Maria Sharapova follows through on a shot during Wednesday's match against Vitalia Diatchenko at the French Open in Paris. Sharapova won 6-3, 6-1.

Nishikori takes centre stage, Halep crashes out at French Open

By Martyn Herman, Reuters on May 27, 2015, at 5:49 p.m.
PARIS — Roger Federer avoided any more security scares to move safely into the third round of the French Open on Wednesday but danger lurks ahead for the Swiss, namely in the shape of Japanese firebrand Kei Nishikori. The perils of Roland Garros were in evidence in the women’s draw …

Simple fake honey from an everyday belittled weed

By C.R. Maguire on May 27, 2015, at 2:13 p.m.
Recipes flutter about on social media like flies to..well, honey. I saw one such recipe as it floated by on the wings of one of my Facebook groups.  It was a site I typically only half pay attention to, because some of the members are…well, a little….over-the-top.  A little too …
Linebacker Dane Fletcher, pictured battling with Buffalo's Eric Wood during a game in December 2013, has rejoined the New England Patriots.

‘Big Ben:’ NFL 2015 opener would be deflated without Brady

By The Sports Xchange on May 26, 2015, at 7:22 p.m.
Ben Roethlisberger isn’t counting his victories just yet, and the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback said he is hoping Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is on the field when the teams meet in New England for the NFL Kickoff game in September. “He’s a guy, I’ve said for a long time, he’s the …
Sources have told The Associated Press that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension by the NFL reportedly will not be heard by the deadline Wednesday.

The appeal was supposed to be heard within 10 days of filing, according to terms of the collective-bargaining agreement, but sources told The Associated Press that a hearing has not been scheduled. It is possible the NFL and the NFL Players Associated have agreed to delay it.

Report: Tom Brady’s appeal hearing delayed

By The Sports Xchange on May 25, 2015, at 9:14 p.m.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s appeal of his four-game suspension reportedly will not be heard by the Wednesday deadline. The appeal was supposed to be heard within 10 days of filing, according to terms of the collective-bargaining agreement, but sources told The Associated Press that a hearing has not …

American BBQ

By Jeff McIntosh on May 24, 2015, at 6 a.m.
With Memorial Day weekend here I am excited to do some grilling.  When I think of a old fashioned American BBQ I am thinking of cheeseburgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, potato salad and possibly adult beverages!   Nothing to fancy, just a relaxing afternoon at the grill.  The …

TV radio sports schedule for May 25, 2015

on May 22, 2015, at 7:02 p.m.
BASEBALL, MAJOR LEAGUE BOSTON at MINNESOTA, 2:10 p.m., NESN-TV; WZON Bangor 620 AM, WDEA Ellsworth (1370 AM), WHOU Houlton (100.1 FM), WQDY Calais (92.7 FM), WYBA Rockland (105.5 FM), WSYY Millinocket (94.9 FM), WEGP Presque Isle (1390 AM), WKTJ Farmington (99.3 FM), WALZ Machias (95.3 FM), WLOB Portland (1310 AM), …

Vegetable Garden Nemesis Trap and Revised Garden Layout

By Jeff McIntosh on May 22, 2015, at 6 a.m.
As planting time draws near I am reminded of the damage my evil nemesis the Groundhog can do.  Em had seen a groundhog that had been run over by a car on the main road and we had heard other neighbors were setting out traps this year.  I was honestly kind …

My typical day with a 10-month-old

By Pattie Reaves on May 20, 2015, at 9:09 p.m.
Wow. I can’t believe this time had flown by so fast. I’m really starting to see her as the toddler she’s becoming and not…a tiny baby anymore. So, our typical day: 5:30 a.m. We wake up. This has gotten even earlier than it was last month, I see as I …

Governor LePage Administration and Major Maine Health Organizations Oppose Marijuana Legalization Bills

By Scott Gagnon on May 20, 2015, at 7:35 p.m.
On Wednesday, a large coalition of leading behavioral health, medical, and public health organizations testified in opposition to LD 1380 and LD 1401, bills that would legalize recreational marijuana in Maine AUGUSTA – Despite efforts of marijuana legalization advocates to spin marijuana legalization as inevitable, a large coalition of organizations …

K-Cups for the Keurig

By Jeanne Luetjen on May 20, 2015, at 10:18 a.m.
For those who use the Keurig on a regular basis, we have purchased a reusable coffee filter and liners for use with regular coffee. Thank you

