Articles by Natalie Feulner

Grayson Brock was born at Eastern Maine Medical Center during the big snowstorm at 7:44 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27.

Are maternity departments busier during storms?

By Natalie Feulner on Jan. 29, 2015, at 4:33 p.m.
The Blizzard of 2015 knocked most of New England off its feet, with winds of more than 50 mph and snow drifts piling upwards of 5 feet in some places. But tucked away warmly at hospitals everywhere, new parents were celebrating their bundles of joy who arrived just in time …

Listen To Your Mother auditions coming to Bangor

on Jan. 29, 2015, at 10:11 a.m.
The national live, storytelling show, “Listen To Your Mother” is coming to Bangor this May and auditions are open to the public Feb. 6-7. The event, which is taking place in 39 cities nationwide this year, is a live performance of original work by writers sharing stories about what motherhood …

5 minute Valentine’s Day project for mess-loving kids

on Jan. 28, 2015, at 11:08 a.m.
If I know one thing about small children, it’s that messier is usually better. And I’m all for messy, especially when it comes to art. In my mind, art is not about the end product as much as it is about the process. I don’t want my daughter’s first experience …

Snow storms and breastmilk

on Jan. 26, 2015, at 2:40 p.m.
Every breastfeeding momma knows breastmilk is liquid gold. It’s antibacterial properties cure infections like pink eye and athletes foot and it’s a whole lot cheaper than formula. So when mega snow storms threaten mass outages, breastfeeding mothers, particularly those who pump, tend to panic. Double electric pumps don’t pump when …
Abby Sargent (second from left), 11, Jessica Sargent (second from right), 13, Jaclyn Cyr, 15, are recognized by Brewer City Councilor Kevin O'Connell at a City Council meeting earlier this month.

Girls raising thousands for cancer research recognized by Brewer City Council

By Natalie Feulner on Jan. 25, 2015, at 6:25 a.m.
If you make it they will come, especially if what you’re making is warm, creamy hot chocolate on a cold December day. That’s a good thing for four Brewer girls who have spent the past several years trying to raise money and awareness for cancer research. The girls, Abby Sargent, …

Parenting isn’t always fair or equal

on Jan. 23, 2015, at 10:47 a.m.
Until a few weeks ago, I worked in upper management … of our household. Since I only worked part time and from the comfort of my own home, I was left, almost by default, to take care of domestic duties. That meant keeping track of doctor appointments, making dinner, going …

5 ‘kid’ Maine-isms all parents understand

on Jan. 22, 2015, at 9:27 a.m.
Two summers ago, I wrote about “Maine-isms,” words and phrases finding their way (many times unsuccessfully) into my everyday vernacular. I’m proud to say today that not only do I now know how to use the word “wicked” properly in a sentence, I’ve also learned about a few kiddo “Maine-isms” …

Don’t be jealous of my clean house

on Jan. 21, 2015, at 1:29 p.m.
The conversation on Facebook a few months ago started out innocently enough. A friend posted a photo of her daughter playing at our house and another commented about how clean my floors looked. My friend responded with how she “doesn’t know how [I] do it” as a working at home …
A head lice infestation among Mary Collar's family last year prompted her to start a business with relatives in Waterville to treat people with the annoying pests. With Collar is her granddaughter, Emma Copeland.

Waterville resident turns lice infestation into business

By Natalie Feulner on Jan. 19, 2015, at 6:54 a.m.
Last summer, 11 members of Waterville resident Mary Collar’s family began itching. They had spent weekends together swimming, laughing and playing in the sun at their family camp. But they soon found out they shared more than good memories. They also all had head lice. The wingless insects spend their …
Dalaylun Demmons, 15, and her horse, Boston, an American Appendix, have competed together in horse shows around the state for the last four years.

Horse brings family together, helps them cope with challenges

By Natalie Feulner on Jan. 19, 2015, at 5:58 a.m.
With a quiet nudge, Dalaylun Demmons, 15, of Milford moves her horse, Boston, forward around a practice arena at Starwalk Stable in Orono. His breath fogs in the frigid air as she leans into his neck and whispers in his ear, urging him to pick up speed. The pair are …
Members of the Maine St. Andrew's Pipes and Drums bagpipe band during their rehearsal in Brewer Thursday. While the group is rehearsing they use practice chanters instead of the bag pipes to make it quieter. Pictured are from left, Trevor Snow, Allan Poole, Johnny Carpenter and Tim Whitten.

