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Homestead

This proposed bill is bad for you, your family, your friends, and your town

LD 1505 is bad for you, your family, your friends…and your town. This Bill would take away the rights of the people of Maine to determine how they live and what kind of environment they want for raising their children and pets and having them thrive. LD 1505 is an …

Bill Baker

Speaking Organically
9:19 pm Friday, April 28, 2017

Politics

Everybody Outside:

Everybody Outside: Take Advantage of Nature’s Healing Power Well-being—that magical blend of comfort, health, and happiness—can be an elusive state if you have chronic stress, pain, or disease. But what if you could increase feelings of well-being simply by going for a walk in nature? A growing body of research …

Wellness Connection of Maine

Cannabis Today
8:00 pm Friday, April 28, 2017

Portland

Welcome to Washington Ave. 3.0

Good evening from the BDN Portland office on Congress Street. Tonight Portland’s Washington Avenue oyster, spirits and mystery restaurant are closer to reality; Crash Barry lashes back at Portland mayor re: weed giveaway; and the Portland Museum of Art has gained a Wyeth. What we’re talking about Inside Portland’s new …

Kathleen Pierce

BDN Portland
5:12 pm Friday, April 28, 2017

Sports

Connect With Your Why, Stir Your Soul

Your WHY needs to stir your soul. Your WHY needs to get you up on a rainy day in May to get to the gym when all you want to do is make a fortress out of pillows. Your WHY needs to drive you to order the salad over the fried clams. Your WHY needs to be stronger than anything else.

Paige Wilcox

Inspire Healthy Living
4:21 pm Friday, April 28, 2017

Outdoors

May Day, Maine Day, May the Fourth be with you

The cross-quarter May Day begins our week which is full of astronomical sights. At the end of the week, look for the Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower.  In between, why not check out From Lightsabers to Tricorders on May the 4th at the planetarium, or Hitchhikers Guide to the Universe: Exoplanets …

Shawn Laatsch

Eye on Maine Skies!
4:15 pm Friday, April 28, 2017

Portland

Portland’s new food and drink hub takes shape

The last flowers have been sold at Creighton & Sons; errant petals long swept away. And this spring, a trio of food and drink establishments are gearing up behind the scenes at 123 Washington Avenue. Construction crews are hard at work transforming the former wholesale florist emporium into Portland’s next gustatory nerve …

Kathleen Pierce

Urban Eye
3:49 pm Friday, April 28, 2017

Outdoors

Desert animals and plants, highlights of my southwest vacation

As we drove through the desert of Nevada on April 21, past sage brush, cacti and twisted Joshua trees, a jackrabbit darted across the road ahead. Jagged brown mountains bordered the flat, dry landscape on both sides. And a group of donkeys clustered around a sun-bleached sign on the side of the …

Aislinn Sarnacki

Act Out with Aislinn
3:37 pm Friday, April 28, 2017

Outdoors

Desert animals and plants, highlights of my southwest vacation

As we drove through the desert of Nevada on April 21, past sage brush, cacti and twisted Joshua trees, a jackrabbit darted across the road ahead. Jagged brown mountains bordered the flat, dry landscape on both sides. And a group of donkeys clustered around a sun-bleached sign on the side of the …

Aislinn Sarnacki

Act Out with Aislinn
3:37 pm Friday, April 28, 2017

State

Is collaborative divorce law the same as ‘conscious uncoupling’?

Would you guess that there is actually a none adversarial path for divorce? Seriously, there is, read on to learn more.

Sarah Cottrell

Dear Liz
2:41 pm Friday, April 28, 2017

Opinion

Sen. Libby wants to pull welfare from the political fray

So many discussions default to Republicans saying cut, cut, cut and Democrats saying hold on a second … we don’t really ever have an unbiased conversation about welfare. (Senator Nathan Libby)

Patricia Callahan

Mainely Thoughts
2:26 pm Friday, April 28, 2017

Downeast

One Day in June, Margaretta Days Festival

Imagine a beautiful sunny morning in a small part of the country that remains true to its history and celebrates it every single year. It is June, and the sky is blue and the trees are green. After an early morning breakfast at the American Legion, a small procession makes …

RJ Heller

Life Downeast
1:16 pm Friday, April 28, 2017

Food

Bangor Farmers’ Market weekly outdoor season begins April 30, with some new offerings

Now we know it’s really spring. The Bangor Farmers’ Market will begin its warm weather season this Sunday, April 30, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Abbott Square Parking Lot at the corner of Harlow and Franklin Streets, across the street from the Bangor Public Library. Expect some …

Emily Burnham

The Daily Simmer
1:06 pm Friday, April 28, 2017

Living

Google: More Mainers are shopping online for mason jars, snowmobiles, marijuana seeds

It’s truly amazing what you can learn with a good map.

