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Saturday, August 24, 2019

The weekly columnists in The Free Press are a great source of news and opinion - both local and global. Click on one below to start your journey.

  • Artists in Profile: Steve Tobin
    “Roots: The Other Half of the Story” is this year’s theme at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, and how apt that Steve Tobin’s massive root sculptures are on display.
  • Artists in Profile: Holly Berry
    I am drawn to Berry’s works by their timeless quality — they could have been done 100 years ago or be from 20 years in the future. Decorative? Absolutely! But also, there is an emotional depth to her images that shows through ...
  • August 8: Roland A. Falgout, a tugboat, arrived in Searsport from Fourchon, La., with a flat barge to be loaded with refinery modules built at Cianbro’s Eastern Manufacturing Facility in Brewer and bound for a refinery on the Ohio River ...
  • Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide was his last swindle: cheating his victims of their day in court. His death, convenient for some, begs for conspiracy theories, which are not always wrong. The opposite of conspiracy theory is naive credulity ...
  • The big news announced this month is that scientists have sequenced the entire genome of the avocado. You know, that’s the green, creamy, pear-shaped fruit (botanically a berry by definition) with the alligator skin and the big ...
  • Blue skies and blueberries. That pretty much says it all about the best of summer in Maine. We’ve had a lengthy stretch of blue skies recently, and wild blueberry vendors can be found roadside up and down Route 1, from Portland to Belfast. ...
  • Notes from Lime City: The Politics of the Lobster Festival’s “Non-Political” Parade
    In 2018, for the first time in its 70-year history, the Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland banned “politics” from its Big Parade. Rumors spread that this was partly done because festival organizers wanted to find a way to prevent Midcoast ...
  • I was trying to get through frying the morning’s batch of doughnuts for the bakery. The phone man was assembling his gear for the first Field Service Technician call of the day, a day already setting up to look busy. At about 10 past 8:00 ...
  • It’s true that more parents are changing the way they’re raising their children, abandoning the traditional rewards-and-punishment approach while learning to connect with their children. The outcome is win-win, rather than endless ...
  • HiLo Art: Freddy LaFage, “All Over,” Perimeter Gallery/Chase’s Daily, Belfast August 2 to September 29
    I am probably not alone in looking at a Perimeter Gallery exhibit as merely an interesting backdrop to the customers delighted with the beautiful produce, breads, pastries and meals at Chase’s Daily, with which the gallery shares space....
  • Patrisha McLean: Postcard from Camden
    For my first 30 years in Camden, the sea didn’t mean anything to me. I lived high on a hill, three miles from the public landing, and summers I stayed up there as much as I could to avoid downtown traffic. I communed with the fireflies ...
  • I played baseball in high school outside Boston, and 40 years later our son played baseball in high school outside Shanghai. We were both in New York earlier this summer, both with things we had to get done, but without anything we ...
  • Of all the things that Mainers have to be proud of — be it our lobster, our pine trees, our vast expanses of woodlands, or our inscrutable miles of rocky coast — there is one thing that we should all be celebrating about our state that ...
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