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I thought this cookbook written for the poor would be offensive. It’s not. It’s fabulous

on July 31, 2015, at 7:01 p.m.
I am such a critic. So when I read about a New York University graduate student writing a cookbook designed for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) recipients, I was ready to start stripping it down before I even clicked on the link for the book. I was already thinking, What kind of condescending, …
Valerie Harper

Valerie Harper not in coma, looking forward to returning to Ogunquit Playhouse

By Dawn Gagnon on July 31, 2015, at 6:05 p.m.
Contrary to reports that suggested otherwise, actress Valerie Harper is feeling better after being admitted to the hospital Wednesday evening before a performance at the Ogunquit Playhouse, a theater official said Friday in a news release. In fact, the actress, perhaps best known for her role as …
Sylvanus “"Junior”" Tracy of Hermon throws out the first pitch at the Portland Sea Dogs game Sunday at Hadlock Field in Portland.

Man receives unexpected honor during Maine Baseball Hall of Fame induction

By Joe McLaughlin on July 31, 2015, at 5:53 p.m.
At age 89, Sylvanus “Junior” Tracy has enjoyed several happy milestones. “I’ve married two lovely women, had a field named after me, got my stripe [in the U.S. Army] and wrote a book, ‘Downeast Baseball,’” he said. On Sunday, his induction into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame during a …
Firefighters work to douse the remaining pockets of flames at the scene of a fatal fire on Noyes Street in Portland in November 2014.

Portland landlord pleads not guilty in fire that killed 6

By Judy Harrison on July 31, 2015, at 5:36 p.m.
The owner of a Portland home that burned in November, killing six people, pleaded not guilty Friday at the Cumberland County Courthouse to six counts of manslaughter and four counts of violation of the life safety code, according to Penobscot County District Attorney Stephanie Anderson. Gregory Nisbet, …
AFTER THE COUCH

Why Coleen Singer’s obituary spoke to me

on July 31, 2015, at 5:19 p.m.
So was Coleen Singer a victim of partisan politics? I think so. And I think that more people should talk openly about how access to health care has affected their lives.

Saddleback extends deadline for decision on upcoming ski season

By Scott Thistle on July 31, 2015, at 5:18 p.m.
DALLAS PLANTATION | The general manager for the Saddleback ski area said Friday the resort was going to extend by a few days its self-imposed deadline for securing $3 million in financing for a new chairlift. In July, the resort announced it would have to close for the 2015-16 …
Old Town Senior League player Cole Daniel prepares to swing in the batting cage on Wednesday at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor.

Old Town baseball team hardened by journey, ready to pursue championship

By Ernie Clark on July 31, 2015, at 4:34 p.m.
Whether it was officials from the local Expera Specialty Solutions mill dropping by a midweek practice or workout mates making small talk at the YMCA, residents of the Canoe City are sharing in the anticipation as 12 of their youngsters prepare to pursue a world championship …
POLL QUESTION
U.S. Sen. Angus King (left) introduced a bill Friday that would shorten the wait time for asylum seekers to receive work permits. He was joined during a news conference by Portland Mayor Michael Brennan (center) Maine Immigrants Rights Coalition coordinator Alain Nahimana (right) and others.

Angus King: Cut work permit wait for asylum seekers

By Darren Fishell on July 31, 2015, at 4:08 p.m.
PORTLAND | U.S. Sen. Angus King wants the federal government to reduce the length of time people seeking asylum in the U.S. must wait to get a work permit. King formally introduced the bill Friday morning on the steps of Portland City Hall, where government aid to people seeking …
Sen. Susan Collins

The yeas and nays: How Maine’s congressional representatives voted this week

By Targeted News Service on July 31, 2015, at 3:47 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Here’s a look at how area members of Congress voted over the previous week. Editor’s note: Besides roll call votes, the Senate and House also took action on legislation by voice vote. The Senate also passed the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act, to provide medical treatment leave to …
Perkins Homestead National Historic Landmark in Newcastle, ME.

