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Nancy Dorrans is getting out to enjoy March in Maine! And looking ahead to spring travel dreams...
03/21/2022
March in Maine: Lion, Lamb, or a Bear? - The West End News

Nancy Dorrans is getting out to enjoy March in Maine! And looking ahead to spring travel dreams...

After a few “coldest days of the year" followed by temps in the 50’s, we're left asking what will March bring next? The lion, lamb, or abear?

Here's a Bright Idea: Use permaculture to reduce emissions and save resources. Brought to you by volunteers at Portland ...
03/21/2022
Working with Natural Systems - Bright Ideas No. 33 - The West End News

Here's a Bright Idea: Use permaculture to reduce emissions and save resources. Brought to you by volunteers at Portland Climate Action Team!

Bright Idea: Use permaculture to save resources and cut emissions. Brought to you by the volunteers of the Portland Climate Action Team. #WEN

Layne is smitten with Ruby's West End after a 5-course dinner with wine pairing.
03/18/2022
Ruby’s West End - A neighborhood gem - The West End News

Layne is smitten with Ruby's West End after a 5-course dinner with wine pairing.

"Ruby’s West End restaurant at 64 Pine Street sparkles and shines like a gem." Layne's glowing take on Valentine's Day dinner and wine. #WEN

Can't decide on a wine for Valentine's? Why not choose all and blend them? You might be surprised by how good the result...
02/14/2022
MENDO BLENDO by Layne's Wine Gig - The West End News

Can't decide on a wine for Valentine's? Why not choose all and blend them? You might be surprised by how good the results could be... Master Knight of the Vine Layne V. Witherell discusses what he calls "Mendo blendo," and he highly recommends trying it... with a little guidance, perhaps.

Elevage is a very French way of saying “Mendo Blendo,” and blending is something you can do at home. Here's a couple wines to try. #WEN #Food&Drink

Should we limit new construction to mitigate climate change? The Portland (ME) Climate Action Team shares some Bright Id...
02/09/2022
Time to Limit New Construction - Bright Ideas No. 32 - The West End News

Should we limit new construction to mitigate climate change? The Portland (ME) Climate Action Team shares some Bright Ideas. From the Climate Justice pages of the February print edition. Thank you for reading!

Limit new construction and use what’s already there. Portland Climate Action Team has some Bright Ideas to share.

Dr. Julia Lockwood of Yarmouth, a volunteer with Portland Citizens' Climate Lobby, looks at the health impacts we can ex...
02/09/2022
Health Impacts of the Climate Crisis - The West End News

Dr. Julia Lockwood of Yarmouth, a volunteer with Portland Citizens' Climate Lobby, looks at the health impacts we can expect from climate change. But there is something we can do.

Dr. Julia Lockwood a general pediatrician from Yarmouth looks at the health impacts her young patients may face due to the climate crisis.

Here's Matt Power's detailed analysis of solar power rewards and pitfalls after almost 5 years of generating solar energ...
02/04/2022
The Time to Install Solar Power in Portland is Now - The West End News

Here's Matt Power's detailed analysis of solar power rewards and pitfalls after almost 5 years of generating solar energy in the West End. From the February print edition Climate Justice section. Thank you for reading!

Here's my detailed analysis after almost 5 years of generating solar power from the roof of my West End building. By Matt Power

Nancy and her family take a break from tradition and confront motion sickness... to go on a holiday cruise. Sometimes ch...
01/10/2022
Changes Don't Have to Seem Big to Be Heroic - The West End News

Nancy and her family take a break from tradition and confront motion sickness... to go on a holiday cruise. Sometimes changes don't have to be big to feel heroic!

Changing things up for the holidays, Nancy and her family go on a Christmas cruise. It might not seem like a big change, but it's a start.

The community room at Reiche is open again and adding new events on Monday's... including SpeeDebating! Plus a note on g...
01/06/2022
SpeeDebating & Street Safety - The West End News

The community room at Reiche is open again and adding new events on Monday's... including SpeeDebating! Plus a note on getting around safely this winter. Let's all look out for each other and be safe as you head over to the Reiche community room!

