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Outdoors

Five peregrine falcon chicks fly at Acadia, but one nest fails

Five peregrine falcon checks have fledged at nests at two sites in Acadia National Park this year, but for unknown reasons a nest failed at a third site that has yielded chicks in recent years, a biologist at the park said Friday. Bruce Connery, wildlife biologist at Acadia, said there …

Dolores Kong & Dan Ring

Acadia on My Mind
8:30 am Saturday, July 22, 2017

Portland

Fledgling barbeque joint needs some work but shows promise

Barbeque is starting to develop a bit of a presence in Portland and Noble Barbeque on outer Forest Ave. is one of the new guys in the genre. With a bunch of fresh restaurants in the area, I picked them over the others on a Friday night when I had …

Peter Blanchette

Peter Peter Portland Eater at BDN
7:00 am Saturday, July 22, 2017

Sports

Hating exercise could kill you

Do you hate to exercise? Okay, if you do, you may already know that avoiding exercise might cause you to die prematurely. Now would you like some more bad news? You might die too soon just because you hate to exercise. No, I’m not repeating myself. Read that paragraph again. …

Jackie Conn

See You Lighter
6:41 am Saturday, July 22, 2017

Opinion

Media in crossfire: fact checking vs. fake news

The U.S. is deeply divided about public policy and society’s values.  The media, the supposedly neutral chronicler of events, is caught in the crossfire and losing public support. In a rapidly changing news world, many people believe that newspapers and electronic media are biased.  They have doubts if there is …

Gordon L. Weil

Notes from a Corner of the Country
6:30 am Saturday, July 22, 2017

Business

How to Improve Sales Efficiency

Without sales departments, many purchases wouldn’t be made. Some businesses exist solely for connecting customers with products they’re interested in, like home shopping networks on TV. These networks’ single function is to convince viewers to purchase their many products. Organizations that have multiple functions rely on making sales, as well, …

Adam Richards

Opportunity Knocks
9:19 pm Friday, July 21, 2017

Portland

The thing Mainers say they hate most (is what some of you will be doing tonight)

Plus, news about a Portland bakery and the development of Saco Island.

Seth Koenig

BDN Portland
4:57 pm Friday, July 21, 2017

Health

Tips on staying safe when you’re hiking in Maine

If this is the summer you want to do some hiking in Maine, be sure to plan ahead and follow these simple but important safety tips from some hiking experts.

Diane Atwood

Catching Health
4:17 pm Friday, July 21, 2017

Living

Ever Visited Olive Tree Genealogy?

Hi, all! Another glorious summer day, and probably the last thing you want to do is sit in front of a computer! Some evening, try Olive Tree Genealogy. It’s very wide-ranging, I must say…the host/author is Lorine McGinnis Schulze, and she is well-organized, to say the least. She offers sites …

Emily Schroeder

Emily's Genealogy Blog
3:41 pm Friday, July 21, 2017

Bangor

Former Sen. William Cohen’s wife’s play, “Anne & Emmett,” to receive new round of performances

Janet Langhart Cohen, wife of William Cohen, a Bangor native, Maine’s U.S. Senator from 1979 to 1997 and former U.S. Secretary of Defense from 1997 to 2001, wrote a play in 2009 called “Anne & Emmett.” In it, she imagines a conversation in the afterlife between Holocaust victim Anne Frank …

Emily Burnham

Culture Shock
12:54 pm Friday, July 21, 2017

Midcoast

Calderwood Hall: A truly welcoming space

Dining out with a toddler can be hard. Let me rephrase that: dining out with a toddler is like dining with an alarm clock, set to an unknown hour, with a centrifuge that activates to fling food in a maximal radius when it goes off.

Courtney Naliboff

The Frozen Chosen
10:07 am Friday, July 21, 2017

Aroostook

Aroostook Outdoor News: 7.21.17 edition

In this edition: 1) Running, mountain biking, and music at the Nordic Trail Festival in Presque Isle. 2) A rescheduled mile run in Caribou. 3) Run to support literacy in Presque Isle. Plus lots more! Have a happy and safe Independence Day! Events:   Friday, July 21-Saturday, July 22 PRESQUE …

Mark Shea

offugo...
9:41 am Friday, July 21, 2017

Opinion

The Reign of the Locusts

Some things you just can’t get out of your head. In yesterday’s Writer’s Almanac, Garrison Keillor discussed the “largest recorded swarm of locusts” in American history, which took place on July 20, 1875. Locusts have been a plague at least since the time of Moses whose god set them on …

James G. Blaine

Perspectives
9:38 am Friday, July 21, 2017

Homestead

How to make your own air conditioner for under twenty bucks

No matter how hot it gets, you’ll be able to stay cool with this quick DIY project.

Sarah Cottrell

Housewife Plus
9:12 am Friday, July 21, 2017

Homestead

It’s Maine. It’s summer. We have no camp.

Maine is definitely the way life should be—if you have a camp in the summer.

Crystal Sands

Pajamas, Books, and Chickens
8:53 am Friday, July 21, 2017

Politics

What the Maine Legislature has left to do in a dysfunctional session

Good morning from Augusta, where the Maine Legislature was back on Thursday for what we thought was possibly their last day, but leaders quickly decided that the session that led to the first state government shutdown since 1991 will keep on giving into August. That protracted budget fight set the …

Michael Shepherd

State & Capitol
8:43 am Friday, July 21, 2017

Outdoors

State increases number of any-deer permits by 20,295; lottery now open

If you’re hoping to increase your odds this deer season and are hoping that you’ll receive a coveted “any-deer” permit that will allow you to target does, should you choose, there’s some good news this morning. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has announced that for 2017, a …

John Holyoke

Out There
8:40 am Friday, July 21, 2017

Seniors

Remember saying, “I can’t wait until I’m old enough to…”

Remember the childhood refrain, “I can’t wait until I’m old enough to [fill in the blank]?”A lot of my early aspirations had to do with achieving such milestones as: Wearing a bra—It wasn’t so much about having breasts, but being able to sit in class wearing a white blouse so …

Roxanne Jones

Boomer Haiku
8:37 am Friday, July 21, 2017

Politics

Forget campaign 2018, let’s just watch TV

To quote Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker in 2008’s The Dark Knight: “And here. We. Go.”

Michael Cianchette

He Said It Right
5:30 am Friday, July 21, 2017

Maine guides win grant for great new marketing project

The Maine Professional Guides Association won a $10,000 grant from the Maine Office of Tourism to create a member directory to distribute out of state. “It is noteworthy because we are taking the lead to promote member businesses and tourism recognizes that they are not.” Don Kleiner, MPGA lobbyist and …

George Smith

George's Outdoor News
5:00 am Friday, July 21, 2017