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Third Eye Blind, playing Sept. 2 at the Maine State Pier.

Fall touring show roundup for Maine, September-November: From ZZ Top to Zappa

By Emily Burnham on Aug. 31, 2016, at 10:59 a.m.
Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, Bangor Blink-182, A Day To Remember and All Time Low, Sept. 3 Rascal Flatts, Kelsea Ballerini and Chris Lane, Sept. 4 Maine State Pier, Portland Andy Grammar and Gavin DeGraw, Sept. 1 Third Eye Blind, Town Meeting and Tancred, Sept. 2 ZZ Top and Jonny Two Bags, …
Six kindergarten pupils were photographed in September 1951 at St. Mary’s parochial school and all seem happy to return after a long summer of play. They are (left to right) Kevin Vickers, Betty-Jo Rogan, Mary-Lu Gibbons, Mary Ann Hessert, Charlene Harris and Ronald Spears.

Back to school, back in the day: Eight old photos of the first day of classes

By Emily Burnham on Aug. 31, 2016, at 10:39 a.m.
Though school in 2016 is a very different beast from school in the 1950s, it’s still a big deal.

Two Sides of Technology – A day in the life of a PM.

on Aug. 30, 2016, at 5:22 p.m.
Some time ago, just after mankind had transitioned from stone and chisel, to pen and paper, I wandered out of my cave and entered the working world. Things were different back then. Meetings were generally attended in person. Conference calls were rare and a videoconference could only be found in …
Sarah Smiley

What happened when I gave up dessert

By Sarah Smiley on Aug. 30, 2016, at 2:01 p.m.
Sarah Smiley: This year I learned I love desserts.
Abercrombie & Fitch cargo shorts.

They’ll have to pry the cargo shorts off my cold, dead behind

By Emmet Meara on Aug. 29, 2016, at 12:10 p.m.
They will have to pry my cargo shorts off my cold, dead Irish behind. Every few years, some fashion maven (who obviously doesn’t wear shorts) attacks the very existence of the world’s most comfortable leisure wear. What do they know? I have been wearing cargo and regular shorts for nine …
Wayne E. Reilly

A trolley strike closed Bangor’s 112 saloons — at least, temporarily — a century ago

By Wayne E. Reilly on Aug. 28, 2016, at 1:23 p.m.
Few people in Bangor thought a temporary solution to all its drunken mayhem would be a trolley strike.

Toast bar opens in South Portland this fall

on Aug. 27, 2016, at 8:57 a.m.
Is this the greatest thing since sliced bread? A toast bar run by Scratch Baking Co. opens this fall in a former garage that happens to resemble a toaster. “It will have black handles soon,” says a buoyant Bob Johnson, co-owner of the Willard Square bakery a few blocks away. …
Red-breasted nuthatch

Nuthatches are everywhere this summer

By Bob Duchesne, Special to the BDN on Aug. 25, 2016, at 3:56 p.m.
Red-breasted nuthatches made an epic number of babies this year.
Veterans line up to salute the approach of a KC-135 tanker, known for mid-air refueling of B-52 bombers, at the former Loring Air Force Base on Aug. 20, when more than 1,200 visitors gathered to honor the base's history at an open house Aug. 19-21.

‘It was possibly the last time we will see those planes over Loring’

By Kathryn Olmstead on Aug. 25, 2016, at 1:56 p.m.
Like hundreds of other former Air Force men and women, they came to the 2016 Loring Air Force Base Open House to remember, to share their stories and to stand at attention saluting the aircraft that made Loring famous within the Strategic Air Command.

Thompson’s Point first restaurant opens

on Aug. 24, 2016, at 4:44 p.m.
Reams of locals and vacationers careered into Thompson’s Point Wednesday for the opening of Big J’s Chicken Shack. From the freshly mounted subway tiles, to the boxes of sauced wings, plates of waffles and chicken, and grilled chicken sandwiches topped with bacon and cheese, the new restaurant from Portland’s tastemaker …
Sarah Smiley

To my son, peanut butter is green

By Sarah Smiley on Aug. 23, 2016, at 1:20 p.m.
Sarah Smiley: What else does my son think is green? I wondered. Turns out, quite a bit.
Singer Bonnie Raitt arrives at the 58th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, Feb. 15, 2016.

Sorry, Bonnie Raitt. I’m done dealing with people who talk during concerts.

By Emmet Meara on Aug. 22, 2016, at 12:17 p.m.
I shall spend no more time with the concert blowhards, not even for Raitt. Unless she decides to play on the Cobb Manor deck.
Natasha the cat was more than happy to socialize a bit with the chipmunk she had recently brought into the house in Fort Kent. Meanwhile, Bangor Daily News columnist Julia Bayly scrambled to evict the rodent and place him back into the wild on Rusty Metal Farm.

I tolerate felines, but I will never be a cat person

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 18, 2016, at 3:50 p.m.
There are two kinds of people in the world: Dog people and cat people.

Circle Of Life

on Aug. 16, 2016, at 9:59 p.m.
I have not made every mistake there is to make in life, but damn it… I’ve made good headway on the list and showing no sign of letting up any time soon. You can take a breath of relief in knowing I am not going to bore you or make …

Hamilton sing-along in Portland

on Aug. 16, 2016, at 3:26 p.m.
The smash musical “Hamilton” has been sold out for months. Grab a vicarious slice of the action Thursday, when Cast Aside Productions hosts a Hamilton Sing-Along in Congress Square Park. Give a holla to the 10-dollar founding father and flex your vocal chords with scores of Hamheads expected to gather for this impromptu …
Sarah Smiley

That time we thought we had lice

By Sarah Smiley on Aug. 16, 2016, at 2:39 p.m.
The next morning, I woke up to a text from someone else who had been with us that fateful day: “I have lice. Starting the treatment now.”
Emmet Meara

Mercy killing of birch tree like losing another friend

By Emmet Meara on Aug. 15, 2016, at 12:05 p.m.
I committed murder last week. Cost me $325. It was worth it, I think. The victim was an ailing birch tree which had been at Cobb Manor a lot longer than I had. It was a mercy killing, since the birch had been self-trimming for the past few years. Last …
Wayne E. Reilly

A mission to Texas gave Maine troops a taste of Army life before WWI

By Wayne E. Reilly on Aug. 14, 2016, at 12:29 p.m.
Perhaps there would be a war, some thought, but tensions cooled off quickly. It would definitely help prepare them for The Great War raging in Europe, where many would be shipped the following year.

Civil War veteran from Hodgdon heads home for burial in Maine

on Aug. 12, 2016, at 11:49 a.m.
Cue When Johnny Comes Marching Home as Jewett Williams, a combat veteran from the 20th Maine Infantry Regiment, winds his way across country to a final resting place in the Pine Tree State. Born in Hodgdon in 1843, Williams was 21 when he was drafted into the 20th Maine on …

Maine distillery trail opens

on Aug. 12, 2016, at 8:41 a.m.
  Look out breweries, here come Maine distilleries. There are 70 of you, and only a dozen spirit makers, but they are gaining fast. From Gouldsboro to York, 12 craft distilleries are laying down the shot glasses to give us a taste of what brewers have known for years: Mainers have …