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Steam locomotive 470 chugged into Union Station marking the last visit to Bangor of a Maine Central steam train in this 1954 file photo.

Passenger trains in Bangor: A vision of the future or a pipe dream?

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Feb. 18, 2017, at 1 a.m.
The state’s sole passenger rail service has been a slow-blooming flower. The Amtrak Downeaster train began in December 2001 as a tourist attraction, running between Boston and Portland, but it has grown steadily.
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Mary Mayhew, commissioner of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

LePage asks Trump to let Maine ban candy, soda from food stamps

By Christopher Cousins and Michael Shepherd, BDN Staff on Feb. 17, 2017, at 11:33 a.m.
Gov. LePage’s administration asked the USDA on Friday to OK banning soft drink and candy purchases with food stamps.
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Moosehead Lake is seen from a viewpoint on the hiking trail on Little Moose Mountain on Dec. 4, 2016, in the state-owned Little Moose Public Reserved Land Unit, which covers more than 15,000 acres in Big Moose and Moosehead Junction townships.

Moosehead Lake Region offering new trails, outdoor adventures and challenges

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Feb. 17, 2017, at 1 a.m.
In 2014, the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands announced that construction had begun on an expanded network of trails in the Moosehead Lake Region. Three years later, this project has come a long way.
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The Fisher Engineering company snow plow manufacturing facility in Rockland.

‘You don’t get it back’: Hearing loss a growing problem as workforce ages

By Meg Haskell on Feb. 15, 2017, at 9:43 a.m.
“A lot of people really just don’t think about it,” Rob Somerville said. “They don’t realize that it’s not like cutting your finger and putting a Band-Aid on it and it heals. Once you lose your hearing, you don’t get it back.”
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Rep. Ryan Tipping, D-Orono

LePage calls Orono lawmaker corrupt, says he should resign

By Michael Shepherd on Feb. 14, 2017, at 12:08 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage said Tuesday that the Democrat who co-chairs the Legislature’s taxation committee should resign for his work on a 2016 ballot initiative that added a new tax on high-income earners to fund education.
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Jen Armstrong serves Alice Benett of California (back left), and friends Bill and Bobby Gay of Owls Head at Morse's Sauerkraut & European Deli in Waldoboro. "Everybody knows Morse's is amazing," said Bobby Gay.

After 99 years, Morse’s in Waldoboro is a draw for kraut people and pickle people alike

By Emily Burnham on Feb. 13, 2017, at 10:49 a.m.
“There’s a reason it’s been here for almost 100 years.”
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The Weald Bethel Food Pantry in Cherryfield.

New report lays out why so many Mainers go hungry

By Kathleen Pierce on Feb. 11, 2017, at 2:35 p.m.
About 16 percent of Maine households struggle to put food on the table, and the state ranks third in the nation for hunger.
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Zachary Fowler (right) places his hands on his head while he watches the finale of History Channel's "Alone" survival show during a viewing party Thursday at Threshers Brewing Co. in Searsmont. Fowler won the show.

Maine man reacts to winning $500K on History Channel survival show

By Nick McCrea on Feb. 10, 2017, at 5:11 p.m.
“Eighty-seven days is a long time to be alone. I missed my family so much, but they were my drive and my reason for being there,” said Zachary Fowler.
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Zachary Fowler of Appleton appears on "Alone" on The History Channel.

Maine man lasts 87 days, wins $500K on History Channel survival show ‘Alone’

By Nick McCrea on Feb. 09, 2017, at 10:01 p.m.
Zachary Fowler survived largely on fish and limited edible plants he found in the area, as well as a bird that he took down with a skillful slingshot strike.
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People cross the pedestrian bridge in Bangor Thursday.

Maine hit with second snowstorm in 3 days

By Dawn Gagnon on Feb. 09, 2017, at 6:52 p.m.
Some places expected to be hit hardest were York County — where as much as 16 inches of snow was forecast — and the Down East region, which will see its first major snow event so far this season.
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A "finger" of heroin is carefully unwrapped from its paper backing at the state drug testing lab in Augusta in this August 2015 file photo.

After Democratic push, LePage offers plan to expand addiction treatment

By Michael Shepherd on Feb. 08, 2017, at 3:22 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage’s administration floated a plan on Wednesday that would leverage up to $8 million to expand opiate addiction treatment to as many as 700 Mainers this year.
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Early diners await the start of their "Food Journey" through Finland at In Good Company in Rockland on Friday. For nearly 10 years, In Good Company has hosted Food Journeys, a series of dinners themed to a different cuisine, historical period or special event each week in the winter and spring months.

Diners at Rockland eatery In Good Company have come to expect the unexpected

By Emily Burnham on Feb. 07, 2017, at 12:29 p.m.
“I can never stop exploring. That’s the fun of it for me. I never get tired of it,” chef Melody Wolfertz said.
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Unschooling has some things in common with homeschooling, but it’s certainly not identical, according to three local moms who are choosing to unschool their children. Homeschooled children often have a parent or other adult teach them subjects with the help of curriculum or lesson plans. “The idea is that we all inherently have interests and passions,” Sara Yasner of Clifton, the 44-year-old mother of three unschooled children, said. “It seems that in school there’s so much about the social aspect and fitting in. With unschooling, it really is about what their interests are.”

Why some Maine families are choosing an unschooled approach to education

By Abigail Curtis on Feb. 06, 2017, at 12:49 p.m.
“We tried several curriculums, and she just wasn’t that interested in it. She wanted to play. She wanted to create.”
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General overall view of New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons helmets and NFL Wilson official Duke Super Bowl LI logo football at NRG Stadium.

How the Super Bowl evolved from gridiron showdown to entertainment extravaganza

By Peter Hopsicker and Mark Dyreson, The Conversation on Feb. 05, 2017, at 7:30 a.m.
Perhaps it’s because the game itself has never been all that exciting, with the outcome rarely a close call.

Possessions, cost must be considered before downsizing to a tiny house

By Lauren Abbate on Feb. 04, 2017, at 7:40 a.m.
There are a few things that should be taken into consideration before deciding to buy your tiny own home.
Nic Ledoux (left) and his wife, Robin Bienenstock, recently sit in their tiny home that is parked at a campground in Freeport. They bought the home last year and decided to come to Maine for their first winter.

A 200-square-foot winter: Colder months an added adventure for tiny home dwellers

By Lauren Abbate on Feb. 04, 2017, at 7:40 a.m.
“We love it,” Robin Bienenstock said. “[The tiny house is] one of the best places we’ve lived.”
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Here are 5 fascinating facts about Maine ice boating

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Feb. 03, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Here are a few interesting facts about ice boating in Maine, a few of which may take you by surprise.
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Ice boaters stop to chat on Monday on Damariscotta Lake in Jefferson.

‘Feel the power’: Ice boaters race across frozen Maine lake

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Feb. 03, 2017, at 1 a.m.
“The boats are powerful, and you can feel that power,” Bill Buchholz said. “And that’s kind of intoxicating.”
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A burning bush turns prematurely red in Illinois, on September 21, 2012.

33 plants deemed invasive can no longer be sold in Maine

By Lauren Abbate on Feb. 02, 2017, at 6:22 a.m.
“The plants on the list have invaded farms, fields, forests and wetlands throughout the state.”
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Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine.

Susan Collins opposes Trump’s education secretary nominee DeVos

By Michael Shepherd on Feb. 01, 2017, at 2:14 p.m.
Sen. Susan Collins withholding her vote could place Betsy DeVos’ nomination in jeopardy.