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Time Your Town Was All Organic Too?

on June 19, 2016, at 7:49 a.m.
Why not have your town be all organic like ours?  Oh, I know some rail about how they won’t have ‘government’ telling them what to do on their property, but what if it’s for the health and safety of your family and your neighbors? Let’s face it. Most towns have …
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How to find the most commonly used search term for your blog

on June 17, 2016, at 3:20 p.m.
Even if you have a niche topic that you exclusively blog about, there will always be a post that doesn’t resonate with your readers. Of the many different strategies that you can use to help figure out exactly what kind of content your readers want to see, we’re going to show you one of the coolest and simplest today: finding your most commonly used search term for your blog.
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Stinky and leaking melon juice started it all for us…

on June 12, 2016, at 11:15 a.m.
Our real composting began in earnest after many summer trips to the transfer station. We love the local summer melons, but there are few messes worse than melon rinds and seeds that have been sitting in your trash in the summer heat waiting for a transfer station trip. They quickly …
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Tributes pour in for honored WWII veteran

on June 11, 2016, at 8 p.m.
Editors Note: For more than a week, I knew this day was coming. The day when my wife would tell me that one of the most impressive men I’ve ever met has died. John ‘Ben’ Woodbury was a 92-year-old veteran who lived quietly in a modest home on Pleasant street in …
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Deering Lumber celebrates 150 years in business

on June 11, 2016, at 7:09 p.m.
BIDDEFORD – For nearly as long as people have lived along the shores of the Saco River, they have been pulling logs from its cold waters to provide timbers and building material for homes, businesses and many other buildings that form the landscape of Biddeford and Saco. This past week, …
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River Tree Arts Center finds itself at the crossroads

on June 08, 2016, at 1:48 p.m.
KENNEBUNK — As late spring turns to summer, the River Tree Center for the Arts in Kennebunk finds itself in a period of transition as well. As recently as last fall, Maureen DiGiovanni, the president of the board of directors, wasn’t sure the nonprofit community arts center would be able …
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Rain Barrels, Rain Gardens, Trenches – Beat the Puddle Park Lawn After the Rain

on June 05, 2016, at 10:48 a.m.
Have a lawn or yard that usually puddles up when it rains?  Here are a some easy solutions. One is the simple, old fashioned rain barrel. We had one in back of the house I grew up in. A downspout from the gutter directed the rainwater into the barrel. My …
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Going Whole Hog to Make Your Lawn Safe for All…

on May 27, 2016, at 1:35 p.m.
As you might know, our town, Ogunquit, went all organic about a year and a half ago.  This was not some ‘government order’ – our voters wished for this.  We are a small seaside town; anything someone puts on their lawn ends up eventually, through run off or groundwater, in …
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One small Maine town sparking an organic revolution

on May 20, 2016, at 10:51 a.m.
Ogunquit’s ordinance banning chemical pesticides has been used as a model for other towns and cities in Maine to follow suit and adopt their own ordinances banning in whole or in part chemical pesticides on town land and on some private lands as well. Portland and South Portland, sizable cities …
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BDN blog topics that tend to trend

on May 19, 2016, at 11:33 a.m.
Hands down the most popular blog questions we get is, “what should I write about?” The answer, of course, depends on your blog theme and category, but generally speaking topics that connect to the Maine experience perform well and draw a wide readership. This week on Maine on the Blogs we thought we would share with you topics that tend to trend.
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Saco Sculptor Shares Art Space

on May 17, 2016, at 2:07 p.m.
SACO — As Patrick Pierce stands on the land surrounding his home on Hearn Road, he is almost a living echo to the hundreds of pieces of his art that seem to sprout from the four acres of former farmland. Pierce, a sculptor, poet and artist, and his wife Kathleen, …
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Biddeford businessman shares insight about Asperger’s syndrome

on May 16, 2016, at 3:42 p.m.
BIDDEFORD — For the past year, Derek Volk, president of Volk Packaging Corp., has spent nights, weekends and even days away from his manufacturing business to focus on what has become one of the most important parts of his life: discussing the book he wrote about his 24-year-old son Dylan …
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How to write a Homestead blog

on May 13, 2016, at 2:59 p.m.
In 2015 the Bangor Daily News asked itself, what makes Maine different? Some of the answers were obvious and pointed to a long history of a deep love for the outdoors. But some of the answers were more nuanced and pointed to something else, something more personal.
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The Great Clover Conspiracy!

on May 13, 2016, at 2:43 p.m.
Why would anyone think that having a lawn without clover was the only way a lawn should look? Grass seed companies really got their gas after World War II, when so many homes were built for returning servicemen – of course these homes also needed a grassy lawn.  Clover seed …
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Community College and Service Agency Form Partnership

on May 06, 2016, at 10:23 a.m.
SANFORD — The York County Community Action Corp. celebrated its first official day of partnership with York County Community College Wednesday by dedicating a gallery space at its Sanford offices to longtime employee Connie Garber. Garber was surprised to see members of the staff, the board of directors of both …
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Want a safe, organic lawn? It’s easy! And Mom Nature will help!

on May 05, 2016, at 9:50 a.m.
We are an all organic town here in Ogunquit, and it sounds just plain weird to be talking about an ‘organic lawn.’ Growing up in the country, probably everyone had an ‘organic lawn.’ What made the lawns organic? Growing up, we never dumped bags of chemical fertilizers on lawns.  Our …
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10 awesome Google search hacks you need to know

on April 29, 2016, at 8:33 a.m.
This week on Maine on the Blogs, I offer you my top ten favorite Google search hacks that have proven to be terrifically easy to remember and a boon to my research skills.
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How one small Maine town banned using chemical pesticides on all town land

on April 27, 2016, at 10:19 a.m.
  I was part of a small committee that worked on Ogunquit’s landmark ordinance banning chemical pesticides on private land – we already had an ordinance in place banning chemical pesticides on town land. I was never so aware of the chemical pesticides used on lawns, gardens and shrubbery – …
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Arts Education Leads the Way

on April 22, 2016, at 7:45 a.m.
As a student, teacher, and parent, I have long valued the traditional forms of education. If students studied what I considered the core subjects of education – English, history, mathematics, and science – that seemed the most beneficial and I expected those studies would have the greatest impact on a …
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How to respond if your blog post is stolen

on April 21, 2016, at 3:48 p.m.
This week on Maine on the Blogs we are going to walk you through how to identify if your work has been stolen and steps you can take to protect your blog from scraper sites.