JEFF SOLARI'S SPORTS CHOWDAH
    Man I’d love to be Joe Harasymiak’s agent. His future is so bright he’s gotta wear shades. He could be on the verge of a new job and a well deserved big raise. I know. It’s not what Black Bear fans want to hear. But… Read More
    STIRRING THE POT
    The idea of rent seeking by companies is a common theme of Stirring the Pot.  Rent seeking occurs when firms or whole industry groups lobby government bodies to fix the rules of the market to benefit one particular firm or group of firms.  This can be as… Read More
    RECOVERY ROCKS
    Long ago I overheard a conversation that has stuck with me for years. Immediately after meeting me, a question was snarkily asked, “Is he always on like that?” That hurt for about a minute, but the friend who’d introduced us divorced him not long after that. Read More
    THE GLOCAL
    Last week’s events have shed light on several issues, including the dynamics of U.S.-Canadian relations, global international trade, and the American presidency.  The past and the present continue to communicate with each other as media and other propaganda systems try to force us to focus on their current… Read More
    NOTES FROM A CORNER OF THE COUNTRY
    “It’s the economy, stupid.” That’s the famous quote attributed to a top Bill Clinton aide in 1992, when he was trying to come up with slogan for the presidential campaign. googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define Slot var slot_sizes = [[300,250]]; var new_slot_sizes = []; var has_banner… Read More
    THE DRIVE
    Have you found your Christmas dinner to be lacking in ingenuity or flavor? I have found some of the most unique traditions from around the world that you could bring to the table this year to really throw a curveball at the holidays. Read More
    FRANCO-AMERICAN NEWS AND CULTURE
    When it comes to language translations for the celebration of “Christmas”, we don’t have to think about the meaning of the word Noel.  It’s a beautiful word with only one translation.  Many other languages use hyphenated words to describe Christmas.  Among the Romance languages, the words “Merry… Read More
    OFFUGO...
    In this edition: 1) Join in on a great holiday season tradition by helping to count birds in Presque Isle. 2) Get geared up for a snowshoe hike to honor fallen veterans at Haystack Mountain in Castle Hill. 3) Enjoy winter sports with Santa in Madawaska and Presque… Read More
    HE SAID IT RIGHT
    “Toys are hereby declared illegal, immoral, unlawful, and, anyone found with a toy in his possession will be placed under arrest and thrown in the dungeon!” You might recognize that decree. It comes from Burgermeister Meisterburger in the Christmas special “Santa Claus Is… Read More
    GEORGE'S OUTDOOR NEWS
    DIF&W used to work with the outdoor industry, including guides and sporting camps, to market hunting and fishing in our state. But they don’t do that today. Bill Pierce worked hard at that, but when he left DIFW, they abolished his job. Read More
    CATCHING HEALTH
    The next time you find yourself caught up in the chaos of daily life, find a moment for a sacred pause. Good advice, but what does that mean? Find out on Catching Health. Read More
    ACT OUT WITH AISLINN
    If you’re interested in hiking this winter, I’d love to give you some trail suggestions and gear tips. At 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 18, I’ll be giving a presentation about winter treks at the Orono Public Library, 39 Pine Street in Orono. I’ll be focusing on the Bangor… Read More
    YOUR COUNTDOWN TO RETIREMENT
    Christmas is approaching and like many other people I am focused on getting my shopping done. Finding gifts for my nieces, nephews (I have no children) and friends is easy. But finding a gift for my husband, or for him to find a gift for me, is more… Read More