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The one where the mail kind of breaks my heart for a minute.

on March 01, 2015, at 9:04 p.m.
Hallee’s been diagnosed with autism since she was very small.  Before she was two she was receiving OT, PT, speech…you name it.  I was very lucky to have an RN mother who saw some very early red flags and convinced me to get her evaluated.  So here we are, with …
Wayne E. Reilly

‘Dumps, billboards, parks': Bangor reformers aimed to improve city

By Wayne E. Reilly on March 01, 2015, at 10:51 a.m.
During the Progressive Era a century ago hardly a week went by when somebody in Bangor didn’t speak up in favor of reforms to improve life in the Queen City of the East. It was time Bangor “thought of something besides booze,” chided civic leader Franklin E. Bragg in a …
Sarah Smiley

More than two years later, tough decision to stay in Maine worth it

By Sarah Smiley on March 01, 2015, at 5:19 a.m.
For some decisions, there is an obvious best choice, with very few repercussions. Dessert, no dessert? Dark blue paint, lighter blue paint? Heels, flats? Scrambled, fried? For most of life’s major decisions, however, it’s not that easy. In fact, often there are several best choices to one dilemma, all with …

Castine talk to cover old Maine newspapers

By Roxanne Saucier on Feb. 28, 2015, at 1:55 p.m.
March is a great month to dig into local historical and genealogical research, according to staff at Wilson Museum in Castine. Inspired by March holidays such as Genealogy Day, Descendants’ Day, Celebrate Your Name Week, Irish-American Heritage Month and Women’s History Month, the museum will open the Hutchins Education Center …

What Growing Old Isn’t for Sissies is all about

on Feb. 27, 2015, at 5:01 p.m.
When I finally did retire, I had one totally unexpected regret.
Bird watching

Dreaming of a white … birding fest?

By Bob Duchesne, Special to the BDN on Feb. 26, 2015, at 4:54 p.m.
At the rate winter is going, this year’s Down East Spring Birding Festival may be conducted on snowshoes. Washington County has had so much snow, residents are leaving the house through the second-floor window. Nonetheless, festival season has already started, and the early bird gets the worm. Registration is open …
Wind-driven sub-zero temperatures did not deter participants in the 2015 Aroostook Women's Ski Day, who warmed up with a Zumba session led by Mandy Putnam before hitting the ski and snowshoe trails Feb. 1 at the Nordic Heritage Center in Presque Isle.

Community support keeps Hope & Justice Project going

By Kathryn Olmstead on Feb. 26, 2015, at 9:54 a.m.
Super Bowl Sunday might mean stocking up on snacks and beverages for an evening in front of the screen for some, but for a contingent of women from northern Maine and New Brunswick, it is a day to get out on the ski and snowshoe trails at the Nordic Heritage …

CPR and Basic First Aid Should Be a High School Graduation Requirement

on Feb. 26, 2015, at 8:51 a.m.
In the wake of that insane 70+ car pile up on I-95 North yesterday, I was especially moved by the account of the off-duty EMT who started triaging folks and no doubt saved a few lives/limbs. I’m astounded that no one died. Whenever there’s a potential ‘mass casualty’ event I …

Appomattox Road: Cavalry fight at Dinwiddie – Part I: “The sharp, heavy volleys heard over the hill”

on Feb. 25, 2015, at 9:53 p.m.
  Sent to capture an obscure Southside Virginia crossroads in late March 1865, Phil Sheridan botched the assignment — and the 1st Maine Cavalry Regiment saved him from an embarrassing defeat. Ulysses Simpson Grant sent Sheridan to make an end run around the left flank of Robert E. Lee and …
URBAN EYE (blog)

Five Maine Restaurant Week hacks

on Feb. 24, 2015, at 9:45 a.m.
Some say restaurant weeks have jumped the shark (and the sashimi). This winter we need as many tantalizing excuses as possible to ditch our PJs and hit the town. All Maine restaurants (even Fore Street) bleed in the lean season. So over the next two weeks, starting March 1, do …

Red is the new taupe

on Feb. 24, 2015, at 7:39 a.m.
Or is it ‘pink is the new black.’ No, I think ‘orange is the new gray’, saw it in a magazine the other day. I’m not one to follow fashion trends, at least not too closely. But there is no doubt that color has a profound impact on us. Well, …

When secondhand becomes my second choice.

on Feb. 23, 2015, at 9:11 p.m.
Goodwill came into my life for the first time in 1997, when my oldest daughter Hallee was born.  I wanted a baby swing and got my doors blown off by the price at Toys R Us.  A neighborhood mom mentioned Goodwill and all of the great deals she got there and …
Emmet Meara

Greetings from Florida after the trip from hell

By Emmet Meara on Feb. 23, 2015, at 12:50 p.m.
We all watch those travel shows on television, then search the Internet for travel hints and deals before we set off on our trips, don’t we? Well, I have a travel tip for you. Don’t ever set off anywhere on Friday the 13th. I know, you think that is an …

LTYM Bangor 2015 show announces cast!

on Feb. 22, 2015, at 8:08 p.m.
      We are so delighted to introduce you to the very first LTYM Bangor CAST! After hours of auditions, pouring over submissions, drinking far too much coffee, asking two zillion questions, and re-reviewing we finally chose the group of twelve fabulous ladies who will give life to the fantastic …
Roxanne Moore Saucier

Have Canadian roots? Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics available online

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Feb. 22, 2015, at 8:33 a.m.
When it comes to Canadian ancestry, I am neither well-traveled nor an expert. I certainly have done more research on my husband’s Franco-American forebears in Quebec and early-early Nova Scotia — Acadia — than on my Steeves line, the German Stief family that came to Pennsylvania in the mid-1700s before …
Erin Donovan

I’ve kept my perfect driving record intact … kind of

By Erin Donovan, Special to the BDN on Feb. 22, 2015, at 6:15 a.m.
If I have ever given you a ride in my car, I can guarantee that two things happened. I delivered you 15 minutes late, and I told you, probably several times by way of reassurance, that I’ve never been in a car accident. Because I had never been. I managed …

An answer to the age old question…

on Feb. 21, 2015, at 9:51 p.m.
The question:  How fast could your child’s hamster actually run if they ever accidentally got away from you? The answer:  Like a bat out of hell. Here’s the culprit. 12 year old daughter’s long haired Syrian hamster. Honey was a birthday gift for Mad this year.  She’s wanted one …
Sarah Smiley

If schools were designed for introverts

By Sarah Smiley on Feb. 21, 2015, at 9:25 a.m.
If you are an introvert and you went to school, you know our education system is not designed around you. Indeed, much of the world is not designed for you. The world is for extroverts, and the first time you learn this is your first day of junior high school, …
Julia Bayly.

At the end of life, hospice care is there

By Julia Bayly on Feb. 19, 2015, at 5:36 p.m.
FORT KENT | In 2007, when my late husband was diagnosed with malignant melanoma, we knew the odds were stacked against him. For the four months Patrick battled the aggressive cancer, he promised time and time again he would beat it. For my part, I promised him when and …

Appomattox Road: You have read of Virginia rainstorms and Virginia mud

on Feb. 18, 2015, at 11:18 p.m.
Reading the letters that her brother, Daniel Withum Sawtelle, wrote from Virginia in January and February 1865, Caroline Sophronia Murphy developed a good idea about what passed for winter in Virginia. The widowed Murphy often traded letters with Daniel, born in Minot in April 1838 and raised in Township 3, …
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