Maine en Maine Highway Signs Bill Draws Wide Opposition <p>Lawmakers in Maine are joining business owners and local officials in speaking out against a bill they say will hurt tourism in towns across the state.</p><p>The measure would remove nearly a third of the signs on Maine highways that direct motorists to secondary locations.</p><p>Officials with the Maine Department of Transportation and the Maine Turnpike Authority, which support the bill, say the law needs to be changed for Maine's interstates to comply with federal highway sign standards.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:58:52 +0000 Jay Field 46092 at Adrenalin Flows at Maine Arm Wrestling Championships <p>The ancient sport of arm-wrestling is enjoying a surge in popularity.</p><p>A record number of people from across the Northeast - most, but not all of them, bulky males - turned out over the weekend for the Maine State Arm Wrestling Championships at a sports bar in South Portland.</p><p>With nearly 150 pumped-up competitors - some of them world champions, some of them beginners - there was no shortage of adrenalin.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 21:44:25 +0000 Tom Porter 44594 at Bowdoin Exhibit Explores Racist Images Spawned by Anti-Slavery Novel <p>An exhibition of controversial images and objects associated with Uncle Tom's Cabin is on display at Bowdoin College in Brunswick - the town where Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote much of the groundbreaking mid-19th century novel. With its anti-slavery message, the book is often credited as one of the factors that helped bring about the Civil War. The novel also spawned a wealth of spinoff musical shows, stage productions and images portraying African-Americans in what could be considered a racist light.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 22:42:17 +0000 Tom Porter 43839 at Maine Considers A State-Run Virtual School <p>Lawmakers in Maine have been looking recently at virtual learning. For-profit charter school operators have proposed two virtual learning charters.</p><p>But a bill this year would create a state-run online school first, before allowing for-profit charters to set up shop.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Visit MPBN's website to read or hear Jay Field's report.</a></p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 21:43:33 +0000 Jay Field 43057 at Shoe Company Cole Haan Moving To New Hampshire <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Leather shoes and accessories manufacturer Cole Haan is moving its headquarters from Maine to New Hampshire.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Officials said on Friday that the headquarters will relocate from Scarborough, Maine to Greenland, N.H., where its customer service and distribution center is located.</p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 20:43:07 +0000 Associated Press 36631 at Shoe Company Cole Haan Moving To New Hampshire Lobster's Journey From Trashy Food To Fancy Feast <p>As the summer winds down, so will demand for lobster and its market price. Maine lobstermen are bemoaning low wholesale prices, but far from shore, say New York City’s <a href="">Lobster Joint</a>, market price today for a roll is $19…a boiled lobster will cost your $34. Today, the crustaceans are coveted, and symbolic of wealth, class, and extravagant living. Not so long ago, lobster was considered lower than the ocean floor on which it dwells. Here to trace its climb up the social ladder from grub for the poor to high-class delicacy is <strong>Daniel Luzer,</strong> Web Editor at the Washington Monthly. We found <a href="">his article</a>, “Low Lobster Got Fancy,” in Pacific Standard.</p><p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 16:15:43 +0000 Virginia Prescott 33898 at Lobster's Journey From Trashy Food To Fancy Feast Breaching The Veazie Dam To Restore A Habitat <p>On July 22<sup>nd</sup>, <a href="" target="_blank">bulldozers breached the Veazie dam</a> in Eddington, Maine – an 830 foot strip of concrete that had separated the Atlantic Ocean and the Penobscot River for a century.&nbsp; It was an <a href="" target="_blank">effort undertaken</a> by an unlikely coalition of conservationists, fishermen, power companies and others, who came together to help restore 1000 miles of endangered Atlantic salmon habitat. <strong>Brian Graber</strong> is director of the river restoration program at American rivers, one of the partners behind the project.</p><p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 14:49:23 +0000 Virginia Prescott 32132 at Breaching The Veazie Dam To Restore A Habitat The Burgess Boys <p>Shirley Falls, Maine is one of those New England towns with a strong memory of the way things used to be…before the mills closed, before the mall went up across the river…before so many residents moved away. It’s the fictional town left behind by a pair of brothers in <a href=""><em>The Burgess Boys</em></a>, a new novel by <strong>Elizabeth Strout</strong>, who won the Pulitzer prize for fiction for <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Olive Kitteridge</em></a>. The story centers on Jim and Bob Burgess, brothers whose lives are imprinted by a childhood tragedy in very different ways. Both pull up their stakes and secret miseries and move to New York City….and both are pulled back to their hometown by another family crisis. Elizabeth talks to Virginia about the book and it's connection to Maine.</p><p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 15:07:41 +0000 Virginia Prescott 25121 at The Burgess Boys A Sudsy CSA <p>In Maine, consumers can buy dairy products, meat, fish, eggs and organic produce via a growing array of subscription-based, community supported agriculture programs. CSAs encourage customers to pay a farmer or fisherman up front in exchange for weekly shares of, say, shrimp or mixed vegetables. As Jay Field reports, microbrew lovers on the Blue Hill Peninsula will soon be able to buy their beer the same way.</p><p></p> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 14:01:21 +0000 Jay Field 15490 at A Sudsy CSA Doing Whatever It Takes... <p>The unsteady path of an artist is never an easy one. Especially in today’s ambiguous economy, the choice to reject a&nbsp; steady paycheck or conventional job is all the more difficult to justify. One Portland, Maine-based <a href="">songwriter</a> has made that conundrum into a source of inspiration. Zach Nugent takes us on a radio field trip to meet <a href="">Sara Hallie Richardson. </a></p> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 14:59:13 +0000 Zach Nugent 12592 at Doing Whatever It Takes... A Far-Flung Festival <p>Last weekend I went to the <a href="">Ossipee Valley Music Festival</a> in my hometown of Hiram, Maine.&nbsp; The festival takes place at&nbsp;the local fairground, with the music stages set up in the midst of 4-H barns.</p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 17:43:55 +0000 Zach Nugent 9976 at A Far-Flung Festival