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"Orion on the Dunes," a biography of the Henry Beston the author of "Northern Farm," written by Daniel G. Payne

Biography offers glimpse into the life of ‘Northern Farm’ naturalist Henry Beston and his deep ties to Maine

By Meg Haskell on May 29, 2017, at 7:32 a.m.
The first biography of Henry Beston sheds light on his trajectory as a writer, on his complex emotional and intellectual responses to the world around him and on his deep connection to Chimney Farm and his adopted state of Maine.

Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL from Maine

By The Sports Xchange on May 29, 2017, at 7:08 a.m.
Brady delivered the video message last week at the funeral of Kyle Milliken, thanking the hero’s wife and their two children for their sacrifice.
LANCE DUTSON

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

on May 29, 2017, at 5:30 a.m.
Portland voters said they wanted a chief executive accountable to voters. But so far, that’s not what we’ve gotten.
VIDEO
Perry Drew was drafted during World War II when he was 18 years old. He was placed in the U.S. Navy Armed Guard, who's units were established during WWII in an attempt to provide defensive firepower to merchant ships in convoy or merchant ships traveling alone. The unit no longer exists.

This Brewer millworker was a member of the forgotten Navy Armed Guard

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 29, 2017, at 1 a.m.
“I call it the forgotten Navy of World War II because most people, even those in the Navy, don’t understand what we’re talking about.”
BREWER, Maine -- 05/19/2017 - Perry Drew was drafted into World War II when he was 18 years old. He was placed in the U.S. Navy Armed Guard, who's units were established during WWII in an attempt to provide defensive firepower to merchant ships in convoy or merchant ships traveling alone. The unit no longer exists. Ashley L. Conti | BDN

Brewer millworker part of forgotten Navy Armed Guard

By Ashley Conti on May 29, 2017, at 1 a.m.

Clouds, rain to move across Maine on Memorial Day

By Judy Harrison on May 28, 2017, at 2:38 p.m.
Rain showers will slowly move from New Hampshire into Maine on Memorial Day before settling in for the rest of the week, according to the weather service.
CONTRIBUTORS
Soldiers of the 2nd Maine Infantry on parade at Camp Keyes in Augusta in 1917.

These Maine men answered the call when the US entered the Great War

By Jonathan Bratten on May 28, 2017, at 9:59 a.m.
On April 6, 1917, the United States entered the Great War. Six days later, a telegram from the War Department arrived at Camp Keyes in Augusta: The 2nd Maine Regiment was ordered into active service.
CONTRIBUTORS

Maine’s solar industry can employ the next generation

By Holly Noyes on May 28, 2017, at 9:46 a.m.
Solar’s potential is promising for Maine’s economic future, especially for a state that has lost jobs due to globalization and outsourcing.
POLL QUESTION
Carol Santora wants to make sure her beloved dogs Biscuit (right) and Dixie are well taken care of if they should outlive her. She and her husband Dave Santora included the dogs in their estate planning.

A trust fund for a pooch? How some Mainers are including their pets in estate planning

By Julia Bayly on May 28, 2017, at 8:02 a.m.
For some Mainers, funds of $10,000 per dog are there for a new owner to buy food, provide medical care or whatever the dogs need.
The six-bed new elder care facility on North Haven, which is expected to open in the fall of 2017, will be the first such facility on the offshore island, which sits 10 miles out in Penobscot Bay.

What one Maine island is doing to keep elder residents from moving away

By Alex Acquisto on May 28, 2017, at 7:13 a.m.
“It’s not a unique issue for people in rural areas to sort of struggle to figure out where to meet long-term care needs, but I think on an island it’s especially unique.”
Delores Hainer, a U.S. Army veteran during the Korean War who grew up in Brewer, was stationed at the Fort Sam base in San Antonio, Texas, between 1949 and 1950.

See 5 Mainers tell their strongest memories of war

By Erin Rhoda on May 28, 2017, at 7:11 a.m.
They’re rarely about actual combat.
WIDGETS AND DIGITS
West Quoddy Head Lighthouse, which has served as a beacon for ships off the rocky coast of Maine for more than 200 years, is one of the key features of Quoddy Head State Park.

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

on May 28, 2017, at 6:30 a.m.
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.
Tool lead singer Maynard James Keenan performs during their show at the Darling's Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor Saturday.

Thousands drawn to Bangor to see Tool, first Waterfront Concert of season

By Emily Burnham on May 27, 2017, at 7:45 p.m.
Coral in the northern Gulf of Maine.

Maine lobstermen say they aren’t harming threatened coral beds

By A.J. Higgins on May 27, 2017, at 11:03 a.m.
“It is evident to me that the marine corals in these zones appear to be thriving, which means that they are successfully coexisting with the trap fishery that has been there for many years.”
LETTERS

Monday, May 29, 2017: Don’t sacrifice public health nurses, litter a problem for everyone, MaineCare changes harmful

on May 27, 2017, at 10:16 a.m.
Letters for Monday, May 29, 2017: Don’t sacrifice public health nurses, litter a problem for everyone, MaineCare changes harmful
EDITORIALS
A Memorial Day wreath at the World War II memorial in Fort Kent, Maine, in 2016 reminds those who pass by to not forget the fallen.

Memorial Day: A time for reflection and gratitude

on May 27, 2017, at 7:46 a.m.
This Memorial Day, Americans should have no trouble finding time, or reason, to honor their comrades.
Fresh strawberries are hand-sorted

What you can do today to enjoy the summer harvest all year long

By Lauren Abbate on May 27, 2017, at 7:45 a.m.
Most people envision glass jars filled with pickled cucumbers and beans when think of food preservation, but freezing and drying fruits or vegetables are two other relatively simple ways seasonal foods can be preserved.
COMMENTARY
BDN assistant sports editor Pete Warner holds heavy ropes while doing jumping jacks during a recent workout session at Wilcox Wellness and Fitness in Bangor.

For BDN editor, 55, benefits abound after a year of healthier living

By Pete Warner on May 27, 2017, at 7:44 a.m.
For years, I had joked that the last time I was “in shape,” was when I ran cross country at Bangor High School in 1978.

Case at Portland private school among statewide whooping cough surge

By Jake Bleiberg on May 27, 2017, at 1 a.m.
During the 2015-2016 school year, 77 percent of Breakwater kindergarten students were vaccinated against the disease, compared to a statewide total of 96 percent.
POLL QUESTION
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage proposes eliminating funding for Civil Rights Team Project

By Beth Brogan on May 27, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Maine Attorney General Janet T. Mills on Friday decried Gov. Paul LePage’s proposal to eliminate funding through the attorney general’s office for a project that supports civil rights teams in Maine schools.