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Among other notes on wine culture, Layne tells readers about Court of Two Sisters on Royal Street, a romantic, idyllic s...
03/26/2024

Among other notes on wine culture, Layne tells readers about Court of Two Sisters on Royal Street, a romantic, idyllic setting of old New Orleans with a world class wine list - and the home of the Krewe of Cork, the Wine Society of NOLA
- https://thewestendnews.com/the-problem-with-wine/

Since the first carbon fee and dividend bill was introduced, 28 Maine towns have passed municipal resolutions supporting...
03/18/2024

Since the first carbon fee and dividend bill was introduced, 28 Maine towns have passed municipal resolutions supporting national cashback carbon pricing. Has your town endorsed? - https://thewestendnews.com/maine-towns-demand-a-cashback-price-on-carbon-pollution/

Photo credits: 1) Flooded bike lane 2015 file photo. 2) King Tide downtown Portland, 2017 by Ron Fucci

Article by Peter Dugas, the State Coordinator for Citizens’ Climate Lobby

Seems this year winter may have skipped us here in Maine and Northern New England... But with the help of travel and fri...
03/15/2024

Seems this year winter may have skipped us here in Maine and Northern New England... But with the help of travel and friends Nancy is accepting and making the most while looking forward to spring! An ode to change, good and bad, within and without in this month's Adventure Travel column - https://thewestendnews.com/no-winter-last-forever/

Photo credits: 1) Nancy Dorrans outside PelotonLabs during a much snowier February 2015. 2) Nancy with student Mallory and fellow pre-adult coach Paige at New England Disabled Sports (NEDS), Loon Mountain, NH. -Photos courtesy of Nancy Dorrans

In its 37th year, the Camden Conference once again turned the town of Camden into a hub of international dialogue. This ...
03/12/2024

In its 37th year, the Camden Conference once again turned the town of Camden into a hub of international dialogue. This year’s topic: India: Rising Ambitions, Challenges at Home. Eva McVicar shares how Portland neighbors enjoyed the conference virtually at USM - https://thewestendnews.com/camden-conference-an-intellectual-journey-like-no-other/

-Photos: 1. David Brancaccio speaks with keynote speaker Nirupama Rao. 2. Bruce Cole, acting chair of the Camden Conference’s program committee, talks with conference speaker Arvind Subramanian, an Indian economist. -Photos courtesy of Camden Conference

"What’s your vision for how we build a future in Maine where you don’t have to get in a car to go anywhere?" Hear Gorham...
03/11/2024

"What’s your vision for how we build a future in Maine where you don’t have to get in a car to go anywhere?" Hear Gorham town councilor Seven Siegel's response to this question and learn about the Gorham Connector in the latest PelotonPosts podcast hosted by WEN. Thank you for listening to local independent media.

Every Month PelotonLabs founder Liz Trice interviews a community member for The West End News. This month Liz caught up with Seven Siegel (they/them), a Town Councilor in Gorham to discuss the pending Gorham Connector transportation project.

WEN's home for the past decade, coworking space PelotonLabs closes its doors. What's next for WEN? Find out in this trib...
03/08/2024

WEN's home for the past decade, coworking space PelotonLabs closes its doors. What's next for WEN? Find out in this tribute by Publisher-Editor Tony Zeli: https://thewestendnews.com/pelotonlabs-says-goodbye/

Photo credit - 1. PelotonLabs exterior and 2. window sign both by Nancy Dorrans, WEN Travel Contributor

Master Knight of the Vine Layne V. Witherell shares two excellent prix fixe menus in Portland, Maine - https://thewesten...
02/27/2024

Master Knight of the Vine Layne V. Witherell shares two excellent prix fixe menus in Portland, Maine - https://thewestendnews.com/two-dinners/

Catch Layne's Wine Gig live at Portland Blue on the 4th Wednesday of the month, 6-7p.

-All photos courtesy of Layne & Judy Witherell: 1) Layne tries a sherry luge with bone marrow at Chaval... 2+3) Layne and Judy at Maine Oyster Co.

Protect our winters - It's not your imagination. 2023 was the hottest year on record. What does this mean for our snowy ...
02/23/2024

Protect our winters - It's not your imagination. 2023 was the hottest year on record. What does this mean for our snowy New England winters? It doesn't look good, but there is something you can do to help protect our winters! https://thewestendnews.com/think-snow-ask-lawmakers-to-protect-our-winters/

File photo submitted by Greta Holmes, cross-country skiing in the West End of Portland, Maine.

Want to learn more on what's being done about homelessness in Portland, Maine? PelotonPosts and WEN present a thoughtful...
02/09/2024

Want to learn more on what's being done about homelessness in Portland, Maine? PelotonPosts and WEN present a thoughtful conversation on unsheltered homeless. Listen to the podcast here:

In this podcast hosted by PelotonPosts' Liz Trice, advocates Jess Falero and Cullen Ryan discuss unsheltered homelessness in Portland, Maine. Conversation ranges from the state of encampments as of January 2024, to issues of trauma and drug use, to what could be done with $10 million. Content Disclo...

Looking at wines from Lebanon, Georgia, and Croatia with Master Knight of the Vine Layne V. Witherell. Catch Layne live ...
01/23/2024

Looking at wines from Lebanon, Georgia, and Croatia with Master Knight of the Vine Layne V. Witherell. Catch Layne live at Portland Blue from 6-7p on the 4th Wednesday of every month. $18 gets you four 3-oz pours! -
https://thewestendnews.com/eastern-wines-some-available-locally-one-you-can-only-hope-to-find/

Photo credits: 1. Layne (right) with Ben at The End in Portland... 2. Wine line-up from the November Layne's Wine Gig... 3. Guardians Saperavi from Georgia... All photos by Layne and Judy Witherell

Local bibliophile Stephanie Miller looks at stunning debut novel, "A Burning" by Megha Majumdar, about an impoverished g...
01/19/2024

Local bibliophile Stephanie Miller looks at stunning debut novel, "A Burning" by Megha Majumdar, about an impoverished girl named Jivan in India, where the class system as well as the eager ignorance of public opinion are both ready to crush her. - https://thewestendnews.com/a-burning-thrilling-debut-novel/

Dreaming of Italy on this cold January day... Travel with Nancy Dorrans to Emilia-Romagna, the culinary heart of Italy! ...
01/12/2024

Dreaming of Italy on this cold January day... Travel with Nancy Dorrans to Emilia-Romagna, the culinary heart of Italy! - https://thewestendnews.com/emilia-romagna-the-culinary-heart-of-italy-part-ii/

Photo captions: 1. Nancy with olive oil & winemaker Leone Conte... 2. Parmesan cheese factory tour.... 3. Padina (flatbread) demonstration... 4. Brisighella Castle hike.... All photos courtesy of Nancy Dorrans

Catching up with Betsy and Vee, both Portland residents and longtime volunteers with the Camden Conference, which hosts ...
12/19/2023

Catching up with Betsy and Vee, both Portland residents and longtime volunteers with the Camden Conference, which hosts events every year on global issues. This year’s conference will be livestreamed to Luther Bonney Hall at USM. Learn more: https://thewestendnews.com/bringing-the-world-and-this-year-india-to-maine-through-the-camden-conference/

Photos:
1) Betsy Mayberry with other Camden Conference volunteers Pam and Karen at USM’s livestream event 2023; 2) Students at 2023 USM livestream -Courtesy of Camden Conf.

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