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Monday, August 2, 2021

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.

  • July 13: Marguerita, a 606-foot bulk carrier, arrived in Searsport from Vila do Conde, Brazil, and delivered kaolin clay slurry, a glossy paper coating. It sailed July 14 for Portland. July 18: Chemical Pioneer, a 662-foot chemical tanker ...
  • The Sketchbook. A builder’s journal: #34 The Boys in the Boat
    The summer of 2010 I was in one of Come Boating’s pilot gigs with a men’s crew. We were chatting and adjusting foot braces. Someone made a joke about retirement and another joined in, saying how that wasn’t ever going to ...
  • “On July 13th, Maine became the first state to sign Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) legislation into law for plastics and packaging materials. [This law impacts] producers, retailers, and manufacturers of single-use plastic ...
  • “The Bridge on the Drina” won Ivo Andric the 1961 Nobel literature prize. I read it that year and just reread it 60 years later. Back then, it piqued my interest in Yugoslavia, where I studied in 1963–64. Now I see that Andric was ...
  • This was originally going to be a story about a major Maine art museum’s “Maine in America: Women of Vision” award, and how that award was given to 13 women: 12 of those 13 being white, 9 of them being dead, and one of the ...
  • When we reach adulthood, we are all someone’s “grown children” — daughters and sons of, hopefully, well-meaning, loving and devoted parents. With that comes a legacy of multigenerational patterns of behavior, attitudes and emotions
  • So is it wet or dry? Should you water or wait? Sometimes it’s hard to know
  • Patrisha McLean: From Knox County Officials, Kisses for Domestic Abusers and Slaps for the Victims
    In the wake of 3-year-old Maddox Williams being beaten to death in his home, let’s see how safe officials are keeping the children of Knox County. First, a deeper look at one of the many domestic violence cases just wrapped ...
  • It’s Atlas Season—
    Late June is prime time for bird nesting activity. It’s also a productive interval for the Maine Bird Atlas project, now in its fourth year of study. The Atlas’s purpose is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the abundance ...
  • Remembering Tom Sadowski
    Longtime Free Press columnist Tom Sadowski died suddenly last week. He would have wanted you to know exactly how and why, as you will see. With much respect, we leave that decision to his family. Before going into semi-retirement ... 
  • Last spring, a year ago, was our first ever in Maine. We knew Maine in the summer, and in winter around New Year’s, and a bit in the fall. But never in springtime. Last January, when we normally would have stayed in Shanghai for ...
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  • Small Intestinal Bacterial Over- growth, or SIBO, is a condition in which normal bacteria colonize the small intestine — where they do not belong — causing uncomfortable, sometimes painful gastrointestinal symptoms, the most ...
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