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    May 2, 2010

    Book Q & A: Warring views

    Athough his name does not appear in the subtitle of Evan Thomas’ “The War Lovers: Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst, and the Rush to Empire, 1898,” Thomas Brackett Reed of Portland is the tragic character of the book. Czar Reed, as he was known, was Speaker of the House, had been considered for president and made historic […]

  • Published
    April 22, 2010

    Radical 1960s activist will appear in Portland

    John Sinclair, a self-described radical activist from the 1960s who has been the subject of a John Lennon song and a documentary film, will make two appearances in Portland on Saturday. He will attend a showing of “20 to Life,” a documentary about his life, and answer questions at 5 p.m. at Space Gallery, 538 […]

  • Published
    April 18, 2010

    Maine Gardener: Weather makes it easy to get out and plant

    Do you feel like you could have been gardening for a month already? This is the weekend when Mainers traditionally plant their peas, lettuce, carrots, radishes and other cool-season crops. But except for a deluge here and there, the soil has been thawed and dry enough to plant for a month. Up until Easter weekend, […]

  • Published
    April 11, 2010

    Bumper crop of books on growing food

    Books take time. An author gets a hot idea, perfect for the market at the moment. But then the book has to be written, edited, designed, published and delivered. And maybe the idea isn’t as hot anymore. That probably explains why the mailbox this year has been filled with books about growing food — fruits, […]

  • Published
    April 4, 2010

    You CAN play Johnny Appleseed in your yard

    Growing apples as a backyard crop can actually work. Maine has been a commercial apple-growing state for centuries, and that means apple pests are everywhere. I had been told that backyard gardeners would have to use too many pesticides to make such fruit growing practical. But Wesley R. Autio, a professor of pomology at the […]

  • Published
    April 4, 2010

    Book Q & A: ‘Code’ read

    Winthrop writer Ben Thomas is out with an adventure novel about high schoolers trying to crack a World War II code.

  • Published
    March 28, 2010

    Maine Gardener: For a bloomin’ beautiful Maine garden this season, go native, of course

    Maureen Heffernan, director of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, spoke about native plants for Maine gardens at the Portland Flower Show earlier this month. Cheryl Rich of Southern Maine Community College spoke about blooms throughout the season. What I found interesting was that they ended up talking about a lot of the same plants. But they […]

  • Published
    March 10, 2010

    Getting ready to bloom

    Exhibitors hurry to finish displays for ‘Gardens Gone Wild,’ which opens tonight in Portland with a special gala.

  • Published
    March 7, 2010

    Friends in high places

    From Mount Katahdin to the White House, it’s the story of Maine guide Bill Sewall and his long and influential friendship with Teddy Roosevelt.

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