Bagpipe band brings generations together in celebration of Scottish heritage, bagpipe sound

By Natalie Feulner on Jan. 18, 2015, at 5:49 a.m.
Few activities can successfully bring teenagers and AARP members together, but the Maine St. Andrews Pipes and Drums bagpipe band has spent nearly 20 years doing just that. Now the 15 members, ranging from 15 to 70 years old, are looking to expand their playing field in the coming months …

An open letter to my pre-pregnant self

on Jan. 16, 2015, at 9:35 a.m.
With the New Year comes resolutions and many friends and colleagues working to lose weight or tone up in 2015. For the past few weeks I’ve been among them, desperate to force my body back to what it once was. But if I’m being honest, even my pre-pregnancy probably wouldn’t …

2015 baby name predictions released

on Jan. 14, 2015, at 9:54 a.m.
Nameberry recently released their predictions for baby name trends for 2015. The number one trend they forecasted? Defining names like Noble or Saint that say “this baby is virtuous or this baby is powerful … never mind that he’s drooling and has a full diaper.” Interesting fact … apparently Puritans …

I didn’t cry when I dropped my daughter off at daycare

on Jan. 12, 2015, at 3:14 p.m.
Going back to work from the office last week was one of those life transitions where the lead-up was worse than the actual event. I dropped my daughter off at daycare the first day, and her teacher distracted her with Legos while I headed out. It was quite painless and …
Jeff and Aleshia Figgins of Bangor visited Villa Primary School during a 2014 vacation to the Sandals resort in Antigua.

Bangor couple inspired by visit to school near resort in Antigua to return with basic essentials for the children

By Natalie Feulner on Jan. 10, 2015, at 6:16 a.m.
Children so poor they don’t wear underwear to school isn’t exactly the image that comes to mind when one thinks of the Sandals resort in Antigua. But that’s exactly what a Bangor couple found during their vacation last year, when they signed up to leave the all-inclusive hotel for a …

Life hacks that make parenting a toddler easier

on Jan. 07, 2015, at 2:35 p.m.
  Everybody loves a few good life hacks, and because I’ve learned a thing or two since my daughter crossed the threshold from infant to toddler, I figured I’d share the best ones with you.   1. Adopt a dog, with an emphasis on adopt. Not just because it’s a …

The Bachelor 2015 and an evil plan to trick my husband

on Jan. 06, 2015, at 11:11 a.m.
I have a confession about ABC’s The Bachelor. It’s what gets me through Mondays in January. That’s lame, I know. But have you noticed how cold it is (-7?!), how dark it is at 4:30 p.m., and how watching horrible television is mind numbing (exactly what you need on Mondays …

Things working moms don’t want to hear, what to say instead

on Jan. 05, 2015, at 3:44 p.m.
I went back to working from an office today after a year of working from home. I read dozens of blogs, books and forum discussions about how to handle the transition without too many tears. We got up earlier than usual this morning, we were out the door only 15 …
Joe Pelletier and his daughter Rebecca Pelletier have both been involved in debate competitions. Joe is a debate coach at Bangor High School and Rebecca is studying at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire on a debate team scholarship.

Bangor father, daughter pair find common bond in debate

By Natalie Feulner on Jan. 05, 2015, at 5:45 a.m.
Debating was part of Rebecca Pelletier’s life even before she could actually form sentences, let alone an argument. As a tot, she wandered debate tournaments while her father, Joe Pelletier, coached. In middle school, she spearheaded the formation of Bangor’s first team for her age group. Now a college sophomore, …

Looking back: The best of 2014

on Dec. 31, 2014, at 9:44 a.m.
It’s been a great year, a challenging one, but wonderful overall. I transitioned from new mom to not-so-new mom. From maternity leave to working at home and spent countless hours rocking, shushing and laughing with our little lady. Looking back, I realized name posts are always a hit and everyone …
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