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Bliss Thru Shopping: Project Runway, Chewbacca, the works

Bag Lady is hot. Too hot this week to brave actual roads and actual traffic and actual retail clerks. And who needs to with so much shopping fodder at my feet? Pressing stuff, like: Paying $8,000 to have the guy from Guster who lives in Portland DJ your next party dressed as ...

Walking in Auburn: Downtown 'treasures' you must see

AUBURN — Alan Manoian doesn't just talk the talk about the many benefits of downtown Auburn — he walks the walk. Sometimes, he walks the walk once a week. Manoian, Auburn's economic development specialist, is spending several nights this summer giving walking tours and h...

Face time: Tony, Codfish and Duke from 'Downeast Dickering'

BETHEL — The team of Tony, Codfish and Duke are dickering again.  The Bethel guys — Stanley "Codfish" Cordwell, Tony Bennett and his family's Jack Russell terrier, Duke — were a mainstay in the first season of the History Channel's "Downeast Dickering." They b...

Eats: Inn by the River

Fine dining at — where else? — The Forks. You’ll get no argument from me when you say that the Androscoggin River valley has its share of wonderful eateries. From linen tablecloths to sporks, and from ethnic to American cuisine, there is something here for everyone....

Night life calendar for the week of July 20

Some events require tickets or are subject to other limitations. If in doubt, we recommend you contact the venue. Night Life listings must be e-mailed to bmail@sunjournal.com and received no later than Monday. Tonight Film: Brasslands, 6 and 8 p.m., Frontier, Brunswick Sund...

Mystery photo for July 20, 2014

Mystery photo for July 20, 2014

Eats: Dining like a caveman

Paleo fans say a healthy future starts with a diet from the past. Most people have heard about paleo. In fact, if you haven’t gotten wind of the paleo diet, get out of that cave! Although throwing on a loin cloth and clubbing a woolly mammoth for dinner might be a stretch, p...

Magical earth: Blossoms, vegetables and early edibles

The corn was nearly knee-high for the Fourth of July, the broccoli is beginning to produce heads, the beans and elderberry bushes are blossoming, small cabbages are forming and we are enjoying some of the best beet greens and lettuce in years. I hope I don't jinx myself by saying this, but...

Fundraising the hard way.

Would you kayak 2,500 miles? Perform 108 sun salutations? Bungee jump naked? Pogo stick 26 miles? They would. Last Friday, Deborah Walters began paddling her kayak on a solo journey of 2,500 miles from Maine to Guatemala. The trip will take approximately one year, during which the 63-yea...

Night life calendar for the week of July 13

Some events require tickets or are subject to other limitations. If in doubt, we recommend you contact the venue. Night Life listings must be e-mailed to bmail@sunjournal.com and received no later than Monday. Tonight Film: Fed Up, 8 p.m., Frontier, Brunswick Sunday Night D...

Mystery photo for July 13, 2014

Mystery photo for July 13, 2014

Sights unseen: Inside 'The Moxie Store' (Kennebec Fruit Company)

Frank Anicetti's mother and father, left, and the dentist who had a practice upstairs, pose for a photo in the 1930s in front of the Kennebec Fruit Company store.

Night life calendar for the week of July 6

Some events require tickets or are subject to other limitations. If in doubt, we recommend you contact the venue. Night Life listings must be e-mailed to bmail@sunjournal.com and received no later than Monday. Tonight Film: Only Lovers Left Alive, 5 and 8 p.m., Frontier, Brun...

Mystery Photo for July 6, 2014

Mystery Photo for July 6, 2014

Eats: Moxify the menu!

Julie-Ann Baumer dishes Moxie-macerated strawberries over Moxie ice cream and Moxie cake topped with Leanne Pinkham's peanut butter caramel sauce in the kitchen of Baumer's Lisbon home.

Got Moxie? This town does.

Why Moxie? Why Lisbon Falls? And why Japan? The sweet oddities behind a town that fell for a 'distinctively different' drink. When it comes to Moxie and Lisbon, I thought I had it figured out. I’m a native of the town, have served on several Moxie Festival committees and have writt...

Face time: Moxie parademeister Gina Mason

To an outsider, the annual Moxie Festival parade, held on the second Saturday of July, appears to be orchestrated by a large group of paid professionals. Considered one of the largest summer parades in Maine, if not the largest, the logistics of this 90-minute-plus tour de force is handled primar...

Mystery photo for June 29, 2014

Mystery photo for June 29, 2014

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Face time: CB Anderson, Rumford native and writer

Growing up in Rumford, CB Anderson loved to read, but she didn't know she wanted to write. She majored in math in college, worked in computer programming. She tried a few other things, but she wasn't really suited to them. It turned out she was suited to writing. Today, Anderson is ...

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Bang for the buck: Mainers' favorite fireworks get the B section test

Maine has had legal fireworks for three years and the one thing everybody wants is the one thing they cannot have. The bottle rocket, the whizzing firecracker atop a thin, pink stick, is the single most requested item, according to local fireworks vendors. "It's the one thing everyb...

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