A summer gathering wouldn’t be the same without a meal served hot off the grill – and how you prepare it can make all the difference. Get the inside scoop on picking the right grill, selecting the right cut of meat and bringing it all together for an unforgettable season of outdoor entertainment.

Now that summer is here, it’s time to get a much-needed change of scenery. Our region is ripe with luxurious hotels, thriving state parks, bustling downtowns and hidden attractions that bring you face-to-face with the refreshing waterfront. Where do you want to begin?

A quirky, odd sense of humor helps the owner of Brooke’s Bark and Recreation, in Freeport, to bond with the animals who visit her doggy day care. Visit and you’ll see why these four-legged friends are having a dog gone good time while mom and dad are away.

They were once a center of activity in rural America, until the highways came to town. Loved and then abandoned, train depots are finding new life thanks to dedicated citizens. Jon McGinty explores five places where depots have found new life.

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