Articles by Natalie Feulner

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Maine’s first virtual school holds informational workshops

By Natalie Feulner on July 21, 2014, at 6:07 a.m.
Maine Connections Academy, a virtual charter school for students in grades seven through 12, is holding several informational workshops this month and next for Maine parents and students interested in a nontraditional middle school and high school environment. The publicly funded school will be capped at 297 students, according to …
Alice Willette, left, and Gabbie St. Peter talk with Ellen Degeneres in April about their efforts to raise money and donations for the George J. Mitchell School's food pantry in Waterville.

Waterville 8-year-olds inspire others after raising thousands for pantry

By Natalie Feulner on July 19, 2014, at 8:50 a.m.
If world hunger could be solved in a half hour, it might happen at a lunch table at George Mitchell Elementary School in Waterville. The effort has already begun, spearheaded by two mini humanitarians — 8-year-old best friends Gabbie St. Peter and Alice Willette. The girls, who have been friends …

Outdoor births coming to a television near you

on July 18, 2014, at 11:06 a.m.
Have you guys seen this new show Lifetime is working on right now? The network is calling it “Born in the wild” and it will feature women giving birth, unassisted and outdoors. Unlike some of the recent, unexpected births our fellow Mainers have experienced, these events are taking place on …

To pack or not to pack

on July 16, 2014, at 9:35 a.m.
Oh, the hospital bag. It’s contents consumed my thoughts for weeks leading up to The Bug’s birth. A minimalist at heart, I didn’t want to bring things I wouldn’t actually need. I read countless lists, ended up overpacking just a little and now know what I’ll actually want to pack …

What’s wrong with Imogen?

on July 14, 2014, at 9:41 a.m.
And I’m back with another post about baby names, or one specifically this time – Imogen. According to Nameberry, Imogen is the top searched name of the first half of 2014, just like it was for 2013. However, it isn’t yet a top name. In fact, of the thousands of …
Kristi Hayes-Devlin carries her son Xavier, 2, on her back using one of the slings she sells under the name brand Wrapsody out of her Berwick home on Tuesday, July 8.

More Maine parents finding work-life balance through at-home employment

By Natalie Feulner on July 14, 2014, at 8:25 a.m.
BERWICK, Maine — The Wrapsody office is a 550-square-foot refurbished carriage house painted the color of sunshine. There’s a big, antique sliding door and a large window overlooking a fenced-in yard. Inventory is stored in one corner, another has space for the kids, and another is home to desks and …

Marketing agency supports Bangor community by sending five children to day camp

By Natalie Feulner on July 13, 2014, at 12:42 p.m.
Pulse Marketing Agency in Bangor has spent the last few months celebrating its fifth year in business by finding ways to support the community. This month, they are sponsoring a week of Bangor Parks and Recreation day camp for five local, low-income children selected randomly from names submitted by the …

My ‘gifted’ child

on July 10, 2014, at 10:44 a.m.
I was reading through a well-known, but sometimes-criticized-for-making-parents- panic baby book, and I came across this gem under the question “How do I know if my child is gifted?” I however categorized it under the “My baby still doesn’t sleep through the night” section of my brain that refuses to …

No pool, no problem — 5 ways to beat the heat

on July 07, 2014, at 9:20 a.m.
It’s been wicked hot. I can say that now because 1. I’ve lived here more than a year now, and 2. I finally figured out how to properly use the phrase. But back to the point. We don’t have a pool. So, when the mercury starts creeping up to 80 …
Ingrid Schaefer, 8, looks through books at the Bangor Library in this May 2014 file photo.

8-year-old Bangor girl surpasses $1,000 library fundraising goal

By Natalie Feulner on July 06, 2014, at 11:30 a.m.
The 8-year-old Bangor girl who decided to donate her birthday money to the Bangor Public Library not only met, but more than doubled her goal amount. Ingrid Schaefer loves to read, and earlier this year, she wrote a letter that went out with her birthday invitations, asking people to either …
Jordan's Snack Bar in Ellsworth serves up ice cream, burgers, fried food and a touch of nostalgia for many of its loyal customers who have been eating there for 30 years.

