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Eagles among the pool noodles: Proof that it’s still summer

Despite reports to the contrary from some of my friends, summer is NOT over. In fact, we’ve got another month left in the season (and I haven’t even taken my week of summer vacation yet). If you’re seeking more evidence, look no further: My friend Billy Lander snapped these photos …

John Holyoke

Out There
3:48 pm Monday, August 21, 2017


You can probably understand what chickadees are saying. Kind of.

You, too, can speak chickadee. Or chickadese. Or whatever you call the language chickadees speak. We should be clear, here. You can’t communicate using specific terms with a chickadee. You couldn’t say, “Hey, chickadee, can you please go to the local market and pick me up a six-pack of soda,” …

Jake Bleiberg

BDN Portland
3:33 pm Monday, August 21, 2017


9 Tips to Increase the Value of Your Property

Updating your home is a great way to invest in your future. For now, you will be able to enjoy your home more and when you decide to sell, your investment will pay off. The first thing you should consider when you are ready to invest in updating your home …

Adam Richards

Opportunity Knocks
2:12 pm Monday, August 21, 2017


Who do you see in Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument?

On a couple of recent weekdays, BDN staffers headed to Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument to gather information for several stories, including many that will appear this week, marking the one-year anniversary of the monument’s official designation. Among the stories we’ll tell is this short offering: Who do you …

John Holyoke

Out There
1:42 pm Monday, August 21, 2017


Collins: ‘Too difficult to say’ if Trump will be GOP nominee in 2020

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins told MSNBC on Monday that “it’s too difficult to say” whether President Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee when he runs for re-election in 2020. Even if it was just a simple way for the moderate Republican to parry a question she can’t know the answer to, it comes …

Michael Shepherd

State & Capitol
12:24 pm Monday, August 21, 2017


For French Scientist-Priests, Eclipses Were Teachable Moments

In 1616, one of the most famous conflicts between science and faith occurred in Rome. The Italian scientist Galileo, who had built on the work of Dutch astronomer Nicholas Copernicus, was being challenged by the Inquisition of the Catholic Church. An inquisitorial commission found unanimously that the theory of heliocentrism …

James Myall

Parlez-Vous American?
11:19 am Monday, August 21, 2017


The Republican Party has a stupidity problem

My party has become a gathering place for buffoonery.

Lance Dutson

Lance Dutson
9:57 am Monday, August 21, 2017


A Maine congressional candidate is trying to out-LePage LePage

Last week brought more national attention for Gov. Paul LePage after he blamed “both sides” for violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, but it’s Maine Republican figure who made that case with more vigor and coordination. That’s Mark Holbrook, a counselor from Brunswick who is running against U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, a …

Michael Shepherd

State & Capitol
9:01 am Monday, August 21, 2017


How Portland got such a big organ

The story behind how it ended up here, in an under-insured city auditorium starts before the Civil War.

Troy R. Bennett

BDN Portland
8:50 am Monday, August 21, 2017


A short discourse on the permanence of statues, the wisdom of despots, and the importance of the humanities

Ozymandias  I met a traveller from an antique land, Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand, Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown, And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command, Tell that its sculptor well …

James G. Blaine

8:25 am Monday, August 21, 2017


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
8:00 am Monday, August 21, 2017


How Nicole Petit lives with diabetes. Part 3: A positive attitude

For the past three decades, Nicole Petit has lived with Type 1 diabetes. Now 40, she’s had to face some new challenges. As usual, she keeps a positive attitude.

Diane Atwood

Catching Health
6:00 am Monday, August 21, 2017


Climate change consequences hot topic in Acadia, global news

With the United States planning to pull out of the Paris climate accord and Al Gore’s new movie, climate change is a hot issue this summer. The topic is also sharply in focus at Acadia National Park, where an exhibit at the Sieur de Monts Nature Center explores current and …

Dolores Kong & Dan Ring

Acadia on My Mind
5:55 am Monday, August 21, 2017

Lots of law changes from snowmobiles to guns to hunting

Each day this week, I’ll post columns about all the new laws and law changes that govern firearms, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and other outdoor activities. Here is column number one.  Moose Permits Selection procedure.   Permittees are selected by a public chance drawing, except that a permit must be issued …

George Smith

George's Outdoor News
5:00 am Monday, August 21, 2017


Austin Theriault in ARCA and Kody Swanson in USAC Place Second at Illinois State Fairgrounds

Both racers I follow finish second at the same track on the same weekend. One makes his dirt track debut and both add to their season points leads. Read about Austin Theriault and Kody Swanson’s efforts at the mile long dirt track at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

Tom Hale

Up North Motorsports
2:49 am Monday, August 21, 2017


Governor LePage’s contempt for classroom teachers is in the American tradition

By now it is hardly surprising that Governor LePage has contempt for nearly all educators outside of vocational schools and vocational departments within comprehensive schools. His recent comments that classroom teachers are a dime “a dozen” and waste their time and that of their students in using books is, alas, …

Howard Segal

Education: Future Imperfect
5:44 pm Sunday, August 20, 2017


Four steps to facing your fears

Whether we are able to articulate them or not, most baby boomer have fears about retirement.

Kathryn Avery

Your Countdown to Retirement
5:37 pm Sunday, August 20, 2017


When you read the Book of Job for perspective

If I were to write a story about this summer, it would seem too unreal even for fiction. In fact, my mother had my father reading the Book of Job in the Bible this week for perspective. My house has not progressed much in the last few weeks, as my …

Laura Reed

Laura's House Journey
2:48 pm Sunday, August 20, 2017


Who knew…we’d be afraid to walk in the woods?

  Who knew? That after years growing up playing in the woods and later hiking mountain trails, we now would avoid the woods like the plague? Having grown up playing in the woods that bordered our country house, I never worried about the woods, its insects or animals and was …

Bill Baker

Speaking Organically
9:41 am Sunday, August 20, 2017

Great job saving Quoddy Bay!

My family heritage lies in Lubec and Campobello, on Quoddy Bay. It’s the most beautiful place in Maine. So I am pleased to share this news, and a special request, from the Natural Resources Council of Maine, along with this stunning photo of a sunrise over Campobello. NRCM news   …

George Smith

George's Outdoor News
5:00 am Sunday, August 20, 2017


What Every Business Needs to Know About Liability

Fifteen million. That is the number of civil suits filed each year in the United States. Add up criminal cases, and it totals to a whopping 80 million court cases filed per year. If you compare these statistics to the fact that 80 percent of the lawyers in the world reside in …

Adam Richards

Opportunity Knocks
2:12 am Sunday, August 20, 2017


Traditional fare proves successful at reborn Italian eatery

Roma Cafe closed in 2009, capping off off 85 years of serving Italian food in Portland. Unfortunately, I never had the opportunity to try them then. For that reason, when they reopened just last month, I really wanted to check them out. They had so much history in the area …

Peter Blanchette

Peter Peter Portland Eater at BDN
7:00 am Saturday, August 19, 2017