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Bangor Daily News

By Kathleen Pierce, Bangor Daily News

PORTLAND, Maine — The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, now part of Maine College of Art, will accept its first full-time students next fall for a new graduate certificate program.

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By Emily Burnham, Bangor Daily News

A few years ago, Hampden residents Cory and Nok-Noi Ricker found themselves daydreaming about making a personal interest into something they do every day.

Margot Levy

In a year that’s seen a lot of negativity, Mary Latham is crossing the country looking at the positive.

Latham is a couple weeks into her “More Good” road trip, where she’s finding and documenting acts of random kindness all over the U.S. She’s a photographer who’s documenting her stories online.

The stories cheered her and her family up when her own mother was ill, and eventually she’s hoping to turn them into a book for hospital waiting rooms.

Jennifer Mitchell / Maine Public

Bangor is one of the most famous towns in the world, though some may not realize it. Fans of renown horror author Stephen King know Bangor well, but by another name: Derry.

BOSTON — Yankee magazine and Boston’s public television station are teaming up to launch a new travel and lifestyles show exploring New England.

"Weekends With Yankee" is set to premiere nationwide on public television stations in April 2017.

The magazine and WGBH say filming will get underway later this month on 13 weekly half-hour episodes.

Michael C. York / Associated Press

Donn Fendler may not be a household name, but thousands of schoolchildren know him as the 12-year-old boy who used his wits and stamina to endure nine days alone in the Maine wilderness. Fendler died over the weekend at the age of 90, but his legacy lives on in a classic children’s book, “Lost on a Mountain in Maine.”

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Chris Kimball, the spectacled, bow-tied founder and former host of the popular PBS program “America’s Test Kitchen,” has moved on to start a new multimedia project called “Milk Street Kitchen.”

Kimball, who kicks off a national tour in Portland Thursday, spoke with Maine Public Radio’s Jennifer Rooks about his new focus: bringing bolder flavors from around the world to what he calls “new home cooking.”

To listen to the full Maine Calling, click here.

Barbara Cariddi / MPBN

A 6- to 7-foot image of Gov. Paul LePage dressed in Ku Klux Klan regalia has been spray painted on a wall along a Portland walking trail that has long been used as a place to legally post graffiti.

The wall is owned by the Portland Water District. Spokesperson Michelle Clement says, about a decade and a half ago at the request of the city, the district agreed to allow the wall to be used as a sanctioned canvas for graffiti.

She says the agency has not monitored what goes on the wall.

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If you’ve ever had children or ever were one, chances are you’ve cracked the cover of “Goodnight Moon,” the colorful picture book illustrated by Clement Hurd and written by Margaret Wise Brown.

Brown, who died 64 years ago at the age of 42, had connections to Maine throughout her life, including a summer home on Vinalhaven that she called “The Only House.”

This week on Vinalhaven, the community is celebrating a series of events celebrating her life and work. They include a Thursday evening talk by author Amy Gary, who is writing a biography of Brown due out next year.

Courtesy National Endowment for the Arts

An elder among Passamaquoddy artisans has died. Clara Neptune Keezer was nationally recognized as a native basketmaker and teacher.

PORTLAND, Maine - On Friday a new state law takes effect designating Nov. 1 as Veterans in the Arts and Humanities Appreciation Day in Maine. 

There is a national movement to recognize the holiday as an annual event; Maine is believed to be the first state to do so.  The measure was introduced on behalf of Jay Emerson, of the Penobscot County town of Hudson. 

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"'Tis the gift to be simple. 'Tis the gift to be free.” Those are the beginning lyrics to the Shaker song “Simple Gifts.”


In the thick of Vacationland’s summer season, many of us plan to spend some serious time sitting outside our local sandwich shops, enjoying the sun while eating an Italian sandwich.

Mark Vogelzang / MPBN

The population of Lisbon is expected to swell from 9,000 to nearly 50,000 this weekend for the Moxie festival. But this year, visitors will find the iconic old store — which birthed Maine’s peculiar state soda — closed.

The 100-year-old Kennebec Fruit Store, owned for decades by the Anicetti family, has been put up for sale after the current patriarch, Frank Anicetti, recently decided to retire.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine storyteller John McDonald is out with a new book that is described as "half-truths, stretched truths, and wry observations about life in Maine."  It's called Moose Memoirs and Lobster Tales. McDonald talked about the book with Irwin Gratz in our Portland studios last week.