Serving up burgers, fries, memories: Jordan’s Snack Bar

By Natalie Feulner on July 05, 2014, at 10:01 a.m.
This is the first in a series of six stories featuring Maine burger and milkshake destinations — Burger Boy in Caribou, Houlton Farms Dairy, Owl’s Head General Store, L&H Burgers in Rockland and Fat Boys in Brunswick. The diners featured were culled from a list of recommendations from Bangor Daily …

Work-life balance, it’s possible

on July 02, 2014, at 8:53 a.m.
I recently wrote about Maine receiving a “B-” for its family-friendly workplace policies. Basically what the report found was the while Maine businesses do more for their working families, there’s lots of room for improvement. Number one change requested by parents I’ve talked to other than paid maternity leave? More …

6 new parent milestones nobody mentions

on June 30, 2014, at 10:52 a.m.
1. The first time you hide in your room from your child and watch horrible TV shows like Celebrity Wife Swap because you just can’t take it anymore. Then you realize your life isn’t so bad, at least your husband doesn’t demand breakfast in bed and you don’t keep squirrels …
Donnell Pond in Franklin is a great spot for swimming.

Take a dip at some of Maine’s top family-friendly swimming areas

By Natalie Feulner on June 30, 2014, at 8:01 a.m.
The sunny days are here and with them come evenings spent eating dinner outside and weekends fishing and swimming at Maine’s many ponds and lakes. Last year was our first summer in Maine, and we quickly realized that soaking up every warm day was easy considering you can throw a …
Eliana Johnston and her daughter Elizabeth at a medieval tournament at Fort Knox for the Society for Creative Anachronism. Johnston was able to bring her daughter to work with her for awhile and now pumps at her new job on her breaks. She hopes someday families in Maine will have longer paid maternity leave and breastfeeding mothers will have more flexibility in the workplace to feed and pump as needed.

Report: Family-friendly laws, policies in Maine existent, but need improvement

By Natalie Feulner on June 30, 2014, at 6:31 a.m.
Last year, when Dedham mother Eliana Johnston returned to work after giving birth to her daughter Elizabeth, her employer allowed her to bring her into work to breastfeed. But only for 15 minutes at a time, something both mom and daughter struggled with, especially since Elizabeth was only 12 weeks …

Out with the gently used

on June 27, 2014, at 9:43 a.m.
Did your diaper buying obsession get out of hand? Have you successfully potty trained your wee one or need the motivation to do so? Then, sell those dipes! The Maine Cloth Diaper Co. is once again hosting cloth diaper swaps on July 19 at the store in Damariscotta, and on …
Izaak Swartz, 10, lunges towards Lily Millard, 9, during a saber match at the Downeast School of Fencing class at the Herbert Sargent Community Center in Old Town.

En garde: Bringing families together through the art of fencing

By Natalie Feulner on June 21, 2014, at 12:03 p.m.
OLD TOWN, Maine — The clanking of metal on metal fills the wood-paneled gymnasium of the Herbert Sargent Community Center. Students, quick on their feet and dressed head-to-toe in white protective gear and black mesh masks, face one another. “En garde.” One young fencer lunges first, and the other responds, …

Harmony Camp teaches valuable lessons about friendship, diversity

By Natalie Feulner on June 21, 2014, at 11:37 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Just like the two main characters in children’s author Arnold Lobel’s book “Frog and Toad Together,” the children at Spruce Run Womancare Alliance’s annual Harmony Camp have a chance to learn several core values this summer — namely valuing diversity, the importance of being a good friend …
A boy from the from the Bangor YMCA preschool class plants beans during the Sea Dog Kid's Garden Club planting day at the restaurant in Bangor on Wednesday morning. Stephanie O'Neil of the Sea Dog Kid's Garden Club said that they want to provide kids with hands-on gardening experience to teach them about growing and using vegetables. The restaurant has a teaching garden in North Yarmouth.

Children start garden at Sea Dog restaurants in Bangor, Topsham

By Natalie Feulner on June 16, 2014, at 7:15 a.m.
Laughter and the sound of young voices filled the air as small hands dug into the dirt, carefully planting cucumber starters and kale seeds in small raised bed gardens at Sea Dog Brew Pub in Bangor. The 17 children, all preschool students at the Bangor YMCA, planted vegetables and herbs …

Flying solo (with an infant)

on June 13, 2014, at 10:26 a.m.
I wrote about my tips and tricks for flying cross-country with an infant a little while ago. But I’ve since returned from my first time doing it completely solo and let me tell you , if it could have gone wrong, it did. (Read: Blowout on the last flight home, …
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