Although we’ve had to make some changes at the Reiche Community Room due to Covid, we’ve added a new offering: SpeeDebating. #WEN

Greta Holmes is a cross country skier and local high schooler. She worries that future generations will not experience w...
01/05/2022
Greta Holmes - High School Skier Concerned about the Future of Winter Sports - The West End News

Greta Holmes is a cross country skier and local high schooler. She worries that future generations will not experience winter in Maine like we do, not after climate change. From the Climate Justice page of the January print edition. Thank you for reading!

A local high school cross country skier Greta Holmes is concerned that climate change will ruin winter sports for future generations in Maine.

City looks for resident feedback. Part of its Recode Portland effort - a comprehensive look at city land use and zoning ...
01/05/2022
City Seeks Feedback on ReCode Portland - The West End News

City looks for resident feedback. Part of its Recode Portland effort - a comprehensive look at city land use and zoning codes. A consulting firm evaluated Portland's land use code, and you can view the evaluation and offer feedback. Read more about it...

The City of Portland released a detailed review of the City’s land use code as part of ReCode Portland and is looking for feedback from you.

Every day is a little brighter... World travel may be up in the air this winter, but you can plan your future adventures...
12/23/2021
There are brighter, longer days ahead... - The West End News

Every day is a little brighter... World travel may be up in the air this winter, but you can plan your future adventures. Nancy has the lead on international experts on famous destinations.

Brighter days are ahead for worldwide travel. Nancy shares access to international presenters on world famous destinations to help you plan.

Rosanne asks as all to consider that peace and goodwill begin at home... and shares a fun and furry tale to brighten you...
12/22/2021
Peace on Earth & Peace in Portland - The West End News

Rosanne asks as all to consider that peace and goodwill begin at home... and shares a fun and furry tale to brighten your holidays of Chipchan the West End Chipmunk.

Rosanne Graef shares what the West End's Chipchan the Chipmunk can teach us about finding peace this holiday season. #WEN #LaVidaLocal

Looking for ideas for a wine enthusiast on your list? Layne has the skinny on local gifts, favorite wines and where to f...
12/09/2021
Easy Going, Go Local, Holiday Wine Gift Guide - The West End News

Looking for ideas for a wine enthusiast on your list? Layne has the skinny on local gifts, favorite wines and where to find the hippest glasses and decanters. #winelover #winelovergift

Master Knight of the Vine Layne V. Witherell shares local faves for the wine lover in your life in this holiday wine gift guide. #WEN

Susana Hancock writes down her thoughts as she travels from COP26 to the UN to speak on the climate crisis. From the Cli...
12/08/2021
COP26 to the UN - A Climate Activist Reflects - The West End News

Susana Hancock writes down her thoughts as she travels from COP26 to the UN to speak on the climate crisis. From the Climate Justice page of the December edition.

I'm on the train from Glasgow to Geneva, from COP26 to the UN, where I am expected to speak on the deepening climate crisis. #ClimateJustice

Check out the December print edition and find a copy of the Buy Local gift guide inside. Hurry while supplies last! And ...
12/03/2021
Shop Local Tips... and Why a Local Gift is a Great Gift! - The West End News

Check out the December print edition and find a copy of the Buy Local gift guide inside. Hurry while supplies last! And here's an article with some local gift shopping tips!

more than supporting your neighbor’s dream and livelihood—you’re strengthening our whole community. So here are a few shop local tips.

Readers take a journey through the mind of our very own Master Knight of the Vine prepping for and delivering a wine "im...
11/12/2021
South African Wines: Recent wine gig offers some twists - The West End News

Readers take a journey through the mind of our very own Master Knight of the Vine prepping for and delivering a wine "improvisation"... and along the way learn a lot about unique South African wines.

Let’s look at a recent gig: "South African Wines." I knew this was going to be tough! Layne's Wine Gig explores South African Wines. #WEN

Tune in today to Maine Public’s Maine Calling at 11 a.m. to hear Portland Buy Local's Mary Alice Scott discuss the Buy L...
11/12/2021
Shop Local this Season with Buy Local's Gift Guide - The West End News

Tune in today to Maine Public’s Maine Calling at 11 a.m. to hear Portland Buy Local's Mary Alice Scott discuss the Buy Local Gift Guide.