Samuel Shepherd

#Maine
12:43 pm Friday, April 28, 2017

Sports

Hermon baseball team serves notice with win over Old Town

The Hermon Hawks scored the most notable victory of the early Class B North baseball season Thursday night, edging defending state champion Old Town 3-1 to end the Coyotes’ 15-game winning streak. The game, originally scheduled to be played at Old Town that afternoon, was moved to Mansfield Stadium in Bangor …

Ernie Clark

Extra Bases
12:33 pm Friday, April 28, 2017

Food

Eddington-based White Dog Donuts delivers sweet treats to Bangor, Midcoast businesses

For Charlie Benner of Eddington, baking is just a tiny step away from chemistry — and chemistry is something he knows well, having worked in Pennsylvania as a chemist for Dupont for a number of years prior to moving to Maine. “Baking is a science,” said Benner. “A little too …

Emily Burnham

The Daily Simmer
11:52 am Friday, April 28, 2017

Outdoors

3 common mistakes turkey hunters make and how to avoid them

You have been out at dawn and dusk for days, using a locator call to make the big toms gobble and give away their roosting trees. Countless miles have been logged walking field edges and tote roads looking for turkey sign like scratches, dusting sites and tracks. You may even …

John Floyd

Life on the Ridge
11:45 am Friday, April 28, 2017

Outdoors

Well-Trained Staff: The Key to a Successful Summer

Every summer, thousands of parents put their children’s care into the hands of camp staff members. From day camps offering a single week of activities and instruction, to summer-long residential camps hosting kids for as many as eight weeks, Maine camps depend on their staff for providing an enriching – …

Kristine Millard

Summer in Maine: Kids, Camps, Community
10:29 am Friday, April 28, 2017

Downeast

Everybody’s Fool …Book Review

“They’re here!” is a famous movie line announcing the arrival of ghostly phenomenon and is what I first thought of while reading Everybody’s Fool by Richard Russo. It certainly wasn’t for the ghosts, there are none; it was because I found all those wonderful characters from the first book are …

RJ Heller

Life Downeast
9:52 am Friday, April 28, 2017

Aroostook

Aroostook Outdoor News: 4.28.17 edition

  In this edition: 1) ‘Tis the season for the first canoe and kayak race of the year in Houlton. 2) Walk or run to support Autism in Presque Isle, Multiple Sclerosis in Island Falls, and organ donation in Houlton. 3) Sign the kids up for outdoor adventures in Caribou. …

Mark Shea

offugo...
9:48 am Friday, April 28, 2017

Sports

Empty analysis and flawed statistics: MPA struggling to grasp impact of Question 2

He strikes again. Mike Tipping, the communications director of the Maine People’s Alliance (MPA), may be the king of tweeting with minimal context. On April 24, Tipping sounded off in response to a tweet by a WMTW political reporter asking viewers how much annual income one must earn to be …

Jacob Posik

Top Shelf Gripe
9:05 am Friday, April 28, 2017

Seniors

54 things I never thought I’d say

One recent Sunday, a friend asked if I’d seen a certain skit on SNL the night before. I heard myself reply, “No, I can’t stay up that late, but I’ll check it out online.” Then I thought: OMG, did I really just say that? Have I turned into an old …

Roxanne Jones

Boomer Haiku
8:53 am Friday, April 28, 2017

Opinion

Play it Again, Uncle Sam

Early in 2001, Alan Greenspan, the 20-year chairman of the Federal Reserve, worried publicly about future federal surpluses so large they would wipe out the national debt, pour billions into the economy, and strangle private markets. So he proposed a tax cut as “a pre-emptive smoothing of the glide path …

James G. Blaine

Perspectives
8:42 am Friday, April 28, 2017

Politics

Maine bids to rename Columbus Day, Clean Election system falter

Good morning from Augusta. What’s in a name? A lot, as history has shown. What we call things has a lot to do with the development of public perception. It’s no accident that President Barack Obama’s administration called his health care bill the Affordable Care Act and that the campaign …

Christopher Cousins

State & Capitol
8:29 am Friday, April 28, 2017