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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
12:37 pm Monday, May 29, 2017

Homestead

My first (and LAST day) as an emergency dispatch operator

“This blog post is fiction and the events described did not happen. Please enjoy.” Sunday, May 28 was the first day of my new job as an emergency dispatch operator for the Bangor area. As it turned out, I would only take one call. But the guy must have been …

Doug Alley

Ah The Things I've Done!
11:05 am Monday, May 29, 2017

Portland

The Portland mayor who gave the order to shoot into a crowd

Later, while Dow and the militia were enjoying their crackers, a doctor came in and asked Dow if he knew a man lay dead outside.

Troy R. Bennett

BDN Portland
7:00 am Monday, May 29, 2017

Politics

Portland needs a strong mayor

In 2010, Portland voters were asked whether they wanted an elected mayor. Voters said yes — they wanted a chief executive accountable to voters. But so far, that’s not what we’ve gotten. Right now, the most powerful person in Portland government is the city manager, Jon Jennings. The city manager …

Lance Dutson

Lance Dutson
5:30 am Monday, May 29, 2017

Politics

Portland’s government by ambiguity and conflict isn’t what residents voted for

Portland voters said they wanted a chief executive accountable to voters. But so far, that’s not what we’ve gotten.

Lance Dutson

Lance Dutson
5:30 am Monday, May 29, 2017

Claybrook Mountain Lodge is the place for birds, trout, and more

For the third year in a row, Linda and I spent a May weekend at Claybrook Mountain Lodge in Lexington, Plantation, where owners Greg and Pat Drummond offer birding weekends. Greg and our mutual friend Ron Joseph are our birding guides and do a superb job, identifying 100 species this …

George Smith

George's Outdoor News
5:00 am Monday, May 29, 2017

Sports

Biggest Race Weekend of the Year

What a busy weekend of motorsports events! Whew, I think I will need a few days to recover and I wasn’t racing!

Tom Hale

Up North Motorsports
1:53 am Monday, May 29, 2017

Food

Why a Young Man Should Serve

Pride. Character. Betterment. A few of the reasons Aimée McDuff of Brunswick gave his friend Philias Morin for his enlistment in the US Army in the fall of 1917.  McDuff, a Franco-American, enlisted in the Engineer Corps, but transferred to the Medical Corps where his ability to speak French was highly valued. …

James Myall

Parlez-Vous American?
6:16 pm Sunday, May 28, 2017

Opinion

A solution for ranked-choice voting issue after the supreme court decision

Voters could be faced with choices that simply renew the ranked-choice voting debate.

Gordon L. Weil

Notes from a Corner of the Country
10:51 am Sunday, May 28, 2017

Politics

Re-Immersion into the Car Culture can be Sudden and Swift

The lovely Lisa and I are both entering the time in our lives when aging parents sometimes need our help. Last week they needed our help simultaneously, on opposite sides of Penobscot Bay. The week went by in a whirlwind of phone calls, logistics, cars and trucks, and driving. Although …

Hank Garfield

Slower Traffic
10:45 am Sunday, May 28, 2017

Business

All of Maine’s lighthouses — even the dinky ones — in one map

There’s plenty of lighthouses that, this summer, might take just a little more effort than they’re worth to visit. So, while dreaming of summer over a sometimes dreary Memorial Day weekend, consider this virtual lighthouse tour.

Darren Fishell

Widgets and Digits
6:30 am Sunday, May 28, 2017

Seniors

Psychological well-being improved with 4 cups of fruits and veggies!

In a clinical trial, participants who ate 4 cups of fruits and veggies noticed significant improvement in psychological well-being.

Barbara Groth

Healthier You
6:00 am Sunday, May 28, 2017

Homestead

Learning from one who does

For the past few years, our town conservation commission has recognized a business owner with our annual conservation and environmental award. Now you have to realize our town may be one of the greenest in Maine, since we have had an ordinance for almost two and a half years banning …

Bill Baker

Speaking Organically
8:24 pm Saturday, May 27, 2017

Portland

Seasickness has an evil twin

For the first time in several years, after a few days at home, I was landsick. That’s right; I was not seasick while on the boat, I was landsick walking on shore afterward.