November brings lots of memories and traditions. For Portland Buy Local, November brings a perennial favorite: our Holiday Gift Guide.

Citizen participation can look like this: Young CCL volunteers lobbying Sen. Collins. But sometimes it can be effective ...
11/05/2021
Make A Call. Leave A Message. Be Happier. - The West End News

Citizen participation can look like this: Young CCL volunteers lobbying Sen. Collins. But sometimes it can be effective even if it's just a 30 second phone. call. Some thoughts from Portland Citizens' Climate Lobby volunteer Annie Antonacos.

A healthy democracy needs citizen participation. Voting, yes. But also talking with elected officials. Something that takes about 30 seconds.

Victoria Pelletier defeats Jon Hinck for District 2 City Council. Also, in a once in a lifetime occurence, at-large race...
11/03/2021
Victoria Pelletier Wins D2, At-large Race Ends In Actual Tie - The West End News

Victoria Pelletier defeats Jon Hinck for District 2 City Council. Also, in a once in a lifetime occurence, at-large race ends in a tie. The City Clerk will draw lots tomorrow to choose a winner. Serisously! This and other results in Portland - https://thewestendnews.com/victoria-pelletier-wins-d2-at-large-race-ends-in-actual-tie/

Victoria Pelletier wins District 2 seat defeating Jon Hinck. At-large seat will be determined by drawing lots after an actual tie. #WEN

This reader is exhausted with the tree removals they've witnessed and have something to say to the City and neighbors wh...
10/27/2021
Letter to the Editor: Stop Cutting Down Trees - The West End News

This reader is exhausted with the tree removals they've witnessed and have something to say to the City and neighbors who are cutting down trees.

A letter to the editor from a West End neighbor who is concerned about the City and private landowners cutting down trees. #WEN

Learn about the Blessing Box bustier and take a break with La Vida Local's HUMOROUS Notes on West End Life. #WEN
10/20/2021
Humorous Moments of West End Life - The West End News

Learn about the Blessing Box bustier and take a break with La Vida Local's HUMOROUS Notes on West End Life. #WEN

This month’s La Vida Local brings you some humorous moments of West End life, such as the Blessing Box Bustier. -By Rosanne Graef #WEN

A vibrant, fair, and regenerative future is still possible if enough of us change our minds and do something. But half m...
10/19/2021
Half Measures or a Regenerative Future - Bright Ideas No. 28 - The West End News

A vibrant, fair, and regenerative future is still possible if enough of us change our minds and do something. But half measures won't suffice. The latest Bright Ideas from the Portland Climate Action Team.

A vibrant and regenerative future is still possible if enough of us change our minds and do something. -By Portland Climate Action Team #WEN #ClimateJustice

Digital mammography did not exist 25 years ago, and the human genome was still a mystery... Dr. Suzanne Hoekstra reflect...
10/15/2021
Breast Care: Much has Changed in 25 Years - The West End News

Digital mammography did not exist 25 years ago, and the human genome was still a mystery... Dr. Suzanne Hoekstra reflects on changes in breast care after 25 years of practice in southern Maine. https://thewestendnews.com/breast-cancer-much-has-changed-in-25-years/

By Suzanne Hoekstra, MD, FACS I am a breast surgeon at Northern Light Mercy Breast Care, which was first established in 1996. Over the years, I have seen advances in breast health that have helped save many lives. October is Breast Care Awareness month, and this year it happens to coincide with my m...

Interested in Portland's political future? Then you've got to know what's happening with the Charter Commission. Luckily...
10/14/2021
Valerie Kelly: Volunteer with the Portland Charter Commission Research Team - The West End News

Interested in Portland's political future? Then you've got to know what's happening with the Charter Commission. Luckily, the LWV Portland Charter Commission Research Team has the low down for you! Learn more from volunteer Valerie Kelly. https://thewestendnews.com/valerie-kelly-volunteer-with-the-portland-charter-commission-research-team/

PelotonLabs co-founder Liz Trice interviews Valerie Kelly, who is leading the LWV Portland Charter Commission Research Team. #PelotonPosts

A lot has changed in breast care since the 1990s. In honor of breast care awareness month, Dr. Suzanne Hoekstra of North...
10/14/2021
Breast Care: Much has Changed in 25 Years - The West End News

A lot has changed in breast care since the 1990s. In honor of breast care awareness month, Dr. Suzanne Hoekstra of Northern Light Mercy Breast Care discusses changes she's seen in 25 years of practice. https://thewestendnews.com/breast-cancer-much-has-changed-in-25-years/

By Suzanne Hoekstra, MD, FACS I am a breast surgeon at Northern Light Mercy Breast Care, which was first established in 1996. Over the years, I have seen advances in breast health that have helped save many lives. October is Breast Care Awareness month, and this year it happens to coincide with my m...

