Patriots’ Gronkowski to undergo back surgery

New England Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski will undergo back surgery and miss the remainder of the regular season. Gronkowski will have surgery for a herniated disk on Friday, multiple media outlets reports Thursday. Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News, who broke the news via Twitter, reported that Gronkowski …

New England Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski will undergo back surgery and miss the remainder of the regular season. Gronkowski will have surgery for a herniated disk on Friday, multiple media outlets reports Thursday. Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News, who broke the news via Twitter, reported that Gronkowski …

Patriots’ Gronkowski to undergo back surgery

New England Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski will undergo back surgery and miss the remainder of the regular season. Gronkowski will have surgery for a herniated disk on Friday, multiple media outlets reports Thursday. Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News, who broke the news via Twitter, reported that Gronkowski …

New England Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski will undergo back surgery and miss the remainder of the regular season. Gronkowski will have surgery for a herniated disk on Friday, multiple media outlets reports Thursday. Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News, who broke the news via Twitter, reported that Gronkowski …

Prost! Cheers! Salud! ~ UNESCO adds Belgian beer to cultural heritage list

Belgium is known throughout the world for its wide array of tastes, from extreme sour to bitter, produced in just about every city and village across the west European nation of 11 million people.

BRUSSELS — Next time you raise a glass of Belgian beer, rest assured: It’s a cultural experience.

UNESCO is adding Belgian beer to the list of the “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.”

Belgium is known throughout the world for its wide array of tastes, from extreme sour to bitter, produced in just about every city and village across the west European nation of 11 million people. The history of Belgian suds stretches back centuries to medieval monks and has been celebrated in paintings by Pieter Brueghel and in countless songs since.

Brussels regional leader Rudi Vervoort said Monday that beer “has been a part of our society since time immemorial.”

It is not all history with Belgian beer though. Only this year, one brewer, Brugse Zot, moved very much with the times, building a beer pipeline out of the medieval center of Bruges to a bottling plant on the outskirts out of environmental and architectural concern.

And at a time when many pubs are closing or falling on hard times as overall beer consumption declines, such international recognition is more than welcome.

Sven Gatz, who went from being head of the Belgian Brewers Federation to becoming Culture Minister for the northern region of Flanders, compared the recognition to winning the World Cup.

“We love our beer and appreciate the endless diversity within it, something that can’t be equaled anywhere else in the world,” Gatz said. “In Belgium, beer doesn’t have to give way to wine or other drinks in terms of quality and diversity.”

In days when alcohol abuse becomes an ever bigger concern, UNESCO said it was about more than just drinking.

“Beer is also used by communities for cooking, producing products like beer-washed cheese, and paired with food,” UNESCO said in a statement.

 

Haul your 15-pointer in the trunk of a Camry? Why not!

For the past four weeks, we’ve been eagerly awaiting new entrants in our first BDN Biggest Bucks contest. The final “feature deer” of this year’s contest comes from Amy Prenier, who filled her tag with a beautiful 15-pointer while hunting on Nov. 19 in Cooper. And as you’ve likely guessed …

For the past four weeks, we’ve been eagerly awaiting new entrants in our first BDN Biggest Bucks contest. The final “feature deer” of this year’s contest comes from Amy Prenier, who filled her tag with a beautiful 15-pointer while hunting on Nov. 19 in Cooper. And as you’ve likely guessed …

Lacroix propels UMaine men’s hockey team past Brown

Junior Cedric Lacroix is a hard-nosed center who provides the University of Maine’s hockey team with a physical presence and a valuable checker and penalty killer. But Lacroix turned into a goal scorer on Saturday night as he enjoyed the first two-goal game of his career to lead the Black …

Junior Cedric Lacroix is a hard-nosed center who provides the University of Maine’s hockey team with a physical presence and a valuable checker and penalty killer. But Lacroix turned into a goal scorer on Saturday night as he enjoyed the first two-goal game of his career to lead the Black …

Tolerance doesn’t require that we tolerate the intolerant

  It never fails. As soon as people of sound moral and ethical character protest acts of hatred or inequality, there are cries of “the tolerant left” being intolerant of anyone who doesn’t share their views. Whether it be the post-election anti-Trump rallies, the Hamilton-Pence dust-up, or former Red Sox hero …

  It never fails. As soon as people of sound moral and ethical character protest acts of hatred or inequality, there are cries of “the tolerant left” being intolerant of anyone who doesn’t share their views. Whether it be the post-election anti-Trump rallies, the Hamilton-Pence dust-up, or former Red Sox hero …

TV radio sports schedule for Nov. 26-27, 2016

SATURDAY BASKETBALL, HIGH SCHOOL BOYS FRYEBURG ACADEMY at MDI, 5 p.m., WDEA Ellsworth (1370 am); Internet: www.wdea.am BASKETBALL, MEN UMPI at MAINE, 2 p.m., WGUY Veazie (1230 AM); Internet: GoBlackBears.com LOYOLA (Md.) at CREIGHTON, 4:30 p.m., FS2-TV HOUSTON BAPTIST at MARQUETTE, 7:30 p.m. FS2-TV Los Angeles Invitational, 8 p.m., FS1-TV …

SATURDAY BASKETBALL, HIGH SCHOOL BOYS FRYEBURG ACADEMY at MDI, 5 p.m., WDEA Ellsworth (1370 am); Internet: www.wdea.am BASKETBALL, MEN UMPI at MAINE, 2 p.m., WGUY Veazie (1230 AM); Internet: GoBlackBears.com LOYOLA (Md.) at CREIGHTON, 4:30 p.m., FS2-TV HOUSTON BAPTIST at MARQUETTE, 7:30 p.m. FS2-TV Los Angeles Invitational, 8 p.m., FS1-TV …

Portland kicks off holiday season with tree lighting in Monument Square

A crowd braves a cold, rainy evening to fill the square for the annual event.

Despite a chilly rain, a crowd gathered in downtown Portland on Friday evening for the city’s annual tree lighting in Monument Square.

The program included a giant inflatable snow globe, music by children’s singer-songwriter Rick Charette and an appearance by Santa Claus, as well as free horse-and-wagon rides.

Portland marks the start of its holiday season each year with the tree lighting. This year’s tree, a 40-foot blue spruce, was donated by Barbara Ripley, who planted the tree with her husband 30 years ago in front of their home in Portland’s Riverton neighborhood.

Sports briefs for Nov. 24, 2016

Former Red Sox star Ferriss dies at 94 Former Boston Red Sox pitching star David “Boo” Ferriss died Thursday at the age of 94. Ferriss, who won 25 games when the Red Sox reached the 1946 World Series, was experiencing declining health in recent weeks, according to family friends. The …

Former Red Sox star Ferriss dies at 94 Former Boston Red Sox pitching star David “Boo” Ferriss died Thursday at the age of 94. Ferriss, who won 25 games when the Red Sox reached the 1946 World Series, was experiencing declining health in recent weeks, according to family friends. The …