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Twelve sweet ideas for Maine in 2012

With the new year upon us, we're looking into the future to see what things will be making Maine better in the coming 12 months. Here's a selection of things we'll be watching — and you should, too.
Better by the dozen

Health 'n' hops

Thomas Jefferson once asserted that beer, when drank in moderation, "promotes health." Trappist monks in Belgium and the Netherlands referred to it as "liquid bread."
Is beer good for you?
By JOSH SMITH  |  April 01, 2011

Layers of buying local

When we drink a glass of organic milk, or eat organic pork sausage with our organic scrambled eggs, it’s easy to forget what goes into securing that “organic” label.
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 11, 2010

House of Chang

For more than 30 years, this location housed Lucky Garden, one of the first neighborhood Mandarin-Szechuan restaurants in Greater Boston, and one of the best in stretches.
A welcome change in the neighborhood
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  January 29, 2010

Bad times for the good earth

You could say that the plight of the Massachusetts farmer began during the Great Ice Age, when the Laurentide Ice Sheet scraped over New England leaving poor soil and, as one farmer put it, "rocks, rocks, rocks."
How are we going to keep them down on the farm?
By D.C. DENISON  |  August 14, 2009

Factory food

Since Squanto taught the Pilgrims to plant maize, no food has been more emblematic of the evolution of American eating habits than corn. That's been true from the sepia-tinged golden age of the Midwestern breadbasket to the present day, where those yello
Why the cheap, mass-produced food we eat is killing our environment, our economy — and us
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 26, 2009

Ode to fiddleheads

Do you have pteridomania?
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 15, 2009

20 reasons the Earth will be glad to see Bush go

The planet Earth usually tries to stay out of politics. It doesn't endorse candidates. It doesn't run attack ads. It doesn't even register as a lobbyist.
As our 43rd president scrambles to screw further with Mother Nature, a look at the ways our planet will be better off under Obama
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 17, 2008

Bringing up Baby

Few things in life are certain, but this is: a gentle, white miniature poodle named Baby is the most famous three-legged, barkless dog in the world.  
The most famous three-legged, barkless dog in the world
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  October 01, 2008

Pick what you eat

In just a few hours, go beyond the agri-tourism of picking berries or apples, and actually learn something about the land.
Fans of organic food: Stop talking, start weeding
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 20, 2008

Eco-booze, eco-buzz

Why drink organic booze? There might be a practical reason: fewer, or less-aggressive, hangovers.
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 11, 2008

Corporate Shopping Alternative

There are still some shares available at regional community-supported agriculture operations, for the lucky ones (myself included) to snatch up over the next month or so.
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 19, 2008

Mastering the motion

“Masters of Motion” is the kind of catch-all title for a dance bill that encompasses everything and puts you in mind of nothing.
‘Masters of Motion’ in Providence
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 12, 2008

Hungry at the Holiday

Most of the food banks and soup kitchens across the United States emerged during the so-called Reagan recession of the early 1980s.
The Rhode Island Community Food Bank battles a worsening hunger problem
By IAN DONNIS  |  December 12, 2007

Pet sounds

This summer, I got two kittens of my very own, and I am completely obsessed with them.
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 07, 2007

Mowed down

Libby describes Leahy’s spot on the committee as “good for new England — because without that voice we’d be invisible.”
The federal Farm Bill leaves Mainers in the dust
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 15, 2007

Man bites dog

I like dogs better than bureaucrats.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  June 20, 2007

Build it and they will come

The drive out Route 6 past the Orleans rotary gets ever more twee as the landscape changes to the scrubby pine and sandy margins of outer Cape Cod.
WHAT opens its new Julie Harris Stage
By IRIS FANGER  |  June 11, 2007

Technopolis lost

It was a grand vision. Maybe even a noble one. “TECHNOPOLIS.”
A development dream that didn’t come true
By MARTY D. WOLFAND  |  December 06, 2006

The big cheese

Is cheese the new breakthrough trend?
Any way you slice it, cheese is growing in popularity at restaurants all over town
By LOUISA KASDON  |  October 30, 2006
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Hot and bothered

I believe President George Bush V when he says we don’t really need the polar ice sheets anyway.
How could another century of global warming change Portland? Here’s a hint — sell your skis
By SARA DONNELLY  |  May 31, 2006