From an actual job description in the real wine biz:"Helicopter observer occasionally to prevent potential intruders. Ca...
10/08/2021
Help... Help Wanted: A look at the real wine business - The West End News

From an actual job description in the real wine biz:
"Helicopter observer occasionally to prevent potential intruders. Can make citizen’s arrest of intruders. Removal of dangerous animals (inc. feral pigs). Provides transportation of family and guests… Assists with the care of family pets as needed… "
Layne Witherell takes readers on an insider look at jobs the real wine business.

As a reporter and not a rep, I decided to do a little digging, to pull the curtain aside and look at people’s roles in the REAL wine business.

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When someone mentions the word culture , it is in reference to a land, a country , a society , a community , a family and an individual . A nation is as healthy as its culture. Culture is the environment or a mechanism of which everything functions in a nation, and a nation is not a land but people. So the nation always decides a culture they need to live and operate in. Let's create a culture that allows our growth and live like great neighbors . #thanks to The West End News for this great article. Please check the newspaper out to see more about culture and the World Roots Culture Exchange purpose. https://thewestendnews.com/patrick-kiruhura-creating-an-environment-for-all-cultures-to-thrive/
Check out the July issue of The West End News for a feature on how local farms and markets have innovated in response to the pandemic! 📰 This feature highlights Pine Ridge Acres, Lakin's Gorges Cheese, Little River Flower Farm, and the Portland Food Co-op! Many thanks to Tony Zeli and The West End News team for shining a spotlight on the invaluable work our local producers have been doing so our community can continue to access nutritious local food as safely as possible. 📰 You can find The West End News on the Co-op’s newsstands and at over 180 other locations throughout Portland, Falmouth, Scarborough, South Portland, and Westbrook. You can also read online at: thewestendnews.com
The un-watched pot just might boil over! Hint: There's a bit of social commentary in the latest "La Vida Local: Irregular Notes on West End Life," by Rosanne Graef.
James Fereira shows respect in this month's The Portland Palate for the diverse and delicious take-out scene in downtown Portland. He visits Mi Sen, Figgy's, and Otto Pizza. Check out the print version here:
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"The one thing that has had a consistently transformative impact on every single client I’ve ever worked with is developing their emotional intelligence." https://thewestendnews.com/the-life-changing-power-of-emotional-intelligence/ Happy to share my first piece in The West End News: "The Life Changing Power of Emotional Intelligence" #emotionalintelligence #health #happiness #success #relationships
Could you add a section to this for people to view &/or download &/or print your advertisements Please ??? In the left column where it says home, about, photos, email signup, twitter, events, reviews, posts, & Community ???
The West End News did a great article about OLS's transition away from bottled water! Check it out to learn a little bit more about the switch and our new hydration station here: http://ow.ly/JvWq50ywM0b
Last night, my 2017 Toyota Tacoma was hit on Vaughan street across from McGeachey Hall somewhere between 6pm and 9am this morning. The driver drove off, and never reported the accident. The driver's vehicle pushed my truck foward 2.5 truck lengths up over the snow bank. There's blue paint on my truck, and a piece of the vehicle's bumper. After searching the numbers on the bumper, i believe the vehicle was a blue Ford F150. Does anyone know of a blue Ford F150 in the area? The vehicle probably has damage to its front right end. If you know of anything or heard anything, can you please contact me or the portland police department. Any help is appreciated.
Looking for some snow day reading? Check out this letter to the editor written by Phoebe in Ms. Hatch's ELA class in Matinicus 8. It has been published in the recent edition of The West End News. #kingcrew #wearecrew