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Kermit the Frog is a ‘bitter, angry, depressed victim’

Plus, now you can really name Portland’s new hockey team.

Seth Koenig

BDN Portland
5:29 pm Thursday, July 20, 2017


Missed Connections: Scooter Riding Vigilante (Garment District)

  I’m in New York for work and last night at West 34th and 6th I see a man and woman exit a cab. To help you keep track of who’s who, I’ll call them The Lady and Angry Guy. They’re in their late 20s or maybe early 30s. I think …

Alex Steed

4:47 pm Thursday, July 20, 2017


RIP Chester Bennington

Linkin’ Park front man Chester Bennington completed suicide yesterday. He died alone by hanging. To those familiar with his life and music, this news is tragic but not altogether surprising. Chester had been open about the impact of abuse in his childhood and the problems created in his life by …

Jim LaPierre

Recovery Rocks
4:35 pm Thursday, July 20, 2017


Junior Maine Guide Rendezvous: Preparation for Next Week’s Test Camp

Next week, 70 youngsters attending camp in Maine will travel to the Stephen Phillips Memorial Preserve in Oquossoc, near Rangeley, for a five-day experience that could mark an accomplishment for a lifetime. Their destination? Junior Maine Guide Test Camp, where they will take more than 20 practical and written tests. …

Kristine Millard

Summer in Maine: Kids, Camps, Community
2:58 pm Thursday, July 20, 2017


A letter to Summer, on a hot muggy day…

Dear Summer, You suck SO bad! You can’t be happy with just heat…NO! You have to toss in humidity too! What little breeze there is just stirs the hot air around. The breeze isn’t even enough to keep the bugs away. If a person were to dare go sit in …

Doug Alley

Ah The Things I've Done!
2:45 pm Thursday, July 20, 2017


5 ways to gain new customers for your business

Being in business today is an increasingly tough reality since the competition is quite intense. Most businesses are in constant need and search for new customers. We have witnessed this race between some big brands as they rush to exploit some potential prospects, especially in technology. The following five techniques …

Adam Richards

Opportunity Knocks
2:24 pm Thursday, July 20, 2017


My next talk, book signing: July 23 at Orono Bog Boardwalk

I’ll be participating in the celebration of International Bog Day at the Orono Bog Boardwalk from 12:45 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 3, in the Bangor City Forest (also known as the Rolland F. Perry City Forest). At the family-friendly event, I’ll be giving a short speech about the …

Aislinn Sarnacki

Act Out with Aislinn
2:08 pm Thursday, July 20, 2017


Thinking about not vaccinating your kids? Here are 16 better ways to endanger them

Not having your kids immunized against dangerous diseases that kill people is irresponsible and misguided at best.

Sarah Cottrell

Housewife Plus
1:35 pm Thursday, July 20, 2017


How much does Medicaid reimburse for affronts to human dignity?

Something inherent in the darker side of our nature still needs to believe some humans have less value than others when it comes to basic human dignity.

Patricia Callahan

Mainely Thoughts
12:53 pm Thursday, July 20, 2017


5 Things To Do This Weekend, July 21-23: Homegrown is the way it should be

1. On Friday night in Bangor, River City Cinema screens the 70s blockbuster classic “Jaws” starting at sundown in Pickering Square, while over on the riverside, country singer Sam Hunt performs at the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, with guests Maren Morris, Chris Jansen and Ryan Follese. Also that evening, the Focus …

Emily Burnham

Culture Shock
12:30 pm Thursday, July 20, 2017


A lobster, avocado & mango salad that just screams summer in Maine

Looking for a simple but delicious salad to make for summer guests (or just you)? Try this lobster, avocado and mango salad compliments of Stonewall Kitchen.

Diane Atwood

Catching Health
12:16 pm Thursday, July 20, 2017


Snapping turtle steals angler’s big pickerel on Down East lake

If you spend enough time on the water, you’re bound to see plenty of interesting things. And if you make your living as a registered Maine guide, taking people out on the water on a daily basis, chances are that you’ve got a boatload of tales to tell. Mark Danforth, …

John Holyoke

Out There
9:46 am Thursday, July 20, 2017


Maine Legislature returns to decide on $200M bond package, vetoed bills

The halls of the State House are brimming again with the Legislature back in town for one of its final sessions of 2017.

Christopher Cousins

State & Capitol
8:49 am Thursday, July 20, 2017


Sledge hammer government

I have long believed that the historic tragedy that resulted in the United States becoming the eight hundred pound gorilla stomping its way around the world, telling other countries what to do and how to do it was neither good for the American people nor, more often than not, for …

Robert Lenna

Take a Breath
8:00 am Thursday, July 20, 2017


Nonprofit to sell 115 year-old waterfront mansion in Bar Harbor

More than 100 years after it was built, and 45 years after it was donated to a local ecumenical nonprofit organization, a highly visible mansion on the Bar Harbor waterfront is going on the market. The Maine Sea Coast Mission announced Tuesday that it plans to sell La Rochelle, a brick …

Bill Trotter

Going Coastal
7:00 am Thursday, July 20, 2017


Nonprofit to sell 115-year-old waterfront mansion in Bar Harbor

The combined assessed value for the mansion and the 2.9-acre waterfront lot it sits on is $5.3 million.

Bill Trotter

Going Coastal
7:00 am Thursday, July 20, 2017


When things aren’t right – and the many blessings that followed

    We continued to work on the house last week, yet it was evident that things weren’t right with my dad. He was having a hard time walking and moving around. I thought that he was pushing himself too hard. My mom suggested that he might need physical therapy. …

Laura Reed

Laura's House Journey
6:38 am Thursday, July 20, 2017


It’s About Time

Today it’s about time. Downtime, vacation, PTO (paid time off), whatever you call it, it’s an essential ingredient to enjoying life. We all have the same number of hours in a day and days in a week. How we use them is up to us. Is it obvious what is most important …

Bettina Blanchard

Life Simplified
6:00 am Thursday, July 20, 2017

Great stories from a Maine bush pilot

Jake Morrell offers many great stories in his book, Hardscrabble Lodge. I got to visit with Jake at an authors’ event in Boothbay Harbor and eagerly grabbed a copy of his book. Jake and his wife Beth lived an interesting and unusual life as the owners of Hardscrabble Lodge in …

George Smith

George's Outdoor News
5:00 am Thursday, July 20, 2017


Paul Perillo of Patriots Football Weekly previews the start of Training Camp

NFL Training Camp is just around the corner and to preview the start of camp, Aaron Jackson, Sterling Pingree and Mark Paulette welcomed in Paul Perillo of Patriots Football Weekly to get a preview. Find out Paul’s thoughts on the Patriots schedule, positional battles in camp, which additions might not …

Sterling Pingree

The Drive
4:01 am Thursday, July 20, 2017