Matt Garand

A Life Aboard
9:59 am Saturday, May 27, 2017

Food

Hey Maine voters – you’re about to get the shaft

The fate of Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) almost certainly will be determined this week by the state legislature, and it’s not looking good. At least not for the 53% of you who voted for it last November.

Ned White

Journeys Over a Hot Stove
8:51 am Saturday, May 27, 2017

Portland

This is a must have for seafood and beautiful views this summer

Last time I reviewed Scales on Commercial St. was right after they opened. I was impressed by their food, but slightly underwhelmed by their value. Much like many of the newer restaurants in Portland, especially those in the high-rent, waterfront area, Scales was pricy, and I left with mixed feelings …

Peter Blanchette

Peter Peter Portland Eater at BDN
7:00 am Saturday, May 27, 2017

Portland

This is a must have for seafood and beautiful views this summer

This is a must have for seafood and beautiful views this summerLast time I reviewed Scales on Commercial St. was right after they opened. I was impressed by their food, but slightly underwhelmed by their value. Much like many of the newer restaurants in Portland, especially those in the high-rent, …

Peter Blanchette

Peter Peter Portland Eater at BDN
7:00 am Saturday, May 27, 2017

Portland

A Maine baseball team is going to hand out dolls of a US senator

Revered former Maine U.S. Sen. Margaret Chase Smith now has something in common with a man named Mookie.

Troy R. Bennett

BDN Portland
7:00 am Saturday, May 27, 2017

Opinion

Federal, state budget battles focus on cutting taxes, key programs

Big budget battles are under way now. In Maine, the Legislature struggles toward a bipartisan compromise, essential for adopting a state budget, with the central issues being tax cuts for the wealthy and education spending. In Washington, President Trump’s new budget proposal focuses on tax cuts for the wealthy and …

Gordon L. Weil

Notes from a Corner of the Country
6:30 am Saturday, May 27, 2017

Sports

Strides in Green: “The Progression” of the Boston Celtics

By Sterling Pingree The 2016-17 Boston Celtics season has come to a close and with all of the potential that this off season could have for the Causeway Street Crew, next year this team could look very different than the one we just spent 6 weeks watching in playoff games. …

Sterling Pingree

The Drive
4:24 am Saturday, May 27, 2017

Portland

17 Prisoners Released

Good evening from the BDN Portland office on Congress Street. Tonight: released prisoners, a $16 million park proposal, and coffee milk in Biddeford. What we’re talking about LePage releases 17 prisoners under conditional commutations — BDN Portland reporter Jake Blieberg reports that Gov. Paul Lepage on Friday commuted, with conditions, …

Bill Trotter

BDN Portland
6:40 pm Friday, May 26, 2017

Opinion

Serving those who served to celebrate Memorial Day weekend

I am channeling my usual Memorial Day weekend grief into a volunteer opportunity.

Patricia Callahan

Mainely Thoughts
6:37 pm Friday, May 26, 2017

Outdoors

Jupiter mysteries and a Beehive with the Moon

If you think you know Jupiter, think again!  The first science results are in from NASA’s Juno spacecraft, currently in orbit around our solar system’s largest planet.  Incredible new cloud features, magnificent aurorae with a connection to Io, and a stronger than expected magnetic field with anomalies are just the …

Shawn Laatsch

Eye on Maine Skies!
5:14 pm Friday, May 26, 2017

Portland

Maine coffee milk company rockets across New England

It’s called Rocket Fuel for a reason. A few slugs of Carson Lynch’s potion, made with dark roast coffee, caramelized sugar and Maine dairy, delivers lift off. Since hitting the market nine years ago, Rocket Fuel has steadily powered its way across New England. “Coffee milk is a New England tradition, …

Kathleen Pierce

Urban Eye
3:21 pm Friday, May 26, 2017