Sports briefs for May 19, 2015

By The Sports Xchange on May 20, 2015, at 7:57 a.m.
NFL extra-point tries pushed back The NFL will move back extra-point kicks this season and also allow defenses to score on failed conversion attempts. The league owners, meeting Tuesday in San Francisco, approved the competition committee’s proposal to snap the ball on extra-point kicks from the 15-yard line. The ball …

Planting Cherry Tomatoes

By Jeff McIntosh on May 20, 2015, at 6 a.m.
I am happily picking up a little momentum crossing things off my garden to do list.  This week I managed to plant six of my sloped beds with my whole cherry tomato crop.  Last year I was overwhelmed with cherry tomatoes to the point where keeping up harvesting them was …
Boston's Hanley Ramirez (right) eludes the tag of Texas shortstop Elvis Andrus to post a double during the fifth inning of Tuesday's game at Fenway Park in Boston. The Red Sox won 4-3.

Ortiz, Napoli lift Red Sox past Rangers

By The Sports Xchange on May 19, 2015, at 10:32 p.m.
BOSTON — John Farrell’s decision-making was called into question Tuesday afternoon. Asked about potential changes to the lineup during his pregame media session, the third-year Boston Red Sox manager stuck to his guns and defended his guys. That vote of confidence would soon be rewarded. A slumping Boston offense received …
James G. Blaine, editor of the Kennebec Journal, was elected to Congress as a Republican in 1862. He served as speaker of the House from 1869 to 1875, and unsuccessfully ran for president in 1876 and 1880. He then served as secretary of state under two presidents.

9 remarkable portraits of influential Maine people

By Erin Rhoda on May 19, 2015, at 1 p.m.
Portrait painting and photography is a tradition stretching back centuries. Today we can all do it with an outstretched arm and a phone — the selfie. Sometimes we might even pay an artist to draw our caricature. Official portraiture is typically pursued by presidents and other politicians. In Maine, the …
Samantha Peczka makes over Jennifer Thomsen's 4-month-old son Ely at Bug Light Park in South Portland on Thursday March 8, 2012 as the Machigonne II car ferry heads for Peaks Island. Portland hit a record high of 60 degrees on Thursday. The old high for the date was 56, set two years ago.

How many Maine towns with the word “port” can you name?

By Pattie Reaves on May 18, 2015, at 3:31 p.m.
Maine, being a coastal state, has a lot of towns with the word “port” in their name. We know you can name a few, but can you name them all?
Waco Police Department photo shows police investigators at the scene at the Twin Peaks Restaurant in Waco, Texas in this images released on May 18, 2015. Police in Waco, Texas said 170 people were being arrested on Monday in connection with a biker gang shootout that left nine dead and 18 injured a day earlier.

Mass arrests, revenge fears after deadly Texas biker gang shootout

By Lisa Maria Garza, Reuters on May 18, 2015, at 12:55 p.m.
WACO, Texas — Police warned of revenge attacks from motorcycle gangs after 170 people were charged Monday in connection with the shootout among rival bikers on Sunday that left nine dead and 18 wounded and turned a Texas restaurant into a blood-soaked crime scene. Bikers from five rival gangs attacked …

Cinnamon Flop Cake

By Jeff McIntosh on May 18, 2015, at 6 a.m.
I came across a recipe for Cinnamon Flop Cake in one of our Antique Recipe Collections.  The recipe was titled “Grams Cinnamon Flop”.  It took me about 5 minutes to figure out the cursive letter at the beginning of Flop was in fact an “F”.  Having unlearned cursive sometime in the …

Getting Chickens

By Jeff McIntosh on May 16, 2015, at 6 a.m.
I have been dreaming of getting chickens for years now.  Last weekend we were invited to our awesome friends Amanda and Erick’s house and were lucky enough to adopt 4 baby hens.  They had received their chickens through the mail the week before.  Having ordered 16 baby chickens they were looking …

Don’t chase bears with dull hatchets if you’re drunk

By John Holyoke on May 14, 2015, at 11:08 a.m.
In more than 20 years of writing for this newspaper, I’ve learned plenty. For instance, I now know that Election Day is a newsroom holiday, and the company will feed you scrumptious snacks, even if you write outdoors stories that have nothing to do with politics. Also, I’ve learned that …

Planting Beans and Peas

By Jeff McIntosh on May 14, 2015, at 6 a.m.
I got my first two rows planted last weekend.  It doesn’t sound like much writing that but it felt good to finally make some progress on the main garden.  The last few weeks have been so nice I wish I had started sooner.  Planting Beans and Peas was something I …
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