Frances Perkins Center to Celebrate 80th Anniversary of Social Security Act with Annual Garden Party & Awards Ceremony

By Broadreach Public Relations on July 31, 2015, at 3:31 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 14, 2015 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Location: Perkins Homestead National Historic Landmark, (Transportation to the Homestead will depart from the OceansWide parking lot at 44 Main Street, Newcastle, ME 04553), Newcastle, Maine For more information: (207) 563-3374; francesperkinscenter.org/?p=1064 DAMARISCOTTA, Maine (July 31, 2015) — Marking the 80th …
Coleen Sherin Singer

Writer explains Coleen Singer’s obituary: ‘I tried to be honest about her life’

By Judy Harrison on July 31, 2015, at 2:58 p.m.
BANGOR | Brent Singer didn’t want the drug overdose death last year of his former wife and friend to go unnoticed, but the honest and heartfelt obituary he wrote for Coleen Sheran Singer has created a stir in social and mainstream media he didn’t expect. As of 2 p.m. …

Transformations- Revealing nature’s complex balance: Fine art photographic book by Ramona du Houx

By Ramona du Houx on July 31, 2015, at 2:06 p.m.
Ramona du Houx’s fine art photography has been published, by Polar Bear & Company of Solon, in a book entitled Transformations- Revealing nature’s complex balance, containing 36 original works. Du Houx uses the camera with a painter’s eye. She has exhibited internationally. In Japan she is represented by Gallery Storks …
VIDEO
A court official stands guard Friday morning as the Maine Supreme Judicial Court prepared to hear oral arguments in Portland from four teams of attorneys representing various branches of government in the case of 65 disputed vetoes.

High court justices grill both sides in LePage veto dispute

By Mario Moretto on July 31, 2015, at 1:21 p.m.
PORTLAND | Four teams of attorneys representing various branches and agencies of government had their day in court Friday, when the justices of Maine’s highest court heard oral arguments in the case of 65 disputed vetoes. The courtroom was packed with lawmakers, reporters and others as the justices took …
THOUGHTS OF AN AVERAGE JOE

He Must Be a Good Person. I Saw Him in Church.

on July 31, 2015, at 1:18 p.m.
I try to live a good life and treat people the way I would like to be treated, and I hope that pleases God, but I don’t go to church every Sunday. Many folks feel they should honor God by attending a service every week. I respect their beliefs . …

What does summer in Maine mean to you?

By John Holyoke on July 31, 2015, at 12:31 p.m.
When the snow is knee-deep and the wind rips down out of Canada, it can be hard to remember how fabulous — if fleeting — Maine’s summers can be. But eventually, the snow melts, the resulting mud dries up and even the most northerly of our lakes reaches that magical …
#MAINE

Maine kids are picking fashions from the 80s when back-to-school shopping, retailer finds

on July 31, 2015, at 12:02 p.m.
Online retailer Zulily has studied the back-to-school buying habits of its customers and can tell what fashions students across different states prefer. According to the website, everything old is new again — styles from the 70s, 80s and 90s are popular in various places around the country. The decade Maine students …
Maine hockey coach Red Gendron gives some instruction to his players on the bench during a timeout in this Nov. 28, 2014, file photo.

UMaine hockey coach Gendron has busy summer as season nears

By Larry Mahoney on July 31, 2015, at 11:37 a.m.
Recruiting and fundraising have occupied a lot of University of Maine hockey coach Red Gendron’s summer. “Recruiting is ongoing. It’s a year-round process,” 54-year-old Gendron, who will begin his third season behind the bench this fall, said. Now that he has coached two seasons, his imprint on the team will …

Bridge construction to halt Turnpike traffic

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 31, 2015, at 11:33 a.m.
PORTLAND | Traffic will be stopped along the Maine Turnpike in Litchfield starting Monday because of bridge construction, according to the Maine Turnpike Authority. The 25-minute stoppages will occur Monday and Tuesday, with Wednesday as a rain date, in both directions. The stoppages, which will happen between 10 p.m. …

Actress accepts difficult ancestry with mercy

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on July 31, 2015, at 11:28 a.m.
When the TLC program “Who Do You Think You Are?” approached actress Ginnifer Goodwin about tracing her ancestry, she said yes with enthusiasm. As the mom of a 1-year-old, “it was super important for me to give him his story,” she said on the July 26 episode. Goodwin knew that …

Dracula Theater Production Coming to Fort Knox

By Leon Seymour on July 31, 2015, at 10:28 a.m.
The Ten Bucks Theatre will present the play, DRACULA, which was adapted by Steven Dietz, from Bram Stoker’s classic novel and is being directed by Benjamin Layman, at historic Fort Knox, in Prospect. The production will span eight evenings, beginning each night at 7 PM, August 6, 7, 8, 9, …
 
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