Articles by Natalie Feulner

Swedish exchange student Klara Vestman makes raggmunkar -- potato pancakes -- for her host family at their Holden home.

‘Every day is a new discovery’: John Bapst, Swedish students swap homes

By Natalie Feulner on Sept. 15, 2014, at 5:44 a.m.
Klara Vestman, 18, of Umea, Sweden, has on her phone a list of things she wants to experience during her 10 weeks living in Maine. It includes eating lobster and a Fluffernutter sandwich, watching “American” football, seeing a movie in a theater and attending a hockey game. She checked off …

First Bangor Baby, Family Expo a ‘one-stop shop’ for parenting resources

By Natalie Feulner on Sept. 12, 2014, at 1:40 p.m.
Townsquare Media knows the demographics of Bangor are changing — families are moving and expanding and need resources. The digital media and marketing service provider is holding its first Bangor Baby and Family Expo on Sept. 27. A “one-stop shop” for all things birth, baby and family, event organizers say …

Second couple says ‘I do’ at Camden National Bank in Bangor

on Sept. 12, 2014, at 10:21 a.m.
If something happens twice, does that make it a trend? If so, Camden National Bank staff may be onto something big. A second couple was married at the bank’s Exchange Street branch in Bangor recently, following the lead of a couple from Hermon who was married there last month. According …

Study: Maine ranked 2nd best place to have a baby

on Sept. 10, 2014, at 10:13 a.m.
A new study by WalletHub listed Maine as the second best state in the country to have a new baby in part because of the low average hospital delivery charges and access to pediatric care. Rankings were based equally on three categories –budget considerations, health care conditions and overall “babyfriendliness,” a news release …

Keeping baby healthy — Zarbee’s Naturals

on Sept. 08, 2014, at 9:51 a.m.
When I had The Bug, it was the dead of winter. Our worst one for quite a while no less. We drove home from the hospital in Ellsworth and the 30 mile drive took two hours in eight inches of snow. So, needless to say, I spent much of the …
The five sets of twins attend the 2014 kindergarten class at the Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School. Pictured are from the top clockwise: Sophia and Gavin Bubier, Charles and Cayden Agaga, Hannah and Emma Frost, Alexantrea and Antzelina  Kaminaris, Logan and Jackson McCray.

5 sets of 2: Ellsworth Elementary sees highest number of twins to date

By Natalie Feulner on Sept. 08, 2014, at 5:35 a.m.
Five sets of students at Ellsworth Elementary Middle School have something in common: They’re all twins. The 10 kindergarteners — Gavin and Sophia Bubier; Charles and Cayden Agaga; Emma and Hannah Frost; Alexantrea and Antzelina Kaminaris; and Jackson and Logan McCray — started school last week. It’s a first for the …

Cloth diapers no longer illegal in Maine

on Sept. 05, 2014, at 9:46 a.m.
Awhile back, a law was on the books prohibiting parents from sending children to daycare in cloth diapers, unless they had a doctor’s note explaining a medical reason for not using disposables. Never mind if the center director or teachers were OK with it or that diapers of today look …
Milkshakes sit in the sun at Houlton Farms Dairy Bar.

Famous for its ice cream, lemonade and butter, Houlton Farms Dairy puts family, quality first

By Natalie Feulner on Sept. 02, 2014, at 2:36 p.m.
This is the second 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 …
Dan Tierney, a farmer at Cornerstone Farm in Palmyra stacks vegetables at the Bangor Farmers Market recently. Packing a lunch with ingredients grown locally is now easier than ever. Vegetables like cherry tomatoes, carrots or cucumbers make great snack foods, but markets and farms throughout Maine also sell other foods like bread, meat and cheese.

Now more ways to pack lunches chock full of local ingredients

By Natalie Feulner on Sept. 01, 2014, at 8:35 a.m.
When Whitney Bonacorsi moved to Bangor from southern California a little more than a year ago, it was was important for her to keep buying most of her family’s produce and food from local farms. So every Saturday, her family of four goes to the Bangor Farmers Market. Her 2-year-old …
After Life Academy announced earlier this week it was closing, Kim Armell (left) had to start searching for a new place to send her children, Henry, 4, and Hazel, 18 months. Armell talks with Hilltop School's Lynn Gould about possibly sending her son to that facility.

