Bean gift card!

The prize for this week’s “Where in the Woods” trail ID contest is a $50 gift card to L.L.Bean! A big thank you to Charlie’s for sponsoring this contest and making this awesome prize possible each week! To enter the contest, all you have to do is guess where I …

Aislinn Sarnacki

Act Out with Aislinn
11:07 am Monday, February 27, 2017

Outdoors

Revealing the hidden figures of black history in Acadia National Park

More than 200 years ago, a free African American named Thomas Frazer settled at what is now a picnic area in the Schoodic section of Acadia National Park. He fished, farmed and operated a salt works, and was the first non-Native American resident of the area. It’s a little-known aspect …

Dolores Kong & Dan Ring

Acadia on My Mind
10:20 am Monday, February 27, 2017

Food

New Mainers Speak Up – In French – For Safety Net

  Less than a century since the Maine legislature was engaged in passing laws restricting the use of French in public schools, restricting the ability of French Canadians to naturalize, and imposing literacy tests on voters, French was heard in the halls of the state house.  At least a dozen …

James Myall

Parlez-Vous American?
10:00 am Monday, February 27, 2017

You can almost hear the roar of the tide in this wonderful book

                Jonathon White’s book, Tides, roars in and out like the tides at Lubec. Which is very appropriate, given that the book, subtitled The Science and Spirit of the Ocean, is all about our amazing tides all over the world. White fills his book with fascinating stories about his worldwide …

George Smith

George's Outdoor News
9:12 am Monday, February 27, 2017

Politics

LePage on Fox News: Obamacare has been ‘stealing from the American people’

Good morning from Augusta. Gov. Paul LePage started today in the national media spotlight with an appearance on Fox & Friends. LePage has been in Washington for several days meeting with President Donald Trump and Republican governors and leading a discussion about welfare reform at the Conservative Political Action Conference …

Christopher Cousins

State & Capitol
8:58 am Monday, February 27, 2017

Sports

Lose weight and keep your life

What are you willing to give up to lose weight? Would you give up living your life the way you like to live it? Donna did. She lost 195 pounds and she lost her lifestyle in the process. Donna friends and family shared similar lifestyle. Their favorite way to have fun …

Jackie Conn

See You Lighter
7:06 am Monday, February 27, 2017

Politics

Trip to Israel: The holy city of Jerusalem

Tomes have been written about Jerusalem and the fact that it is home to holy sites for the world’s three great monotheistic religions. The Temple Mount is the third holiest site in Islam and home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock. By tradition, the Dome of …

David Farmer

David Farmer
6:27 am Monday, February 27, 2017

Politics

My weird relationship with guns

Our society is predicated on freedom, but there’s a tipping point when freedom for those who want to own guns starts to infringe on the freedoms of those who don’t.

Lance Dutson

Lance Dutson
5:50 am Monday, February 27, 2017