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Sarah Smiley

When I was cool, I didn’t ask for directions

By Sarah Smiley on Feb. 15, 2015, at 6:16 a.m.
I am not going to say this is a male trait, because between me and my husband I am the one who doesn’t like to ask for directions. Maybe it is an introvert thing. I’d rather wander aimlessly through the hardware store aisles than ask for help, because then I …
Erin Donovan

Valentine’s, schmalentines

By Erin Donovan on Feb. 15, 2015, at 6:02 a.m.
It is possible that I have never given a Valentine’s Day gift before. If it makes everyone feel better, I can’t recall having received one, either. I’m sure I did because I would have expressly indicated in my durable power of attorney to have “Obviously the biggest loser and not …
Wayne Reilly

Snow drought caused men to hustle a century ago

By Wayne E. Reilly on Feb. 15, 2015, at 5:58 a.m.
Workingmen longed for snow a century ago like kids at Christmas, not so they could go snowmobiling, but so they could go to work. “Snow badly needed,” a headline in the Bangor Daily Commercial said on Jan. 1, 1915. “Lumbermen and Farmers Hope For a Big Fall Soon.” Lumbermen and …

Book Review: The Big Book of Parenting Tweets Edited by Kate Hall and Science of Parenthood

on Feb. 14, 2015, at 12:46 p.m.
If motherhood has taught me anything it is that getting angry rarely alleviates any ridiculous or trying circumstance that children will undoubtedly toss a mom (or dad) into. You may as well find the humor in the chaos, which is where Kate Hall and Science of Parenthood come in with …

The calm before the storm

on Feb. 14, 2015, at 8:53 a.m.
And so it would seem, another storm is on the way. This one could be the one we talk about for years and measure time by. “Let’s see, the storm of 2015 was 2 years before I ……” Judging by how excited my husband is, this really could be it. …
Jessica Meir

Caribou native readying for space as member of 21st NASA astronaut class

By Kathryn Olmstead on Feb. 12, 2015, at 5:24 p.m.
Caribou native Jessica Meir remembers when she was in first grade at Teague Park Elementary School. Her teacher, Marty Belanger, asked students to draw what they wanted to be when they grew up. Jessica drew an astronaut. Today that image is more than a dream. At age 37, Meir is …
Carol (left) and Michael Murphy of Glenburn renew their wedding vows at Bangor Baptist Church in Bangor in this 2011 BDN file photo.

Valentine’s Day weekend events, from chocolate treats to funky beats

By Emily Burnham on Feb. 12, 2015, at 3:38 p.m.
Bangor — Friday night, celebrate the day early with a romantic night of both opera and Broadway show tunes, with the “Bizet to Broadway” concert, featuring lyric tenor Richard Troxell and mezzo-soprano Kirsten Chavez, set for 7 p.m. at the Gracie Theatre at Husson University. Tickets are $22 at the …

Appomattox Road: The solemn-faced nincompoop soon returned

on Feb. 11, 2015, at 5:04 p.m.
  Winter 1865 found John Haley of Saco serving with the 17th Maine Infantry Regiment in the Union lines southwest of Petersburg. He and his Co. I comrades alternated their duty between the monotony and military regimen of camp life and dangerous duty at picket posts much nearer Confederate lines. …
URBAN EYE (blog)

Valentine tips for slackers

on Feb. 11, 2015, at 3:25 p.m.
Cupid is about to hoist back his bow. Don’t be caught without any arrows in your quiver. Or worse, with your pants down on Feb 14th. You’ve still got the rest of winter to contend with, no need to make it any colder. Try these last-minute grabs to win her/his …

Who Was My Secret Admirer?

on Feb. 11, 2015, at 9:58 a.m.
When I was in high school, I believe it was my sophomore or junior year, I received a flower for Valentine’s Day along with a small note card. This was exciting for several reasons, not least of all because I was a single gal who did not have a slew …
URBAN EYE (blog)