Parents scramble to find spots for children after Bangor day care announces closure

By Natalie Feulner on Aug. 27, 2014, at 4:56 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Brewer mother Kim Armell gripped a notebook full of lists of preschools and her eyes welled up with tears when she talked about finding a new place to care for her two young children. But it’s a reality she and more than 100 other local families are …

Reading to baby: (In)destructible books

on Aug. 26, 2014, at 9:58 a.m.
When I received a press kit with what the sender called “indestructible books,” I was dubious. A book with non-cardboard pages The Bug wouldn’t rip or eat until soaking wet creating a choking hazard? Hhhhm. But then I went home, put them on the play mat and baby went to …
Katie Bilodeau gives her 11-month-old son Carter a bottle before he takes an afternoon nap at their house in Gray on Friday. Bilodeau and her husband Chad follow napping routine advice from child sleep consultant Jessica Begley.

Gray mother turns sleepless nights into consulting business

By Natalie Feulner on Aug. 25, 2014, at 1:43 p.m.
Jessica Begley geeks out about sleep. At least she does when it comes to helping parents and children have more rest-filled nights. Begley, a mother of two, recently became Maine’s first certified infant and child sleep consultant after graduating from the Family Sleep Institute’s Certified Child Sleep Consultant certification program. …
Jessie Savage (right) dumps ice water on Hunter Klenowski (center), 12, who dumps water on Heidi Klenowski as part of the ASL Ice Bucket Challenge on Friday at Carrier's restaurant in Bucksport.

Bucksport woman’s extreme ALS Ice Bucket Challenge brings in more than $1,600

By Natalie Feulner on Aug. 23, 2014, at 6:59 a.m.
It’s one thing to dump a single bucket of water on your head and donate. It’s another to dump more than 160 buckets of ice water on your head. But Bucksport resident Heidi Klenowski wanted to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to the extreme, and she was able to …

Zucchini bread memories

on Aug. 21, 2014, at 9:33 a.m.
My late mother had a problem with gardening and if you ask my husband, it’s the same problem I have. Some would call it impatience, but I prefer to call it “I don’t have time to wait, I’m busy multitasking. My mom was constantly balancing life as a single mom …
The Klenowski family of Bucksport walks every year to raise money for ALS research. This year, Heidi Klenowski will be participating is an Ice Bucket Challenge at Carriers in Bucksport.

Bucksport family uses experience, Ice Bucket Challenge popularity to raise ALS awareness

By Natalie Feulner on Aug. 20, 2014, at 9:52 a.m.
While the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has spawned video after video of folks being doused with icy water and also raised money for research while encouraging people to learn more about the disease, for one family in Bucksport, this progressive neurodegenerative disease is all-too-familiar. But the Klenowski family of Bucksport …

‘Pinning and pooping’ — 5 links moms will appreciate

on Aug. 18, 2014, at 12:59 p.m.
I was talking with local Postpartum Doula Ruth Clarke the other day and she mentioned her get-away-from-the-kids-for-five-minutes strategy dubbed “pinning and pooping.” I immediately knew it was a blog post in the making. How often do we just want five minutes of quiet, to scroll Facebook or Pinterest, text a …
Bryan Bomes and April Bomes are married by Carrie Bishop, assistant branch manager at Camden National Bank in Bangor on Aug. 1.

Hermon couple says ‘I do’ during impromptu wedding at Bangor bank

By Natalie Feulner on Aug. 15, 2014, at 6:08 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Forget the chapel and white wedding. Who needs them? Certainly not Bryan and April Bomes, a Herman couple who decided to forgo a wedding recently. Instead, the two got married in a very unconventional way: in front of a handful of strangers at Camden National Bank in …
Betsy Lundy, owner of Maine Cloth Diaper Company, holds her daughter Mabel in Bangor in this April 2014 file photo.

Central Street Farmhouse in Bangor to hold childbirthing, natural parenting classes

By Natalie Feulner on Aug. 13, 2014, at 2:46 p.m.
Central Street Farmhouse in Bangor is offering a natural childbirthing class this September for parents-to-be, and owner Betsy Lundy hopes it kicks off a series of classes focusing on topics from infant care to family planning. Lundy, who co-owns the home brewing store and the adjoining Maine Cloth Diaper Company …

5 minute edible fingerpaint

on Aug. 13, 2014, at 9:42 a.m.
My little one puts everything in her mouth these days. So paint I don’t have to worry about her eating? Perfect. What you’ll need:  2 cups of flour** 1/2 cup of sugar 1 teaspoon of salt 1 cup of hot water 1 cup of cold water Food coloring Directions: Mix …

On nursing in public

on Aug. 12, 2014, at 1:42 p.m.
NIP. Nursing. In. Public. Three little words making headline after headline thanks to a article in Glamour about Olivia Wilde’s recent photo shoot for the magazine’s September issue. The photo is notable only because she is nursing her son at what appears to be a restaurant table. I know a …
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