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Friday, April 16, 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.

  • As much as we look forward to the bounty of summer vegetables, it would be a sorry garden that had no cutting flowers to bring inside along with edibles. Even my no-frills Italian grandmother, with 10 children . . .
  • The Sketchbook. A builder’s journal: #19
Adapt
    Two years ago at the age of 95 my mom had a stroke. In the course of a few minutes she went from being active and completely independent to wheelchair-bound and entirely dependent . . .
  • Notes from Lime City: ‘How Extremely Varied and Individual Birth Is’
    Hope Jackson grew up on Green’s Island, Vinalhaven’s little neighbor, and became a certified professional midwife (CPM) in 2012. She has taken part in over 200 births, mostly in Maine, and also in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Senegal ...

  • The Constitution gives states the power to conduct elections but does not specify their electoral system. It presumed that the English tradition of single-member districts where simple plurality wins would be standard nationwide....

  • March 24: New England, a 600-foot Irving Oil tanker, arrived in Searsport from Providence, R.I., and delivered 38,000 barrels of jet fuel, 95,000 barrels of gasoline and 42,000 barrels of diesel. On March 25, it continued to Bucksport, delivered ...
  • Q: I’ve had some upsetting situations lately, I guess during COVID mostly with people working at home and using social media and emails more. I feel like a few of my friends haven’t been very sensitive at times, by saying things ...
  • Recently, you will recall, the worldwide merchant marine had to line up and wait while a huge container ship was pried loose from the Suez Canal. This had to get done so the astronauts aboard the International Space Station ...
  • I sat down to write about non-fungible tokens, the new investment fad sweeping the very small world out there that understands NFTs. It is also consuming a large swath of people, mostly digital artists, who are willing to put ...
  • Brightly decorated eggs and egg hunts are a part of celebrating Easter, even though the tradition of painting hard-boiled eggs during springtime predates Christianity. In many cultures around the world, the egg is a symbol of new life, fertility ...
  • The Sketchbook. A builder’s journal: #18 Well, Well
    There are two basic types of electric well pump; jet or submersible. A jet pump is surface mounted. If you have a well pump in your basement, that’s a jet pump. Jet pumps pull water from a well. Submersible pumps are set inside the well ...
  • Birding with Don Reimer: Bookends—
    Major human under- takings aren’t always simple, one-shot matters. Take Neil Armstrong’s first step onto the dusty surface of the moon on July 20, 1969. His proclaimed “That’s one small step for man. One giant leap for mankind” was a ...
  • Notes from Away: Traces
    The snow is almost gone. Small fields of grey and white still cling to slopes that run away from the sun, especially in the shadows cast north of the house. Outside those shadows, on the warming lawn, there are some frozen boot ...
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  • Patrisha McLean: Peace, Joy and Freedom
    My daughter Jackie and I were on the phone, having fun figuring out a name for the new Finding Our Voices fund that would help women get out and stay out of dangerous relationships, now that money was coming into it from sales ...
  • 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 ...
  • Morning Rounds: Vigilance Is More Important than Ever
    As we enter the eighth month of this pandemic, fears that cool weather would accompany a surge in the pandemic have proven well-placed. Cases of COVID-19 have increased significantly in our coastal Maine communities and ...
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