Maine lawmakers take another stab at figuring out how they will be elected in 2018

Good morning from Augusta, where we’ll learn a lot more about the fate of Maine’s new ranked-choice voting law between now and next week. The Legislature’s Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee meets today to discuss how to implement the system, with le…

Good morning from Augusta, where we’ll learn a lot more about the fate of Maine’s new ranked-choice voting law between now and next week. The Legislature’s Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee meets today to discuss how to implement the system, with legislative leaders hoping that the Senate and House can finalize plans during a special […]

Live: Foxcroft Academy vs. MCI high school football

This week, Foxcroft Academy faces Maine Central Institute in the weekly Bangor Daily News and SportsNet Maine high school football Game of the Week.

This week, Foxcroft Academy faces Maine Central Institute in the weekly Bangor Daily News and SportsNet Maine high school football Game of the Week.

How to not care what people think         

As a therapist, I often hear variations of, “I just want to get to a place where I don’t care what people think of me.” My response is typically, “It’s not about what they think. It’s about what you know.” We’re insecure, so we cover up. We hide our fa…

As a therapist, I often hear variations of, “I just want to get to a place where I don’t care what people think of me.” My response is typically, “It’s not about what they think. It’s about what you know.” We’re insecure, so we cover up. We hide our faults and fears and feelings because […]

New poll says more than half of Mainers now disapprove of Trump

Good morning from Augusta. Maine is mirroring the rest of the U.S. when it comes to President Donald Trump’s approval rating, which a new round of polling from Morning Consult said fell in every state between January and September. As Maine goes, so go…

Good morning from Augusta. Maine is mirroring the rest of the U.S. when it comes to President Donald Trump’s approval rating, which a new round of polling from Morning Consult said fell in every state between January and September. As Maine goes, so goes the nation. The old cliche is true on the Republican president. […]

On This Date: Of perfection, impeachment and why the cow took the rap

On Oct. 8, 1871, the Great Chicago Fire — started by Mrs. O’Leary’s cow, legend says — began.

Welcome to our new On This Date. Today is Sunday, Oct. 8, the 281st day of 2017. There are 84 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in history might be of interest to Mainers for a couple reasons. First, because Portland has had a similar history — and second because… Well, you’ll see.

ON THIS DATE IN 1871, the Great Chicago Fire erupted; fires also broke out in Peshtigo, Wisconsin, and in several communities in Michigan.

The Great Chicago Fire was one of the worst fires in American history, killing up to 300 Chicago residents while destroying more than 3 square miles of the city and displacing up to 100,000 people. In comparison, five years earlier, the Great fire of Portland killed two, forced up to ten thousand people from their homes and destroyed roughly 1,800 buildings. Both fires were aided and abetted by the prevalence of wood construction of the era and by a substandard ability to respond by the fire crews of the time.

But perhaps most interestingly, much like with the Great fire of Portland, the exact cause of the fire was never accurately identified. But that did not stop a legend from being built. And that legend was at least partially driven by anti-immigrant sentiment. In particular, in Chicago in the early 1870s, that meant anti-Irish sentiment. Thus, poor Mrs. O’Leary’s milking cow took the brunt of the blame.

In other milestones from this date, Don Larsen threw the only perfect game in World Series history in 1956, and in 1998, the U.S. House voted to move forward with the impeachment of President Clinton.

Also on this date:

In 1934, Bruno Hauptmann was indicted by a grand jury in New Jersey for murder in the death of the kidnapped son of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh.

In 1945, President Harry S. Truman told a press conference in Tiptonville, Tennessee, that the secret scientific knowledge behind the atomic bomb would be shared only with Britain and Canada.

In 1956, Don Larsen pitched the only perfect game in a World Series to date as the New York Yankees beat the Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 5, 2-0.

In 1957, the Brooklyn Baseball Club announced it was accepting an offer to move the Dodgers from New York to Los Angeles.

In 1970, Soviet author Alexander Solzhenitsyn was named winner of the Nobel Prize for literature.

In 1982, all labor organizations in Poland, including Solidarity, were banned.

In 1998, the House triggered an open-ended impeachment inquiry against President Bill Clinton in a momentous 258-176 vote; 31 Democrats joined majority Republicans in opening the way for nationally televised impeachment hearings.

Five years ago: President Barack Obama designated the Keene, California, home of Cesar Chavez, the late founder of the United Farmworkers Union, as a national monument.

