The Punjab region of India, which borders Pakistan, has the best vegetarian food in the world. It’s with good reason, too, as the cuisine in the North India province is traditionally vegetarian.

Previously, I brought the Punjab to these pages with a recipe for Chana Masala. Well, here’s another great sample: Rajma Masala. “Rajma” is the Hindi word for kidney beans, which were introduced to India from South America by European sailors, and Rajma Masala is a close cousin to the Cajun red beans and rice.

ITHACA, N.Y. — A physicist from Armenia, a juice-maker from Bermuda and a Burmese sushi chef are crafting new careers in agriculture under a program that applies the business incubator model to farming.

The Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming is one of dozens of incubator farms springing up around the country to nurture the next generation of agricultural entrepreneurs. The projects help would-be farmers get started by providing a plot of land, shared equipment, mentoring on business planning and marketing, and the opportunity to build a track record of success that will help them qualify for startup loans when they’re ready to launch their own farms.

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers to avoid pure powdered caffeine sold on the Internet after the death of an Ohio teen.

Even a teaspoon of the powder could be lethal — it is equivalent to 25 cups of coffee. Eighteen-year-old Logan Stiner of LaGrange, Ohio, died May 27 after consuming it.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014 11:02

Three-to-one tantrums. Do I get one?

by Katy England

I feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread. 

– Bilbo Baggins to Gandalf, “The Fellowship of the Ring” by J.R.R. Tolkien

BANGOR - Every year, thousands of infants are shaken and abused at the hands of a frustrated parent or caregiver. Frustration with a crying infant is the number one trigger for the shaking and abuse of infants. In an effort to educate parents and caregivers about normal infant crying and reduce frustration, the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome (NCSBS) is partnering with knitters and crocheters throughout North America to make purple-colored baby caps. The Period of PURPLE Crying initiative in Maine is coordinated by the Maine Children's Trust and the Click for Babies campaign is being coordinated locally by each of the 13 Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Councils. For a complete listing of the Child Abuse Prevention Councils in Maine, go to

Supporting new parents and keeping infants safe from harm can seem like too big a task for any one person to take on. The CLICK for Babies campaign offers a small but significant way for knitters and crocheters to do both those things.

BANGOR - Two local businesses are coming together for the second year in a row to help raise money for the homeless pets at the Bangor Humane Society.

John Ramirez of 4Points BBQ and Blues House in Winterport and Russ Maynard of Blackstream Custom Cycles in Hermon are organizing a charity motorcycle ride and concert for the shelter. Last year the ride raised over $1,000 for the humane society, and this year Ramirez and Maynard have high hopes they will double the proceeds.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014 10:22

Hey, thanks!

by Katy England

There are a lot of little things that make my life easier, make my kids happier or generally add a little soothing or a little spice to my day. I’m not talking about any grand gestures, just lots of little things. Sometimes days can be so extraordinarily chaotic that these little things can be the difference between a rugged day and being wrapped in a strait jacket.

So I started thanking people who made my life easier. Like really random people.

Wednesday, 09 July 2014 14:12

New doctors get boot camp

by Lindsey Tanner (AP)

CHICAGO — First-day jitters come with any new job but when the work involves pushing needles into strangers’ bellies, stitching up gaping wounds or even delivering babies, that debut can be especially nerve-wracking — for everyone involved.

Brand-new doctors often launch right into patient care within weeks of graduating from medical school. To make sure their skills are up to snuff, many medical schools and hospitals run crash courses in the basics for these new interns.

WATERVILLE – Every Monday during the month of July, United Way of Mid-Maine will be partnering with an area eatery to support the Keeping Mid-Maine Warm Program, a fund that released over $10,000 in emergency heating fuel assistance to more than 25 families in need last winter.  Area organizations Kennebec Valley Community Action Program (KVCAP), Skowhegan Federated Church and Interfaith Resource Fund are the grantees of this project, distributing United Way funds to individuals and families that display a great need. Ten percent of all proceeds raised in July will be donated to the Keeping Mid-Maine Warm fund, ensuring that our neighbors will have their basic needs met again this winter. Come get a taste of winter in July while supporting local business! Each restaurant will be offering their full menu, and the promotion applies to all customers; no invitation necessary! Participating restaurants are: 

Monday, 07 July 2014 21:48

Livin' Briefs - 07/09/14

by PR

St. Patrick’s Episcopal to hold outdoor services

– Summers in Maine can mean lazy, hazy days at the beach, traveling across the state, enjoying tasty food at picnics and cook-outs, watching 4th of July parades and fireworks, and strolls in the park.  

Summer is also a terrific opportunity to gather as a community. On Sunday, July 27, at 10 am, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church of Brewer cordially invites its neighbors and members of the community to join them for an outdoor worship service at Brewer Auditorium and Doyle Field. The Reverend Rick Cross will be the celebrant for that Sunday’s worship service. Bring your folding chairs, blankets and something to share at the potluck picnic that will follow.

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