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Mark LaFlamme is a Sun Journal reporter and weekly columnist. He's been on the nighttime police beat since 1994, which is just grand because he doesn't like getting out of bed before noon. Mark is the author of eight published novels and rides a dual sport motorcycle everywhere he goes. Unless it's winter, in which case he just sulks a lot.

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  • Published
    July 7, 2019

    What’s the deal with Avon Skin So Soft?

    If you’re like us, you’ve been hearing the same claims for decades: Why waste your money on bug repellents with harsh chemicals when you can simply pickup some Avon Skin So Soft and shoo away all pests while keeping your skin moist and sweet smelling? For years, there have been folks who swear by this […]

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    July 7, 2019

    What’s the deal with DEET?

    The chemical DEET was developed for the U.S. Army in 1946 to provide protection for soldiers engaged in jungle warfare. Now the most common ingredient in commercial insect repellents, DEET has been used by the general public since 1957. That’s pretty amazing considering the fact that scientists don’t know exactly why the stuff sends insects […]

  • Published
    July 7, 2019

    How to kick bug during insect season

    Maine loggers, landscapers, guides and gardeners tell us how they repel the bugs.

  • Published
    July 6, 2019

    The Moxie Festival is ready for this weekend; are you?

    A recipe contest, giant hamster wheel, art show and parade are among the events for Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Lisbon.

  • Published
    July 5, 2019

    Photo: Crews battle dryer fire in Lewiston

    No one was injured and flames were contained to the apartment building on Oxford Street.

  • Published
    July 5, 2019

    Police investigate shooting in Lewiston late Thursday night

    Victim on Bartlett Street reportedly shot multiple times in the stomach.

  • Published
    July 3, 2019

    Auburn man collapses while fighting hay fire in Route 136 field

    Witnesses said Roger Gauthier had been haying his 3 acres next to Penley Corner Church at about 5 p.m. when the back of his hay cart went up in flames.

  • Published
    July 3, 2019

    Street Talk: A midsummer night’s scream

    Writer Mark LaFlamme attends this year’s Fourth of July festivities as good-old Yankee Doodle Downer.

  • Published
    June 30, 2019

    Street Talk: Eyes wide shut and stuff

    The Order of Streets It’s incredibly sad. For more than a quarter-century I’ve been working the crime beat in downtown Lewiston. For more than a quarter century, I’ve failed to memorize the order of streets that run between Pine and Ash. Is it Blake, Pierce, Bartlett, Howard, Howe, Shawmut, Horton? Does Pierce come before Blake? […]

  • Published
    June 30, 2019

    Face time: Spinning tunes with Bill Lepack

    Not long ago, while trawling YouTube, I discovered the music of Slade, a band that dates back to the late ’60s and yet somehow I’d never heard of them. Absolutely floored by their tunes, I consulted with Bill Lepack, a fellow who lives in Livermore and who I consider an expert on music, the obscure […]

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