One year ago: Three Palm Springs, California, police officers were shot, two fatally, in what authorities called an ambush during a domestic dispute call by a gang member; a suspect has pleaded not guilty to murder. Donald Trump vowed on Twitter to continue his campaign even though he said the “media and establishment” wanted him out of the race “so badly”; many Republicans were calling on Trump to abandon his presidential bid in the wake of the release of a 2005 video in which he made lewd remarks about women and appeared to condone sexual assault.

 

 

Longtime Hampden coach epitomized class, preparation

When Dick Balentine cut his teeth in the Maine cross country coaching scene in 1979, he showed up to his first preseason practice at Hampden Academy with only four prospective runners ready for his tutelage. To say Hampden’s program has grown by …

When Dick Balentine cut his teeth in the Maine cross country coaching scene in 1979, he showed up to his first preseason practice at Hampden Academy with only four prospective runners ready for his tutelage. To say Hampden’s program has grown by leaps and bounds since then is a huge understatement. And to this writer, […]

Installing shiplap on the exposed ceiling

It was another busy day at the homestead last Saturday. My sister and her family volunteered to help again for the day which was awesome. The project at hand was working on the exposed ceiling in the front of the house. This is the one project that I have been dreading the most. I regret […]

It was another busy day at the homestead last Saturday. My sister and her family volunteered to help again for the day which was awesome. The project at hand was working on the exposed ceiling in the front of the house. This is the one project that I have been dreading the most. I regret […]

Spooky Vincent Price reading of Edgar Allan Poe

  October, oh I love October. The sweaty humid yuck of late summer finally dies down and I can pull out my flannel and start drinking hot tea again. Also, HALLOWEEN, people. To celebrate the coming of fall and to get into the mood of a spooky season, I found a bunch of amazing videos […]

  October, oh I love October. The sweaty humid yuck of late summer finally dies down and I can pull out my flannel and start drinking hot tea again. Also, HALLOWEEN, people. To celebrate the coming of fall and to get into the mood of a spooky season, I found a bunch of amazing videos […]

From Grain to the Cup, a 360 Degree view of how beer is made

We followed Maine-grown grains from where they grew to the beer mug.

This is a 360 degree video. change the view by clicking and dragging inside the video to look completely around the scene. This video was captured with a Vivitar 360 ActionCam in Parkman, Skowhegan, Portland and South Portland Maine.

Wheat growing in Parkman, Maine

Kegs of beer ready for delivery at Foundation Brewing

Beach weather in October? It’s possible this week.

There are showers in the forecast, but not until late this week.

October weather can be quite dramatic.  We’ve seen snow early in the month, perfect storms to conclude it — and wind, rain and cold throughout. October can also bring amazing weather. Cool, clear nights can lead to bright sunny days. Temperatures quickly warm because while the sun’s strength on this part of Earth is weakening, it’s still comparatively strong.

The coldest of Octobers in years past have felt and sometimes looked like early winter, but the warmest of Octobers in the record books keeping the growing season alive and well through the entire month.

There are large differences between the coldest and warmest Octobers of year’s past. NOAA-Gray

If you’re a skier, perhaps your mind has already starting thinking about waxing your boards. Indeed, Sunday River already started their snow guns in their annual ritual of testing the equipment.

Last week the snow was flying at Sunday River, with a lot of help from technology. @SundayRiver

But most of you probably aren’t thinking about snow.  Maybe you are still holding onto summer, and want to go to the beach one more time.  The good news is the forecast is trending more like summer than winter, at least for now.

This week, high pressure is going to bring many days of sunshine, including several where you could head to the beach. While it won’t be as warm as the final week of September, we are going to enjoy temperatures far above the long-term averages.

Temperatures could get near 80 well inland Wednesday with mid-70s at the coast.

Temperatures could get near 80 well inland Wednesday with mid-70s at the coast. NOAA-Gray

This type of weather is good for the turning foliage. The best type of weather to bring on the color is dry and cool, not freezing at night and mild during the day. This should continue to increase to colors across the landscape. Many areas north and west of Boston will see enough color that you’ll start to notice it more this weekend.  As you get into New Hampshire, Vermont or Maine the color is more dramatic and worth the trip.

High pressure keeps the chance of showers virtually zero for the first 4 days of the work week. Tropical Tidbits

The upcoming weekend weather is questionable. The models are not clear how impulses of low pressure will behave along a front which passes Friday. The most likely scenario is at least one of the three weekend days will have a chance of showers. I am focusing on Sunday at this early stage, but this could flipso don’t make changes to weekend plans yet.

You can follow my updates here and on Twitter @growingwisdom.