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Saturday, July 4, 2020

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.

  • Q: I’m in a relatively “new” relationship. We recently moved in together and now my girlfriend’s mother is spending more and more time at our house. Maybe an exaggeration, she lives close by and she’s always here, and ...
  • As I write, it is Wednesday last week, and day four of the dense fog. It has not been what we call “flyable” since Saturday the 20th. Fog here interferes with everything — the mail, the groceries, the beer, what you’re going to do ...
  • Home & Garden: First, You Grab a Chain Saw ...
    If I were asked to choose a hobby that ranked among the most intense, rock climbing or sky diving might first come to mind. But I’d be wrong: after spending a recent week with my family I’d have to put baking sourdough ...
  • We are two months past IBS awareness month, but I would still like to draw your attention to it. For those who are unfamiliar, IBS stands for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Symptoms include abdominal pain, cramping, bloating ...
  • June 15: Tanja, a 606-foot bulk carrier, arrived in Searsport from Portland and delivered kaolin clay slurry, a glossy paper coating. It sailed June 17 for its home port of Vila do Conde, Brazil....
  • Just Saying ...: Fourth of July Musings
    One of the overlooked beauties of fireworks is that you can shoot them at your neighbor’s house and still maintain proper social distancing. It’s a great way to let your neighbor know you are thinking about them while at the same ...
  • Self-isolating encourages you to read those big, serious books you always meant to but hadn’t the time for. Now you do. From yard sales, eBay and your own shelves, you pick well-regarded works a few years old and see how ...
  • Becca: What does a community need, and whose needs are most, and least, attended to in a given community? How much of the Rockland budget goes towards addiction resources and recovery? How much to food? Housing? ...
  • Notes from Away: Glory
    I felt it suddenly hard to breathe, and I had to look away from the screen, with tears in my eyes. The young man I was watching had just looked at the sky, where a seagull flew against the blue and the clouds, and I already knew he ...
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  • Patrisha McLean: Alison’s Story
    It was my daughter’s 2nd birthday party. Steve came in, very unapproachable. In my mind I was like, “I’m sitting here smiling after what you did to me last night. Pull it together for her.” He peeled off in his truck and then whipped back ...
  • HiLo Art: Report from the Gulf Coast — The Beat in St. Pete
    HiLo Art braved the viral airports and went to St. Petersburg, Florida, for a week. The calm small waves at the wide Gulf’s edge, the nightly crowd drawn to the setting sun, the broad-leafed greenery, the heron at the door, a cool steady ...
  • Arts in Profile: Kenny Cole
    The name of Kenny Cole’s new solo exhibition, the inaugural show at the newly formed Nichols Block Gallery in Bangor, is “Executive.” It is “another Trump show kind of thing …” he said, because he is running out of names....
  • 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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