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Outdoors

Summer is Here; So Is Camp

Across the state, camp directors are assembling their staffs, making last-minute maintenance repairs, watching the forecast, and awaiting the arrival of thousands of youngsters for another camp season. Regardless of the type of camp – coed and single gender, day and residential, arts and sports, traditional and tripping – camp …

Kristine Millard

Summer in Maine: Kids, Camps, Community
6:29 pm Friday, June 23, 2017

Portland

There’s still no state budget, but we do have a black widow spider

Also in tonight’s newsletter, a study showing car crashes increasing in state’s which have legalized marijuana.

Seth Koenig

BDN Portland
4:52 pm Friday, June 23, 2017

Outdoors

Wandering Planets, Exoplanets, and Ophiuchus?

This week we have some fun things to see from the planets in our solar system to a “serpent bearer” constellation, plus some cool exoplanet news from NASA’s Kepler Mission.  Here is your guide to the sky for June 26 to July 2, 2017… Sun and Moon – Some observations …

Shawn Laatsch

Eye on Maine Skies!
4:38 pm Friday, June 23, 2017

Food

New research suggests link between reovirus and celiac disease

After a short hiatus from my blog, I am back! I took this break unintentionally, which stemmed from the stresses of finishing college, but I am now graduated with a BA in Mass Communication from University of Maine! I finally feel ready to dive back into my blog. Something I’ve …

Chloe Dyer

Gluten Free ME
3:56 pm Friday, June 23, 2017

Seniors

Wing it wisely at Buffalo Wild Wings

Wings at Buffalo Wild Wings are loaded with saturated fat, sodium and even carbs depending on what you choose. Plain traditional wings, skipping the fries, are a better choice. Better yet, try this drumstick recipe for a healthier version.

Barbara Groth

Healthier You
3:16 pm Friday, June 23, 2017

Outdoors

A Winter Wren Atop Height of Land

One of my absolute favorite places in Maine is “Height of Land” in Roxbury. Every summer I drive by this spectacular view on my way to the Rangeley Lakes Region, and though I’ve taken in the layered-mountain landscape hundreds of times it never fails to take my breath away. In …

Erika Zambello

Birding Maine
2:57 pm Friday, June 23, 2017

Aroostook

Aroostook Outdoor News: 6.23.17 edition

  In this edition: 1) Breakfast with a view in Mapleton. 2) 5k events in Houlton and Caribou. 3) A fishing derby in Shin Pond. Plus lots more!   Events: Saturday, June 24 MAPLETON: Mapleton Daze Breakfast with a View. 7:00 a.m. at Haystack Mountain Trailhead, located approx. 4 miles …

Mark Shea

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2:27 pm Friday, June 23, 2017

Outdoors

Acadia National Park committee suspension lifted by Interior Secretary

The Acadia National Park Advisory Commission is planning to resume meetings, following a sudden suspension of their meetings by the Trump administration in May. Ryan Zinke, the secretary of interior, had suspended the meetings of the Acadia commission and more than 200 other federal advisory committees to give his department …

Dolores Kong & Dan Ring

Acadia on My Mind
12:13 pm Friday, June 23, 2017

Health

David Aronson wears two Lyme Disease hats: Patient and Lyme-literate therapist

David Aronson is a therapist who works with people struggling with Lyme Disease. He knows first hand how the disease can take its toll on people. His story.

Diane Atwood

Catching Health
9:53 am Friday, June 23, 2017

Opinion

A Return to Trump Country, Part 1

Washington County, Pennsylvania, lies just south of Pittsburgh, close by the West Virginia line. It was the center of the Whiskey Rebellion against Alexander Hamilton’s tax on liquor to pay off the Revolutionary War debt, and it sits above the massive Marcellus Shale, the largest source of natural gas in …

James G. Blaine

Perspectives
9:18 am Friday, June 23, 2017

Homestead

Have a broody hen? Take these steps to get baby chicks

I plan to write a series of three posts: one on the beginning of the process, one on the end, and one about how the babies are doing. In this first post, I’ll talk about the signs of a broody hen and steps to take if you want her to hatch some chicks.

Crystal Sands

Pajamas, Books, and Chickens
8:53 am Friday, June 23, 2017

Politics

Collins, King list what they don’t like about Senate health care bill

Good morning from Augusta. Republicans in the U.S. Senate released their long-secret Affordable Care Act replacement bill on Thursday. It’s far-reaching, proposing a nearly $1 trillion tax cut mostly for corporations and high earners, scaling back tax credits, limiting Medicaid spending and winding down the Medicaid expansion in current law. …

Michael Shepherd

State & Capitol
8:47 am Friday, June 23, 2017

Seniors

8 ways men and women age differently

The existence of fart jokes, belching contests and bra-snapping would appear proof-positive that boys are less mature than girls during childhood and adolescence. Now science validates it, with UK researchers discovering that girls tend to optimize brain connections earlier, so they generally mature faster than boys in certain cognitive and …

Roxanne Jones

Boomer Haiku
8:35 am Friday, June 23, 2017

Outdoors

Despite major life changes, anglers renew friendships at a familiar river

A year ago, the group of us met on the Penobscot River, eager to celebrate a rejuvenated fishery, and to spend time among like-minded fly fishers. Some of us had met each other before; others hadn’t. But on that glorious June day in Old Town, that didn’t matter: We all exchanged …

John Holyoke

Out There
7:46 am Friday, June 23, 2017

Politics

The health care chart you need to read to understand Trumpcare’s damage

Now that the Senate version of Trumpcare, we see that one of its central elements is the slashing of Medicaid, a program that 74% of Americans see favorably. In the House version, which Rep. Bruce Poliquin voted for, 14 million of the 23 million losing coverage were people receiving Medicaid. …

Amy Fried

Pollways
7:09 am Friday, June 23, 2017

Sports

What can be done to get rid of belly fat

What is the best way to get rid of belly fat? That is the million dollar question. The quickest way to get rid of belly fat is to lose weight. There isn’t a single exercise, or food you can eat, or food you must stop eating that will remove belly …

Jackie Conn

See You Lighter
6:23 am Friday, June 23, 2017

Politics

Big money doesn’t always lead to big results

A few million bucks doesn’t buy what it used to. That seems to be the message from the Georgia special election. And it’s the same message from Augusta, where lawmakers are considering changes to last November’s referenda. South of the Mason-Dixon, newly-elected Re. Karen Handel spent a little over $3 …

Michael Cianchette

He Said It Right
5:30 am Friday, June 23, 2017

Maine wild boar hunt turns into disaster

Wild boars entered Maine from New Hampshire and game warden Mike Bowditch was sent into the woods of southern Maine to find and kill them. Mike’s girlfriend Stacey Stevens, a wildlife biologist, accompanied him and shot two sows that popped up in front of them trailed by a dozen baby …

George Smith

George's Outdoor News
5:00 am Friday, June 23, 2017

Sports

Patriots Mount Rushmore

By Sterling Pingree I have built monuments to the four greatest players of all-time for the Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins, leaving us with only the Patriots remaining. The Patriots list is unquestionably the most difficult to construct of the big four Boston teams. There are common characteristics that the …

Sterling Pingree

The Drive
4:07 am Friday, June 23, 2017

Business

AI and the rising expectations for software

One of the most interesting and powerful features of virtual assistants such as Apple Siri, Microsoft Cortana and the Google Assistant is their ability to become smarter. Some of the functions of these assistants are taken for granted by users who are no longer impressed to get an accurate spoken …

Adam Richards

Opportunity Knocks
11:29 pm Thursday, June 22, 2017