Once or twice every summer, Maine news feeds explode with word of great white shark sightings off the state’s coast. Last month, three reported great white sightings — near Wells, Old Orchard Beach and Portland — stirred up all sorts of beach excitement and anxiety. But after reviewing images taken of these supposed great whites, […]
There are a lot of early birds in Piscataquis County.
Summer in Maine is magical. The problem is, there are nine other months. According to the Washington Post, July 8 is historically the sunniest day of the year. Which means each subsequent day is part of the grim march toward our annual five-month meditation on death and loneliness. That’s based on more than 30 years of sunlight data […]
You’ve sent up your tent for camping and are ready to retire for the night. Just you and the Maine summer wilderness. And, depending on your excursion and tent type, oppressive heat. You’re acres away from the nearest road, much less electrical outlet, and the prospect of the next day’s adventure hike seems less appealing […]
If you watch anything this weekend, make it this documentary about a little girl from Kennebunkport who had a very rare condition often called “mermaid syndrome.” Shiloh Pepin was born with legs fused from the waist down. With no lower colon, no bladder, no genital organs, and only one partially working kidney, doctors told her parents she […]
On July 4, 1827, less than a decade into Maine’s life as an official state, outspoken sawmill owner John Baker raised a homemade American flag on the western side of the junction between Baker Brook and the St. John River. It was a bold statement on what was still disputed territory as the dust slowly […]
More than 1,000 BDN readers recently cast their votes online for women with Maine roots who should grace the $10 bill. They clearly prefer former Skowhegan legislator Margaret Chase Smith. Sixty-two percent of readers chose Smith, the first woman to serve in both chambers of Congress. The distant runner-up was former Labor Secretary Frances […]