Pike Place-style market slated for Scarborough

on Feb. 10, 2015, at 12:28 p.m.
In an old school house where children once learned arithmetic, cheese, wine and beer will be hawked to thankful suburbanites; as fresh veggies, meat and fish overflow from bins and well-stocked cases. Rejoice York/Cumberland County foodies, a Pike Place-style market opens in the former Dunstan School this spring. The Route …

10 Questions to consider before you let your kids “help”

on Feb. 10, 2015, at 7:26 a.m.
The best way to discover what a controlling psycho a parent can be is for mom or dad to agree to let the children help. Any task conceivable can go from being a simple chore that requires nearly zero effort or time to becoming a torturous job of repeating instructions, …
Emmet Meara
Emmet Meara

Car repairs ate my tax return, meaning no trip to Florida this winter

By Emmet Meara on Feb. 09, 2015, at 4:31 p.m.
Since the year 1993, I have fled the Maine winter for a visit to Florida for beer, baseball and beaches, not necessarily in that order. For many years I had season tickets to the Red Sox stadium at Fort Myers. Traditionally, this extravagance has been funded by my annual federal …
Allagash Brewing Company brewer and founder Rob Tod tastes an experimental beer in a new storage and aging facility next door to the main building in Portland Wednesday. Allagash, Maine’s second-largest brewer, increased production by 36 percent in 2012 to 1.4 million from 1.03 million gallons the previous year.

Whale bones? Brewers search like mad for the perfect beer

By Greg Kitsock on Feb. 09, 2015, at 2:22 p.m.
Did we domesticate yeast, or did yeast domesticate us? Either way, it’s a cozy relationship: We feed these talented one-celled organisms a diet of sugar and keep the temperature just so, and they reward us by, among other things, turning barley broth into beer. Most brewers use a domesticated strain …
URBAN EYE (blog)

Maine chefs dominate Boston Wine Expo this weekend

on Feb. 09, 2015, at 8:20 a.m.
February is coming in like a lion. Tame this beast at the Boston Wine Expo this weekend. Maine chefs head south to show Bostonians, and the rest of New England, why the Pine Tree State is quickly becoming the culinary capital. A who’s who of local luminaries like Stephen Richards, …
Sarah Smiley

Why we chose small-town life

By Sarah Smiley on Feb. 08, 2015, at 10:42 a.m.
Before 2008, we always lived in a metropolitan area. By “metropolitan area,” I mean somewhere with a Cheesecake Factory within driving distance. When we got orders to go to a small town, I told my husband, Dustin, “I’ll go for two years and not a day more.” Then I prepared …
Roxanne Moore Saucier

The maternal line and ‘3-parent babies’

By Roxanne Saucier, Special to the BDN on Feb. 08, 2015, at 10:18 a.m.
Headlines on Feb. 3 announced the British Parliament’s approval of “ three-parent babies” in the United Kingdom as a prevention of mitochondrial disease, which claims the lives of very young children born with the ailment, which causes loss of muscle tone, cardiac issues and other problems. To be accurate, the …

BOOK REVIEW: P.O.W.E.R by Lisa Kramer

on Feb. 08, 2015, at 9:52 a.m.
Book Review of P.O.W.E.R by Lisa Kramer Massachusetts based author and blogger, Lisa Kramer has put out a book that boldly seeks a feminist call to action by asking the question, “What would happen if women and girls joined their unique abilities to change the world?” Part dystopian fiction, part feminist …

Religious ignorance shines through at National Prayer Breakfast

on Feb. 06, 2015, at 2:04 p.m.
In case you missed it (because it’s definitely not being reported by many local news outlets), at yesterday’s National Prayer Breakfast President Obama took the opportunity to lecture attendees that Muslim extremists are not the first to commit atrocities in the name of religion. Here is the quote. I’ve paraphrased his words with brackets to clarify his remarks for you, my valued reader…

Target clearance buys.

on Feb. 06, 2015, at 12:44 p.m.
I stopped in at Target because that’s what I do every day to do a quick browse and found some really great clearance items.  They’re getting rid of winter stuff left and right!  They’ve got some women’s coats for 70% off at $11 and change, sweaters, long sleeved tops, and tons …
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